Review: (Mafia Royals #5) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: TBA
Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises LLC (February 1, 2022)

From  Unrequited Love.
Arranged Marriage.
A love triangle for the ages.
A contemporary mafia retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table.

I will do anything for my family, and as the heir to the Campisi Mafia throne, I fall on my sword and do what's expected of me—it wasn't an accident that I was given the name King.

I marry the girl I love—who's already in love with someone else, and because I'm a masochist, I make him her personal bodyguard.
After all, who better to protect the woman I love than the man she loves?
I have seven days after our wedding to own her—body and soul.
Seven days to show her everything I feel.

But tragedy strikes, and I'm forced to take the weight of the mafia crown on my head.
Now I need my Queen by my side.
I don't know who's with me or against me, but I will rule them all with an iron fist and make everyone proud.
As our seven days come to an end, I wonder how I will ever be able to let her go.

"Until it ends," I whisper.
A tear slides down her cheek. "Until it ends."


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Let me begin by saying that although technically this story can be read as a stand-alone, it shouldn't be as you will miss out on a lot of important details and family histories. Considering this is the fifth (and final) book in the Mafia Royals series, I feel like all of the other books held tiny, yet intricate storylines that all led up to this one. I will also be peppering my review with direct (non-spoiler) quotes so you can see just how good this was. 

"Your head, always hold it high - especially when everyone around you wants you to bow". 

That being said, this was probably my favorite of this entire second-generation series (and that is saying a lot considering how much I enjoyed Destructive King).  I feel like out of all of them this one really brought back the original Eagle Elite vibe. There was love and loyalty, there was angst and betrayal.... there were a lot of really good quotes. 

"The most intelligent woman in the room will always look the dumbest when working with men who think they're the most brilliant"

Del was a force to be reckoned with. She was one of those characters who not only knew what she wanted (even if those wants evolved), but she also knew just what needed to be done in order to get to the root of the problem and come up with a solution. When you paired her with King, it was obvious that these two were going to be a formidable team, but when you charge these two with leading the families? Now that is an unstoppable force. I loved watching these two as they navigated not only their marriage, but their feelings for each other as well. With each new day they learned more about what they could have together, while also realizing that things were more dangerous than they realized. 

"Every love story is written differently. Some are painful at first, some are beautiful only to end in pain". 

And of course, in true Rachel van Dyken form, there were moments where I stared at my kindle and contemplated violence. This is the book where she rips your heart out and stomps on it all while sipping wine and smiling. But don't worry, eventually, she gives you back the pieces more or less intact. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. 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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