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Death's Sweet Embrace

(Dark Brethren #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  68 reviews
An exciting new star in contemporary urban fantasy, Tracey O’Hara returns with Death’s Sweet Embrace, the second book in her Dark Brethren series. In the bestselling vein of J.R. Ward and Patricia Briggs, O’Hara follows up her sensational debut, Night’s Cold Kiss, with a sizzling supernatural take on the Romeo and Juliet story, as two forbidden young lovers from rival shap ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Harper Voyager
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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
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Lady Rogue
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, to-review
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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Scooper Speaks
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
J.W. Ellis
Oooh I really loved the first book, but this one blew it away by just adding more amazing characters to the story. We got to see Antoinette and Christian, and Oberon leading his team, and more about Oberon and his "family and loyalities", and it expanded to include Kitt and Raven whom i absolutely adore, and their twin daughters, who were awesome, too bad theres not a side series about the twins Cal and Seph.

Twisty villians, twisty family relations, but overall I really loved it, definite keeper
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Again a UF, where I felt the reasons for heroine's exile from the sexist Pride and giving away her twins were never explained. The h/H's past connection didn't work much for me. But I liked the storyline.
I'm really enjoying this series. I'm glad you get a smattering of characters from the book before.
The world building is getting a bit deeper. Hope she has plans beyond the next one.
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
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 g
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok


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
Jessica Hansen
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
 ♥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
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Rie Conley
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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Dark Brethren (3 books)
  • Night's Cold Kiss (Dark Brethren, #1)
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