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Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Chosen By Blood by Virna DePaul


Title: Chosen By Blood
Series: Para-Ops, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Virna DePaul
Pub: July 7, 2011, Berkley 
Format: Paperback, 384 pages

Summary from back cover:

Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starting 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.


Felicia's experience as a hostage negotiator makes her a natural asset to a team divided by suspicion and prejudice. While being in close contact with Knox makes the desire she feels for him difficult to deny, Knox much marry a vampire, and she's not about to be his human lover on the side.


As the team embarks on its dangerous mission, Knox is determined to convince Felicia that the passion that connects them is enough to transcend both race and her human idea of morality. But Felicia is intent on teaching Knox that complete trust and love are the only forces strong enough to unite human and Other, once and forever.

When a book catches you off guard while reading -- where do you start with the review? I was stumped!

I'd heard so many great things about Chosen By Blood that I was ecstatic when I was able to pick up a signed copy from the author herself at RWA.  (Virna DePaul was sooooo nice!) So I start reading it about a week after I get home. I'm so hooked on it - I purchase the Kindle version just so I can keep reading via TTS while at work. (Have earbuds, will read.)

DePaul takes the time to build a fantastic world where Vamps and "others" coexist (not under the best circumstances) with humans. I loved the different twist of "tainted blood" for the vampires and the complications that arise with locating the antidote.


In the beginning -- I didn't understand why Knox was sooooo insistent on marrying his own kind. I also didn't stand behind Felicia's issue of "monogamy or bust." But as I got deeper into the story - I learned more about Knox and Felicia's way of thinking -- their pain and why they held steadfast to their beliefs. The romance between them grew and it was at a pace that worked well with the story. 


Two thumbs up and a snap for DePaul's mental gymnastics! There were plot twists and turns that literally had me sending status updates to Goodreads hourly. Shock and awe and "What the Hell?" was in full effect!!  She also takes the time to set up the world and it's characters to give readers a full picture of the world she's created.  Some readers find that a turn off - but I love it with Urban Fantasy books.  If I have a better understanding for how the world operates, I can buy into pretty much any crazy thing the author throws at you.


This is DePaul's first book in her Para-Ops series. Book Two, Chosen by Fate will feature Para-Ops team members, Wraith, the team's ghost, and Caleb O'Flare, the team's human psychic shaman. You can also grab a FREE read of a prequel novella titled "Wraith's Awakening."

Get your read on!

3 comments:

Bells said...

Great review and I loved this book as well! Virna is the sweetest and she's got a great thing going on with this series!

Pamela {Spaz} said...

OH REALLY!!!!!! I have this one from AAD too and now I can't wait to get to it!! *woot*!

Virna DePaul said...

Hi Dren! (Hi Bells!) Thanks so much for reviewing CBB here. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! Hope you're well! :) V

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