Happy Release + 5 Star Review + Giveaway: Ember by Rachel Van Dyken – Eagle Elite Series – Book 5


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The Eagle Elite Series

Release Date: February 19, 2015


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.

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Once we were on the road, Phoenix chose the correct music for our drive. I say correct because, according to him, one didn’t start the day listening to hip-hop or anything remotely fun. No. Mr. Rogers had me listening to classical music.


Mozart, to be exact.

Not that I wasn’t a fan of the arts, but really? It just seemed so against what you would expect from him. He was the bad boy personified; like, if you put his name in the dictionary, right next to it would be “And mothers warned their daughters to stay away, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and that heart wants that body… bad.”

He was all lean muscle and tight abs.

And I could have sworn he had a dimple, but I’d never actually seen it. Phoenix’s dimple was like Bigfoot; I’d seen glimpses in pictures and via rumors, but I had never actually seen it for myself.

One day.

One day I’d catch it and take a mental picture or five. Maybe ten. Needless to say, I knew that if I had one of his smiles, it would be a magical thing.

His hands gripped the steering wheel so hard I had a brief moment of panic thinking he was actually going to rip the thing from the dash and have a breakdown. Sad part? I half-expected it. He wasn’t acting normal… well, he was always moody, but this morning he seemed downright suicidal.

“So…” I tried to zone out the instruments assaulting my sanity. “You went to Eagle Elite, right?”

He was quiet for a minute then gave a swift nod.

“Wow, don’t talk so fast. I almost didn’t get all that.”

And crickets. Again.

I cleared my throat. “You graduate?”

“Sort of.”

“How do you sort of graduate?”

“Did you bring lunch money?” He asked in a tight voice.

I gaped. “Did you just ask me if I brought lunch money?”

He shrugged.

“You’re driving me to school, forcing Mozart on my poor sensitive morning ears, and just asked me if I had money for milk.”

“I’m concerned about you eating. Sue me.”

“Pretty sure the Nicolasi boss can afford to spare me a few dollars for a sandwich and a can of pop.”

“No pop.”

“Who died and made you my grandpa? Seriously. I want to know so I can steal your gun and point it at them.”

“Nobody touches my gun.”

“Which one?” I smirked, hoping he’d find the humor in my sexual innuendo, but who was I kidding? It was Phoenix. He simply grunted, rolled his eyes, and kept driving.

In a moment of pure rebellion, I undid the first two buttons of my white, collared shirt.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” he asked, his voice calm, his eyes still on the road.

“Wow, you really are like a parent. You can see me even when you aren’t looking.”

“Button that shit to your chin before I pull this car over.”

“Put on Jay-Z, and we’ll talk.”

More cursing.

I undid another button.

“Son of a bitch, you’re annoying.”

“Is this our first lovers’ spat?”

“Were there drugs in your toast?” He finally glanced at me, his blue eyes chilling me to the bone. “Be serious. I don’t want to get called into the dean’s office because you’re high.”

“Do I look like I’m on drugs?”

“Is this a trick question?”





Michel’s Review

HOLY EVER LOVING CRAP!  Ember, the fifth book in the Eagle Elite series was INTENSE!

Ember is Phoenix De Lange’s book.  This man is a killer, a rapist, an abuser, a ghost, an enforcer, and a MONSTER.  He has betrayed the family.  He has betrayed himself.  A death sentence is too easy and too painless for Phoenix De Lange.  Redemption is impossible.  Or is it?

Phoenix De Lange never stood a chance in life or in the family.  He was a monster by birth.  His father made him a horrific human being.  His actions betrayed the family.  He almost killed Nixon Abandonato’s ( the head leader of the  families in the United States) woman, Trace Rooks (granddaughter of the Alfero family).  His betrayal brought the Luca Nicolosi, leader of the original Sicilian family to the States to decide the fate of all five families. This should of been his death sentence.  Luca Nicolosi issued a verdict worse than death.  He made Phoenix De Lange a ghost, an enforcer, a protector, and a leader.  He saw that there was redemption in Phoenix De Lange’s soul.  He saw the man that was buried deep beneath the hideous surface.  He saw a man with that craved absolution.  He gave him a second chance.

Phoenix De Lange may still be physically alive and breathing but in his heart he is a dead man.  He cannot forgive himself for his past.  He will put his life on the line every time a family member is threatened.  He will sacrifice himself before he allows any harm to come to his family and friends.  He does not expect his family to forgive or forget.  He continually punishes himself for his past.  He is a haunted man without any hope.  He does not understand why Luca chose him to lead the Nicolosi family.  He does not understand why Luca gave him the key to all of the family secrets.  He does not understand why Luca gave him Bee Campisi ( the Cappo’s, Tex Campsisi, little sister) to protect.  He hates that he wants her.  She is sunshine and rainbows.  She is everything good.  She is everything he does not deserve… and she loves him.  Can he stay away from her and keep her untainted from his ugliness?  Or will she be the final nail in his coffin?

There is a storm brewing within the family.  The Russian’s are on the horizon.  They are threatening the family.  The FBI is knocking on their door.  The Family is about to be destroyed.  Someone in the family is betraying them all.  Phoenix knows who it is, after all he knows all the family secrets.  Can he save the family?  Can he keep Bee from be touched by the war that is coming.  Will he have to kill a man that is one of his brothers?  Will he walk out with his heart as cold as it was or will he succumb to his true feelings for Bee?

Luca saw redemption within Phoenix’s soul.  Now it is up to Phoenix to rise from the ashes and soar.

The war is coming.  The Russians are at the door.  One man will be sacrificed for his betrayal.  One man will pay the price.  Welcome to the family…blood in…no out.

The Eagle Elite series is a complex and intricately woven series.  There are plots within plots.  Each book features a different family and the individual members. They are tightly connected to all the characters throughout the series. The grand plot grows throughout each book.  Ember cannot be read as a stand alone book.  Phoenix De Lange’s story began in Elite and has progressed throughout the first four books in the series.

Phoenix De Lange is a character that has been quite a force throughout this series.  In the beginning he was a monster that deserved to be hated.  He proved that there many layers in his persona.  He has evolved from being the devil himself to a broken man.  My heart broke for him.  I wanted him to find a slice of happiness that could be his and only his.  Rachel gave him a life worth living and a future to look forward to.

Ember set up the next book in the Eagle Elite Series.  The next book is Elude, will release in July 2015.  It is going to be a shocker.



Elite- Book 1

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Elect- Book 2

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Entice- Book 3

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Elicit -Book 4

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Bang Bang- Novella

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Enforce – Book 1.5

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Enchant – Book 0.5

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Ember – Book 5

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About Rachel Van Dyken:

RachelAuthorheadshotRachel 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 www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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