by Tracey O’Hara
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 Christian’s help to achieve her vengeance—even as he plots to use the beautiful, unsuspecting warrior as bait to draw out the bloodthirsty dreniacs.
Tracey O’hara is a dragon keeper and if any of you get the chance to meet her, ask her just how close she keeps her dragons. This is her debut novel and boy does she start this series with a bang. What a fantastic title, Night’s Cold Kiss; if this book hadn’t been recommended I would have picked it up just for the title.
My favourite genre of all time for reading is sci-fi and I loved how Tracey managed to combine the sci-fi elements into a dark urban fantasy. I’m not really a romance reader so I enjoy a book where the antagonism between the main characters and the plot are far more important than the “sex” and “love”. Though, it was a bit confusing with all the different characters, the types of vampires and which government or non government organisation is what; however, I can see the beginning of a very complex world. I will continue to read this series to see whether the promise of the complex world and story line eventuate. The story line is fast paced and bumpy, just the sort of roller coaster I like.
Okay, so the preface of a vampire huntress who falls for her enemy while battling evil is nothing new but this book is a really engaging read. Antoinette is tough and feisty while Christian has the “dark broodiness we come to expect from alpha vampires down pat. The two of them clash as the chemistry burns between them. The first sex scene was, for me, a bit out of the blue however it was only a momentary “ha what” before I was quickly engrossed back in the story. There’s also plenty of action and tons of mysteries and layers to peel back in the world of the Dark Brethren.
Ms O’hara’s take in a fairly saturated genre is fresh and new. While some other readers expect certain rules or formula’s to be followed, I enjoyed this book all the more so for the differences. Bring on DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE.