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ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken
by Rachel Van Dyken

Series: Eagle Elite #2
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense
Source: Reviewer
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!

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken
by Rachel Van Dyken

Series: Eagle Elite #1
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense
Source: Reviewer

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.

Elite is a powerful romance that keeps the reader on the edge of your seat.  Rachel Van Dyken is a new author to me and I’m so excited I finally found her.

I swear I yelled at this book or rather the characters more than ever before.  Ms. Van Dyken yanked me into the Eagle Elite world, made me feel the myriad of emotions her characters endure.  As I finished Elite I felt as if I had run a marathon in record time.  I was exhausted, and I wanted more.  I was so obsessed I turned around and read the next book Elect immediately!

Trace Rooks is a feisty young woman beginning her college career at an exclusive university.  She’s thrust into this strange world and subjected to some awful things.  One of the wonderful things about this book besides the romance are the many converging plots.  As soon as you think you know what this book is going to be about Ms. Van Dyken throws a curve ball.  Many times, I felt my eyes bulge while thinking Holy Sh*t did that really just happen!

Elite is a new adult romance but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s your standard college romance novel.  Elite deals with many adult scenarios.  It’s easy to forget the characters are so young because of how they handle the cards they are dealt.

Nixon Abandonato is an enigma.  It’s hard to tell what is going on in his head but damn he wears Alpha Male with aplomb.  He’s the leader of the mysterious Elect and a complete ass.  The characters are fascinating.  I hate to say much more because I don’t want to give away the exciting secrets within Elite. However, I can tell you that Trace and Nixon set the pages ablaze with their sensual romance and intense banter in Rachel Van Dyken’s Elite! I am thrilled to Joyfully Recommend it for November!

DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti

DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti
Deadly Silence
by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Blood Brothers #1
Published by Forever Genres: Suspense
Source: Reviewer

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head and she doesn’t know it: her friend is in trouble, her job is on the line, her casual affair suddenly wants more, oh and someone may be trying to kill her.  Ryker Jones’ past is coming back to haunt him and the people he cares about.  He will do whatever it takes to keep them safe whether they like it or not.

Danger is lurking closer than Ryker could have imagined.  Can he protect those he loves?

Author Rebecca Zanetti introduces her readers to the Blood Brothers series with Deadly Silence.

Ryker and his blood brothers Heath and Denver grew up in foster care.  They were forced into a dire situation and tried to make the best of it.  They thought that was behind them until a twelve-year-old walks into their Private Investigation offices asking for help.

Zanetti weaves a killer world in Deadly Silence.  I am always in awe of Zanetti’s worldbuilding and complex characters.  I was not disappointed with Deadly Silence.

Zara is a modern woman content with her casual affair with Ryker.  Her conflicted feelings when he tells her he wants more are honest and humorous.  She finds herself in a situation where societal norms tell her she should act one way while her heart and body are screaming something else.  I think we’ve all been in that type of situation a time or two.

Ryker is a dominant alpha male character that make your toes curl.  His interactions with Zara are very exciting.  They always made me smile while reading.  The passion in Deadly Silence ranks a fifteen on a scale from one to ten.  I would definitely walk on the wild side with Ryker.

There are many intersecting plot lines in Deadly Silence.  Zanetti has set her readers up with a seriously enthralling story.  The reader never knows what’s coming next or who’s behind it.  I love that kind of suspense element.  Deadly Silence sets things up for Heath’s story Lethal Lies and I can’t wait to hunt down the Copper Killer with him.

Sensational emotions and high intensity action make Deadly Silence a Must Read!

BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent

BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent

BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent
Blind Tiger
by Rachel Vincent

Series: Wildcats #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal
Source: Reviewer


Robyn Sheffield is thrown into a world she doesn’t understand and forced to live her life based on the wants and needs of those around her. Robyn is a warrior determined to fight for herself and willing to do whatever it takes to regain her freedom and the right to go where she wants, do what she wants and love who she wants! Her resolve leads her into the arms of the feline stray Alpha.


Alpha Titus Alexander is in pursuit of legitimacy for his Pride and all strays in the U.S. from the feline shifters council which has up unto this point either banished or executed strays.  His attempt to persuade the council of the benefits of formally recognizing his Pride go from bad to worse as he discovers one of the feline shifters council’s precious tabbies in the trunk of his car.  Female feline shifters are rare and fiercely fought over among the council. Titus knows if he doesn’t take Robyn back to them he could lose any chance he has at legitimacy for his Pride and possibly start a war.


Sparks fly and neither Titus nor Robyn can deny the heat between them.  Now Robyn and Titus must decide if their love is worth starting a war over.


