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I Belong

Early Review: Elect by Rachel Van Dyken


Author: Rachel Van Dyken

GenreNA Contemporary

SeriesEagle Elite (Book 2)

Publication Date: December 10, 2013

Format: Ebook, 256 Pages

ISBN-101455554227 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13978-1455554225 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Would you die for the one you love?

Nixon Abandonato made his  choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will.

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

Quick & Dirty: Fantastic sequel with even more action, mystery, and steamy romance.  This is one of my favorite new adult series.

Opening Sentence: I hid in the shadows hoping he wouldn’t see me as he hit Ma again.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Nixon Abandonato has had to sacrifice a lot to honor his family. He has made a lot of enemies throughout the years and everyone he cares about is a liability. Tracey is the girl of his dreams, but being with him is dangerous.  If the wrong people find out how he feels, they will use her to hurt him. He loves her more than anything, so he will do whatever he has to do to keep her safe, even if that means saying goodbye.

Chase is supposed to be Tracey’s bodyguard. Nixon is not only his cousin but his best friend in the whole world. They grew up together and have been inseparable since they were kids, and he would do anything for Nixon.  So of course he will protect the girl Nix loves, but there is one big problem — Chase is falling in love with her too.  Then Tracey’s life is threatened, and the only way to protect her is to pretend that she is Chase’s girlfriend. Chase was already hanging by a thread, and now he’s not sure how he’s going to stop himself from completely falling.

The story alternated between Nixon and Chase’s POV. Because you get to be inside Nixon’s head you get to know him so much better. He had a rough childhood, but he was born to be a leader. Even at such a young age his presence demands respect and he has earned it.  He has always been selfless and did what was best for his family.  You really get to see how far he will go to protect the people he loves. Honestly, I fell even more in love with Nixon. His strength and honor made me admire him.  Also, the fact that he is drop dead gorgeous helps too. He is an amazing character and has become one of my favorite book boys.

Getting to know Chase better was also fun. He is a laid back kind of guy and much less serious than Nixon. He really knows how to lighten the mood and make you laugh. But he also is dangerous and not someone you want to mess with.  He has a great sense of loyalty and it is sad to see him so torn up about how he feels about Trace.  He really cared about Tracey and in some ways he is actually a much better match for her.  I really loved Chase, and honestly I can’t wait to see what happens next for him the next book.

Elect was very different from its predecessor. There was more violence and being inside the guys head made the tone of the book much more masculine.  I did miss Tracey’s voice at times, but I loved seeing everything through the guys eyes. I find the setting and idea for this story so fascinating and unique.  In a way you are cheering for modern day villains since the hero’s are all part of the mafia, but I totally loved that.  Dyken really knows how to surprise you and captivate you with her writing.  I would think I had the whole thing figured out, then she would throw in a twist that would make me rethink everything.  I love everything about this series and it has become one of my favorite new adult series ever.  There is a slight cliffhanger at the end, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.  I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great new adult book, it will not disappoint.

Notable Scene:

It was Trace’s favorite tattoo, even though I had several down my left arm and a few on my stomach and back. Her favorite had always been that one, on the left side of my chest. She said it gave her comfort. I guess she was using it for comfort right now.

“Okay,” she whispered, “I’ll do it.”

I was waiting to feel relieved, but all I felt was tense. My muscles literally tightened underneath her touch the minute the word “okay” had fallen from her perfectly pouted lips.

“I’m going to apologize in advance, though.” Tracey sniffed as a tear ran down her cheek.

“Why are you apologizing?”

Her eyes met mine. “Because I’m going to break your heart.”

Eagle Elite Series:

1. Elite

2. Elect (December 10, 2013)

3. Entice (2014)

4. Elicit (2014)


FTC Advisory: Forever/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Elect. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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