Darkest Temptation (The Dark Ones Saga #4) by Rachel Van Dyken
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.
Finally! We get to Mason!
I hadn’t read any of Rachel’s paranormal books until this series. To give you an idea of how addicting they are, I started on Monday and finished all four by Wednesday. They are so much damn fun!
Mason is definitely the council member I wanted more of, so of course, you don’t actually get his backstory until this book, book four. In the earlier books he’s just this weird werewolf who has given up meat and is living on pinecones and berries and who is completely awkward. I loved everything about him, from his love of being petted to his fascination with Disney’s King Lion… just go with it, it’s explained in the books. He’s also the one council member who’s the most broken and most resistant to changing things. He’s comfortable, he knows what to expect from his life as it is and he doesn’t want to lose anyone else.
Serenity is another immortal hybrid who shouldn’t exist. She’s always thought her parents left her alone to fend for herself and the last hundred years she’s been searching for someone she sees in her dreams. When she’s found outside of the council headquarters, Mason is called into duty to help heal her. And it snowballs from there.
I loved Mason and Serenity. I liked all the immortals even though Stephanie pissed me off at times. I thought the world building that Rachel did for this series was wonderfully extensive and offered some nice twists. The vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, demons and sirens didn’t follow the tired old rules and by changing them up she made them all new again.
I’m hoping that we get Timber next. I need to see what she can do with a Demon who has a soul.