Also by this author: The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc., #2)
Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite
Published by Rachel Van Dyken on July 31st 2017
Genres: Suspense, Mafia, Dark
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The next book in the international bestselling Eagle Elite Series. Complete Stand Alone.
Part of a world I loathe.Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.I'm. In. Hell.Also known as the Cosa Nostra.I wish I would have known--that my life was over the minute I stepped off the plane.Son to a murdered mob boss.Heir to a throne of murder and lies.My name is Dante Nicolasi.And there will be blood.
Blood in.. No Out…
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Dante slammed his hand into the tree, his jaw popped as he gritted his teeth together and then calm washed over him as he whispered near my ear, “Want me to kill him?”
A few people walked by and stared at us, it looked like he was kissing my neck, like we were normal college students sharing a moment.
Nope. Wrong story, kiddos.
He just offered to kill someone for offending me, run along, nothing to see here.
“After,” I said. “Kill him after he stops being useful to you, to the bosses.” I couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth, what I was agreeing to. “Yes.”
Dante pulled back, his face broke out into a smile. “How messed up is it that I’m actually looking forward to that moment?”
I gulped. “It’s in your blood.”
“I wish it wasn’t,” he said gruffly. “I wish I didn’t crave it — dream about it — almost as much as I wish I didn’t feel guilt every day because of it.”
I sighed and put my hands on his chest, then ran them up around his neck, he didn’t move, or flinch, so maybe we were having a moment as our mouths almost touched. “The only shame in life, is not being who you were truly born to be. If that means you kill the bad guys — kill the bad, guys Dante. Just don’t lose your soul in the process.”
“And if it’s already gone?” He croaked his eyes darkening as he slowly leaned in until his forehead touched mine.
Days ago I would have been terrified that his body was this close.
Days ago, I would have shoved him away and run.
Days ago, I would have shuddered that his bloodstained hands were running up and down my skin.
Today was different.
Today I closed my eyes and drank in the wicked scent of Dante Nicolasi, the cologne mixed with soap. I inhaled.
And opened my eyes again.
Yesterday I was angry. I was afraid.
Today. Against the tree.
Pinned by Dante’s arms.
I was safe.
“I’ll help you find it,” I whispered.
“Just don’t damn yourself in the process, El.” He cupped my face with his right hand, his eyes fell to my mouth, his half-lidded seductive look could stop a girl dead in her tracks.
The wives always talked about how attractive his father was, even at an older age.
Almost like he’d aged backward.
Dante was no different.
If it was possible for a human to get more attractive by the day — he’d be the one to prove you right.
“Are you going to kiss me again?” I asked hopefully.
“No.” He pulled away.
My heart sank into my stomach.
“Because I don’t want to start something I have no intention of stopping.”
My head jerked, our eyes locked, and I saw it. The honesty.
“Told you I’d never lie to you, El.” His voice had a warning edge to it, like I shouldn’t push him, push whatever invisible boundaries he’d mentally set up between us. His eyes never left mine.
And I knew, this was what he looked like when he was telling the truth.
His eyes pierced through my defenses in an unapologetic search for my heart, my soul.
And I let them.
“We should get to class.” I finally found my voice and started walking, he fell into step beside me.
And I spent the rest of the day thinking about the non-kiss.
And the promise that came with it.
Ok, so honesty here… I hadn’t read any of these books till this past month. I signed up for this tour and the beginning of July and then proceeded to read every.single.book. in this series. I love mafia books but I had just never gotten around to reading this series. I am so glad I finally did! While these are not as dark as the ones I have read before I still loved each and every book.
Enrage will probably sit as one of my favorites from this series. Ember is still sitting as my favorite but Enrage did give it a run for its money. Dante and Eli are great together, the story was action packed and consumed me from beginning to end, my emotions she made me feel were everything. One of the things I like most about this series is the continuation of the story across all of the books. It makes the whole thing so much more than it would be. I can’t wait for the next release.
“This isn’t a fairy tale, and if it was, I sure as hell wouldn’t be the prince.”