Book Review: Night’s Cold Kiss

Night’s Cold Kissby Tracey O’Hara
Series:Dark Brethren #1
Published byHarper Collins on August 25, 2009
Genres:Urban Fantasy
Pages: 339
Format: Paperback

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 Necrodreniacs. Her kill count is legendary and her skills superb.

But now the serial killer who killed her parents has returned. And to stop him Antoinette must join forces not only with the Aeternus, but also their most legendary killer. One that is both dangerously attractive, and involved in buried secrets of her past. More dangerous still, a dark attraction grows between them—one that could doom both races.

  • POV: shifting 3rd person
  • Tense: past
  • Audience: adult due to sexual content

This was a repeat reading of Night’s Cold Kiss.

Antoinette hates all vampires, but she is forced to work with two Aeternus at her uncle’s request. After she finds out that the vampire who killed her mother is still alive, and a political official is murdered by that vampire, she needs their help even more. What she doesn’t expect is her strong physical attraction to one of them.

I can’t say that this story has one single goal for Antoinette. It changes as the story goes on. I don’t want to say too much here in case you haven’t read Night’s Cold Kiss yet, because the change in the goal hinges upon a few surprises. I’ll just say that Antoinette’s goals are related more to her solving mysteries than her relationship with Christian. So, even though the book has a strong paranormal romance feel, it is really urban fantasy.

One of the things I really like about this book is how it pulls you right into the action.One bad thing is how it takes some time to figure out what a dreniac is. There is a glossary in the back of the book, but that wasn’t very helpful because I didn’t know it was there until the story was over. I think the glossary should have been at the beginning.

Other positives of Night’s Cold Kiss are the world-building and the atmosphere. I also liked that Christian had forgiven himself for his past mistakes; the reader doesn’t have to deal with him moping or feeling guilty. Another good thing about this book is that it isn’t predictable. There are surprises. However, if you look at those surprises from a different perspective, you might say that it creates inconsistency. Too many new elements are introduced and the plot doesn’t have an overarching goal.

I am on the fence about the way the author wrote the origins of the vampires. While it is not unusual–I’ve read other books like this–I am still not certain if I like the idea of vampires being descended from aliens. I have debated this before with my friend, who says that’s not what the author is saying, but on page 269, it is made clear: “We, the Aeternus, are the closest form of our alien forebears, the Glarachni,.The alien race is long gone, but we their children live on…”

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading Night’s Cold Kiss. I recommend it to readers who like a lot of romance mixed in with vampire-killing action. I will definitely continue this series.

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