Elect (Eagle Elite #2) – Rachel Van Dyken

Why is everyone so freaking calm??!!

phoenixnixonI guess there isn’t much I know about mafia life, but they are all so calm and unimpressed, and even when people are getting their brains blown off, they still act like it’s nothing.  And don’t even get me started on the whole love triangle between  Chase, Nixon and Trace. They both love her and want her but the whole plot goes like this: ‘You deserve her more, Nixon.’ ‘No, you deserve her more, Chase.’ ‘No, you should be with her, Nixon.’ ’ No, my friend, you should be with her.’ ‘Thank you.’ ‘No, thank you.’ Aaaaaaaaa!


Frustrating as it is, maybe my vision of alpha mobsters is a little bit dated and this story just brings something new, and unexpected. But I like reading about passion, and possessive dangerous men once in a while. So sue me!

Ok now, putting all that aside, this is a story that just keeps giving, and I didn’t even mind the retrospect at the beginning. Showing a glimpse of the future always makes me more eager to get to that point in the book in real time, and see how the characters found themselves in that situation.

Also, I love Nixon, and his transformation from the immature prick to the ruthless mafia boss is unbelievable. It’s like he has two personalities. For a moment there, you forget how young they all are, and how many lives depend on their everyday decisions. I think Tracey is the one that changes the most. In the first book in the series, she is an inexperienced farm girl, unaware of her past and where she comes from. At the end of this one she is a badass, a future mafia queen, who shoots first and asks questions later.


I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I can say this: If you liked the first book in the Eagle Elite series, you are going to LOVE this one. After reading Elite I was more than a little bit confused about the plot, and the characters. Elect is less high-school-romance and more mafia-wars. Everything gets more complicated, friendships are put to the test, people are betrayed, some get killed. And just when you think this book can’t surprise you anymore, it does in the most shocking of ways.

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