RIP Release Day – October 20, 2015
Pretty things aren't meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I'm her nightmare.
I'm her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn't remember me.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury--I can't.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.
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“You,” I said simply. “It all leads to you. Everything. And I think, for now…” I leaned up, brushing my lips across his. “That’s all that matters.”
“And if I’m the key to both your survival and your destruction, what then?”
“You mean what if your water is poison?” I asked.
He didn’t answer.
“Then I want to drink.”
There were two seconds.
Two brief moments in time.
When I felt my heart race and wondered if it matched his as Nikolai took a steadying breath… then swallowed hard.
One beat against my chest, and his lips were touching mine.
Two beats as my heart picked up speed, and I could feel the heat of his mouth as he slid his tongue across my lower lip.
I moaned in response, reaching around his neck, grasping fistfuls of his hair and tugging as his body moved against mine. Without breaking the kiss, Nikolai found the hem of my cotton T-shirt, lifted it and pulled it over my head, our mouths parting for seconds before, with a sizzle of heat, they met again, and again. Each time our lips grazed it felt new, and yet familiar, like we’d shared hundreds of kisses, thousands of embraces.
He leaned back and helped me to a sitting position, his muscles flexing from holding his own weight. Moonlight shone across the planes of his firm chest. Something about Nikolai’s masculine beauty was lethal, so dangerous that my heart raced even harder. He frowned, pressing his palm to my chest as if trying to calm me down.
I wasn’t safe.
Not in his arms.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: Adult Russian Mafia Romance
Spin Off and considered as a standalone as well
My RIP Review . . .
First off, Rachel Van Dyken, I adore you and applaud you.
Everyone time I'm blown away with your ability to capture my interest and let me get lost into whatever world you are writing. With you it doesn't matter if its humor, mafia, paranormal, or plain ol' contemporary. Each and every time I get lost. I will admit normally mafia story lines wouldn't catch my fancy but each and every time I read one of your mafia stories, I'm enthralled and enveloped into that world.
RIP is technically considered a standalone, but it is a spin off and part of the same world as the Eagle Elite Series. If you haven't read Elude (Eagle Elite #6) yet from that series, like I hadn't then be warned, that you may find out things you weren't ready to see yet. :(
This book is based in the dark and the whole time you are trying to figure out all the elements that are being unveiled. Thankfully for each other dark worlds, they have a bit of light. Which is each other, but both don't know that yet.
Maya Petrov is the daughter from a ruthless man, who also part of the Russian mob. She wants nothing to do with that life. She just wants to be a scientist and move forward with her life. Needing to finish her schooling, she makes a meeting with her idol and research subject Nikolai Blazik.
Her first meeting is a dream that quickly turns into a nightmare, and she finds herself locked within a situation, she doesn't know how to get out of, nor want out of for some strange reason.
I glanced at him from the corner of my eye. Good Looking? Check. Brilliant? Check. Rich? Check. Possible sociopath? Double check. Great. I was dining with Ted Bundy.
Nikolai, has many demons, more then most. But under his darkness, he does have a heart. A heart that didn't beat until he met Maya. With only wanting to save her and them, he makes a deal with the devil. Now he has to figure out a way, to keep her safe from the devil and himself.
So many elements have to be brought to the surface before choices can be made.
"Do you really know so little about the man who stares at you as if you hung the moon and stars while simultaneously dancing naked in the rain?"
So much fear, that once the truth comes out that there will be more darkness.
"I'll gift you with both. The pain must happen. Otherwise, we will both be killed. But I can give you pleasure so that when you dream . . . it's not of darkness. . . " He reached for my hand and sucked each finger before kissing my open palm. "But of light."
. . . wanting so badly to tell her the truth but drowning in the fear of what that would mean for both of us.
But hope, love and light can be seen through darkness, if its given a chance.
"Try not to die, Nik. Love has a way of making things seem less dark. . . I would hate for you to stop breathing before you get the chance to experience sunlight for the first time."
Even though this is based in the world of the Russian mafia, and it would have been fine without the boys from our favorite Elite Italian mafia. It did however, make it so much better that we got to see much more from our favorite boys from the other side of the country.
"Phoenix may have let it slip where he was going . . . and we like killing as a family . . . it's more meaningful that way,"
The truth always comes out! But sometimes you just have to let it come out and see how the chips fall after. Take a leap of faith, you never know where you will land.
"One of the greatest lies you will ever believe is that you can sin in silence and get away with it. Because most of the time silence is the loudest, it demands to be known, to be heard."
Did I like this book? Yes, very much. Is it my normal genre? No , but you can't but get lost in this darker world. Did Nikolai win me over? Yes. Was Maya strong? Thankfully yes, even when she kept getting hit with shit storm after shit storm. If there is more from this series will I read more? You couldn't stop me. Loved it!
4.5 So many elements all rolled up into one great story thumbs up!