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3.0 out of 5 starsAnnoying Heroine
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
I love Katie McAllister's books, especially the Dark Ones. I've always enjoyed her quirky sense of humor and her strong leading men. However, that being said, the heroines in her most recent ones, including this book, have become nearly unbearable. They are beyond dippy, talk constantly without really having anything to say, and are disgustingly needy. I don't know how anyone can bear being around them, let alone the hero. I long for the days of a heroine with a spine, self respect, and who keeps a few thoughts to her self.
Katie does it again. I love her Dark Ones series, and the headstrong women and frustratingly pig-headed Dark Ones who inhabit that world. Tempest Keyes (so very aptly named) has freed herself from a cult when her father died, and she is now chasing down items on her bucket list. One that's near the very top - meet a Dark One and become a Beloved. Her aunt has assured her that their existence is very real, and Tempest is sure she can get the job done. She hadn't counted on "her" Dark One - Merrick Simon - being such a control freak though. She realized that it would be quite a task, after all, she's read all of C. J. Dante's books, but really! She can take care of herself, and Merrick really does need her, even if he's fighting her most of the way. I love Katie's books and characters. They make me jealous and have me laughing out loud, sometimes simultaneously! Tempest lives up to her name, and I know that Merrick will have exactly that - a tempestuous life, a very long one - with her in it, but they will both be better for it! Between rescuing Merrick, rescuing Kelso (a stray white dog), rescuing her friend Ellis, Tempest has her life going crazy and I think deep down she loves all of the turmoil. Should be interesting when things settle down, but since they are still looking for the bad guys, she'll be living in interesting times for a while yet. If you like vampires (oops - Dark Ones) and a great story, grab any of Katie's Dark Ones novels. You'll thank me!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
I liked this dark ones but it seemed different than the others for some reason, not sure but could just be it has been awhile since I read the last one. I did enjoy it although I really doubt anyone, even and especially someone who had been in a cult all her life, would talk or act the way the nut in the book did lol. It did make it funny and fun to read though also kind of light... it's not a really heavy book if you get what I mean though, and I realize it's fiction of course, but I do like the vampire books to be somewhat realistic. She or the way she acted, to me seemed very unrealistic. Anyways I did like it, it was a fun read and I can't wait for the next one to come out. I do like this series a lot, some more than others though. I'd rank this one near the bottom with my favorites getting 5 stars. Not that this is a bad story, it's not. It was very well written and very professionally written as it should be considering who wrote it. So if you have read the other ten books before this one I'm sure you will enjoy this one too, some more than others but I think most will like it.
5.0 out of 5 starsKatie MacAlister Always Delivers ~ Again!
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2017
The Vampire Always Rises (Dark Ones Book 11)
Katie MacAlister is back on top with the 11th installment of the Dark One's series. Ever faithful to the paranormal world that she has cerated, this book is wonderfully written with well rounded main and supporting characters. Straight out of the gate ~ the sense of humor in this book is Katie MacAlister at her best! Who else could make the painfulness of waxing hilarious?
Tempest was raised in a cult environment where her life was far from happy. Instead of wallowing with sadness, regret and resentment, she has chosen to be positive, optimistic and happy. I find her character very brave and strong; I immediately found myself cheering for her.
Merrick, (newest favorite character name!), is a Dark One who is bent on revenge and a life of service because he was unable to save his sister from her untimely death. His last desire or hope is to find his own Beloved. As some know, sometimes what you need the most is what you may think you want the least.
The two are destined to find one another and to be together no matter what. Their journey of discovery of love is filled with action, humor and passion.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou will NOT be disappointed by this one!
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2017
As with all the Dark Ones books, this did not disappoint. I loved the background of Tempest and loved watching her come into her own and not being afraid to take chances. Even though some of them may not have been the smartest, they end up being the right choices after all is said and done. Having been so sheltered and having no control over her own life, to see her branch out is funny and entertaining. Her best friend Ellis is a hoot and fearless and he will keep you giggling throughout the book. Merrick is of course less then agreeable when he realizes he has found his beloved and refuses to believe it. However over time we see him come to his senses, of course Tempest's insistence and unwillingness to let the matter go helps a great deal. All in all I thought this was a fun book with a decent story line. I love Katie's books! She has a wonderful way of adding the perfect amount of humor as well as the perfect amounts of emotion often leaving me laughing and crying in the same chapter. I'm a huge fan of her Dark Ones books and I sincerely hope she continues to write more because we need more of that incredible humor in our lives. Definitely won't be disappointed if you read this one and I thoroughly recommend every book she has written. To say I'm a fan is an understatement. To me humor in books is almost a must and always makes a book that much more enjoyable. Katie MacAlister always delivers.