Title – Bang Bang
Author – Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date – September 8, 2014
Series – Eagle Elite Spin-Off
He was my best friend.
Until he became my enemy.
All within the span of one night.
Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang.
The rapid fire of gunshots became the soundtrack to my life.
This is the Mafia. Lines are blurred. Choices are never black and white. And the life you thought you knew is… one giant lie.
He was dead.
And I didn’t want his life to be in vain, so I tried to make something of myself. I tried and failed.
Now he’s back. Alive. And he wants something…
Nobody ever said the mafia played fair.
Welcome to The Family.
EEEK! I am so obsessed with this series it’s not even funny. Bang Bang was an amazing middle of the series novella. It catches people up from the previous books, making it so that new readers don’t absolutely have to read the beginning of the series. However, it also gives existing readers who have come to appreciate these characters, a chance to delve further into the Mafia without compromising the things they’ve fallen in love with.
“‘Sleep.’ He kissed my head again. ‘I’ve got you.'”
Bang Bang is the story of Ax and Amy – neither of whom we have come across previously. However, Ax exuded all the characteristics that readers have come to swoon over in the other men of the Eagle Elite. He is an alpha, stubborn male who loves to protect his woman – and he isn’t a fan of taking orders. Amy is an independent little firecracker, yet she was noticeably different than the other females of this series. While I love them too, they just have gotten to this point of strength and confidence with all their actions. Amy, however, had been through hell and back in her life and overcome obstacles nobody should have to face. Her strength shone through because of being influenced by these things, rather than facing a mafia member head on. Knowing what her father was into, she ran in the other direction and avoided the life until she didn’t have a choice. She also wasn’t afraid to have nothing, and in turn, got what she wanted most: family. The two of them together just felt special – I could honestly feel the tenderness and the angst through their interactions. I love a tale of friends to lovers and this really hit that sweet spot for me. The banter had me giggling at times, while the truth in some parts had my heart breaking. Naturally, I also fell in love with all the previous characters even more in this installment to the series (especially Tex)!
“My life used to be defined by the sound of gunshots…and now? It was defined by sand sifting through the hourglass. I was powerless to stop it as it fell through my fingers.”
While I recommend reading the Eagle Elite series as a whole, Bang Bang is a great starting off point if you don’t have the time. It does suck you in and you’re able to devour it quickly. However, let it be noted that there will be one MAJOR plot twist ruined if you start with this book. With both Elicit and Bang Bang, I’m feeling a new life being breathed into the series which just excites me further for the stories still to come. Overall though, I am absolutely loving the dark side of the family – maybe we all have a little bit of bad in us screaming to get out! 😉
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Other Books in the Series:
Enchant (Eagle Elite #0.5)
Elite (Eagle Elite #1)
Enforce (Eagle Elite #1.5)
Elect (Eagle Elite #2)
Entice (Eagle Elite #3)
Elicit (Eagle Elite #4)
Ember (Eagle Elite #5)
Elude (Eagle Elite #6)
Empire (Eagle Elite #7)
I wanted his lips more than I wanted my next breath, but how long before those lips were taken away? How long before my heart would get ripped from my chest a second time? I almost didn’t survive the first — I knew I wouldn’t live through the second.
With a jerk I pulled back and slapped him across the face. “How dare you!”
Ax swore and hit the steering wheel. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry I shouldn’t have assumed—”
“Assumed, what?” I yelled. “That I wouldn’t be completely pissed off? That I wouldn’t be shattered!” My voice wavered. “Totally wrecked forever because I’ve been mourning the loss of my best friend for five damn years only to find out he’s very much alive and suddenly wanting to play the white knight?” My body started to shake. “I died that day!”
Ax’s face twisted with pain. “Amy, I had to protect you… at all costs I had to protect you.”
“Your protection broke my heart,” I whispered.
He sighed, running his hands through his hair before answering. “Ames, sometimes what’s the best for us — is exactly what hurts the most.”
I refused to look at him. Instead I looked down, down at my bare legs, at the outfit I’d almost paraded about in before a crowd of horrible drunk men in order to make money. I wasn’t the same girl he’d left. I was damaged in the worst way. Because by saving me, Ax had taken away all purpose from my life. When I thought he’d died, my only goal was to live because he hadn’t.
And now? Now the shame of my situation was crippling.
Foster care kid.
And completely and utterly alone. Abandoned, even by my best friend.
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