Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Paperback Launch Day Blitz: Review + #Giveaway: Elect by Rachel Van Dyken


By Rachel Van Dyken


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 . . . 


I haven't read the first book in this series but after reading Elect, I will definitely make a point of adding Elite to my TBR, because the story was fascinating. There's enough back story in this book to give me an idea of what happened in book one, and so that I didn't feel completely lost, however, I really want to read all about how it all began for the amazing characters I had the pleasure of meeting.

This is the first book I've read that is solely from the male POV, and it was so moving. The pages of this book drip with passion, and not only in reference to the sexual tension/chemistry between characters, but the love shared within this family that was heart-wrenching. It was raw and painful but pure all at once. 

Lies, treachery, betrayal and loyalty make for an exciting plotline that delves into the lives of the different mafia families. It showed the depths to which they'd go to protect those they loved, whilst upholding the family code, no matter how ugly things got. There was plenty of suspense and great twists that kept me guessing all the way through.

The love story in this book may be a love triangle, but it was completely different from anything I've read before; as the players had to make difficult choices - to do what was right, or to follow their hearts and go after what they wanted at any cost. Either way someone would lose, someone would get their heart broken, and my own shattered in the process. In my eyes, there was no clear winner, both were deserving, and Trace was left to make the ultimate decision. To follow her heart or follow her soul.

The ending was not a complete cliffhanger, but it definitely sparked my interest in the next book. I am intrigued to see how things will play out. Will it ease some of the pain, or will it only result in more devastation?

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times 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 http://rachelvandykenauthor.com/

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