Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blog Tour - Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo's sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.
She's a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can't escape the fear her seductive looks instill--knowing it's only a matter of time before I fail--again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it's not pretty...I died, and now I'm alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life--I can't resist taking.


Jewelz Review~
"Ember: A small piece of burning coal. Origin: Old English, Germanic. Example: All it takes is one tiny piece of ember to start a flame, one small flame to burst forth into a fire. One spark, and a man's world may implode from the inside out."

"Phoenix: a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope."

That said, if you have read the previous books in the Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken, you'll understand that Phoenix and his book Ember were given perfect names. You'll also know that this series is intense - it's gritty and emotional. Ember kicks up the grit and there's a lot of raw and tender emotions - some unexpected.

The beauty of this book, in my opinion, is that it's a story of redemption. The juxtoposition of a fallen man - one who is convinced of his complete lack of self worth - with the sweeet innocence of a young woman who hasn't even been kissed, but is full of sass, makes for a truly mercurial relationship. Together Phoenix and Bee became more than they were indiviually - and their entire family is stronger because of their bond.

There are many surprises and twists as we venture deeper into the mafia dealings of the 5 mafia families. Trust is a fragile thing in the mafia world - loyalty runs blood deep, but when it comes down to a choice between your life and betrayal what's a man to do? But as the saying goes: blood in, no out. Is there ever really a choice when you're mafia?

Amazing addition to the Eagle Elite Series - it's hard to choose, but this may be my favorite.

FYI ~ not a "clean read" contains mature language, intimate scenes, and violence.
Honest Disclosure ~ we received ebook copies to review in conjunction with this blog tour



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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 and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at

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