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Book Review – Elicit (Eagle Elite #4) by Rachel Van Dyken

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 My book choice for the start of the week was Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken. The intriguing blurb and near perfect ratings were what really sold this one to me. It is the 4th book in the Eagle Elite series but was promoted as being able to be read as a stand-alone. This book is going to be hard to review because even though I loved the story and was totally sucked in, I had NO idea what was going on for the first 80% of the book. So bear with me.  

Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted…my 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 that…is 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.

Elicit tells the story of Tex Campisi. Again, I don’t fully understand the dynamics of the relationship between Tex and the other characters in the book because I haven’t read the previous books, but from what I can gather Tex was brought up by the Abandonatos; a rival mafia family. I have no idea why but his Dad was a prick by the sounds. 

The time has finally come for Tex to take the place as head of his own Mafia family (the Campisis) but unfortunately it’s all very, very complicated. Tex’s life is firmly entwined with Mo’s who is the Abandonato princess and twin sister to the head of the Abandonato family. Games will be played, people will die and basically this book with make you damn thankful that your family aren’t Mafia. 

“The Mafia by definition should say, “Happy Endings die here.”

I absolutely loved the writing in this book. It was like poetry at times. Rachel Van Dyken does an amazing job of portraying human emotion and she makes you believe that every single word is real. I absolutely felt like the Romeo & Juliet situation between Tex and Mo was hopeless at times. Beyond repair. There was no way out for them. I was completely engrossed in their world. 

“Story of my life. I give. They take. I give some more. They take it all.”

Ok so here’s where I ran into issues – this was not a stand-alone. It can NOT be read as a standalone. I STILL have no idea about so many things in this book. What is Tex’s back story? How did we arrive at this point in time? What’s the deal with Milly? And just WHO the hell is Phoenix and WHAT DID HE DO?! With a bit of recapping it could have easily been a stand-alone but with absolutely no recapping you will spend the majority of this story lost. Unless you have read the previous three books, obviously. So because of that I can’t give this book 5 stars but I wanted to SO BADLY because I can see how it would be an amazing addition to this series.  

“In the end…he would choose Campisi. In the end…she would choose Abandonato. In the end…there would be bloodshed.”

Rachel Van Dyken is no doubt a talented lady. Her writing is so good and her stories are original and captivating. If this sounds like something you would read then I definitely recommend it – just read the first three books first and you will be golden! 

“I hate you so much, but not as much as I love you. I could never hate you as much as I love you.”

 

 

 

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