Review: Chosen By Sin by Virna DePaul

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , featured , Review , The Danger Lover , Virna DePaul Posted on March 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am 11 comments

Chosen By Sin by Virna DePaul

Format Read: e-book provided courtesy of Author for Review
Length: 254 Pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Para-Ops Book III
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website,, Goodreads, Nook, Kindle

Book Blurb:

The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.


My Thoughts:

Werebeast with a major–chip–on–his–shoulder Dex Hunt was surprised to find himself bonding with Para-Ops team members after agreeing to FBI Director Kyle Mahone’s offer of joining the clandestine group of Otherborn operatives. But Hunt’s allegiance came with a price and Mahone agreed to pay it.

Dex’s grandfather took him away from his mother when he was a young child and abandoned him to an orphanage where Dex was starved and abused. Dex believes it was because he is a half-breed and the old werewolf leader rejected his grandson out of bigotry and shame. To add insult to injury, Dex’s mother died not long after her son was taken from her and he therefore blames his grandfather for a litany of sins. The motivating goal in Dex’s life is to find his grandfather, Bodin of Hammersham and kill him. Mahone agreed to make sure the FBI looks the other way when Dex accomplishes his plan of vengeance. Bodin’s rationale for sending his grandson away was actually altruistic as he believed he was protecting Dex from an unfortunate fate related to an ancient werewolf legend.

Vampire Dr. Jesmina Martin has her own life goal and it directly relates to certain unsuspecting werebeast and an ancient, obscure werewolf legend. Bodin also played a pivotal role in the course of Jes’s life as he rescued her when her parents were killed and placed her in the care of the Draci, a race of dragon shifters. Jes, an immortal vampire has grown up with a race of beings who while powerful, have an accelerated and short lifespan. They are actually quite fragile beings. Jes has bonded with the Draci, loves them as her family and has made it her life’s pursuit to find a way to increase their lifespan. And she thinks Dex Hunt’s unique biology may hold the key.

Virna DePaul crafts another fast-paced multilayered paranormal romantic suspense in her latest offering in the Para-Ops series. The team is fractured, Caleb has taken Wraith to safety and Knox is hold up in the Vamp Dom, protecting his human wife Felicia (also a Para-Ops team member). Which leaves only Dex and Mage / Feline shifter Lucy active. When a threat surfaces involving the dangerous and misunderstood race of Otherborn shapeshifters living in Europe, who seem to be exterminating one another Dex is sent to France to establish a line of communication and try to ferret out the threat. Jes makes her home in France.

DePaul created instant chemistry between Dex and Jes when they met during a previous Para-Ops mission. She manipulates Dex into meeting her again and while it isn’t part of her plan they spend the night together. When again meet in France, Dex and Jes are drawn together by an electric attraction that neither can (or wants to) ignore and enter into a steamy, complicated relationship. There is a sense of destiny about their union. Jes has kept secrets from Dex and initially manipulated him. Further, Jes learns she is pregnant and there are complications, she needs a reluctant, shell shocked Dex to stay with her for biological as well as emotional reasons. To say their relationship is conflict ridden would be an understatement.

Chosen By Sin offers readers numerous surprises. DePaul continues to advance the story arc involving Knox’s brother Zeph and the nefarious Quorum. I loved that Lucy shows her mettle in a surprising scene with Mahone, a guy who I love to hate. As for Felicia and Knox? Well, while their bond is as strong as ever, but lets just say the natives are getting restless. Introducing the intriguing Draci who are unique among the dragon shifters I’ve read in paranormal romance opens a new avenue for DePaul to explore in her expanding Para-Ops world.

The sarcastic in-your-face Dex Hunt is a favorite hero in DePaul’s Para-Ops series and she didn’t disappoint in giving him a memorable story and well deserved HEA. I’d love to read Lucy’s story and see more of the Draci whose shifts are amazingly creative.

And, Virna: Zeph’s story needs to be told. 🙂

If you enjoy a hot dark paranormal romantic suspense with endearing characters entwined in a complex, fascinating world, enhanced by vivid descriptions Chosen By Sin is worth the read. I do think it’s important to read the books in order as the author has done considerable world-building over the course of the series.

Book 1: Chosen By Blood
Book 2: Chosen By Fate

I give Chosen By Sin 4 1/2 Stars

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About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Virna DePaul March 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for the review! 🙂

    • Lea March 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Your welcome Virna! Thank you!

  • Diane March 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I would love to read the third installment but can’t get it. I have a Kobo e-reader and it’s not available on Kobo or Smaswords yet

    • Virna DePaul March 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Diane, what format does your Kobo take? Email me at virna at virnadepaul dot com so I can make sure you get the right format! 🙂

      • Lea March 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Thanks for replying to Diane Virna. 🙂

  • aurian March 10, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Great review Lea, I really need to start reading this series! It is on the top of my wishlist!

    • Lea March 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks Aurian! I’ve so enjoyed this series, Virna’s world building is phenomenal! 😉 I hope you can try it soon.

  • blodeuedd March 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

    A darker pnr, hm, yes why not? Perhaps that is just what I need

    • Lea March 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Hey B!
      I hope you enjoy if you give it a try! And thanks for the comment. 😉

  • Laurie March 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I just bought this, thanks for the review!

    • Lea March 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Your welcome! Thank you! & I hope you enjoy Laurie. 😉

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