Title : RIP
Author : Rachel Van Dyken
Release Day : October 20, 2015
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Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I’m her nightmare.
I’m her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn’t remember me.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.
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“You are your father’s daughter.” His lips curved into a delicious smile, “You resemble each other, not in looks, but definitely in attitude.” His gaze was unapologetic as he tilted his head and started raking his eyes from my feet up my legs until finally settling on my face. I clenched my legs together tightly and forced a smile.
“If you don’t mind, Mr. Blazik, I’d really like to get on with the interview, I know your time is precious.”
As was mine, I wanted to stress, but didn’t, just barely restraining myself and clenching my teeth to keep from giving him a much-needed verbal lashing.
“I blocked out my entire day.”
Did he want applause? “Right, well, I assure you I can be fast.”
His dark laugh had me shivering and wanting to lean forward all at once. Men that good looking shouldn’t be blessed with chuckles like that—a freaking sirens call that’s what it was.
“Amazing… You truly don’t know why you’re here, do you?”
How many times did I need to repeat myself and why was I getting the sudden impression that the guy was on some seriously hard drugs? I looked closer; didn’t pinpoint pupils mean he was high or something?
“I assure you I’m not drunk, nor high, if that’s what you’re thinking.” He chuckled again and rubbed his hands together. “Though the idea does have merit, all things considering.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.
Oh good, so he was a doctor who liked drugs and had more money than God. That should go over well for addiction problems.
I scooted back against the leather and clicked my pen for, oh, I don’t know, the tenth time. “If you aren’t going to answer my questions, I should probably go.”
“You won’t be going anywhere,” he said in a quiet voice. “And for that I’m truly sorry.” His eyes met mine, and they seemed… apologetic.
“Pardon?” Was he threatening me? Warning bells went off in my head as adrenaline shot through my system.
“Your father…” He tilted his head. “He owes me a debt… of gratitude… I asked for something irreplaceable, something that’s been owed to me for a very long time.”
My stomach sank as my heart started hammering against my chest.
“What exactly did my father give you?” I choked out, hating that I probably knew the answer, because my father was ruthless, he was a business man after all, and he never backed out of a deal. It was business over family and our business was darkness itself, horrible, something I blocked out because it made me feel better when I woke up in the morning and fell asleep at night.
“Well…” Mr. Blazik stood. “I thought that would be obvious.” He turned his back to me and walked over to his desk then pressed a button causing blinds to creep down all the windows. When he turned, the room was already starting to blanket in darkness, making it so that his teeth practically glowed. “He gave me you.”
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 ‘Hopeful’ Stars ~
Wow!!! I don’t even know where to begin this review after reading that book. I’m actually kind of speechless…lol
RIP is different from any of the other Rachel Van Dyken books I have read. She is still a fairly new author to me. I have been meaning to read her Elite Series and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Well I am definitely moving them up my To Read list, if they are anything like RIP was, they are going to be fantastic reads.
RIP is a Mafia based story that is a spin off from her other Elite series. This book can be read as a stand alone, but just know that past characters from the other series do make an appearance and play a small part in this storyline. Rachel does a fantastic job filling in all the blanks so you aren’t not lost once those characters come into play. I will say I loved the Italians…They were fierce but still made me laugh at times.
This was a story that was filled with drama, secrets, betrayal and lies. There was a new twist added to the story at every turn. Just when I thought I figured out what was going on, Rachel threw in something new to story and threw me off my game. I truly do love when a book can keep me on my toes. It makes me just want to turn the pages that much faster. This was a fairly quick read because everything just flowed smoothly and you couldn’t put the book down. I just had to find out what would happen next.
I really can’t go into any detail about the storyline because it would spoil it for other readers. But I can say that I loved the characters in this story. Maya and Nikolai were great. Maya was such a fierce heroine in this novel. With everything she learns throughout the story and everything she has endured in her lifetime, I can’t believe she didn’t break…no one would’ve blamed her if she did. I loved how loyal she was to Nikolai, even when her was being a complete jerk to her. She stuck by him no matter what. Nikolai took some time getting used to, but by the end I was putty in his hands. I will say some of the stuff we learn through this book about his family, was a little hard to read about, but for some reason it just drew me to him even more. You’ll see what I mean once you read this book.
So if you are looking for a mafia based love story that is slightly taboo, and will keep you on your toes all the way through, then RIP is the book to read. I look forward to more books from Rachel and I am definitely going back to read the other series!!!!
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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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