Sunday, July 5, 2009

Review – “Taken by Sin” by Jaci Burton

He's the sexy demon hunter who just saved her life. Now she's about to show him what salvation's really about.

It’s a mission that could cost him his career and his life. But the woman he just rescued—his lover for one unforgettable night—has something Dalton desperately needs. That’s why the fearless demon hunter is risking everything to spirit Isabelle to a secret hideaway in the Louisiana bayou. Saving her is one thing. Banishing the demon inside her is another. Especially when this gorgeous seductress brings out the devil in him.

Isabelle can see the passion roaring inside Dalton—and it both frightens and arouses her. Is Dalton her enemy or her savior? All she knows is he’s beyond seductive and igniting all sorts of conflicting feelings. All Dalton knows is that they’re both in big trouble—hunted by demons and demon hunters alike in an all-out war for survival. As their pursuers close in and passion overtakes them both, Dalton must make a stunning choice…. Caught between sin and salvation, between darkness and light, will he make the ultimate sacrifice to save the woman he loves?
Taken by Sin is the fourth book in the Demon Hunters paranormal romance series by author Jaci Burton. Sultry, sexy and satisfying, Taken by Sin is another ideal summer reading escape. The over-reaching story arc of the series is the ongoing conflict between the Realm of Light (human demon hunters) and the Sons of Darkness (demons). Not one, but two romances are set against this backdrop. The primary romantic story is Dalton and Isabelle’s. The book blurb above nicely sets up their situation (go ahead and read it now), but the scope of the tale is broader than that with plenty of action and intrigue. Using multiple points of view, we observe the efforts of the Sons to reclaim Isabelle and also follow the Realms search for the duo.

In the course of their investigation, a much larger threat is uncovered about the Sons and their threat to humanity. Michael, the new Keeper for their division of the Realm, partners with Mandy, a young hunter devastated by the loss of her mentor to the Sons. Michael is her boss and they don’t get along. Mandy’s entire young life has been spent with the Realm as a hunter, depriving her of relationship experience, innocent in matters of love. These are well-defined characters, with interesting back stories and their falling into love is inevitable. I found this secondary romance equally compelling to that of Dalton and Isabelle’s.

Obstacles abound for each of the couples to overcome, delivering just the right amount of tension and drama. Here we see Dalton struggling with his relationship with Isabelle -
She also touched his dark side. Something about her made him ... hungry.
He'd lost control with Isabelle once in Sicily, had done something he knew he had no business doing. Something that wasn't in the Realm's plans. She tapped into a part of him that made him defy what he was, what he had pledged to be.
If he had any chance at redemption, he couldn't go there again. Which meant he had to be hands-off with Isabelle. He couldn't trust who he became when he was with her.
There have been so many books where problems and obstacles are not overcome in a relationship because the characters don’t communicate. In the past, on more than one occasion when reading, I have mentally shouted “Why don’t you just talk to one another!” I especially like that the characters in Taken by Sin are smart, and rational and while they may fail initially to connect they make an honest effort to resolve problems. How refreshing. I think you will like Dalton, Isabelle, Michael and Mandy. I was easily drawn into their lives and invested in the outcome.

Taken by Sin even though it is part of a series, reads perfectly fine as a standalone novel, the Prologue sets up all you need to know from the previous book, and the narrative neatly integrates any necessary world-building details. I thoroughly enjoyed this paranormal romance and encourage you to give it a try. I missed reading the previous book, The Darkest Touch, and plan to seek it out to learn about Isabelle's sister Angelique who also features in Taken by Sin.


Official Jaci Burton Website

Read an excerpt.

Bantam Dell
Published: June 23, 2009
ISBN #: 9780440244554
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340

Demon Hunters Series:

  1. Surviving Demon Island (2006)
  2. Hunting the Demon (2007)
  3. The Darkest Touch (2008)
  4. Taken by Sin (2009)


  1. Hi Doug!

    Beautiful review! I'm glad you enjoyed this book, it's on my wish list. I do have one of Jaci Burton's books in the stacks, but haven't read it yet.

    One of my blogger buddies, Lea @ Closewriter just review this book as well as the previous books in this series. Between your review and her's, this is a must have book. It's always refreshing to see a paranormal romance reviewed by you. I know you're not just drawn by the romance involved in the story. Excellent! Thanks Doug.

    I can't wait to try them!

    Dottie :)

  2. Great review! I'll have to put this series on my to be read list. Demon hunters and sexy women possessed by demons, what more do you need for a good read.

  3. Doug,

    Thanks for the review. :) I have not read Ms. Burton - but I have these on my wish list.


  4. Hi Doug,

    Just saw you on Dottie's blog and thought I'd come by for a visit! Always nice to meet new friends!


  5. Hi Dottie! I'll check out Lea's review. Jaci has solid characterization, hot scenes and a HEA. What more can you ask for?

    Exactly Sharon! Jaci knows exactly what paranormal romance readers are looking for.

    Michele if you like paranormals I'm sure you will enjoy these.

    Hi Hawk thanks for stopping by. Any friend of Dottie's is a friend of mine :)


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