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After centuries of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens the tenuous peace.

Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force forms to halt the madness, including the vampiric Aeternus Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes . . . and forbidden lovers.

A centuries-old blood feud has divided their shapeshifting peoples, and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside, for the killer they seek is but the first sign of the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.

About the Author

Tracey O'Hara grew up reading Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, and J.R.R. Tolkien, where she developed her taste for adventure and the paranormal thriller. When she's not writing, reading, or listening to heavy metal, she spends time with her husband, two sons, and three cats. The author of Night's Cold Kiss, she lives in Australia.

Night's Cold Kiss was shortlisted in the Best Horror Novel category at the 2009 Aurealis Awards and won the Novel with Romantic Elements category at the Romance Writer's of Australia 2009 awards.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Brethren Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061783145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061783142
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,700,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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Much like the first book in this series "Night's Cold Kiss", I found the book very enjoyable but not without its problems. The basic premise is that an agency has been formed to investigate paranormal crime. This time around someone is tearing the hearts out of its (supernatural) victims while they are alive. Antoinette, the heroine from the first book, is back again, active in this new group. However her task is to track down some more draniacs, such as she did in the first book. This new case is being worked primarily by Oberon (turns into a bear at will), and newcomers to the series Kitt and her ex-lover Raven. The two had a pair of twins who are older teenagers now, Seph and Cal. Kitt is a Felian and turns into a snow leopard. Raven turns into a wolf. Many years ago Raven was blamed for Kitt's husband's death and ran to another country where his two daughters had been sent to live with an 'adoptive' family.
Now attending the school Kitt teaches at, her daughter and Raven are suddenly back in her life.

This plot was so good. Its intense and had twists and surprises I never saw coming. The ending is totally bizarre in a good way. I think the pacing is great. There are more than enough action scenes with a little downtime here or there for the reader to catch her breath. Without a doubt my favorite thing about this story was the story of Kitt's Pride. The dynamics of the Pride were intriguing and well developed. I loved some of the characters in the Pride and there is certainly more story there to be told should the author choose to go back to it later in the series. This book could have been rated more highly in my estimation if the story was even more centered on the Pride aspect.

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For the second installment, new characters come to the forefront of the story. Antoinette is back as a supporting cast member and Christian makes one cameo. The new heroine is Kitt, a felian (a snow leopard shifter). She is educated, a doctor, and is called in by Oberon's new organization to perform an autopsy. Turns out there is a new paranormal serial killer on the loose and its up to these guys to stop the murderer. And of course, this will require Kitt to get up close and personal with her baby daddy, Raven (a canian/wolf shifter).

I am totally okay with the shift in main characters. It's a good way to write a long romance series without having the main couple get together and break up and get together and break up, etc. What bothers me is that the construction of the book is different from the first in the series. Rather than following only the two main characters, the view point follows others, including the serial killer. The reason O'hara did this brings me to my second concern.

This book has three or four villains/organizations (although maybe they're all part of the same cause?). There's the serial killer, the aliens who originally brought the paranormals to earth as their slaves, the organization the baddie from book one was a part of and the crazy Aeternus who is creating a pack of Necrodeniacs. Overkill much? Because there is so much going on and the group has to split up all the time to deal with the many problems, she could not write from the perspective of just two characters.

I really don't think that the addition of more view points or bad guys added to the book. Now the book is taking itself way too seriously; it is trying to be more fantasy/adventure than romance. This book has very few steamy scenes.
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Death's Sweet Embrace is the second book in the Dark Brethren series. I did not read the first book in the series however I had no problem at all jumping right into the story. The series is based in the same world as the first book but focuses on a different hero and heroine. I was a little disoriented at first when trying to settle into the Dark Brethren world in trying to become acquainted the setting and etc. but it didn't take long to get a feel for it.

Kitt and Raven, former lovers are Animalian (shifters). She is a snow leopard and he is a werewolf. Years ago Raven was accused of killing Kitt's husband and there is a bounty on his head so they have not seen each other in years. They have a pair of twin daughters together as well. Since she was excommunicated Kitt has been separated from her daughters most of their lives. She now teaches at the university they attend so a reunion is evitable. What Kitt doesn't know is that she is about to reunited with their father as well when a series of ritualistic murders start occurring in the vicinity. They are similar to the way Kitts husband was murdered so Raven is an obvious suspect although Kitt knows that Raven is innocent of her husband's murder.

The first thing that struck me when I began to read this book was how violent it was. There is a gruesome murder described in graphic detail right at the beginning and I was a little shocked yet intrigued at the same time. Some part of me wanted to put the book down but I just couldn't. With a start like that I had to keep going.

Raven arrives and after all the time he's been separated he's still in love with Kitt and determined to have her back. Their history is complicated and dangerous for Raven but despite the risks, he wants her. He's quite a noble hero as well.
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