Thursday, October 22, 2015

BLOG TOUR ~ RIP by Rachel Van Dyken

RIP Release Day – October 20, 2015


Pretty things aren't meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I'm her nightmare.
I'm her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn't remember me.
She will.
It's inevitable.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury--I can't.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
I bit.
I tasted.
I fell.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.




"If you own someone's past, you own their future." 
This quote is so fitting for this novel. RIP is a standalone, revolving around two characters, Nikolai Blazik and Maya Petrov, who we were introduced to briefly in the Eagle Elite Series novel, ELUDE. 

Maya Petrov is the daughter of the most powerful of the Russian Mob families. Nikolai Blazik is a well-known physician and Maya has been trying to land an interview for her thesis with Nikolai for over a year. 

When Maya lands the interview, she didn’t quite expect the outcome that had occurred. Once she realizes what the next year of life would entail, she realizes that she is in deeper than she ever imagined. 

Nikolai is complicated. His family history is just as baffling. We get to see the pristine side of Nikolai, but we also get to see the ghosts of his past. Sometimes those we love are off limits, they are out of our reach. But when the heart wants something, it is difficult to let it go.  RIP is full of twists and turns. You will find out things that will have your jaw on the floor. Things aren’t always quite as they seem. 
Maya Petrov had been my game changer, but I still wasn't sure if I was going to make her pay, atone for my sins, or destroy us both. 
RIP is filled with lies and secrets that will leaving you wanting to read the entire book in one sitting. I really can’t go into details regarding the storyline because I don’t want to ruin the experience for you. RIP is a MUST read. Rachel left little breadcrumbs throughout the story, which we are required to follow, leading up to everything we need to tie the story together. 
Rachel is beyond fantastic. She is one of my favorite authors. With each book that I read, I continue to say, that she has done it again. I feel like I say that which each review that I write for her books. One of the things I loved about RIP was that we get more of our favorite Eagle Elite characters in this book.  I loved how she tied these characters into this story as well.

This review was prepared by Heather. An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.


“You are your father’s daughter.” His lips curved into a delicious smile, “You resemble each other, not in looks, but definitely in attitude.” His gaze was unapologetic as he tilted his head and started raking his eyes from my feet up my legs until finally settling on my face. I clenched my legs together tightly and forced a smile.
“If you don’t mind, Mr. Blazik, I’d really like to get on with the interview, I know your time is precious.”
As was mine, I wanted to stress, but didn’t, just barely restraining myself and clenching my teeth to keep from giving him a much-needed verbal lashing.
“I blocked out my entire day.”
Did he want applause? “Right, well, I assure you I can be fast.”
His dark laugh had me shivering and wanting to lean forward all at once. Men that good looking shouldn’t be blessed with chuckles like that—a freaking sirens call that’s what it was.
“Amazing… You truly don’t know why you’re here, do you?”
How many times did I need to repeat myself and why was I getting the sudden impression that the guy was on some seriously hard drugs? I looked closer; didn’t pinpoint pupils mean he was high or something?
“I assure you I’m not drunk, nor high, if that’s what you’re thinking.” He chuckled again and rubbed his hands together. “Though the idea does have merit, all things considering.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.
Oh good, so he was a doctor who liked drugs and had more money than God. That should go over well for addiction problems.
I scooted back against the leather and clicked my pen for, oh, I don’t know, the tenth time. “If you aren’t going to answer my questions, I should probably go.”
“You won’t be going anywhere,” he said in a quiet voice. “And for that I’m truly sorry.” His eyes met mine, and they seemed… apologetic.
“Pardon?” Was he threatening me? Warning bells went off in my head as adrenaline shot through my system.
“Your father…” He tilted his head. “He owes me a debt… of gratitude… I asked for something irreplaceable, something that’s been owed to me for a very long time.”
My stomach sank as my heart started hammering against my chest.
“What exactly did my father give you?” I choked out, hating that I probably knew the answer, because my father was ruthless, he was a business man after all, and he never backed out of a deal. It was business over family and our business was darkness itself, horrible, something I blocked out because it made me feel better when I woke up in the morning and fell asleep at night.
“Well…” Mr. Blazik stood. “I thought that would be obvious.”  He turned his back to me and walked over to his desk then pressed a button causing blinds to creep down all the windows. When he turned, the room was already starting to blanket in darkness, making it so that his teeth practically glowed. “He gave me you.”


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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