Dark Surrender by Rachel Van Dyken

imageI grew up as a prince…
And lead the life of a King.
There isn’t anyone or anything that doesn’t want me, that isn’t attracted to me. They can’t help it. And I sure as hell don’t want them to. I live for their lust, I crave touch like an addiction, I make them beg on their knees for one, simple, caress.
As a male siren it’s my job to feed off emotion.
And I was happy to do it.
I am happy to do it.
What I’m not happy about? Being told I have to mate with some withering human and stay loyal to that one person for the next few centuries. There’s a war coming and being the idiot I am–I offered to take one for the team in order to help a friend.
Now my sexual appetite is taking a freaking kick in the nuts.
And I’m left wondering if it’s worth it.
If she’s worth it, with messy hair and dirty human hands.
But I have a world to save.

 

Alex has always been a selfish individual. As a siren he  takes his  power from having sex and used his powers to get what he wants without thinking of anything beyond his own needs.

Hope is a gardener, an orphan who has had trouble with her own thoughts, and has found herself in the position of being Alex’s mate.  Neither she or Alex wants nothing to do with it, but powers beyond them have thrown them together.  Alex has changed and isn’t what he seems to be, but then again, neither is Hope.  Can she discover just who she is in time to help Alex discover his true potential?

Holy crap but there is a lot of emotional turmoil here!  Sexual and mental turmoil that threatens both Alex and Hope until they can both discover what immortal life holds for them.  Their story was a fantastic read and I didn’t want it to end.

I love delving back into this series and wondered just what kind of woman would be able to take on the siren.  It’s interesting to see how all the immortals interact and how Cassius throws things at the others and watch them struggle with what he means and wants from them. More characters make an appearance in this book so which leads me to thing that there will be more to this series beyond what is surely will be Mason’s book next time around.  Speaking of Mason, he is freaking awesome and funny!  I loved watching him wind up Alex!

Another fantastic instalment to this series and can’t wait for the next one!

This can be read as a stand alone.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a fair and honest review

4/5 stars

Crash

 

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About the Author:

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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.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

imageCinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . .

 

A modern twist on Cinderella.  I have to admit that Brock was too much of a ‘yes’ man who didn’t take matters into his own hands and go against his grandfather, just like Jane annoyed me that she let her sisters walk all over her in every way possible. He carries around a lot of guilt for something that was way beyond his control and can’t say no to anything his grandfather demand of him. Jane tried her best to respect her father’s dying wish to keep the family together.  Both get used as doormats in their own ways. Neither seemed to be able to take control of their lives and it made them seem weak.  As we get their backstories I understood why they way they were, it didn’t make them any stronger to start with.  As they get to know each other the find strength in each other, try and wipe away the ghosts of their pasts and to find some kind of happiness.

I have to say that Brock’s twin brothers, Brent and Bentley stole the show for me!  The attitude, the sense of humour and just downright naughtiness really brightened up the story line for me.  In her own funny way Rachel made this a funny light take on an old familiar story that everyone knows.  Instead of bitter step sisters and a step mother, we have two nasty and selfish sisters.  The old crone of a step mother is Brock’s randy, party going grandfather, who is another character and a half!   The prince is full of doubt and Cinderella is a maid.  It’s a fluffy, light, easy read that is fun. This is the first in a series.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

3.5 stars

Crash

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May 2016 Books

Here are the books that Crash & I are looking forward to reading this month! 

CRASH:

  

 Out May 3. Goodreads

  

Out May 3. Goodreads
  Out May 17. Goodreads
  Out May 24. Goodreads
  Out May 24. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
VI:

  Out May 10. Goodreads

  Out May 17. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads