Spotlight, Teasers, Excerpt & Review: Empire (Eagle Elite #7) by Rachel Van Dyken

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I have lost everything.
My purpose.
My love.
My soul.
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle--the promise I made her, brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade.
I am broken, I dont want to be fixed.
One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the mafia family. The Empire is crumbling and it's my job to fix it, my job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
The only issue is, the only way to fix, is to do something I swore I'd never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time.
I won't fall.
Or so help me God, I'll kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandanoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate--you have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.


    The loving couple in the rain  


Sergio looked ready to strangle me. “No. I don’t believe I asked for an annoying little sister, but if that’s what you’re offering, please don’t let me stop you. Just know, I won’t hesitate to put you over my knee if you get out of hand.”

The minute the words left his mouth. I froze.

He froze.

The taxi driver stared little laser like holes into the rearview mirror.

And Sergio leaned toward me.

I swallowed as tension swirled around us.

He gripped me by the chin and turned my head to the side, his lips brushing my ear. “It’s like you have a death wish.”

“You wouldn’t do it.”

He pulled back as both of his eyebrows shot up, and then he looked down, like he had spotted something.

I followed the direction of his gaze and let out a little gasp as a gun dug into my stomach.

“It’s been directed at you for the last four minutes,” Sergio said through a practiced smile. “I meant what I said. Listen well. I keep my word. Kiss me, and blood will be spilled.”

“Y-you’re a crazy person!” I hissed, shoving at his chest. “And I wasn’t going to kiss you!”

“Sure you weren’t.” He put the gun away. “Good talk though, right? Oh look, the movie theater.”

To say that I scrambled out of the car like a kid running away from her kidnapper would be a gross understatement, but the minute my feet hit the pavement, I paused.

My body told me to run.

The guy had pulled a gun.

On me.

I didn’t even watch violent movies.


Toot's Review

Wow well what can I say about Empire besides…..IT.WAS.SO.FREAKIN’.EPIC!!! Rachel Van Dyken’s new addition to the Eagle Elite series will leave you with a total book hangover and in a good way. If you haven’t read the series, DO.SO.NOW!!! But if not, this can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you at least read the first half of this saga - Eagle Elite #6, Elude, The reason I say that is because Elude was about Sergio and Andi’s story whereas Empire is about Sergio and Val……and no he doesn’t HEA hop, in fact, Andi ends up passing away from Cancer (sorry for the spoiler) but before she goes, she sets up Sergio with an Epic love story, in Empire, from beyond the grave as her last act of love and gets everyone involved in the plot (for his own good *wink*). Amazing right??? I don’t want to give more away but just know that the story is full of heartache, betrayal, a broken Alpha male whose heart is torn into pieces, a young innocent girl who’s been cherished and sheltered to the point of naiveté, an arranged marriage, a shared history, the Mafia, mysterious letters, fairytales, death, birth, rebirth, violence and love - all rolled into one epic story!!! Seriously, I didn’t even exaggerate *grin*

If you love family stories, second chances, mystery, Mob, starry-eyed girls and shredded alpha males? You’re going to love this book/series.

I totally pounded it out in one day. I laughed, I cheered, I cringed, I hated and I loved. It was good fun and well worth the read. Now *searching online* when’s the next one out!

Get the beginning of Sergio's story in Elude


This book is the sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. It's an interconnected stand alone novel with no cliffhanger.

Twenty-Four hours before we were to be married--I offered to shoot her.

Ten hours before our wedding--I made a mockery of her dying wish.

Five hours before we were going to say our vows--I promised I'd never love her.

One hour before I said I do--I vowed I'd never shed a tear over her death.

But the minute we were pronounced man and wife--I knew.

I'd only use my gun to protect her.

I'd give my life for hers.

I'd cry.

And I would, most definitely, lose myself, to a dying girl---a girl who by all accounts should have never been mine in the first place.

I always believed the mafia would be my end game--poisoning my heart, while it claimed my soul. I could have never imagined. It would be my redemption.

Or the beginning of something beautiful.

The beginning of her.

The end of us.



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! You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers.

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