Reviews of Books by Rachel Van Dyken

Jan. 29, 2019

MVP by Rachel Van Dyken is a story worth every single painful second as much as every single healing one!

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes a story about losing everything only to find it again...

I was the golden boy.

America's Quarterback.

I was everything to everyone. Always available. Solid.

I can remember how something felt wrong that day.

And I haven't been able to get that feeling to go away.

Not when I buried my child.

Not when my fiancé looked at me like I'd been the reason for it all.

Not when I look in the mirror and scream at the top of my lungs.

Football kept me sane.

But I've lost everything.

And then I got a phone call.

She was in an accident.

She remembered nothing.

A gentleman wouldn't fight for her, wouldn't remind her of the pain.

So, I let her go.

I let her live her happily ever after and I took all the darkness,

all the pain, all the anger.

Only, the universe had a sick sense of humor.

She bumped into me.

She pursued me.

The beautiful woman I used to call mine.

She said she wanted to make me smile.

She didn't know she's the reason I stopped.

Ceej’s Review:

MVP is yet another book that Rachel Van Dyken has written that has hit a little too close to home for me.  It started in her newsletter, and admittedly, it took me a few weeks for me to start reading it though I normally gobble up her work as soon as it’s available in whatever format I can get it.  As soon as I knew what MVP was about, I wanted to avoid it.  There’s so much pain inside it, the kind that festers if not released.  But it's a very real view into what the death of a child does to a family.  What it does to a person.  It's hard to explain to those who haven't experienced it, and it did not surprise me that Rachel was able to do so. 

My heart broke for Jax and Harley.  I couldn’t read this book without crying, even cried at the end.  But those were tears of joy and healing.

I couldn’t blame Jax for his actions as I would have done the same if I were in his place.  I’d have done everything I could to protect Harley.  And on the other hand, I couldn’t blame Harley for being angry at Jax for keeping things from me if I were in her place.  I’d have wanted to know, no matter how devastating.  They were in impossible positions in the worst places to be, in my opinion.

Rachel, thank you for the beautiful HEA.  My heart needed that.  Not all of us get that HEA, but to be able to feel even a fraction of it, I am grateful.  I loved MVP, every single painful second as much as every single healing one.

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Jan. 29, 2019

MVP by Rachel Van Dyken is a story where even in heartbreak, a HEA can occur, and I needed it for them as much as myself!

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes a story about losing everything only to find it again...

I was the golden boy.

America's Quarterback.

I was everything to everyone. Always available. Solid.

I can remember how something felt wrong that day.

And I haven't been able to get that feeling to go away.

Not when I buried my child.

Not when my fiancé looked at me like I'd been the reason for it all.

Not when I look in the mirror and scream at the top of my lungs.

Football kept me sane.

But I've lost everything.

And then I got a phone call.

She was in an accident.

She remembered nothing.

A gentleman wouldn't fight for her, wouldn't remind her of the pain.

So, I let her go.

I let her live her happily ever after and I took all the darkness,

all the pain, all the anger.

Only, the universe had a sick sense of humor.

She bumped into me.

She pursued me.

The beautiful woman I used to call mine.

She said she wanted to make me smile.

She didn't know she's the reason I stopped.

Tracey’s Review:

MVP started out in Rachel’s newsletter and I’m so excited that everyone can now read it, so they don’t miss out. Jax and Harley’s story broke my heart as I was reading it, but I love them so much because they have such an emotional pull to each other. I love the laugh out loud moments and I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. Harley is my kind of girl because I love that she doesn’t give a sh$$ what other people think of her. I think she is the perfect mix of sassy, stubborn and loving. I don’t usually fall in love with football players in books, but I couldn’t help it with Jax because his loyal and protective side screams at my heart that any girl would be lucky to be his forever. Harley is not intimidated by his larger than life self and I appreciate that so much! Even in heartbreak an HEA can occur and I needed it for them as much as myself. Jax makes my heart soar and I could totally be his MVP for life!

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Dec. 24, 2018

A Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken is a breath of fresh air from beginning to end!!

Synopsis:

The first time I met Fitz or to most of the world Duke Fitzegerald Heraldo Belleville, I punched him in the throat.

