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Darkest Sinner, an all-new standalone paranormal romance in The Dark Ones series by Rachel Van Dyken is LIVE!


I’ve always known pain. Existence. Night.

Made a sinner.

Without a soul to keep me tethered to the world I so desperately want to be a part of but am damned to rule…

Life isn’t living.

Not when everyone sees you as enemy number one, King of the demon race and yet something much more… powerful and sinister pulses beneath the surface of my skin.

It started when I met her, the power surging under my fingertips like the cruel universe was finally answering my screams at night for something more.

And just like that, the memories come, only I don’t know if they’re mine or someone else’s entirely.

Long ago, I made a bargain with a god.

A soul for a soul.

I spent thousands of years without this awareness and now?

Everything I touch turns to ash.

Even my own immortal friends fear what I am.

Everyone but her. The day to my night.

Part of me doesn’t want to know what I am.

But it’s too late, too all-consuming.

Darkness is coming.

That darkness, I’m afraid. Is me.

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My Review

Like most mythological stories, Darkest Sinner, Timber and Kyra’s book, is one of epic proportions, so much so, that it’s necessary for Rachel Van Dyken to craft and illustrate just how entangled their lives have always been, even before they knew one another or could understand why they always felt incomplete, as if their souls were calling for each other in order to feel whole all this time.

But before the characters or readers can truly see the scope of what was to be Timber and Kyra’s relationship, answers to what is happening to Timber and why it began when Kyra entered his life must be explored and handled because fear can only keep everything at bay for so long and as headstrong and driven Timber is, he needs that information so that everything is known and dealt with, even if that means his path changes.

Because Timber and Kyra’s backstories need to be established, weaving the details of their upbringings together in a way that clearly shows just what fate had in store for the two of them, the past did seem to overshadow the events in the present a bit too much, making me wish that more of the plot focused on the current situation or at least expanded on a few of the conflicts that needed to be dealt with in order for Timber and Kyra to move forward.

Even though I would have liked more of the present-day plot to unfold amidst the pages of this story, I truly enjoyed Timber and Kyra’s story. Timber was one of the first characters who intrigued me in this series, so I’m so glad that his story was finally told, and I have to say that the sexual tension of the paranormal variety seems so much hotter and fueled by more angst than what happens between their human counterparts…maybe it’s their extra abilities or heightened state…not completely sure but I do know that I love reading it!

As a high school English teacher who adores mythology and loves to see how authors use the concepts of fate and destiny in their stories, Van Dyken’s spin on these ideas worked extremely well, and I hope she continues to explore so much more in her paranormal world!

4.5 Poison Apples

About Rachel

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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