Monday, October 19, 2015

Blog Tour: RIP by Rachel Van Dyken - with Review and Excerpt

On OCTOBER 20 Rachel Van Dyken brings you RIP, a complete stand alone novel that fans of the Eagle Elite series will devour! With twists and turns you won't see coming, this dark romantic suspense will keep you on your toes and leave you screaming for more.

by Rachel Van Dyken

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.


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.
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“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.”

My Review:  I am such a huge fan of Rachel Van Dyken, and her Eagle Elite Series is one of my all-time favorites.  RIP is a standalone novel, but is also sort of a spin-off from that in the sense that we met Nikolai briefly in that series, and.....all the badass hot boys from the Eagle Elite Series do make an appearance in RIP.  That said, again, it is a standalone and you do not have to read any of the Eagle Elite Series to enjoy it, but those of you who have will definitely appreciate the glimpse we get of the characters we all fell in love with over the course of the Eagle Elite Series.  RIP is also a little different that the Eagle Elite Series in that it was a dark romantic suspense, but also had a psychological thriller feel to it with some really good scary and creepy vibes mixed in.  In RIP, Rachel Van Dyken takes us right into the heart of the sinister Russian mafia world.  The deepest, darkest, secrets come forth and you find out first hand the things some legends are made of...literally. There is always the hint of mystery surrounding things, making you wonder just how sane or how not so sane some of the characters really are.  

Nikolai Blazik is a genius, a doctor, and possesses talents the likes of which has set him apart from the rest of the world and virtually no one can come close. He is also extremely handsome, sexy, and mysterious, but boy does he have a dark side as well.  Maya is the daughter of a Russian mob boss, and she and Nikolai have ties that go back much farther than she is even aware of.  She is really the the one who is closest to normal out of the whole bunch, despite all the bad stuff happening to and around her. Their "arrangement" is strange, to say the least, as are the circumstances surrounding it, but it makes for some really interesting reading.  The romance is hot, which is trademark Rachel Van Dyken, and while I wasn't as drawn to Nikolai as I was the Eagle Elite Hotties, I can certainly say that he was definitely right up there with them in that department.  The story is shrouded in mystery that unfolds as the tale progresses, some of which I saw coming, and some which surprised me.  Overall, RIP is a great story and something I would definitely recommend checking out. 
4.5 Hearts 


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