Review & Giveaway: Dark Desires by Aja James

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Review & Giveaway: Dark Desires by Aja James

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review & Giveaway: Dark Desires by Aja JamesDark Desires by Aja James
Series: Pure Ones #3
on April 5, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 311
Format: Digital, print
Source: Goddess Fish Promotions
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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?

Series Rating: five-stars
Also in this series: Pure Healing, Dark Longing  , Dark Desires

Also by this author: Pure Healing, Dark Longing  , Dark Desires




Paranormal romance with multiple-POV.
War between the pure ones(sort of a vampire) against the vampires.
Book #3 of a series that I wouldn’t recommend to be read as a stand-alone. This world-build is so rich that it can be confusing, specially for those that haven’t been following the series.

This series is one of my favorites of 2018. Is so different from everything that is out there,  that is a one-of-a kind read!!!

Is a MUST READ to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance!!!



Addictiveness: Over the top addictive!!! I’m obsessed with this series. Is always a one-sitting read for me.

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5  This couple is different from the previous two couples. They are not as intense, there is a fun side to them. It was great to laugh a little with such intense series. I loved them. They were easy to connect and understand. Really, I think Ava maybe my favorite heroine until now. She is so different from everyone else of this series that makes her unique. Ryu never had a chance. How could anyone resist Ava? I also liked Ryu, but I wished his past had been more explored. I still would like to know more of him. I also love how there are always new, interesting characters being introduced in the series.

Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, subtitle 3/5, color-font 3/5, buy 5/5 Cover are one of my obsessions. This one has the perfect title. Good art work, but not so great use of colors. Also I still find it a bit too busy. The subtitles are too big and take a lot of space from the art, that should always be the main focus point of a book cover.
Freshness: ONE-OF-A-KIND!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  I really have to mention the setting. The author masterfully takes the reader into a journey through Japan and its culture. The details are so rich that almost made me feel like I was in Japan. Also, the creativity of the author has no bounds. In this particular book of the series, Ms. James show us readers a different side of her writing, a lighter side. This is as intriguing as the more intense reads. This way, she keeps the reader out of a comfort zone always wanting more.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5  Wow! This is always hot and dirty and romantic at the same time. Ms. James descriptions of love scenes are always inspirational. 🙂
Writing Style: Every time I become more in love with Ms. James writing. Very creative plot, with fabulous characters and perfect romance. O.M.G!!!



  • I have no idea, but I’m certain Ms. James will be able to offer something even more spectacular on the next installment of the series.


I have become a fan of Ms. James. I know that I will read anything she writes. I don’t have to read blurbs to know is going to be an unforgettable story.

As I said in my other review, I was avoiding reading vampire books. Ms. James has definitely corrected that.

(Yes, I know I have been redundant and said Ms. James this and that. But is all real, the book still feels very real for me, and her name is definitely floating around in my brain. Sorry! I said this on my other review and noticed that I have use her name several times again.)


33/35 STARS –  4.5 STARS (4.5 stars between 31.5 and 33 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5  Cover: 4  Freshness: 5  Plot: 5  Romance: 4 Writing Style: 5

Action 4/5
Angst 3/5
Darkness 1/5
Humor 3/5
Romance 5/5
Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? If you like paranormal romance, this is a MUST READ!!! In fact, even if you don’t usually read paranormal give this one a try.
Would I re-read this book? Definitely!!!
Would I re-read this series? Yes!!!
Would I read more from the author? Ms. James has become a must read for me!!!

You MAY read this because you like vampires; you SHOULD read this because you like steamy books; you MUST read this because  is ONE-OF-A-KIND!




Pa Ava’s breath froze in her lungs even as her heart pumped like a jack hammer. She stared owl-eyed and motionless into hypnotic dark brown eyes, so dark the pupils and irises were all but indistinguishable.


He held her gaze and slowly, nonchalantly pulled back his hand, leaving a trail of sparks along her skin where his fingertips grazed. A corner of his mouth tilted, whether in amusement or derision she couldn’t tell.


She did not see that hand fist so tightly on his thigh the knuckles turned white.


“Apologies,” he said. She assumed he referred to the accidental touch that set her veins on fire. “Allow me to help you.”


What? Was he going to help her relieve the dark desires that were melting her into a gelatinous mass of wantonness?


Keeping his gaze locked on hers, he gestured to the leg rest. Ava’s eyeballs were the only things that moved as they rolled to the right and down.


Oh that.


Before she provided a response, and perhaps it was better that he didn’t wait, because he would have waited a very long time, he elongated his torso by half standing, reached over the partition and smoothly removed the laptop bag that she had unwittingly jammed between the extended foot rest and the inner corner of her sleep capsule.


“May I?” he asked rather unnecessarily, since she hadn’t yet drawn breath or found her voice, and pressed the recline key so that her seat finally adjusted into a comfortable position.


Involuntarily, Ava heaved a contented sigh. Finally, her lungs were functioning again. Now that she had the opportunity to look him full in the face, she decided he wasn’t as irresistible as she first thought.ste third excerpt here




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About Aja James

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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