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Darkest Temptation (The Dark Ones Saga) Paperback – November 21, 2017
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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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Mason thought he lost his chance at love when his mate died years ago, but when Serenity, a vampire, enters his life, everything changes. He's drawn to her and he has no clue why. He craves her in ways he can't explain, and starts the mating process without even thinking. Serenity is also drawn to Mason and these two together is in-explainable. With everyone in the house on edge trying to figure out the changes going on with Mason, and happy he's finally willing to find love again, but worried that it's with a vampire, things definitely get interesting. The only one who truly seems to understand is the all knowing Cassius.
This book definitely provided many twists and turns, and what the heck moments for Mason and Serenity. There's so many things that happened that I wasn't expecting but trust me, if you love paranormal or love Rachel Van Dyken, you'll love the crazy ride she takes you on with their love story. The ways these two are tied to one another is beautiful yet tragic, and I loved every single second of it. I hated how torn Mason was with everything, yet when he finally accepted it, I loved how strong he was and how he seemed to embrace it, and Serenity. These two together are stronger than anything, and are truly a match made in heaven. If you've read the entire Dark Ones Saga, you'll see so many answers come to light, but if you're just now jumping in, you'll want to go back and read the other books too, because you'll fall in love with all of the characters (heck I want to go back and re-read the series now!).
This was a perfect addition to the saga, and Mason's story couldn't have been more beautiful. I loved his mate, and how his story played out. It made perfect sense for everything he's been through and why he is the way he is. I loved how much he changed, yet he was still true to himself and the people around him. This is a must read for paranormal fans, or anyone who loves romance and a bit of humor! Definitely pick this book up today. It's hot, sexy, and full of twists and turns!
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 are 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 stars because it stuck with me for daysssss. 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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