Rachel Van Dyken
- Title: Empire
- Author: Rachel Van Dyken
- ISBN: 9780997145106
- Page: 463
- Format: ebook
I have lost everything.My purposeMy loveMy soulDeath 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.I live.I hate.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.MyI have lost everything.My purposeMy loveMy soulDeath 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.I live.I hate.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 Abandanoto, 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.
Recent Comments "Empire"
This was a hard one for me it is book #7 of the Eagle Elite series “ but it also is the sequel to Sergio’s book that was before this one. I’m going to say a spoiler from the last book but Sergio is mourning the loss of his wife from book 6. That book gutted me truly though I really wanted a HEA for Sergio after what he went through with the death of his wife. Before her death Andi prepared a bunch of letters and plans for Sergio and his future arranged wife Valentina! Sounds confusing does [...]
I just found out this book is only being released in May 2016
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review“The course of true love, never did run smooth.”It’s no secret that I AM A BIG Rachel Van Dyken fan. Yes, this author could write about anything and still have me going crazy for her books. But there is one book from the Eagle Elite Series that stood out from the rest. From the moment I read Elude , I knew this book was going to steal my heart. And boy oh boy did this book left me breathless, raw, and exposed. The story of Sergio and A [...]
my fave in the series! devoured this book and finished at 1amSERGIO! emotional, intense, sexy and sweet.I absolutely LOVED this book!Rachel did the unthinkable in Elude and made me fall in love HARD with Sergio. Empire broke my heart and built it back up again. No one deserves a happy more than Sergio and Rachel has outdone herself again by giving us a riveting book full of meaning, destiny, and finding true happiness. Empire is raw and real and completely breathtaking. A beautiful story about a [...]
5 Beautiful StarsEmpire is part of the Eagle Elite series. You can pretty much read each book as a standalone because each book are different characters, however, this is the only book where you need to read Elude (book 6) prior to reading Empire. Trust me on this.The feels this book made me feel. I thought I was a blubbering mess after Elude, but Rachel Van Dyken sure knows how to worm herself into the hearts of her readers. I loved Empire, I loved the journey I took, I loved the ups and downs [...]
No wonder Sergio Abandonato is my favorite guy in the Eagle Elite series after reading Elude -- which emotionally wrecked me. The beautiful, broken prince's story is by far the best one I've read! His story continues as it focuses on healing and moving forward. It is tough for Sergio to go through that process and his perspective brought so many emotions and I loved it. I'm not going to put more emphasis on what happened here because that will be a spoiler. I shed some tears in this book. Both s [...]
I need more tissuesSTAT. Full review on The Book Disciple on June 1st 2016We don't get the next book until summer 2017!?! What am I gonna do?!?
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Title:EmpireAuthor: Rachel Van DykenCategory: Mafia, RomanceSeries or Standalone: Part of series, must read Elude first.Plot: 5Characters: 5Scorching Level: 4.5HEA: Not tellingThe continuation to Sergio's story! Oh my God, I fell in love with his character in Elude.And we are introduced to Valentina! Valentina is young, innocent girl and has no idea that her family is connected to the mafia.When Sergio enters her life she doesn't know what sh [...]
If his wife was alive no way would he have been with heroine even knowing the truth.
4 stars!I wanted more. Their time together was not enough for me. My expectations were too high. It's not a bust for me or anything. The writing and the story was superb. I I I just want more of them as a couple, you know? A novella would be super! :) #teamval
Empire (Eagle Elite #7) by Rachel Van Dyken4.5 stars!!“What would Andi do?”This was actually a book I was dreading to read. If you have not read Elude (Eagle Elite #6) please do not read this review as there are spoilers contained pertaining to that book. Empire is the continuation of Sergio’s story, a man that should have been hard to love, but after Elude, a man I loved dearly and who had taken a huge chunk of my book heart. A man who had never deemed himself worthy of love or who even t [...]
I was a wreck after reading Elude. A wreck. And I waited to see what would happen with Sergio and this book was soooo worth the wait! Rachel takes us to New York--more family--more secrets revealed--just fantastic! Complex and well-developed characters, a storyline that'll have you turning pages wanting to know what happens next--nothing in these books is ever what I expect and I love that. Kleenex. You'll need Kleenex. Lots of it. I love Sergio so much. I hurt for him, cried with him, and smile [...]
I am going to read Empire with every intention to hate the new girl (already do) as an act of loyalty to Andi. Sorry not sorry.How can I read about Sergio moving on to another girl when he was perfect for Andi, they were just absolutely perfect for each other! It's a given that my emotions are going to be on overdrive with this book. I know the author will be able to write her in a way where I'll end up liking her, maybe even loving her for that matter, but this will feel so wrong as if I'm betr [...]
I have lost everything. My purpose. My love. My soul. 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. I live. I hate. And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade. I am broken, I dont want to be fixed. One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the mafia family. The Empire is crumbling and it's my job to fix it, my job to mend the pieces that wer [...]
‘To make eye contact with Sergio Abandonato was to know both pain and beauty simultaneously.’I am a reviewer not an author so I am struggling to put into words how wonderfully surprising Empire was. I will be honest and say that Empire has been sitting on my kindle for quite a while waiting to be read and yet I kept going in and reading other books. Why you ask . . . honestly I was scared. I loved Andi and Sergio with my full heart and I was scared that there was not room left for me to love [...]
