Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken: Paperback Release Launch w/ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway


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 . . .

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“Let’s make a pact.” Chase put his hand on my shoulder.

“A pact?” I sniffled and turned to him. “What kind of pact?”

“One that’s forever. One that protects people rather than hurts them.”

“How do we do that?” I was suddenly interested. What if I could make all the hurt go away? What if I could save everyone!

“We do this.” Chase pulled out his pocketknife and cut open his hand, then nodded to me to do the same thing. Without pausing I cut open my hand and handed back the knife. “Blood brothers. We’re never gonna hurt each other and we’re gonna save those like your ma, Nixon. Ones who can’t save themselves. We’re going to protect them.”

“How?” I watched as the blood dripped from my open palm.

“Rules.” Chase shrugged. “They keep people safe, right? At least that’s what my mom says.” He smiled. “We make rules and we start our own club. That way, we don’t have to listen to anyone but us.”

I liked it. I chewed on my lower lip. “What do we call ourselves?”

“The chosen?” Chase offered.

“No, that sounds lame. We have to sound… more powerful than that.”

My eyes flickered to the road, and a sign poked into the ground. It said election. “Elect.” I pointed. “Let’s call ourselves The Elect.” It made sense; after all, the president was elected, wasn’t he? We weren’t exactly chosen, but we were making the choice, we were electing ourselves protectors. That’s what we were.

“Who else can join?” Chase asked.

“Tex and Phoenix. They’ll want to.” A weight suddenly felt like it was being lifted off my twelve-year-old shoulders. “Should we shake on it?”

“Yeah.” Chase smashed his hand against mine as our blood mixed. “No going back, Nixon.”

“No.” I shook my head. “No going back.”

I pressed my fingers to my temples and watched, replaying that moment over and over again in my head as the outline of Chase and Tracey flickered in the moonlight. Would he really do this to me? After all the shit we’d been through?

I gauged her reaction, hoping that I would be wrong. Praying to God that Trace would just this once listen to me. Her eyes flickered with interest for a few brief seconds before she looked down at the ground.

“Shit.” I waited in the shadows. A part of me knew this would happen. The part that told me to damn my feelings to hell and ignore all the warning signs that I’d been seeing. But now it seemed like it was too late. I stayed, planted where I was, watching, waiting.

“Chase, you can’t…” Trace shook her head. “You can’t be like this. We can’t do this!”

“We aren’t doing anything,” Chase said in low tones, reaching for Trace’s hand. “Don’t you?” He looked directly at me, although all he saw was a shadow. I knew I was well hidden. “Don’t you feel the same way?”

Trace jerked her hand away from Chase’s. “It doesn’t matter what I feel. It’s not about me, Chase.”

“But it is.” Chase reached for her again. This time her hand grasped his in such an intimate embrace I thought I was going to vomit all over the ground. The outside air was cold as hell as little pieces of ice tried to find their way into my wool coat.

“It isn’t.” Trace sighed. “It never was.”

Chase jerked her toward him. She fell against his chest and looked up into his eyes. “What are you doing?”

Chase sighed. “What I should have done a long time ago.” He grabbed the back of her head and pulled her in for a kiss. Their lips touched.

I had to look away.

The only sound in the night was that of my soft footsteps as I walked away… leaving my heart in broken pieces where I’d last stood. She was lost to me; it wasn’t even the Sicilians that had taken her, but my best friend.

A gunshot rang out loud and clear in the night air. I turned back around just in time to see Trace collapse into Chase’s arms.

About the Author:

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.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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Review by Yvette:

I have read a number of Rachel Van Dyken’s books and, while I’m a huge fan of everything she writes, her novel, Elite (Eagle Elite #1) is my absolute favorite. What initially drew me in to the series is that it was unlike any book I had ever read, combining the New Adult genre with a bit of action and suspense. The plot twist that turned the narrative into a crime thriller featuring the mafia of all things was both unexpected and intriguing. Throw in a forbidden romance between a fresh-faced farm girl and an intense and mysterious bad boy and I was officially hooked. While Trace took the reins in Elite, the narrative of Elect is told via the two most important men in her life, Nixon and Chase.

Rachel Van Dyken delves deeper into this world of organized crime in Elite’s follow-up, Elect, unveiling the inner circle of the Elect, which was founded in part by Nixon and Chase. The practiced ease with which Nixon and Chase deal with highly sensitive and dangerous matters is reflected in a different level of maturity in the story. They come across as world weary and jaded, having seen far too much horror in their young lives, which is directly contrasted with the innocence and naivety of Trace in the previous book. It's easy to forget these guys are college-aged considering the responsibilities they handle on a daily basis.

I thought the multiple point-of-views were brilliant, because I loved getting to experience the narrative through the various male perspectives. The story is narrated solely by men, with Nixon and Chase occupying the majority of the pages. Not that I don't love Trace, but it was fascinating reading about a love triangle without the input of the heroine caught in the middle of the two heroes. Both Nixon and Chase bare their feelings for Trace, each presenting their separate cases to readers and I can't imagine how much more conflicted Trace might have been if she could read their minds. While love triangles typically drive me crazy, I appreciated that Trace wasn’t intentionally stringing along two swoon-worthy guys. The circumstances surrounding the twisted relationship between the three main protagonists are unusual to say the least.

Everything about Elect is on a different level than Elite – there’s more action and romance and the stakes are much higher. There's an ever-present sense of danger, which casts an ominous tone throughout the narrative. New threats are constantly emerging, which kept my paranoia alive, but it's the threat of the unknown menace that evokes the most fear. Rachel Van Dyken does an incredible job at keeping a steady level of suspense throughout the narrative, in regards to both the love triangle and all things mafia-related. There’s never a dull moment in Elect, with its abundance of shocking revelations, twists and turns, starting with the first page and going until the very last sentence of the book.

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. Thank you for the chance, Love Rachel's books

  2. I love and admire Rachel so much! I've been wanting to read this series so much, so thank you for this chance :)

  3. Would love to be able to put these on my Keeper Shelf, they would have a place of honor LOL

  4. Awesome giveaway, thanks so much!! You guys always have the best ones <3 <3

  5. YEA ..... Can't wait! Thank for the giveaway!