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Night's Cold Kiss

(Dark Brethren #1)

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The tension between the Aeternus, an ancient vampiric people, and humanity has been mounting for over a century. But when rogue vampires begin to drain humans in order to achieve an illegal blood-high, all bets are off.

After the death of her parents, Antoinette Petrescu devoted her life to becoming one of the top Venators, the elite hunters who destroy the rogue Necrodreni
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Paperback, Eos, 339 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Harper Collins
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
There are two kinds of vampire in the world: the Aeturnus, who after centuries of bloodshed forged a treaty with humans to live peaceably together; and the Necrodreniacs, those vampires who have become addicted to the high they get from killing humans, draining them dry. It is a distinction that Antoinette Petrescu, the legendary Venator whose job it is to hunt down and execute Necrodreniacs, has never been able to see, not since her mother was murdered and her father died.

But now a serial kille
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Summer
So I picked up this book with no expectations, it had mixed reviews but I figured I'd give it a shot. The first few pages describe Antoinette, and to a lesser degree her brother Nici, on a mission. Antoinette is a Venator, meaning she is part of a group of humans hunting a type of creature called dreniacs. Supposedly from the opening and the blurb on the back I understood there's good vampires and bad vampires with the dreniacs being the 'bad' ones and a group called the Aeternus are the 'good' ...more
harlequin {Stephanie}
Nov 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: masochists
Only one word to describe this book.



I almost dropped it, but the parallel story of the creepy serial killer (i'm talkin' criminal minds creepy) was enough to keep me hoping it would get better. Did it get better?Nope.

First, Christian was mondo creepy! He sees her take down some baddies and is in lusty fantasy mode after antoinette. Then before the bloods even dry grabs some blood slave and boinks her. Eeeewww! It doesn't stop there.

Our heroine is forced to work with christian to bring in the s
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Tez
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Natasha
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis

For centuries war raged between the humans and Aeternus vampires—until courageous efforts on both sides forged a fragile peace.
But the rogue Necrodreniacs will never be controlled—addicted as they are to the death-high… and bloody
chaos.
Since witnessing the murder of her mother, Antoinette Petrescu has burned with fiery hatred for the vampire race—even for Christian Laroque, the noble, dangerously handsome Aeternus who rescued her. Now an elite Venator, Antoinette must reluctantly accept
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Shera (Book Whispers)
Thoughts:

This is another title were the vampires are aliens, as a twist it also includes the shifter races. In the case of this read, the reader is given more information and it ends up being one of the better concepts for vampires are aliens. The world and history that has shaped earth by living with these creatures really clicks and O'hara gives good details on past events. Giving the reader the foot holds in the history so that you can understand the politics that are occurring. The law enfor
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Susi
When I held Night's Cold Kiss in my hands for the first time I was immediately impressed. The book looks impressive and when I started to skim through it I discovered the Glossary at the end. I thought wow that really looks like some serious world-building and the book didn't disappoint in that department. But let's start at the beginning.


We are thrown in the middle of a world full of paranormal creatures living in a more or less peaceful coexistence with the human population. There are organisa
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Larissa
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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At first look I thought this was an Urban Fantasy novel and it said so in the spine of the book as well, however it turned out to be more of a Paranormal Romance. After I got over the initial gear shift, I ended up enjoying Night’s Cold Kiss, a lot!

Antoinette is a Vanetor, a hunter of the creatures of the night who can’t control their inner beast. She has been training her whole life for this and her hatred for the Dreniacs has on
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Mara
Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR fans
Shelves: pnr
A sheep in a wolf's clothes. No, I did not made a mistake. I just wrote that. A PNR doing its best, worst to appear UF.

Cover, heroine, blurb, plot: every thing pointed toward UF. I was already panting....Alas, this is a PNR and an old one at that. I'm sure lots of fans will be able to appreciate it. UF fans, don't think much. I found so many scenes boring, I skipped a few paragraph and almost went DNF.

