Saturday, 7 May 2016

Review ~ Elude (Eagle Elite #6) by Rachel Van Dyken


Book Description:

This book is the sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. It's an interconnected stand alone novel with no cliffhanger.

Twenty-Four hours before we were to be married--I offered to shoot her.
Ten hours before our wedding--I made a mockery of her dying wish.
Five hours before we were going to say our vows--I promised I'd never love her.
One hour before I said I do--I vowed I'd never shed a tear over her death.
But the minute we were pronounced man and wife--I knew.

I'd only use my gun to protect her.
I'd give my life for hers.
I'd cry.
And I would, most definitely, lose myself, to a dying girl---a girl who by all accounts should have never been mine in the first place.

I always believed the mafia would be my end game--poisoning my heart, while it claimed my soul. I could have never imagined. It would be my redemption.

Or the beginning of something beautiful.

The beginning of her.

The end of us.

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Empire (#7) ~ releases 31st May


Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars


“I’ll love you…until we both shall live.”


This is a series that I have had on my radar for an age. Unfortunately, when I discovered it I was already so many books behind I couldn’t find time to go back and catch up and because I am a bit anal I like to read in order. However, a friend of mine said, you need to read this book and it can be read as a standalone, nothing was catching my attention on my kindle so I downloaded and dived in. Five hours later with my emotions all over the place I was stunned into silence. What a book, I seriously adored this book, everything about it and now I have to try to put into words why you should read it too.


“Her marks were for love; mine were for death. She thought it was hilarious; it just made me feel like a bit of a monster.”


For me, what made this book was the heroine Andi. Andi was the best heroine I have read about in a long time. Too many books these days have weak women and Andi is anything but. She is emotionally and mentally strong and physically she can dump a trained assassin on his ass. But more than her inner and outer strength was her character, she was infectious, she was contagious, she brought light to the pages and to everyone around her, you couldn’t help but smile when reading about Andi. Her propensity to love and see the best in everyone was utterly infectious and you couldn’t help but love her in return.

In truth, Andi had nothing to smile about, she has Leukaemia and is staring death in the face. Her family want her dead and to protect herself, she is marrying into the Italian mafia, to a man that doesn’t want to either, but a man that will protect her with his life none the less. Andi was the daughter of the head of the Russian Mafia, he had connections everywhere and having a daughter in the FBI was more than embarrassing, that embarrassing her life was expendable.


“When I said I’d protect you with my life, I meant it. So stop being such a damn martyr and for once in your life let someone save you.”


Both Sergio and Andi had worked for the FBI and between the FBI wanting them dead and Andi’s father these two had a mountain to climb just to stay alive. Sergio was quiet and aloof but there was no denying his strength and power, it oozed from very page. He was quite the enigma but as Rachel Van Dyken weaves their story the real Sergio slowly makes his way to the surface. With a woman like Andi by his side Sergio has no choice but to thaw, with Andi’s demeanour and bright outlook on life and love she had the capacity to melt even the most frozen of hearts and Sergio’s was positively arctic.


“She smelled like lilacs; her skin was perfection; her laugh was warmth. And I was screwed.”


This book had the best dialogue I have read in a long long time. With a woman literally fighting for her life you would expect the book to be dark and relatively depressing but Andi is seriously hilarious. She lets nothing faze her, her positivity, her sense of humour, just everything about her makes you smile from ear to ear. As much as I cried while reading this book, I laughed even harder, sometimes I had tears from both mixing at the same time. Yes, it is emotional but at the end of the day enlightening at the same time.


“Don’t encourage the communist.”


Sergio, I adored him. He was hard to warm up to in the beginning, but he had his reasons and soon even his cold heart began to thaw in Andi’s presence. Sergio really stepped up to the plate and took his job of protecting Andi extremely seriously, what he didn’t expect though was to fall in love. But really…this was Andi he was protecting, he never stood a chance. The chemistry between these two was palpable, Sergio’s hesitance and reticence to put himself out there oozed from the page but Andi has stolen his heart before he even knew it was missing. This was a beautiful love story from beginning to end.


“And yet, there I was, facing a fear, doing something I swore I would never do. Hell, I would have rather died. So yeah. It was love. Because it couldn’t be anything else.”


Rachel Van Dyken delivers a heart breaking yet heart-warming story that will have you laughing and swooning while still heaping suspense and intrigue into the mix. This was a story that I couldn’t put down and a story that held me captive from first to last page. A story where I was so emotionally invested in this couple and this group as a whole that I lived and breathed every word, every scenario and experienced every single emotion along with them. This is a story that will leave you stunned into silence as you appreciate what you have just read and will just leave you wanting to be a better person and make a difference. Live life, be an Andi.


“I’m exactly where I want to be. I just never knew it…until now.”


I cannot wait for Empire that is scheduled for release on 31st May and continues Sergio’s story, after all, this man is that good he deserves two books, however with regards to this book, this chapter in his life is complete. Now I have to go back and read all the others. This family, these brothers are infectious and now I fear I won’t be able to get enough of them. Amazing job Rachel Van Dyken, you nailed this one and this is one story and two characters that I will never forget.


“I was your punishment.”
“Wrong…you were my gift.”

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