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

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 341 pages
Published (first published January 25th 2011)
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Susi
The first thing I have to admit is that I was really disappointed to realize this book wasn't about Antoinette and Christian again. I loved these two and at the end of Night's Cold Kiss I was sure their story would develop more in the next book. The end left my HEA loving heart yearning for more and I always assured myself: you will get your fix in book two. So you can see when I realized I wouldn't get this, Death's Sweet Embrace and I had a rocky start.

This story is all about Kitt, the snow le...more
Jessica
This review is based on the advanced reader's copy I got through NetGalley. Based on the ARC, I'm not sure quite what to think of this one. It had its fun moments and its slow moments and its really over the top moments (which some will find entertaining and some will find irritating). So, I guess uneven would be a good description.

The romantic focus is on Kathryn "Kitt" Jordan, a were-lion, and her former lover, Raven, a wolf-shifter accused of killing Kitt's late husband. Kitt knows that Raven...more
Larissa
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

Rating: 4.5 Stars

*Spoiler FREE.

After loving Night's Cold Kiss and the world Tracey has created, I was really looking forward to Death’s Sweet Embrace. I am happy to say that this second installment in Tracey’s Dark Brethren series did NOT disappoint.

This time around we get to focus on two next main characters, Kitt and Raven. They are both Animalians from feuding clans that had a love affair 20 years before. Kitt’s new job teachin...more
Kelly
Death’s Sweet Embrace is the second novel in Tracey O’Hara’s DARK BRETHREN series and the follow-up to 2009’s Night’s Cold Kiss. Here, O’Hara focuses more on the shapeshifters of her world than on the vampires, and introduces readers to the Dark Brethren themselves, a creepy faux-angelic race that once enslaved all parahumans and wants to regain its supremacy.

The central plot deals with a serial killer who preys on shapeshifters and whose grisly crimes may be connected to the Dark Brethren. Kitt...more
Scooper Speaks
The first book in the Dark Brethren series was Night’s Cold Kiss. It followed a Venator (vampire slayer) named Antoinette Petrescu on her journey to find a serial killer who was a vampire. Her journey ended in a life altering manner at the end of the first book. Antoinette makes an appearance in Death’s Sweet Embrace, but the story isn’t about her. She has a minor role in the story and I could almost be comfortable with her not even being mentioned.

Book two in the series is Kitt’s story. Kitt is...more
Cyna
Maybe it's the change of venue and focus that makes the world more bearable for me. While Night's Cold Kiss followed the sworn-enemies-team-up-and-fall-in-love formula, Death's Sweet Embrace makes the investigation a team effort, and our heroine's primary agenda shifts from falling in love to getting to know the teenage daughters she's never met. And also falling for their father again, but that's less important here.

Our heroine this go 'round is Kitt - short for Kathryn - Jordan (oh, Kitty, how...more
Tez
A serial killer is targeting teenage Bestiabeo, paralysing them from the neck down before ripping out their still-beating hearts - this is the fascinating plot. Meanwhile, there's something going on with an ex-muso Necrodreniac and her groupies, but I don't really understand that. And the car scene with Antoinette and Christian seems unnecessary and thus gratuitous.

Tracey O'Hara's parahuman races, organisations, and back-stories are detailed enough to sound almost scientific - no small feat when...more
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Lady Rogue
Banished from her pride, Kathryn "Kitt" Jordan had been trying to deal with being away from her lover, her children, and her family. She left her previous job, Chief Medical Examiner, to take a teaching job, only to discover her twin daughters were enrolled in her class. But before she got a chance to reunite with them, Oberon pulled her into an investigation. A serial killer had been preying on the campus students and leaving symbols carved into the victims. The symbols implied that an ancient...more
Darcy
I would have rated this one higher, but I was thrown off my the prevalence of the characters. I expected to have the main character from the last book to be front and center again, however she had more a minor role this time around. Once I got over that and could place all the players I really enjoyed the book.

