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#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.

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Reviews

#Review of Reel Love by Elizabeth Hartey w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romance #fantasy #women’s fiction @drliz5

Reel Love

by Elizabeth Hartey

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GENRE:   romance/women’s fiction/fantasy

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BLURB:

Annie Caslo is a successful, young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and also one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunities and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob, lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several, dearly departed film icons.

Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the LIFE and love she already has—unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

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Excerpt Three:

Right, so dinner,” the angel stated, coming out of his trance and moving back a few steps. “Tell you what, how about I surprise you?”

He opened the refrigerator and stared. He’s probably willing the ingredients to march out and place themselves into his hands. Annie smirked. “Surprise me?”

“Yeah, I’ll make something special for our first dinner.”

“Whatever you say,” she relented, “but I don’t think you could possibly surprise me anymore than you already have.”

“Annie, never underestimate the power of an angel.” He turned and gave her what could ironically be called a devilish grin.

Annie moved to one side, out of his way, and his alluring scent. She watched as he moved skillfully around the kitchen. He knew exactly where to find everything he needed, as though he had been there many times before.

“Why don’t you put some music on? I could go for something romantic,” he commented without looking up from his preparation of the food.

“Romantic? Um, you mean like harp music or, um … what would be romantic to you … I mean, to an angel?”

“Harp music is pretty romantic, but most of the music in the world would be considered soothing and romantic to us. We’re not stuck strictly on harps.”

“Really?”

He moved across the room toward Annie. As he came closer, she once again found herself pinned against the countertop by his prevailing presence.

“You know, we angels are some of God’s most romantic creatures,” he whispered, so close his lips brushed her cheek.

“Really?” Annie repeated, this time in a dreamy slur that sounded and felt as if she were dissolving into a puddle in front of him.

“That’s right,” he said in a nonchalant tone, and then moved back to the refrigerator. “We’re overflowing with love and understanding.” He grinned, again somewhat mischievously.

Annie caught herself just before her weakened legs allowed her to slide to the floor.  This is ridiculous. He’s an angel for heaven’s sake … precisely, she thought, giggling. She slipped her coat off and threw it over the back of a chair as she walked across to the cabinet that housed the high-tech stereo equipment Colt had installed.

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What can I say?  Women’s fiction/romance/fantasy book?  Harlie, are you feeling okay?  Flu bug got you?  No to all those questions.  I fell in love with the “guardian angel” angle.  I know, I’m a sap for anything about angels.  Shocked?  You should be because I don’t share that one with anyone.  But let’s get back to the review, shall we?  At first, when I started reading, I was a little creeped out about the whole teacher/student thing until I just couldn’t stop reading about Colt and Annie’s relationship.  I will tell you that their build-up to romance is fast paced but it makes sense.  This book isn’t about the fairytale romance that we read so much about in romance books but the journey to be fulfilled in that relationship and figuring out if the dream is still there with that one person.

Evan, the angel is a hoot.  I missed him every time that he wasn’t on the page.  He brought common sense to Annie and also humor to her situation.  Sounds confusing, it really isn’t.  He’s not there to tell her what to do but to make her see what could happen or the consequences of her actions.  Everyone needs someone to be the voice of reason and that’s what Evan is to Annie.  Again, I missed him when he wasn’t on the page.

Evan, the movie star.  I really wanted to fall in love with him but at times, he was really pushy with Annie.  It was almost like he was the snake charmer or even worse, the con artist in the ways that he could manipulate Annie into the situations that she was in at times.  Don’t get me wrong, Annie was right along with him but it wasn’t until the ending of the book that I really fell in love with him.  I really, really hope that Dr. Hartey writes a sequel to this book.  I would love for Evan, the movie star to find that special person just for him.  There is a hint and that’s all I’m going to say about that.  Yes, I went there with a movie quote.  They play a huge part in the book and of my gosh…Vivian Leigh.  One of my all-time favorite actresses makes the book, too.  *sigh*

Colt is a dream and he’s almost too good to be true once he and Annie are married.  As this is a women’s fiction book, he isn’t in that much but he doesn’t need to be.  While the book is told in alternating POV’s, Colt’s disappears for a while.  It’s not until the end that we finally see him at his wit’s end with Annie and Evan’s so-called relationship that he got my true respect for him.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  It’s not my usual fare and I’m glad that picked it up.  Of course, now I must have some conclusion with Evan, the movie star.  But hey, that’s just me.  If you are looking for a true romance book, this isn’t it.  It’s there but just remember, it’s about Annie’s journey of self-discovery that fills the actual story.  And angel named, Evan.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her family.

 

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Promo, Teaser Excerpts

Teaser for Darkest Temptation (a book from The Dark Ones Saga) by Rachel Van Dyken!!!!

Darkest Temptation, an all-new standalone in The Dark Ones Saga from New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is coming October 31st!

 

I’m a werewolf King who chose to step down out of grief for my mate.

For centuries I’ve been alone, choosing to live a life of modesty despite the wealth surrounding me.

I deserve to be punished.

I crave things I have no business craving.

And it is manifesting itself in a way I’m terrified I won’t be able to control any longer.

Especially since she arrived.

Vampire. Orphan. Beaten beyond recognition.

My blood calls to her in a way that makes no sense.

I’m a wolf.

She’s a vampire.

The two don’t mate.

They barely tolerate one another.

All it takes is one slip of control on my part — one taste.

And I doom us all.

Then again, I never knew what is lurking inside has the power to balance good and evil.

 

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