Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

Born in Blood
By: Alexandra Ivy
Publisher: Zebra
Published: December 31, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: Toni
Date: June 1, 2014


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.

Born in Blood is a very good read but has typical “first book in a new series” syndrome; a whole bunch of vivid and descriptive world building that took away from the characters.

In this new universe, paranormal creatures and gifted people fall under the title “high blood” or freak, the derogatory term used for them. While their existence is known, they are still veiled in secrecy. They live in a city called Valhalla that is protected by a magic dome.

Callie has been living in Valhalla for as long as she can remember. Her gift was recognized by her parents and she was dumped into a dumpster. Luckily she found kindness and love in her new home and is now a grown woman who is in high demand by the local police force for her rare gift of necromancy. But she has a little problem. She needs to keep her mind on her job and off the sexy detective that has been occupying way too much of her time. She needs to concentrate or be woman enough to take what she wants and desires.

Today is Duncan’s lucky day. It seems his favorite fantasy is interested in him too. Now he needs to play it cool to catch her and keep her. The problem is, she has a huge tattooed killer of a bodyguard and they have a high blood killer on the loose. Oh and I forgot to mention…zombies. He doesn’t have the time to woo Callie, but he isn’t about to let her slip from his grasp.

Ms. Ivy does a very thorough job building her world, but it drew me away from where I wanted to be, with Duncan and Callie. I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I wasn’t blown away. Now that the building is done, I hope that the future installments will take what I expect to be a great series, to the next level. Ms. Ivy has always found a way to pull me in and I expect her to continue to do that.

On a very very positive note, the fact she is titling the series after the sexy hot and very deadly sentinels, well that alone will keep me coming back for more. I think Ms. Ivy has developed the next hottie of the paranormal world. Sentinels are deliciously alpha with mind blowing sex appeal. Need I say more?

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