Born in Blood

Born in Blood

by Alexandra Ivy
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Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

In a stunning new series, Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels--humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain. . .

In The Heart Of Darkness

Sergeant Duncan O'Conner has seen it all before. Beautiful erotic dancer, murdered at 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-channelling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It's a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desparate measures.

Lies The Kiss Of Death

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.

Praise for Alexandra Ivy

"Beyond the Darkness kept me riveted! The Guardians of Eternity series is highly addictive." --Larissa Ione

"Ivy always packs her books with buckets of action, emotion and sexy sizzle. Another winner!" --Romantic Times on Devoured by Darkness

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420134117
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Sentinels , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 44,629
File size: 905 KB

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Born in Blood 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Ivy (I know, I am full of shame). But I definitely see why she is a New York Times bestseller. Man, what a read and a great way to start off the new year, I must add. It was impossible for me not to love this world and its many intriguing characters. Callie was a great heroine. She has definitely had a tough life of sorts. She was literally thrown in the trash when she was born. But she was luckily found by those who are like her. She loves her family in Valhalla. Despite some still being freaked out by her necromancy abilities, she stands on her own two feet and with her head held high. I really loved that. By the way, I do love the cover, it is gorgeous (Paul Marron anyone? Hell yeah!) But that is not Callie. What happened to the short and spiky hair? I wanted a cute, redheaded pixie. Born in Blood is the first book in Alexandra Ivy's exciting new paranormal romance series and was a great start to the series. I loved it! This book is full of action, danger, and steamy romance. Alexandra Ivy created an exciting and seductive new world with Sentinels, who are humans with special abilities. I loved the main characters, Duncan the sexy detective and Callie, a gifted Sentinel. There were a lot of secondary characters that captured my attention as well. Now I'm hooked and this series will be on my must buy list. I can not wait to see what else she has in store for us in this series. I recommend this series for paranormal romance lovers.  
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars  ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog BORN IN BLOOD started out very promising to me.  I’m not really sure why, the vibe of the story had an X-Men feel to me (even though it’s actually necromancers right now).  But people with powers or supernaturals are considered freaks in the world that Ms. Ivy constructed, and they live for the most part in a compound away from humans.  And they don’t mix aside from the occasional time they work together. Duncan is a cop who is not having the best day.  He is called to a scene where there’s a body of a woman missing a heart, with no obvious signs of how that happened.  Regular necromancer liaison Callie Brown is called in to make a connection to the soul and re-live her last few moments to find out how she died.  Except she can’t.  The killer is a high-blood.  And they are dealing with someone much more powerful than her. The first 30-40% of this book had my full attention.  I enjoyed the sexual tension between Duncan and Callie and how much Duncan was just trying to outrageously flirt and assume they would end up in bed together. The story has the classic paranormal romance feel that I’ve been missing in some of my reads lately.  Nothing too complicated or elaborate.  Just a good story with characters that caught my attention. But then the story suddenly fizzled out for me a bit.  Although I found he second half interesting and I wanted to know what the end result would be, I lost interest in the main couple.  This could be because we got some fade to black moments I thought we shouldn’t have.  Or just because their love developed a bit quickly for me being that they didn’t have that much of a back story. BORN IN BLOOD marks the start of an entertaining paranormal series I’ll definitely want to read more.  Even though this particular story had some ups and downs, I think the author has something good going on with this series and I’m curious to see where she goes from here.  Especially with the Sentinels! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, never read her before. I am also looking for the next one but I would like to know what the name will be & when it will come out.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Romance, mystery, and history, a very good read?
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read. It was a bit slow at times and it wasn't a major page turner or didn't have high emotional turmoil between the two main characters, but it was enjoyable. The plot line was entertaining and kept me interested. The relationship between Callie and Duncan was enjoyable to watch unfold. The final battle against zombies and the necromancer was well written. The hidden undertones between Fane and Serra, and Wolfe and Mave made me want to read more of the series. I want to watch those two couples come together. The secrets Callie discovers were a bit of a surprise and the villain was definitely one of those you have no sympathy for what so ever. Overall, it was good but not great.
