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Empire (Eagle Elite Book 7) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
"Life is full of two-twirl moments--don't allow her to settle for only one."
When I started crying on Chapter 2 of this book, I knew this was going to be a devastating read. I think watching someone learn to move on is even more difficult than loss itself. Sergio is just going through the motions and my heart ached for him immensely. Val is a refreshing change and nothing like the other ladies of this series. I immediately loved her innocence and child like charm. Not only is she a book nerd, but she is witty and caring to her overbearing family. She is exactly what Sergio needed, even if he refuses to see it. I wanted to hug Sergio one moment and slap him the next. Their journey is intense and filled with a vast array of emotions. There are highs and lows, laughter and tears, and heartbreak and healing.
"Sometimes, it's nice to be someone's hero. Just for once."
Of course, it wouldn't be Eagle Elite without new revelations and plot twists. Even after seven books, they remain fresh and completely unexpected. Frank has been a prominent character since the early books, but he really shines through in Empire. I enjoyed being inside his head and seeing him battle his inner demons.Read more ›
My mind is a rush of thoughts, my heart so full, and the anticipation she leaves us with is insanely all consuming right now.
What we were left feeling in Elude makes reading Empire all that much more difficult. Just like Sergio, I had to learn how to open my heart up to the possibility of more--different. And it was hard!
But it was amazing.
Empire healed what Elude had hurt.
And it was the most painful healing I've ever had to endure.
"Please don't try." He swallowed and looked down at his hands. "Don't try to get me to fall in love with you. No seduction. No angry tears when I don't kiss you goodnight--I can't...I just..." His voice trembled. "Promise me you won't ask for something I won't ever be able to give you."
RVD once again slayed my soul before taking extra care in mending the shattered pieces back together.
Their initial interactions are awkward, stilted, and intimidating. She is nineteen, sheltered, sweet, and completely unaware of the lifestyle and how she fits in.
He is fighting demons and his attraction to Val. He tries to keep her at arm's length and scared of him, but it is hard to maintain. They are about to face some serious changes--marriage, family dynamics, enemies, and threats. And they are two people that are thrust into these situations together, but neither are emotionally ready to handle them.
I love that all of the guys and girls are back...Nixon, Trace, Chase, Mil, Tex, Mo, Phoenix, Bee, and Frank. They completely crack me up with their fun banter and threats to each other. They definitely add comic relief with their own brand of humor. Frank is also a big presence. We meet Val's twin Dante and her three overprotective uncles as well. Andi's presence was also still felt in this one.
Sergio seems to always have something he is fighting. This time it is himself, his feelings, his memories, his friends, and Val. He knows if he lets her in then it might overshadow his memories or make him forget Andi. He is full of guilt and self hatred for developing feelings. And Val is young and inexperienced and she feels like she is a poor stand-in for his true love and will never measure up. She just needs attention and even a bit of kindness. But Sergio finds it hard to tame his beast.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I write this review I keep going over the book in my head. All of the wonderful that took place. This book was so great! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Megan
This would be a 10 star out of 10 stars for sure!!!!
Swooning here and now for Valentina and Sergio!!! This is by far one of the greatest Mafia Series out there!!! Read more
I loved all the books can not wait for the next one. Its hard to put down once I startPublished 6 days ago by Cynthia Colbern
It's a love story. You will laugh and you will cry. I love this author! She is the best.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Each book in this series is as good as the first. Sergio is amazing and I knew his story would be powerful. I have enjoyed reading this series and can not wait until the next. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love love this book. Could not put it down. Definitely recommend.Published 17 days ago by Vanessa Martinez
I gave this book 5 stars when it deserves 10! At first I thought well it will be the same as the others but since this is Sergio he didn't deserve a normal review! Read morePublished 23 days ago by connie garcia
Funny enough as Eagle Elite went on I had never really cared for Sergio. He was easily my least favorite and I wasn't super excited to read his story. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amanda Koziczkowski