Review: Ember by Rachel Van Dyken


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.


This book is by far the most intense book in the Eagle Elite series. At this point, the characters are so well developed and I am so captivated by a plot that continues to twist and leave me in a state of shock. This is Phoenix and Bee’s story and it is dark and twisted and amazing. I loved Phoenix but maybe I just have a giant soft spot for bad boys in search of redemption and that is what this book is. This is the story of Phoenix learning how to forgive himself and how to redeem himself.

Then there is Bee, sweet, innocent, naive Bee. At one point in the book I was annoyed by how trusting and naive she was but she is the perfect contrast to how brutally honest Phoenix is. Then don’t forget Nixon, Chase, Tex, Sergio and the whole gang. Sergio, oh good Lord, there is a huge epic plot twist that literally had me questioning everything. This book was slightly sadistic, bad-*ss, and in the end I still am obsessed with the mafia.


“Everyone loves a bit of darkness – until it consumes them.”


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