Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul starts off with an intriguing twist to the vampire universe, where humans went to war with vampires and took it upon themselves to collective poison their blood in order to starve their enemies. When peace is restored, the vampires and humans create a taskforce with their first mission being to retrieve a possible antidote.
The premise is appealing but the romantic storyline is hard to swallow. It’s difficult to root for Knox and Felicia as a couple when the characters are introduced at a party of the wife of the hero, who also happens to be the best friend of the heroine. Outside of the erotica genre, it’s hard to start a romance when the hero is trying to convince the heroine that his devoted and dying wife gives them permission to be lovers. It was an interesting choice to have their first romantic scene halted by the heroine’s guilt about his dead wife and reinforced by her ghost showing up, in a dream, during the next morning cuddles to convince Felicia that she accepts their relationship.
Virna DePaul is a skilled writer, who excels in creating a bleak paranormal world. This author put her own slant on the vampire universe; like that vampires can have children but can’t turn a human being without sacrificing themselves, vamp domes and vamp councils. If you enjoy darker paranormal novels with atypical romances, this novel should be on your bookshelf.
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.