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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Pure Healing (Pure Ones #1) by Aja James


Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance



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?

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Rain bid farewell for the day to the third qualified Pure-male and watched him slowly and painstakingly make his way beyond the threshold of the Rite Enclosure. 

She closed her eyes and released a pent up breath.  It had been a long second day in the three-day Rite of the Phoenix, a day she looked forward to only slightly less than the third and final day.  Today, she had pushed the males almost beyond their endurance.  She was surprised they hadn’t decided to withdraw their application. 

The Phoenix Cycle would be much worse.

As she prepared to leave the chamber, Wan’er came forth with a nonplussed expression.

“My lady,” her handmaiden said haltingly, “it appears you have one final applicant.”

“What?” Rain responded reflexively.  She heard her handmaiden perfectly well, but the words didn’t make a lick of sense.

Wan’er shifted a bit nervously, as if indecisive about how to break some bad news.  “Your final applicant is waiting in the antechamber.” She bit her lower lip and blurted, “It is my lord Valerius.”

Rain’s eyebrows shot up in shock.  Surely she had not heard correctly.

“Shall I show him in and prepare him for the test?” Wan’er asked tentatively, uncertain of her lady’s mood.

Without answering her handmaiden, Rain marched angrily to the antechamber and threw apart the double doors.

“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she demanded of the warrior leaning against the back wall.  She braced herself against the welcome sight of him in full health.  She’d been on tender hooks all the previous day, wondering whether she’d been able to heal him completely, whether she should have checked on him.  She could barely concentrate on the first day’s tests, she’d been so distracted.  But now that he appeared fully recovered, her anger overrode all concern.

He straightened from the wall and stood tall and alert before her.  “Applying to Serve you, Healer.”

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Pure Healing is the first book in the Pure Ones series. In a nutshell, it is about a vampire like species who hold honour in high esteem. They are unable to have sex with each other unless it is their true mate, but are quite conniving in finding ways around that little rule! ;) Valerius and Rain met ten years ago, but made sure their paths crossed as little as possible. Now, however, it is unavoidable.

This story will drag you in and not let go. Told in the first person for the first and last chapters, and then third person multiple point of view throughout the rest of the story, it will definitely keep you on your toes. You will also 'see' an amazing part of the world in this story, one that is too often neglected. The originality of this story, coupled with the amazing world-building, fantastic story-line, and brilliant characters, demand that this book be given the full five stars.

The writing itself is smooth, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. The pace was smooth, and the story action-packed. It is steamy in places, but only where it should be. Lots of other characters NEED to have their story told, so I can't wait for those. And I sincerely hope for a HEA for the whole of the Pure Ones. They have suffered losses in this book, and I don't like that! And yes, I know they're not real, but read the book and you'll understand where I'm coming from!

As a final comment, I will just say I'm definitely not Team Ere, but Team Dalair all the way!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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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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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

  2. I wouldn't want to be in Rain's position.

  3. Pure Healing sounds like a wonderful book and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

  4. I have enjoyed the tour, the book sounds great.

  5. Well, it's the last day of your tour and I must say I've enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you and your book. Hope to see you on tour again soon.