Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken

Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.

But the only person able to do my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.

Im cursed so I did it.
I'm numb so I held it.
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins.
The only way out is death...yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family.

4.5 Fantastic Stars!

Review by Jen Hagen

I have read every one of the Eagle Elite series and I can tell you with complete honesty that this is by far my favorite.  The pull between Tex and Mo was angst ridden, filled with lies, and at times so hurtful and painful to read – and that is what made Elicit exceed the rating of 4 stars that I have given the previous books in the series. 

Mo is the twin sister to Nixon, the Abandonatos leader.  Tex is the abandoned son of the di Cappo leader and is now next in line to take over the lineage.  Unfortunately for Tex there is another di Cappo who feels he is more worthy of being the leader and has placed a 10 million price tag on Tex’s head.  In order to protect Tex a ruse is in place.  Mystery, suspense and surprise abound as the truth of the planned deceit is unveiled. 

Mo and Tex have always been in love with each other, but circumstances have kept them from declaring their exclusivity towards one another.  Tex is very dedicated to the “family” and has at times placed that above his love for Mo (i.e. slept with somebody to gain information).  In return, Mo has reciprocated the pain and at the end of book 2 we found her pregnant with another man’s child.  Tex is intent on doing the right thing for Mo and the family by claiming the child as his and marrying her.  Of course this means facing the wrath of Nixon…

“I didn’t say I was going to kill you.  I could shoot you, and you’d still be perfectly fine, maybe walk with a limp but then again that would be a reminder not to do stupid sh*t.”

I’d known Nixon my entire life.

He wasn’t bluffing.

If given a choice between family and love, the clear winner would be family.  “Blood always wins.”  Tex is claiming his responsibilities of the family and is letting go of Mo.  This broke not only my heart but also the dams that were holding back my tears.  Ms. Van Dyken excelled at writing these painfully, heartbreaking scenes…notice I said plural.  There are several times when Mo and Tex try to hold onto one last moment, only to have to face reality that they need to let each other go.

“When the nights are dark…when you’re alone and afraid…when you’re sick at the prospect of dating for the first time, when you’re sad…” I shrugged and rubbed my hand across her chest.  “Know that a part of me will always be with you.”

A meeting is called…a plan is in place… ghosts come out of hiding… and friends are loyal…but is it possible for them to all walk away unscathed?  And if Tex is able, can he reclaim his place in Mo’s heart? 

I watched as my three best friends held their heads high, no fear visible on their faces, and I had to wonder.  Was I leading them to their deaths?  Or had I done enough to save them?



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