Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I’m. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.
Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5
I have received this ARC in exchange for an honest review
What is with me and jumping in the middle of series by Rachel Van Dyken! If I keep pushing my luck like this one of these times I am going to get burned. Luckily Enraged is a standalone book in this series that can be read out-of-order, but I will definitely be going back to read the other 7 in the series.
This is story focuses on Dante, a reluctant Italian Mafia prince that wants nothing more than revenge on the family that took his away. He has nothing but his will for revenge that drives him to wake up every morning. The Italians rescued El from the Russians who have done unspeakable things to her, but she is still trapped in a world that she want nothing to do with. She is nothing more than a spoil of war. Dante and El are sent to Elite Prep as a demonstration of power, but what they found was more than what they were bargaining for. The more time these two spend to together, the deep of a connection they form to one another. In the Mafia world there are no happy endings, there is only one way out of the family and that is through death. The Russians want El back. Dante will do anything to protect her, even if that means protecting her from himself.
Van Dyken has no fear as she writes this book. We are on pins and needles through the entire series, unable to determine who the actual threat to the family is until it is too late. Although this is a mafia story, centered around the struggle for power between the Italians and Russians, it is also a love story. Van Dyken makes a point to show us the deep connection this family has to one another, as well as the feelings they all have toward El. El is not an actual part of the “family” but the minute she is rescued from her tormentors, they treat her as nothing less. We are able to watch El’s character grow from being a scared girl to a strong woman who will fight for what she believes in. Dante, although he is reluctant at first, will do what is needed in order to protect the ones he loves even if he hates it. Everything each character does is calculated, which is why the climax of the story is such a surprise. Even through all of this the “family” is able to stick together. That is the main point that Van Dyken wants to drive home to all of us, whether it be mafia or not, family always comes first.
Until next time,