Rachel Van Dyken
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Hachette Audio
Release Date
December 2014
Book 2 of Eagle Elite
Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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...

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Feb 20, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
5 "Star-Crossed Lovers" stars for the story and 4 stars for the narration!

This mafia new adult series, which will also appeal to YA romance lovers, keeps getting better and better! So many secrets, so many intersecting past connections and the need to fulfill the most basest of human nature needs--to find true love and acceptance--among the chaos of this dangerous, power-hungry, mafia world. Amid all this danger, who will succeed in finding their HEA?

When you're the head of your mafia family, anyone you love becomes a primary target. Nixon Abandonato has learned this the hard way: by finally capitulating to his feelings for Tracey Rooks, the granddaughter of the boss of his family's biggest mafia rival. Tracey too has made her decision, and it's Nixon who she wants to be with.

We don't always get what we want however, and mafia members, in particular, are raised to do their duty even when they would rather not to. In this case, it means Nixon and Tracey are required to conceal their true feelings for one another. Perhaps, even worse, Tracey is forced into the more than welcoming arms of Chase, Nixon's cousin, and the closest thing he has to a true brother. Chase too has feelings for Tracey, and he finally has his chance to make her his. Who will Tracey ultimately decide her heart belongs to, and irrespective of her heart's desires, will she have the luxury of determining who she wants to spend the rest of her life with?

Moreover, the Eagle Elite series is about more than just romance. Mixed in with this emotional love triangle is a tale of betrayal and family secrets that lead to an action-packed, suspense-filled journey. In fact, in ELECT we learn a lot about a whole cast of other characters, who will no doubt form the basis for plenty of exciting Eagle Elite tales to come!

This was my first experience with Douglas Berger, who provides the narration for ELECT. Mr. Berger does a good job of accurately conveying the fast-paced action and plentiful emotions in ELECT. Additionally, his voice is well suited for the Young Adult/New Adult sound of many of the characters who play important roles in ELECT.

Mr. Berger excels in the characterization of the male roles. Perhaps my favorite part of his performance is Nixon. You accurately get the sense of Nixon's position of authority and privileged upbringing from his depiction. Additionally the angst of Nixon's conflict between wanting to protect Tracey, even if it means that she is safer without him, and wanting to keep her for himself, drips convincingly from his voice.

Perhaps my only observation with respect to the narration is that I wish there had been a greater differentiation among the characters, particularly the females. Although it did take me a while to warm up to the differences in Mr. Berger's inflection between the parts that he narrated for Nixon, Chase and the whole host of other male characters, I did eventually get accustomed to it and did not need to generally rely on dialogue tags. I did, however, have a little more trouble differentiating the parts played by the women in this book. All that said, this effect generally didn't affect the performance too much as there were very few parts in which more than one female character was involved in the same dialogue.

All in all, I think ELECT is an engaging, entertaining mafia romance that will appeal to lovers of young adult and new adult romantic suspense titles. Moreover, the audiobook sports a slightly above average narration, making this a decent choice to select in audiobook format.

I can't wait to listen to more of this fascinating epic, mafia saga in Book 3, Entice!
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