Book Review

Here is our review of Dark Desires – Book #3 in the Pure/Dark Ones series

Paranormal / Fantasy Romance
Date Published: April 5, 2018
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A human and a vampire. An Assassin and his target. They made an impossibility possible, despite his past, despite their present. They had the future—they had Eternity.”
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?

my Thoughts

This book follows Ryu and Ava; two people that are on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is human, one is a vampire; one is a genius scientist and one is a trained assassin. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have put these two together, but Aja James made it work. Their connection and attraction was prevalent from their first meeting on the plane. Ryu keeps trying to remember that she is his target, but he just can’t seem to resist her; something about her calls to him. I’m not going to spoil the ending; just know that it’s worth the time reading!

I did not read Dark Longing but I did read Pure Healing prior to this book. I enjoyed the first book so much that I was willing to skip the second to read this book. However, now I really want to go back and read the second book now. This book is a great read; there’s romance, there’s intense drama and action, there’s humor – something for everyone! Also can I mention how much I love Ava? I always appreciate a book where the heroine is such an awkward character. Her first few interactions with Ryu & lack of filter just made me love her more. This was a decent sized book (about 300+ pages) & there was so much packed into those pages; but you get so into the story you don’t even realize how much time you spent reading. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes up with!

About the Author

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 had 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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