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Book 2, Eagle Elite

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Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 20, 2015 – Eagle Elite, a Mafia-owned private college in Chicago, is the unique setting for this overly complicated contemporary new adult romantic thriller. A recently arrived Sicilian family, the Nicolosis, challenges local don Nixon Abandonato, a senior at Eagle Elite, for dominance of his turf. Luca Nicolosi left Sicily to settle a score with the head of an Abandonato ally; his quest for vengeance poses a direct threat to the love of Nixon's life, Tracey Rooks, the granddaughter of a rival don. In order to keep her safe, Nixon assigns his cousin Chase to pose as her boyfriend while actually being her bodyguard. The only problem with that arrangement is that Chase is also crazy about Trace. Whenever Nixon sees any kind of physical contact between the two he's filled with rage, even though he knows it is supposed to be all an act to fool Luca into overlooking the connection between Trace and Nixon. The fairly straightforward retribution story line is pulled down by the weight of multiple additional subplots, but Van Dyken's characterizations and humor pull an otherwise overwrought, overpopulated story out of the dumps.

Customer Reviews

On the fence

While I loved elite and the story I was so disappointed that trace could go from one guy to the other so easily. I hate that she fell for chase it ruined parts of the book for me. He dies and she goes straight to making out with chase and Nixon forgave her. Grr not in love with elect at all.


Wow, just wow ! I freaking loved it from beginning to end . Elect had me torn between Nixon and Chase , I mean both guys madly in love with Trace and both doing whatever it takes to protect her , I was biting my nails thru-out the whole book I have never been so torn before one minute I was team Nixon the next team Chase , I put Rachel Van Dyken 100 times in and out of my Naughty list ! Lol , yes She owes me a manicure , I think my nails never suffer this much before , that's how good this book is I couldn't put down . Elect is full of action and will take you in this roller coaster of suspense , romance , shocking secrets, betrayal , heartbreak , redemption and death , where nothing is what it seems . Trace is torn between loving both Nixon and Chase one owns her Heart the other one owns her soul , one loves her selfishly , the other one loves her selflessly ...who would she pick in the end ? You have to read it to find out and believe me you won't be disappointed . Well done Rachel Van Dyken considered me extremely satisfied , I can't wait for you to take me in the next adventure !!! So hurry with the next book :)

This is so dumb, I got disgusted after 50 pages and stopped...

So, you are head of a mafia family, run it while still at college and at the same time own the college so teachers will defer to your commands. Oh, and you also are immune to physical pain, so somebody sticking a knife in your thigh is something you just shrug off. But at the same time you are this warm loving guy that fell for the daughter of the man who killed he head of a rival mafia family - and you can quote Romeo an Juliet to her. Really people????

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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Dec 10, 2013
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, Eagle Elite
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