Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Blog Tour ~ The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken

The Dark Ones 

Release Date: Sept 20, 2015


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.


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 


She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! 

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"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 


"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 


"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 


"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.


At first, the word that comes to mind is "chaotic". There was so much going on and I wasn't understanding anything. Then I realized, duh, I understand what Genesis understands, as we're looking at most of this through her eyes and living the moment with her. Obviously we know nothing, since we've been lied to our whole lives... but, why?

This book was fast, intense, intriguing, and I must say, pretty hot!! Ethan and Cassius and Mason? Yes, please!! 

The Lion King scene? adorkable and funny! I love, love, love Mason. He makes a great were-friend to Genesis. He's kind of fatherly to her, its so cute! 

There were a lot of things I did NOT see coming and I think RVD has a fantastic imagination. I'm not sure if this is her first PNR, but she friggen nailed it, then slapped it in the arse, and made it her bitch 

I give this a 4.5 green-eyed stars

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Genesis' number is called to serve the Immortals. She was raised and instructed on how she would serve the Immortals, but the reality is shockingly different than what she expected.

There has been a curse placed the Immortals, causing their mates to die without apparent cause. There is also a prophecy that there is a human that will restore the balance and break the curse, and it is believed that Genesis is the answer to the curse.

Ethan, a vampire, decides he will take Genesis on as his mate and teach her what is expected of her. Ethan also resides with Mason, a werewolf; and Stephanie and Alex, who are Sirens, and siblings. And then there is Cassius, a Dark One, ruler of the Immortals, who is half angel and half human. I absolutely adored Mason, who was protective of Genesis, but in a brotherly way. Alex was funny, the light-hearted funny guy in the group.

The story that follows is fast-paced and full of action. Is Genesis the cure to their curse? Is her mating to Ethan pure enough to save not only herself, but the other Immortal mates? I will say that there were a couple of twists I did not see coming. The epilogue made me super happy and I can't wait to see how that plays out.


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