Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Elude by Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken
July 9th, 2015


**This book is the sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. It's an interconnected standalone 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. I would be my redemption. 

Or the beginning of something beautiful.

The beginning of her.

The end of us. 


I have read every book in the Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken, and none of them have affected me the way that Sergio’s book, Elude, has affected me. This whole series has brought so much to the table. It has mixed romance and heartbreak, romance and hate, suspense and revelations, friendships. I have seen such growth from Rachel in this book. She used her words to break down all the walls that were built up. Her words broke me down and twisted me in more ways than I can count. Sergio slowly made his way into my heart with this book and I didn’t want it to end.

Elude is all about sacrifice in my opinion. Two individuals are thrown together in hopes that 1: one will protect the other, and 2: they learn from each other. This story brings Andi and Sergio together in less than desirable circumstances.  Andi is dying. She was such an amazing character. She’s a spitfire. She doesn’t care how she goes about things, including using pots and bats in a completely hysterical way. She’s not afraid to stand up to any of the guys even though they could end her with a pull of their finger. She puts them in their place and brings them all closer together in the long run. She proved more than once that she could handle her own, including handing them their own asses. She showed Sergio that even though she was dying; and knew it quite clearly, she wasn’t going to let her control her. Andi brought the good out of Sergio. She pulled the emotions from him even though it may have been unwillingly for a little bit but slowly Sergio began to fall deeper and deeper for her.

Sergio was so against marrying Andi. Why marry someone that is going to die and leave him broken-hearted. Sergio was used to being by himself. Things were always changing and being who he was, made it difficult to have a life. Sergio’s heart was full of malice and contempt. When forced to marry a special little Russian, the walls surrounding his heart start to fall. Before he even marries Andi, he’s cold, mean, and downright nasty to her. Andi doesn’t let it faze her though. She continues to stay perky and upbeat. As she slowly breaks away the cold, hard ice, from Sergio’s heart, the two of them begin to embark on their own future, no matter how short or long it may be.

This book also showed the crazy connection between all of the guys. They proved that they were together through it all. They continued to make me laugh every though I was balling my eyes out. Their friendship knows no bounds. Each of them holds a special place in my heart and with this book they have embed themselves even further in. Their sarcasm, they humor, their love shows how they truly care for one another.

There isn’t much more I can say about this book without giving everything single thing away. I cried…. Hard. Big. Ugly. Crocodile Tears. Every emotion I felt in this book, hit me bad. This book is beautiful. Its beautifully heartbreaking. Its beautifully romantic. My heart was twisted in a million different ways. One scene specially completely broke me, shattered me. I laughed, I cried, and I drank lots and lots of wine. This book was absolutely fabulous. Read it… seriously read it. you will not be disappointed at all.

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