Dark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Hope thought she would get to work early to prove her worth. Gardening for the Immortals would be a much easier job if she had a green thumb at all. Now that she is tied to Alex, she is even more confused than she was before. Things she thought she knew become foggy and she soon realizes she doesn’t know nearly as much about herself as she thought.
Alex is such a complex character. As a siren, it would be easy to make him such a sexual creature that he couldn’t do anything else. And certainly, he is looking for a mate who can see him as more than a sexual being. But he wants to be loved, he wants a family, he wants what he sees between Ethan & Genesis and Cassius & Stephanie. But as Cassius has forced Alex’s hand to mate, he figures he will not find the love he seeks.
As this series has established, what started as a hesitant relationship based solely on immortal mating tradition quickly grew to more though each held back their true feelings in order to protect from hurt. The first person narration with alternating points of view give readers a good insight into each of the main characters.
Watching them navigate the present while Alex tried to reconcile himself with his painful past kept me turning pages from very early on. I was surprised by the direction of this story simply because I thought I knew where it was going, until Hope’s background shifts into something other than a simple human upbringing. Even when it was hinted that she was “other” I was surprised at the way all the little details blended to create her story.
While this is officially a standalone, it took me a bit to sort through the situation at the beginning of the story and new readers to the series might wonder why Alex is being forced to choose between three humans in a locked room. But once into the story, this does tell Alex and Hope’s story in a complete package without a lot of necessary background knowledge needed.
This was a quick read, with great tie ins to the previous books in the series. I can’t help but look forward to Mason’s story, especially with the few new pieces of his past that are revealed in Dark Surrender. This is one of a very few paranormal series I have read recently and it still doesn’t fail to entertain with it’s fantastical elements and depth of lore.
Alex. The siren. He was not what I expected. I loved and hated him. He was so amazing and being in his head just drove me insane with love. He is so deep and thoughtful and beautiful. He is also frustrating though and he about killed me with some of his actions. I am just so happy to have read his book.
As for the lovely Hope, she was such a strong character. Everything about her was so amazing. She knew how to handle situations and she felt so in control of things that were just coming her way. I loved how she accepted situations and went with it. She is one of my favorite leading ladies. I am so happy she was the one that Alex had to mate with. It was perfection.
Dark Surrender was the perfect story. Rachel Van Dyken just knows how to write amazing paranormal. She gets me every time with her books. I just love the way this story is unfolding and I am extremely excited to get the next book because I know what is coming next! Mason! My one true love. I can't wait!
Making love with Alex – was going to alter my world.
Then again, that was what love did, wasn’t it?’ ಌ Hope
Minor spoilers alert!!!
The Immortals gang rally around Alex as he and Hope, his half-human and half-elf mate, try to figure out why they seem so familiar to each other and if any of their attraction goes beyond the irresistible sway Alex’s siren abilities have on any living thing. On top of that, there's the ongoing dark versus light war to deal with which is also why the Immortals have to mate and how they are strengthen as a result. Some really surprising details and outcomes were revealed as the Immortals regained their memories of past events and survived to continue to fight on the side of light.
I really enjoyed the banter between Mason and Alex tons. And that kind of threesome scene between Alex, Hope and Mason was really cleverly done and didn't disgust me as it could've done. Overall, I liked the multiple character point of views, humor, sexy scenes, and how the informative flashbacks worked really well with the quick pacing of this third installment in the Dark Ones series. I’m looking forward to reading how Mason’s torment ends with his vampire mate in the next standalone novel in this series.