To save his race, he must keep the chosen virgin pure. But she has other plans… A shapeshifting unicorn desperate to save his race… The last guardian of his kind, Markos Ambrostead must keep the chosen Virgin hidden and untainted. But when an attacker breaches his protective magic, he's forced to reveal himself to defend her life. A tenacious woman who refuses to be ignoreTo save his race, he must keep the chosen virgin pure. But she has other plans… A shapeshifting unicorn desperate to save his race… The last guardian of his kind, Markos Ambrostead must keep the chosen Virgin hidden and untainted. But when an attacker breaches his protective magic, he's forced to reveal himself to defend her life. A tenacious woman who refuses to be ignored… Celia Hawkins wishes the world would get a clue and stop treating her like she's invisible. Only one man notices her, or is that her imagination? After narrowly escaping an attempted rape, she demands answers from her mysterious rescuer—starting with why he's been following her. Rules were made to be broken… Markos can't risk being tempted by the Virgin, yet emboldened by his attention, Celia's determined to become his friend. Maybe more. Maybe much more. Now he must hold onto his crumbling willpower to maintain her purity—or his tribe will become extinct. ***** Note: For adult readers--contains hot sex scenes and edgy situations. For an introduction to the Mythos Legacy world, check out the short story Unintended Guardian!...
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Pure Sacrifice Reviews
I stayed up Way past my bedtime to finish this. Fun and sweet. Love is Triumphant!! :-DBaddies all got what they had coming in a satisfying way.Have tissues ready for Christmas break in Iowa. (sniffles)first 40 or 45% of the book was pretty PG/PG-13 (but still Hot). Last half of the book definitely rated R.other comments from my household:Husband - did not read, but rates it 5 stars ;-) Says he is looking forward to me reading the next book in the series. (tehehe)Corgi Dog - Loves Molly but thinks that a Corgi would have been better than a border Collie in that spot (I told him he was being self centered, but he just demanded more pets and a biscuit and said that was his comment on the story)
Honestly, I'm quite sad that I finished reading it already, but the story was so gripping that it was hard not to read so fast!Onto the specifics, the tension and pacing were handled very well, in that it was never boring. Many scenes were quite emotional too, and I really empathized with the characters. The opening scene was amazing in how it instantly pulled me in by the POV character's emotions.As for the characters, I really, really loved Markos, even from the start! He's so cute, funny, lovable, and honorable. As for Celia, I deeply felt for her but wasn't that interested in her as a character. She's a good and admirable person, but I think the awesomeness of Markos overshadowed her so that I didn't feel as fond of her as I could have been. But again, I truly empathized with Celia, and could relate to her experiences even though I've never been through anything as bad as she did. :O Her backstory tugged at my heartstrings and at times even made my eyes a little moist.I also love Jami's style of having a great focus on the psychology of the protagonists. They each have their own emotional issues to deal with and overcome (just like most of us), and this makes the story not only even more enjoyable, but more psychologically penetrating and deep.So I never felt that Markos and Celia were relating to each other in a shallow way. They were really engaging with one another in a profound and meaningful way, which assures me that their relationship will stay strong and happy.As for other comments, I really appreciated how the setting descriptions were never too long to be boring, but they were also never too bare as to make me feel lost and confused about where the story was. There was just the right amount of description.The prose was also clean, easy-to-read, and flowed. I don't remember seeing any typos, so the editing was done well too.The only criticism I can think of right now, is that there were a few instances where I was confused about which person a pronoun referred to. Usually, readers would assume automatically that the pronoun refers to the person last mentioned in the prose (if the pronoun matches this person's gender.) So if we later find out that the person we assumed the "she" or "he" referred to was actually not the right person, we are momentarily taken out of the story. This confusion of pronoun reference was not a huge problem, though, as I still gave Pure Sacrifice five stars!I look forward to reading the next novel in this series, Ironclad Devotion!
If you are a book addict as I am, you will be familiar with the exquisite torture of finding a book that is pure enjoyment to read (even if the emotional ride is a roller coaster) and then discovering that you are coming to the end, that there are fewer and fewer pages – or electrons - between your finger and the back cover. This is my happy problem with Pure Sacrifice. I don’t - I didn't - want it to end.Look, I’m a guy and most of you are probably women deciding whether or not to buy Jami Gold's excellent novel. I can’t tell you what type of guys you find sexy in a fantasy sort of way, or what heroines you identify with – or don’t - but secretly want to be. For me, Markos is a man (well, he isn’t a man, he’s a unicorn with a man shape) I’d dearly want to be. Celia is a woman I’d deeply enjoy to know and to bed. Smart, kind and sexy. I’m married and happily so, so I’m not trading mine in but … a look in the window won’t hurt, will it?Seriously, as one teacher of writers puts it: “every romance will have a conflict rooted in power. The heroine needs something from the hero and vice versa.” As a guy, I get bored with a steady diet of space operas, power struggles, shot-em-ups, or pirates and aliens. What I relish about Pure Sacrifice, now the third of Ms. Gold’s books I’ve read, is how detailed, yet how natural, she makes the struggle between the Markos, whose need to save his race is embodied in Celia, and Celia, who needs to find a cause to believe in and a person to believe in her. The play of emotions, trust, and misunderstandings make Pure Sacrifice a wonderful tale. You will enjoy discovering what they need from each other and how those needs are fulfilled … or are not.My disclaimer: I've sent Ms. Gold's website for writers a few emails, but I don't know her. She did not ask me to review her book, which I bought.
Okay, I'm going to level with you. This is the first hetero-romance I've read in a very long time where I made it past the first couple of chapters. Not only that, I stayed up well past midnight (on a school night no less) to read as far as I could.The characters, setting and world-building meshed to create a fascinating read. Markos was amazingly conflicted in his desire to help Celia and resist succumbing to her charms. Celia for her part was strong but not at the cost of her femininity and allowed to have a full range of emotions, something I really appreciated.The only sticking point I had was the attempted rape scene. I understand why it was used and that it's something that worked for the story, though I wish there could have been another way. Ah well, just a minor nitpick.Overall, I loved this story and the build up between the two of them. Watching both of them learn what it means to be not just friends but lovers.
Markos, Celia Hawkins, Molly (black and white Border Collie) miss "Auntie" and yet there are many friends that are waiting in the wings for Celia to meet. More love than she and Markos can ever keep to themselves! The magic they create goes out to the lands of mythos and earth to heal both lands.A page turner, and again I started with book 2 and need to contact the author and see if she is interested in allowing me to peek at book 1. Lol
As you can see, I had a hard time putting this book down. I give it a solid 4.5 out of five stars.It misses five stars simply because I feel like the depth of these characters is questionable. I like them, adore them.I love the Mythos Plane and I can't wait to discover more about it. I enjoyed the brief mention of the first book's heroine and the obvious hint toward the heroine (a fairy) of the next book. This is a perfect sort of series - where each story stands alone but the characters may appear in the other novels. These unicorns are seriously awesome! There are no rainbows here.Another reason for me rounding DOWN is because the plot felt predictable to me. This could be because the author added in the right amount of detail and foreshadowing and since I'm also a writer, I connected the dots. This is a .1 star demerit when the writing and world-building is so amazing.Yes, there are erotic scenes. I expected that and tended to skim them.The first scene in the book will raise the hair on your arm and slam your sensibilities into a brick wall. If you're interested in mythical creatures and don't mind heart-pounding romance, you'll definitely want to check out the latest by Jami Gold.
Got the book as part of goodreads giveaway. Thanks to the author.Review to come.