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Elect by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #2
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense
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 . . .
Elect is the second novel in Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series. The story picks up after the end of the first book Elite. Thank heavens because I was so not done with Trace and Nixon or the rest of the Elect.
Trace found herself thrown into the complex and confounding world of the Elect in book one. Now she knows more about herself and the people she loves. She’s also landed in quite a bit of hot water. It’s a good thing she has two fine men to pull her out of it.
Nixon is forced to take drastic measures to protect the people he loves. He often alienates them in the process. As if he didn’t have enough to worry about, the looks he sees his best friend and right-hand man giving his woman have him on the edge of one hell of a precipice.
Chase is in love with his best friend’s girl. He’s forced to stay by Trace’s side 24/7. His honor and duty to Nixon are at war with the intense emotions Trace provokes. He must decide whether the love of his best friend or Trace is more important. And he must decide quick because it’s likely both are going to get him killed.
A lot of readers are rolling their eyes right now because they hate triangles. Have no fear this is not your typical triangle. While both Nixon and Chase are in love with Trace it doesn’t become an adolescent back and forth story. Trace is not the kind of woman to string men along. Elect is driven by emotion and circumstance. It’s freaking hard to get my own feelings about Elect on the page because my heart was pulled in so many directions.
While Elite was told from Trace’s point of view Elect is told from Nixon and Chase’s. I truly enjoyed this creative format from Ms. Van Dyken. It gives the reader a clearer look into the psyche of these characters. It’s easy to see and feel why the characters are so conflicted about their feelings. I highly recommend you read this series in order to enjoy and understand everything going on.
I don’t want to give the major stuff away, but I will say these characters are thrust into some dangerous situations that will leave the reader breathless.
The Eagle Elite series has rapidly become one of my favorites. This is probably the first series I’ve read that has successfully gotten the feelings of the characters across without including detailed sex scenes. It’s not a behind closed doors series entirely. There is sex and it’s powerful without getting very graphic. Rachel Van Dyken gives the reader so much emotion it’s not necessary for the sex to be a focal point. I was shocked that after two books I am so in love with these characters that I don’t miss the sex. I know there are plenty of books out there that don’t feature sex, but I was surprised because of the world the characters find themselves in. This genre is generally known to be rated R. Well, I can honestly say I never expected to have a detailed conversation about sex in one of my reviews.
Elect is a lust filled novel that will have your toes curling. Action and romance never looked this good! You will want to snuggle up with the Eagle Elite all night long. I know I did. I do think I will have to sleep before moving on to book 3, Entice.
Elect is a November Joyfully Recommended Read!