Rating: 3 stars
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Mo Jones has a secret…well, more than one, really. Living amongst the humans, Morpheus, the God of dreams, has found his mate. But too many secrets and lies of omission stand between them. Mo wants to tell Zygi the truth about the night the man can’t seem to remember, but he doesn’t know how. Telling the truth will reveal Mo’s true identity and Mo is not sure if Zygi is ready for that.
Zygi Wyatt has been attracted to Mo from the moment he laid eyes on the beautiful man. Something about Mo makes the Dom in Zygi come to life. But something is not right about their relationship, and Zygi can’t seem to put his finger on it. The shy, beautiful man is everything Zygi could ask for, but Zygi is waiting for Mo and their friends to tell him the truth before he can allow himself to open his heart to Mo.
Just as Mo and Zygi’s feelings for one another grow, Mo’s alternate life comes to haunt him, threatening to destroy what he has with Zygi. Though it seems impossible, Mo must find a way to tell Zygi the truth while hoping that the Dom doesn’t run away before his secrets and lies destroy what he has with Zygi forever.
Pure is the third and final installment in M.A. Church’s The Gods series. It is my least favorite of the series. It had its good points–the cameos of previous characters in the series, and the world building. And it has its low points. I’ve heard this is the final book in the series, but there is some room for another installment or maybe a spinoff.
So let’s start with the main characters. I like Mo/Morpheus. He is mostly what I see in a sub. He’s got a lot on his plate as a god, yet he’s not the type to take control of much. My problem with him is that he’s portrayed as weak, as if he can’t handle his own problems. I wanted to see more strength from him. He is a god after all. Then there’s Zygi, who bases everything he is on the fact that he’s a Dom. He’s in control of every aspect of his life, and wants to be in control of every aspect of Mo’s. It would be fine, except I wanted to know more than the Dom. I wanted to see Zygi as a person who is also a Dom, but that didn’t happen.
Then there’s Zeus, the god of all gods. He’s a whiny, selfish brat who gives in far too easily. I think that he was the most disappointing of the bunch. Also Ares held a small role, but his storyline is really unresolved. I feel that if the characterization would have been better the book would have been better, but as it is, the characters in this book are underdeveloped.
I do like the world in this series, even increasing with each installment. I enjoyed the addition of the well-known Greek gods in this story. And I really liked the trip to Mount Olympus, although I felt it could have been more descriptive, but overall, the world – the magic, the gods, the setting – was the best part of this book.
And finally, the story. It’s an okay story, if a little rushed and all over the place. The storyline with Ares comes out of nowhere and ends up incomplete. There are several unanswered questions of which I would have at least liked a hint of an answer. I think if the story had been longer it might have been better. I would have liked more relationship development between Mo and Zygi as well. As is, there isn’t much. They go on a couple dates, but don’t really discuss much outside of Zygi being a Dom and what he likes in bed. Overall, the story is good, but far from great.
So, in the end, Pure is disappointing, especially in comparison to the previous two books. The characters are underdeveloped and the story is just okay. On the positive side, the world is a good one that has some definite pros. But overall, this installment of The Gods series is not my favorite.