December 18, 2011
Monty Python used to open with the words, “Now For Something Completely Different.” It almost seems that Virna DePaul’s paranormal Para-Ops series should have that stenciled across every book. It is not a sweet romantic tale of thwarted love between the species, nor does it involve sparkling vampires, what the series does have is hard hitting action, clever plot twists, and major heat. The third book in the series is CHOSEN BY SIN.
Dex Hunt is a were beast without family ties after being ejected from the pack as a youngster by his grandfather. This early cruelty stays with him, hounding him, begging for revenge, which he may find soon. Currently, he’s busy with a Para-Ops teams ran under the jurisdiction of the FBI to investigate shape shifter on shape shifter killings. It doesn’t make sense. Could it be a plot to destroy the fragile peace between the species?
Jesamina Martin knows almost 100 percent that Dex Hunt is the one. As a specially trained doctor and vampire, she needs blood to determine if Dex is the one the prophecies mention. If so he may be able to save her adopted people the Draci, who only live thirty years. Getting close to him, and convincing him to give a blood sample might be a problem. She doesn’t expect her heart and body to immediately be awaken by his very essence. It can only end badly, especially when he finds out that she is working for the man he hates the most.
CHOSEN BY SIN is a fast paced paranormal suspense where nothing is at it seems. The Otherborn, as the non-human species are called are both the bad, and the good guys, but then are so are the humans. Everyone holds secrets that they refused to share; secrets that could be fatal. The fate of earth hangs in the balance as the Para-Ops team tries to discover who is behind the shape-shifter killings and the raising of evil spirits.
The Other are not comic book characters, but fully fleshed out individuals with complicated motivations, fears, and needs. The chemistry between Dex and Jesamine is the hottest I’ve seen in both paranormal and normal. Their resistance to each is real and for all the right reasons. CHOSEN BY SIN makes the unbelievable, well, believable. The characters come alive.
CHOSEN BY SIN is book three of the Para-Ops series. I would recommend you read CHOSEN BY SIN, but also grab CHOSEN BY FATE, and CHOSEN BY BLOOD too.