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- Publisher: Van Dyken Enterprises INC; 1 edition (May 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2016
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- Language: English
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You see, while each of the books in the Eagle Elite series and its related spin offs are written as standalones, the story of Empire picks up and builds, very much on the themes and storyline of Elude, and the character of Sergio Abandonato in particular.
For the second time in less than a year, Sergio is pressured to marry someone he hardly knows. Something hes even less inclined to do a second time around, but, if mafia families were nations, this would be considered a marriage of state. The joining of families, ensuring the succession of dynasties, honor, duty, all of that, and having failed his family in the past, that's something Sergio wont do again.
Then, as if all of that weren't bad enough, there's 'that girl'. Nearly ten years younger, 19 year old Valentina is sweet, innocent, and completely oblivious to the fact that the three doting uncles who've raised her and her twin brother Dante are mafia. So far as she knows the far too quiet little florist shop they run that she works in is kept afloat because of sound investments.
Splitting her time between being coddled and sheltered by her uncles and reading about dashing Dukes and perfect Princes, she's entirely unprepared for the whirlwind that her life is about to become.
After being somewhat broken by Elude, to the point that I start to tear up a little whenever I come across the word 'twirl', I approached Empire with some trepidation. Though its been months for me, that wound is still tender, and I wasn't at all sure I wanted to rip off the band aid and start poking at it, but the promise that things could be made 'better' was there and so I dove in.
There's just so much in this book. The theme of family takes pride of place, as is fitting for a mafia story, but for Valentina its very much a coming of age story, and for Sergio? healing doesn't quite seem the right word.
And then there's Frank. You see, this book is told from alternate POVs. Sergio's and Valentina's as you might expect, but also Frank's. The last of the older generation of mob bosses, Frank has past sins to atone for, family to protect and guide as best he can, but above all, an Empire to preserve.
Smiles and laughter, tears, laughing even while tears were still damp on my face, Empire pulled emotions from me one after the other and played them like harp strings creating a beautiful harmony.
Loved it so much
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.
What an amazing conclusion to Sergio's story! Elude brought us Sergio story. He had been forced to marry Andi and then had fallen so hard for her. ** spoiler alert** He was heartbroken and devastated when she passed away from leukemia.
Sergio now finds himself in the same situation but this time he is full of anger, rage and pain. Val was raised in New York. Young and innocent, she had no idea about her Mafia heritage. She is suddenly thrust into an arranged marriage with Sergio.
Empire brings us so much. Families coming together. Redemption. Mending. Pain. Passion. Mystery. More death.
Once again Rachel Van Dyken weaves an elaborate story filled with action, betrayal, love, and so much more!
Sergio is so complex that he needed two books to completely tell his story! And let's not forget that there are so many hot hot Hot times!
The family moves on as Sergio and Val move forward. This has been such a unique and fantastic way to catch up on the Eagle Elite Series. I am enjoying the audibles very much. Tom Taylorson, Keith Szarabajka and Erin Spencer do a phenomenal job in narration.
Now on to Enrage which I am so excited to listen to because I have already read the book! It was one of my favorite in the series!
Blood in. No out!
Okay I love age gap and more if the lead girl is under 19, also I love arrange marriage.
And this had both but I didn’t like how both fell to fast, they kissed too fast to. Yeah she kind of gave him hell sometimes, but it was only when he was a douche to her. If he was being all nice to her she just melt. It didn’t feel like a had a build up.
All this mafia arrange marriage age gap miss that secondary character that make this male get riled up, I don’t mean cheating or even a love triangle maybe a bit of flirting. There was no cheating here but in other books the male leads are free to cheat while the female leads is just at home waiting.
And I mean on mafia arranged marriage books.
Age Gap? She was 19 and he was late twenties or thirty?
Overall? It was an okay read but would of prefer slow burn.
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So, Sergio is about to marry a 19-year-old girl by force. Yes! He has to have another arranged marriage. Sergio is absolutely not going to fall in love. He has left his heart with a girl that is buried in the ground.
Val is just 19 years old and she lives with her uncles and twin brother. She loves reading and she believes in true love. She also has no idea who she really is and when it comes to the mafia, the only info she has is what she has learned from TV or books. She is completely innocent in all things.
Their first encounter is not elegant for the young girl but Sergio who is still stuck on his first wife doesn’t really notice. However, Sergio and Frank are at a party because Val has just got engaged to another guy who Val can’t stand. But, at the party he tries to kiss her, she says no, but he tries again and it’s Sergio that comes to her rescue. That is when she finds out she is to marry him.
