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.
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.
Alex is a mystery, full of sex, humor and acts like he doesn't have a care in the world, but as we get to know more about him in this book, we see there is more depth to him than we realized and how much he has been through. He has gone through a lot and he struggles daily. He's the last remaining siren, and he's being forced to find a mate, when he realizes who his mate is, or what his mate is, he's none to thrilled and he does everything in his power to push her away and only use her for sex.
Hope is an intriguing character who I immediately loved. She fell perfectly into this band of misfits of immortals and their mates. She's strong, yet weak, she doesn't put up with anyone's crap, and she's just trying to find her way. She doesn't know how to handle Alex's hot and cold ways and she finds a friend in Mason, just like all the others do. She's a unique character as well and has her own secrets she doesn't even know about either.
As the story unfolds more and more things come out and I was pulled deeper into the story. I loved how Hope and Alex's story intertwined past and present and how these two were destined to be together. If you've read the previous books in this series, seeing some of the other characters and seeing their stories progress was also awesome, as well as seeing Timber and how big of a role he played in this book was amazing.
There was a definitely interesting and hot scene with Mason, Alex and Hope in this book, that at first started off a bit awkward and I felt horrible for Mason, but I think it may have been the push that he may have needed, maybe just a little, to maybe get him to see he needs to start thinking about moving on and thinking about finding a mate. We all know his story is next and I'm hoping whoever he finds is deserving of him, because he's definitely my favorite of all the characters in this series.
This book was absolutely amazing and I was drawn in from beginning to end. The story flowed beautifully and I fell in love with Hope and Alex and their struggles and their love story. I just wish we would have had a bit more of an ending for them. I felt as if the ending was a bit too rushed for my liking, but I'm hoping in future installments of the series we will see more of them and see how their story progresses. Overall this was a great book and a perfect story for those looking for a hot and sexy paranormal romance!