Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BLOG TOUR ~ ELUDE (Eagle Elite Series #6) by Rachel Van Dyken


The sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. 
*Interconnected Stand Alone*

Twenty-Four hours before we were to be married--I offered to shoot her. 
Ten hours before our wedding--I made a mockery of her dying wish. 
Five hours before we were going to say our vows--I promised I'd never love her. 
One hour before I said I do--I vowed I'd never shed a tear over her death. 
But the minute we were pronounced man and wife--I knew.
I'd only use my gun to protect her. 
I'd give my life for hers. 
I'd cry. 
And I would, most definitely, lose my heart, to a dying girl---a girl who by all accounts should have never been mine in the first place. 
I always believed the mafia would be my end game--where I'd lose my heart, while it claimed my soul. I could have never imagined. It would be my redemption. 
Or the beginning of something beautiful. 
The beginning of her. 
The end of us.


Where do I even begin. I don't think I can even put into words what this book did to me. I laughed, I cried, and I even sobbed through 25% of the book. Like literally sobbed, where I couldn't even see the writing on my kindle.

This little snippet from Elude sums up the entire book.

It's odd, when you face death every day, when you elude it, when you finally come to terms with the fact that you won't be on earth for forever -- that's when you think you're at peace. 

I thought I was okay with dying.

Until I met her.

Sergio has always been a mystery. I always wanted to know more about him. I wanted to know why he was the way he was. What made him tick?  Sergio is very closed off. He never expected a dying girl would make him feel something... make him feel alive, make him want to live, make him love her. Never in his wildest dreams did he think a girl that he was being forced to marry would be able to brake down the walls that he constructed. He thought he knew everything. That was until he met Andi.

Andi lived life to the fullest. She appreciated every moment she was alive, every moment that she was able to see the sunrise and the sunset. Andi knew she was dying, she came to terms with it. She vowed that she would make the best of the time she had left. Andi had to marry Sergio for protection from her Russian mafia father. When Sergio vows protect her, he never thought he had to protect his heart from her as well. His heart was the one thing that he wasn't willing to give. But what do you do when you don't have a choice?  

Sergio is fighting the demons from his past, he doesn't think he deserves to be happy.  I think every person is entitled to a second chance in life. A chance at redemption.  That is exactly what Sergio needed. He needed someone to show him that he deserved to be happy, and Andi was that special person. 
"Forgiveness is never given in order to make peace with the offender, It's given to make peace with yourself." ~ Andi
Throughout Elude we get more information regarding different family members. Information that will answer some questions that we have and information that will make us have more questions. Rachel is a pure genius. The way she ended this book, will have you wanting more. The prologue for the next book in the series, will have you shaking your head. With every page I turned, I didn't want the book to end. I knew it was going to have to, but I didn't want to see the outcome that was waiting for me.

I know Rachel did what she had to do. I know she followed her heart and it wasn't easy for her to make the decision that she did. All I will say is, have your tissues ready. What you think may happen, may not. What you want to happen, may not. Just know that you will LOVE this book !!!!!!

One of my favorite quotes in the book.
"Remember this moment, Sergio... when I'm gone...and please, for the love of God, smile, don't go back to that place. Don't get angry, don't get resentful, just smile... because we had a chance."  ~ Andi

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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! Want to be kept up to date on new releases?

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