She finds him gorgeous and sexy as hell, but his heart is not in it and he tells Val at the start that he will never lover her, share his bed but, he will protect her with his life and she will always be safe with him.
I can’t really say much more because if I do I will be giving away spoilers. What I will say is that this may not have as much action in it as the other Eagle Elite stories but, this is about Sergio’s heart being healed and Val being the one to do it. There is action in it, this is the Mafia. There are shocks in this book and I will say that not only do I love this book, I read it in one day and when I was finished I went back to beginning and started re-reading it all over again. I have read it about 4 times so far. I can’t put it down, there are only a handful of books that make me do that, this is one of them. I loved it and I can’t wait for the next book. I think this is my favourite book and I have said that about all of them. But this is one of my favourite books this year. Read the series you will not be disappointed. Trust Me!!!
Ms Rachel Van Dyken you are truly amazing and I can’t wait for the next book. You’re the best and one of my favourite authors.
This is the seventh instalment in the Eagle Elite series and this story centres on Sergio. His story started in Elude and you really need to read that first to understand the full story and understand Sergio. It really doesn't work otherwise. Having said that this story is so well written you probably still love it going in blind but my advice is definitely read Elude first.
Sergio is less than happy but resigned to the fact that he needs to make an advantageous marriage for the sake of strengthening the family. He's lost and broken and is struggling. His emotions are like a festering open wound and he's unable to see any way out of it.
Valentina (Val) was completely different from how I was expecting, not that I really knew what to expect lol. She was sweet and innocent and different from the other girls in this series. She had practically no knowledge of her heritage and is thrust in to a situation that she doesn't really understand or ask for.
This story has lots of twists and turns, some completely unexpected, was action packed with some humour but also very emotional. I wasn't sure how to call this before I read it as I really couldn't see how this could end in a way that would truly satisfy the reader. The plot is intricately woven in a very clever way and, like I said took completely unexpected turns. That's unusual for me as I normally see things coming a mile off lol.
I loved every second of this. I really enjoyed being inside Frank's head at times too as he's a cool, complex character and it was great to have a little peak into his thoughts. It was also great to catch up with the other characters in the series and meet some pretty cool new ones. I liked how this book focused on the relationships between the characters.
This has now become my favourite of the series. I love how instead of getting a little stale like some series that this one seems to get better with each instalment with plenty of new exciting plot ideas and exciting avenues for future books to follow.
I would definitely recommend this to all and I can't wait to read the next book.
It's not often that I find a book that I never want to end, but this was just such a story. From the heartbreak of Elude we experience the hope of Empire as Sergio’s true destiny is revealed.
With so many characters to love and cherish, this series continues to go from strength to strength. Sergio’s story has to be my favourite though. With his broken heart and vulnerability, you can’t help but cry with him as his faces the cruel fate bestowed upon him. We knew his destiny had been written for him by Luca but until you witness it, you wouldn’t believe that his past could have a positive influence on his future.
This really is a rollercoaster of a story which is captured in two parts. It’s definitely worthwhile re-reading Elude before starting Empire in order to remember Sergio's tragic story to date.
As expected, the rest of the families play a large part in this story with the usual fun and antics courtesy of Nixon et al. The comedic side to this series is what makes it magical in my eyes and despite the dark undercurrent, the series continues to entertain with light hearted banter interspersed with touches of sadness.
There was another delightful addition to the key players in this series in the form of twins: Valentina and Dante. With Dante’s story up next, it’s going to be a very long wait until summer 2017. Valentina turned out to be a breath of fresh air in this story. Her innocence is beguiling, especially in the way she relates to Sergio.
If I could give this story 10 Stars I would. It captivated me from start to finish and despite the tears that I shed, the story left me yet again wanting more from this truly amazing series and the key players who live their lives through the pages of each book.
And that's exactly what happened!
I wasn't sure how I felt about this book as Elude broke me at the end, however Empire fixed it all.
Really glad Sergio had two books to tell him story as I don't think one would have done him justice. He is quite a complicated character and has deep wounds that needed to be exposed so they could start to heal.
I loved Val's character, how such a timid little thing could tame a beast is brilliant reading.
Highly recommend you read this!
I never get bored of it and its my all time favourite mafia series.
Rachel Van Dyken never fails to drag me in and keep me hooked.
Another must read.
I loved it!! Sergio and Val's story was filled with lots of humour, angst and emotions. What I absolutely love about this series is that you get to catch up with rest of the characters from the previous books.
Can't wait for Dante's book.