Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Review: Empire (Eagle Elite #7) by Rachel Van Dyken

*****5 Stars*****

Let me start by saying Wow I am floored yet again by the talents of RVD. I think this has to be the best book in this series so far. I don't know if it's because I felt that there was more anger and aggression put into the feelings of the characters or because the sex scenes seemed a little hotter than usual ( which I loved by the way so make no mistake in reading this different) but seriously I don't think it would have mattered even if it was toned down because it would still have worked. This series just keeps on getting better and better. I won't rehash Sergio's story because it would open up spoilers for Elude (book 6) where Sergio's story first started. Let's just say Sergio has lost a lot and he has hit the lowest point in his life where he's fighting within himself to get back. The question is can anyone escape from the clutches of hell?
We see all the usual characters from this series with their witty banter and support network. We meet some new characters as well opening up the writing channels for more in the series meaning we don't have to say goodbye to our Mafia boys just yet. (yippeeeeee).
As usual RVD has written a flawless story that draws you in and keeps you hooked until the very last words are read. Forever one of my favourite authors where a blurb is not needed and even going in blind I know I will be drawn in hook line and sinker with a great storyline and enough humour and emotion in all the right places. This is one of those series you would kick yourself for not reading, I'm just sorry I hadn't ventured into this series sooner.

Reviewed by Claire Lamb

I have lost everything.
My purpose.
My love.
My soul.
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.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade.
I am broken, I dont want to be fixed.
One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the mafia family. 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.
The only issue is, the only way to fix, 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'll 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.

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