Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.
But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.
Im cursed so I did it.
I'm numb so I held it.
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins.
The only way out is death...yours.
Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family.
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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.
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Review by Yvette:
Rachel Van Dyken is a brilliant mastermind; evil… but brilliant. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this thought, but with Elicit, the fourth book in her Eagle Elite series, this fact is all the more apparent when you stop to think about not only the meticulous planning and calculation that went into the construction of this narrative but also the events leading up to its culmination. The Eagle Elite series has always been firmly entrenched in the established world of the mafia, but Elicit heralds an evolution of this world and its inhabitants, particularly in regards to protagonist, Tex Campisi, who is stepping forward to assume his birthright. Just as she does with its predecessors, Van Dyken begins Elicit by gripping you with a prologue so intense that, by the start of the first chapter, you're already left reeling and wondering how you could possibly survive the rest of the story.
While previous books in the series have centered on the buildup of romantic relationships between members of the Elect and their love interests, Elicit presents the challenge of picking up the pieces of a relationship in tatters. There is a great deal of history between Tex and Mo, and, as a result, their passion and desire for each other is battles with the conflict and turmoil surrounding them. The romantic moments between them may not be plentiful but the depth of their love for each other is such that these moments are both heartbreakingly beautiful and painful at the same time. Their feelings for one another are the one constant in this ever-changing narrative.
In Elicit, there is a lot that happens in a short amount of time, and each new revelation came as a complete and total shock. I don't think I've ever inwardly cursed so much while reading a book. There's a line in the book where Tex makes an observation about a brewing storm, noting, “anticipation is always worse than the actual outcome”. I wanted to shout at my Kindle in agreement because this line perfectly expressed how I felt while reading the narrative up to that point, knowing that the climax was yet to come and being terrified as a result of imagining the worst. The anticipation is agonizing as Rachel Van Dyken teasingly gives you just enough to keep you guessing right up until the event in question unfolds.
I have always found Tex to be the most fascinating member of the Elect, partly because his character is always quick with a snarky comment and partly because of the shroud of mystery surrounding him. Elicit shows a more dangerous and sinister side of Tex that we have only previously glimpsed – a side that revels in war and death, chaos and destruction. Whereas previously, Tex has been the comic relief and the perennial jokester of the group, his carefree attitude serves to mask the darkness inside of him. Of all the men of the Elect, he is perhaps the one who assumes his role most naturally, which is just one of the reasons why he's always felt like an outsider rather than a true member of the family. Reading the narrative through his perspective is particularly enlightening, because he undergoes a significant transformation and his struggle is apparent in his every thought and action.
I was so thoroughly engrossed in Elicit that I could've easily devoured the entire narrative in one sitting. Instead, I forced myself to take several breaks, mostly to preserve my sanity and to mentally prepare myself for the book's climax, which is slowly built up via several tension-filled chapters that left me eager to discover the outcome even as I dreaded it. It’s not often that a book can has had the ability to have me laughing aloud one minute, and then gasping in surprise the next, but Elicit is an intriguing mixture of light and dark, comedy and drama. With Elicit, Rachel Van Dyken successfully ties up loose ends from previous books, while opening up new possibilities for the future of the Elect.
Rating: 6 Stars
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