Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
All is lost.
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.
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.
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series and the mafia family members who she built the series around, it’s that there is always a price to pay in order to retain power…in order to right injustices…in order to deal with the sins of the past. Throughout the series, readers have watched their favorite mob members attempt to find, not only a balance, but a bit of peace amidst the maelstrom that constantly reigns down on their lives due to the nature of their business dealings and the number of enemies who are constantly looking for a way to bring them down. But nothing could have prepared readers for the amount of loss, rage, and dark, raw emotions that would resonate from the pages of Enrage when Chase Abandonato lost EVERYTHING.
Eulogy is an apt name for book 9/the continuation of Chase’s story. He’s a shell of a man when the book begins, and he remains closed off, pissed off, and tortured by his memories. No one can get through to him, and it’s not for lack of trying. But when it comes down to it, there is not a single person alive who can pull Chase from the depths of hell he’s placed himself. He feels betrayed, and that changes a man, and boy does it change every facet of who Chase is/was. In his opinion, there’s no going back…it’s impossible due to the difficult circumstances and harsh truths he now must face. Chase is a broken man, and he’s unhinged in ways that nobody else can imagine unless they went through the same kind of hell Chase did, and while Chase and his mafia family have endured hellacious situations, none of them besides Chase has every faced something that has stripped them of every last ounce of happiness, kindness, and love…at least when it comes to the person who was supposed to be your soul mate.
The true skill of a writer is in her ability to create a character who, at first, seems one dimensional, but then becomes multifaceted due to a complication in the story that requires that character to begin anew…to wash away the person he once was because it hasn’t seemed to have done him any favors and to build himself up again, changing his demeanor, the way he handles things, and what he’s willing to do to get the one thing that he craves, which in Chase’s case is to reign down hell and fury on all those who betrayed him and took everything away from him.
It’s difficult to witness Chase’s downward spiral because most readers love the easy going guy who wore his heart on his sleeve, even though he had already been burned by love. This Chase is one sadistic bastard and he takes his wrath out of anyone who dares get in his face and question his actions. This Chase finds the world joyless and his life not worth living except to wreak havoc on his unsuspecting enemies. And he sure as heck has no room in his life and most definitely not in his heart for the young, naïve, and gentle woman who enters Chase’s life, not truly knowing what she’s about to be dragged into until it’s too late for her to go back.
I truly didn’t know if I would be able to accept a new girl for Chase, especially an outsider and a woman who just doesn’t seem to fit into his dark and dangerous world. But I should have learned by now to never doubt where Rachel Van Dyken leads her characters because it’s clear, pretty early on to readers, that Luciana Smith will be Chase’s game changer, not only because she’s the exact opposite of Mil, but because the lightness she brings into Chase’s darkness is the only thing strong enough to battle his demons, to unthaw his guarded heart, and to allow him a chance to see what’s ahead of him instead of everything he’s lost.
Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite is my absolute favorite mafia series, and the further she takes her readers, the darker, the riskier, the grittier, and the more heartbreaking the stories get, which means that characters we have come to love and respect might just let us down or a death might occur that will change the entire dynamics of the series’ storyline. In a world of murder, mayhem, and drama, losses and regrets are inevitable and while it’s difficult to accept some decisions and actions that take place, the setting require, even, demands them to play out because the mafia isn’t a fairy tale world, it’s where revenge, betrayal, and death reign supreme.
4.5 Poison Apples
BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD.
It covered my hands.
It surged through my heart.
It dripped from my fingertips onto the concrete floor.
Insanity scratched its way into my psyche as I eyed the door and waited. One heartbeat, two heartbeats, three…
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.
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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