Review: Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted 19 February, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Ember by Rachel Van DykenTitle: Ember
Series: Eagle Elite #5
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: February 19, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Ember:

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.
Related Books: Shame, Elite, The Consequence of Loving Colton, The Consequence of Revenge, The Consequence of Seduction

My Review:

Okay, so real talk? While I love these mafia men (boys?), the angstiness and emo-ness of their POVs were starting to wear on me. I had enough emo in high school when I listened to nothing but Dashboard Confessional and The used. And the female POVs could only help so much.

Until Bee.

God, I love her. She was the perfect, perfect, perfect balance to Phoenix, who might be angstiest and emo-est of them all (with good reason).

The male and female POVs were the perfect side-by-side in this book. Like chocolate and peanut butter. You had Phoenix, who was 100% serious, hurting, jaded, pessimistic. And then there was Bee, who was like flowers and sunshine. No. Scratch that. She was Hello Kitty, Care Bears, and unicorns. But in a cool way, not a childish way (that’s how I describe my Care Bears merch, at least). She was playful, carefree, naive, and optimistic. Perfect contrast.

She brought this Care Bear quirk to the rest of the group, as well. I mean, I know they have tough jobs, but lighten up a little, and make a joke that’s not about shooting someone. This group of friends/family/bosses has never seen so much playfulness, humor, and banter. I mean, it’s not like they’re not busy. But a bit of optimism wouldn’t kill them (well, maybe…).

Something I also loved, but wasn’t unique to this book: I love the way this series is formatted. The way that there’s always this third POV. The main male and female have like 40% each of the chapters, and then there’s a third character in there with 20%. And then the next book is about them. So the first book is like a super extended prologue for the upcoming book. It’s awesome.


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About Rachel Van Dyken:

rachel van dyken

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

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