Born In Blood
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.
What I liked: I found the second in The Senteniels Series on NetGalley and not wanting to miss something, I went ahead and bought Born in Blood. Now, I'm patting myself on the back for picking a winner!
This was definitely a PNR read but after the first sex scenes, which are hot, I just skimmed the rest. No disrespect intended to Ms Ivy, I'm just well past all the sex in every book I read. (I'm not dead, but after reading so many books over my life time and being married for as long as I have...there's not much that surprises me in the written sex scenes). There is an unique story here and the plot is great. There are many characters I can see getting their own books down the road.
I enjoyed Callie and Duncan as a couple. There is not a lot of angst which I loved in this plot line. They were attracted to each other, adult about it and made a connection. Easy right? Of course not, Ms Ivy had to put them through some hoops and they had to have some help from their friends to jump through them but Callie and Duncan take everything in stride.
The plot and the worldbuilding drove Born in Blood for me. The secondary characters are appealing with their own problems and I loved there are no vampires, Fae or wolves. (No offense but I wanted something different).
What I didn't like: I didn't find much not to like except my own feelings on PNR. I can't say anything about that because I chose to read Born in Blood knowing the genre.
This story is well written, the plot line unusual and the characters appealing.