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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chosen By Blood, great start to a new series.

Chosen By Blood, by author Virna DePaul, is the first book in her new Para-Ops series. It's a pretty good start to the series, an I hope it will turn into a compelling new collection of books.

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.
Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting

Knox is a hunky piece of man candy just waiting to be licked to the last drop. Oh yeah I went there. ;) He is passion and honor mixed into one sexy crock pot of lovens, and he's got his eyes dead set on winning over Felicia. The vampires have a rather unusual definition of monogamy in this series, but our human sweetie Felicia is an old-fashioned sort of gal. I was totally with Felicia during this whole book; there would be no way in Hades that I would allow my man to get married to someone else and still have me on the side. No way. Also having the ghost of your dead BFF pop in after eating said man-candy is pretty awkward. A lot of the time Knox's pushing of Felicia on the issue between them got a tad annoying, but I was able to trundle on through to the good parts. The passion between these two was so good it burned up the pages. For those wanting a bit more erotic scenes DePaul comes very close to that line. ;)

Lies, betrayal and deceit can be a really big downer when the fate of your clan rests on your shoulders. The pure-blooded vampires are facing extinction unless a cure can be found, and I really did find myself sympathizing with them. Certain parts of the story did get a little dull, and personally I really hate it when people thought dead or missing keep coming back like a pack of cockroaches. All the resurrections were just a wee bit overdone if you ask me, but ultimately I feel it adds depth to the story. I hope that will be the last time I end up reading those scenarios, but overall DePaul writes a very interesting story. Some plot twists that I didn't even seen coming at the end will leave you wanting more.

The book also has a few strong secondary characters with some pretty compelling stories. I am looking forward to reading more about them, and this series seems to have many possibilities ahead. Chosen By Blood is getting a strong recommendation from me, and I eagerly await the next book in the series coming out in the Fall.

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  1. Katie, Thanks for the thoughtful review and recommendation! I'm glad you enjoyed CBB and are looking forward to the next! :)

  2. @Virna I can't wait to read what you have coming up. Well done! :)

  3. I've seen a lot about this book recently. Thanks for sharing your opinion of it!