Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review

Also in this series: Dark Surrender
Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken ~ ReviewAlso by this author: The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc., #2)
Darkest Temptation (The Dark Ones Saga, #4) by Rachel Van Dyken
ISBN: 9780997145168
Series: The Dark Ones
Published by Rachel Van Dyken on October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires
Pages: 270
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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.

“When he looked down at me, his feelings intensified as if his soul recognized that maybe heaven wasn’t in the sky. 
But in his arms.”



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.



Mason has been the one I’ve been dying to get my hands on. He always seemed tortured and damaged. Those stories always do more for me and coming from a series I already love, I was excited for this. Although this says it can be read as a stand alone I still recommend reading the rest of the series first. I feel that the book would be so much more for you if you have already read those. The other books had a bit more angst and I like that in my books, I still really enjoyed this story and I’m glad I read it.

I don’t think anyone could have been anymore perfect for Mason then Serenity was. Even though they were wolf and vampire, they couldn’t have been more destined to be together.

I am so glad we got to fully understand WHY Mason was so tortured and WHY he was beating himself up about everything and denying himself so much. I never fully understood until this book. I know things were mentioned here and there but this was so much more. I liked Mason before but after this book I love him.

The epilogue made me so happy. I can NOT wait for Timber’s book.  He peaked my interest before and after this book I am so ready for his story. I wasn’t expecting him to get a book so this is an excellent surprise.

If you are a paranormal romance fan they you have to check out this series. It will check every one of your boxes and then some.




About Rachel Van Dyken

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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