Darkest Temptation, an all-new standalone in The Dark Ones Saga from New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!
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.
The air around me thickened with a sweet-smelling fog. I inhaled and closed my eyes, allowing my baser instincts to take over.
“Wolf.” She whispered my name.
I sniffed. The voice was not familiar. It was not my mate. It was… other.
“Wolf,” she beckoned again.
Branches crunched beneath my feet as I made my way closer to the sweet scent, closer to the warmth, closer to what I should have been running from.
I was already mated.
And yet — I was being pulled.
Like a siren’s song.
I hated sirens.
Every last one of them.
But only the strongest were male.
This — I sniffed the air again as ecstasy took over — this was no male.
This was all female.
The instinct to protect kicked in, forcing a surge of adrenaline through my limbs as I staggered toward the trees.
Green eyes blinked through the fog.
My breath caught.
I frowned, reaching for her.
“Kiss me, Wolf.”
Why was I tempted?
Why did I want to touch this being?
When every hair stood on end like she was foe not friend. When I had a mate back home that I loved more than life itself.
Confusion warred with disgust, and then the vampire stood on her tiptoes and pressed her cheek against mine, the way my people greeted.
But she was no wolf.
Her lips grazed the outside of my ear before she bit down onto my neck…
I jerked awake. Sweat pooled the bed like I’d just taken a shower.
And my mate, the one I was so convinced would be lying right next to me, was gone.
She’d been gone.
Over a hundred years.
And every year, like clockwork, on the anniversary of her death.
I saw my vampire.
She bit me.
And I woke up with a bruise on my neck as if it were real.
This is the first book that I have read from The Dark Ones Saga even though it is book 4. It is technically a standalone, but I felt I was missing the back story with the other characters. This was definitely an entertaining read, but that was really all it was for me. I didn’t have this burning desire to read the other books in the series.
The book was well written and I enjoyed all of the characters, both the main characters and the side characters. It was a very fast read so I recommend it if you are looking for a short story to read. I just wish there was a little more to the story than what it was. It centered on the main characters’ relationship and how they needed to stop fighting being together in order to become who they were truly meant to be.
Mason and Serenity were great characters, but I felt that I missed out on getting to know them both independently and as a couple. Since this book was fast paced and was set over a very short period of time, we didn’t really get to stop and smell the roses with this couple. I really wanted to fall in love with these characters, but it just missed the mark for me. Maybe if I had read the first 3 books first, then I might have loved it more than I did.
I recommend this book for those who love: paranormal romance, mates, werewolves, vampires, and tight circles of friends.
Overall Rating: ★★★/★★★★★
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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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