Blog Tour Review: Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted August 4, 2017 by Candace in Blog Tour, Candace, Reviews, Social Butterfly PR / 0 Comments

Blog Tour Review:  Enrage by Rachel Van DykenEnrage by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #8
Published by Rachel Van Dyken on July 31st 2017
Also in this series: Ember, Elude, Empire
Also by this author: Ember, Elude, Capture
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The next book in the international bestselling Eagle Elite Series. Complete Stand Alone.

Part of a world I loathe.Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.I'm. In. Hell.Also known as the Cosa Nostra.I wish I would have known--that my life was over the minute I stepped off the plane.Son to a murdered mob boss.Heir to a throne of murder and lies.My name is Dante Nicolasi.And there will be blood.

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Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series is one of the few series that keeps getting better and better with each book.  The storylines are more intense which each book and the main characters not only have a bold and brazen storyline but the secondary characters continue to grow and change. As a reader, you are more and more invested.  You bug Rachel with your questions and concerns and ask her to make everything better. 
Enrage is Dante Nicolasi’s story.  He is being tortured by the bosses.  A toughen up…it will make you stronger program especially designed for him.  He is so young and angry and he harbors as many demons as the rest.  El is almost a piece of property.  The Italians saved her from the Russians but she still feels like she has no one and no real place or family.  She is full of fear but does her best to fight it.  She doesn’t want to be trapped and she doesn’t know who to trust.  She feels safe around Dante and gravitates to him at Eagle Elite since they are both new student.
“This isn’t a fairy tale, and if it was, I sure as hell wouldn’t be the prince.” 
The drama level at school has tripled since the rest of the boys were there and Dante has his hands full especially with El around.  He is drawn to her and his need to protect her is strong.  But is it from outside forces or from himself?  El feels connected to Dante and she wants to draw him out.  She isn’t afraid to stand up for her “friends” and is intensely loyal.  Their story is intense, violent and ridiculously emotional.
Enrage is just another outstanding and amazing chapter to our mafia family.  Rachel Van Dyken never ceases to amazes me.  You can tell she loves these characters as much as her readers.  This one took a lot of me and had me screaming by the end.  I can’t wait for Eulogy.  We will be pestering her to death until its release.  Rachel isn’t afraid to make sacrifices for her storylines and Enrage proves it.  She blurs the lines between right and wrong but as we know with the mafia….Blood In. No out.


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Dante slammed his hand into the tree, his jaw popped as he gritted his teeth together and then calm washed over him as he whispered near my ear, “Want me to kill him?”

A few people walked by and stared at us, it looked like he was kissing my neck, like we were normal college students sharing a moment.

Nope. Wrong story, kiddos.

He just offered to kill someone for offending me, run along, nothing to see here.

“After,” I said. “Kill him after he stops being useful to you, to the bosses.” I couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth, what I was agreeing to. “Yes.”

Dante pulled back, his face broke out into a smile. “How messed up is it that I’m actually looking forward to that moment?”

I gulped. “It’s in your blood.”

“I wish it wasn’t,” he said gruffly. “I wish I didn’t crave it — dream about it — almost as much as I wish I didn’t feel guilt every day because of it.”

I sighed and put my hands on his chest, then ran them up around his neck, he didn’t move, or flinch, so maybe we were having a moment as our mouths almost touched. “The only shame in life, is not being who you were truly born to be. If that means you kill the bad guys — kill the bad, guys Dante. Just don’t lose your soul in the process.”

“And if it’s already gone?” He croaked his eyes darkening as he slowly leaned in until his forehead touched mine.

Days ago I would have been terrified that his body was this close.

Days ago, I would have shoved him away and run.

Days ago, I would have shuddered that his bloodstained hands were running up and down my skin.

But today.

Today was different.

Today I closed my eyes and drank in the wicked scent of Dante Nicolasi, the cologne mixed with soap. I inhaled.

And opened my eyes again.

Yesterday I was angry. I was afraid.

Today. Against the tree.

Pinned by Dante’s arms.

I was safe.

“I’ll help you find it,” I whispered.

“Just don’t damn yourself in the process, El.” He cupped my face with his right hand, his eyes fell to my mouth, his half-lidded seductive look could stop a girl dead in her tracks.

The wives always talked about how attractive his father was, even at an older age.

Almost like he’d aged backward.

Dante was no different.

If it was possible for a human to get more attractive by the day — he’d be the one to prove you right.

“Are you going to kiss me again?” I asked hopefully.

“No.” He pulled away.

My heart sank into my stomach.

“Because I don’t want to start something I have no intention of stopping.”

My head jerked, our eyes locked, and I saw it. The honesty.

“Told you I’d never lie to you, El.” His voice had a warning edge to it, like I shouldn’t push him, push whatever invisible boundaries he’d mentally set up between us. His eyes never left mine.

And I knew, this was what he looked like when he was telling the truth.

His eyes pierced through my defenses in an unapologetic search for my heart, my soul.

And I let them.

“We should get to class.” I finally found my voice and started walking, he fell into step beside me.

And I spent the rest of the day thinking about the non-kiss.

And the promise that came with it.



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About Rachel Van Dyken

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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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I started reading my mom's romance books when I was 12 and haven't turned back. I absolutely adore anything paranormal especially the vamps that live in JR Ward's brain but I love romantic suspense, love triangles and a good MMA or MC series. If I am honest, sometimes I ignore my 3 kiddos and my husband when I have my nose stuck in my kindle! I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since October 2013.