Me reading the synopsis:I have lost everything. My purpose. My love. My soul. So I breathe. I live. I hate. I am broken, I don't want to be fixed. The only issue is, the only way to fix, 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'll kill her myself. My name is Sergio Abandanoto, . . . . 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.Serg [...]
It has been almost a full year since Rachel Van Dyken wrecked my heart with Elude, and to say I've been anxious for Empire is an understatement. I learned a while ago to trust completely in RVD and have faith she would deliver exactly what readers longed for. However, I wasn't prepared for how emotionally exhausting Empire is, and it easily ties Ember as my favorite book in the series. From the dedication page until the the last chapter, I felt with all my reading soul the gut wrenching story of [...]
5.0 "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" STARS!!!With the amount of tears I shed and with the state I was in over Elude, you do not know how happy I am to finally keep my hands on Empire. First few pages and I cannot put the book down. I was pulled right into the story. Not just hookedt just captivated but I was consumed with overwhelming emotions. From the story line, characters to every bits of pieces were a work of art and in true RVD's fashion, every single words were written flawlessly and evokes too muc [...]
The greatest love story I have ever read is the one of Sergio Abandonato."The course of true love, never did run smooth." A few days on from reading this book which can be only described as a masterpiece, and I am still experiencing the feels. The story of Sergio & Val was beautiful, emotional and damn well amazing. The twists, the turns, the love, the hate, the laughs, the tears - just everything about this book spoke to me from the very first page.Although, you need to read this after Elud [...]
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. I knew this was going to crush me, but heal me at the same time.Sergio is empty. Andi is gone, and she’s not coming back. He knows this, but he just doesn’t want to accept it. I felt so bad for him. He had a lot of responsibilities, and he was expected to do everything and anything for blood.Val is so lovely. She’s the opposite of Andi. She’s shy, innocent, and gentle. I really didn’t want to like her too much, because I didn’t want to f [...]
I finished this book in two days but waited a week to write the review . I couldn't figure out what to write. I've read the Eagle Elite series several times and out of all those badass mafia boys I have to say Sergio is my favorite ❤️ for some reason that man pulls at my heart . There is just something about him ❤️ without going too much in to the book and giving a spoiler I just want to say I'm so very happy with this book and the ending . It's perfect and I can't wait to get more from [...]
Ten heartbreaking stars! TEN!
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I'M GOING IN!!!!!!!!!!! SERGIO MY LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
I love this story (except I wanted to punch Sergio in the nuts a few times) and the narrators are perfect!!
I freakin loved it!To be honest I must say first I was a bit scared to read this one because Elude leftme heartbroken and I wasn't sure if I could take it all.I think it was more because we got to see and know Andi and that made it all that much harder. Because let's be honest we all fell for her we all loved her!But this one was very good!If you have like me trouble because you were just that heartbroken and don't want to continuebecause your not sure you can take it? Just go for it, I did to a [...]
I love Sergio so hard!!! Both of his books broke me down and made me cry. This if my favorite mafia series I have read I think so far. This book I came in skeptical after his first book. Andie was charming and wonderful. She broke me. So Valentina I was hesitant to love her with Sergio but they were pure magic. It was very well done and I loved how she tied in Andie to their love story. It all just clicked and worked really well. I loved every minute of Sergio’s two books. He is definitely my [...]
5+ Stars!Did you fall in love with Sergio's story in ELUDE like I did? Then EMPIRE is an absolute must-read. Have you not read ELUDE yet? Then stop right here and go read it, because Sergio's story is amazing and heart-breaking and heart-healing and one of my favorites, and EMPIRE completes this amazing journey. The Elude/Empire combo is a remarkable journey. My heart broke alongside Sergio's in Elude. My heart grew and broke and I didn't know how it would be healed in Empire, but I had faith th [...]
There goes RVD, blowing me away AGAIN! God, this hurts to admit, but as much as I loved Andi to death, Valentina Nicolasi (aka Val) was just too adorable and innocent and so sweet that you can't help but fall in love with her and her heart. She was just so selfless, and unless you take the time to get to know her, you wouldn't truly understand why or how she's actually so much more perfect for Sergio. How she really is his true soulmate. I hated all the times she got hurt, rejected, shamed and e [...]
My heart was shredded after finishing Elude and I was so happy that I had an ARC of Empire to jump straight into. To say Sergio is in a bad way after the tragic events in Elude is a massive understatement. The guy is heartbroken and barely existing but life must go on, and it's what Andi wanted for him. Ironically, he ends up in a situation where he is expected to enter into another arranged marriage. Only this time it's to sweet, innocent Val who has led a very sheltered, protective existence u [...]
I can barely get my thoughts together after I finished this book. I'm emotionally drained. While I'm thankful this book had the comic relief sprinkled in, it did not help the amount of tears I shed. "His love story is going to be epic."Sergio, sweet Sergio. He has just suffered immensely and I didn't how much more he could take. Another arranged marriage may very well kill this man. I mean, what was going to be left of him if this went south again? He lost the love of his life and no one was goi [...]
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