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Sin's Dark Caress: A Dark Brethren Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Tracey O'Hara

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July 16 2012 Dark Brethren

“Tracey O’Hara writes in a voice full of passion and power.”
—Nalini Singh

“I can’t wait to read more about the Brethren.”
  —Keri Arthur

Fans of supernatural fiction can’t stop talking about author Tracey O’Hara’s Dark Brethren—a phenomenal urban fantasy series in the bestselling vein of J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeaniene Frost, and Jocelynn Drake. O’Hara continues her gripping paranormal saga of shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, and darkest magic with Sin’s Dark Caress, as an NYPD Detective joins forces with a powerful forensic witch to investigate a rash of gruesome murders that plagues the city, hoping to prevent an ancient, insidious evil from reentering their world. Sin’s Dark Caress is supernatural suspense combined with a captivating love story that will appeal equally to dark fantasy lovers and fans of paranormal romance. It’s no wonder the Romantic Times BOOKclub declares that, “urban fantasy just got a major jolt of talent with O’Hara’s arrival.”

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061783153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061783159
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,649,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The threat of the Dark Brethren rising hovers over O’Hara’s impressively compelling series with wonderfully chilling menace....O’Hara is on a roll!” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

“Urban fantasy just got a major jolt of talent with O’Hara’s arrival. She makes an extremely strong debut...The pace is brisk and the danger intense. Passion, betrayal, and plot twists galore make for entertainment on a grand scale.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

From the Back Cover

An ancient darkness has risen from the ashes . . . and terror has been loosed upon an unsuspecting world.

Forensic witch Bianca Sin has never seen anything like it: homeless teenage girls torn to pieces by dark magic in the cold shadows of the city. More terrifying still is the symbol written in blood on an alley wall—the unmistakable seal of the Dark Brethren.

Teaming up with NYPD homicide detective Lancelot McManus and an elite task force headed by the shapeshifter Oberon DuPrie, Bianca knows her worst fears have finally come to pass. A new war of annihilation is looming that will plunge the worlds of vampire, shapeshifter, and human into chaos—and two adversarial tribes locked in uneasy truce will need to take up arms together to save the children. Trust will be essential for Sin and McManus, as the hunt forces them to confront their deepest terrors.

For the ultimate evil is no longer approaching.

It's here.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! Aug. 2 2012
By M. Duncan - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although Sin's Dark Caress didn't have any sex or any sexual tension for that matter (although the author did try), I enjoyed reading the 3rd in The Dark Brethren series. There was just so much going on that it was hard to miss what wasn't there. But of course it was not labeled as a romance, nor was it labeled as having any kind of romantic element it in.
The plot was unmistakably riveting. I was so engrossed; I was hard-pressed to concentrate on my real life. My mind was always going back to the questions swirling around in my head; who exactly are the Dark Brethren? Will McManus and Bianca finally acknowledge their feelings towards one another? And what exactly who/what is McManus?

The ending was surprisingly unpredictable and supercharged. The dragon had me at hello. I almost cried...but then I realized dragons aren't real.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers territory July 31 2012
By Tez Miller - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pregnant young women are murdered, their foetuses removed, with the Dark Brethren's mark left as a signature. The Womb Raider case has Detective Lancelot McManus and forensic thaumaturgist Dr Bianca Sin investigating the links between the victims, and predicting whom will be next.

It's safe to say that the Dark Brethren series has entered bonkers territory. Weird shiz makes me laugh, keeps me entertained, so I'm happy to go along on this ride. But be warned - there are talking dragons. I'm used to this from animated TV comedies, not books, so in my mind the talking dragons sound like when "Futurama"'s Nibbler pontificates. Hopefully the author meant this as comic relief, or else I'm laughing inappropriately. I do love Kedrax's bond with Bianca's cat, Vincent. I love that kitty! He's not parahuman, but he's a great little accomplice. There's also mention of "erotic plant manipulation", but we don't see it in action. Still makes me laugh.

As for the serious stuff, the Dark Brethren are breaking through, but as this is the last contracted novel, we may not get closure. So if you want to learn more about the Dark Brethren, be sure to drum up sales of NIGHT'S COLD KISS, DEATH'S SWEET EMBRACE, and SIN'S DARK CARESS, and hopefully we'll get a Book 4 in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I gave it 3.5 stars Aug. 17 2012
By Urban Fantasy Investigations - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book 1 of the Dark Brethren NIGHT'S COLD KISS remains my favorite of the series. It did a fabulous job of drawing me into the story so that I wanted to read more of what would come in the series. Book 3 SIN'S DARK CARESS was a good addition to the series. It follows Bianca Sin and Lancelot McManus as they investigate a string of mysterious crimes.

