Rachel Van Dyken
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The sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series.
*Interconnected Stand Alone*
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.
And I would, most definatly, 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.
So good you won't believe what you're reading!
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Rachel Van Dyken's Elite Series. Each book has gotten successively better and the action and twists have gotten bigger. I was looking really looking forward to enjoying Elude and seeing Sergio redeem himself as well as see what new antics the family was involved in now.
This story is nothing like I was expecting and days later I'm still thinking about what I read. Andi and Sergio made a great couple. I loved seeing Andi tease Sergio. She was light to his dark. I loved her attitude. She has so much going on, yet she chose to always smile and enjoy the moment. Sergio on the other hand was wracked with guilt from past deeds and didn't feel like he deserved anything, let alone have a marriage he didn't want forced on him. I understood where both of them were coming from and it was a lot of fun seeing their different mindsets clash.
I was surprised by how often I laughed while reading this book. This book was humorous no doubt, but also serious, and I appreciated the moments of levity. I wasn't surprised by the tears running unchecked down my face. I may have ugly cried. Okay, there is no "may", I did ugly cry. Even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. I think I experienced an entire range of emotions while reading this book. I loved seeing the "family" all together. In happiness and in need, the young heads of the crime families and their wives, many who've had their stories told in earlier book in the series, all came together and I loved seeing them happy.
Along the way, new characters were introduced and some major plot twists happened that left me reeling. I know they left of people in the story shaken too. While I know I have more books to look forward to which will answer many of my unanswered questions, the story felt incomplete. While this is and isn't the type of story I've come to expect from this series, it does showcase Rachel's range in writing. I'm very eager to see how the Elite series continues from here.
Heartbroken and wanting more
I'm a big fan of this series and Elude was no excepting! I am craving the next book Empire to heal my heart on this one. Fingers crossed for an earlier release date than November! RVD you have a wonderful talent and I'm truest hooked! Love love love!
Elude has all the amazing character chemistry that I've come to expect from RVD's Eagle Elite Series. The members do kill, and sometimes bad things happen, but they are all true family. They argue, pick at each other and support one another. Often they have troubled pasts or some block they have to overcome to move forward.
Sergio is a perfect example of this. In the previous book of this series, we found out that he was a double agent between the FBI and Mafia. He did so to save members of the family, but still it goes against everything. Now, he has direct orders to marry and protect a girl wanted by the Russia mob. Also she's terminally ill. So yeah, it's quite the explosive and emotional storyline.
I worried over the direction the five families were headed. I laughed at the digs the guys and their women got in on each other. I teared up during the emotional times (be ready for tears). And of course I was, as always, surprised by Luca's mastermind black folders he left behind.
I love this series, and I can't wait to find out what the crew is up to next!