GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance
SERIES: The Dark Ones (Book 2)
About the Book
“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?
Read an Excerpt
“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-Komansky 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.
I really enjoyed learning about the world created by the author. I was also glad that I found the glossary ahead of time, as it helped me when I became confused. Which, unfortunately, was more often than I would have liked. It would have been nice to see the information in the glossary incorporated into the story, rather than stand alone at the end of the book.
The book started off in a first-person prologue but then switched to third person and slipped a bit into omniscient pov a couple of times. However, this did not detract from the story as it was clear which/whose head we were in.
Having not read the first book in the series, I found the references to the different races (e.g., Pure Ones, Dark Ones, Humans) a bit confusing, again another good reason to have incorporated the glossary directly into the story.
I definitely enjoyed that last 50 or so pages the most as this is where the story and the action really picked up for me. If you enjoy a heart-tugging paranormal, you will definitely get your money’s worth with Dark Longing.
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 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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This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for more information on the author and book as well as more chances to win!
February 14: Emily Carrington
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February 21: More Books Than Livros
February 28: Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
February 28: The Avid Reader
March 7: Harlie’s Books
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