Destructive King by Rachel Van Dyken is now live!
A mafia romance about love and loss by Rachel Van Dyken, the number-one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.
…When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
— Mary Elizabeth Fyre
“I’m sorry for your loss.” I would rather be tortured for an eternity than hear those damn words from one more person, as if Claire, my dead fiance, was a cell phone or car keys.
How about, I’m sorry your life is over.
I’m sorry you want to die too.
I’m sorry you see her in your dreams and wake up only to relive the nightmare.
I’m supposed to be the strongest of them all. Ash Abandonato, ruler, assassin, made man, brother, friend–instead, I hurt everyone I touch in hopes that they’ll feel even a sliver of the pain that bears down on my shoulders.
I didn’t lose.
It was taken from me.
And it’s all her fault, Annie Smith.
I daydream about her death.
And then I close my eyes, and I see her soft smile. I feel her touch, her kiss–it was a mistake what we did that night, but I can’t take it back, and now she’s under my father’s protection–my protection.
My worst enemy.
The woman I’m the most attracted to.
I can’t decide if I want to strangle her or kiss her, and now that she’s stuck in my life, my only goal is to make her feel the same loss I do and destroy her in the process.
I’ll trick her with my touch.
Seduce her with my kiss.
And in the end, when my enemy is at her most vulnerable–I’ll bring down an entire Empire and continue my reign as King.
Bow down, I’ll say as I bring the Five Families to their knees.
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NICUnurse’s Review of Destructive King by Rachel Van Dyken
It’s no secret I’ve been a fan of Rachel Van Dyken for quite some time. She literally tops my list of 1-click authors right under Nora Roberts! When you are an avid reader, every once in a while, you are lucky enough to find someone who writes what resonates with you, and as I’ve said before, I hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon my first RVD book about six years ago. I’ve pretty much devoured everything she’s ever written since then.
NICUnurse’s Rating: Destructive King is the third book in her Mafia Royals series. Each one is written as a stand-alone title. But let me just say this here…her mafia books are my addiction. If you want a massive binge read, start with the Eagle Elite series and move right into the Mafia Royals series. You do NOT have to read all of the EE series to enjoy Destructive King. There are just enough backstory tidbits in the book that won’t leave you wondering what happened prior to this book or who all of the other characters are. In some ways, I think the story would be even more powerful if you’ve never read any of the other books in either series. Fair warning: don’t start this book until you have plenty of time to read because you will not want to put it down!
If I had to pick just one theme to sum up Destructive King, it’s grief. That journey is so intensely personal that we all react differently to it. It’s agonizing, but coming out on the other side can be so very beautiful. Destructive King is a gritty, emotional, heartwrenching depiction of that journey for our wounded hero, Ash, and our utterly broken heroine, Annie. However, in true RVD style, there are some major plot twists to Ash and Annie’s journey that will have your jaw dropping, eyes bugging out, possibly cursing, and maybe even wanting to throw the book/iPad/Kindle/Nook across the room (but unless it’s a book, please don’t do that!). Also, in true RVD style (and why I love her mafia books so much) are those humorous moments scattered throughout the heavy moments. A little bit of comic relief, if you will, to allow us to take a deep breath, gather our emotions, and power on. And powering on through the heavy is so worth it.
There is a reason why RVD’s mafia books are my addiction, and Destructive King is yet another excellent example of why. From the moment you begin reading, they pull you in, keep you guessing, and never really let you go…not even when they are over. Needless to say, Rachel Van Dyken has another winner in this story.
I give Destructive King by Rachel Van Dyken 5 out of 5 propellers!
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Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times Bestselling, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she’s been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs. For more information about her books and upcoming events, visit http://www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com.
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