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Blog Tour & Review: Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.

I know only pain and survival.

That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life.

And changed everything.

She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her for myself.

This is the story of my redemption.

But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.

And I will have my vengeance.

Or die trying.

I am Phoenix De Lange.

Death is all I know.

Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.





My Review

Wow! This series just keeps getting better and better. Every time I read a book from the Eagle Elite Series, it’s like being reunited with old friends or family! No one does Mafia quite like Rachel Van Dyken……

Ember follows the story of Phoenix and Bee. Phoenix is heartless, a monster, killer, rapist. The worst kind of person that you can imagine. He’s barley living his life, haunted by the nightmares of his sins.  He’s barley surviving. That is until Bee enters the picture.  Bee is a total game-changer. She was light in his dark. She pushed him, made him feel, made him remember what it was like to live. But, he had to push her away, because her light isn’t meant for a monster. But how long can Phoenix keep pushing her away? Can he allow himself some light or will he always see himself as a monster?

I have been addicted to this series from the very first book and Ember did not disappoint. The story pulled me in immediately, captivating me. Leaving me unable to put it down. I simply devoured this book. I had to know what would happen next. Ember was the perfect addition to this series.

One of the things I loved about Ember, was that it was told from 3 different points of view. It really gave you perspective into the story and made it all that harder to see who you can trust. It was great finally getting to hear Phoenix’s story. He had a terrible past and did horrific things. But, everything isn’t always so black and white. And I loved seeing Phoenix the way that Bee did. Bee showed Phoenix that there are people out there that are willing to see past your sins and she gave him something to fight for. She was the perfect match for Phoenix. She brought him back to life. The perfect light to his dark. 

Another thing that I loved, was that all the main players were a part of this story. It was so great to spend time with them all again.  And Sergio…..I’ve been curious about him since Bang Bang. He was featured a lot in this book and everything has been set up perfectly for his story, which comes out next. 

This book took me on such a crazy ride. I loved the push and pull, the angst, the romance, the secrets and lies. This book had so many great twists and turns. There were times that I didn’t know who was telling the truth or who could be trusted. And I for one was on the edge of my seat, right up until the very end.

Ember was a quick and enjoyable read for me. It was a great story of redemption, second chances, love, loss, guilt and of course family. I’m so glad that Phoenix’s story got to be told. Everyone deserves a chance at redemption and in the end, Phoenix definitely proved he deserved it. 

If you have been a fan from this series from the very beginning as I have, you will not be disappointed. I fall in love with the series more and more with each book. The characters are so enjoyable and each time I pick up one of these books, it’s like spending time with old friends. All I can say is that I LOVED Phoenix and Bee’s story and I can’t wait for the next book! I highly recommend checking this book, this series out!

*I was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*




 “Do it,” my father spat. “Or I will.”

I looked at the girl at my feet and back at my father. “No.”

He lifted his hand above my head; I knew what was coming, knew it would hurt like hell but had no way to fight back — he’d already starved me of my food for the past three days for arguing, for trying to save the girl and her cousin.

His fist hit my temple so hard that I fell to the ground with a cry. The click of his boots against the cement gave me the only warning I’d have as he reared back and kicked me in the ribs; over and over again he kicked. The girl screamed, but I stayed silent. Screaming didn’t help; nothing did.

I waited until he was done — I prayed that he would kill me this time. I prayed so hard that I was convinced God was finally going to hear me and take me away from my hell. Anything was better than living. Anything.

“You worthless—” Another kick to the head. “—piece 

of shit!” A kick to my gut. “You will never be boss, not if you cry every time you must do the hard thing!” Finally, blessed darkness enveloped my line of vision.

I woke up from the nightmare screaming, not even realizing that I was safe, in my own bed. With a curse I checked the clock.

Three a.m.

Well, at least I’d only had one nightmare — that I’d remembered. I’d been living with Sergio for the past week; his house was so big that I’d basically taken the east wing, and he’d taken the West, said he’d hated living alone anyway. I wasn’t stupid; I knew the guy wasn’t exactly a big fan, but it worked. I needed to stay in the States while I figured shit out.

And I wasn’t ready to leave. Not when I needed to learn all I could from Nixon. Not when I had responsibility.

And not when I had those black folders freaking burning a hole in my mind.

Luca hadn’t just left me an empire; he’d left me secrets. I wasn’t sure what was worse, knowing everything there was to know about those I was supposed to be protecting or knowing that at any minute one of them could turn on us.

“Hey!” Bee barged into my room.

“Damn it!” I pulled the blankets over my naked body, my heart picking up speed at her tousled hair and bedroom eyes. Tex’s sister, Tex’s sister. My body wasn’t accepting that — physically it wasn’t accepting any information other than she was beautiful.

And it was dark.

I looked away, scowling.

“I heard screaming.” Bee took a step forward, her perfume floating off her body like an aphrodisiac or drug, making me calm, making me want something I had no business wanting.

“Yeah, well…” I gave her a cold glance. “…clearly I’m fine, so you should go. Actually, why are you here? You know you live with Tex, right?”

She shrugged and sat on my bed. I clenched my fists around the blankets to keep from reaching out to her. It was getting harder and harder to ignore her warmth — when I lived in a constant state of near-death cold.

“He’s with Mo, and they need privacy. I’m not stupid. So I asked Sergio if I could move in for a while.”

“You did what?” I asked in a deadly tone, one I was sure would probably give her nightmares later.

She grinned. “I’m your new roomie!” Bee bounced on the bed and sent me a shy look from beneath her dark lashes. “Admit it, you miss our slumber parties.”

Forget the nightmare — I was looking at it.

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About Rachel Van Dyken:

 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







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