Arderin, princess of the illustrious Vampyre kingdom, has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Motivated by a calling to heal others, frustration consumes her since her brother, King Sathan, doesn't understand her desire to study medicine in the human world. Moreover, the son of the Dark Lord Crimeous has moved onto their compound and he seems obsessed with driving her absolutely insane. Hating him for his sharp tongue and dark nature, she tries to squelch her unwelcome attraction to him.
Darkrip has been enthralled by Arderin since the night he knocked her unconscious and sent her down the river, prompting the end of the War of the Species. Never has he met a woman more beautiful and passionate. Frustrated by her dramatics and consumed by his desire for her, he vows to stay away. For the son of Crimeous, with his malevolent blood, could never have children or a normal life.
When Crimeous threatens both their lives, forcing them into a shared captivity, they do everything they can to escape and survive. As their connection grows, so does their attraction. Knowing they have no future together, and the consequences of furthering their relationship would be disastrous, they forge ahead in the conflict against the Dark Lord. But the Universe is fickle and can muddle with even the best laid intentions…
**The Etherya's Earth series is best read in order, so that the reader can enjoy the evolution of the characters. After all, the author loves a good twist and wants the reader to uncover them organically. However, readers of romance rest assured that each book has its own featured hero/heroine and HEA.
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The Darkness Within is the third book in author Rebecca Hefner’s Etherya’s Earth series. If you’ve read my previous reviews on the first two books in this series, you already know I absolutely loved them. Ms. Hefner has a wonderful gift of telling a story and just when you think this is your favorite of the series, she brings you a new story and a new hero to drool over. Darkrip ranks up there as one of my all-time favorites! Arderin is the sister of Sathan the Vampyre King. She longs to be a doctor, to have a purpose in her life. She’s extremely intelligent but yet her brothers seem to only focus on her dramatics. Darkrip is the son of the Dark Lord. He is the half brother of Miranda the heroine from the first book. He’s tormented with nightmares of his father raping and torturing his mother. Well if you’ve read the first two books in this series, you’ve met Darkrip and Arderin. If you haven’t you really need to read them! Darkrip and Arderin have played a major role in this series since book one when Darkrip pushed Arderin in the river to be found by his half-sister, Miranda. I absolutely loved the tension and the bickering between these two. They don't seem to like each other, but yet there is an awareness that you sense from the beginning, an undeniable energy between them. Darkrip is such a tortured soul, you just want him to see his worth and get over his past to gain happiness. As for Arderin, I really liked her. She may come off as stubborn and overdramatic to those around her at times, but she’s an intelligent, caring and determined young woman who wants what’s best for those she loves. I loved how she sees the good in Darkrip and tries to convince him he’s worthy of love. Ms. Hefner has done it again with this story. I honestly couldn’t put it down! I loved Darkrip and Arderin and watching these two finally find a way to find happiness together. Their epilogue was perfect and it made their story complete. I’ve truly enjoyed all the characters in this series and am anticipating the final book as we get closer to the final battle between Evie and her father. This was another fabulous book to add to this series and one of my personal favorites! Highly recommend both the book and the series!