January 12, 2021
Destructive King by Rachel Van Dyken is now live!
A mafia romance about love and loss by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.
…When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. — Mary Elizabeth Fyre “I’m sorry for your loss.” I would rather be tortured for an eternity than hear those damn words from one more person, as if Claire, my dead fiance, was a cell phone or car keys. How about, I’m sorry your life is over. I’m sorry you want to die too. I’m sorry you see her in your dreams and wake up only to relive the nightmare. I’m supposed to be the strongest of them all. Ash Abandonato, ruler, assassin, made man, brother, friend–instead, I hurt everyone I touch in hopes that they’ll feel even a sliver of the pain that bears down on my shoulders. I didn’t lose. It was taken from me. And it’s all her fault, Annie Smith. I daydream about her death. And then I close my eyes, and I see her soft smile. I feel her touch, her kiss–it was a mistake what we did that night, but I can’t take it back, and now she’s under my father’s protection–my protection. My worst enemy. The woman I’m the most attracted to. I can’t decide if I want to strangle her or kiss her, and now that she’s stuck in my life, my only goal is to make her feel the same loss I do and destroy her in the process. I’ll trick her with my touch. Seduce her with my kiss. And in the end, when my enemy is at her most vulnerable–I’ll bring down an entire Empire and continue my reign as King. Bow down, I’ll say as I bring the Five Families to their knees. Blood in. Never out. Damned.
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Destructive King is the third book in the Mafia Royals series by Rachel Van Dyken. You do not have to read Rachel’s Eagle Elite series to fall in love with the mafia. I have only read half myself, I will get to the first half one day. I do recommend starting the Mafia Royals series with Royal Bully though especially that one before reading this book. It’s a novella freebie! I can’t really get into the story without spoiling anything so… I have had a special place in my heart for Ash since Royal Bully. I have slowly been falling for the asshole throughout the series. I get it Annie, I do. Ash is lost. Annie is lonely. He was a king. She was an orphan. Claire was his fiancé while Annie was her best friend. Ash blames Annie for his love’s death and now he was her protector. He was both sinner and saint. He wanted to ruin her while keeping her safe. It’s was a mindfuck for sure. He had to the toe the line but one day he had to cross the line. Until then he was mean. The devil. She should be running like the scared bunny that she was months ago but now? She held her head up high and wanted to bring him to his knees. I loved this book so fucking much. Annie is a badass under those pearls of hers. Ash is well, Ash. He was who he was and that’s why I love him. He knows who he is and owns it. Is Annie strong enough for The Family? The one that brought her in. The one with Scary Dad at the head of the table. The family full of bosses and cousins with guns, knives, fists who would kill to protect their own. Seriously, they are more than badass. They are epic. Overall, it’s full of hate, wine, family, blood, laughter, fights, love, and twists. Damn, how I love the oh, fuck moments and RVD always delivers. Blood in, no out. Quotes: I’d never seen another person so full of rage, so full of uncontrollable sadness that you couldn’t help but feel it every time you were in their presence. “Break any of my rules… and I will fucking destroy you.” How could a man so beautiful be so cruel? “I hate you,” I whispered. “Finally, something we can agree on.” He pulled back. “Now get the hell out of my car.” “I think he’s trying to communicate,” Kartini whispered. “Quick, if he starts beating his chest, look away, or he’ll see it as a challenge to his dominance.” I flipped her off with both hands. “Look at the male homo sapien as he uses his fingers to communicate what his words cannot… interesting, very interesting.”
Destructive King is the third book in the Mafia Royals series by the talented Rachel Van Dyken. This series is freaking fantastic! This is the second generation mafia. The kids of our beloved Eagle Elite OG’s. Soul mates. Family. Loyalty. Blood In. No Out. You don’t know who you can trust outside of the Family. This is Ash’s story. He lost the love of his life and he can’t seem to move on. Let go. He hates Annie, who he blames for his loss. But does he really hate her? Didn’t he notice her and not just not realize what was happening. She’s been gone for a year and now she’s back. She’s not the same wallflower who left. Her hair is different, her clothes are different and he can’t make her cry like he used to. He wants to be the one to protect her, but he can’t be nice to her. That’s too close to his real feelings. The ones he needs to bury. But he can’t stay away from her. He’s going to push and push until she gives in. But then what? Annie isn’t going to break over Ash again. She’s not the same girl she was. She needs the protection of the Abandonatos but she doesn’t need Ash. Right? Oh, so wrong! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Rachel is the Queen of Mafia and I can’t get enough of this second generation. Of course it’s always great to see Chase, Nixon, Phoenix, Dante and the OG’s again!
Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times Bestselling, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she’s been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs. For more information about her books and upcoming events, visit www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com.
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