Friday, February 20, 2015

Ember (Eagle Elite #5) by Rachel Van Dyken: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo's sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.

She's a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can't escape the fear her seductive looks instill--knowing it's only a matter of time before I fail--again, and take her for myself.

This is the story of my redemption.

But it's not pretty...I died, and now I'm alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.

I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life--I can't resist taking.

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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

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Review by Yvette:

It seems to be a pattern with the Eagle Elite series that I'm genuinely trepidatious starting each new book. Excited, but trepidatious… Whether it's love triangles, violence and bloodshed, or characters whose minds are a daunting place to inhabit, each new book is darker and more intense than the last. Perhaps the one I was most apprehensive about starting was Ember, which pairs up Phoenix De Lange and Bianka “Bee” Campisi – two characters that were exposed to more horrors in their youth than most people experience in a lifetime. Imagine my surprise when I found myself laughing aloud within the first few pages, smiling widely over Bee's sunny disposition and fondness for ruffling Phoenix's feathers (pun not intended, but funny nonetheless). That's not to say there weren't moments where my heart clenched and I had the desire to curl into a fetal position, but, for every painful and heartbreaking moment, there was an opportunity for fun and laughter and most importantly, redemption.

The term "bad boy" has been used so often as a literary reference that it's sort of lost the true meaning of the term. With the Eagle Elite series, Rachel Van Dyken conveys what it truly means to be a "bad boy", creating anti-heroes for whom violence, death and destruction is a way of life. Phoenix is the textbook definition of bad boy, having gone to hell and back over the course of the series and emerging worse for the wear. Ember is a return to where it all started, Eagle Elite, with parallels between Ember and Elite, except this time, Phoenix is in a position of power and he’s tasked with watching over Bee. Their dynamic is simultaneously entertaining and distressing – entertaining because Bee never passes up an attempt to tease and torture a perennially-grumpy Phoenix, and distressing because Phoenix is so tormented by past mistakes that they completely consume his thoughts and actions. My heart hurt for Bee every time her advances were rebuffed by Phoenix, but at the same time, I couldn't fault him for his reasons for staying away. The yearning they both feel is nearly a tangible presence, continuously drawing them back into each other's orbit and it’s these moments where they can narrow their focus on one another that make everything else worth going through.

Although the burgeoning romance between Phoenix and Bee is the heart of the book, the narrative is still very much entrenched in the world of the mafia, following the new generation of bosses as they assume control of a vast empire. Between that and the subplot involving Sergio and his mysterious deals with an even more mysterious third party, there’s plenty of action and drama to keep you speedily flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. If you’re looking for a pulse-pounding thriller that will take you through a dizzying array of emotions, Ember is a must-read.

Rating: 5 Stars

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