Death's Sweet Embrace: A Dark Brethren Novel

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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 ...

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Death's Sweet Embrace (Dark Brethren Series #2)

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061783142
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Dark Brethren Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 578,581
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    Exciting and Gripping!

    With the flood of paranormal romance novels, this one stands out with a deep story line, descriptive characters, and a thrilling murder mystery set on a campus for parahuman students. Highly enjoyable and a quick read! I look forward to more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    The prime plot is a desperate investigation to end the reign of terror of a serial killer

    Snow leopard shifter Kit Jordan left the medical examiner's office as she mourns the death of her brother Dyan. She obtains a teaching position at NYAPS where she plans to meet her twins she was forced to give away after giving birth to them years ago. A pariah with her pride, Kitt feels alone.

    Meanwhile the father of her twins Raven Matokwe is wanted by the law. Still he works for Oberon on investigations. Their current case is particularly horrific as a serial killer somehow paralyzes teenage shapeshifters and while they still breathe rips out their hearts in what appears to be a ritual of sorts. The investigation brings Raven and Kitt back together trying to end the reign of terror of a psychopath.

    The second Dark Brethren urban fantasy (see Night's Cold Kiss) retains the foreboding atmosphere even with a romantic subplot of a darkened world in which sentient species battled for over a century to be at the top of the food chain. The prime plot is a desperate investigation to end the reign of terror of a serial killer. Vivid, don't eat while reading Death's Sweet embrace as sweet is not quite the adjective to describe this dark thriller.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    Worthwhile read and enriching addition to the Dark Brethren series

    Death's Sweet Embrace, the second installment in the Dark Brethren Series by Tracey O'Hara, follows the effort to put a stop to a serial killer that is attacking Anamalians (people who can shift to animal form because of a natural born ability; not as a magical disguise) at the NYAPS (New York Academy of Parahuman Studies). The kills are efficient and show signs of ritualistic murder. Kitt Jordan (anamalian panther) has just joined the faculty at the NYAPS and is asked to assist on the victim autopsies because of her previous experience as a medical examiner. On top of that, her twin daughters, who she had to give up at birth, are students in her class and their father, Raven Matokwe (anamalian wolf), is also at the NYAPS. The main plot revolves around the history that surrounded Kitt and Raven, why Kitt gave up her daughters, and why she was expelled from the Jordan Pride (her panther clan) while Kitt, Raven and others seek find the serial killer. This action packed story comes to an exciting climax that brings the plot in an unexpected and satisfying conclusion.

    This book can be read as a stand-alone book, but for those who have read the first installment (Night's Cold Kiss), you will also get to follow Antoinette Petrescu on her crusade against Dreniacs (vampires addicted to the death high of completely draining a victim) in subplots and she also assists Kitt and the others seeking the serial killer. A word of warning: this book centers around the new character Kitt and not the established Antoinette (from Night's Cold Kiss). It can be a little confusing at first to be certain of this. Also, there are many terms that a new reader, or a reader who was last in the Dark Brethren universe when Night's Cold Kiss was published in 2009, may not be immediately familiar with. To help overcome this, the author has included a useful "Glossary of Terms" at the end of the book that also includes list of characters and their roles.

    I enjoyed this read overall, but I would have liked to have seen more of the relationship between Antoinette and her lover Christian Laroque (who makes a short appearance). Their relationship was just beginning at the end of Night's Cold Kiss and has so much potential for further development. I hope to see more of them, as well as Kitt and Raven, in future installments.

    I recommend this series to readers of the paranormal/urban fantasy genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 30, 2014

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    This is a great book!!

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    Not as strong as the first book

    This book was okay. The first book (Night's Cold Kiss) was great. NCK had compelling main characters and great secondary characters. The second book, however lacked both of those. I was interested in the background between Raven and Kitt but it never really made a ton of sense. Did they fight to be together all those years ago? Couldn't Kitt have gone off to Australia with him and the twins? Why did Kitt's family all pretend to hate her so much when really they were on her side all along? It just didn't work for me. Too many holes.. AND to top if all off, Christian is only briefly in the book. Antoinette and Kitt were fun together but I felt like everything that made the first book so good was missing here. Hopefully, if there is a book three, it can get back the original spark.

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