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Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

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Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

His grin was always so easy, so sexual, so predatory and yet exciting that I wasn’t sure if I should look away or kiss him again.
“Love doesn’t need a justification for its actions. It’s a free pass. And I would have taken that free pass and run – back toward you.”
“I’m going to make sure you forget everything but my name.”
“I want to suck you until you’re spent, worship you until you’re so exhausted you can’t think straight, and then I want to do it all over again.

Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken

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Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken

“If you want to bite me, El, all you need to do is ask.”

“It wasn’t a friendly bite.”

He grinned and leaned in, his lips grazing my ear. “All bites are friendly – if you’re doing it right.”

“The purity of kissing, the simplicity of kissing just to kiss, because it feels good, because sex is just fucking and emotionless, but when you kiss you feel everything, don’t you?  You feel it everywhere, it consumes you more than any sexual act you’ll ever do.  People don’t really remember their first sexual experience, but their first kiss?  You” remember it until your dying day”

You know you’ve found something undeniable when you can show the girl the monster and rather than run away she runs toward it and holds its hand.

“One more second of looking instead of touching and that dress would be either destroyed or on the floor, your makeup smeared, hair pulled, thighs wrapped around my body so damn fast that you wouldn’t get your date.”

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The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

“My version of friendship involves multiple orgasms.”

“But I have to taste you.  Knowing that your lips just tasted my skin and that I was left just dreaming of yours? Not fair.”

“Never turn down a naked Bentley.  It’s rude and completely wasteful.”

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Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

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Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Kissing Lucas Thorn was a poor life choice – it had always been that way.  Why could are kisses never be romantic?  Involving situations where we went out on a normal date?  Where nobody was pissed or drunk or about to get married?
She wiggled against my body, making me lose every ounce of damn patience I’d built up over the course of the night.  Every hour I wanted to break down her door.  And every hour I told myself that it would be a bad idea – giving her the wrong idea that I only wanted her for her body when I wanted her for everything.

 

Empire by Rachel Van Dyken

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Empire by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

Never begrudge the journey, Valentina, for it is the journey that makes the ending happy.
Real men drink at ten, this is why I do not kill you.
“You were mine before you even knew you were mine.  So yes, I’ll be damned possessive about you.  And I don’t give a fuck what anyone says — you’ve belonged to me forever — and it’s going to sure as hell stay that way.”

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Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

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Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

I wanted to earn her in the worst way possible, I wanted it to be hard, because I knew if it was easy, it wasn’t real.
“Keep them open,” he commanded softly.  “And on me.  Watch me watch you so you know when this is over, that you’ll have nothing to regret, because the look I’m giving you now is the same one I’m going to give you after, and the day after that, and the day after that.”
And it wasn’t like I could say she seduced me, even though, if I was one to place blame, I’d be pointing my finger in her direction.  She started me!  Naked!  What was I supposed to do?  Sing nursery rhymes and close my eyes?

The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

No.  Freaking.  Way.  No way he was pulling the sister card again!  One day I was going to find that card, rip it to shreds, put a hex on it and bury it next to his body.
“I’m going to kiss you, damn it, and you’re going to like it.  And I’m going to take off my shirt and you’re going to manhandle me, and you’re going to stop being so damn nervous or so help me God I’m going to bend you over that sofa in the living room and spank your sexy ass.”
“You have to want it as much as you want your next breath – you have to want Colton as much as you need air to survive – love is survival.”

Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

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Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

Her happiness was like a homing beacon for someone like me, a starved man, a man in such desperate need for something light that he’d do anything to take it, to take her.
“Everyone loves a bit of darkness – until it consumes them.”
It broke my heart, absolutely shattered every part of me, that the only time I’d seen him truly at peace was in that moment – when he was asking for his own death.
I told myself to go slow.  I told myself this was the last taste.

I lied.

 

Eagle Elite Series Reading Order

Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1)
Elect (Eagle Elite Book 2)
Entice (Eagle Elite Book 3)
Elicit (Eagle Elite Book 4)
Bang Bang
Enforce (Eagle Elite)
Enchant (Eagle Elite)
Ember (Eagle Elite Book 5)

Ember by Rachel Van Dyken Prologue Reveal

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Ember by Rachel Van Dyken Prologue Reveal

 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.

Ember
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Copyright © 2015 RACHEL VAN DYKEN
Prologue

Ember: A small piece of burning coal.

Origin: Old English, Germanic.
Example: All it takes is a one tiny piece of ember to start a flame, one small
flame to burst forth into a fire. One spark, and a man’s world may implode from
the inside out.
 Phoenix

“Do it,” my father spat. “Or I will.”

I looked at the girl at my feet and back at my father. “No.”

He lifted his hand above my head; I knew what was coming, knew it would hurt like hell but had no way to fight back — he’d already starved me of my food for the past three days for arguing, for trying to save the girl and her cousin.

