Book Review – Dark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

4 stars

Dark Surrender by Rachel Van Dyken is the third book in The Dark Ones series.

The paranormal genre is by far one of the most interesting. And Dark Surrender had it all in spades. Angles, demons, vampire, werewolves, and elves, mingled, loved, and fought for each other.

The main hero Alexander, the last remaining siren, pretty much sex on two legs, had to mate to achieve his fullest potential and power. Unfortunately or fortunately for him the choice came down to three humans.

Enter Hope, a botanist, with sweet smelling blood that enticed Alexander in a way that he didn’t expect nor could control.

Locked into a room, their proximity to each other turned out to be fateful. Both felt an intense like pull towards each other. Fighting it was impossible.

His beauty hit me full force, sending me to my hands and knees even though I don’t remember telling my body to fall in front of him. “And now?” He teased. “Now what do you think?” “I think…” My voice shook. “That I’m in trouble.” “You would be right…”

Alexander was pretty much the opposite of Hope in every way. He grew up as a highly sexual creature, extremely selfish, self-centered, and self-assured. Hope on the other hand, felt abandoned, nothing special, overlooked, but was a genuine great person. She saw only the best in everyone.


Because war was coming. The fight between Good and Evil almost at their doorstep. Every member of their group had to be at their strongest, and that was only achievable with their true mates at their side.



Rachel Van Dyken wrote an incredibly fast paced story about finding the right person to love and cherish. I loved the humor and banter between the characters. Hope was such a great trooper. Resisting Alex’s charms for so long. Pushing his buttons whenever possible. She was put into such a strange situation and still stayed true to herself. Dark Surrender was an intriguing love story, that literally set the pages on fire. The insta-lust was a bit jarring for me. But I see where the author was coming from.


ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


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