19 February 2015

Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | EMBER by Rachel Van Dyken

I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.

I know only pain and survival.

That is until the Cappo's sister walked into my life.

And changed everything.

She's a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can't escape the fear her seductive looks instill--knowing it's only a matter of time before I fail--again, and take her for myself.

This is the story of my redemption.

But it's not pretty...I died, and now I'm alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.

And I will have my vengeance.

Or die trying.

I am Phoenix De Lange.

Death is all I know.

Until she offers me a piece of life--I can't resist taking.

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I spent my Valentine’s Day with Phoenix and Bee – and it was a day well-spent. I have never met a girl with so much faith despite all the rejection she received all throughout her life, and a boy with so much baggage comes together.

It started with food. It started with him being entrusted with Bee.

It was so doomed from the start knowing who she is and who he was, he tried to fight it, to stop it, to obliterate what he felt. But she pushed, she persevered and she was determined. In the end, she won. She won the boy, she won his heart. But not before hers broke. Because apparently Phoenix can’t love. Guilt, nightmares consumed his soul.

Bee was exactly what he needs – innocence, life, sunshine – all good. She is his redemption. But what can he offer her? His plate has a lot on it, being appointed as one of the leaders of the most powerful mafia family is no joke.

Loyalties were tested, betrayals were made, hearts were broken, enemies were lurking around the corner waiting for that single crack for them to break them all.

Another intense, page-turning, thrilling, hot read that will have you hooked in no time. It’s a story of love, second chances and redemption. Even the most vile, the most evil of all still has some good in him, all you have to do is have a little faith for it to come out.

I can’t wait for Sergio’s story. Rachel Van Dyken made sure I was salivating having read a glimpse at the end of EMBER. Another must-read, you-must-not-miss-read right here!

I wasn’t sure how to act. Wasn’t sure if I should apologize for attacking him or thank him for not laughing in my face. Embarrassed and irritated that he was most likely going to ignore whatever it was between us even if it killed him, I stared hard at the cement floor.

“How are you feeling, little girl?”

“I’m not little.”

“You want me to call you fat?”

“No.” I lifted my head. “Call me gorgeous like you did last night.”

“Well, shit.” Phoenix ran his hands over his face then grabbed my arm and dragged me down the hall into a darkened corner. “You remember?”

“You kissed me.”

“Prove it.”

“What’s wrong with you?” I pushed against his chest. “You like me! Admit it!”

Phoenix made a face. “You were drunk, launched yourself at me, and I caught you. Did we kiss?” His eyes went completely black. “Yeah, we did, but it meant nothing.”


“Really.” He hissed out a breath through his teeth.

“Prove it.”


I pushed him against the wall. “Prove it meant nothing. Let me kiss you now, and if it meant nothing it will be like… what? Kissing your sister.”

“I’ve sworn off women.”

“So this should be an easy test then, right?”

“Bee…” Phoenix’s face was pained, as if I was holding a gun to his head rather than offering to kiss him. Was the idea so abhorrent? “Please…” His voice had a pleading tone I’d never heard before. “Don’t do this.”

“One. Little. Test.” I rose up on my tip toes and kissed him full on the mouth.

His lips refused to move against mine.

I wrapped my arms around his neck.

He stiffened even more.

Irritated, I bit his lower lip. He gasped, and I slid my tongue inside his mouth. He pushed me away with a curse then wiped his lips. “Done. Your little test is done. I didn’t respond. Happy now?”

His eyes were furious; the blue flashed like lightning against his skin. His fingertips shook as he made a fist.

“You like me.”

“Bee…” Phoenix pinched the bridge of his nose with his fingertips. “…find someone your own age, someone who’s interested in you in the way you deserve, alright?” His tone was gentle, and maybe that was what hurt the most.

It was like he was letting me down slowly, hoping I didn’t break.

But the joke was on him.

Because I was already broken.

I didn’t want boys my age — I wanted him.

“You’re a good liar.” My eyes narrowed. “And you’re lucky I’m patient.”

“Lucky?” He sputtered out a laugh. “That you like toying with me?”

“No, lucky that even though you constantly push me away…I keep coming back for more. But, Phoenix… everyone’s time eventually runs out.”

“Go to breakfast, Bee.”

“Go to hell, Phoenix.”

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 and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at 



 Rachel Van Dyken's Eagle Elite Series
Elite (Trace & Nixon)
Elect (Trace & Nixon)
Entice (Chase & Mil)
Elicit (Tex & Mo)

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