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

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

Men rarely got second chances. Why the hell would a wolf be given one? 

Ever since we met Mason, the pinecone, berry, and Disney loving werewolf at the start of this series, I’ve been looking forward to his book. He was definitely the tortured, brooding one of the bunch, in mourning over the loss of his mate years ago and hiding away from his responsibilities as leader of the other wolves. But he was also a trusted confidant and protector of those he considered friends. This combination was intriguing to me and it was good to finally see him in the spotlight as he gets his second chance at love and along the way learns just how important he is to the overall balance of their world.

I suppose this book could be read as a standalone, but if you haven’t read the first three books I think you may have a hard time following everything. Heck, there were things that I don’t think I even followed and I’ve read all three prior books. This story is very fast-paced, but sometimes it felt too fast because I had a hard time keeping up with all the information that was being thrown at us and I had a hard time keeping all of these new characters straight. I ended up focusing on the information that pertained directly to Mason and Serenity and their connection. That piece, I did enjoy. It was fun unraveling just how deeply tied together they were. As for everything else, I kept expecting the big war they’ve been talking about since the start of the series to finally come to fruition now that the final member of the Immortal Council had mated, but it never seemed to come. The epilogue does hint at another book, so maybe we’re still building up to it.

As with the other books in this series, there is some pretty good banter between this rag tag group of immortals. Perhaps not as much as in the other books, but entertaining nonetheless. Also, it’s very much insta-love between Mason and Serenity, but it’s just one of those things I’ve come to expect from this series and its concept of mates. There were still plenty of sweet and sexy moments between the two and it was nice seeing them each find their true place. I’m not sure if this was my favorite book of the series, but Mason is still my favorite character of the bunch and I’d definitely be curious to read future books in this series to see where all of this leads to!

“…I’m a broken, dirty mess, and you don’t deserve the mess. You deserve the masterpiece.”
Tears filled her eyes as she reached for my face then slowly cupped my cheek. “Mason, the mess is the masterpiece.”

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