Review: Darkest Temptation (The Dark Ones Saga, #4) by Rachel Van Dyken

Print Length:  pages
Publisher: Rachel van Dyken (October 31, 2017)

From 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.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

As I remember the first three books in this series, I am very upset to see that it seems like something was lost along the way in this one. And just as unfortunate for the reader, although there is a beginning, a middle and an end to this story, without having read the first three in the series, I feel as though the reader will be utterly lost. They just won't be able to grasp not only the characters, but what is truly going on in the story.d

As it was, I found myself at times more than a little lost. I know who the characters are, I know what they are. So when bloodlines begin to cross, as in people are said to have wolf/vampire/angel blood and vampire/goddess blood for example, it becomes really confusing. And to be quite honest, it seems like even the author forgot what she was doing and tried to fit too much into one story. Don't get me wrong, I typically really enjoy Rachel's books, and when this series first began it was one of my favorite paranormal series. But I feel like the more time has gone on, the less true to "its roots" this story has gotten. It feels less original and more... fan fiction. 

The romance between Mason and Serenity again felt a bit rushed. It seemed like they went from enemies, (or at least people who didn't care for each other), to lovers too quickly. Even though I can completely understand the "soulmate" aspect and one person being destined for you, I still am selfish and I want to see the romance evolve. 

The ending was.... dang. On one hand there are some aspects that may turn people off as being "religious" (unfortunately I can't say much because of spoilers), I also feel like it was unnecessary. It felt like it tied up most of the previous plot, while opening it up for another book. And honestly? I don't see how the author can pull another story into this series and still keep it fresh and interesting. I guess I will just have to wait and see what she has up her sleeve!

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal those who enjoy paranormal stories. I would read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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