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Darkest Temptation, anall-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.

I stilled.

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.


Okay, when I agreed to read this gem of a book, I had NO CLUE what to expect.  Yes, I went in blind.  In some ways, I’m glad but in some other little ways, I wished that I read the others in the series.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, you can read this book on its own but at times, I felt a bit lost because I didn’t quite understand the other couples and how they all fit into Mason and Serenity’s story.  No worries after awhile.  I finally figured it all out.  Of course, now, I MUST read Cassius’ story.  Which of course is FREE now.  I have it downloaded but I digress.

I normally don’t read a lot of PNR anymore because it just seems like it is the same old, same old.  But Ms. Van Dyken has written a story that I really got into from the start.  I knew that I would be reading about a vampire and a werewolf but don’t let the blurb fool you.  These two people are NOT what they seem or what is written in the blurb.  Oh yes, when all is revealed, I finally let go of the breath that I was holding.  Let me tell you, just when you think you have figured it out, you will be wrong.

Mason is in pain and in my book, for no good reason.  He has been lied to, betrayed and let to brood for years.  Again, I’m not going to get into the middle part of the book because I would totally spoil it but it’s a doozy.  Still trying to process it, too.  Let’s just say that after all the moodiness, him thinking that he is a beast, and not believing that a vampire can be his mate…I swooned.  Literally swooned near the ending of the book.  His arc came full circle and my eyes at moisture in them.  I don’t know where that came from.

Serenity is a heroine in a PNR book that I could actually relate to.  I know, weird.  But I liked her and fought right along with her when it came to Mason.  I also liked how she treated and was treated by the others in the house.  The scene at the grocery store is funny and hot.  She wasn’t afraid of Mason but she just couldn’t quite wrap her head around him being her mate in the beginning.  I actually had to chuckle a couple of times when I should have been horrified but Ms. Van Dyken wrote it beautifualy.

There are smexy times in the books but nothing to graphic.  More sensual and emotional for me than anything.  Ms. Van Dyken can write a satisfying sex scene with just shear emotion than the actual act itself.  I loved that.

Overall, I really liked Mason and Serenity.  An emotional story that gripped from the begining.  This isn’t you typical PNR story or for that matter world.  It’s different and sometimes different is better.


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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.

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