Sunday, August 17, 2014

BLOG TOUR ~ ELICIT by Rachel Van Dyken (Review)


Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him. 

I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself. 

But the only person able to do my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it. 

Im cursed so I did it. 

I'm numb so I held it. 

I'm wicked so I liked it.

I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.

Blood Always Wins. 

The only way out is death...yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family


It is rare that I give star ratings when I post my reviews, however I am giving ELICIT a scorching 5 star review.  I didn't think it was possible for Rachel Van Dyken to leave me speechless, yet she managed to.  While reading Elicit, I was captivated with each word she wrote.  With every turn of the page, I feared what was to come for Tex and Mo.   

At the end of Entice, Tex killed his father, given him the position of Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra.  He was given two choices.  Choose the blood that you were born to or choose the blood that you were raised with.  

Tex had decisions to make, but would he make the right ones.  When he is being forced to choose between being a head of the Campisi family or choosing to protect the ones that he loves, what will he do?  Will Tex choose Campisi?  Will he protect Mo Abandanato, the one that has held his heart for years? Will he choose the Abandanato family, that one that he was raised by when his own family didn't want him?  It has been said,   

Blood Always Wins.

The only way out is death...yours.

Which blood will Tex choose?

Mo Abandanato is the one person that is Tex's ruin.  Mo is Tex's weakest link.  Things aren't always how they appear.  Things aren't always black and white. Tex isn't the only one that has made choices that effect all of them.  Mo has made decisions to protect the ones that she loves as well.  Mo can only hope that when all is revealed, that they will understand the decisions she has made.   Can Mo and Tex trust each other?  When the truth is revealed, will it shatter their families? How will Tex react? Will he feel betrayed?  How will Nixon handle the truths as they are revealed?  Mo is a force to reckon with.  She fights for those that she loves, and she will stop at nothing to protect them.  Even it it means sacrificing herself. 

Elicit is by far my favorite book that Rachel has written.  There are so many twists and turns in this book, so many moments where you are like WHAT THE FUCK!!  DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?  One word describes the emotion that I felt while reading this book, INTENSE. My heart raced while I read the struggles that Tex and MO both went through.  To know that Tex was once the happy go lucky guy who always made a joke in any situation, to see him transform before my eyes into a ruthless leader, was pure craziness.  We can't forget about the chemistry between Tex and Mo, which has always been evident throughout this series, however Rachel took it to a whole other level in Elicit.  

If you have not read this series, I suggest you start it immediately.  I absolutely LOVE this series.  Rachel has created a group of characters that will weave themselves into your heart and you will feel all of the pain that they go through in order to protect each other.  I fell in love with Chase from the very beginning and I never thought it was possible for Chase to be knocked off his thrown.  Boy, was I wrong.  Tex came out swinging in this book.  We see the playful side of Tex that we have grown to love and then we see the intense side of Tex, which is new to us.  There were times that I was laughing out loud and then times that I would cringe when the words were spoken, as my heart ached for what was to come. 

Rachel, you are simply AMAZING and with every book you write I fall more in love with your writing and your stories.  You knocked the ball out of the park with Elicit, kudos to you my friend.

This review was prepared by Heather.  I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, however I did purchase a copy from Amazon went it was released. 




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



Sergio was whispering something in her ear as he poured her a cup of coffee. Holy shit, I was going to break his hand.

He snaked his other arm around her and touched her shoulder. Just kidding I was going to break both his hands and stuff them into his mouth.

Mo smiled at him.

I gripped the table with my left hand, my fingers digging into the wood.

“Easy,” Nixon whispered from next to me. “We don’t want to have to buy a new one.”

“A new Sergio or a new table?” I said through clenched teeth.

“One’s irreplaceable.”

“What?” I looked down. “This is an antique?”

Nixon smirked. “I mean Sergio, you jackass.”

I shrugged and went back to my paper and read, you know if reading meant I stared at the same sentence while trying to eavesdrop on Mo and Sergio’s conversation.

“Family dinner.” Chase announced sitting down next to me. I scooted away towards Nixon and crossed my arms.

Pissed. I had to look pissed.

And ready to kill them.

All of them.

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