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.
After the brief glimpses of Nikolai Blazik in Elude I really wasn't sure what to expect going into Rip but I really enjoyed learning all about him, and Maya too! Rip is an Eagle Elite series spin off but a warning to you squeamish ones, there is a fair bit of bloodshed in this one and in some unique ways too.
I was so surprised by how much I loved Nik and Maya and more than that their journey, their relationship is just so complex and unique, totally unexpected in so many ways. Their story unfolds in the most gripping way, so gripping in fact that I was hooked within a few chapters, pages probably if I'm honest with myself. My emotions were up and down from the very first page, it was like they were on a trampoline flying into the air before they came crashing back down again right a long with Nik and Maya's no doubt! The story quite literally has everything, great characters, amazing storyline and the Italians that I have grown to love from the Eagle Elite series, they definitely injected some humour in places that had me laughing so hard, the Italian and Russian banter always made me grin without fail.
It has to be said that Rachel knows how to create some phenomenal characters, all of her past characters are proof of that and Nik and Maya are no exception, they are fully formed and so unique from anything I've ever read that it truly is mind blowing, they have flaws just like real, living, breathing people and that is one of the many things that set Rachel's books apart for me, her very real characters.
Thank you Rachel for another incredible book! :)
“You,” I said simply. “It all leads to you. Everything. And I think, for now…” I leaned up, brushing my lips across his. “That’s all that matters.”
“And if I’m the key to both your survival and your destruction, what then?”
“You mean what if your water is poison?” I asked.
He didn’t answer.
“Then I want to drink.”
There were two seconds.
Two brief moments in time.
When I felt my heart race and wondered if it matched his as Nikolai took a steadying breath… then swallowed hard.
One beat against my chest, and his lips were touching mine.
Two beats as my heart picked up speed, and I could feel the heat of his mouth as he slid his tongue across my lower lip.
I moaned in response, reaching around his neck, grasping fistfuls of his hair and tugging as his body moved against mine. Without breaking the kiss, Nikolai found the hem of my cotton T-shirt, lifted it and pulled it over my head, our mouths parting for seconds before, with a sizzle of heat, they met again, and again. Each time our lips grazed it felt new, and yet familiar, like we’d shared hundreds of kisses, thousands of embraces.
He leaned back and helped me to a sitting position, his muscles flexing from holding his own weight. Moonlight shone across the planes of his firm chest. Something about Nikolai’s masculine beauty was lethal, so dangerous that my heart raced even harder. He frowned, pressing his palm to my chest as if trying to calm me down.
I wasn’t safe.
Not in his arms.
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.
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