Series: Belladonna Agency

AWAKENED by Virna DePaul

AWAKENED by Virna DePaul
Awakened
by Virna DePaul

Series: Belladonna Agency #2
Published by Bantam Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.   Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real—until Belladonna recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. She will be sold—unless Barrett can find her first. Forced to team up with her former lover, Nick Maltese, an undercover sniper, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her.   Nick’s hunting a new breed of vampires and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. Soon a seething underworld of strange desires threatens to engulf them all. Can he save the girl and reclaim Barrett’s heart? Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to her as the hunt begins—and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.

Barrett Miles is an ex-soldier who now works for the Belladonna Agency, a super-secret agency who is dealing with both rogue vampires and other vampires who believe that humans are just for food and profit.  Barrett started out on a mission to break down a ring of human kidnappers and stumbled across the worst type of human trafficking and to make it worse, this was very, very personal.  Barrett will do anything to save the young girl she just saw online on a vampire blood website.

 

Nick Maltese is also an ex-soldier who working as an undercover sniper and a former lover of Barrett’s.  When she shows up out of the blue and requests Nick’s help, he has a ton of questions and a ton of guilt concerning what happened at the end of their time together.  But he wasn’t about to tell Barrett no, after all he still loved her.

 

Barrett and Nick begin working as a team, even though Nick also had his own mission concerning rogue vampires.  When the various threads began to show that maybe, just maybe their missions might merge together in certain aspects, the danger becomes worse than it was to begin with.  Nick and Barrett have pinpointed a new blood club that is about to open as being a heck of a lot more than that and its owner has a lot to answer for.  The grand opening of the club is about to happen and Nick and Barrett plan on making it an opening no one will ever forget in the vampire world.  Help comes from very unexpected corners as does the danger – when the final battle is over just who is going to come away with a future and who is going down in flames?

 

Two stubborn ex-soldiers and lovers come back together to defeat a vampire threat to humanity in Awakened.  Nick and Barrett have a lot to get past before they will have a chance to see if this time their love will have a chance at a future.  There were several times I wondered if Barrett and Nick would come out together as the danger came closer and the pressure to succeed more intense.  I could feel the desperation that Barrett felt at not fulfilling a promise she made and I could also feel Nick’s determination to keep Barrett safe – even if the payment for that was to lose her.  However, both of these lovers had a bedrock of strength and trust that overcame even the truth on Nick’s actions to keep Barrett safe while they were both still in the service.  The suspense had me page flipping while I was cheering on Nick and Barrett as their passion surged forward.  Awakened is full of suspense, passion and enough danger to keep you glued to the pages until you learn just who comes out okay and who is behind the various threads and are paying for it.

TURNED by Virna DePaul

TURNED by Virna DePaul

TURNED by Virna DePaul
Turned
by Virna DePaul

Series: Belladonna Agency,
Published by Bantam Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Miranda

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?Advance praise for Turned “If you're looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero that's to die for.”—Bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd “Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom“With Turned, Virna DePaul delivers a sexy and exciting new take on the vampire novel, one that comes complete with a kick-ass heroine and a to-die-for hero. I can't wait for the sequel!”—Tracy Wolff, bestselling author of Ruined“Turned is intense, intricate, and insomnia inducing (plan to stay up way too late!). Virna DePaul puts the awesome in the awesomesauce of paranormal romance.”—Joyce Lamb, curator, USA Today's Happy Ever After“The chemistry between the two was great and made for some very sexy scenes.”—Fresh Fiction“This book has everything you could want and so, so much more!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews“Turned is an intriguing story with flawed characters who I connected with immediately. Fans of paranormal romance rejoice, here's a compelling new series to sink your teeth into.”—Harlequin Junkie

FBI Special Agent Ty Duncan was brutally turned into a vampire. Now he is learning to deal with the day-to-day life as a vampire. It has not been easy but one thing keeps him going; bringing to justice the rogue vampires. Ty is working with the Belladonna Agency and his first assignment is to recruit the beautiful Ana Martin.

Ana Martin is an ex-gang member that has finally gotten her life together. But it is rapidly taken away from her when Ty enters her life with news of the sister she hasn’t seen in years. Ana will do anything to find her sister including join the Belladonna Agency and train to become a spy.

Ty and Ana must work together to bring down the rogue vampires. Will their feelings for each other get in the way of their mission and possibly cost them their lives?

Virna DePaul marries explosive passion and a fiery plotline in Turned. Ty is struggling with his new vampire status. His feelings are strong and out-of-control. When he is tasked with bringing Ana into the Belladonna Agency all of his emotions focus on her. His desire heats the pages of Turned drawing him closer to Ana. Upon their first meeting it is impossible to miss the electricity between them. Ty and Ana are paranormal romances new IT couple. DePaul intertwines excellent world-building and seduction brilliantly. Ana and Ty have that special kind of chemistry where it doesn’t matter if they are fighting, in bed or in a room full of people you can always feel the sparks flying off of them. I love them!

The Belladonna Agency is the paranormal worlds answer to Charlie’s Angels with a twist. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen with the rest of the Belladonna Agency’s ladies. All of these strong, sensual women are forces to be reckoned with and I look forward to taking their journey to love with them!

Turned will give readers chills; the kind that leave you breathless and wanting more!

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