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.
“Everyone loves a bit of darkness–until it consumes them.”
**Rebecca and Tracy’s Joint 5 Star Review**
From the first moment I met Nixon and the crew in Eagle Elite, I have been in love with this series, and Phoenix’s story is no different. These books are packed full of angst, humor, let alone the amazing sexy men. I knew after reading Enforce, I really wanted to get to know Phoenix.
I agree, this series is addicting. Until now, Phoenix has been elusive and somewhat of a dark horse in the series. I was desperate to learn his full story.
Phoenix has definitely put me through a roller coaster of emotions since the first book. I didn’t know if I was going to love him or hate him, but as true with all RVD books, the twists and turns turn this dark horse into someone I totally fell in love with. But at the same time my heart breaks for Phoenix.
Right from the Prologue, we are given a front row seat into Phoenix’s dark past. I loved being able to see his POV and the nightmare of his former life.
“I might as well be a body without a soul. It’s what I felt like most days, and she did nothing but remind me that I’d once had it all and lost it”
Phoenix’s nightmare of a past is what made his fears of hurting Bee consume him. And as hard as he tried to stay away, circumstances kept him close. I loved Bee from the beginning. Her character was thrust into the world at Eagle Elite with only Phoenix as her protector.
Bee is a huge ray of sunshine that Phoenix needed. I adored her from her the beginning. She is vulnerable but so protective of Phoenix. The angst between these two is almost unbearable times, but in a good way.
“I want to save him, I can do it, I know I can if he just tried–“
I have to say that I loved that this book brought us back to the school. I think having the college scene twist to a mafia storyline is so unique.
Yes, I loved being back at Eagle Elite. The entire group is reunited once again. As with any book in this series, they are huge twists and revelations. Everything we thought we knew is in question at this point.
I think with every book in this series, my jaw has to drop at least once and this book was no exception. Now I just wonder where we go next!
I don’t want to give any hints or spoilers, but I am very excited for the next book. I can’t recommend this series enough!
I wasn’t sure how to act. Wasn’t sure if I should apologize for attacking him or thank him for not laughing in my face. Embarrassed and irritated that he was most likely going to ignore whatever it was between us even if it killed him, I stared hard at the cement floor.
“How are you feeling, little girl?”
“I’m not little.”
“You want me to call you fat?”
“No.” I lifted my head. “Call me gorgeous like you did last night.”
“Well, shit.” Phoenix ran his hands over his face then grabbed my arm and dragged me down the hall into a darkened corner. “You remember?”
“You kissed me.”
“What’s wrong with you?” I pushed against his chest. “You like me! Admit it!”
Phoenix made a face. “You were drunk, launched yourself at me, and I caught you. Did we kiss?” His eyes went completely black. “Yeah, we did, but it meant nothing.”
“Really.” He hissed out a breath through his teeth.
I pushed him against the wall. “Prove it meant nothing. Let me kiss you now, and if it meant nothing it will be like… what? Kissing your sister.”
“I’ve sworn off women.”
“So this should be an easy test then, right?”
“Bee…” Phoenix’s face was pained, as if I was holding a gun to his head rather than offering to kiss him. Was the idea so abhorrent? “Please…” His voice had a pleading tone I’d never heard before. “Don’t do this.”
“One. Little. Test.” I rose up on my tip toes and kissed him full on the mouth.
His lips refused to move against mine.
I wrapped my arms around his neck.
He stiffened even more.
Irritated, I bit his lower lip. He gasped, and I slid my tongue inside his mouth. He pushed me away with a curse then wiped his lips. “Done. Your little test is done. I didn’t respond. Happy now?”
His eyes were furious; the blue flashed like lightning against his skin. His fingertips shook as he made a fist.
“You like me.”
“Bee…” Phoenix pinched the bridge of his nose with his fingertips. “…find someone your own age, someone who’s interested in you in the way you deserve, alright?” His tone was gentle, and maybe that was what hurt the most.
It was like he was letting me down slowly, hoping I didn’t break.
But the joke was on him.
Because I was already broken.
I didn’t want boys my age — I wanted him.
“You’re a good liar.” My eyes narrowed. “And you’re lucky I’m patient.”
“Lucky?” He sputtered out a laugh. “That you like toying with me?”
“No, lucky that even though you constantly push me away…I keep coming back for more. But, Phoenix… everyone’s time eventually runs out.”
“Go to breakfast, Bee.”
“Go to hell, Phoenix.”
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 and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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