Unfortunately I prefer my characters sticking to their description, I'm particularly fussy wit
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Cyna
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
About 50 pages into this one, I realized that there had been some ridiculously amazing leap in quality between the first and second entries into this series, because this wasn't the same interesting, crime-drama-type story I'd been drawn into in Death's Sweet Embrace. This was Cliched Fantasy Kitchen Sink World B, with Cliched Vampire Hunter Love Story A, filled with stock characters and strung together with a plot whose primary agenda seemed to be furthering the leads' love-to-hate-you romance. ...more
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
Night's Cold Kiss is the first book in the Dark Brethren Series.

Antoinette Petrescu is a Venator, a highly trained vampire hunter. Vampires come in two types: Aeternus - regular vampires, and Dreniacs - vampires who drink until they kill the human. While Antoinette has been trained to fight Dreniacs, she doesn't like Aeternus vampires either. Her mother was killed by a Dreniac in front of her when Antoinette was a child and therefore she has an obsessive hatred of all vampires.

When Antoinette is
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Jenna Howard
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was an impulse pick up at the library and what a fun ride this was.

I'm not sure if I'd classify this as urban fantasy though. It's more paranormal romance. And when you hit the sex scenes, it's more like an erotic paranormal romance.

Antoinette is tough and hell-bent on avenging her mother's death. Her brother is oh-so-conveniently off to London to work for some big-wig vampire hunting thing because now Antoinette has to hook up with big bad vampire Christian somehow. Together they're after
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Darcy
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, pnr, vampires, shifters
I really liked this book. It is different from what is out there and on the darker side. I enjoyed all the different species and all the family connects that played out. What I think the author did really great was the world building. This book was pretty extensive in what it laid out for the rules and what was going on in it. So often times with a book like this all you get is info dump, little story, info dump, little story, more info dump, but for the most part the info that was needed to und ...more
Donna
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
My rating: 3.5 stars

Night's Cold Kiss was an enjoyable read that held my attention throughout the story with plenty action and passionately love scenes. I found the overall premises surrounding vampires compelling but nothing really original along those lines of supernatural. Thought I found the story captivating there were a couple of spots throughout the story where the story seems to take an abrupt change in emotions/feelings portrayed by the characters that left me feeling a little disorient
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Bethany C
Jul 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
I would have had to get a notebook, and take frequent notes to be able to list everything that was wrong with this book. I'm actually mad at myself for buying it. I was going to put it down, but decided it could get better. By the time I decided I was definitely wrong, I figured I had wasted so much time on it that I might as well see what happened. The writing is just really cheesy and predictable. And most of the book is just one long sex scene with a little story mixed in. I didn't get how th ...more
Helen Deakin
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up off the supermarket shelf and judging by the cover it didn't really look like the type of book I would normally read but the blurb had me thinking it might be all right.

I'm glad I grabbed it because although it was different to what I usually read I really enjoyed it.

It was fast paced and well written. The characters were also good although the MC sometimes exhibited characteristics or said certain things that I felt didn't quite fit into the image the author was projecting
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Nicole East
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book because it looked like a fun, mindless UF read to cleanse my palate between heavy epic fantasy. I wanted a kick butt heroine and lots of high stakes vampire killing. What I received was a heroine who has supposedly killed 140 vampires but always seems to need rescuing. Oh, and it doesn't take long to see that this book is paranormal romance, not urban fantasy. Including acronyms of various government agencies that aren't really explained and barely discussed does not define ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I am always excited to find an Australian author who is published in the PNR/UF genre. Australian publishers tend to be all about the mainstream, so it's a rare thing.
Night's Cool Kiss is the first in the Dark Brethren series, and O'Hara has imagined a world of slayers, blood lusting vampires and shape shifters with her own creative twist.
For Antoinette Petrescu, whose mother was murdered in front of her, becoming a Venator gave her permission to avenge her mother's death at the hands of a Necr
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Alison
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
if ever there was an explosion that started the universe I think it would look something like the start of this debut story from Tracey O’Hara.

