Darkest Temptation, an all-new standalone in The Dark Ones Saga from New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is LIVE!


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.


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There’s never been a more important or a more difficult battle than the one between good and evil, and while those looking to wreak havoc on the world for their own benefit have an arsenal of strength and darkness to wield against their enemies, those who work to bring balance to Earth…bring balance between the righteous and the sinners have the Creators’ power behind them, even if they are unaware of who/what they truly are and why their eternal lives have taken the paths they have.

Mason is quite the intriguing alpha male. He is the TRUE King of the Wolves, but he has lost the will to do more than merely exist due to all that he has lost. The ways he transforms the further readers get into the story proves how unique and essential he is, not only to his friend and his true mate, but also to the world as a whole. It almost seems as if Rachel Van Dyken constructed a whole new being as Mason’s origins were further revealed and the lost pieces of himself returned and redefined the man/wolf he was. The shell of  an existence that Mason was leading is no longer possible and Van Dyken portrays that idea through Mason’s perspective as well as how he is perceived by both his friends and his enemies.

Serenity is definitely more than she appears to be. She may be broken and battered, not only physical but mentally as well, but she is a warrior, which makes sense due to where her rightful place in life/love is and how she’s looked for what and who has always been hers.

Mason and Serenity’s story is book four in the series, and it is one hell of a game changer for ALL otherworldly beings in Rachel Van Dyken’s The Dark Ones Saga, and while their book can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the previous texts because it allows readers to have a clearer picture of the forces working against this unlikely duo as well as the history of Mason’s friends and what their roles will be in the battle that’s to come.

In paranormal romances, world building and character development is by far the most intriguing part to me as a reader because those qualities allow readers to have a clear vision of the kind of setting the characters must contend with and a comprehensive look at what makes these supernatural characters react and act how they do when confronted with their pasts, with new revelations, and with other beings who want to help as well as harm the hero and heroine. And Rachel Van Dyken does a fantastic job of showcasing her other worldly beings in a setting that works behind the scenes of contemporary society, attempting to keep everything at the status quo and revealing pertinent information when the moment calls for it while still leaving unanswered questions, moving the series forward with reasonable assurance that things are ‘safe’ for now, but that doesn’t mean that the world will not be turned on its head at any given time.

4.5 Poison Apples

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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.

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About the Author

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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