BY Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 31, 2016
*Must Read ELUDE prior to Empire*
I have lost everything.
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle — the promise I made her brings me back.
So I breathe.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade. I am broken, I don’t want to be fixed.
But the Empire is crumbling and it’s my job to fix it.
My job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
A trip to New York, only one chance to redeem a lost part of our mafia family.
The only issue is, the only way to fix it, is to do something I swore I’d never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time,
I won’t fall.
Or so help me God, I will kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandonoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate?
You have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.
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Whitney’s Four Star Review
**Empire is not a stand alone and this review will contain spoilers if you have not read Elude. The Eagle Elite series is best read it order, starting with Elite**
If you were left sobbing at the end of Elude like me, you’ve been waiting to see Sergio’s broken heart mended. Like most of the men in this series, Sergio is a bad guy with a heart of gold. The only problem… Sergio’s heart broke when his wife, Andi, died at the end of Elude.
The storyline of this book is directly related to Elude so we kind of know where this was going to go. Sergio was always supposed to marry Val, Frank’s niece. Val is an innocent. Completely oblivious to her real parent’s identity and her ties to the mafia, Val has spent years with her over protective crazy Italian uncles. Her shy demeanor and tendency to get lost in romance novels make her everything Sergio doesn’t want or need.
Their arranged marriage has a rather rocky beginning as you might imagine. Sergio is doing his best not to feel anything for his pretty new wife, despite his attraction and urge to protect her. His indifferent behavior is devastating to Val who can clearly see how alone and angry he is over Andi’s loss.
Of course, this is Rachel Van Dyken, so there’s a little mafia drama, some laughs, some tears, and all ends well. Our other mafia friends make their appearances and even after all this time, Chase still makes me swoon. But I’ll shut up about him since this is Sergio’s story.
Any fans of the series will be pleased with this book. It was different for me for a couple of reasons. One is obvious- Other than Nixon, Sergio is the only character to have his story told in two books. Another is that some of the mafia drama is really happening in the background and the story seems to focus more on the love story between Sergio and Val. This is a three person POV and Frank’s chapters have more of the mafia focus which I think is appropriate for the series… it’s an end of an era for his generation.
The lead characters for the next book are introduced but I won’t ruin anything by spilling the beans. I’m so happy this series will continue. I just can’t get enough of these characters!
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! Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866! You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.