Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rip by Rachel Van Dyken [Review ]

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.
She will.
It's inevitable.
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.
I bit.
I tasted.
I fell.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.

5 (Oh the Emotions You Make Me Feel) Stars
It’s no secret I love Rachel Van Dyken. It harbors beyond obsession.  I traveled five hours to see her in person … for the second time! I beg for all of her books because they are addictive, different and always steamy.

Rip is a standalone. STANDALONE, did you get that? Standalone, but Rip is also a spin-off from the Eagle Elite Series. The timeframe is set during Elude, but caution, I would read Elude prior to reading Rip because there will be spoilers from Elude, but as I said before Rip is a standalone. 
This is Maya’s story. She is Andi’s half-sister from Elude.

Maya is sold to Nikolai. Wait… what? Okay, let me back up and rewind.

Nikolai is a doctor. He’s not your normal doctor. Yes, he can heal people, but he also knows how to wipe out memories and make people do things they do not want to do by unique methods.

The beginning starts off with a bang and we know from the start that Maya is tortured. Wow, shocker right? Rip is a darker read, a little taboo and completely intense! I read it in one sitting and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Maya is forced to work for Nikolai and she signs a contract with him.

- Must work for a year for Nikolai
- Must wear all Black
- Must not have relationships

The all black should throw you off, but there’s a reason for everything! So in some way Maya is sold to Nikolai, for at least a year.

The thing that REALLY REALLY REALLY worked for me was the suspenseful and mystery part of this book. I was asking questions throughout the whole read. Why was Maya tortured? What is Nikolai’s relationship with Maya?

Nikolai is a huge enigma in this book. He’s very picky on how he works and there are certain things Maya has to do for him. Like bring in patients, but they don’t have medical records nor do they look like regular people. What does Nikolai really do in the backroom with the people?

As you continue to read, bits and parts of the story start to fall into place and I LOVE IT! I really love the writing style and everything just flowed for me. From start to finish, Rip will have you shocked, consumed and panting for more.

Oh and PS. Rachel’s husband is on the cover and can I say yummy! hehehehe

An ARC was provided

“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.”

I got to meet Rachel at the RT book signing. She's really that pretty in person.  I thinks she's so talented and I love that she can write serious and comical books. She's one of the few authors that can make me laugh and cry at the same time. I was bummed I missed Thor and husband! I can't wait to see her again when she comes back to Texas in October. I'm on the watch-out for baby and hubbie.  More photos - > HERE

Other Books by Rachel 

The Consequence Series

The Consequence of Loving Colton #1 AMAZON | REVIEW
The Consequence of Revenge #2 AMAZON | REVIEW

The RUIN series

Toxic #2 AMAZON


 The Eagle Elite Series

Elude #6 Pre-Order AMAZON
Bang Bang (Novella) AMAZON | REVIEW

 The BET series

The Wager #2 AMAZON | REVIEW
The Dare #3 AMAZON

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

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