I was actually aiming for his chin, but he was a few years older, clearly not wiser, but at least taller.

He started wheezing on his candy cane.

And well, the rest is history.

Hate replaced what could have been friendship, and for the rest of my teen years, I watched him flirt with every single breathing female.

I hated him.

Plotted his death with a smile on my face.

And knew that my first decree as Queen would be to chop off his head.

Except now that I'm finally old enough to inherit the title, there's one tiny little slip-up.

I need a man by my side.

The problem?

I may have accidentally scared them all away.

I have no options.

Until the devil rings my doorbell with a wicked grin on his face and revenge dancing like sugarplums in his gaze.

I hate that I need him.

It's a serious problem.

We have twelve days before we say I do.

I just pray we survive without killing each other first.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel Van Dyken filled my heart with joy and made hope nestle deep into my soul with this story. It’s filled with witty banter, crazy schemes, hilarious moments and lots of misunderstandings but so much love. You won’t be able to read this book without laughing your head off or crying a few tears. This story teaches you so many things and reminds you to not judge a book by its cover. Rachel has brought this magical time of year front and center in the most beautiful way. Thank you, Rachel for writing such a heartfelt story full of passion, hope, faith, and undeniable love. This story is a breath of fresh air from beginning to end!

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Oct. 30, 2018

Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken is a story that is the perfect blend of sass, sarcasm and drama with all kinds of love and laughter mixed in!

Synopsis:

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken’s scorching series, revenge is a justified pleasure…

Isla made one teeny little mistake. Now she and her PI company, Dirty Exes, are being targeted by one seriously angry and furiously sexy ex-quarterback. Jessie freakin’ Beckett. But there’s no way some NFL superhunk is going to take her business away. If only he didn’t make her so hot—and bothered.

Jessie wants payback for a ruined reputation. His plan? Top secret. His hard-to-hide arousal for Isla? Not so much. Especially when they let down their guards and sneak a kiss. Like any juicy scandal, it goes so viral, so fast, that only a good lie can combat the bad press. Mortal enemies in a fling? No way. Um…this is love!

Actually…could it be?

Isla’s not faking it. Jessie can’t. As the game of let’s pretend gets real, Jessie forgets all about revenge. That’s the problem. His plan is already out of his control. Now it could undo everything they’ve been trying to build. Coming clean may be the only thing that can save it.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel Van Dyken proves again why she is a go-to author for me. This book is one of the funniest rom coms that I have read in a long time. This story is the perfect blend of sass, sarcasm and drama with all kinds of love and laughter mixed in. It will definitely remind you not to judge a book by its cover or person in this case. Isla and Jessie fight so dirty it's dangerous. I could not believe these two could drive each other and myself so crazy that I started keeping score of who upped who better. They sure did a lot of assuming and judging without knowing all the facts. You will have a whole new appreciation for the color red and why it's ok to make a mess sometimes. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard just from her aunt alone.

For two people that had been so burned by love in the past, you really wanted them to find their happily ever after. Rachel reminds you that sometimes lines need to be crossed for the sake of love and everything is so much more beautiful in color. You need to read this book to find out about binoculars, pantries, bridal beds, and chickens alone. This story is fantastically funny and will be one I reread over and over again!

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Jul. 24, 2018

Envy: An Eagle Elite Novella by Rachel Van Dyken is hot mafia perfection!

Synopsis:

Every family has rules, the mafia just has more....

Do not speak to the bosses unless spoken to.

Do not make eye contact unless you want to die.

And above all else, do not fall in love.

Renee Cassani's future is set.

Her betrothal is set.

Her life, after nannying for the five families for the summer, is set

Somebody should have told Vic Colezan that.

He's a man who doesn't take no for an answer.

And he only wants one thing.

Her.

Somebody should have told Renee that her bodyguard needed as much discipline as the kids she was nannying.

Good thing Vic has a firm hand.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Tracey’s Review:

Envy is Rachel displaying her mafia queen greatness all over again. I ate up this story and could not wait to turn the page to see what was going to happen next. I wasn’t sure anyone could top Chase for me and I now have a new book boyfriend in Vic.

