From New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes ENVY, a new novella in her Eagle Elite Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken, comes a new story in her Eagle Elite series…
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.
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.
I tried not to judge.
It was hard.
They were mafia bosses—I got it.
Or at least I thought I understood it since I had grown up around it. But my upbringing wasn’t as severe. My dad was a Nicolasi and always kept things quiet around us. It wasn’t until I was twelve that I realized it wasn’t normal for us to make as much money as we did through two jewelry stores and five laundromats.
I wrongly assumed that every business owner with a lot of cash drove a bulletproof Mercedes to protect their family. The older I got, the more horrified I became of the life my father lived, the life he forced us to live, and the complete unrest I felt every time I closed my eyes and prayed for him to come home.
He was a made man.
One of the best in the family, which meant Phoenix trusted him, which in turn meant he trusted me to watch his little boy. And every time Phoenix looked at his phone I wondered if it was my dad texting, if he was alive, if he was okay. He’d been gone for a month. We hadn’t heard from him except for a few “hey, I’m alive” texts.
I hated this life.
And I wanted out.
“Renee.” Nixon leaned down and touched my shoulder. “Are you okay?”
Remembered not to look directly into his eyes and forced a smile. “I’m just tired, you know how it is.”
“Kids do that to a person,” Phoenix piped in, finally sheathing the knives he’d apparently pulled out in the last few seconds that I’d been thinking about my dad. “We need to leave in five.”
I looked away.
I had to.
It made me sick to my stomach the blood these men had on their hands and the way they so casually talked about killing as if they were discussing the latest episode of This Is Us.
I forced a smile at Serena and Junior just as the front door swung open, nearly coming off its hinges.
There he stood.
Vic Corazon Abandonato.
In all his gory glory.
Tight black pants.
Tight black shirt.
Enough guns strapped to him to win an all-out war.
And no smile.
The man never smiled. It wasn’t in his makeup to smile. The one time he smiled was at Chase, and I think it was just a happy accident because Chase looked as shocked as the rest of the group did. I glanced away again, making sure I wasn’t drawing attention to myself, and fed the kids.
Vic was a silent killer. I imagined that people didn’t even know they were dying until they saw the blood running like a river from their chests.
That’s what assassins for the mafia did. They weren’t made men, they weren’t in line for boss. They did the dirty work, and they took the fall for it. They had one job. Protect the family at all costs.
******NICUnurse’s Review of Envy******
Envy is the next book in Rachel’s Eagle Elite series. With so many books and spinoffs now, I can’t even remember what number this one is! But it’s a standalone, and if reading so many darn books to catch up with a series is too intimidating to you, this is a great one to start the Eagle Elite series with. It’s truly its own book, but it also gives you a great glimpse into the EE family. And trust me when I say, you’ll want to keep reading (and re-reading!) this series.
Vic was introduced to us in Eulogy. He’s the epitome of the strong, silent type of man. Renee is much younger and is the nanny for the 5 families’ children. But, as always with the mafia, everything is NOT always what it seems to be on the surface. He’s taken a blood oath and pledged his loyalty to the 5 families. She’s mafia royalty but doesn’t know it. Their futures are set… Or are they?
Y’all know by now that yeah… I’m a pretty big fan of Rachel’s writing, and her mafia series is by far my favorite. I’ve read most of her books from pretty much the beginning of her career, and I can honestly say that she just keeps getting better and better. She’s figured out how to make these scary, intimidating antiheroes the ones you absolutely root for. And, perhaps fall a little bit in love with. Her heroines are always gals who don’t realize how strong they really are until they are nearly broken. But they dig deep and come up swinging. Then never back down again. Each EE book will gut you in some way. And Envy is no different. It’s still not my top pick of the EE series, but it’s definitely near the top! (Sergio will forever have my heart, peeps. No doubt! But Eulogy… man… that one beyond GUTTED me!)
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Envy 4.5 propellers. It’s hard to give 5 propellers to any EE book after Eulogy, lol. That one was the one that gutted me the most. But this one comes close. There’s a point in Envy that you think you know how it’s going to end… then, as usual with Rachel, she fools you, and it ends in the best way possible for all the characters. So, if mafia romance is your thing, you do NOT want to miss this book. And if you’ve never stepped into the world of Mafia romance… what are you waiting for?! Start. HERE!
Congratulations, Rachel Van Dyken! You’ve got yet another hit on your hands!
About Rachel Van Dyken:
Rachel 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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!