Reviews of Books by Rachel Van Dyken

Apr. 30, 2019

Debase (Elite Bratva Brotherhood Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken is show-stopping, heart-pounding, and gut-wrenching!

Synopsis:

With blood on my hands, I held her.

With death in my soul, I took from her.

With the devil in my heart, I coveted her.

There are many definitions of Hell.

My list was exhaustive, my definitions tragic.

Tonight I was adding something new to the very top.

Girl number six thirty-two.

She arrived on my birthday, the same day, every year, I play Russian Roulette and pull the trigger.

She was my omen.

My end game.

She made it personal.

And for the first time in my life, I gave in.

A virgin mob boss with no soul.

My name is Andrei Petrov.

They call me the devil.

All I want is for the pain to end.

All she wants is for me to share it.

I am the last remaining heir to a dynasty that should burn in Hell.

And my last wish remains for it to die with me.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel proves once again why she will forever reign as the “Mafia Queen.” Van Dyken took her love and mine of mafia to a whole new level when she brought us Andrei Petrov. I can’t even contain my devotion for this devil of a man!  This book is one show-stopping, heart-pounding, gut-wrenching hell of a story that will be devoured by everyone that reads it! I needed to root for him and Alice to defy all the odds stacked against them and become this amazing power couple that we would never be able to live without and RVD did not disappoint! I never thought I would love a mafia man more than my guy Chase, and now my two favorite guys are sharing a special spot in my heart!

I am so proud of Alice because she is fierce and had no problem going toe to toe with Chase and anyone else.  She made Andrei a complete man who only ever thought of himself as a monster for so many reasons in and out of his control. I also need group texts from these crazy mafia guys to happen every day of my life as much as I need air. If Ms. Van Dyken ever stops writing mafia, we will never be ok again!

Rachel, thank you for giving us heaven while we were experiencing Andrei’s personal hell. You brought us all the darkness to show us the light and I did not want this book to end because it’s incredible. Hey Petrov....“I’m going to need you to keep me.....because sometimes the monster wins!”

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Apr. 30, 2019

Debase (Elite Bratva Brotherhood Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken is a story of family, strength, power, blood, pain, terror, love, joy, and sacrifice.

Synopsis:

With blood on my hands, I held her.

With death in my soul, I took from her.

With the devil in my heart, I coveted her.

There are many definitions of Hell.

My list was exhaustive, my definitions tragic.

Tonight I was adding something new to the very top.

Girl number six thirty-two.

She arrived on my birthday, the same day, every year, I play Russian Roulette and pull the trigger.

She was my omen.

My end game.

She made it personal.

And for the first time in my life, I gave in.

A virgin mob boss with no soul.

My name is Andrei Petrov.

They call me the devil.

All I want is for the pain to end.

All she wants is for me to share it.

I am the last remaining heir to a dynasty that should burn in Hell.

And my last wish remains for it to die with me.

Ceej’s Review:

Debase proves yet again that Rachel Van Dyken is mafia royalty!  I loved, loved, loved this book!  It’s a story of family, strength, power, blood, pain, terror, love, joy, and sacrifice.

Andrei…my heart hurt for him through a large part of this book.  I loved him because I didn’t see the devil he made himself to be.  I saw the strength and vulnerability underneath.  I needed him to overcome everything and beat the odds.  His reaction and his love for Alice made me smile so big!

Alice…I loved her so much because she was a powerhouse that took everything and everyone on.  Nothing could break her but one thing, and I am thanking Rachel that that one thing didn’t happen!  Let me tell you, my heart was beating so fast, I was hoping so hard!

Loved this book so much that I can’t wait for the next one!

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Mar. 19, 2019

Risky Play (Red Card Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken made me fall in love with reading again in this sweet and sexy story!

Synopsis:

Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.

 

What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

 

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

 

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel made me fall in love with reading again in this sweet and sexy story! Slade and Mackenzie start off their chance encounter with a lie, but it is hot until it’s not and then all hell breaks loose. I swooned, smiled, yelled and got all turned on and worked up while reading this book. Things aren’t always what they seem and trust can make or break it all.

You will be rooting for this amazing couple. Rachel, you made me realize that some risky plays are totally worth it. I could read this book over and over again.

 

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*Available for free with Kindle Unlimited*

 

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Mar. 12, 2019

All Stars Fall: A Seaside Pictures/Big Sky Novella (Kristen Proby Crossover Collection Book 6) by Rachel Van Dyken is a story that made my heart explode with happiness!

 

Synopsis:

𝗜 𝗳𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗸𝘆—𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆'𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱.

 She left.

Two words I can't really get out of my head.

She left us.

Three more words that make it that much worse.

Three being another word I can't seem to wrap my mind around.

Three kids under the age of six, and she left because she missed it. Because her dream had never been to have a family, no her dream had been to marry a rockstar and live the high life.

Moving my recording studio to Seaside Oregon seems like the best idea in the world right now especially since Seaside Oregon has turned into the place for celebrities to stay and raise families in between touring and producing. It would be lucrative to make the move, but I'm doing it for my kids because they need normal, they deserve normal. And me? Well, I just need a break and help, that too. I need a sitter and fast. Someone who won't flip me off when I ask them to sign an Iron Clad NDA, someone who won't sell our pictures to the press, and most of all? Someone who looks absolutely nothing like my ex-wife.

 He's tall.

That was my first instinct when I saw the notorious Trevor Wood, drummer for the rock band Adrenaline, in the local coffee shop. He ordered a tall black coffee which made me smirk, and five minutes later I somehow agreed to interview for a nanny position. I couldn't help it; the smaller one had gum stuck in her hair while the eldest was standing on his feet and asking where babies came from. He looked so pathetic, so damn sexy and pathetic that rather than be star-struck, I took pity. I knew though; I knew the minute I signed that NDA, the minute our fingers brushed and my body became insanely aware of how close he was—I was in dangerous territory, I just didn't know how dangerous until it was too late. Until I fell for the star and realized that no matter how high they are in the sky—they're still human and fall just as hard.

 *You dont have to read Seaside Pictures to read this. Can be read as a standalone.*

 

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel tugged at my heart strings so hard while I read this story. I fell in love with Trevor over and over again. I love single dads and he is a hot rocker so that’s a definite bonus! I want to borrow his daughter Bella....she makes me smile. I would love to be the hot nanny that gets to marry her dad and love her like my own for the rest of my life. My heart aches for these kids and I might have hoped their mom suffered for the rest of her life for abandoning her children since money, travel and fun were more important. Penny may be the nanny but she is so much more than that. She is special and sweet and has such a soft spot for these kids, you would think she gave birth to them herself. Trevor and Penny are kindred spirits and I swooned over them so hard. You must read this book to find out about shooting stars, stranger danger and love songs alone. Rachel Van Dyken, you made my heart explode with happiness and I wish I could read this book for the first time again. All stars fall so lost souls can find their way to each other by guiding light and Rachel made that happen brilliantly in this book!

 

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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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