I really felt for Kitt. It seemed like bad things just keep following her. And even when potentially good things come her way she is very leery about them.

I really like the team that is b...more
Teresa
So I must say, this book starts out with a bit of a shocker...the brutal murder of a young shapeshifter at a college. The main chacter from the last book, Antoinette, is asked to help find the killer, who turns out to have killed others...and he is not finished. The book does revolve mostly around Kitt, who used to work in the morgue and is just starting her first day at the college. She was kicked out of her pride a long time ago and also had her twin babies taken away from her..she has not see...more
 ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
Death's Sweet Embrace is book two from Tracey O'Hara's Dark Brethren series. I found book one at a yard sale and fell madly in love with Antoinette and Christian. I was really excited to see what O'Hara had in store for book two.

Kitt Jordan is a snow leopard dealing with the loss of her brother, Dylan (book one). Raven Matokwe, is Kitt's former lover and father of her children. Raven and Kitt is burn for one another as the past is not quite in the past. Students are being stalked and killed by a...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I'm supporting Aussie Author Month during April and so I am pleased to host Tracey O'Hara on her blog tour for the Australian release of Death's Sweet Embrace.
Death's Sweet Embrace is the second installment in O'Hara's Dark Brethren series, Night's Cold Kiss introduced the series that walks a line between dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance. merging humanity with vampires and shifters. The first book introduces Antoinette and Christian whose relationship develops as they hunt a psychotic s...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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 b...more
Jessica (Taking It One Book at a Time)
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...more
Rie Conley
As opposed to the first in the series this one had my attention from the first page. How could it not with an evil spirit commanding a guy to rip out a boy’s beating heart while the boy was still conscious? Seriously good hook.

The character development in this book also surpassed the first. Kitt is an extraordinary character who gave up everything in order to protect her twin daughters. The team seems to be a tight family, which adds a human element missing from the first.

The characters really s...more
Stacy
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Book two in the Dark Brethren series has some of the characters as book one NIGHTS COLD KISS but mainly follows Kitt Jordan an Animalian (shifter). We are taken on a action packed ride trying to solve a string of killings. Kitt is brought into the fold and has to re-visit her past to move on to her future. The story complements book one and continues and builds stronger onto the problem of the Dark Brethren. The plot is entertaining full of twi...more
Shell
I originally started this book, and then had to set it aside 50 pages into it because it was too overwhelming and I got confuzzled. Once I picked it back up and started over, I found myself falling back in love with the world Ms. O'Hara created. I enjoyed the different cultures and backstory of the Beastiabo (sp?). The lore is what really kept me turning page after page, as I could not make myself more than just passingly interested in the main characters of Kit and Raven. I found myself questio...more
Kaza
I got this book as an ARC for review.

I must admit I was hesitant about this book when I found out that the protagonist had changed to Kitt, a friend of Oberon’s (a secondary character in Night’s Colds Kiss). I tend to treat a spin off book with the same distrust I would give a TV series spin off or a sequel of a classic Disney movie. However, when I read Death’s Sweet Embrace I really enjoyed it. Antionette and Christian were still featured as secondary characters so I could see what they were...more
Leslie

2.5/5

I was a little disappointed in this book to be honest. Since this was a series I was expecting the same characters to be the focus in this book. I was looking forward to another book about Antoinette and Christian, but instead got a new story told by a few different characters—Antoinette was in the book mind you but more in a supporting role.

The story mainly focus on Kitt, (who is a great character just unexpected) a snow leopard who has been banished from her pack and had her kids taken aw...more
Kt
After losing her brother, Dylan, in the last book, Kitt is just trying to start over. When her ex-lover and their shared twins that she hasn't seen since their birth show up at the academy she is teaching at Kitt nearly loses it. She doesn't even get a chance to breathe before she is thrown into a investigation into a serial killer that is preying on the students of the academy. Things get really messy when the group realizes that the symbols that are carved into the victim's chest point to an e...more
Jess
I ended up liking this book better than the first one! I was told by a friend that the main character was not Antoinette from the first book, so I wasn't disappointed or surprised when I picked it up and started reading. Although Antoinette and Christian were still in it, they weren't the focal point and that was okay because I ended up really liking the two new characters. Kitt is a snow leporad shifter who was been exiled from her pride for many years. She goes to work as a teacher and ends up...more
Jessica
Death's Sweet Embrace is the highly anticipated book in Tracey O'Hara's Dark Brethern series. I was excited to read this book early through NetGalley and it did not disappoint!

