Sunday, December 14, 2014

Enforce (Eagle Elite #1.5) by Rachel Van Dyken: Review Tour w/ Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

There’s two sides to every story...

And ours? Isn't pretty...

Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?

Trace Rooks, that’s what.

But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.

The only problem?

We're cousins.

And she may just be our long lost enemy.

Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.

Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?

Even closer...

Releases: December 18, 2014



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Excerpt:

Doors slammed down the hall, blanketing us once again in silence. Damn it, Mo was smarter than I gave her credit for. When I’d asked her to put Trace on her floor, I ’hadn’t meant in her room, in my sister’s room.

Shit. She was going to pay for that.

Trace’s lower lip trembled as her eyes closed. She shook as multiple doors slammed down the hall, and with each tremble of her body — I wanted. With each twitch of her lips — I was tempted.

Finally, the slamming stopped. I walked behind Trace and closed the door. She didn’t budge.

I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to be closer. My sanity was at stake. I swallowed and walked up behind her, my lips grazing the velvety softness of her ear. “You don’t like rules, do you, New Girl?”

She shivered in response to my voice.

I almost touched her then.

Almost threw the entire act way.

Almost threw it all away.

But it would have been selfish of me to satisfy my own damn curiosity and needs, when she had no idea what was at stake, what she was risking by being at Elite.

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:

Reading Enforce by Rachel Van Dyken was illuminating to say the least. As the companion novel to Elite, Enforce returns to the start of the Eagle Elite series, but this time from the different perspectives of the four members of the Elect: Nixon, Chase, Tex and Phoenix. In Elite, protagonist, Tracey Rooks, was clueless to the secret world that she was born into, but that’s not the case with Enforce as the Elect were groomed with the knowledge that they’d one day be leaders of this world. Elite was one of those books that I desperately wished were in dual perspectives, to be able to know not just what was going through Trace’s mind, but also to know what could possibly motivate the extreme actions of her love interest, Nixon Abandonato. Enforce went above and beyond my wildest expectations by delving right into the darker side of the Elect, with characters that are firmly entrenched in a world of danger, death, and destruction, otherwise known as the mafia.

While I have gotten to know the men of the Elect over the course of the series (some more than others), Enforce provides an all-access pass into the minds of these characters. Each of the four members of the Elect has a superficial role within the group: Nixon is the untouchable leader, Chase is his easygoing right-hand-man, Tex is the perennial jokester, and Phoenix is the tortured wildcard. Each plays their assigned role, but it isn’t until we are privy to their innermost thoughts that we can see the full weight of the burden that has been placed on their shoulders. The events in this narrative are a catalyst for the rest of the series, revealing how the choices each character makes leads them down their destined path.

I've always loved reading from these characters' perspectives because everything is so matter of fact with them. Murder, torture, illegal dealings – these are second nature to the four narrators who grew up in the mafia lifestyle, and it's fascinating witnessing them seamlessly transition back and forth from gangster to college student in the blink of an eye. It was strange (in a good way) going back in time knowing all that's happened and how far the characters have come since the first book. When I first read Rachel Van Dyken’s Elite, I felt a spark of awareness that the book was unlike anything else I had read in the New Adult genre, and Enforce reignited that spark, reminding me once more why I love this series.

Rating: 4 Stars

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