Darkest Temptation, anall-new standalone in The Dark Ones Saga from New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is LIVE!
Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publishing Date: October 31st, 2017
I’m a werewolf King who chose to step down out of grief for my mate.
For centuries I’ve been alone, choosing to live a life of modesty despite the wealth surrounding me.
I deserve to be punished.
I crave things I have no business craving.
And it is manifesting itself in a way I’m terrified I won’t be able to control any longer.
Especially since she arrived.
Vampire. Orphan. Beaten beyond recognition.
My blood calls to her in a way that makes no sense.
I’m a wolf.
She’s a vampire.
The two don’t mate.
They barely tolerate one another.
All it takes is one slip of control on my part — one taste.
And I doom us all.
Then again, I never knew what is lurking inside has the power to balance good and evil.
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NICUnure’s Review of Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken
Disclaimer: Yes, I’m a fan of Rachel’s. Yes, I read everything she writes. Yes, I can still be objective.
Now… on with it.
Darkest Temptation is the 4th book in the Dark Ones series. Technically it is one that can be read alone, but there’s so much you’ll miss if you don’t read the first 3 books. (Links to those near the end of this post!) I’ve loved them all, so it’s not a waste of time or of money, in my humble opinion. It truly adds to the experience if you read them all.
This book is Mason and Serenity’s story.
I’ve loved Mason’s character since book 1. He’s mysterious, dark, and handsome. Like seriously… did you SEE the cover?! (Swooning here!!) I honestly couldn’t wait to get to his story! Anyway… he’s been the friend, the confidante, and mostly, the voice of reason for all those living in the house. Until now. Now, he just thinks he’s going crazy because he can’t control his urges for blood. And meat. And for Serenity.
Serenity thinks she’s a new vampire. New, as in young, compared to all the other immortals in the house. She’s been injured and has been brought into the house for safety and healing after being viciously attacked by her own kind… or so they think.
Mason and Serenity’s connection is undeniable and ultimately too hard for them to both fight anymore. They try to fight the chemistry and draw they have with each other because wolves and vampires don’t mate. But they can only fight it for so long. However, there’s so much more to their story than the road to becoming mates.
There are so many twists and turns in this story that sometimes I missed something important and had to go back and re-read portions. So, if you’re a fast reader, like me, slow down and enjoy the crazy inner workings of Rachel’s mind! It’s quite fascinating. Just when you think you might have it all figured out, she throws in a plot twist and it’s insanely awesome. This story truly felt like a roller coaster ride between the plot twists and the emotions it brought out. There’s wit and humor among the main characters that we’ve come to expect from them. I mean, they call themselves family and we all know how functionally dysfunctional families can be.
This world Rachel has introduced us to is not your average paranormal world. So if you think that if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all, throw that thought out the window and give this book (and the entire series) a chance. I’m not a HUGE paranormal fan (more like a bandwagon type paranormal fan), but I’ve loved all The Dark Ones books. While I loved Twilight, and was constantly torn between Team Edward and Team Jacob, I am firmly planted on Team Mason!
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give this story 5 propellers because it stuck with me for dayssssss. I mulled over all the twists and turns, Mason and Serenity’s relationship, and what the ending meant for the next book. And I want to tell you all the spoilers so bad right now, but I can’t because that would rob you of an amazing few hours in Rachel’s world of The Dark Ones. And Darkest Temptation is even hotter than the Siren’s story!
Congratulations Rachel! Yet another winner from an amazingly talented storyteller!
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About the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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