His fist hit my temple so hard that I fell to the ground with a cry. The click of his boots against the cement gave me the only warning I’d have as he reared back and kicked me in the ribs; over and over again he kicked. The girl screamed, but I stayed silent. Screaming didn’t help; nothing did.

I waited until he was done — I prayed that he would kill me this time. I prayed so hard that I was convinced God was finally going to hear me and take me away from my hell. Anything was better than living. Anything.

“You worthless—” Another kick to the head. “—piece of shit!” A kick to my gut. “You will never be boss, not if you cry every time you must do the hard thing!” Finally, blessed darkness enveloped my line of vision.

I woke up from the nightmare screaming, not even realizing that I was safe, in my own bed. With a curse I checked the clock.

Three a.m.

Well, at least I’d only had one nightmare — that I’d remembered. I’d been living with Sergio for the past week; his house was so big that I’d basically taken the east wing, and he’d taken the West, said he’d hated living alone anyway. I wasn’t stupid; I knew the guy wasn’t exactly a big fan, but it worked. I needed to stay in the States while I figured shit out.

And I wasn’t ready to leave. Not when I needed to learn all I could from Nixon. Not when I had responsibility.

And not when I had those black folders freaking burning a hole in my mind.

Luca hadn’t just left me an empire; he’d left me secrets. I wasn’t sure what was worse, knowing everything there was to know about those I was supposed to be protecting or knowing that at any minute one of them could turn on us.

“Hey!” Bee barged into my room.

“Damn it!” I pulled the blankets over my naked body, my heart picking up speed at her tousled hair and bedroom eyes. Tex’s sister, Tex’s sister. My body wasn’t accepting that — physically it wasn’t accepting any information other than she was beautiful.

And it was dark.

I looked away, scowling.

“I heard screaming.” Bee took a step forward, her perfume floating off her body like an aphrodisiac or drug, making me calm, making me want something I had no business wanting.

“Yeah, well…” I gave her a cold glance. “…clearly I’m fine, so you should go. Actually, why are you here? You know you live with Tex, right?”

She shrugged and sat on my bed. I clenched my fists around the blankets to keep from reaching out to her. It was getting harder and harder to ignore her warmth — when I lived in a constant state of near-death cold.

“He’s with Mo, and they need privacy. I’m not stupid. So I asked Sergio if I could move in for a while.”

“You did what?” I asked in a deadly tone, one I was sure would probably give her nightmares later.

She grinned. “I’m your new roomie!” Bee bounced on the bed and sent me a shy look from beneath her dark lashes. “Admit it, you miss our slumber parties.”

Forget the nightmare — I was looking at it.

Eagle Elite Series Reading Order

Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1)
Elect (Eagle Elite Book 2)
Entice (Eagle Elite Book 3)
Elicit (Eagle Elite Book 4)
Bang Bang
Enforce (Eagle Elite)
Enchant (Eagle Elite)

 



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
www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

 

Enforce by Rachel Van Dyken

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Enforce by Rachel Van Dyken

 
Favorite Quotes

Innocence looked good on her.  I was fixated on the choice of ruining that innocence or just keeping it for myself.  Decisions, decisions….
I was afraid of nothing – but her.  I was afraid of her.
I could feel myself falling for her.

At first it had been so slow I hadn’t realized it.

And now?  Now I was halfway down the rabbit hole and propelling my arms so that I could fall faster, land on my feet harder.

Shit.

Eagle Elite Series Reading Order

Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1)
Enforce (Eagle Elite) Alternate POV
Elect (Eagle Elite Book 2)
Entice (Eagle Elite Book 3)
Elicit (Eagle Elite Book 4)

NixonEnforce  ChaseEnforce

TexEnforce phoenixEnforce
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Elect by Rachel Van Dyken

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Elect by Rachel Van Dyken

Excerpt

“Let’s make a pact.” Chase put his hand on my shoulder.

“A pact?” I sniffled and turned to him. “What kind of pact?”

“One that’s forever. One that protects people rather than hurts them.”

“How do we do that?” I was suddenly interested. What if I could make all the hurt go away? What if I could save everyone!

“We do this.” Chase pulled out his pocketknife and cut open his hand, then nodded to me to do the same thing. Without pausing I cut open my hand and handed back the knife. “Blood brothers. We’re never gonna hurt each other and we’re gonna save those like your ma, Nixon. Ones who can’t save themselves. We’re going to protect them.”

“How?” I watched as the blood dripped from my open palm.

“Rules.” Chase shrugged. “They keep people safe, right? At least that’s what my mom says.” He smiled. “We make rules and we start our own club. That way, we don’t have to listen to anyone but us.”

I liked it. I chewed on my lower lip. “What do we call ourselves?”

