Sin's Dark Caress: A Dark Brethren Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jul 10 2012
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Lancelot (Lance) McManus is an NYPD homicide detective who has seen a lot of things, but the newest case is even getting to him. Teenage girls are being murdered with dark magic and it appears that something more is going on besides the killing. The only good thing about this case is that Lance can call in Bianca and spend some time with her -even under these circumstances. His personal life might be headed downhill but Lance is determined to solve this case and end the gruesome murders.
Bianca and Lance team up to solve the murders and end up breaking a few rules along the way. They are also finding out that their friendship was hiding a building passion. Looking for answers places both Bianca and Lance in many dangerous situations and the tension seems to just keep building. Bianca and Lance also both find some answers individually that neither expected. The hunt is getting more deadly when Bianca and Lance believe they have found the true villains behind the murders but not the reason for them - but have they really figured it out?
Vicious murders team up a feisty witch and an unusual human cop to find the answers in Sin's Dark Caress. The first chapter told me that things were going to be dark until the murders were stopped. I could tell that Bianca and Lance had an unusual relationship from that first chapter and it just became more interesting as the story rolled on. I was not surprised to see that passion lurked under their friendship. I totally agreed when Lance and Bianca skirted the rules a bit in order to find some answers. As the murders continued and it became clearer what was going on, I started rooting even harder for Bianca and Lance to find the killer and yet the constant turns and twists kept me guessing on who was really behind it and what they wanted. When I found the final answers I was shocked because it was nothing like I thought it would be. It took trust, friendship and a budding love to get Lance and Bianca out of a situation that should have killed them. Sin's Dark Caress is full of suspense, deadly danger and a budding passion that will keep you guessing until the very end and beyond. I will tell you that I can't wait to see what the next chapters are in this Dark Brethren series.
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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.