Turned. The Belladonna Agency Series. Virna DePaul
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I love to find a new series starting so was pleased to get this one for review. The first book in a new series can be problematic, sometimes its so good that the next just can’t live up to the promise, and sometimes – as I found with this one, there’s so much information to give that the actual novel is quite slow starting. I enjoyed this book, but the first half did go very slowly for me. To be honest though Virna is creating something different, a world much like ours where supernatural creatures exist (and who knows – they may ?) but are hidden from most of the population. The FBI have persuaded vampires to Turn some of their staff, clearly the thought of super-strong, almost immortal staff appeals to them. There’s been problems though, the Vampire Queen and Laws forbid Turning, so those who work for FBI are deemed Rogues, and of course like any section outside rules of convention they’ve become anarchic and are a problem for the FBI that’s got out of control.
Belladonna is a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, and Ty is one of its members. Like a few others he’s a vampire – Turned unwillingly he sees himself as a monster, and fights his desire for new member Ana. He’s working close to her though, training her for an assignment they’ll be taking together, and the attraction between them is intense. Ana sees him as someone far above her, she’s from a Hispanic poor background and he’s clearly from a wealthy white one, and she thinks there’s no way he’d want her. They’re both wrong though and a simmering, steamy, erotic romance develops. I had issues with the training – the time scales, she becomes a proficient knife-thrower in just a few days? While she’s aching from injuries gained in her other hand-to-hand combat training…and she learned to ride – to canter no less – in just one day? As a horse rider I can tell you that’s just not possible especially when she’s aching from the other training…..I’d have understood more if it had been a month – two for preference.
Along side all this is the story about the new agency, and we’re introduced to other members, and the rules of the world they’re working in. That’s what slowed down the first half for me, but was necessary and in the long run the series will be stronger for it.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Belladonna Agency and its members.
Stars: four, a great solid beginning to a new series
NB: ARC supplied via Netgalley.