Monday, October 3, 2011

Review: Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul

Chosen by Blood
Para-Ops #1
by: Virna DePaul
$7.99 mass market paperback
Berkley Sensation
Paranormal Romance
Released: May 2011

As an agent of the FBI, Felicia was actively involved in the war between humans and paranormals.  During the war, a vaccine was created for humans to alter their blood so that it was no longer nutritionally sustaining to vampires.  Years after the war ended, however, the vampires are facing starvation.  Because they're immortal they can't die, but they can still suffer.  Top scientists have been working on a cure to the vaccine, and rumor has it they've succeeded.  Now in order to retrieve the cure that was stolen, Felicia along with a group of paranormals will form the first Para-Ops team with the skills necessary to retrieve it.  Too bad the vampire on the team, Knox, is the same vampire she's been in love with for the past ten years.  Knox is ruler of the vampires, and as such duty to his clan comes before any feelings the two might share.  Because of this, she's closed her heart to him, unwilling to risk heartache on something that can never be.

Although Knox longs to spend time with Felicia, he's outraged to learn she's going to be on the Para-Ops team.  He knows all too well the types of people they'll be dealing with, and can't stand the thought of her being hurt.  But if that's the only way to see her and spend time with her, then so be it.  He know Felicia's hurt by him putting his clan before her, but as a half breed, he's had to work harder than anybody to prove his worth to his clan, including arranged marriages and breeding.  But too much time in proximity to this fiery vixen has him wondering if he's been wasting all these years needlessly.

Their mission to gather the vaccine's cure takes them deep into the wilderness of North Korea, and it will take all their combined skills to make it out alive.  There are unseen players in the game that will stop at nothing to keep the antidote out of the Para-Ops hands, and they don't care how many bodies have to pile up to see their plans to come to fruition.

The concept of a group of paranormals forced to work together isn't a new one, but the author did a good job rounding out the characters and making them interesting.  They all have so much baggage attached to them you can't help but be curious what their backstories are.  The drama between Knox and Felicia slowed the story down a bit, and although it was written so that you could easily imagine Felicia's struggle with her feelings, it just took away from the story.  Other than that, it was an enjoyable read.

Carla gives this book a

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