Title: Pure Healing
Author: Aja James
Genre: paranormal, fantasy romance
Blurb: 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 deathwithin thirty days.
The Healer of the race, Rain, is the only exception to this rule. To harness and accumulate enough energy to heal severe wounds, especially as the war between her people and the vampire hordes accelerates, she must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body. But as the war wears on, few Pure-males who are strong enough to serve as her Consort remain. Valerius, Protector of the race, is the strongest candidate.
Despite their instant attraction ten years ago when they first met, 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.
Will Rain and Valerius find their way to each other as the struggles between good and evil evolve?
Excerpt: “Rain,” he called to her, the first time he’d ever used her name in the ten years of their acquaintance. “Rain!” he could not keep the alarm from his voice as she remained lifeless in his embrace.
He shook her a little, set his face close to hers to detect her breathing. The barest of breath relieved him so much he shuddered from head to toe.
“You little fool!” he cursed her, furious that she’d used what scarce energy she had remaining to heal him. He thrust his wrist against her lips and urged, “Take it. Bite me, damn you!”
Though there was no movement, he felt her stirring, her breath a little stronger against his skin. She opened her mouth and formed words, but they were uttered so softly he could not hear.
He bent closer until their foreheads were touching. “What is it sweetheart? What do you need?”
In a raspy whisper she breathed, “I’ll not take from the body I just healed.”
“Stupid girl,” Valerious berated her, though his deep tone of concern was at odds with his words. “I would have healed eventually on my own. Your energy is wasted on me.” He thrust his wrist against her lips again, forcefully enough to scratch the skin against her canines.
“Now feed,” he commanded in a voice that brooked no argument.
Amazed at her own strength, Rain suddenly pushed back from his embrace and off his lap. She scooted back against the foot of the bed and let her head flop against the bedframe.
“You are not my Consort. This is not the Cycle,” she whispered weakly but resolutely. “I will have no other but my Consort.”
“Then choose me!” Valerius exploded, uncaring of the consequences he’d spent two thousand years avoiding. “It is the least I can do to repay you–”
He broke off at a resounding slap against his cheek. Though lacking in force to bring any pain, the sound it made nevertheless reverberated in the silent room.
Stunned, he could only gape at her.
Review by Amber: I am giving this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars. Each character is developed with a great deal of detail. Each one has a past, and a future. Their pasts are different from others as they have been reborn after they died as a human. For many of them, their past holds heartache and trauma, which of course hang over them now. The concept of Pure ones is a nice diversion from the normal good vampire versus bad vampire. The Zodiac does not look down upon humans, for some humans can become Pure ones after their death.
The novel also shows that there are good vampires and those that have turned bad. The love story is incredibly complicated and erotic at the same time. You can’t help rooting for Rain and Val, although Val’s past was poising the relationship. As he was a sex slave back when he was a child, along with the fact that he was betrayed by his first master who had promised his father that there would be one last fight and then he can retire but instead his father was killed before his eyes, and his mother and sister no long had protection against the ruffians. Val does not like to be touched, in fact a good half of the book deals with Rain slowly breaking through all the boundaries he has put up and helping him get over the horror of his past. Than he falls in love, which is a death sentence, as unless the female is his mate and returns his love, the male will die a painful slow death.
Add on top of the troubles with his relationship, a vampire is threatening their lives and forcibly changing Pure ones into vampires. They need to find out whom this person is and deal with the threat to their queen. In this book we do get to meet the villain but we don’t find out much information about them.
Another great part of the book is the other relationships that are developing in the background. It gets you thin king on what they’re going to be going through. It makes the reader want to tun into the next book.
If you love people with gifts fighting the villains, steamy sex scenes, and tormented pasts I would recommend this book.
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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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