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I'm going to love the Sentinels series just as much as all of Ms. Ivy's other works. Duncan and Callie were perfect. This was intense, exciting and perfect. I loved the parting line, and, Callie's scream.
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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Ivy brings out her brilliantly dark side again with this series opener, Born in blood. Mythology, Valhalla, mystery, murder and people empowered with unique and supernatural gifts, and oh my, don’t forget the romantic tension, it’s all here in a fast-paced and very detailed tale that sets the standard for the rest of the series. Callie has been called in to consult on a case that the rather arrogant Duncan is working on. Why would this uber-masculine male request help? Callie has a gift, she speaks to the dead and Duncan has a dead woman and a killer on the loose. Never mind that Duncan has the hots for Callie, who returns the heat, but is a little more cautious about any relationship, because of her power. The questions to be answered are: who is the murder, why did he/she do it, and how many pages will it take for Callie to finally all for Duncan’s “charm?” Get ready to watch a world come to life without you really knowing! Alexandra Ivy manages to sneak and grow her world right before your very eyes as you follow the twists and turns of this tale. The characters? You are going to discover that sometimes the ones you like the least may just grow on you, like moss on a tree! Great story, touchable characters and tension, love the tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story can't wait for more books for this series!!!
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
A fascinating new urban fantasy realm to explore! Alexandra Ivy’s Born in Blood is a book that grabbed me from the first page. The gritty urban fantasy landscape that Ive created - where the paranormal realm coexists alongside the mundane mortal world - is fascinating.  Mixing police procedural and a psychic CSI-type vibe, the characters are compelling. What at first seems to be a slightly baffling crime, soon becomes much more, as Police Sergeant Duncan O’Conner consults with Callie Brown, who can channel the dead, discovering a murderer who seemingly knows no limits.  There are plot twists and turns that I never anticipated - and kept me flipping the pages like mad. I was fascinated by Callie and found Duncan to be one of those heroes you just have to crush on. So, if you’re looking for a fascinating new urban fantasy realm to explore, pick up Alexandra Ivy’s Born in Blood. Four-and-a-half stars (I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.)
luvtoread5 More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of Ms. Ivy's but, this book was just okay. I enjoyed the storyline and the world of magical beings that she created. The main characters are a police officer who doesn't like magic and a female witch/necromancer who he meets during a murder investigation. I love paranormal romance stories and this started great, but then I started skipping pages. This was a first for me with a A. Ivy book. I was not invested in the relationship between the two leads. I will buy the next book in the series to see where it goes from here because even a okay book by Ms. Ivy is better than some of the other paranormal books on the market. I would give it a 3.5 star rating.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled to find any believable attraction between Duncan and Callie. As much as I wanted to love this book because I am such a big fan of A. Ivy's work...... I just gave up about 100 pages in. I won't completely give up on future releases, but this book had a bit too much "cheese" in the charachter development. Real bummer!
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AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Please, Ma'am, may I have another? *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Sergeant Duncan O’Connor is a Kansa City cop investigating the death of an exotic dancer who is missing her heart. The unusual circumstances of her death mean that a Necromancer is called from Valhalla to help with the investigation. Though Callie Brown prefers to be called a Diviner. If she can get to a body before the spark is gone then she can see the person’s final moments. It’s in those moments that Callie may be able to pinpoint a murderer. However, this case is much different. The dancer’s spark disappears before Callie can get a look at her murderer, but an unusual man remains. A dangerous man. And he shouldn’t be there. Duncan and Callie, along with her Sentinel (bodyguard) Fane, go to Valhalla to talk with the Mave. There’s something very wrong brewing on the horizon and they’re pretty sure the dancer’s death is only the beginning.  