Chosen By Blood (Para-Ops, #1) by Virna DePaul

Chosen By Blood - Virna DePaul

Chosen by Blood takes place in an alternate world where humans and supernatural creatures live side by side in an uneasy peace.  In an effort to reduce the threat of vampires during the second American civil war, humans created a vaccine which deprived human blood of the nourishment that vampires need to survive.  Vampires have a hard time reproducing and with their members now dying of starvation, it is imperative that a cure be found.

When dharmie (half human/half vamire) Knox Devereaux the leader of a small group of vampires is contacted by the FBI to join a an otherworld military group created specifically to hunt down a cure, he simply cannot resist participating.  The job comes with the added bonus of finally getting close to his soul mate Special Agent Felicia Locke.  As much as Knox wants to be with Felicia, he is driven to protect her.  With various supernatural creatures having a different idea of how human and otherworld relations should be, this mission might just bring an end to their love before it has a chance to grow. 

Chosen By Blood is technically under the category of paranormal romance, though parts of it read like cheap erotica.  It really is a shame because the alternate world setting was absolutely creative and the novel could well have stood on its own with the forced romance running through it.  We are told that Knox and Felicia are soul mates but we really don't have a romance or an incident that draws them together other than lust.  The major spike in their relationship is that when they first meet, Knox is married to Felicia's best friend and though vampire culture has no problem with polyamory, Felicia is far from comfortable with it.  Polyamory is something we seldom see in these kinds of novels but I found that I could not embrace it simply because it was framed as something that is unacceptable and even otherworldly.  Monogamy in particular is posited as the right and only way to live.  In the end Knox gives up on the idea of serial monogamy for Felicia because he just doesn't want to sleep with anyone else despite growing up with Polyamory as the norm.

I know that Chosen By Blood is paranormal romance but I am tired of women losing the ability to think when the man they love walks in the room.  We get that you think he is hot and have been fantasizing with a vibrator for awhile but why does this mean that common sense has to fly out the window?  While it was great that Felicia is no shrinking violet and is more than willing to prove her skills her reduction to blathering fool around Knox.  This is especially true when we are given no reason for her absolute devotion to this vampire.  


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