Blog Tour: Entice by Rachel Van Dyken


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Eagle Elite, #3
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 *** This is the THIRD book in the Eagle Elite series! ***
"As burns this saint, so burns my soul. I enter alive, and I will have to get out dead.”

Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandanato family. Now that he's been given a second chance to right a wrong--he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He's not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange, the girl who's innocence he stole, and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US, asks him for a favor. He actually says yes, not realizing that that one yes has the power to destroy them all.

Mil's been in love with Chase as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, the love turned to hate, and now that he's agreed to help her, she's wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn't a teenager anymore. He's a hot blooded male, bent on owning every part of her body and soul, and willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way.
It's time for secrets to finally be revealed...but make no mistake, it's going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered.

You've never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before...loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated. Welcome to the Family. Blood in--No out.
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4 STARS

What I've been enjoying most about this series is its constantly evolving storyline, its ability to keep me on my toes and at the edge of my seat. Each book brings action-filled mafia drama, as well as a love story. There are no breaks or time to relax. They are all exciting reads! However, I have to say, Entice is definitely my favorite so far!

I've been looking forward to more Chase Winter! After getting his heart shattered in the last book, he needs to learn how to move on and put himself back together. I'll admit that a big part of me was actually rooting for Chase during the whole Nixon-Trace triangle, so I've been desperately hoping for him to finally get his happy ending!

I loved that his strength, compassion, and fierce loyalty were able to shine once again. One of my favorite things about this series is Rachel Van Dyken's ability to write a signature Chase Winter speech, whether he's dealing out some tough love, threatening an enemy, or baring his soul and inner turmoil. 
I don't even know how it happened, how she'd maneuvered her way into my soul, how she'd made it so that I was overcome with madness for her--a type of obsession that I never wanted to be done with. She had destroyed me, and in my destruction, I'd found my salvation.
After book two, I was also looking forward to more Emiliana De Lange! Her point of view is included in this novel, and I loved having fiery Mil around! To be honest, I wasn't exactly satisfied with Trace and Mo as the female mob presence, so I was extremely excited to see what Mil could bring to the table. She turned out to be the hard mafia princess that I was hoping for!
I'm a De Lange. I've got venom in my veins, and I'll spit you out like poison if I have to.
I also liked the mystery that Mil added to the story. Throughout the novel, pieces of her dark past were brought to the forefront and woven into the complex web of their present-day problems. She went through pain, fear, and uncertainty, but when the big moments came, she stepped up to the plate and came out swinging. In the end, I admired the steps she had to take in order to fill her role as boss, the twenty-year-old female leader of the De Lange family.
"Get the Russians. Get the Irish. Get the damn Mexican drug cartel. I want them all. Do you hear me, Joe? I want the man to be so damned terrified of his own shadow that he ends his own life...Are you understanding what I'm saying?"

"Yes," Joe clipped. "Yes, boss. I do."

"Get it done."
Without a doubt, I liked Chase and Mil together, what they did for each other. Their sarcastic bickering was light and funny, but their more sincere moments were just as endearing. I loved seeing Chase open up to the possibility of someone other than Trace, and the more I read, the more I saw that Mil was what he needed and a much better fit for him!  I only wished there were more chapters for Chase and Mil, even over Nixon and Trace! :P
My mouth crushed against hers with so much force it hurt. But the pain was toxic, beautiful--addictive. 

I could kiss her tears away. I could offer her my money, my body, all earthly possessions, and in the end, I would still be the one wanting more. Because I was already falling for pieces of her...those sharp little pieces.
Although, this time around, reading about Nixon was a bit different for me. I remember reading the first book in the series and thinking, Wow this guy is a royal douchebag. There were times when I really didn't like him! In Entice, a lot of my skepticism over him being such a young mob boss faded. I saw that he could be cunning and brutal when he needed to be, especially with how he pushed Mil to rise up, and I understood his utter devotion to protecting his family.
Trace stepped back. "So if I asked you to abandon this life, your entire family, and become a ghost, what would you say?"

"I wouldn't say anything, Trace. I'd let you go. I'd take care of you from afar, but we'd part ways...Our love is strong. But family? What's been bred into me? It will always win..."
I fangirl so hard for these family/loyalty moments! When "code" or history is brought up, that's when I'm most fascinated about the mafia. I loved when layers and little pieces were added to the story, exposing the inner workings. It's what made having the old Sicilian characters like Frank Alfero, Luca Nicolosi, and Vito Campisi around so interesting, even "ghost" Sergio.
"We're blood. We protect blood."

"Blood in. Blood out."
And, oooh, there were a lot of layers and little pieces to this story. Twists, reveals, and bloody violence. It was just rapid fire, one shot (literally, figuratively) after another. It could be a little overwhelming at times, but at least it was never boring!  And, well...the ride isn't over yet! 

Just when I thought I was approaching the finish line, Rachel Van Dyken offered up one last gem: Tex's point of view. I was so used to him being the comedic relief, the silly best friend. (There was a "Hey there, hot stuff" scene with Nixon that actually made me LOL!) His side, in his own words, painted Tex in a completely different light and was a very nice surprise. The ending of Entice made a sharp turn into his world and his background, and it set up anticipation for the next book perfectly! As in...Whoa. I really, really need to see what happens in Tex's book, ASAP! 

Entice was an exciting addition to the Eagle Elite series, a great balance of mob action and romance. From the crazy whirlwind plots to the striking characters, the books keep getting better, and I can't wait to see what this group will have to endure next!

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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! 

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