Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Date Read: 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.
Publisher: Zebra Books
Listened for Fun/Read for Review (Audible/NetGalley)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not Part of the Overall Rating)
First Thoughts when Finished: Born in Blood was my first time reading Alexandra Ivy and it won’t be my last.
Story Thoughts: Incredible world building and an interesting mystery. I was really impressed by how much I enjoyed the case at the center of Born in Blood. It was well though out, executed well, and had me hooked from beginning to end. I wasn’t really invested in the romance part of the story though. I think that had more to do with the characters than the story though.
Character Thoughts: I am going to admit it took awhile for me to warm up to both Duncan and Callie. I didn’t dislike them but they didn’t make me want to root for them either. About 3/4 of the way through the book though I began to really start liking them. I did like the side characters though and can’t wait for the BF/Guardian story. That is a couple that I am already rooting for! 🙂
Narrated By Jim Frangione / Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Jim’s voice is sex on a stick! I love his male voices and his pacing is wonderful. It always takes me a minute to warm up to his female voices but once I do they flow really good too.
Final Thoughts: I am looking forward to book 2!
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