ARC Review of Elect (Eagle Elite) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Elect takes you deeper into the workings of Nixon and his “family”. I was surprised at how much I liked this Elect  compared to the Elite. I think it is because all the characters have been established and the story really took off from the first chapter. In Elect we learn that the Abandonato family as well as the other “families” have many secrets. Some that people will kill to keep secret. Nixon is determined to protect Trace and his family. As he begins to uncover horrific family secrets he begins to put a plan into place that while protects Trace could ultimately hurt him.

Nixon finally epitomized the definition of “head of the family” as he had to make several unsavory choices to protect those he cares about. I was finally able to get more information about Nixon and I saw beyond the shallow exteriors he showed in the first book and for that I actually came to like him. He really does love trace…I mean really loves her.

Chase definitely gets the most worked over in this story. As Nixon’s best friend he is charged with keeping Trace safe, so he becomes her bodyguard and accompanies her everywhere. The more time he spends with her the more he realizes that this feelings are moving from friends into something else. As Chase realizes his feelings are changing he also begins to feel overwhelming guilt because Trace is his best friends girl.

Trace is put in a horrible position as well when she has to choose between Nixon and Chase. I felt horrible for her and couldn’t imagine what I would do faced with the same choices. I was disappointed that there were no chapters in Trace’s points of view. I think it would have been very beneficial to the story.

Speaking of points of view,  I was really surprised with Phoenix’s point of view but came to respect him (rather than totally despise) after his history was shared. What I was really happy about was that the story had an ending. The consequences of Nixon’s choices were revealed and I felt that everything worked out as it should. The additional characters (Mil, Tex, etc.) play a good part in rounding out Nixon’s “family”. I am interested to see if there will be a story about Mo…it would be very interesting. I also hope that Chase gets his story and finally the girl that is made for him. If you are looking for gritty, action filled romance than Elect is it.

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Jenn

http://rachelvandykenauthor.com/

From the Author:

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 . .

 

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