(Pure Ones #1)
by Aja James
In the world of Pure Ones, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days, love comes with the warning label “fall at your own peril.”
Rain, the Healer of this immortal race, is the only exception to the rule. In order to harness and accumulate enough energy to heal severe wounds, she must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body through sexual exchange. As the war with vampire hordes wears on, few Pure-males who are strong enough to serve as her Consort remain.
Valerius is one of the few. As the Protector of the race, he is by far the strongest candidate Rain could hope for. 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 raw, gaping wound of anguish and self-doubt, which two thousand years of stoic, solitary existence has not been able to heal.
As the decadal rite draws near, as threats from their nemesis intensify, and as Rain’s strength drains with every healing act, Valerius beats back his inner demons and gives himself to the Healer unconditionally. Rain chooses Valerius despite her fear that her desire and need for him would lead her to repeat the mistakes of the past with her first Consort. To avoid that tragedy, Rain stipulates from the beginning that Valerius cannot fall in love with her, for she cannot love him in return. Even though the consequence is death, this is the one promise Valerius cannot keep.
As Rain and Valerius battle their personal pain and fears, they must decide whether they let their histories and duties dictate their destiny or whether they risk all for a chance at everlasting love.
Review: 5 stars
Out of all the books I have read this one is the most intense one, there were times I thought to stop reading as I was not sure where this was heading, yet wanting to know how it would end, as some of the characters had grown on me. And truthfully I can say am not sorry, best reading I have done in a long time.
The Pure Ones, are ones where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days, love comes with the warning label “fall at your own peril.” I don't think we could survive this, to know that loving someone and it was not returned and that after having sex one would wither and die.
Rain is the healer of the Immortal Race, and she is the only one that does not fall under that rule, every 10 years she can take a consort and he will restore her.
With their battles with a horde of Vampires thins them out. Valerius is the Protector and the strongest candidate that Rain could hope for. One thing that he had been avoiding. The things he has gone through and suffered as a Roman Sex Slave make feel unworthy of her.
As Rain and Valerius battle their own pain and fears they must decide if their duties or their wants and desires are more important.
The story was very interesting and spanning over 2000 years possibly even more , the characters were deep caring and loving.
Will Rain and Valerius find eternal love, read the book to find out.
I received a copy for my honest review!
Review by Jara