Thursday, May 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR ~ ENTICE by Rachel Van Dyken


From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes the third book in the bestselling 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 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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Where do I begin with this review?  I have been patiently waiting for the third installment in The Eagle Elite Series and Rachel did not disappoint.  I fell in love with Chase in Elite, Elect then while reading Entice, I fell harder.

Throughout this book, your emotions will be put to the test. Chase's heart has been shattered when he lost the love of his life, Trace to his cousin, Nixon.  Chase now has to sit back and watch Trace and Nixon have the relationship that he wants.  Chase's heart is shattered, and he wants to leave so he doesn't have to be around Nixon and Trace.  So when Mil asks Chase for a favor, he agrees to help her, not knowing what he was truly getting himself involved in. 

Mil has always loved Chase for as long as she can remember.  The two of them have a past. One that Chase wants to forget, however Mil is in love with Chase. She always has been. Over the years, her love has turned to anger.  So when Mil approaches Chase to help her, she knew that their hearts wouldn't be involved, since Chase no longer held his heart, Trace did. 

Things get crazy for sure for the Abandanato and De Lange families. When push comes to shove, Mil De Lange needs to step up to the plate and be head of the De Lange family.  Nixon was not going to accept anything less.  Mil wanted the position of the boss, then she needed to act like one.  Nixon knows what he needs to do in order to have Mil act the part of the head of the De Lange family and will stop at nothing to do it even if it jeopardizes his relationship with Chase.   Chase is furious with Nixon and how he is treating Mil, and something inside of Chase is set off.  He vows to protect Mil at all costs and he won't allow anyone to mistreat her, not even Nixon.

Chase begins to see things differently and when Chase finally realizes that maybe Trace didn't hold his heart, that maybe Mil has held his heart the entire time.  Maybe he has been looking for something that has been right in front of him the entire time.  Can they two of them accept each other for who they are?  Can Chase love Mil the way she deserves?  Has it always been Chase for Mil?  Will Mil be able to save her family from the shit storm her father got them in?  Can Chase protect Mil?  Will Chase and Mil both walk away unscathed?  Will Nixon force Mil to be the leader she needs to be?  

There are parts where I was so pissed off at Nixon that I wanted to smack the shit out of him, but by the end of the book, I wanted to pull him in and give him a hug. I may not have agreed with all of the things Nixon did in Entice, but I understood his motives. Sometimes you have to break the person in order to make them stronger. That is exactly what he did to Mil.

Rachel will have you laughing at loud with Entice.  Tex is hilarious and will have you cracking up.  He may come off as a simple ass, but he is nothing of the sort.  Everything Tex does is calculated.  The chemistry between he and Mo is evident.  This is another couple that has everything right in front of them, but they push each other away in order to protect themselves or to protect each other.

Mil and Chase's relationship is a love hate relationship.  Neither one of them will give in to the other.  Both always trying to have the upper hand in the situation, but when they finally realize that the two of them are perfect for each other, it just clicks.  I absolutely LOVE this series and I can not get enough of Chase! 

This review was prepared by Heather.  I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased by own copy from Amazon as well.

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 and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at




“Ten bucks says the only person not packing is Mils grandma by marriage.” Mo said once we’d all finished eating our dinner, which has basically been a painful process of chewing, swallowing,drinking unhealthy amounts of wine and trying to stare at my plate to keep from looking at Trace, while my wife sat next to me. Hell had officially risen to earth and I was smack dab in the middle of it trying my damndest to remember how to swallow without choking — without dying a little bit inside each time I saw him touch her face. And trying not to feel like an ass when Mil caught me staring — again. I’d resolved about an hour ago to actually be the man she needed me to be and I was already failing. Horribly. The second time I looked,Mo kicked me under the table but accidentally hit Tex instead causing everyone to look up, which was probably why Mo said what she did.
We all turned heads to look at the hundred year old woman. She was currently on her fourth glass of wine and looked to be about two seconds away from falling into her chicken cacciatore.
“Nope.” Nixon shook his head. “It’s always the ones you don’t expect. My money’s on Grandma.”
“I’ll take that bet.” Tex rose. “Seems like someone needs to fall on their own knife and all that. This has to be the most depressing wedding I’ve ever gone to and that includes the fake one Mo made for her kittens when she was four.”
“They lived happily ever after.” Mo tilted her head into the air and narrowed her eyes.
Tex leaned down and tapped Mo on the nose. “Yes if happily means they lived for five damn minutes before marching directly into oncoming traffic.”
“I think the wedding just hit its low point.” Mil muttered. “Save us, Tex. I beg you. Find the gun and I’ll give you a prize.”
“Prize?” Tex’s eyes lit up. “As in—”
“As in her new husband won’t punch you in the face. You’re welcome. Yay, prizes.” I did a fake punch into the air. “Now go create some excitement before Nixon starts picking people off with his semi-automatic.”
Nixon rolled his eyes. “Right, like I’d even bring—”
“It’s in the SUV.” Trace answered sounding bored. “Saw it when I took out my dress.”
“Damn.” He looked away.
Just then a very drunk looking cousin Vinnie got up and took the microphone from the band. “Look here! I have a toast to the bride and groom!” The feedback from the microphone mixed with his inability to stand up straight caused him to drop the stand and then fall flat on his ass.
“For the love of God save us all.” I pushed Tex towards Grandma.
We all sat at the table, the very depressing bridal party table, and watched as Tex slowly made his way towards the elderly woman.
“This won’t end well.” Trace said under her breath. “The man has the subtleness of a bomb.”
“Exactly.” Mo grinned from ear to ear.“I did say we needed entertainment, didn’t I?”
“Mo… ” Nixon warned.
“He cheated on me Nixon. Let me have my fun.” She said smoothly.
“He what?” Nixon roared jumping to his feet, curious stares pinned in our direction as Mo grabbed his hand and pulled him back to his seat.
“I’ve got this. You aren’t the only one who knows how to use their powers for evil, brother. Revenge is a bitch, isn’t that what they say, Trace?”
She looked guiltily down at her hands.Yeah, double meanings I could really get without. Hopefully Mo wasn’t going to get Tex shot at our wedding, not that I’d be against it. This was the first I heard of him cheating, granted, Mo hadn’t really been all that for sharing recently. She was as secretive as ever. Something told me it was for a reason,but I’d been too wrapped up in my own drama to even ask. How bad did I suck as a half brother? Bad, real bad. On a scale of one to ten in the suckiness department I’d be around an eleven.
Tex finally reached her chair and sat down next to her, his smile was wide, I couldn’t tell what he was saying but his hands were all over the place, and then he set one hand on Grandma.
“Oh this isn’t going to end well.” Mo chuckled. “She hates being touched.”
“It is Tex.” I pointed out. “She could do a lot worse.”
“Doubtful.” Mo snorted crossing her arms.
Holy shit what the hell? Had I been living under a rock for the past few months? What went down? And how didn’t I know about it.
I winced when Tex moved his other hand next to Grandma’s leg. Probably wouldn’t be a good time to tell him that she’d seen her fair share of murder. I almost closed my eyes when she looked down at his hand.
“Aw shit.” Nixon shook his head. “You had to challenge him, Mo.”
Mo’s face twisted into a murderous smile as she pointed and exclaimed. “Game. Set. Match.”
Grandma had Tex by the balls.
“Ouch!” This from Mil.




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