HUGE start, that just doesn’t stop. Night’s Cold Kiss is an adrenaline filled rollercoaster that had me in tears by page 50, hot under the collar by page 30 and my heart racing by page 10.

My only problem was the new terms for vampires. Particularly as these were introduced in the first few pages without any real explanation as to what they were. So the ne
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An Odd1
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Starts with violent action. Slowed by made-up words and acronyms for para(normal) human organizations requiring glossary, dreams, and supererogatory back story details. Official agency "donator" is really hot-blooded double-service prostitute, though she thinks rejecting extra tip denies definition. More violence segues into x-rated coupling. Here lies satisfaction if you're in the mood for invigorating stimulation, in-knowledge of acronym-ious vocabulary. More emotion is invested in Viktor's do ...more
Gemma
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was a really great book and an excellent first in a series.

The author has written a tight book, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you enthralled.

I really liked the two main characters, both who have alot of emotional baggage. The fact that these two are thrown together is intresting as both acknowledge the fact that they are no good for eaxh other. The relationahip starts as purely sexual and progresses into something more. both parties tey to deny this connection at first, each for
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Blodeuedd Finland
Apr 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was thinking of giving it a 2 but I just could not cos I was sooooo bored. At one time I almost fell asleep and at another time I had no idea who this one guy was. I could not focus, I did not care.

What went wrong? I do not know. The world building seemed ok, the writing was good. But I never grew to like the heroine, I never liked the hero. I never felt the attraction between them and never understood her.

Also was this supposed to be UF? No, it was not. There was a plot, which I have forgott
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Emoore0916
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wish Ms O'Hara had given us a teaser on what the next book in this series, if it is even going to be a series. So many of the characters were killed off I don't know who the next group of characters will be about. About the only one that I would love to hear from is Oberion (*sp). All in all this was a very good book kept me interested, even though I knew who the bad guy was I still had to and wanted to finish the story. Heart it, bring the next one on.......

2/24/2011

Something I never do read
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Leslie
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Night's Cold Kiss is a fast-paced debut novel. A mixture of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, the book hooks you from the start and does not let go even as it roars to the finish.

The main villain (or the one you THINK is the main villain)is very creepily evil. The main heroine, Antoinette, is strong but still has her human weaknesses that give her a depth that sometimes is lacking in some urban fantasy series. The main hero, Christian, is a tad overly protective of those he loves and he has
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Romancereviewer
This is Tracey O'Hara's debut urban fantasy tale about a highly skilled (blonde and beautiful) bounty hunter named Antoinette, who captures and destroys parahuman outlaws.

She reluctantly teams up with two vampires to draw out a diabolical killer. She becomes attracted to a vampire named Christian, whom she loathes at first.

O'Hara tells a sexy tale incorporating vampires, shapeshifters, mer-people, vampires and magic-wielders. She provides a glossary to explain the complicated terms so it's eas
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Cecilia
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was very pleased with this story. I enjoyed the history the author created. The characters were great. They were not perfect they each had their flaws but you could watch them grow and become better beings.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Bunnycore
Ohmygod I loved this. That is all.
Jennifer
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I guess it is a new author with a new series. It is another dark vampire drama. Very good!!
Sol Belenda
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Este es el estilo de libros que me gustan.

Una protagonista independiente y fuerte. Acción. Romance paranormal. Enemigo y planes malévolos.

Antoinette es una Venator : una cazadora de drénicos (eternos que han caído en la adicción de la sangre y se han convertido en asesinos). De hecho es la más joven venator que se haya graduado hasta el momento. Ella nació para luchar y proteger, sobretodo después de haber presenciado la muerte de su madre a manos de un psicópata eterno: Dante Rubbins.

Ese hecho
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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
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