My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Feb09/thechosen.GH.html
Daniel “Morgue” Morgan is an Expeller. A killer of demons, Morgue is forced to live every day with the darkness in his soul that comes from having to hunt and kill the forces of evil. When Madigan Carter comes into his life, she’s like a ray of sunshine. Against his better judgment, Morgue is powerfully attracted to her. But Madigan isn’t all that she appears to be on the surface. She happens to be an Expeller as well, new to her powers and in need of training. Though he regrets it, Morgue is just the man to teach how Madigan to be a killer.
Madigan doesn’t believe in demons, vampires, or any of the otherworldly creatures Morgue and his two partners tell her about. But she can’t deny that everything they tell her is coming to pass and she isn’t dumb enough to refuse the training she so obviously needs. As Madigan trains to be an Expeller, she becomes increasingly drawn to her irritable, but irresistibly sexy mentor. As the fights, and the passion, heat up, will the desire that binds Madigan and Morgue to one another be enough to keep them together?
Hunting demons and vampires has never been so seductive, so exciting as it is in The Chosen. Gwen Hayes has delivered an action-packed, utterly sensual read that had me spellbound from start to finish.
For someone who believes himself to be incapable of tender emotions, Morgue does a fantastic job proving otherwise. He’s rough around the edges and his gentleness is covered by surliness, but it’s because of these contradictions that he made me melt. Madigan, in turn, is Morgue’s perfect match on every level. She’s tough, smart, and doesn’t back down when Morgue tries to push her away. Light to his darkness, each impacts the other over the course of the story, blending together beautifully as their romance develops and I simply loved watching it happen.
Morgue’s partners, Bridget and Drake, are equally appealing. Already addicted to Ms. Hayes’ Serendipity Falls novels after reading Bridget’s story, The Fallen, I was delighted to get to see Bridget before her book takes place. Fans of The Fallen will get a brief glimpse of Bridget and Talon’s relationship as it was before their story, and readers new to the series will likely be inspired to read their book after seeing the sparks that fly between the two. For my part, The Chosen left me eager for Drake’s story, which I desperately hope Ms. Hayes will write. By turns tender and tough, The Chosen is an enthralling read that is not to be missed!