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#Review of Dark Desires (Pure/Dark Ones #3) by Aja James w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @megami771

Dark Desires

by Aja James

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GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance

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BLURB:

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.

Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.

Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.

But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?

 

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Excerpt Two:

She was not what he expected.

Not that he knew what Professors or Doctors (or whatever one called someone with both PhD and MD as a suffix to their name) in molecular genetics looked like on average, if there was such a stereotype to begin with.

But he thought they might be…older.

Gray-haired with glasses and a wizened, wrinkled visage reflecting self-sacrifice (for how else would they have had the time to concentrate on their studies?) and solemnity (for what humor was there in such an analytical, methodological subject?).

For Ryu Takamura, who had been raised for the first ten years of his life in a whorehouse and abandoned thereafter at a Shinto shrine, formal education—hell—any education seemed foreign and antithetical to his own upbringing.

Perhaps this was why he always dressed and spoke with meticulous care.

To any observer, he appeared to be the immensely wealthy heir to a Japanese or Korean conglomerate, living a life of privilege and idleness with armies of servants to tend to his every need. His clothes were of the finest quality and tailored to fit his long, lean body to perfection. His wavy black hair was tousled just so, fuller on top and in the back and shaved closely on the sides to emphasize his aristocratic bone structure, all angles and points liked a laser-cut diamond.

He was so blindingly elegant, in fact, he could never have been mistaken for a real Asian heir. He represented what their alter egos might aspire to if they could ever look as resplendent as he. Rather like how K-dramas represented the ridiculously good-looking and wealthy on TV with actors who had undergone countless surgeries to mimic perfection.

If only they knew the truth. Ryu’s lips tipped at one corner in dark amusement.

 

Where to start?  As you know, I don’t normally review paranormal romance.  Then you throw in a bit of fantasy, too and I sure don’t review those, much less read them.  Well, this is the third book in a series that I started with book two.  This one didn’t disappoint in most ways but overall, I found something lacking.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Ava and Ryu were well round characters and I enjoyed getting to know them but I felt like the story was wrapped up too neatly.

The world building is phenomenal again in this book.  Each book stands alone but I was excited to see the other characters come back for this one to help Ryu and Ava.  As with the other book, the book starts off fast and really never stops.  This one could have read like any other vampire meets human, falls in love and then fights off the bad guys to keep the human.  Oh no…Ms. James doesn’t write that way.  She makes her characters interesting and relatable.  Even if their jobs are a bit above my pay grade.  But that’s what I really liked about them.

While we had Rya and Ava’s story, some questions were answered and others not.  I love it when an author does that in a series.  There is a definite overall story arc to the series and I can’t wait to see where it ends.  Ms. James is a master at this and I applaud her for it.  She gives you just enough and then pulls back.  Tease but that’s what makes this series so wonderful to read.  Plus, the characters aren’t like the others.  Each is different and their history is not cookie cutter.  The book kinda dragged for me in the beginning but once again, Ms. James lets go and the story and action take off.

I know that I don’t recommend paranormal or fantasy but this series has it all.  Hot guys, heroines that you want to be friends with and a storyline that will leave you breathless in the end.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

 

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

 

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

 

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

 

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

 

Contact Information

Website: https://aja-james.blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AjaJamesAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/megami771

Blog: https://aja-james.blog/

Pinterest: N/A for now

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ice_Baby

 

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Longing-Pure-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B077993M4N

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Aja James will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Excerpt, New Release

Happy Release Week & Excerpt from Into the Moonless Night (Moonfall Mayhem #3) by A.E. Decker! @moonfallmayhem

A. E. Decker hails from Pennsylvania. A former doll-maker and ESL tutor, she earned a master’s degree in history, where she developed a love of turning old stories upside-down to see what fell out of them.

This led in turn to the writing of her YA novel, The Falling of the Moon. A graduate of Odyssey 2011, her short fiction has appeared in such venues as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Magazine, and elsewhere.

Like all writers, she is owned by three cats.

