Well, the last book with Sergio and Andi’s book had me sobbing and this book followed closely on the heels of it, with Sergio remarrying and this time with his soul mate, even though he resisted Valentina as much as possible holding onto Andi! Andi had a plan to bring them together after she died, so she put things into place and got those in the Family to carry out her wishes. Andi discovers a letter one day instructing her to follow and finds more letters.
A few secrets are uncovered but loved the way Rachel put everything together! The characters are lifelike and I feel as though I’m a part of it all!
Wow another great book by Rachel Van Dyken. I cried and I laughed. This book tells a story of secrets, hurt, betrayal and anger. It deals with finding love again and moving toward, of new life and new beginnings. Worth every bit of five stars and more
I absolutely love Rachel Van Dyken's Elite Elite Series. This is Sergio's second book and it does not disappoint. There are twists and turns and I don't want to give away any spoilers but it is an epic love story. Loved it! And I'm so happy there will be at least one more in the series - Dantes story is coming soon. Bring it on!
If you've not read Elude by Rachel Van Dyken, I'd advise you in the strongest terms to read it before diving into Empire. In fact, I'd advise you to even stop reading this right here and go and read it.
You see, while each of the books in the Eagle Elite series and its related spin offs are written as standalones, the story of Empire picks up and builds, very much on the themes and storyline of Elude, and the character of Sergio Abandonato in particular.
For the second time in less than a year, Sergio is pressured to marry someone he hardly knows. Something hes even less inclined to do a second time around, but, if mafia families were nations, this would be considered a marriage of state. The joining of families, ensuring the succession of dynasties, honor, duty, all of that, and having failed his family in the past, that's something Sergio wont do again.
Then, as if all of that weren't bad enough, there's 'that girl'. Nearly ten years younger, 19 year old Valentina is sweet, innocent, and completely oblivious to the fact that the three doting uncles who've raised her and her twin brother Dante are mafia. So far as she knows the far too quiet little florist shop they run that she works in is kept afloat because of sound investments.
Splitting her time between being coddled and sheltered by her uncles and reading about dashing Dukes and perfect Princes, she's entirely unprepared for the whirlwind that her life is about to become.
After being somewhat broken by Elude, to the point that I start to tear up a little whenever I come across the word 'twirl', I approached Empire with some trepidation. Though its been months for me, that wound is still tender, and I wasn't at all sure I wanted to rip off the band aid and start poking at it, but the promise that things could be made 'better' was there and so I dove in.
There's just so much in this book. The theme of family takes pride of place, as is fitting for a mafia story, but for Valentina its very much a coming of age story, and for Sergio? healing doesn't quite seem the right word.
And then there's Frank. You see, this book is told from alternate POVs. Sergio's and Valentina's as you might expect, but also Frank's. The last of the older generation of mob bosses, Frank has past sins to atone for, family to protect and guide as best he can, but above all, an Empire to preserve.
Smiles and laughter, tears, laughing even while tears were still damp on my face, Empire pulled emotions from me one after the other and played them like harp strings creating a beautiful harmony.
I truly enjoyed this story. Getting to know Sergio even more was wonderful and I loved Val too. The question is....Will Val ever add up to Andi. Like sugar and spice or fire and ice. This book is one of my favorites in the series. It made me laugh. It made me cry and I believe this is a five twirls while singing in the rain kind of book. Thank you for this excellent read and I am stoked to read the next book in this series.