The other two books were heavy on the relationship front but SIN'S DARK CARESS is more about the story and mystery then relationship. There is some romance but nothing like the previous 2 books in the series. I really liked both characters. Bianca is a witch who never came into her powers so she is pretty much the dunce to the other witches. She finally comes into her powers when she bonds with a dragon of all things and happens to be extremely powerful. McManus is an addict. He is addicted to alcohol but also a drug called Neon Tears. You can see the attraction to each other but they take forever to act on it. The case they are on was extremely close to Bianca. It involves others with powers and even people that she knows personally. The whole case is pretty gruesome but fantastically so. It grabs your attention and makes your heart go a little faster then normal trying to see what will happen and who that something will happen to. The only thing I missed is a bigger role of the characters from the previous books.

O'Hara has an easy to get into writing style with great descriptions of her world and characters. I would recommend starting from book 1 or even DANTE RISING which is a prequel to NIGHT'S COLD KISS. I will continue to follow the series and hope we get some more of my favorite characters from previous books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the lack of romance, but the installment was solid overall July 31 2012
By A Book Obsession.. - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a forensic witch, Sin sees a lot of horrible nasty things, but her latest case may just be the worst. Girls are being torn apart as their unborn children are ripped from their wombs by the darkest magic. They carry the mark of the Dark Brethren, the darkest force imaginable. She partners up with her longtime friend, detective McManus and a special ops task force to get to the bottom of these brutal rituals before the unimaginable happens and the Brethren are released unto this world, wreaking death, horrors, and destruction. Failure is not an option.

I really love Sin's character. She's considered the least of her peers as she was never able to bond to a familiar, so she tries to avoid the politics surrounding her kind. (Think high society with magical powers.) In fact, this lack actually lessened the standing of her family, something that is very important in Witch culture. Yet she never once shows an inferiority complex, and she puts her entire heart and soul into her job. I really admire the way she found a way to work with her limited powers to help others. Of course the power situation changes pretty early on in the story as events unfurl. I've always loved books that have an awakening of some sort where the character goes from the weakest to strongest. I think the time spent being "lesser" gives the character a unique perspective and more apt to use the power responsibly when the time comes. Based on what I've seen, no one is more capable and deserving than Sin.

I was rather frustrated with the lack of any real romance in Sin's Dark Caress, especially considering the much larger role it played in the previous installments. Sin and McManus had tried the whole intimacy thing in the past and claimed it was incredibly awkward, so they abandoned that idea to just be good friends. Yet, despite that, there still was a spark between them, and I just think there were several missed opportunities for their relationship to have been expanded on. Granted, McManus has had a very rough life, and has good reasons for distrusting Witches as his past haunts him. He has multiple vices of addictions, that are slowly destroying him, so he isn't really in the best of places for a relationship. That being said, the one constant in his life is Sin, and I think in time she could help him overcome his addictions and past. We were given glimpses of that potential with a kiss here and there, but nothing really substantial. Unfortunately, if this series continues the trend of changing character focuses, we won't get to see that growth and change, which is really disappointing.

The beginning of Sin's Dark Caress was rather slow, but once things got in motion, they took off with a bang, almost, but not quite to the point of chaos. I would have preferred a more even pacing, but that didn't hinder my reading experience as much as my frustration with the lack of romantic development. Honestly, I don't mind a slow romantic build up when the series continues with the same characters, but as we probably won't directly see these two together I feel rather let down. That being said, the rest of Sin's Dark Caress was pretty solid, and definitely worth the time spent. So if you enjoy Urban Fantasy and don't mind the lack of romance, then Sin's Dark Caress should largely appeal to you.
5.0 out of 5 stars dark urban fantasy July 31 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The three NYPD cops at the murder scene are not feeling very well as the homeless victim was ripped open like a can of corn to remove the baby inside of her. This is the second horrific homicide in two weeks. Detective McManus asked magic expert Dr. Bianca Sin the Forensic witch to look at a symbol. When she does, Bianca becomes sick as she realizes the Dark Brethren seal is on the alley wall.

She calls shapeshifter Oberon DuPrie with the news the worst that could happen has begun. He and the team race to the murder scene. War is coming in which the paranormal species and the humans will take enormous losses, but must unite or face even worse as evil is on the march. Bianca understands this as she opens her locket to meet her familiar Kedrax the dragon who warns her dark magic plans to enable the Dark Brethren to cross over.

The latest Dark Brethren urban fantasy (see Death's Sweet Embrace and Night's Cold Kiss) costars a nasty malevolent being who uses magic to impregnate chosen "fallen" women and then guts them to take the baby from them; this evil has great plans to bring hell on earth. Bianca, Oberon and the crew investigate in hopes of preventing the pandemic threat from happening. Their inquiry allows the audience to learn more about the secretive witch clans and to a lesser degree vampires and shapeshifters. This is a winner in the O'Hara mythos as time is running out on earth.

Harriet Klausner

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