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The Chosen Sin Paperback – October 7, 2008
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About the Author
Anya Bast lives in the country with her Belgian husband, their tornado toddler of a daughter, and more cats, dogs, and rabbits than is sane. Ever since she was a little girl, Anya has told stories (much to her mother's dismay). She's happy to finally be making a career out of it. A native of one of the colder states, she loves to ice skate and watch hockey. She has fascination for crows, ravens and birds of prey. She enjoys the study of Eastern philosophy, Celtic myth, dreaming, and shamanism and occasionally incorporates what she learns into her paranormal stories. She works part time as a data base editor and French translator.
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My favorite part of the book was the bad guy Sante. After reading this book, I was surprised at my own response of wishing the author had changed a couple of things and made it into a story about Sante redeeming himself and becoming a good guy. In fact, he was a good guy in some ways. I was intrigued with him, I liked some of what he did, and I liked his true love relationship with someone. I felt sympathy and hurt for him.
The main story was not good for me. I did not like the heroine Daria. She was selfish, insensitive, and mean to Alejandro (Alej), her vampire partner who loved her. I didn't care about what she was doing, what her mission was, or her need for revenge. I had no curiosity about her. I had no sympathy for her. I was bored and wanted it to be over. The events and dialogue were ordinary and predictable.
I considered giving this 2 stars just for the Sante story, but not enough time is spent on his story. Most of the time is with Daria and is not enjoyable. Besides, I would have wanted a different ending for Sante. On balance, I have to say the book was not worth my time.
For this review I am using the word vampire rather than "the chosen" which is what they are called in the book. Daria is a government policewoman. Sante pretended to be in love with Daria for the purpose of locating and killing her friend. Daria has plastic surgery to change her appearance and then has Alej turn her into a vampire. Vampires were discriminated against by humans. Sante created and runs a commune-type community for vampires to live and work in. Many vampires are happy living there. Daria and Alej ask to join the community and are accepted. Their goal is to arrest Sante for his prior murders and anything else they can find.
Story length: 309 pages. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 11. Total number of sex scene pages: 53. Setting: In the future sometime after 2075 on the Darpong planet. Copyright: 2008. Genre: erotic paranormal romance.
To date, I've read one other story by Anya Bast. I gave 2.5 stars to "Scarlet Sweet," copyright 2004, which appears I the anthology "Ellora's Cavemen Tales From The Temple III." My 4 star review for the anthology was posted on 12/13/08.
The Sante story:
Sante was turned into a vampire by Maria. She controlled him and ordered him to get close to Daria, a government policewoman. This happened a few years earlier. Sante and Daria fell in love, but Sante had to do his duty and kill Daria's friend and some others. Afterward, he felt so bad that he wanted to kill himself, but he survived somehow and was later freed from Maria. Sante later falls in love with Ari, his true love. When Daria enters the community, Sante knows Daria is there, but he lets her think he does not know. He lets her stay and does not hurt her. In the end, he lets Daria arrest him. He takes her to where the human slaves are. He also tells her he will confess. His reason is that he fears he is going insane, and he might hurt his beloved Ari. Therefore, he wants to be arrested and taken away from Ari so he won't hurt her. He gives himself up and provides all the evidence they might want to put him away. He suggests other vampire leaders to continue running the community which provides a good life for other vampires. Then when a hit man shoots at Ari, Sante takes the hit for her and dies, saving her life. His story is a tragedy. The reason he sold drugs and human slaves was to support the community, which adds sympathy. For my own personal enjoyment I would have liked seeing Sante not be involved with these two illegal activities, have some interesting redemption, and be together with Ari in the future. Besides, if he must go insane, there are other ways to protect her and still allow some time together before that happens. Going to jail is not the only answer for protecting her.
I was surprised with the scene where Sante entered the bedroom of Daria and Alej and required that they perform certain activities in front of him to prove that they were truly mated.
I disliked several scenes where Daria was intimate with Alejandro, he satisfied her, and then she immediately got up and left without continuing for his benefit.
That's what it will take to infiltrate the villain's compound. Not only that, she'll have to partner with none other than Alejandro Martinez, the one man - excuse me, vampire whose sexual lure she finds it impossible to resist.
Once inside the suspect's sanctuary, the plan is simple - find evidence he is trafficking in blood slaves or drugs - anything illegal they can use to bring him down legitimately. Easier said than done when surrounded by powerful vamps who revere their subject like an angelic benefactor, not to mention her libido is running wild because of her recent transformation from human to vampire.
I have never read an Anya Bast novel I didn't enjoy. The author's latest release, THE CHOSEN SIN, is right up there in my list of favorites by Ms. Bast. Combining erotic romance with a paranormal theme in a futuristic science fiction setting, this book blends several of my favorite genres into one unforgettable story.
There is a lot to love in this book - the plot, the characters, the world itself. I even found myself sympathizing with the villain of the piece. Well, one of the villains, anyway. *grin* Another thing I really enjoyed is the multiple layers in this plot - nothing and no one is exactly who they seem on the surface. There is some good and bad in everyone, at varying levels.
Of course the best of the bunch is our hero and heroine, who are inherently good but aware of the darker part of their vampire nature, yet keep it at bay. Both Alejandro and Daria have spent their lives fighting crime, and their purposes are ultimately altruistic, even if they have some personal motivations in bringing down their enemy.
Their cover as a mated couple is what helps them get in to the protected dome together, and it is also a delicious way to ensure they have a good bit of trouble keeping their hands off of each other. Alejandro is quite clear from the beginning that he wants Daria for good, but he exercises a good deal of patience in his seduction of her, allowing her space to find a way to trust him.
Daria's trust isn't easy to come by. That one past betrayal was so vile it left her unable to believe in any man again, fearful of the past repeating itself somehow. At times, it is doubtful whether she'll come around and admit her feelings for Alejandro, but in true hero style he never gives up, showing her what they could have together if she would just let herself go.
When she does let go, we have one heck of a happy ending for this pair. The love scenes up to then are absolutely explosive but nothing compared to what they enjoy when they both put their whole heart into it.
THE CHOSEN is the kind of story that makes you long for sequels. A world this vibrant and intriguing invites readers to revisit there again and again. I know this is a keeper on my bookshelf.
**Courtesy of Wild on Books**
The plot was different in the sense that it was so predictable you would find yourself "knowing" how things will turn out only to realize you were completely wrong! So that's what I loved about this one. There is still the all too present push and pull of the H/H struggling to give in to their true feelings **rolls eyes** This is so irritating @ times and is present in far too many of these books that I think it should be OUT LAWED! LOL
The only things I was certain of in this story were Brandon and Alejandro and Daria. But even Alejandro and Daria had me wondering a bit towards the end if they would have their HEA. I recommend this read. It's a good one.