Reviews of Books by Rachel Van Dyken

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.

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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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Jun. 5, 2018

Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc. Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken is 5 stars of laugh out loud romance from beginning to end!

Synopsis:

They’re serving up some red-hot revenge. A sizzling series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken.

Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later?

Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself.

Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price.

Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel, thank you for this unique and fascinating Rom Com that I loved every minute of. RVD may be known for her mafia series, but she should also be loved for her witty banter and hilarious cast of characters in this new series. This story gives women a chance to be fierce and independent while showing their vulnerable and crazy side as they gather dirt on men who have scorned the woman they are supposed to love. After all it happened to Blair and Isla and that is why these two best friends created their own P.I. firm.

You will laugh out loud from beginning to end and Colin will probably make you swoon with his sexy banter. Jessie’s best friend is hot and quite possibly my new book boyfriend. Ok, he totally is but don’t tell Jessie. Now don’t get me wrong Jessie is easy on the eyes, but also hard on your heart which is why the crazy schemes that Blair and him pull on each other will have you on the edge of your seat in a fit of laughter and even compassion.

You will love the twists and turns of this story as the chase gets better and better. This story is fresh and exciting and you won’t want to put it down once you start. Rachel takes “the one that got away” to a whole other level and you will love being along for the ride. Rachel this book is a testament to your diversity and skill as an author because we can enjoy your stories over and over again. Everyone has that one ex that they would love to put in their place, and this story will let do that because you feel like you are part of the Dirty Exes team too.

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Apr. 24, 2018

Co-Ed  by Rachel Van Dyken is everything I didn’t know I was missing and everything the book world needs right now!

Synopsis:

Four guys.

Constant moaning.

And a revolving door across the college suite I somehow ended up in because my first name is Shawn.

They don't discriminate. Girls. Guys. Grandmas. Plants (okay maybe not plants) all walks of life stroll in stressed to the brim, and leave so satisfied I'm wondering what sort of talents lie behind that door.

My roommate calls them the pleasure ponies.

But the rest of the college campus?

They just call them the new face of Wingmen Inc. A paid for relationship service that makes big promises.

Breakup? They'll glue you back together again.

Depressed? They have the magic pill.

Lonely? Just spend a few minutes while they rub you down and you'll forget all about it.

And broken hearts? Well, that's their specialty. They'll fix you.

For a price…

I swore I wouldn't get involved.

But apparently they like a challenge, and a girl who doesn't put up with their BS is basically like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

They. All. Charged.

But one holds my attention above the rest.

Knox Tate looks like a Viking — and getting pillaged is starting to look more appealing by the day. Though he's hiding something — all of them are. And the closer I get. The more I realize that some things are left better in the past.

You've read reverse harem books before — but you've never read one like this. It's not what you think, or is it? Dive in and find out…

Knox, Leo, Finn, and Slater are waiting, and they aren't patient men.

Welcome to the new face of Wingmen Inc — You're welcome.

Tracey’s Review:

This book is everything I didn’t know I was missing and everything the book world needs right now. What you think is happening....isn’t. What you think you know....you don’t. When you think you figured things out....think again. This is a sexy, unique, dramatic, heartbreaking and funny as hell intriguing story I could not put down. The twist and turns keep you guessing where Shawn and the guys will take you next. If you read one book by Rachel Van Dyken this year, it needs to be this one! I would give it 10 stars if I could. I so wish I could read it for the first time again. Rachel, this story is a grand slam that touched my heart and soul.

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Mar. 26, 2018

The Consequence of Rejection by Rachel Van Dyken is a second chance romance that is hot and full of laughter!

Synopsis:

A standalone second chance romance by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken.

You know the universe is trying to tell you something when you get struck by lightning, but only after getting hit on by the elderly, almost getting run over by a semi, and running into the one who got away.

Why do they say it like that anyway?

Like I accidentally lost her when she was the one that got in the car with my best friend and left me.

The day after I proposed.

We were eighteen.

I wanted forever.

She didn't.

It's been ten years.

I tried to move on, tried to get married, had that same wedding crashed by my now best friend who says the only way for me to stop pissing off the universe, is to gain closure with the one woman I can't forget.

So I do it.

I embark on a journey down memory lane that not only lands me in prison but on the receiving end of a fist fight in front of the entire town, this naturally happens after drunken pool sex, climbing the same girl's window, and getting threatened at gunpoint by her father.

To say the universe is trying to tell me something anything, is a giant understatement.

I just hope I survive the message.

And then, I hope I survive her—again.

