Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult
Series: Eagle Elite
Release Date: December 18, 2014
There’s two sides to every story…
And ours? Isn’t pretty…
Then again, what’s pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I’ll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn’t attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours?
Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
I grabbed the girl’s arm and practically dragged her down the hall. The rest of the students followed because, hey, who doesn’t like a free show? Hell, it wasn’t like I was going to hurt the girl. I didn’t hit girls. That wasn’t my specialty. I would never hit a girl unless I had no choice, my life or hers.
“So…” I gently pushed her away. “…what’s your name?”
“B-Brit.” She wrapped her arms around her stomach.
“How old are you, Brit?”
“Major?” I sighed, shoving my hands in my pockets while it went deathly silent around me.
Her blue eyes flickered with uncertainty; she tucked a piece of red hair behind her shoulder. “Business.”
She pressed her lips together.
“Father’s name? Don’t make me ask again, Brit.”
“Ah…” I snapped my fingers. “Ben Arnold, Independent. Was elected into the House of Representatives a few years back. Loves to golf, has a dog named… Henry and a goldfish named Stu. Cheated on his wife of twenty years with a stripper and was caught embezzling money from the State of Iowa but wasn’t penalized or taken to prison. Good ol’ Ben.” I chuckled. “Loves his little girl. I mean, he really does. After all, that was his plea, “Don’t do this to my family.” I sighed. “It’s just too bad.”
“Wh-what?” Brit gasped, tears streaming down her face. “What do you mean?”
“Prison… is not for the faint of heart.” I sighed. “Do you understand what I’m saying to you?”
Brit shook her head.
I pulled out my cell and dangled it in front of her face. “One phone call from me and your father will be behind bars so fast you won’t even get to say goodbye. One phone call, Brit, and I suck every possible future from your pathetic life. You’ll be lucky to be working as a prostitute once I’m finished with you. Because let’s face it, even prostitutes need to have some class, am I right?”
People around me started whispering.
“So here’s what’s going to happen…” I cleared my throat and approached her until she could feel the heat from my body. “You talk to Trace again? I make that phone call. You talk about her, and I hear about it from one of your ugly friends? I make the phone call. Daddy goes to prison, all the family money gets taken, and, just because I love making people suffer that much, I tell the freaking world about your mother’s little… problem. Got me?”
Her lips trembled as tears cascaded down her puffy cheeks.
“Great.” I smiled and turned. “Anyone else want to tempt fate today, or are we good?”
“Awesome. Then go back to class, make good choices, don’t do drugs, and— Go Eagles!”
I sent Nixon a quick text to let him know the situation had been dealt with, though I was kind of irritated at him. He’d been the hero while I’d had to take care of the dirty work. It was what I did, but for the first time… ever, I wanted to be Nixon. I wanted to be the guy who took care of business, not the second-in-command.
Wow, whatever can I say about Rachel Van Dyken’s Enforce? It is Elite from the boys POV – but that just doesn’t do it justice. Because if that was all it was, you would think you would know everything that was going to happen and you wouldn’t be held captivated the entire book, yet that is exactly what occurs.
From the moment I heard that she was going to tackle this book I was on pins and needles. We would finally learn what was REALLY going on at Eagle Elite when this whole saga began. As the series has continued and we have gotten to know each of the players better it has made me wonder even more why they did certain things in Elite, what was going through their minds, what was the background that Trace didn’t know. Enforce answers ALL of those questions.
I appreciated all of the Mafia background that we were able to see in Enforce that we missed in Elite. Things that we learn in later books in the series that we now see for the ‘first time’ here. It was very well done.
Right from the very beginning when you read what the book is about, you see how deeply Chase and Nixon feel for Trace and how they will be pitted against each other. Of course if you have already read Elite and Elect this is no surprise! But reading it here in Enforce as their feelings developed, as they realize who Trace is and what she means to their Family, their future, their friendship, their lives – it tears at your heart.
But for me (and without giving too much away) one of the my favorite things about this book, the thing that I think helps set Rachel Van Dyken apart from other writers is her skill at making you see a character in a different light. She does that here with Phoenix. And that she was able to do that with Phoenix in THIS book was just pure genius for me and brought me to tears and gave me chills.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are a fan of this series TBR it NOW! Go to Rachel’s Author Page every day to get the teaser’s she is posting – you won’t regret it! Soak up every single piece of this book you can get! And then grab it when it comes out and tell everyone to leave you alone!
I received a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my gosh!!!! Oh Rachel Van Dyken has done it again and this time I don’t think I could love her more.
As we all know, Enforce is the male POV of Elite, which was in Trace’s POV. I absolutely fell in love with Elite but after reading Enforce it changed my outlook entirely. Reading about what the men were going through, their opinion of each other, but also of Trace as they got to know her, and the day to day struggles each of the men went through made me fall in love with everyone all over again.
Enforce answers so many questions that I had after reading Elite, especially when it came to wondering why the men acted a certain way in specific situations. I admired Nixon and his protectiveness of Trace and giggled at Chase’s comments. Even after reading Elite and knowing exactly what was going to happen, I still found myself on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, wiping tears (lots of tears), and smiling through the entire book. I can’t honestly say how many times I caught myself laughing at something one of the boys said, smiling at the love being shown, even if it was in such a different way than is typical romance, and gasping at the danger in the situations. Enforce took me on an emotional roller coaster that took me a while to come down from.
My heart clenched at the deep seated love we get to see in this somewhat modern Romeo and Juliet. It felt so different when reading from the male POV because there was so much history of the families we missed in reading Elite. My heart has always belonged to Nixon, even through the rest of the series, I have still felt that pull that brings me back to him. He stole my heart with his dominance, fierceness and protectiveness and I fell harder and have a whole new appreciation for him after reading Enforce.
“I needed to make the cut, but that’s the thing about Trace. Cutting her out of my life? To protect her? Would be like stabbing myself in the heart. It wouldn’t be a mortal wound. It would destroy all that was still good within me, bleed me dry; it would end my existence. But for her? I’d do it a thousand times, a million times. I’d die every day… over and over again, repeating the process until she was safe.” ~Nixon << I mean, come on! Total swoon-worthy right there! He’d die for her, bleed for her, and happily do it as long as she was safe and protected.
“But she’d always mattered, my little Bella, the one who’d held my hand and caught my tears. Damn, but she’d been my sunshine in a life full of rain.” ~Nixon
Chase, dear Chase, may have just grabbed hold and yanked a piece of my heart that had been saved for Nixon and claimed it as his own. His desire to be there for Trace, not just as her protector but as so much more broke me.
“…I found myself outside her dorm room, just staring up at her window like some misplaced Romeo. She was staring out the window. I wondered what consumed her thoughts. Nixon? Her grandfather? Life at Elite? I wondered if I ever crossed her mind – or if I ever would.” ~Chase
“No more moments would pass – I wouldn’t let them. If he wanted her, he was going to have to prove he loved her more than life itself – because I already knew I did.” ~Chase
The love these boys feel, not only for Trace but for each other, is in no way calm and meek. It’s fierce, primitive and incredibly sexy. But the tenderness they (can) show Trace and the peaceful feelings that their love gives them is damn near paralyzing and overwhelming.
Whenever authors decide to “go back and write in a different POV,” it is always a risk. Do they write the same story just different words? Is that enough? Well, Rachel managed to give us a story that was unexpected, electrifying and powerful. Discovering the men’s reasoning and back ground behind their actions broke my heart and made me adore them all the more. Thank you, Rachel, for giving us more of the Eagle Elite and allowing me to give you an honest review for reading early! Once again, you’ve perfected it.
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, 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 www.rachelvandykenauthor.com