A Review & Excerpt of ENRAGE by Rachel Van Dyken

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Enrage, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!!

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Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: July 31st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Enrage is the next standalone in the international best selling mafia series, Eagle Elite.

Part of a world I loathe.

Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.

Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.

I’m. In. Hell.

Also known as the Cosa Nostra.

My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.

Son to a murdered mob boss.

Heir to a throne of murder and lies.

My name is Dante Nicolasi.

And there will be blood.

 

A 5starReview of ENRAGE by Rachel Van Dyken

OMG! Hold on tight; this was a game changer for the Eagle Elite Series.  

 People will fear you. Let them. People will fight you. Let them. Never forget who you are.

Still emotionally recovering, I can honestly say this tops the plot twists for all of the Eagle Elite books. For those who have followed my reviews or my blog posts, you know I have an overwhelming love for Rachel Van Dyken—especially when it comes to the Eagle Elite. I have never been shy about stating that it my favorite series and eagerly awaiting each new installment. As the books have progressed and as the characters have grown and matured, the content has deepened and the hold the mafia has on their lives has become more intense and dark. And this one, without a doubt, will take you on a dark and tremulous ride. Hold on tight, for you will never see what is about to hit.

What made them mafia—is what made them people.

…I knew we were running against a clock that picked no sides, that owed us no favors.

 In Enrage, readers are given two stories that are taking place: the relationship of El and Dante, and the one of the family. Van Dyken shows off her guts as a writer by blending together the perfect balance of suspense, passion, and action, carefully and deliberately pulling readers in, playing with their emotions, and leaving them cursing her in the end.  But I applaud her for her choices and the game-changing plot that was woven with her creative prose. In fact, I think it was necessary!

Hope was a dangerous thing. Because it made me daydream about things I had no right to daydream about…

With another amazing character added to the mix, reader will fall for El. She is a character made of strength, possessing an amazing ability to focus on the positive, to remain supportive and logical after suffering such trauma. But her endearing quality of such a tender and compassionate heart is what won me over. My heart ached for her, and yet I found myself drawn to her inner strength and cheering for her HEA. Different from the other mafia women, El has overcome such terrible hardship and struggles making her internally tougher than the others. It may take some understanding of the life of the family, but the heart is strong and she will stop at nothing to help the man who has finally won her heart.

 Dante wasn’t just angry. He was anger itself.

Dante is a dark soul. If fact, I don’t think reader have really seen this darkness since Phoenix. He is hardened and tough, living a life he wanted no part of. But the mafia takes and cares little for the personal wants and needs of the individual. This is about family, and Dante has a job to do. He has been raised to protect, and that is exactly what he is tasked with doing. However, there is a surprisingly sensitive side to him, and watching his walls crack and his heart open allowed me to connect with and appreciate him. He held a sexy and rather charming side that shone through in his bantering with Chase (Only Rachel can add such perfect humor to these conversations.) and as he opened up to El ad learned more about himself. This man has taken on a hard role within the family, and Enrage will not be the last we hear from him. Big things are coming for Dante; I can feel it!

Blood in. No out.

Using her signature humor in just the right moments and building a plot that held captive her readers, Rachel Van Dyken has taken her readers on an emotional journey that will have them begging her to write faster and proving just how serious this family is when they say, “Blood in. No out.” This is Rachel Van Dyken at her best!

*Although part of a series, Enrage can be read as a stand-alone. However, as any of the Elite Readers would share, take some time to read the entire series. You will not be disappointed.

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Excerpt:

Dante slammed his hand into the tree, his jaw popped as he gritted his teeth together and then calm washed over him as he whispered near my ear, “Want me to kill him?”

A few people walked by and stared at us, it looked like he was kissing my neck, like we were normal college students sharing a moment.

Nope. Wrong story, kiddos.

He just offered to kill someone for offending me, run along, nothing to see here.

“After,” I said. “Kill him after he stops being useful to you, to the bosses.” I couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth, what I was agreeing to. “Yes.”

Dante pulled back, his face broke out into a smile. “How messed up is it that I’m actually looking forward to that moment?”

I gulped. “It’s in your blood.”

“I wish it wasn’t,” he said gruffly. “I wish I didn’t crave it — dream about it — almost as much as I wish I didn’t feel guilt every day because of it.”

I sighed and put my hands on his chest, then ran them up around his neck, he didn’t move, or flinch, so maybe we were having a moment as our mouths almost touched. “The only shame in life, is not being who you were truly born to be. If that means you kill the bad guys — kill the bad, guys Dante. Just don’t lose your soul in the process.”

“And if it’s already gone?” He croaked his eyes darkening as he slowly leaned in until his forehead touched mine.

Days ago I would have been terrified that his body was this close.

Days ago, I would have shoved him away and run.

Days ago, I would have shuddered that his bloodstained hands were running up and down my skin.

But today.

Today was different.

Today I closed my eyes and drank in the wicked scent of Dante Nicolasi, the cologne mixed with soap. I inhaled.

And opened my eyes again.

Yesterday I was angry. I was afraid.

Today. Against the tree.

Pinned by Dante’s arms.

I was safe.

“I’ll help you find it,” I whispered.

“Just don’t damn yourself in the process, El.” He cupped my face with his right hand, his eyes fell to my mouth, his half-lidded seductive look could stop a girl dead in her tracks.

The wives always talked about how attractive his father was, even at an older age.

Almost like he’d aged backward.

Dante was no different.

If it was possible for a human to get more attractive by the day — he’d be the one to prove you right.

“Are you going to kiss me again?” I asked hopefully.

“No.” He pulled away.

My heart sank into my stomach.

“Because I don’t want to start something I have no intention of stopping.”

My head jerked, our eyes locked, and I saw it. The honesty.

“Told you I’d never lie to you, El.” His voice had a warning edge to it, like I shouldn’t push him, push whatever invisible boundaries he’d mentally set up between us. His eyes never left mine.

And I knew, this was what he looked like when he was telling the truth.

His eyes pierced through my defenses in an unapologetic search for my heart, my soul.

And I let them.

“We should get to class.” I finally found my voice and started walking, he fell into step beside me.

And I spent the rest of the day thinking about the non-kiss.

And the promise that came with it.

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Meet the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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