REVIEW: Chosen by Sin by Virna DePaulFriday, April 20, 2012 1:00
Where do I start? There is really nothing I like about this book, and that makes me sad. In the previous books, and even in the beginning of this one, Dex and Jesmina seemed like bad-ass and smart characters I can have fun reading about. Then they change, and not for the better. The Dex and Jesmina at the end of the book are not people I want to root for.
I’ll start with the romance, if that is what you can call it. There is an immediate attraction between the two of them, and when they finally get together, it’s explosive. They part ways and not long after they meet up again, accidentally on purpose, in France. Apparently vampires get pregnant really, really fast, and they know it right away. Jes has had multiple miscarriages and she expects to have another, when she suddenly can tell that Dex is in the same country with her. She also feels the baby get stronger, because Dex is in the same country. Okay then. Let me just say, totally not a fan of pregnant heroines. So begins their journey of lies, anger, mistrust, betrayal, and so on. Dex says he loves Jes, but twice he accuses her of experimenting on children, the second time being when he actually takes their child and tries to hide it. Seriously?! He goes back and forth between loving her and hating her that I got whiplash, and Jes actually begs him to stay, when he is the one being an idiot. I can’t wrap my head around that. I lost all respect for both of them. Also, the passion disappears along with everyone’s balls.
As for everything else, it is a big let down. Shape-shifters are tired of being treated like dirt, so some of them plan to open a bridge to hell to let in demons. I am still not sure how that would help them, because we don’t really learn much about this plot. It seems to be just a reason for Dex to have gone to France. It never really goes anywhere. The majority of the battle with these demons happens off screen and after such a big buildup (it’s the end of the world!) I want more than a “phew that was hard, glad it’s over” moment. Dex being a half-breed werewolf and part of a legend are such key points, but they never really go anywhere. He could have been any type of paranormal, because he doesn’t act like a were in any way except he can shift, which he does maybe twice. Last, but not least, this series is called Para-Ops…but there is hardly even a team. Certainly no team mission in this book and hardly even a mission period.
I am just disappointed, this series had potential, but it lost it with this one. I am not sure if there will be any more, but I am sure that I don’t want to read them if there are.
An elite Para-Ops team, a wounded alpha werebeast bent on revenge, and a female vampire trying to save her adoptive dragon-shifter family.Can they stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell?
Read an excerpt.