This got to me from the start!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 🧛🏻🧛🏻🧛🏻🧛🏻🧛🏻
The setting: Present day, Boston, MA
The Hero(s): Valerius Marcus Ambrosius (a.k.a. The Protector) – Val is one of the Elite guards of the Queen of the Pure Ones. Queen Sophia is human, seventeen years old and goes to Harvard. Val is the strongest and has the most kills of all of the Elite and is the oldest, born around 200 BC, Val’s age dates back to ancient Rome. He was a sex slave while he was human and now can’t stand to be touched, so much so that his weapon of choice is the chained scythe.
The heroine: Rain – she is the Pure Ones royal healer. She gets her healing strength renewed every ten years by taking on a consort for thirty days, who is chosen in a rite. She feeds off the sexual energy and if the consort is strong enough, that holds her through ten years until the next rite. Rain feels slighted that The Protector hasn’t applied to be her consort since he is the strongest male she knows.
The Love Story: Valerius met Rain ten years ago at the time of the last rite. He was instantly attracted to her despite his history and aversion to being touched. Though he would not apply to be her consort for that very reason and the fact that he thinks his past makes him unfit and unclean. Rain also felt something strong when she met Val, and thought of him while with her last consort.
I really liked this book. Valerius had a similar life to Zsadist from BDB, though Val is gorgeous and his scars are only on the inside while Zsadist had scars on both the inside and on the outside. That is really the only comparison with the BDB I am going to make. I loved Zsadist’s story and this one as well. I often hate it when the Hero is so damaged, but I loved Valerius because he was quiet and brooding and like Zsadist, who didn’t like to be touched, it ends up making for a steamy love story!
I am now going to discuss the origins of the Vampires (Dark Ones) and the Pure Ones so if you believe this to be a spoiler, please don’t read any further… I’ve read a few books in the past about Angels who fall and turn into vampires and it seems very similar in these books, but different enough to be wholly original. Though the Pure Ones do seem extremely angelic and are pure of heart. Plus they become Pure ones after their human death.
The Vampires (Dark Ones) are basically fallen Pure Ones. They “fall” when they fall in love and aren’t loved in return or if they have sex with anyone who is not their true mate which breaks their law. Though I really don’t understand why there is animosity between the two groups. I suppose it will be explained more in the next book.
One thing I didn’t like about the book was Sophie and the exceedingly low opinion she has of herself. I mean it is one thing to know you aren’t as beautiful as some people, but another to have such a low opinion of yourself as to fell you aren’t worthy of attention. She is the Queen of an immortal race and has known that since she was born. I highly doubt someone raised as a queen with all those immortal warriors as guardians would really have such a low opinion of herself. But that is part of the story so we will see where it goes. I see she has a few books down the line devoted to her story so that should be interesting. I did read the blurbs of all the books and now I can’t wait to read all of them and I haven’t yet finished BDB, which I planned on doing before starting this series, I just couldn’t wait any longer to dive into this.