Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review: Untouchable Darkness, by Rachel Van Dyken

To love a Dark One is to invite death...

It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.

I've been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal--as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I've always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.
And today I tasted fear for the first time.
How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?
A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I am finding this paranormal series from Rachel Van Dyken to be incredibly unique and interesting.  She always does such a wonderful job creating fascinating stories with equal amounts of romance, humor and intrigue.  What I particularly like about this series is that she’s managed to mix in a wide variety of paranormal...vampires, angels, warewolves, siren and even demons into one captivating plotline. 

Untouchable Darkness further explores when two Dark Ones, beings not permitted to mate, find love in one another.  It was interesting, it was romantic and at time suspenseful.  I especially enjoyed the chapters told from Cassius’ perspective.  His past, his birth, his deepest desires reveals a man deeply in love plagued with major responsibility often exhausted especially having to live it alone for so many years.  Seeing things through his eyes allows us to delve deeper into the relationships of this unconventional family, and what you find at the base is love. 

This installment spends a lot of time exploring the fine line between good and evil, the balance of light and darkness and when the underlying plot development is revealed I have to admit it definitely made me want to start book 3 ASAP.  Yes, this one ends on a happy for now moment, but I cannot wait to see what Rachel has in story for Alex and Mason not to mention the war on evil.  These paranormal escapes are quickly becoming a favorite addiction of mine. 

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