He was put in an impossible situation when he started watching the nanny. Renee is a spitfire in all ways that count and would be my friend if I didn’t have a crush on her man.

A must read that can be a stand-alone. Read it today and get consumed by the mafia world! You will never be the same. Then you will want to read them all. Rachel this book is hot mafia perfection and it set my soul on fire!

Ceej’s Review:

Rachel Van Dyken never fails!  Envy is a novella but has the power of RVD’s full-length novels!  Vic and Renee remind us that love is a powerful force that cannot and will not be ignored.

Vic…I really enjoyed him.  His struggle was real.  If I were in his place, I’m not sure I would have survived that kind of hell.  I loved watching him give in to what his heart demanded.  I needed him to be happy.  He needed some kind of balance considering his job.  And his tender side?  Gah!!!

Renee…admittedly, I was on the fence about her; me being totally biased for my favorite mafia family.  I understood her struggle, which was just as real as Vic’s, but I needed her to just give in!  Her capitulation was awesome.  That’s when I started to love her.  Her emotions toward the end shot right into my heart!

RVD, Envy was amazing!  I need more mafia!

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Excerpt:

 

“See?” Renee spread her arms wide and gave a little shrug. The moonlight cast a glow through the impressive kitchen window, giving her such an ethereal look I stopped breathing for a second before schooling my features. “Nothing to worry about, nobody here to kill me.”

 

I didn’t relax my stance or lower my gun. “So you checked the crawl spaces? Closets? Dark corners?” I took a step as she shook her head slowly. “Then surely you checked the pantry, right? I mean it’s right behind you. Hell, there could be someone with a gun trained on that pretty mop of hair right now and you wouldn’t know until it was too late.” Her eyes widened like she hadn’t thought of it. Of course she hadn’t. It wasn’t her job to think about the monsters in the dark, just like it wasn’t her job to protect herself. That was why she had me.

 

I reached behind her and opened the pantry, pointing my gun inside before shutting the door and facing her again. “It’s clear.”

 

Her lower lip trembled. “I didn’t think of the pantry.”

 

“It’s not your job to obsess over the pantry,” I whispered in a gruff voice. “It’s your job to listen to me when I’m trying to do my best to keep you safe.”

 

She looked away. “Can’t save everyone.”

 

“But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying, Renee.”

 

I said her name.

 

It tasted sweet on my tongue.

 

The moan that wanted to follow was barely suppressed by clenching my teeth together.

 

“Are you going to do a sweep of the house?” she asked quietly.

 

“Did you want to join me?”

 

“Am I safer with you or by myself in the kitchen?”

 

“With me,” I lied. Physically she would always be safe from our enemies—but I knew the truth in my soul. I was just as dangerous to her as a bullet. My being with her would eventually kill her.

 

All the wives knew it.

 

They knew that eventually there would be blood.

 

And if their husbands were gone—it was only a matter of time before it was theirs that was spilled.

 

I’d like to think that’s why we drank wine like water.

 

Because when you constantly stare down your impending doom, you start wanting to celebrate every extra minute you’ve been given.

 

“Let’s go.” I nodded toward the hall. My footsteps whispered against the carpet. Nothing seemed out of place—which was almost more suspicious. People were messy. The hallways were lined with family pictures of Renee smiling with her parents. A heaviness settled on my shoulders.

 

“She can’t know,” Phoenix had said earlier that night. “At least not yet.”

 

I knew she was close with her parents. I also knew that they were dishonest with her. And she wondered why she was the one nannying the kids.

 

Why she was constantly under the watchful eye of Nixon.

 

I shook my head and kept walking with a stiff Renee next to me.

 

I cleared each room, each closet, each corner, and twenty minutes later when I felt it was safe enough for her to do more than breathe at my side, I lowered my gun and put it back in its holster.

 

“All good?” Renee stepped away. She rarely looked me in the eyes, but this time they locked onto me for a good three seconds before she tucked her hair behind her ear and walked farther and farther away.

 

I almost reached out and grabbed her arm.

 

Almost jerked her against my chest.

 

Almost confessed it all.

 

The lies they’d told.

 

The secrets we kept.

 

All to keep her safe.

 

All to keep her in the dark.

 

To keep her alive.

 

 

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