Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken - Review

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Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken 
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date:  20 February, 2018
Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises, INC
Series:  Eagle Elite, book 9
Genre:  New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

All is lost.

All. I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore. My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage. I've lost my soul. She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been. Sixty lives are mine to take. Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance. Sixty lives plus one more. Mine. When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled. Only one person stands in the way. She doesn't realize I'll kill her too. I don't own a heart. And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again. I am Chase Abandonato. Heir to a legacy of betrayal. And I will kill them all. Even if it means pointing the gun at myself. A life for a life. A soul for a soul.

Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Blood in. No out.

My Review:

It's hard for me to put into words my feelings for this book. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I was not disappointed.  I have mentioned in previous reviews of this series that I struggled to fall into to love with this series with the first few books, I don't think it was until Tex's book (Elicit, book 4)  that I was completely smitten and every book after has lead me deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole the is Eagle Elite and deeper deeper in love with these characters, Chase now being a particular favorite.

I knew going into Eulogy that this book would be emotionally challenging.  Chase's story took an unexpected turn in Enrage, book 8 and as with several of these books I thought I would never be able to get over what was done to these characters.  Thankfully I have great faith in Rachel Van Dyken and she did not disappoint.  She took our light hearted boy through an emotional roller coaster and turned him into a broken and serious man.  It was difficult to see his progression from the young man we knew into this hard man, it hurt watching how badly he was hurting and how hard he pushed to punish not only those he holds responsible for his pain but also himself.  In the end we have to wonder if he will ever be able to breathe past the pain or if he will destroy everyone around him, even those that love him.

I don't want to offer to much as far as the plot of this story because there is so much that came before the moments of this book.  The book prior to this Enrage is a real shocker and I don't want to talk here about anything that could give that away.  What I can say is that this is a beautifully ugly book.  The pain is so visceral it hurts to read, but the healing that occurs for these characters is deeply moving, and don't fool yourself into think this is just a book about Chase, there is so much more to it, an old rift is also healed, one that perhaps you had forgotten about when the characters never did.

Lucianna, this is a heroine I never saw coming from Rachel Van Dyken, but should have.  She is the perfect foil to Chase's dark madness.  She is light and innocence but what this woman does for love is stronger and harder than perhaps any of the heroines that have come before her.  Until now all of RVD's heroines have had a hard edge, they have known what they were getting into and gone not it with eyes wide open and gun locked and loaded.  To watch not only the transformation of Chase but of Luc was a beautiful thing.  I loved how even though Rachel had to rough up Luc's edges as a character she kept her light and sweetness...something totally opposite form what had come before her.  On that note, I have to say I think that Rachel Van Dyken both shocked me (heck when doesn't she) and soothed me with the understanding of Chase's prior relationship.  I still feel a bit hurt by how everything went down but I am also a bit relieved and more than content with the way things are now.  I have to wonder if this had always been the plan or if one night Chase spoke of his unhappiness to Rachel and she sought a way to soothe his beast, it's sad how he had to get there but his HEA is so worth it in the end.

As always Rachel will have you gripping the pages, crying, cursing, laughing, and swooning.  She will have you gasping out loud with the unexpected and craving more as soon as you close the back cover.  I HIGHLY suggest that you begin this series from the beginning, I think at least in this case you must go back and read Enrage before starting this book if nothing else.  If like me you find yourself struggling with the first few books I beg you not to stop, when the whole series comes together it will become an absolute favorite.  I can not imagine not having these characters at my finger tips now, they are amazing!




BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD. It covered my hands. It surged through my heart. It dripped from my fingertips onto the concrete floor. Trapped. Broken. Finished. Hungry. Insanity scratched its way into my psyche as I eyed the door and waited. One heartbeat, two heartbeats, three… It opened. I fired two rounds, and acrid smoke filled the air. I thought I knew what love was. I was a fucking idiot. Every single bone in my body shuddered with rage, with the need to rip something apart, someone, anyone —all of them. My friends. My brothers. I brought the war to our house, and they would finish me because of it. I’d thought I loved her. Our love had been a lie. Her betrayal my only truth. And now? Now, I finally knew what love was. I’d seen it, smelled it, tasted it. And lost it. I’d fucking lost it. They would pay. They would all pay. For taking her. For turning her against me. For making me believe that blood was everything, only after mine was spilled.


Meet the Author:
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!

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