Tracey’s Review:

Oh my gosh....I am so excited Jason is getting a second chance at love. Rachel writes hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedies and this one is no exception. I laughed out loud so much. Jason and Maddy drive each other crazy in such good and bad ways. They are so sincere and the love, pain, and frustration they are going through explode across the pages. Max is back! He is such a jokester, you can’t help but laugh as you want to smack him. Jason should get hazard pay and be put in a bubble. No one can be that accident prone. The women in this story really put the men in their place. Rachel, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I laughed like crazy while they fought for their love.

Ceej’s Review:

The Consequence of Rejection is a book that I would read again for the laughs alone.  I absolutely loved the humor in this book!  Even while I laughed, I wished for Jason and Maddy to get themselves together enough to mend their broken hearts.

Jason…he’s not my usual kind of guy.  He’s not an alpha.  However, he is that one sweet one that I wish I had.  How many of us are lucky enough to find a guy in high school that wants us forever?  Then for him to give us a second chance when we screw it all up?  Wowza.  I really liked Jason.

Maddy…suffice it to say that most of us have been in her shoes at one point in our lives when it comes to love.  Admittedly, I didn’t really like her at first because of her actions, then I remembered how young she was.  After getting to know her better, I liked her well enough.

The Consequence of Rejection is a book that will have you hoping for HEA, enjoying the hotness, and laughing until you need the restroom.  The whole gang is hilarious!  I only liked it okay.  It was the humor that saved it from a lower rating from me.

 

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Feb. 21, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All is lost.


All.
I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore.
My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.
I've lost my soul.
She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.
Sixty lives are mine to take.
Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.
Sixty lives plus one more.
Mine.
When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.
Only one person stands in the way.
She doesn't realize I'll kill her too.
I don't own a heart.
And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again.
I am Chase Abandonato.
Heir to a legacy of betrayal.
And I will kill them all.
Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.
A life for a life.
A soul for a soul.


Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Blood in. No out.

 

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel has the Mafia world on lockdown like no other.  Chase is out for De Lange blood and no one better stand in his way.  Then in walks Luciana and all hell breaks loose.  She pushes all of Chase's buttons and pulls him away from the darkness or does she make it worse?  But Luciana has a secret that she doesn't even understand.  Rachel Van Dyken, you are an evil genius and I loved every minute of this life threatening, heartbreaking and angst filled darkness that is burned into my heart and soul.

 

Ceej’s Review:

I must say that Eulogy is tied with one other Eagle Elite book for my favorite.  It was bloody, rage-filled, gritty, wicked hot, and shocking.  I absolutely loved it!

At the end of the previous book, I felt so bad for Chase.  The grief, betrayal, and utter madness were palpable in this book.  One part of me wanted to join Chase in his rage while another part just wanted to hug him, and yet another part wanted to just shake him.  I felt bad for the rest of his family.  They had to make decisions and steel themselves for the worst.

I really enjoyed and loved Luciana.  I think she’s perfect for Chase.  She is everything he’s not and that’s what he needed.  She had some surprises for Chase and I admit that there was one part where she made a mistake and my heart pounded for her.  But what really had me tearing up was the one question she asked him.  Oh man.  That was just…I can’t even right now.

Rachel Van Dyken rocked yet another mafia novel and I am not surprised.  She had my heart going through a rollercoaster from being filled with rage along with Chase, fear for Luciana, wicked hotness from both of them, stopping from the shockers, then fear for Luciana again, praise for Luciana, and just glowing for both of them by the end.  The shockers she put in this one had me wanting more.  Hint, hint, RVD!  LOL!

 

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Excerpt:

BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD.

It covered my hands.

It surged through my heart.

It dripped from my fingertips onto the concrete floor.

Trapped.

Broken.

Finished.

Hungry.

Insanity scratched its way into my psyche as I eyed the door and waited. One heartbeat, two heartbeats, three…

It opened.

I fired two rounds, and acrid smoke filled the air.

I thought I knew what love was. I was a fucking idiot. Every single bone in my body shuddered with rage, with the need to rip something apart, someone, anyone —all of them. My friends. My brothers. I brought the war to our house, and they would finish me because of it.

I’d thought I loved her.

Our love had been a lie.

Her betrayal my only truth.

And now?

Now, I finally knew what love was. I’d seen it, smelled it, tasted it.

And lost it.

I’d fucking lost it.

They would pay. They would all pay.

For taking her.

For turning her against me.

For making me believe that blood was everything, only after mine was spilled.

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

 

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