Rachel Van Dyken
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I have lost everything.
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle -- the promise I made her brings me back.
So I breathe.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade. I am broken, I don't want to be fixed.
But the Empire is crumbling and it's my job to fix it.
My job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
A trip to New York, only one chance to redeem a lost part of our mafia family.
The only issue is, the only way to fix it, is to do something I swore I'd never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time,
I won't fall.
Or so help me God, I will kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandanoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate?
You have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.
Beauty & The Beast
Empire has a charming Beauty & The Beast theme throughout. It also has the voices of Luca and Andi from beyond the grave, which makes everything a bit emotional. I love Luca's mastermind abilities. I'm interested in Frank and Luca's history. Some of that is discussed as well as some point of view from Frank, which really adds to the story since readers of the series usually only hear from the younger members. The overall direction hints that a war is coming, and of course this book's storyline is a romance with a troubled start. Most of the previous couples are there, especially the EE gang, bringing their special brand of heart and humor. Some new characters come onto the scene, and the reader gets updates on some of the known cast.
Readers who have enjoyed the other books in this series should like this one. If you want a mafia romance that’s isn’t really hardcore or you're a fan of stories that have a sweet good girl and a hard shell, mushy center bad boy, give this one a go. Fans of RVD know that sometimes her books almost have a YA level heat factor. Empire is more descriptive with the sexy times. It's not full blown erotica, but those parts aren't skipped over either. I liked this addition and look forward to the next book.
I could not wait to read this. I pre-ordered it and counted down the days. I had to know what Sergio would do with his broken heart and so badly wanted him to have a happy ending. I read this book from cover to cover in just a few hours and couldn’t put it down, I would read books about him every day if I could.
I'm a huge fan of this series! It needs to be made into a movie....or better yet a TV series!!!
I was grateful to read that Sergio's story didn't end in Elude. Just when you start to think the series can't possibly get better, RVD does not disappoint! I never feel like I'm ready a copy paste story or that its becoming repetitive and I fall in love with each and every character. Their heartbreak becomes my own and I adored the witty flirty dialogue between the characters and I literally crack up at some of the interactions. The way each story is written really ropes you in so much I force myself to take breaks so I do not finish each book in a few hours. Each time I finish it leaves a void that can only be filled by the next book in the series. RVD PLEASE DON'T MAKE US WAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!