Title: Born In Blood (The Sentinels, Book One)
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
ARC provided by NetGalley
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.
Callie Brown is a necromancer who uses her gift to help the police when a body is discovered dead...and missing her heart. There are no gaping chest wound on the victim. With her ability to see the dead's last few minutes, Callie discovers a mysterious and powerful stranger waiting for her. Someone who is very aware just exactly who and what Callie is.
Sergeant Duncan O'Connor isn't like a lot of humans who want nothing to do with high bloods. And he has had a growing attraction for the stunning necromancer, Callie Brown. When Duncan and Callie are in Valhalla, he makes his intentions known.
Born In Blood has a slow build-up as there are a lot of characters, and explanations given to this unique paranormal world. With all the back-story and little action in the beginning, the story lagged a bit for me. And I wasn't all that crazy for Duncan's he-man tactics in the beginning. But that doesn't deter from the fact that Ivy HAS created an interesting beginning to a new series...it just wasn't my cup of tea.
If you like a plethora of paranormal creatures packed in one story with interesting characters and don't mind a slower pace, Born In Blood is an adventure worth reading.