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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: Envy (Eagle Elite #9.5) by Rachel Van Dyken


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Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc (July 24, 2018)

From Goodreads.com:
Every family has rules, the mafia just has more....
Do not speak to the bosses unless spoken to. 
Do not make eye contact unless you want to die. 
And above all else, do not fall in love. 
Renee Cassani's future is set.
Her betrothal is set. 
Her life, after nannying for the five families for the summer, is set
Somebody should have told Vic Colezan that. 
He's a man who doesn't take no for an answer. 
And he only wants one thing. 
Her. 
Somebody should have told Renee that her bodyguard needed as much discipline as the kids she was nannying. 
Good thing Vic has a firm hand.
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Here is the thing about this story. It CAN be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel. However, there is so much family history here (not to mention dynamics) that if you enjoy this one, I recommend reading the entire series from the beginning. 

One thing I noticed about this series is there tends to be the same retelling of a story. Damaged man meets woman he can't live without. Woman is under the protection of the family for whatever reason, man and woman find love and comfort in each other even though they shouldn't, or it is forbidden, etc. What makes these stories stand out despite that is the fact that the characters have so much darkness and depth to them that the reader is just drawn in. We are years into this series now, we have grown with these characters. Celebrated and grieved with them. And each book is a homecoming. A time to reconnect with those we love, remember those we have lost, and see what new danger is lurking around the next corner. 

Vic and Renee are no different. She's got a secret identity even she doesn't know, and Vic has sworn loyalty to the family. The two are drawn together despite their differences and despite (or maybe because) of everyone telling them they can't be together. She is his light in the dark, he is her protector (even if the fact that he's always watching her does boarder on creepy at times). Their attraction is real, their chemistry is red hot, and their road to love is anything but straight. 

There are a few things I wish had been fleshed out a bit more, but unfortunately I can't go into detail without spoiling some key elements. I do think this story will appeal not only to those who are fans of the series, but those who enjoy gripping reads that explore the dark side of human nature.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                      Envy is available from Amazon.com


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