I received this book for free from RABT Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Pure Ones #1
on November 8, 2017 (paperback); May 4, 2012 (kindle)
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Fantasy
Source: RABT Book Tours
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Enter the world of Pure Ones, a race of immortal, supernaturally powerful beings who protect humankind, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days.
The Healer of the race, Rain, is the only exception to this rule. She must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body. Valerius, Protector of the race, is the strongest candidate.
Despite their instant attraction, Valerius has staunchly avoided applying to be the Healer’s Consort. The brutality and violence he suffered as a Roman sex slave in his human life ate away at his soul, leaving a dark abyss of torment and self-doubt.
Now, as Rain’s strength drains with every healing act, Valerius cannot escape the fact that he may be the only one who can save her, and in so doing, afford his people greater hope for the future as battles intensify.
- Addictiveness: This was an impossible to let down type of read. I couldn’t let go.
- Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Wow! All characters are multi-dimensional with amazing storyline. They are easy to love, connect and understand. We feel their pain and their joy. Valerius has a very painful past and his journey was amazing. Rain, even though she didn’t call it love, helps Valerius through caring and loving. So beautiful journey of these two. So many secondary characters, so many different POV. The queen… amazing character. Even in a world of paranormal they felt real, their emotions resonated on the reader.
- Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 3/5, buy 5/5 Cover are one of my obsessions. This one has the perfect tilte and subtitle. Great art work, but not so great use of colors. I would buy this book without reading the blurb by just looking at this cover with the catching title.
- Freshness: Wow! One of the most unusual stories that I have read in the last year. So creative, very well explained and everything believable. Definitely a breath of fresh air!!!
- Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 3.5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 I’m still in shock! Creative, unusual, believable with great subplots and twists. There is a lot of information here, but it flows so well. This story kept me guessing and I’ve ended wanting more. Really amazing!!!
- Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 4/5 Here is the perfect description of how love hurts. Their love journey is not easy, but painful. It was breathtaking at times and very poignant. Rain couldn’t recognize love, even when it was biting her; Valerius so afraid from his past. Together they made sense, they healed each other. Very hot with great smut.
- Writing Style: I’m very impressed. I wasn’t expecting any of this. In fact, I had no expectations for this book. Perfect plot with amazing characters and beautiful romance. What else could I want from a book? The writing was cohesive with no loopholes. The plot was fancy and all characters had depth.
- I’m out of words. I have no idea. This was very close to perfect.
So refreshing to read something new. Really, lately I wasn’t reading vampires themed books. They started all to look the same. Ms. James has shaken this theme. She brought a brand new idea, a brand new vampire world. Better yet, she did it beautifully!!!
- Action 3/5
- Angst 4/5
- Darkness 1/5
- Humor 0/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 0/5
- Would I recommend? If you like vampires, this is a MUST READ!!!
- 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 the author; you SHOULD read this because you like vampires; you MUST read this because of the amazingly UNIQUE plot!!!
Valerius’ eyes were immediately drawn to the feminine outline behind the curtains.
Contrary to his training and protocol, he barely registered the surrounding area, the ornate yet elegant furniture, the walls covered entirely with natural scenery that looked just as real and alive as the scrolls in the outer passageway, the whimsical splattering of multi-colored round paper lanterns across the ceiling, giving the chamber a cheerful glow.
To his utter confusion and dismay, his heart doubled its tempo, and every nerve in his body became overwhelmingly sensitized. He suddenly felt drugged by the faint, elusive fragrance of lilies and jasmine, and in reaction, blood rushed to his groin, hardening him in an instant. His neck and face got what was left as he flushed deeply in mortification and anger at his total loss of discipline.
In his two thousand plus years of existence as a Pure One, he had never, never, lost control. Why his self-restraint deserted him now he couldn’t begin to fathom and didn’t have the luxury to even try, for he suddenly found himself not two feet before the Healer, sitting above him on the dais on a soft pedestal of pillows. He executed a bow by rote, as if his body had developed a mind of its own.
Valerius stopped short of raising his gaze to meet hers, however. He knew that keeping his eyes lowered was a sign of submission which he’d never before allowed in himself, no matter the odds he faced. But he swallowed his pride and locked his jaw, because somehow, somewhere deep within, he knew that meeting her gaze would change his world forever.
Instead, he peered through the filter of his lashes at the shape of her chin, and the enigmatic, fleeting smile that tilted the corners of her full, sensuous mouth.
“Warrior,” she greeted him softly, pausing a heavy beat after greeting Sophia and Ayelet.
When he continued to withhold his gaze, the corners of her lips tilted ever so slightly more, as if she were amused by his reticence.
But it wasn’t shyness that kept Valerius’ eyes lowered; it was self-preservation.