Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Virna dePaul - Chosen By Sin

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.

Comment: This is the last installment in the Para Ops trilogy by ms dePaul. My enjoyment of the books has been decreasing, so I wasn't very confidant in this one, although we always hope it's good. But in this case I'm afraid my suspicion was met.

This book tells the story of Dex Hunter, one of the members of the Para Ops team and how he is sent to France to look for clues about a case they're investigating and at the same time he gets involved with Jesmina, a vampire.
Jes is a doctor and wants to find a cure to help the race that raised her because they have a very short life span. Knowing about a prophecy and meeting Dex will give her hope and will to go after him but the attraction and the surprises after they meet just make everything different than what he imagined.

First of all, this story was boring. I didn't pay attention to everything, especially when it was about the mission, because I knew it would be solved and it wasn't that amazing. Honestly, this part was really annoying. They keep talking about a mission but it was more like random things while the characters dealt with their romances. This isn't like one of these tv shows where teams investigate and solve things. I was really disappointed by how that wasn't captivating enough because it's the base for the whole plot. This part of the book felt more like something that was there so let's add some scenes about it to make it look more serious than what, in fact, it was. 
Then there were scenes here and there with other characters, things related to the main plot ad the mission that were an attempt to explain some further actions and why something was happening that way. At least I think it was this. It made the story feel very disjointed and focused on things that in the end didn't have any kind of closure.

This last thing was also a bit annoying. There are several course of actions taken throughout the book, things about other characters not the protagonists, that when the book ends, aren't explained or solved and pretty much left hanging. Was it on purpose, to make the reader think or was it lack of focus because sometimes things just take time to be done? Who knows.
One of the team's members doesn't even have a end to her personal story.
By the end of the book there isn't even a team, in fact they only worked ALL together in the first book. Really disappointing.

The romance was the best part and even so, not the very best ever done. Dex and Jesmina start being together because of attraction but then something happens, Jesmina thinks Dex is the cure for her problems and eventually they deal with the obstacles in their way and get their HEA.
I kind of enjoyed some parts in their story but I can't really say I was surprised to see so many things without real balance between them. It just didn't feel believable when they said they were in love.

In the end, I graded this with the minimum positive, almost didn't make it, simply because overall the idea was good, some parts here and there were too and this is the final book. But too many things annoyed me to make me want to read more by the author.
Grade: 5/10

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