Friday, February 23, 2018

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Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken Publication Date: February 20th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
All is lost.
All. I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore. My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage. I've lost my soul. She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been. Sixty lives are mine to take. Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance. Sixty lives plus one more. Mine. When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled. Only one person stands in the way. She doesn't realize I'll kill her too. I don't own a heart. And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again. I am Chase Abandonato. Heir to a legacy of betrayal. And I will kill them all. Even if it means pointing the gun at myself. A life for a life. A soul for a soul.
Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Blood in. No out.
BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD. It covered my hands. It surged through my heart. It dripped from my fingertips onto the concrete floor. Trapped. Broken. Finished. Hungry. Insanity scratched its way into my psyche as I eyed the door and waited. One heartbeat, two heartbeats, three… It opened. I fired two rounds, and acrid smoke filled the air. I thought I knew what love was. I was a fucking idiot. Every single bone in my body shuddered with rage, with the need to rip something apart, someone, anyone —all of them. My friends. My brothers. I brought the war to our house, and they would finish me because of it. I’d thought I loved her. Our love had been a lie. Her betrayal my only truth. And now? Now, I finally knew what love was. I’d seen it, smelled it, tasted it. And lost it. I’d fucking lost it. They would pay. They would all pay. For taking her. For turning her against me. For making me believe that blood was everything, only after mine was spilled.

OH MY GOD!!! Where do I even begin?  I mean, I don't give 5 stars lightly...I mean that.  Almost all my reviews are 4-stars or less because they're good, but they aren't spectacular.  Well, the author did it...AGAIN!!  How does she weave this witchcraft you might ask and I'm convinced she's just one blessed woman.  Oh the feels in this book - you get several points of view and while I did want some more from certain characters...I was happy with what I got.  She left me feeling all good inside and I loved Luciana...She was one strong chick even though she really wasn't and to find out she was who she was - WHOO BOY!!  Chase, oh Chase, dude you are one screwed up guy, but we love you so hard that it doesn't matter that you want to wipe an entire bloodline out because we'll help you!! What I really loved about this is that the heroine is strong yet she will hide in the pantry when the bullets are flying and not be ashamed of that fact.  That would be me!  I'm not ashamed of that - I will be the first to say...I will hide in the pantry with some fruit roll-ups and wait it out.  I'm not getting into the fray when men come in with guns.
 I said in my review of the last book that the author couldn't outdo herself, but after reading this book - this was a really great book with twists and turns, but take to heart that this isn't for the 18 and under crowd or faint of heart.  There's a lot of killing, blood and gore.  I was shocked at how much and I was pretty much prepared for it.  If you've read the entire series, then you've GOT to read this and if you've tiptoed around the series and read a book here and there then you need to read them in order.  It's just the way of the mafia world. 

An ARC copy was provided for free or at a discount by the publisher without expectation or any attempt to influence or manipulate this review.  Any opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect anyone else's. 

Meet the Author:
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!
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