Title: Born in Blood
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Action
Publisher: Kensington Books/Zebra
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Acquired: ARC from Netgalley.com
Date Finished: 12/5/13
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.
Sergeant Duncan O’Conner is recently divorced, emotionally stunted and a really good cop. Callie Brown is a “high-blood” necromancer who sometimes consults with the police when cases are outside the norm. They live in a world that has discovered there are a lot of “high-bloods” who range from necromancers to psychics to witches. After the world’s discovery of these folks, they of course relegated them to Valhalla (think X-Men meets Indian Reservations). They have their own domed city, their own laws, their own law enforcement, etc.
The story opens with O’Conner at the scene of a woman’s death. There is no apparent cause of death other than her heart is completely gone even though she doesn’t have a mark on her. It’s obvious this case falls into the freak category so O’Conner calls in Callie Brown for a consult. When Callie arrives with her ever-present Sentinel (body-guard) she gets to work. If you have ever read any other books involving necromancers, you will know they usually have the ability to raise the dead. In Born in Blood, this is not the case. Necromancers only have the ability to enter the dead person’s mind and see the last few minutes of their lives. You can understand why this would be helpful to the police investigating the case. While Callie is poking around in the dead girl’s last thoughts, she realizes there is someone else in there with her. He is powerful, he is scary and he knows Callie’s name.
Needless to say, it just gets weirder from there. O’Conner and Callie must work together to save the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and high-energy. The beginning was a little slower than the end, but overall it was a really fun read. O’Conner was a hottie with attitude, but a good heart. Callie was somewhat fragile, but strong when it counted. She was unsure of herself at times which made her more real and likeable. O’Conner and Callie had definite chemistry which both of them wanted to explore, but they were aware they were from different worlds which would make a relationship difficult. (Nod to Romeo & Juliet) Once they decided to go for it, there were some seriously steamy scenes. This book has a little of every genre in it…romance, crime, action, mystery, thriller, paranormal and horror. So, if you’re like me and you like a lot of different genres, you will probably like this book. It has something for everyone.
The bad guys were really bad and the good guys were really good, so this always has a tendency to make things a little predictable. I personally like a little more inner turmoil in my characters. Other than that, I can’t really say anything bad about this book.
Release Date: Born in Blood is officially being released on December 31st! Pick it up and make it your first read of the new year. Happy reading!!
I’d like to give a shout out to Netgalley.com, Kensington Books/Zebra and Alexandra Ivy for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC.