Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Ember by Rachel Van Dyken with Giveaway, Excerpt, and Review

I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo's sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.
She's a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can't escape the fear her seductive looks instill--knowing it's only a matter of time before I fail--again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it's not pretty...I died, and now I'm alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. 
I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra. 
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life--I can't resist taking.

My Review:  The Eagle Elite Series is one of my absolute favorites.  Once I started it, with each novel I feel like I've discovered a buried treasure.  I absolutely love the characters, as well as the story itself, the romance, the action, the suspense, the danger, and most of all, Rachel Van Dyken's unique brand of portraying the mafia.  I previously was not a fan of mafia stories or movies, but this series has totally changed my perspective.  

Ember is Pheonix and Bee's story.  When you read the synopsis, especially if you're not familiar with the series, you'd probably think there was no way you could like this guy, but there is so much more to Pheonix than meets the eye.  The only one who can see beneath the bad and into the good is, however, is Bee.  Even his closely friends think his soul is past redemption.  Pheonix's story is heartbreaking, and while he is far from innocent, his own regrets have caused him to live in a self-made inner prison with little hope of any kind of freedom.  Then there is Bee, who has her own issues with rejection and abandonment, and despite Pheonix's attempts to dissuade her, manages to chip away bit by bit at the walls Pheonix has constructed.  I loved watching their romance develop over the course of the novel.  

Another thing I love about this novel and the entire series, is that while each book has its own main characters, all of the other characters play very active roles in the story. I've totally fallen in love with them all.  One again, in Ember, Rachel Van Dyken delivers the excitement, danger and suspense big time, while adding the perfect amount of humor and romance to balance things out.  I totally love this book and this series and I can't recommend it highly enough.  I hope you love it as much as I have.

I wasn’t sure how to act. Wasn’t sure if I should apologize for attacking him or thank him for not laughing in my face. Embarrassed and irritated that he was most likely going to ignore whatever it was between us even if it killed him, I stared hard at the cement floor.
“How are you feeling, little girl?”
“I’m not little.”
“You want me to call you fat?”
“No.” I lifted my head. “Call me gorgeous like you did last night.”
“Well, shit.” Phoenix ran his hands over his face then grabbed my arm and dragged me down the hall into a darkened corner. “You remember?”
“You kissed me.”
“Prove it.”
“What’s wrong with you?” I pushed against his chest. “You like me! Admit it!”
Phoenix made a face. “You were drunk, launched yourself at me, and I caught you. Did we kiss?” His eyes went completely black. “Yeah, we did, but it meant nothing.”
“Really.” He hissed out a breath through his teeth.
“Prove it.”
I pushed him against the wall. “Prove it meant nothing. Let me kiss you now, and if it meant nothing it will be like… what? Kissing your sister.”
“I’ve sworn off women.”
“So this should be an easy test then, right?”
“Bee…” Phoenix’s face was pained, as if I was holding a gun to his head rather than offering to kiss him. Was the idea so abhorrent? “Please…” His voice had a pleading tone I’d never heard before. “Don’t do this.”
“One. Little. Test.” I rose up on my tip toes and kissed him full on the mouth.
His lips refused to move against mine.
I wrapped my arms around his neck.
He stiffened even more.
Irritated, I bit his lower lip. He gasped, and I slid my tongue inside his mouth. He pushed me away with a curse then wiped his lips. “Done. Your little test is done. I didn’t respond. Happy now?”
His eyes were furious; the blue flashed like lightning against his skin. His fingertips shook as he made a fist.
“You like me.”
“Bee…” Phoenix pinched the bridge of his nose with his fingertips. “…find someone your own age, someone who’s interested in you in the way you deserve, alright?” His tone was gentle, and maybe that was what hurt the most.
It was like he was letting me down slowly, hoping I didn’t break.
But the joke was on him.
Because I was already broken.
I didn’t want boys my age — I wanted him.
“You’re a good liar.” My eyes narrowed. “And you’re lucky I’m patient.”
“Lucky?” He sputtered out a laugh. “That you like toying with me?”
“No, lucky that even though you constantly push me away…I keep coming back for more. But, Phoenix… everyone’s time eventually runs out.”
“Go to breakfast, Bee.”
“Go to hell, Phoenix.”

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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. Cool excerpt, they look amazing :D Bee will succeed soon :)

  2. This sounds like such a great series and I love the covers! I'm pleased to see you enjoyed this Ellen.

    Sharon – Obsession with Books


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