Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I’m her nightmare.
I’m her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn’t remember me.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.
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“You are your father’s daughter.” His lips curved into a delicious smile, “You resemble each other, not in looks, but definitely in attitude.” His gaze was unapologetic as he tilted his head and started raking his eyes from my feet up my legs until finally settling on my face. I clenched my legs together tightly and forced a smile.
“If you don’t mind, Mr. Blazik, I’d really like to get on with the interview, I know your time is precious.”
As was mine, I wanted to stress, but didn’t, just barely restraining myself and clenching my teeth to keep from giving him a much-needed verbal lashing.
“I blocked out my entire day.”
Did he want applause? “Right, well, I assure you I can be fast.”
His dark laugh had me shivering and wanting to lean forward all at once. Men that good looking shouldn’t be blessed with chuckles like that—a freaking sirens call that’s what it was.
“Amazing… You truly don’t know why you’re here, do you?”
How many times did I need to repeat myself and why was I getting the sudden impression that the guy was on some seriously hard drugs? I looked closer; didn’t pinpoint pupils mean he was high or something?
“I assure you I’m not drunk, nor high, if that’s what you’re thinking.” He chuckled again and rubbed his hands together. “Though the idea does have merit, all things considering.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.
Oh good, so he was a doctor who liked drugs and had more money than God. That should go over well for addiction problems.
I scooted back against the leather and clicked my pen for, oh, I don’t know, the tenth time. “If you aren’t going to answer my questions, I should probably go.”
“You won’t be going anywhere,” he said in a quiet voice. “And for that I’m truly sorry.” His eyes met mine, and they seemed… apologetic.
“Pardon?” Was he threatening me? Warning bells went off in my head as adrenaline shot through my system.
“Your father…” He tilted his head. “He owes me a debt… of gratitude… I asked for something irreplaceable, something that’s been owed to me for a very long time.”
My stomach sank as my heart started hammering against my chest.
“What exactly did my father give you?” I choked out, hating that I probably knew the answer, because my father was ruthless, he was a business man after all, and he never backed out of a deal. It was business over family and our business was darkness itself, horrible, something I blocked out because it made me feel better when I woke up in the morning and fell asleep at night.
“Well…” Mr. Blazik stood. “I thought that would be obvious.” He turned his back to me and walked over to his desk then pressed a button causing blinds to creep down all the windows. When he turned, the room was already starting to blanket in darkness, making it so that his teeth practically glowed. “He gave me you.”
If I am completely honest, Rachel Van Dyken hasn’t written a book that I haven’t enjoyed. This one almost threw me for a loop. The key word is almost. When you start this book, there is a creepy, eerie feeling to it. You can’t figure out what is going on. You know there is something off and not quite right. A girl is being tortured but why we don’t know. The words are captivating to the point that you hurriedly flip the pages. I am going to try not to give too much away but a reader should know this is a book you want to pick up and once you do, you will not put it down.
Nikolai Blazik is not only a genius and a doctor, but he is also a member of the Russian mob. The story opens with Maya Petrov, heading into Dr. Blazik’s office for an interview for her thesis. What she doesn’t know is she isn’t going to be leaving his office any time soon. Nik is collecting on a debt that Maya’s father owes him. Unfortunately, the pay out is Maya. Nik has never been able to forget about Maya but he is playing a dangerous game having her this close. It could only take one wrong word, one wrong gesture to bring all of Maya’s memories crashing back. Her memories aren’t the only problem, they have an undeniable chemistry and Nik has to keep his hands off of Maya or they will both end of dead.
At the beginning of the book, as a reader you are just lost. As lost as Maya is when she shows up at Nik’s office. He is an enigma. You can’t figure out what Nik is about. Is he a good guy, a sociopath, maybe bi-polar? Why does he have so many conflicting personalities. Nik reminded me of the TV show Dexter. On the outside, he seems like an upstanding citizen. Underneath, it all gets a bit murky. Nik’s erratic behavior often leaves the reader and Maya confused and sometimes scared.
The plot of this book was confusing at times but I believe that is what Rachel was going for and its complexity made the story stick in your mind long after reading it. As the story continues and relationships build, you start piecing the puzzle together…slowly so painfully slowly.
Nik is filled with darkness but Maya has always been his source of light. Maya is tough and my favorite type of heroine. She doesn’t hold back and even when she is scared, she pushes through. She is a survivor and knows how to take care of herself. I admired how much backbone she has with Nik, her father and the situation that she is thrust into from the beginning.
I also loved that we got to see our Eagle Elite boys/girls in this one. The Italian mafia and the Russians don’t play well in the sandbox together. The banter and dialogue between these guys and Nik is fantastic. I loved their interactions and would love to see more of it in the future. RIP follows along with Elude (Eagle Elite #6) so we get to visit with Sergio and see how he is doing.
I adored this dark romantic suspense. There was something so unnerving about this story and somehow Ms. Van Dyken wrapped it around a love story. Although we see the Eagle Elite family in this one, RIP is a true standalone. I would argue you should read all of them for the complete story because they are just that good and they will fill you in on all the secondary characters in this one. This book is perfect right before Halloween. Who could say no to a Dexter-type, dark and twisty, love story!
ABOUT RACHEL VAN DYKEN
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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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