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Now for my discussion of November’s Book-of-the-Month, The Chosen Sin by Anya Bast.
I am changing up the discussion with this month’s post. I am going to talk about different aspects of the story individually.
My discussion will contain no spoilers (or at least nothing that I would consider a spoiler…it is basically a review in a different format), but I cannot promise that the comments won’t have spoilers…so please read at your own risk!!!
My overall thoughts of the story:
So this was the first book-of-the-month chosen by my blog readers rather than me. I had never read an Anya Bast book so I was looking forward to reading this one as it sounded good and I must say that this futuristic/paranormal story didn’t disappoint. It was a bit different than I expected, but that is what helped to make it stand out to me. There was a nice mix of erotic romance and the paranormal and I loved the characters.
Set in the future, this erotic story features Alejandro Martinez and Daria Moran who have gone undercover at Christopher Sante’s commune-like community in order to bring down the vampire. They also hope to discover the whereabouts of a missing woman and what exactly is going on in the community as it is suspected that Sante is involved in illegal activities. To do this, Daria has to become a vampire and pose as Alejandro’s mate, which leads to some interesting and passionate complications.
With its twists-and-turns, the whole plot is very intriguing and I found myself as curious about Sante and his community as Daria and Alejandro were. I also enjoyed the relationship between Daria and Alejandro as they were very passionate people. There are quite a few surprises and I enjoyed learning more about the Chosen and this fictional world with each chapter. It seemed that with every chapter something new was revealed about the Chosen and the world in which they lived. I enjoyed each new discovery about this fictional world and its inhabitants.
Hero: Alejandro Martinez
I absolutely adored the character of Alejandro. A Chosen vampire, he works for the Governing Body of the Chosen. He has many layers to him and his past and desires haunt him. A multifaceted individual, Alejandro is passionate, caring, strong, intense, protective, and sensual. I don’t know how Daria manages to resist him for as long as she does.
Heroine: Daria Moran
An Allied Bureau of Investigation agent, Daria is a very strong and admirable heroine who is seeking justice and revenge against Sante. Due to her prior relationship with Sante, she has drastically changed her appearance to go undercover. She also has a prior relationship with Alejandro which complicates things as the two share a chemistry that heats up the pages. But having been hurt in the past, she finds it difficult to trust anyone.
In the book, the majority of the characters that we meet are the Chosen. Some Chosen are genetic vampires who, in order to become a Chosen vampire, must exchange blood with another vampire in what is a very erotic process called “Choosing”. A human can become a Chosen vampire if he or she shares blood with a Chosen and survives or makes it through the change. The Chosen also have different abilities and traits that were fascinating to learn about.
As for secondary characters who are Chosen, Sante is probably one of the most intriguing ones. We find out quite a bit about him and see many sides to him in the book as Daria and Alejandro work to bring him down.
In addition to Chosen vampires, there were many different types of individuals such as succubares, blood slaves and blood donors or veilhounders.
Favorite thing about the book:
There are two things that I loved about this book…
1) The setting. I really enjoyed the futuristic setting of the book with its different worlds and inhabitants as well as the paranormal aspects of the story. This was an erotic futuristic romance with a paranormal twist…or an erotic paranormal romance with a futuristic twist. No matter how you say it, it was different from what I was used to reading and I really liked it.
2) Alejandro…he was a wonderful hero. See above for more reasons why I liked him. He and Daria share a very passionate relationship and the sparks definitely fly as these two strong-minded individuals come together.
Least favorite thing:
This one is a bit more difficult for me as I enjoyed the story immensely. I will say that at times I felt the story moved a little slow and I wish it had progressed a bit faster…either that or I was just being impatient.
Would I recommend the book?
Yes, I would recommend this book. It is a little bit different from a typical vampire/paranormal romance, but if you are looking for something erotic with an interesting plot and world, I would recommend this.
With The Chosen Sin, Ms. Bast has created a complex world and group of individuals that I found fascinating. I really enjoyed this book and her writing. I look forward to trying more of her books.
What about all of you? If you have read the book, feel free to share your thoughts and favorite (or least favorite parts). However, please check the discussion rules before posting.