Review: Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

April 18, 2014 Review 1

Review: Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath.

Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

Title: Turned
Author: Virna DePaul
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Vampire's Salvation, Filthy Rich
Series: The Belladonna Agency #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Awakened
Published by Bantam
Source: Author
Published: April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 386
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Turned, this first book in The Belladonna Agency series by Virna DePaul is certainly my kind of book. It’s filled with action and suspense, great solid characters, romance and of course my absolutely favorite PN creature. Offering a unique perspective of vampires, this page turner grabbed me from the beginning and had me reading until the wee hours of the morning.

Ty, Ty, Ty. Yes you were turned against your will but it’s time to get over it and move forward. Ana’s life was much worse than yours was. Let me add, I thoroughly appreciated how her backstory wasn’t a complete info dump at the beginning of the book. It was more like (To quote Donkey) peeling layers off on onion. Each layer of her past as well as each layer of the story was revealed bit by bit so I was able to absorb everything as I went along. As for character wise, I like them. You could feel the hesitant chemistry between them. As for the hotness of the book, yes it’s there. Very interesting how it doesn’t quite start out as physical as one expects. I Actually, I enjoyed all the characters, good, bad and the ones that I’m still not sure what side of the fence they straddle. That keeps things interesting enough for me to want to come back and see how they ultimately turn out. There are definitely I hope to see get their own stories.

I totally give props to Ms. DePaul for coming up with the most interesting way I have ever read for creating a new vampire. Not the born ones, although I would love to find out more about their origins, but the ones turned. I’m not giving details so you can be equal surprised but let me just say, it most certainly was NOT what I expected. Actually, while there were a few things I had anticipated occurring I was equally surprised some of the unexpected twists. I like it when an author keeps me on my toes.

Author Virna DePaul has been on my author bucket list to read for quite some time so when the opportunity came up to FINALLY read her works, I jumped. Thankfully, Turned was a great book and a good start to The Belladonna Agency series. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series.


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