Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Review: Night's Cold Kiss
This is the first book in the Dark Brethren series 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.
Night's Cold Kiss is an Urban Fantasy from EOS.
But...I would consider it a paranormal whodunnit.
Antoinette has been trained as a Venator - which is a human who hunts and kills the Necrodreniacs - who are vampires that drain a victim to death for the 'cocaine - like rush' that comes from that death.
Christian Laroque is Aeternus - which is a fancy name that the vampires call themselves - they take offense at the human coined term - vampire. He is also known as the Crimson Executioner - due to the bloodthirsty rampage he went on after the deaths of his father and wife.
There seem to be a lot of people - the ChaPR, the Guild, the Order - I honestly could not keep them all straight. But they are all on the hunt for the 'Fang-Whore Killer'. Yes, the 'Fang-Whore Killer'. And Christian wants to use Antoinette as bait.
I see a lot of potential in these characters and I really enjoyed several parts of Night's Cold Kiss - but as a whole, it does not stand out for me.
I give Night's Cold Kiss 3 out of 5 stars.