September 22, 2015

Blog Tour + Review | The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken


To touch a Dark One is death.
To talk to an immortal is suicide.
Yet, I've been marked by both.
A Vampire.
And the King of the immortals.
My life is no longer my own.
And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.
It was theirs.
It's always been theirs.


Oh man, this has become my new favorite series and I am beyond eager for the next installment. I'm a huge paranormal junkie and this book sated everything that I wanted in a PNR and more! I'm not really sure what I was expecting with book, but it exceeded them all ... Bravo, Rachel, you have a new fan!

First let's start off with Genesis, all her life she was constantly told that she was nothing, she wasn't important nor was she beautiful. Talk about a depressing life and all this coming from her mother, I'd like share some not so kind words with that lady. Your heart just completely breaks for Genesis and you can't help but want to constantly share positive words. But it's hard for her to see any differently since she was taught that from such a young age. The whole time, I was just intrigued to see how her character would develop because my heart couldn't handle the poor girl, it's so sad. AND to top things off, let's just throw her in front of a pit of immortals. Genesis has prepared all of her life for this day, immortals aren't an unknown topic to her; her number was picked and it was time to do her duty. But little do we know, she was picked for an entirely different purpose and I'll be honest, it blindsided me. And that little details just adds to your intrigue!

In comes Ethan, the vampire, still dealing with his past of love and not entirely sure what to do with Genesis, the one who is now under his care and protection. There's so much I want to tell you all, but you just have to read the book to find out. I love Ethan, it may have taken me some time to come around to him, but he quickly became one of my faves. Genesis and Ethan have a lot to get through until they're finally on the same page, there moments of push and pull especially with Ethan. Eventually you can't fight the inevitable, you just have to give in ... ETHAN!

The whole time, you'll be guessing what is going to happen next. The supporting characters are AWESOME, even a certain one you're not a fan of in the beginning, you'll quickly learn that there's more to that character than we initially thought. That character actually might become one of my tops faves, which is funny because I loathed him in the beginning of this book. Not only is the banter between Genesis and Ethan priceless, add all the dialogue between the other immortals, Alex, Stephanie and Mason. Good luck having ONE favorite character from this series because you'll love each and every one of them for different reasons.

There's so many twists and turns in this book that'll leave you on the edge of your seat. You'll constantly be wondering what will happen next and left wanting more with each of the characters. This PNR has just about everything, love, laughter, tears and new beginnings. Please don't make us wait too long for the next one, I can hardly wait! Solid beginning for this series!


"Ethan, a word?" Alex stood.

"Sure." Ethan kissed the top of my head and left the room while Mason started rummaging around the kitchen; pots and pans clanged together, and then he pulled out a giant piece of steak.

"I hope that's not for me." I pointed.

"Protein…" He threw the steak into the pan. "…feeds the blood, which feeds the mate, which, in turn, feeds you."

"You gonna start singing Circle of Life?" I joked.

"Circle of life?" he repeated.

"Lion King?"

"Cassius is king."

I looked helplessly to Stephanie, who was trying to hide her smile behind her hand.

"Have you seriously never watched Lion King?"

"Werewolves are scared of TV," Stephanie said with a soft laugh.

"And sirens are afraid of the dark," he fired back, while she shuddered. "I'm not afraid of the TV. I just don't see the point in sitting in front of a flat box and watching people make fools of themselves."

"He'd rather be the fool." Stephanie nodded and winked in my direction.

"Mason…" I walked over to him and put my head on his shoulder. "How about I eat the steak and we watch Lion King?"


"Dances with Wolves?"

Stephanie snickered loudly behind her hand.

"Wolves do not dance," Mason growled.

"Oh, we know." Stephanie nodded. "I've seen it once. Don't care to see it again."

"Too much whiskey." Mason kissed the top of my head. "Eat the whole steak, and then we'll talk about King Lion."

"Lion King."

"Same thing."

I sighed helplessly and went to sit at the table while Mason cooked.

Stephanie gave me a side hug. "Eight tomorrow morning, alright?"


"Bed." She shrugged. "It's been a long night." Her eyes misted again.

"Are you sure you're okay?"

"Yeah." Her voice cracked. "Like Alex said, we get emotional. Can't help it."

It felt like she was lying, but I was human, how would I know? I nodded and turned my attention back to Mason, who'd started searing the steak.

"So you cook meat but refuse to eat it?"

"I'm a vegetarian." He smiled. I'd never realized how pointy his teeth were on the sides. Maybe that's how he'd been able to bite into me before Ethan had mated with me.

"Your teeth say otherwise." I pointed. "Flat means vegetarian. Pointy means carnivore."

Mason rolled his eyes. "I didn't say it was natural for me to be a vegetarian."

"Okay… so why?"

He let out a heavy sigh. "Meat made my mate sick… for one reason or another. It gave her headaches. She only ate fruits, vegetables, nuts." He flipped the steak. "So I learned to like other foods."

"And now?"

He went very quiet, his eyes focusing in on the steak. "Now…" His voice was hoarse. "I honor her with my every meal."

My throat clogged with emotion.

The fact that he honored her at all — but with every single meal — killed me. How did he survive that? How did he live every day having known true love? And know he may never experience it again — living forever?

"Don't pity me." Mason let out a gruff growl. "It makes it harder."

"Sorry," I whispered. "So pinecones, huh?"

He laughed. "Yes, well, it's an acquired taste."

"I bet."

My heart picked up speed, and then I smelled him. Ethan entered the room, briskly walking by me, kissing my head. "Steak almost done?"

"I'm a perfectionist." Mason held up his hands. "Let the juices seal."

Ethan scrunched up his nose. "Her blood tastes better than that steak."

"Yes, well, her blood tastes good because she's living. She's living because I feed her."

"Werewolf has a point," I teased. "Besides, if I eat my whole steak, we're going to watch Lion King!"

"Whose king?" Ethan tilted his head. "What lion? Mason's a wolf."

And that's how I ended up spending my evening between a vampire and a werewolf, eating steak and watching a Disney movie while they argued over the animal kingdom, not to mention the lion's choice in song.

It felt right.

Like I'd finally found my place.

My home.

I had no idea that the security I felt was about to get ripped from me, from the very people I'd put my trust in.

Meet 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.

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