Something dark this way comes.
He’s gorgeous, mean, and mine.
He catches me dreaming about him, and then just like my dream, he decides to make me his.
I should have said no when he asked me to swear fealty to him.
The knife clued me in first.
The blood second.
And third, it was the blessing of the most famous mafia bosses in the known world as they sat around the dinner table and told me that I had no choice but to join.
Because they knew my secrets.
And running meant I was nothing more than target practice.
I said yes, because of my bully.
And he told me he’d keep me safe.
But who keeps me safe from him?
Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives by chapter.
This was so disappointing. I don’t know if it’s because it was just a novella or what – but there really wasn’t much story here at all. What was here didn’t make much sense.
A. Over and over again it’s said you don’t have to have any experience with Eagle Elite because this is a brand new series. No. This is all the grown up (well, YA/NA age) kids of the original EE couples. I’ve read/listened to the EE series multiple times and still found myself struggling to keep up with the massive info dump of what kids belonged to which couples. There’s also the assumption that you know what “The Elect” is and how they function within the college.
B. There’s no foundation for a relationship between Asher & Claire. At all. They’ve known each other for two months, shared a handful of sentences between them. Suddenly, they’re madly in love and committing to each other via blood oath while everyone admits Claire has no clue about the world she’s just entered. Other than them saying they love each other – nothing in the story actually shows it.
C. Somehow there’s this new rule that “cousins” can’t date (basically citing that all the kids of these various mafia bosses are not allowed to hook up). Despite the fact that every. single. original EE couple breaks this rule. ALL OF THEM. It doesn’t make any sense at all.
D. Axel & Amy’s kids are killed for “violating” rules. I guess just to show how ruthless Asher is. Again, it’s an underdeveloped “because”.
As a teaser to a series it doesn’t actually leave me interested in reading more. Which says a lot considering how much I enjoyed Eagle Elite.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
This is mafia. There are murders, torture, and other violence.
About the author:
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, adorable son.
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