Thursday, January 20, 2011

Death's Sweet Embrace (A Dark Brethren Novel #2) - By Tracey O'Hara

Release Date: 1/25/2011
Publisher: HARPER Voyager
Website: Tracey O'Hara
Purchase Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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

Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a twisted, sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force must be formed to halt the madness—a union of avengers including the vampiric Aeternus, Christian Laroque and 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 peoples—pitting wolf against snow leopard in a battle to the death—and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside in light of the scourge that is now upon them. For the killer they seek is but the first sign of a blossoming terror rising up from their long-buried pasts: the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.
(borrowed from Tracey O'Hara's website)

Going into the second book in the, Dark Brethren series, without reading the first, I found the story easy to follow. The author does a great job with providing enough back story and information without boring you, or getting lost it what they're trying to tell you. Kitt to me is an amazing leading character. I like the fact that she's strong, but vulnerable at the same time. She doesn't have super bad ass fighting skills, but her shifting ability allows her to defend herself when needed or hold her own in a bar fight. Then there's Raven, oh I need to order me a Raven too! Bad boy in the perfect package. The relationship with Raven & Kitt is probably one of the best on paper romances that I've come across in a long time. There's so much that draws them to each other, besides the sexual chemistry, you can't sit back and not be cheering for them. 

When these ex-lovers meet up again after so many years, they're far from trying to re-spark the flame. They have to come together to find out what's been brutally killing off the students on the campus of NYAPS, where Kitt has just taken a job. With a great plot, TONS of twists and turns, and and ending that I didn't see coming, Death's Sweet Embrace will leave you glued to it's pages, not wanting to put it down. (Your husband will probably have to pry it out of your hands so you can make dinner)


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