As you can tell from the BOC, this is a slightly different novel, Antoinette is not the main character while she is there throughout the novel. The point of view is multiple third person, so it's hard to say who the main character really is, I would say it's Kitt, the female Animalian from the Animalian couple described in...more
Kat at Book Thingo
Full review at Book Thingo.

I thought I’d like this book much more than I did. Although the first book in the series, Night's Cold Kiss, had its flaws, I generally enjoyed the story and was looking forward to more. This book does have a romance, but it didn’t feel fully fleshed out to me and too many things pulled me out of the story. The love scenes seem out of place, and many scenes don’t transition well. The prose is uninspired and the story lacks layers—frustrating when there’s actually a gr...more
Wenj
Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews:

Death’s Sweet Embrace, book 2 in the Dark Brethren series, is an action packed thrill ride filled with non-stop action, mystery and a touch of romance. Truly a unique view in the paranormal genre that shouldn't be missed.

The characters of this novel and relationships between them is masterfully written with the main cast of characters being highly developed and likable. Unlike a lot of novels where the protaganist is shown to be the lone skilled fighter, t...more
WildAboutBones
This is the second in Tracey's debut series and it is even better than the first book. While it is not necessary to read the first book in the series, several of the characters from the first one feature main parts or are talked about in this second book which sets up the plot for the series. While the publisher categorizes this as Urban Fantasy, it is really more Paranormal Romance and shouldn't be missed by fans of either category. Tracey's characters come alive for the reader in this series a...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
About the book in my own words:
Kitt, a animalian snow leopard, and Raven, a animalian wolf, were past lovers whose relationship had to remain secret because of their warring families and the fact that Kitt was married. But after her husband was murdered a price was put on Raven’s head and he had to disappear. He went to Australia with their twin daughters while Kitt and her brother Dylan were kicked out of their pride and found careers and new lives in New York. Eighteen years later, and after D...more
Karissa
This is the second book in the Dark Brethern series by O'Hara. I got an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley. I thought the first book of this series was entertaining and was eager to see how this book advanced the storyline. This book was also entertaining; I thought it was pretty good, if a bit run-of-the-mill for vampire paranormal romance.

Where the first book in the series centers around Antoinette, this book centers around the story of Kitt. Kitt is a were-snowleopard who is...more
Sharon
Dark & gritty....

This is book two in the Dark Bretheren series following Night's Cold Kiss: A Dark Brethren Novel, I loved the first book & Christian only makes a cameo appearance & Antoinette just plays a supporting role.
In this installment we follow Kit, a widowed shapeshifting 'Animalian', who has been banned from her tribe & children. After taking a job teaching she is pulled into a harrowing investigation by Oberon (were bear), to find the killer who is sadistically killing...more
Nicole
Publisher: Harper Voyage
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: NetGalley


Kitt is back for the second installment for The Dark Brethren series. She is working at the academy as a teacher, finally getting the chance to meet her twin daughters. When the horrific murders start on campus, she gets pulled into the task force to track down the murder.

Kitt is reunited with the father of her children, Raven her one time lover and only love of her life. Although there is a price on Raven’s head, and Kit...more
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Tracey O'Hara was born in Tasmania, Australia, but actually grew up in North and Far North Queensland. She discovered a passion for writing when researching her family history and started with an Australian colonial saga.

She grew up reading Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and developed her taste for adventure and the paranormal thriller. Her love...more
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