Rachel Vincent combines humor, suspense and stirring romance to create one hell of an adventure in Blind Tiger.  This book is so much fun! The characters are sweet, sexy and full of fight.  There is nothing more thrilling than strong characters willing to fight for themselves and others. Robyn and Titus go to exciting extremes to protect the people they care about. Following them on their journey is thoroughly entertaining!


Vincent’s worldbuilding is spellbinding. I cannot get enough of her Wildcats series!  I love immersing myself in this world. For a little while I can get lost with friends that I love!  Robyn is an excellent addition to the series. She is a character you can root for.  It’s easy to get attached to both Robyn and Titus.


Blind Tiger is an irresistible sensual romance brimming with all the things guaranteed to make the reader swoon.  I’m addicted to this series and I hope that there will be another book ASAP because I already miss the captivating characters. I highly recommend the Wildcats series to any lover of paranormal romance. Vincent’s breathtaking characters will make you laugh, cry and fall in love right along with them.

LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent
Lion's Share
by Rachel Vincent

Series: Wildcats #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal
Source: Reviewer


Wow! I’m not sure where to begin! In the last 12 hours, I managed to devour the first two books in Rachel Vincent’s Wildcats series.  It is a very happy surprise that I stumbled upon Lion’s Share while browsing Amazon.  In 2010 I was among the masses that were so sad to see Ms. Vincent’s Shifters series end.  Therefore, when I discovered that Wildcats is a spinoff from that series I could not resist the temptation! I needed to see if Ms. Vincent could duplicate her success with the Shifters series and create the heady excitement I felt all those years ago. Let’s take a trip back into the world of sexy shifters, Pride politics, intrigue and most importantly love.


Abigail Wade is about to enter her final semester of college when her life grinds to a halt as she is thrown into a murder investigation.  Abby is a commodity among the feline shifters.  Since birth Abby has known that she is greatly needed to ensure the continuation of the feline shifter species.  As a freshman in college Abby learned the hard way how cruel life can be especially to feline shifters.  During her short life Abby has been a possession, a victim, a fiancé and a murderer but none of that prepared her for the hurdles headed her way the largest being Alpha Jace Hammond.


Jace is Alpha of the Appalachian Territory and the youngest Alpha in the world.  He’s faced many challenges since his reign began but none will be as tough as figuring out the alluring and tenacious Abigail Wade. There is a killer on the loose and the feline shifters are afraid of the world finding out about their existence.  Jace and his enforcers are determined to find the culprit before that happens and Abby is bent on helping them whether they like it or not.


The murder investigation takes on new urgency as they discover the killer could be closer than they think and Abby insists on becoming one of Jace’s enforcers.  The last thing Jace wants is to see Abby is danger ever again but he has a very difficult time standing firm when it comes to the sweet and sassy Abby.  An attraction burns bright between them.  However, with so many obstacles in their way is it possible for them to find a happily-ever-after?


Wildcats are my new favorite obsession!  I’m not sure I can find the adequate words to express how excited I am about this new series and Lion’s Share but I’m definitely going to give it a try. 😉


While it may have been almost seven years since I read the last Shifter novel as I started Lion’s Share I felt like it was yesterday.  Ms. Vincent completely immerses her readers in the Shifters/Wildcats world.  It was like I could see my old friends and fall in love all over again. Ms. Vincent is one of the first author’s that took me into the world of the paranormal and she made me love it all over again!


It’s not necessary to have read the Shifters series before Wildcats but it does make things more exciting because you already have a connection to many of the characters featured.  It would be impossible to come away from the Shifters series without forming an attachment to Jace Hammond!


Jace is as sexy and irresistible as ever in Lion’s Share!  The connection between Abby and Jace is palpable.  It was amusing to watch these two fight their attraction and to see Abby truly come into her own.  Abby is a strong, willful woman desperate to help the people she loves.   Jace is also out to help the people he loves. It’s beautiful to watch as Abby peels back the layers of his hardened heart.  One of the many things that I love about Jace and Abby is their passion: their passion for life, their passionate fight for justice and most importantly their passion for loving each other and those close to them.


Rachel Vincent strikes again reigniting the flames of magic and fierce yearning for paranormal fans everywhere with Lion’s Share! Readers should expect to be taken on a wild thrilling ride with Jace and Abby in Lion’s Share! Lion’s Share is one ride you will not be able to stop until you’ve read the last stunning word.  I was so enthralled by Lion’s Share that I didn’t want it to end so I did the only logical thing any serious reader would do…buy the next book in the series Blind Tiger!


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