“The chosen?” Chase offered.

“No, that sounds lame. We have to sound… more powerful than that.”

My eyes flickered to the road, and a sign poked into the ground. It said election. “Elect.” I pointed. “Let’s call ourselves The Elect.” It made sense; after all, the president was elected, wasn’t he? We weren’t exactly chosen, but we were making the choice, we were electing ourselves protectors. That’s what we were.

“Who else can join?” Chase asked.

“Tex and Phoenix. They’ll want to.” A weight suddenly felt like it was being lifted off my twelve-year-old shoulders. “Should we shake on it?”

“Yeah.” Chase smashed his hand against mine as our blood mixed. “No going back, Nixon.”

“No.” I shook my head. “No going back.”

I pressed my fingers to my temples and watched, replaying that moment over and over again in my head as the outline of Chase and Tracey flickered in the moonlight. Would he really do this to me? After all the shit we’d been through?

I gauged her reaction, hoping that I would be wrong. Praying to God that Trace would just this once listen to me. Her eyes flickered with interest for a few brief seconds before she looked down at the ground.

“Shit.” I waited in the shadows. A part of me knew this would happen. The part that told me to damn my feelings to hell and ignore all the warning signs that I’d been seeing. But now it seemed like it was too late. I stayed, planted where I was, watching, waiting.

“Chase, you can’t…” Trace shook her head. “You can’t be like this. We can’t do this!”

“We aren’t doing anything,” Chase said in low tones, reaching for Trace’s hand. “Don’t you?” He looked directly at me, although all he saw was a shadow. I knew I was well hidden. “Don’t you feel the same way?”

Trace jerked her hand away from Chase’s. “It doesn’t matter what I feel. It’s not about me, Chase.”

“But it is.” Chase reached for her again. This time her hand grasped his in such an intimate embrace I thought I was going to vomit all over the ground. The outside air was cold as hell as little pieces of ice tried to find their way into my wool coat.

“It isn’t.” Trace sighed. “It never was.”

Chase jerked her toward him. She fell against his chest and looked up into his eyes. “What are you doing?”

Chase sighed. “What I should have done a long time ago.” He grabbed the back of her head and pulled her in for a kiss. Their lips touched.

I had to look away.

The only sound in the night was that of my soft footsteps as I walked away… leaving my heart in broken pieces where I’d last stood. She was lost to me; it wasn’t even the Sicilians that had taken her, but my best friend.

A gunshot rang out loud and clear in the night air. I turned back around just in time to see Trace collapse into Chase’s arms.

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Bang Bang by Rachel Van Dyken

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Bang Bang by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

“I can do this all day long.  I just want you to know, I want you now.  I’ll want you later.  I’ll dream about you tonight, and I’m not going to stop until you’re mine.  You can fight it all you want.  Try running away.  I’ll spend my life finding you.  Try your damnedest to shut me out – I’ll just push until you can’t take it anymore.”
My heart was full.  My life was owned, altered, by a made man, by a man who in many stories is the monster, but my life wasn’t a story.

Eagle Elite Series Reading Order

Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1)
Elect (Eagle Elite Book 2)
Entice (Eagle Elite Book 3)
Elicit (Eagle Elite Book 4)
Bang Bang

Shame by Rachel Van Dyken

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Shame by Rachel Van Dyken

 
Favorite Quotes

Finally….I found peace.  In the arms of someone who looked at me like I was his air.
I think the world has it wrong when it strives after the beautiful.  It should fight for the ugly;it should hope for the damned;it should seek the lost – because in the end, if there weren’t tears, if there wasn’t fighting, then do you really deserve to feel satisfied and happy?

The Ruin Series Reading Order

Ruin

Toxic (The Ruin Series Book 2)

Fearless (Ruin Series 2.5)

Shame (Ruin Series Book 3)

Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken

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Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

I would offer her everything.  and in return take nothing.  Story of my life.  I give.  They take.  I give some more.  They take it all.
Damn the man.  It would be impossible to get used to the way Tex’s muscles freaking hugged his midsection like they were too swollen to do anything else but stick out and be sexy.
“Know this…my heart will always beat for you and you alone, my friend, my lover, my enemy, my soul.”

Eagle Elite Series Reading Order

Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1)
Elect (Eagle Elite Book 2)
Entice (Eagle Elite Book 3)
Elicit (Eagle Elite Book 4)

The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken

Favorite Quotes

Basking: another word for utter stillness when a lady is pressing against you in such an erotic way all you can do is close your eyes and smile.  See also: Euphoria.
The question is never if you have a choice.  It’s whether your options are better on your own or with my help.  Choices come and go.  But chances? Only once in a lifetime.

The Bet Series Reading Order

The Bet
The Wager: The Bet series: Book 2
The Dare (The Bet Series Book 3)

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