Come visit her, her cats, and her fur Daleks at www.wordsmeetworld.com or catch up with her on Twitter @moonfallmayhem

Catch Starthorne has spent a lifetime running from the prophecy that names him as the one who will save the shifter race, but now that he has returned to his home in Clawcrags, he may have to face his destiny. Determined to slip through fate’s fingers, Catch sows confusion, making friends from foes, mixing up the occasional sleeping death potion, and matching wits with an overbearing lion-shifter, who appears to have plans of his own.

While Catch schemes, Ascot works to retrieve him with the help of a witch and a pair of madcap shifter rebels. But every attempt to reach him earns her fresh enemies and embroils her ever deeper in the conspiracies surrounding the prophecy. After five hundred years of repressed tension and social strife, the Clawcrags are ready to explode—and it sometimes seems someone’s working hard to see that they do!

Grab your copy here! Goodreads Amazon World Weaver Press Kobo iBookstore

“What’s the Moonless Night?” asked Dmitri. Beside him, Moony had worked up to a rude place in his washing, tail slapping the ground hard enough to raise dust.

“Supposedly, it’s when Magden Le Fou’s prophecy will be fulfilled,” Jolt replied. “It’s a lunar eclipse occurring three nights after the vernal equinox.”

The prophecy, thought Ascot. The frabjacketing prophecy. Something about a golden star and—well, Catch hadn’t elected to tell her much else, save that the shifters of the Clawcrawgs thought he was the golden star. Which was ridiculous. Had any of them ever looked at scruffy, roguish Catch? Heard him lie with a straight face, or seen him guzzle more coffee than anyone’s kidneys could stand?

Frabjacket, how she missed him.

Dipping his head, Dmitri scratched the ground. Abruptly, his nostrils flared. “That’s only nine days from now.”

Ascot’s throat turned into a stretch of dust. “Nine days?” It came out as a dry squeak. She worked some saliva into her mouth and swallowed. “What will become of Catch if nothing happens on the Moonless Night?”

She didn’t want to hear it: the confirmation of her worst fears. Had to hear it, just so she’d know. Jolt lifted a brow, seeming surprised that she’d even ask. “If he’s not the golden star, then he’s just another slipskin. There’s only one penalty for slipping your skin in the Clawcrags.” Jolt gave his earlobe a final tug. “Execution.”

Ascot fell away inside herself. The world, shadowed and dark, floated at a distance, as if she stared at it through the cavern of her own skull. Every sound droned and echoed. Only the bloc, bloc of yet another cicada came to her, crisp as the ticking of some mocking clock.

She almost didn’t hear Jolt speak again. “Want us to help rescue him?”

Some praise for the series…

 

Falling of the Moon is a fantasy fairytale like nothing I have read before. Mystery and secrets take you to a fantastic mystical world sure to have a book two. It is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Cinderella. Looking forward to Ascot’s next adventure. Strong and determined with her loyal friends she will certainly make the Moonfall Mayhem a great series of books. I am ecstatic that this is just the start to what will be a truly great trilogy.”

— Girl + Book

I’d say it’s like Shrek meets The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy were Wednesday Addams and Toto a talking cat with bat wings. Fun and funny with many laugh-out- loud moments. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

​— Susan Abel Sullivan, author of the Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mystery series

A unique and clever fantasy, The Falling of the Moon is a thoroughly entertaining read from first page to last. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduring favorite.”

—Midwest Book Review

If you’re looking for a great Autumn and Halloween read then look no further, this series has everything you need for a cozy fall evening spent reading. This one is 5/5 stars for me, it’s absolutely perfect and a must read!

—Hollie Ohs Book Reviews

Excerpt, Giveaways, Reviews

#Review of Dark Longing (a novel of The Dark Ones) by Aja James w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @megami771

Dark Longing

by Aja James

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GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance

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BLURB:

“Every story has more than one side, like a crystal that captures and reflects different colors of light. Do not take for granted what you think you know… for until you hold the entire jewel in your palm, the temptation is to fall prey to illusion and deception.”

This is a story of the Dark Ones…

Inanna: the vampire warrior

Known as the Angel of Death among her Kind, she has lived millennia alone, one of the remaining True Bloods in existence, unconsciously longing for the one male she could never have…

Gabriel: the forbidden human

His soul recognizes hers from the first encounter. With the first touch, he is awakened… Though he does not know it, he has been searching for her across the ages…

But even as they are finally reunited, their love faces seemingly impossible odds. Would history repeat itself or will they break all the rules and chart a new course together?

