Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway : Elect (Eagle Elite, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Eagle Elite, #2
Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date:
December 10th,  2013

Grand Central Publishing


eArc received for review

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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 . . . 

 The Eagle Elite Series

Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)
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Excerpt of ELECT:

“Let’s make a pact.” Chase put his hand on my shoulder.
“A pact?” I sniffled and turned to him. “What kind of pact?”
“One that’s forever. One that protects people rather than hurts them.”
“How do we do that?” I was suddenly interested. What if I could make all the hurt go away? What if I could save everyone!
“We do this.” Chase pulled out his pocketknife and cut open his hand, then nodded to me to do the same thing. Without pausing I cut open my hand and handed back the knife. “Blood brothers. We’re never gonna hurt each other and we’re gonna save those like your ma, Nixon. Ones who can’t save themselves. We’re going to protect them.”
“How?” I watched as the blood dripped from my open palm.
“Rules.” Chase shrugged. “They keep people safe, right? At least that’s what my mom says.” He smiled. “We make rules and we start our own club. That way, we don’t have to listen to anyone but us.”
I liked it. I chewed on my lower lip. “What do we call ourselves?”
“The chosen?” Chase offered.
“No, that sounds lame. We have to sound… more powerful than that.”
My eyes flickered to the road, and a sign poked into the ground. It said election. “Elect.” I pointed. “Let’s call ourselves The Elect.” It made sense; after all, the president was elected, wasn’t he? We weren’t exactly chosen, but we were making the choice, we were electing ourselves protectors. That’s what we were.
“Who else can join?” Chase asked.
“Tex and Phoenix. They’ll want to.” A weight suddenly felt like it was being lifted off my twelve-year-old shoulders. “Should we shake on it?”
“Yeah.” Chase smashed his hand against mine as our blood mixed. “No going back, Nixon.”
“No.” I shook my head. “No going back.”

I pressed my fingers to my temples and watched, replaying that moment over and over again in my head as the outline of Chase and Tracey flickered in the moonlight. Would he really do this to me? After all the shit we’d been through?
I gauged her reaction, hoping that I would be wrong. Praying to God that Trace would just this once listen to me. Her eyes flickered with interest for a few brief seconds before she looked down at the ground.
“Shit.” I waited in the shadows. A part of me knew this would happen. The part that told me to damn my feelings to hell and ignore all the warning signs that I’d been seeing. But now it seemed like it was too late. I stayed, planted where I was, watching, waiting.
“Chase, you can’t…” Trace shook her head. “You can’t be like this. We can’t do this!”
“We aren’t doing anything,” Chase said in low tones, reaching for Trace’s hand. “Don’t you?” He looked directly at me, although all he saw was a shadow. I knew I was well hidden. “Don’t you feel the same way?”
Trace jerked her hand away from Chase’s. “It doesn’t matter what I feel. It’s not about me, Chase.”
“But it is.” Chase reached for her again. This time her hand grasped his in such an intimate embrace I thought I was going to vomit all over the ground. The outside air was cold as hell as little pieces of ice tried to find their way into my wool coat.
“It isn’t.” Trace sighed. “It never was.”
Chase jerked her toward him. She fell against his chest and looked up into his eyes. “What are you doing?”
Chase sighed. “What I should have done a long time ago.” He grabbed the back of her head and pulled her in for a kiss. Their lips touched.
I had to look away.
The only sound in the night was that of my soft footsteps as I walked away… leaving my heart in broken pieces where I’d last stood. She was lost to me; it wasn’t even the Sicilians that had taken her, but my best friend.
A gunshot rang out loud and clear in the night air. I turned back around just in time to see Trace collapse into Chase’s arms.

My Review:

Oh my God!!!!! This book is freakin' PHENOMENAL!!!! I'm still in a state of numbness since I finished reading it. I can't pick up another book!!! I can perfectly remember all the books that have kept me awake at night. The books that make me want to become invisible to the world until I read the last page. The books that leave me breathless and keep me wanting more. Elect is one of these books or should I say series. I read Elite and Elect back-to-back and I am now suffering from one of the worst book hangovers EVER!!! I need more of Nixon, Trace and Chase. They have been in my mind non-stop. Their story is SUBLIME! The writing style is perfect and the fact that this book is written in not one, but three POV is just AWESOME!

Elect picks up where Elite left off. Nixon and Trace are now a couple, but they are far from their HEA. Deception, betrayal, heartbreak, many obstacles are on the path to finding happiness. What they never saw coming is the love that Chase (Nixon's cousin and best friend) feels for Trace. Decisions will be made, hearts will be broken and shocking confessions will be revealed!

Action ... Check!
Passion ... Check!
Love triangle ... Check!
Mystery ... Check!
Outstanding story ... Check!

I'm so in love with this series that I don't even know how to put into words how I feel! For two days I lived for these characters and I devoured every single chapter. I don't want to give anything away because you need to FEEL this story. I won't deny that i'm still an emotional mess. I HATE love triangles!!!! I know that one person can love two people at the same time, but never at the same level. In Elect I did not feel that way. My heart broke for Nixon, Trace and Chase. Both these guys love Trace. She feels a connection to both of them and she has a difficult decision to make. I was switching between Team Nixon and Team Chase all.the.time. I was seriously starting to have a nervous breakdown :( It's like when I want hot chocolate ... I never know if I want it with or without marshmallows. I can't make up my mind!!! Thank God I was not the one making that heartbreaking decision! Both of them are amazing and their love for Trace is intense and beautiful. Watch out ladies! Swoon attack!!!

The action was non-stop. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time with all the twists and turns. I was shocked at how the story played out! While I was reading Elect, it was like a movie was playing in my head. I was absorbing every little detail so that I could try and figure out who was behind the mystery that was revolving around Trace's life. What a shock to discover who was behind all of it. I never saw it coming

My Rating:

I give Elect by Rachel Van Dyken 5 strong, passionate, intoxicating, jaw-dropping, unforgettable stars! I'm so glad that I discovered this series. Rachel Van Dyken is now on my favorite authors list. I really connected with all the characters. I can't wait to see how the rest of the story will unfold. That ending was EPIC!!!! You need to add this series to your TBR list. It's F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

Favorite Quotes:

''Then breathe in me.'' I released her and took off my soaked black t-shirt. ''Breathe in my atmosphere because then at least I know you're breathing. At least then I can hear you inhale and exhale. Trace, I can't fix what's been broken, and I'm not trying to take his place. God knows I can't, no matter how badly I wish I could.''
-Chase (eArc, location 2409)

''When I wake up in the morning ... I don't think, wow, how can I make her love me more? How can I have my way with her? I, I, I? Not in my vocabulary. In fact, I'm a big fan of the letter u. I eat, I think of you. I drink, I drink to you. I cry, so you don't have to. I'd die, for you to live. And I'd survive with a broken heart only if it meant mending yours.''
-Nixon (eArc, location 3618)

About the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times 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

***Blog Tour Giveaway***

SIGNED Forever gift bag, Signed PRINT copy of ELITE (to catch you up on the series!)
5 digital copies of ELITE


  1. Whoa, Mikki! You have me super excited about this series. Thanks for sharing your review & the excerpt.

    1. I'm in love!!! This series is awesome!!!!

      Thanks for stopping by Andrea ;)

  2. Ok, your review has me drooling, even if the triangle made me cringe...but the rest (check) Awesome review!!!


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