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 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.
Heat wrapped itself around my body. It soothed my soul. I think I took my first deep breath in those seconds, my first big exhale, followed by another deep breath. I pressed my hand against the heat, and came into contact with a hard chest. I didn’t even care that it was the chest of my father’s murderer.
I was sick.
Sick that my murderer made me well.
I wrapped my arms around his neck and breathed him in. We were walking. I didn’t want to spoil the moment by speaking, so I kept my eyes closed, my voice silent as he walked and walked some more.
A door opened and closed.
It smelled like cigars and Christmas spices.
Gently, I was being set down. My body came into contact with something deliciously soft, and it wrapped around me.
And then whatever I was on moved, dipped under the weight of the one carrying me. Maybe if I just kept my eyes closed I could imagine that it was Vic without the word murderer hanging over his head like a blazing red sign.
Maybe I could give in to the fantasy that he was just a guy, I was just a girl. Spending the night in each other’s arms, using each other’s heat for energy.
Blankets were piled over my body, pushing me into the mattress with their weight. And then bulky arms pulled me back against the rock-hard chest again.
“Sleep.” His voice carried like a gunshot in the dark; it was a harsh whisper, a command I wasn’t allowed to say no to. Sometimes, you just need to be forced into rest—and when he’d walked in, I’d been tossing and turning in that stupid chair trying to get comfortable for hours.
But now? Now my body was heavy. My mind was silent.
“Did you kill anyone tonight?” I asked the dreaded question. I wanted to know if the hands that were holding me were hands that had washed off blood. I’d tortured myself with ideas of what he was really going to do tonight. Tortured myself with visions of my dad’s face begging for death.
His body was rigid as he bit out, “No, Renee. I didn’t kill anyone tonight.”
“Are you going to kill anyone tomorrow?”
He sighed. “Well, it is a Friday, those are my favorite days to take a life. What do you think?”
I smiled even though it wasn’t funny. “Sorry, stupid question.”
“Which earned an equally stupid answer.”
“Hey, Vic?” I turned to face him. His eyes were so bright in the darkness that it startled me a bit before I could gather my thoughts. “Did he really beg you?”
“Don’t make me talk about it. Not now. Not when you’re tired and upset. Not when you look at me like you’re disappointed. I can handle a lot of things, Renee, your disappointment in me is not one of them.”
I nodded. “I don’t want to be.”
My ARC Review:
I’ve read lots of different books by Rachel but not managed to read one of her Eagle Elite series yet, I know I’m bad, so when this little beauty appeared on the scene I just had to give it a go – and just WOW, it was fantastic!! These novellas by 1001 Dark Nights are just awesome, they give you a little taster of the authors world to see whether or not you are into it and to be honest I am now kicking myself for not reading any of these sooner, it really was that good!!!
Renee is working as a nanny for the mafia bosses during the summer months, keen to escape and go to college soon. The bosses frighten her, big men, dark, brooding and always armed, she keeps her eyes downcast and tries not to look at them. But its Vic that scares her to most, big and mean, but she feels his eyes on her all the time, and she can’t help looking at him, drawn to him and his darkness like a moth to a flame.
Vic has taken an oath to protect the family, meaning no relationships or involvements with women, so that his focus remains true to the bosses. But with Renee he feels something he hasn’t felt before and he can’t help but watch the nanny, knowing she wouldn’t even look twice at a brute like him!!
But the lines start to get crossed as Vic is assigned to protect Renee and he can’t focus on anything but her and how much he wants her.
I loved these characters, they were so perfect together, yet so different from one another. Renee knows what happens in the family and doesn’t want to know the details, yet understands the violence that is common place in their lives everyday. Vic’s struggle with his oath and his decisions through the course of the story had me falling fast for him, he seems so closed off when you first meet him but how he opens up through the story was beautiful.
This was a great introduction to the mafia world in the Eagle Elite series and would highly recommend it to anyone like me that has not yet had the pleasure of meeting these men, personally I can’t wait to go back and start from the beginning now!!
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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!