Friday, May 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Entice (Eagle Elite #3) by Rachel Van Dyken with Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Entice (Eagle Elite #3)
by Rachel Van Dyken
Published:  May 13, 2014

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes the third book in the bestselling Eagle Elite Series...

“As burns this saint, so burns my soul. I enter alive, and I will have to get out dead.”
Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandanato family. Now that he's been given a second chance to right a wrong--he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He's not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange, the girl who's innocence he stole, and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US, asks him for a favor. He actually says yes, not realizing that that one yes has the power to destroy them all.
Mil's been in love with Chase as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, the love turned to hate, and now that he's agreed to help her, she's wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn't a teenager anymore. He's a hot blooded male, bent on owning every part of her body and soul, and willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way.
It's time for secrets to finally be revealed...but make no mistake, it's going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered.

You've never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before...loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated. Welcome to the Family. Blood in--No out. 

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"Rachel Van Dyken does it again with Entice...this story gripped me from the first page and refused to let go. A must read!" --NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst

"Undeniably sexy, the twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat. Van Dyken's words are so addicting that I have dubbed her the queen of suspense. She nailed this book, and Chase has marched his way into my heart as my newest book boyfriend." Michelle A. Valentine, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of Rock the Heart and Phenomenal X
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“Ten bucks says the only person not packing is Mils grandma by marriage.” Mo said once we’d all finished eating our dinner, which has basically been a painful process of chewing, swallowing,drinking unhealthy amounts of wine and trying to stare at my plate to keep from looking at Trace, while my wife sat next to me. Hell had officially risen to earth and I was smack dab in the middle of it trying my damndest to remember how to swallow without choking — without dying a little bit inside each time I saw him touch her face. And trying not to feel like an ass when Mil caught me staring — again. I’d resolved about an hour ago to actually be the man she needed me to be and I was already failing. Horribly. The second time I looked,Mo kicked me under the table but accidentally hit Tex instead causing everyone to look up, which was probably why Mo said what she did.
We all turned heads to look at the hundred year old woman. She was currently on her fourth glass of wine and looked to be about two seconds away from falling into her chicken cacciatore.
“Nope.” Nixon shook his head. “It’s always the ones you don’t expect. My money’s on Grandma.”
“I’ll take that bet.” Tex rose. “Seems like someone needs to fall on their own knife and all that. This has to be the most depressing wedding I’ve ever gone to and that includes the fake one Mo made for her kittens when she was four.”
“They lived happily ever after.” Mo tilted her head into the air and narrowed her eyes.
Tex leaned down and tapped Mo on the nose. “Yes if happily means they lived for five damn minutes before marching directly into oncoming traffic.”
“I think the wedding just hit its low point.” Mil muttered. “Save us, Tex. I beg you. Find the gun and I’ll give you a prize.”
“Prize?” Tex’s eyes lit up. “As in—”
“As in her new husband won’t punch you in the face. You’re welcome. Yay, prizes.” I did a fake punch into the air. “Now go create some excitement before Nixon starts picking people off with his semi-automatic.”
Nixon rolled his eyes. “Right, like I’d even bring—”
“It’s in the SUV.” Trace answered sounding bored. “Saw it when I took out my dress.”
“Damn.” He looked away.
Just then a very drunk looking cousin Vinnie got up and took the microphone from the band. “Look here! I have a toast to the bride and groom!” The feedback from the microphone mixed with his inability to stand up straight caused him to drop the stand and then fall flat on his ass.
“For the love of God save us all.” I pushed Tex towards Grandma.
We all sat at the table, the very depressing bridal party table, and watched as Tex slowly made his way towards the elderly woman.
“This won’t end well.” Trace said under her breath. “The man has the subtleness of a bomb.”
“Exactly.” Mo grinned from ear to ear.“I did say we needed entertainment, didn’t I?”
“Mo… ” Nixon warned.
“He cheated on me Nixon. Let me have my fun.” She said smoothly.
“He what?” Nixon roared jumping to his feet, curious stares pinned in our direction as Mo grabbed his hand and pulled him back to his seat.
“I’ve got this. You aren’t the only one who knows how to use their powers for evil, brother. Revenge is a bitch, isn’t that what they say, Trace?”
She looked guiltily down at her hands.Yeah, double meanings I could really get without. Hopefully Mo wasn’t going to get Tex shot at our wedding, not that I’d be against it. This was the first I heard of him cheating, granted, Mo hadn’t really been all that for sharing recently. She was as secretive as ever. Something told me it was for a reason,but I’d been too wrapped up in my own drama to even ask. How bad did I suck as a half brother? Bad, real bad. On a scale of one to ten in the suckiness department I’d be around an eleven.
Tex finally reached her chair and sat down next to her, his smile was wide, I couldn’t tell what he was saying but his hands were all over the place, and then he set one hand on Grandma.
“Oh this isn’t going to end well.” Mo chuckled. “She hates being touched.”
“It is Tex.” I pointed out. “She could do a lot worse.”
“Doubtful.” Mo snorted crossing her arms.
Holy shit what the hell? Had I been living under a rock for the past few months? What went down? And how didn’t I know about it.
I winced when Tex moved his other hand next to Grandma’s leg. Probably wouldn’t be a good time to tell him that she’d seen her fair share of murder. I almost closed my eyes when she looked down at his hand.
“Aw shit.” Nixon shook his head. “You had to challenge him, Mo.”
Mo’s face twisted into a murderous smile as she pointed and exclaimed. “Game. Set. Match.”
Grandma had Tex by the balls.
“Ouch!” This from Mil.
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My Review:  I can't begin to tell you how much I love this series.  I've never, and I mean never liked mafia movies, books, or T.V. shows, but I can honestly say that I absolutely love Rachel Van Dyken's Eagle Elite Series.  Entice picks up where Elect leaves off, and whereas the first book "Elite" gradually eases you into the mafia aspect of the story, with Elect delving further into this world, Entice is full-blown nail-biting drama from beginning to end.  I read it in one sitting because I simply couldn't put it down.  That said, if you're also a romance lover, as I am, never fear, because Rachel Van Dyken delivers in that department big time, making you swoon, sweat, and sigh.  

One of the main things that makes this book and the entire series so appealing is the characters.  There is Nixon Abandonato who you will love, hate, love to hate and adore as the series progresses, and his girl Trace Alfero, who is from another one of the mafia families.  The first two books center more around these two.  Then there is Chase Winters, who has been one of my favorites over the course of the series, and let me say oh how I loved Chase in Entice.  Chase is also a member of the Abandonato family, and this book centers upon his and Mil's story.  Mil is the new leader of the De Lange family and she is as tough as nails, with a soft spot where Chase is concerned.  There is Tex, and there are some surprising developments as far as he is concerned, as well as Nixon's sister Mo.  The stage has been set for hopefully a romance between these two in the next book, but Rachel Van Dyken is full of surprises, so we will have to wait and see.  There are also quite a few other secondary characters that all play meaningful roles in the story and are very well written and integrated in so that even though there are quite a few characters, everything just meshes, so you feel like you know and have a handle on them all, as well as what is going on with them.

Entice is told from Chase, Nixon, and Mil's points of view, with even a little surprise from Tex, and I just love reading a story told from a male point of view.  With twists and turns you don't see coming Rachel Van Dyken will keep you on the edge of your seat as you root for these characters and hold your breath through some intense situations, while delivering the romance that we all crave and love.  The ending leaves you satisfied, while wanting more at the same time, even giving you a glimpse into the next book in the series, which I am dying for already.  If you are looking for something different, fresh, gripping, and romantic, then the Eagle Elite Series is a must read and one of those series you will want to slap yourself for not starting sooner.

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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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  1. I haven't read this series and I admit that I'm not a mafia kinda girl either. BUT your passion has my interest.

  2. That excerpt got me. Great review too. I need to start this series asap. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. I've heard really good things about this series. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  4. This book/series sounds wonderful and I really enjoyed the excerpt.

    A great review Ellen!


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