Review: Empire by Rachel Van Dyken


I have lost everything.
My purpose.
My love.
My soul.
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle–the promise I made her, brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade.
I am broken, I dont want to be fixed.
One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the mafia family. The Empire is crumbling and it’s my job to fix it, my job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
The only issue is, the only way to fix, is to do something I swore I’d never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time.
I won’t fall.
Or so help me God, I’ll kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandanoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate–you have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.


*Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*

Oh my God, can we just talk about all the feels I am having with this book…so many feels. First off, I can’t handle Sergio, he is so rough, tough, and broken. My heart was aching and breaking for him as he was barely surviving and getting by. Val is so very innocent, certainly too innocent to be thrusted into the mafia at the drop of a dime. She was endearing, naive, and adorable.

But lets talk about Andi…and how I desperately want to throttle her from the grave. How dare she make me cry, damn girl is dead and still giving me all the feels. There was a twist at the end but it didn’t really shock me the way I thought it might and maybe that is because I have come to expect these things with Rachel’s writing.

This book was everything I wanted in the mafia and more. The gang is all back and still drop dead sexy, their lives are still organized chaos and the book took me through all the emotions from laughing to crying and every place in between. Prepare to have your heart shredded and pieced back together, much like Sergios. An absolute must read! OKLAHOMA!


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