Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Aleksei is feared by all who cross paths with him. He is the great ruler of a race of immortal vampires known as the Blood Breed. Setting eyes on Lana for the first time sets off unquenchable desires that Aleksei has never experienced in his existence.
One night out leads to a destiny that will forever change Lana's life. It was an immediate attraction to Aleskei, feelings so strong they left her body on fire, so intense she didn’t know if it was real.
When an age old prophecy brings Lana and Aleksei together, nothing can stop the unbreakable bond that weaves itself into their lives, and when an unseen predator threatens to take away Lana, Aleksei will stop at nothing to destroy all who stand in his way from making Lana his.
Jenika Snow’s The Chosen: A Tale of the Blood Breed is an ingenious story with many attractive characters, set in the, now ubiquitous, world of vampires. You don’t have to look very far to find a vampire romance novel these days, what with the Twight series, by Stephanie Meyers and the hundreds of other titles available, so standing out in this crowd is difficult. Ms. Snow’s able craftsmanship, story telling ability and developing a world where the non-human are the focus, bring pleasurable nuances to what could have been a me-too tome.
In her world, we have the Blood Breeds linking themselves with the Lykens to fight the Bloodless, while at the top of the pyramid is a love story between Aleksei Draukowski, a vampire prince and Lana Alexander, the virginal damsel in distress. Here, though, the fair damsel holds the future of the unworldly, depending on which side breeds her.
Ms. Snow’s characters leap off the page, their personalities so defined, you can see them. This one attribute of The Chosen, makes the novel and, when her characters do something or something is done to them, you are able to get the full impact. Aleksei and Lana are two of a cast of characters, all easily understood by the reader, due to their unique personalities.
The sex scene in Chapter six should be a model to erotic romance (even erotica) authors. Here, Ms. Snow builds the tension slowly and we feel it from both Aleksei's and Lana's point of view. That, when they met, both felt an immediate attraction, propels the following paragraphs to a conclusion where Ms. Snow holds us in her hands and leaves us wanting more… much more.
The Chosen is a well written story, melded with an historical shading that only serves to define this present-day world vividly. The quotes sound like people and not mechanical, each character speaking in his or her own manner. Ms. Snow’s delightful re-working of vampire mythos is unique and well worth reading.
Desmond’s quote: “The Chosen: A Tale of the Blood Breed is a wonderful way to fall into Ms. Snow’s world, where she takes us on a voyage from two star-crossed people meeting for the first time to their eventual prophecy fulfillment. I highly recommend this book and assure you, it’s well worth your time and money.”
4 Tea Cups!