After reading the short story Out of Control (The Sentinels, #0.5) in the anthology Predatory I’ve wanted to read more about the Sentinels and Valhalla. This story does not disappoint! While I found Duncan to be a bit overbearing, horn doggish and a tad conceited for my tastes, he’s actually a pretty good guy deep down. Callie is a wonderful heroine, strong and yet vulnerable, but best of all, no pushover when it comes to Duncan. Excellent! There are other great characters who make an appearance, but Fane…oh, my, Fane. He is one hot dude and I can’t wait for his story! *fans self* The world in this book is so interesting! Even the villain and his back story were interesting. There is a lot of information and world-building going on yet it doesn’t bog the story down one bit. I’m hooked. I love this slightly different take on the paranormal and I’m really looking forward to continuing with this series.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Duncan has a corpse missing her heart and has to call in the help of Callie. She is what the normal people like to call a freak but Duncan doesn't see her that way. Callie uses her abilities to look into the dead girl's memories to see her last memory. She has done it before and never thought this would be any different. She doesn't see her memory but a necromancer who Callie knows she will have to stop. Duncan and Callie have to work together to find and stop the evil necromancer. They both like each other and as they work together they see it may be more than just liking each other. They will have to open up not just their hearts but will have to dig deep down into their own powers to stop this evil. Callie is used to being called a freak by normal people. She doesn't let it bother her as she is proud of her gift. She helps people and enjoys her life. She isn't one to stand by the side either. She is willing to get her hands dirty and even while she may be afraid she fights through it. She also isn't afraid to let Duncan know what she wants even if it;s to let him know she isn't onto commitments. Duncan is a great character. He seems to have several qualities that make him stand out. Unlike others he doesn't call the people who live in Valhalla freaks. He respects them and works with them. He is out of his own element a few times and even with his job is on the line he still does what he thinks is right. He is very sexy and while he can be pushy sometimes and not being perfect makes him that much greater. He also has a few secrets of his own he isn't sure he wants to come out. Both work well together and try their best to protect each other. I really enjoyed this book as it built the world up as you read. You learn more about this new place you find yourself in and you learn about the new characters. The main characters Duncan and Callie themselves are great and when you add in the other characters you see just how wonderful this series will be. I am already looking forward to reading the side characters stories. This book has lots of action and you keep wondering what next. It definitely kept my attention the whole book. You also have love as Duncan and Callie see that they care deeply for each other even if Callie isn't sure where she wants it to go a few times. I did get a few laughs as I read as well as Duncan likes to make a some remarks to who he calls Lurch. This is a great start to a series and if you like paranormal romance I am sure you will like it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Can't wait for more in this series!
queenofmis More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. There is action from the first page. And the revelations towards the end were unexpected but totally great. Alexandra Ivy is a great writer another great book.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Born in Blood (The Sentinels #1)by Alexandra Ivy Kansas City Sergeant Duncan O’Conner’s murder investigation solicits the help of necromancer, Callie Brown, to help solve the paranormal case.  What Callie discovers is the work of a powerful necromancer who should not exist.  Working together they need to stop the murderer and try not to become the next casualty. The world they live in has a lot of trust issues between the supernatural community, better known as high-bloods or freaks and humans.  They need to overcome prejudices in order to work with each other.   I enjoyed that the characters discovered things about themselves throughout the novel that enable them to grow as individuals and accept details about themselves.   Alexandra Ivy is off to a great start with this new series.  She does a good job at making the story seem believable.  Born in Blood has fast pace action that will keep you guessing.   ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I've read all of Alexandra's books and I think this is my new favorite. Can not wait for the next book in this series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I am shamefaced to admit that other than an occasional short in an anthology I’ve not read any of Alexandra Ivy’s work.  I must now go catch up.   In this first book of a new series we are in a world split by High Bloods (aka Freaks) and Norms.  The High Bloods are people with gifts, witches, psychics, seers, diviners, hunters, sentinels and the like.  They’ve been herded into reservations to keep them separate from the norms until of course their gifts come in handy.  When Kansas City cop Duncan O’Conner comes across a dead body that hasn’t a mark on it but the heart is gone he suspects foul play by magic.  He calls for the cute little Diviner to come and see if she can read what happened in the victim’s last moments.  What she finds surprises and frightens them both