Monday, October 3, 2011

Review: Chosen by Fate by Virna DePaul

Chosen by Fate
Para-Ops #2
by: Virna DePaul
$7.99 mass market paperback
Berkley Sensation
Paranormal Romance
Released: October 2011

Wraith has no memory of who she was before she died, and that's never bothered her too much until now.  When a wraith turns ten years old, she ceases to exist.  Rumor has it the knowledge of her former life could be the only thing to save her, so she sets out to find out who she was.  The last thing she needs is annoyingly sexy Caleb along for the ride, but the stubborn man can't seem to take no for an answer. 

A fellow Para-Ops team member, Caleb is a human shaman who's taken it upon himself to keep an eye on Wraith.  He's always been intrigued by the tough-as-nails wraith, and has lusted after her since he met her.  Since any kind of touch brings her pain, however, he's been unable to act on his feelings.  He knows she's attracted to him too, but the countdown to her tenth "birthday" means his feelings must be set aside if they hope to find her true identity before it's too late.

Book 2 continues the Para-Ops series, focusing one two different team members.  The attraction between Wraith and Caleb we saw in the first story comes front and center as we watch the two characters face hurdle after hurdle in their relationship.  Wraith doesn't want to get close to anybody or anything, knowing that she'll cease to exist after her tenth year.  She's got a lot of baggage and a lot of emotional depth as we watch her struggle with her own mortality.  Caleb just wants to help, but how do you help somebody that keeps pushing you away? 

This book flowed beautifully, and I really got sucked into the story.  The characters were well written and I felt for them and the pain they dealt with.  The only problem I had was the ending.  To me, the story was doing so great, but then it just ended.  It seemed too abrupt for me, although it did answer all the questions I had.  Overall, it's a great second book, and I'm sure book 3 will be even better.

Carla gives this book a

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