Blessed

Blessed
(Chosen by the Gods #1)
by Ann Mayburn
Published 2011 by Liquid Silver Books
240 pages. PDF ARC.
Rating: 4/5

Eliana Shay is an ordinary college girl with an extraordinary birthright. Handsome professor, Aiden Klemenson, singles her out as a potential Chosen of the benevolent gods of Creation. He tries to convince Eliana that she is born to do the work of the gods, but her upbringing hasn’t given her much trust in religion or having a magical destiny. The daughter of atheists, she has been raised to believe that faith in gods is for the foolish and weak.

Aiden must employ all of his considerable charm to break through her defenses, while trying to keep their relationship strictly platonic. A difficult task when the lush and curvy co-ed’s obvious desire and seductive aura shreds his self-control. Despite his best efforts, desire burns between them with an enchantment all its own.

The gods of Destruction will stop at nothing to keep Eliana from becoming a powerful force against evil. Cunning and deceitful, they send demons and magical serial killers to exterminate her before she can become a Creation god’s Chosen hand on earth. In order to survive, Eliana will have to learn to have faith in her own strength and Aiden’s love.

Well done! I really enjoyed this one. It’s definitely an original world, and I can’t wait to read more of it. Ann says she just released a novella in the series, so I’ll be getting my hands on that soon.

Eliana (whose name name I had serious issues keeping straight in my head. For some reason I wanted to take the “i” out and make it Elana) has grown up in what they refer to as a dry area, where the residents are atheist. While the rest of the world has been raised in freedom of religion, Eliana has been sheltered. It’s quite a shock to her when her gorgeous professor informs her that could be Chosen to serve one of the gods her parents taught her didn’t exist. She takes it all pretty well though. Despite her sheltered upbringing, she seems very open minded.

I love Eliana. She’s a very likable character, as are her friends in the book. Aiden and Devon are positively swoon-worthy, and Jack and Chrissy give the book a tough of light-hearted humor that’s needed to stomach the darker themes. And, yes, there are some dark themes. The antagonists, worshiping gods of Destruction, do some very gruesome things. With lesser gods of sorrow, rape, and torture, you can only imagine how sickening some of the scenes can be. I think there’s a nice balance though. There’s the presence of pure evil, giving the story the tension it needs. But it’s well balanced by romance and humor.

That’s right! The steamy moments the cover promises are present, and they fit right in with the story. Bravo, Ms. Mayburn! I’m ready for more, and I highly recommend this to anyone interested in paranormal romance.

Prude Filter: This book contains profanity, violence, rape, and explicit sexual content. This one’s for eighteen and up!

Source: Author
Author’s website: http://www.annmayburn.com/
Purchase this book: Liquid Silver Books

Available Now! Dance of the Gods (A Chosen by the Gods Novella)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. I hadn't heard of this book before, but I've just added it to my wishlist! It is good to know that the darker elements are balanced with sweet romance and humor. Thanks for putting this book on my radar.

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  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book! As a debut author it's difficult to get on readers radars and awesome reviews like yours certainly help 🙂 I hope you enjoy Dance of the Gods and beauty of Carnival in Rio de Janiero. 🙂

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