Review: ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . . 

Review

The Elect is book two in the Eagle Elite Series. Do not read this review unless you have read book one - The Elite - or the series will be spoiled for you!

The Elect picks up right where The Elite left off (you must read The Elite first). Now that Trace knows who her family really is and Nixon knows about his mob family's ties to Trace they must be careful about their next moves. They yearn to uncover long hidden family secrets as well as stay together and stay safe. Nixon asks his right-hand man, Chase to help watch over Trace while he investigates. The only problem is that Chase also has feelings for Trace. Will Trace make a choice between Nixon and Chase? Will the family secrets be revealed? Decisions will be made. Lives will be in jeopardy. Stay tuned for The Elect!

When I read The Elite I was blown away. It was different. Unique. Fast-pasted. Intriguing. The Elect was somewhat less exciting for me - I think because a lot of the mysteries from book 1 were solved. Whereas the first book had an almost dystopian quality, this book has almost a motorcycle club quality to it... you become familiar with the mob family mentality. There is a lot of action and far-reaching ramifications.

Trace was somewhat fickle bouncing between the boys but I have to remind myself that she is a young girl. She is young and innocent (perhaps acting younger than her age due to her sheltered upbringing), whereas the boys are wise beyond their years (having had the weight of their families on their shoulders for some time). We really got to understand the immense responsibilities of the male characters in this book as it is told only through the male points of view: Nixon, Trace, and Phoenix. In this book I fell in love with the men. Their honor, intelligent, passion, and compassion were forefront.

While this wasn't my favorite book in the series so far I think it was necessary for the advancement of the plot for the future of the series. This book also ends on a cliffhanger but it is livable until we get the next installment - Entice. If you loved The Elite, then be sure to read The Elect! 4 Stars!

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