Monday, December 15, 2014

REVIEW TOUR ~ ENFORCE by Rachel Van Dyken



There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
Even closer...


A lot of times when authors write the same story in a different characters POV, the stories seem very redundant and they lose my attention.  With Enforce, that was not the case.  Yes, this is the story of Elite told in the guys POV, but to see what the guys were feeling opened my eyes to an entirely different story.  When I read Elite, I hated Nixon. I mean I loathed him.  I could not get past all of the mean things he did to Trace.  Yes, there is hazing when they first arrive at school, however I could not wrap my head around why Nixon did the things he did to Trace.  He did a ton of cruel things to her prior to even putting the puzzle pieces together when he realized that she was his Bella from his past.

Once Nixon knew the real identity of Trace, he vows to protect her and keep her safe. While reading Enforce I was able to see the struggles that Nixon was going through.  Yes, he was an ass.  Yes, he pushed Trace.  He needed to protect her, he promised to protect her, he also promised to stay away from her.  If people realized that Trace was important to Nixon, she had a bigger target on her back. One bigger than just her true identity.  

We not only got Nixon's POV in Enforce, we got a glimpse at Tex, Phoenix and Chases' thoughts.  I didn't think it was possible for me to love Chase more than I already did.  Chase wears his heart on his sleeve and wants nothing but the best for Trace.  Chase doesn't think Nixon can provide that, but he can provide that to Trace.  Seeing how much love Chase has for Trace broke my heart because in reality, Nixon has always had her heart.  Whether Trace wanted to admit or not.  It has always been Nixon.

Seeing the struggles that Phoenix went through was heartbreaking.  I truly believe is has a good sole, he is just lost.  His father is a monster, and somewhere along the lines he lost himself.  I know what the outcome is since I have read all of the books in the series, but seeing him hit rock bottom and to feel all of the hatred that he has inside, was brutal.

Now we have Tex, happy go lucky Tex.  He is hysterical, and I can always count on him to make me laugh.  No matter how hard a situation is, Tex always made it lighter.  It was nice to see how Mo and Tex's friendship grew into a love.  Yes, in Elite, we got to see the over protective brother not too pleased with his best friend hooking up with his sister.  Nixon knows that Tex would never intentionally hurt Mo and if anyone else was to lay their life down to protect sister, it would be Tex.  

Enforce was a book that I devoured in one sitting.  I could not put it down.  I loved seeing the guys POV and what was going through their heads.  It made me understand why they did what they did, and after I closed the book, my feelings toward Nixon were completely different.  I didn't hate him.  I didn't think he was a douche.  Kudos to Rachel.  You have another Nixon fan.  Rachel did an amazing job giving his the guys POV without just reiterating the storyline.  

Great job Rachel !!!!! 



I grabbed the girl’s arm and practically dragged her down the hall. The rest of the students followed because, hey, who doesn’t like a free show? Hell, it wasn’t like I was going to hurt the girl. I didn’t hit girls. That wasn’t my specialty. I would never hit a girl unless I had no choice, my life or hers.

“So…” I gently pushed her away. “…what’s your name?”

“B-Brit.” She wrapped her arms around her stomach.
“How old are you, Brit?”


“Major?” I sighed, shoving my hands in my pockets while it went deathly silent around me.

Her blue eyes flickered with uncertainty; she tucked a piece of red hair behind her shoulder.

“Father’s name?”

People whistled.

She pressed her lips together.

“Father’s name? Don’t make me ask again, Brit.”


“Ah…” I snapped my fingers. “Ben Arnold, Independent. Was elected into the House of Representatives a few years back. Loves to golf, has a dog named… Henry and a goldfish named Stu. Cheated on his wife of twenty years with a stripper and was caught embezzling money from the State of Iowa but wasn’t penalized or taken to prison. Good ol’ Ben.” I chuckled. “Loves his little girl. I mean, he really does. After all, that was his plea, “Don’t do this to my family.” I sighed. “It’s just too bad.”

“Wh-what?” Brit gasped, tears streaming down her face. “What do you mean?”

“Prison… is not for the faint of heart.” I sighed. “Do you understand what I’m saying to you?”
Brit shook her head.

I pulled out my cell and dangled it in front of her face. “One phone call from me and your father will be behind bars so fast you won’t even get to say goodbye. One phone call, Brit, and I suck every possible future from your pathetic life. You’ll be lucky to be working as a prostitute once I’m finished with you. Because let’s face it, even prostitutes need to have some class, am I right?”

People around me started whispering.

“So here’s what’s going to happen…” I cleared my throat and approached her until she could feel the heat from my body. “You talk to Trace again? I make that phone call. You talk about her, and I hear about it from one of your ugly friends? I make the phone call. Daddy goes to prison, all the family money gets taken, and, just because I love making people suffer that much, I tell the freaking world about your mother’s little… problem. Got me?”

Her lips trembled as tears cascaded down her puffy cheeks.

“Great.” I smiled and turned. “Anyone else want to tempt fate today, or are we good?”

Nobody spoke.

“Awesome. Then go back to class, make good choices, don’t do drugs, and— Go Eagles!”
I sent Nixon a quick text to let him know the situation had been dealt with, though I was kind of irritated at him. He’d been the hero while I’d had to take care of the dirty work. It was what I did, but for the first time… ever, I wanted to be Nixon. I wanted to be the guy who took care of business, not the second-in-command. 

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


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