Title: Dark Longing
Author: Aja James
GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance
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?
“Thou shalt be a benevolent ruler of the human race. Thou shalt not forget thy place, nor that of thy weaker subjects. Except through the Blood Contract, with Consent, or through the Deliverance of Justice, the taking of human blood and souls is forbidden.”
—Excerpt from the Dark Laws, verse ten of the Ecliptic Scrolls
Inanna watched the couple through the thin wall of the hospice, seeing clearly every hair, every eye-lash.
For the most part, her unique ability could be likened to infrared vision, but it was much more powerful than that: she could see through walls as if they were entirely transparent, and she could zoom distant objects into focus to the finest detail.
His chin-length hair hid most of his expression, but Inanna understood the exchange between husband and wife as if she’d heard every word. She knew what was being discussed; Olivia had told her late last night after Gabriel had taken Benji home.
Inanna’s new son.
How did a four-thousand-year-old vampire get into this predicament?
Because she was greedy, that’s how. She’d fallen in love with the little boy and his bouncy, blond curls at first sight. And first sight was before he had any hair, right after he was delivered, in fact, at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Kaminsky Children’s Hospital.
But who was she kidding, Inanna silently chided herself. She wasn’t just in love with the boy.
She was head over heels in lust with the husband.
Inanna turned away from the hospice room and walked briskly outside toward her sun-proofed gun-metal Lamborghini Aventador. Folding her long limbs into the vehicle, she fired up the ignition and raced out of the hospice parking lot, into the pitch-black night.
She would grant husband and wife one last night together before collecting on Olivia’s Blood-Contract.
And fulfilling her own.
Review by Amber: I am going to give this novel 5 stars. We get to meet Gabriel and Inanna. Inanna knows that Gabriel is hers as soon as she sees him and the blood contract affords her the reason to get to know him better. Gabriel does not know why he reacts so much when he’s around her, and tries to sort things out.
Inanna and the rest of the vampire group are trying to find out who is running underground fight club. There is far too m any deaths, men are found bloodless and this can lead to suspicion to the rest of the city. Gabriel actually enters one of the fight \, as he needs the extra money to pay of his dead wife’s medical bill and take care of his son. He ends up meeting the vampire in charge and is mostly drained of blood. To save her Inundates him a vampire.
What she didn’t know and what Gabriel didn’t know is that he has a pure soul, and she also has a pure soul.
Seeing their relationship develop before your eyes is a steamy and heartfelt affair. Seeing how both of them care about Benji, Gabriel’s son, is very cute.
It’s rather interesting seeing the differences and similarities between how the Pure one’s handle things and the vampires. They are more alike then they thought. One of the major difficulties they both face is the rule that a vampire cannot mate a Pure one. Since Inanna refuses to give him up, they decide to go out on their own.
We also get to meet the characters that were introduced in Pure Healing, as they work together to end the fight club.
This is a great book with a strong plotline, characters that you won’t forget, and a wonderful relationship that all of us wish we could have.
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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.
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