Author: Alexandra Ivy
Series: Book One in the Sentinels Series
Published By: Zebra Books (December 31, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars!
In a stunning new paranormal romance series—even edgier than her bestselling Guardians of Eternity books—New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels—humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain…
Born In Blood
Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.
Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.
This is my first Alexandra Ivy book and I will be honest, I mainly picked this up because I was in desperate need of something new and fresh to read.
And Ms. Ivy doesn't mess around. From the very first pages we are immediately thrust into the world she created with a murder to solve, magic and mischief in the air, sexual tension already present and evil afoot. This is not a leisurely stroll in the park but rather a wild roller coaster of a ride that you need to be strapped in for.
I liked Callie from the get go and Duncan not long after. It is very evident that they have an attraction for one another and maybe even something more even though they both grew up in very different places and under very different circumstances.
The world building was slow as to not dump too much information on you at once which I appreciated. The feel of the world and characters she created was very much original in concept and design. The characters were nicely done although not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked.
The bad guy was evil with a twist I didn’t see coming and the good guys were good with all that comes between fighting the age old battle of good versus evil.
While the storyline wasn't anything unique or anything that blew me away, the characters and setting were, with the world of Valhalla, sentinels, soul seers, necromancers and many others that made the plot enjoyable and worth the read. The sexual tension was hot HOT and the steamy romance scenes even more so.
The secondary characters of Mave, Fane and Serra added a lot to the dynamic and feel of the book and overall this was a nice read with lots of action and romance as well as originality to make it a worthwhile read.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*