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Excerpt Three:

“Thou shalt not covet thy human subjects, nor the Pure Ones who are thy slaves.  Subjects must be held at an objective distance, ruled by a fair hand. Slaves must be leashed with tight control, mastered by a strong will.”

—Excerpt from the Dark Laws, verse twenty-one of the Ecliptic Scrolls

The trembling in her body began again as she flashed hot and cold.  The venom was starting to wear off.

“You’ll make sure he doesn’t suspect the arrangement?” Olivia asked for what was probably the hundredth time, her voice starting to fade.

“He will not suspect.”

“He hates to be manipulated.  He has so much pride.”

Inanna didn’t answer.  

Yes, she knew.  Gabriel’s code of honor reminded Inanna of the most ancient Dark Ones.  

Steadfast.  Fiercely protective.  Self-sacrificing. Nurturing.  

Intensely loving.  

“Will you be good to him?” Olivia asked.

Inanna cocked her head a bit.  Didn’t she already ask this? Nevertheless she answered, “He will lack for nothing.”

“That’s not what I meant.”  Olivia sighed and closed her eyes.  

Her shaking had intensified.  She was idly scratching herself again.  

“I want you to be kind to him.  I don’t want him to be lonely. I want you to lo—”

She broke off as her panting got stronger, as she struggled to draw enough oxygen into her failing lungs, arching off the bed in a twist of pain.

“It is time,” Inanna said quietly, knowing that the patient no longer heard her.  

With a gust of wind, the windows slammed shut, the lights in the hospice room blacked out.  In the heavy darkness there was a flash of white fangs.

And then—silence.

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Second paranormal of the week.  What can I say?  Let me start by saying that I didn’t read the first book in the series, I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into and oh my word…this book!  I normally don’t really like the whole vampire paranormal but this one is a bit different from all the cookie cutter ones that have saturated the market.  Let me explain:

  1.  World building – Ms. James has built a world that while I don’t completely understand the Pure Ones, the Dark Ones and how the humans fit into it but it was fascinating to read.  This book is told by the POV of a Dark One, Nana.
  2.  Nana (heroine) – my, my how I loved her.  She had a job to do but deep down she was lonely.  And to fall in love with a human?  In most PNR novels, this would really be a problem and it’s glossed over but Ms. James takes her time letting the reader get to know Nana and what has shaped over her 4,000 years.  This knowledge propels her in her love for Gabriel and Ben.  In some way, with Olivia, too.
  3. Gabriel – he is what he seems?  I will admit that I couldn’t like him in the beginning.  Why does he stay with Olivia when she treats him so badly from day one?  Does he really believe in soulmates?  But in the end, he really is a good guy.  Loyal, swoon-worthy, steadfast, a great father to Ben and in love with Olivia.
  4. Ben – he is NOT a plot device.  He is the glue between Gabriel and Nana.  Plus, my goodness is he smart.  But then again, I like children in books.  When they aren’t a plot device.

There were others characters that help propel Nana and Gabriel’s story and I felt like I knew them from the get-go.  Yes, I didn’t read the first book but I never felt lost when it came to the characters in this book.  I’m also going to say that this book is hawt.  Like, singe the reader hot.  I know, I have laid off the hot stuff but for this couple, it worked.  Ms. James writing is just fluid and steady.  I will say that I almost gave up during the first 30% but by 50%, I just couldn’t put it down.  There is plenty of suspense and mystery, too.

Again, I haven’t read a true paranormal/fantasy book this good in a very long time.  It seemed real to me and not eye-rolling at all.  In fact, I will be reviewing the third book in the series next month, so watch for it.  Even if you don’t like or gave up on the genre, The Dark Ones series is definitely worth a look-see.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

Contact Information

Website: https://aja-james.blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AjaJamesAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/megami771

Blog: https://aja-james.blog/

Pinterest: N/A for now

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ice_Baby

 

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Longing-Pure-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B077993M4N

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Aja James will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway