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Dark Pleasures: A Novel of the Dark Ones

(Pure/ Dark Ones #4)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Devlin Sinclair, the New England Dark Ones Hunter, is on a mission to track down the elusive and mysterious Medusa, perhaps the ultimate nemesis the Pure and Dark Ones have been battling in recent years.

But he cant do it alone.

Grace Darling has isolated herself from the world since a very young age, after her parents death and because of her own social disability. Awkward
paperback, 324 pages
Published June 17th 2018 by Independently published (first published June 15th 2018)
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Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
Here's what I thought the nth time around: FIVE AMAZING STARS!

It was so good I couldn't even wait for my buddies to read along with me :P. There's so much going on in this book. In addition to my original review below, I'll add what made me fall in love with Devlin and Grace all over again.

#1 He's a charmer with a vulnerable, loving heart. AND he's a god in bed. What else can a girl ask for?


Had to update this pic to my Mr Blondie obsession. Devlin doesn't have the beard, but I think the rest of
Princess under cover
I've been going through a reading drought for many weeks. Just can't seem to get into any genre of romance. So I've ended up catching up on movies and TV series to take the edge off. You know WHY I haven't been able to get into a good book?? BECAUSE I'M TOO OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES!! :)

Nth read: I maintain my original rating of five stars+++>

You know, now that I've been reading with Goodread friends together, I have a different appreciation of this series. Below in my original review I said
In a word: YES

This book seriously blew me away... and that is saying something because it does not happen often. I'm very stingy with my straight up 5 stars, but this one earned every single point.

I will be completely honest and say that I was a little worried when I started this book because the h (Grace) was less than warm and relate-able (at least for me). I was not sure how Ms. James was going to make me like her, but apparently she enjoys a challenge - and she absolutely rose to it!

Our H
4,5 'adorable' stars

Review to come soon-ish. I need to get to Tal first 😄😄
Ok, I'm finally returning here for the review. But seriously, it was of the utmost importance to get to Tal first. He is THE priority. Alright, alright, I will stop obsessing over Tal now <3

I didn't much care about Devlin before. Maybe he didn't seem enough of a tortured hero for my liking. Well, how wrong I was. He had a very tragic past too but he was hiding it so well.

Grace was a wonderful heroine as well. Very
Indelicate Reviews by DD
James continues to weave a detailed multilevel intriguing world!

Grace by far was one of the most interesting and unique FMCs Ive read. Aspergers was such an unexpected twist which I was uncertain of but it completely paid off. Seeing things from Graces POV and watching her evolve pulled me further into the world.

One of my favorites has been Devlin. Although I was a bit disappointed in his initial description and his bewilderment at his attraction to Grace. His thoughts on her looks was not
Silvia Drascall
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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F*cking madness, Batman... what just happen in Mama 🐻 Bear' shop❓😱😱 😲 OMG, 😮... 😳 How can I survive until the end of the book being bombarded by such shocking revelations 😵❓🆘 this plot is DA 💣💣🔥. Ai, meu velho coração ❤ não vai aguentar tanta emoção! Putz livro show de bola😍... e mais nao🤐 Leia & Confira você mesmo.
I'm more and more addictive... Se você pensa que a série não pode ficar melhor... YOU ARE WRONG. IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER...
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Neha Singh
My second read to refresh my memory for the fifth book and I loved it! I especially loved our main couple - Devlin and Grace. And the way they met for the first time, that whole scene and Devlin's reaction to Grace's behaviour during that encounter - It was funny!

I have adored all our heroes so far in the series and Devlin was clearly no exception, I loved him. He was my serious, old fashioned bookworm warrior with the mask of flirtatious rake on the surface.

"Hed learned how to fight, how to
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had such a hard time reviewing Dark Pleasure even though I loved Devlin and Graces story like crazy. My problem was my inability to get into Graces complex, pure, beautiful, brilliant, unique, and 1/10,000 rare mind! She was a heroine like no other.

Reading about Graces life was heart wrenching. Reading about Devlins past was hurting my heart in a different way. Their HEA shouldnt have worked. Yet they were perfect for each other. They were both born a sensualist. He needed to be loved. She
Debra Johnson
Dark Pleasures by Aja James
Genres; Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
4.9 Stars

Devlin & Grace.
This one was lower on the suspense action, and I took points off for that, but it is high on the mystery. As far as the Adult Romance, it is
Explosive ,
Carnal ,
Wild and Fiery 💥

Grace will make you laugh and grin. She has NO social skills. She lives in her head and just blurts things out. She has Autism Spectrum Disorder. She knows what's in her head and what she wants. She has no
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
$0.99 now on Amazon Kindle!!!

Just picked this one up because of a rec. from ***Princess under cover***
Heck YES!

Gotta catch em all ;)
Pam G
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series. It is not often that I get blown away by an author's ability to draw me into connecting with characters. With each book I read, I get more immersed in this world, more in love with the characters, and I never want to leave! I need to slow down, I'm going through these too quickly, and I can't seem to help! Kudos, Ms James, I am now an avid follower of your work.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-5-star
Devlin and Grace

There is so much going on in this novel. First, there is Devlin Sinclair and Grace Darling. Devlin is a Chosen Dark One and known as the Hunter. He has spent months tracking Grace's digital footprint. "He was certain she held critical information for getting to his ultimate target -- the enigmatic Medusa, who had orchestrated all of the chaos and violence the Pure and Dark Ones had been combatting for the past two years."

Grace is a single, 29 year old, who is "wanted by several
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cant put these books down!

Another amazing book and Im excited about the next one. The ending was awesome and heartbreaking! At one point I was smiling from ear to ear, and the next holding my breath hoping everything works out. These characters are amazing! Grace had me laughing a lot of the time. Must read series for anyone looking for new books!


Realized this one was to short to and Im just going to review this one along my re-reading
Heather Emery
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I am officially hooked on this series and I am really happy I stayed with the series/author. This is by far my favorite book. The book focused on the main characters and their story with only minimal secondary characters/other events happening, which worked wonders for me and my brain.
Darcy Moore
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book

Always a great read! I can't wait to see what happens next! I'm so hooked on so many aspects of the series plots like Sophie's relationships and who Medasus could be it just has me captivated!
Nov 29, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Devlin Sinclair, the New England Dark Ones Hunter, is on a mission to track down the elusive and mysterious Medusa, perhaps the ultimate nemesis the Pure and Dark Ones have been battling in recent years.

But he cant do it alone.

Grace Darling has isolated herself from the world since a very young age, after her parents death and because of her own social disability. Awkward and brilliant, a born sensualist, Grace agrees to a blind date that changes the

I very much enjoy that Aja goes against the grain when it comes to her heroes. I enjoy the world that she tends to bring to life with her written word.

This was no different, The second book may have been my favorite one in the series thus far, but I am not bored reading anything she writes. I find it fulfilling and of course, I do very much love my happy endings.

I know in the end she is working on a big series climax and I can not wait to see what that is.

Great Job Aja I am looking forward to
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos, paranormal
This is paranormal romance at it's best, Grace is a unique woman that lives in her own head, she has problems expressing her feelings and is really brilliant, as a computer genius, she's the only chance for Devlin to keep track on Medusa (an elusive enemy of the pure and dark ones).
Devlin is a young dark one with a tragic past and a beautiful heart, he is definitely a dream come true, but his love for Grace seems doom from the beginning, he is an immortal and she is human that doesn't know how
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phew, this series just gets better with each book! This series, in my humble opinion, is phenomenal. The characters and the world they live in are so real. Each book builds off the ones prior. You are getting a complex story in these books and it's absolutely great. I don't recommend trying to read any of these as a stand alone, you'll be lost.

Devlin, the Dark One's Hunter, the most carefree of the group. Grace, orphaned at a young age, social disability that keeps her isolated from others,
The Drowsy Bookworm
I was kindly given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Dark Pleasures tells Devlin Sinclairs story. Devlin is the sexy, somewhat smart-alecky Dark One weve gotten glimpses of in the past 2 books. Half the fun of the Pure/Dark Ones series is that (unless you ruin it by reading the blurb) you dont know whose story is going to be coming up next. The other half of the fun is reading the books, which continue to pique my interest and keep me ravenous for more information.

The female
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow another fab 5 star read...
I loved Grace she was so robotic and funny, she has no shame whatsoever its great!!! Aja is a Genius Character creator i don't think i have ever read a series with so much diversity, and each of her characters rule the book and mold the story its amazing!!!! Grace was extremely cleverly written, right down to the psychological aspects it was flawless.

She is definitely Vulcan or Borg lol!

In this spectacular addition we get to delve deeper into Devlin.... As he
Mary Ortiz
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First many thanks to Aja she is the awesome author of this series and very kindly allowed be to read this book. Decline is the Hunter for the dark ones and he has been tryin to track down Medusa but he hasnt been able to get very far. He meets up with Grace a brilliant woman though she does suffer from Aspergers. She doesnt feel emotions the way that we do and has hard time even understanding the concept of feelings. As they spend time together in and out of bed Devlin falls in love with her but ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, pnr
Another 5 well deserved stars 🌟

This book was the most exciting one for me. There are so many plot twists and revelations that I did not see coming. Some of them knocked me literally of my feet - I caught myself several times arguing fiercely with the book, not believing what just had happened. In my opinion this alone is evidence enough for beeing a really really well written book 💖

Netherless I am left with so many burning questions after this book. I am so so much looking forward to get to
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hewwo, Dewwin.
The arena of awe here with the 4th tale in what is developing into a BDB, IAD, and LoTU edge of your seat, anticipate each new release, gotta have Series - and author. The story is crisp, elements are original and fresh, numerous guesses are panning out (The Creature aka Le Freak Seeest Chic, Ere) the featured characters are fantastic (The Master, Maximus, Ramses...I must fan myself) and the H/h are fabulous especially the h, Grace - whos precision in thought lead to one of the
Jennifer greenwood

This series is a must read . These vampire stories all seem to go or come from the same place anymore . This author wasn't predictable . I appreciate that I wasn't able to guess the story line and was pleasantly surprised by what I found . I couldn't out this book down . It's a real page turned from the very first sentence in the first book of the series . I wanna know what's next and can't wait to go on the journey . I absolutely loved every book this far . I can't wait for them to
Tammy Briggs
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great series, I love the characters, they are well developed. I am hooked on this series. 😀
3.5 stars.

Another genius heroine meets Dark one (with a sad background) story. There's a lot of interconnecting threads in the series, they seem predictable to me atm (maybe because I've spend the last decade reading too many pnr) so I'm hoping the author does something I don't expect or shocks me in the next books. I did enjoy Grace (mainly because I like characters like her) even though her leaving Devlin at one particular moment made me :/// with her but she came through later on. Devlin was
Mamacita Slacum
4.5 "I'm Not Normal" Stars

So ya'll know I love this series. Like Love, Love! Like I'm obsessed with this series...

The characters are well written, the story is extremely thought thru & fleshed out, & the plot flows well from book to book. Ya'll, I cannot brag on this author enough.

I really liked the Hero Devlin. I loved his back story. I understood him & felt his vulnerability. The side stories were a treat. There was a couple of of Twist that were a nice treat. Lots & lots of
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Pleasures is book 4 in the Dark/Pure Ones series. We start off with a bit more of Sophia's story. It seems with each book in the series we get a little more of her story, though woven throughout the main storyline. In this case, the story of Devlin and Grace.

Devlin, a Dark Ones vampire, is very computer savvy but he needs the help of someone even more skilled at hacking than himself. That's where Grace comes into play. Devlin needs Grace's help to hack into Zenn, a tech company that Grace
R.K. Emery
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aja James has no problem getting the story stated. The emotion starts right away and the reader really manages to connect to Grace.

This story managed to surprise me several times as well. I liked how balanced the characters were, I felt like each one served their own purpose and had a valid place in the novel.

Devlin to me is a difficult character to understand his motivations. I found myself wanting to give him a good hard smack a couple of times, but James does a great job of showing his
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“The women were beautiful, but they hadn’t been attractive. Not to Devlin, anyway. Grace Darling was attractive, not beautiful. But apparently, at this juncture of Devlin’s accumulated experience, Grace was the only female who attracted him. That made her special. Unique.” 3 likes
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