Review: Ember (Eagle Elite #5) by Rachel Van Dyken

Print Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken (February 18, 2015)

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.

My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Phoenix's story had everything I have come to expect from an Eagle Elite Rachel Van Dyken novel. It had romance, mystery, comedy, those moments when you scream OH MY GOD in a totally inappropriate place, and most of all - hot mafia men.

It was clear to me at the start of this novel (having read all of the prior Eagle Elite books) that Phoenix De Lange had NO redeeming qualities. He was the worst sort of villain - and yet, his story had me softening towards him and realizing that even a monster can be saved. 

That being said, for a "darker" novel (I'm only classifying it as such due to the Mafia content), Phoenix's story had me laughing out loud several times (one such time that comes to mind immediately is Phoenix wanting to buy chickens just to feed other people's body parts to them - I know it doesn't sound funny to read it as I've put it, but trust me - in the story - it will make you laugh). 

Bee also had a large part in contributing to the comedy portion of this story - some of what she said (and did), you couldn't help but laugh at. At the same time, she was not only a vital part of the story, but you were able to gain a deeper understanding of things by seeing them through her eyes. She quickly became one of my favorite characters because of her unwillingness to give up on who she believed in - and what she wanted. 

Then there was that MOMENT (the one I unfortunately can't go into without spoilers) that I happened to be reading while waiting to get blood drawn, where I was so invested in this story that I YELLED "son of a b*tch!" in front of a bunch of people who were looking at me like I was crazy... yeah this was Eagle Elite at its best (and its only going to get better). 

As always, I would highly recommend this novel to not only fans of Ms.Van Dyken, but also to those who enjoy a good, complex novel. And the hot Mafia men don't hurt things either (although if you are new to Eagle Elite - you really need to start at the beginning). 

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