For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .
The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There’s Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn’t long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn’t realize she was the enemy — until it was too late.
Rachel Van Dyken is a favorite author here at Bookish Temptations. Her male characters and books made a few of the top ten lists for 2013. For that reason, I decided to take on her series, Eagle Elite. I thought I knew from the summary what this series was about, but was intrigued and surprised at the turn that Rachel decided to take with her characters.
The main character Tracey may not be one of my favorite heroines for a few reasons, but her two main male characters make up for it.
So Trace is pretty clueless about her parents’ death, and who her grandfather really is, until it’s almost too late. I felt for her, but her naivety really bothered me to a point. She was so sheltered before arriving at Eagle Elite University.
There were some content issues for me, because the author is writing about Chicago and the suburbs. I found it confusing at times as to where they were exactly. There is a particular scene where Nixon takes Trace shopping, and they end up at a shopping mall that sounded more like Vegas than a Chicago suburb. There are no Prada stores that I know of in the suburbs. Only the one that is downtown on Oak Street, is what I know. While most people won’t know that, it’s those details that are not researched properly, that can ruin a story for me.
What kept me reading was the chemistry between Nixon and Trace, the mystery behind how Nixon got the position he holds, and where Trace will fit in.
Some of my favorite lines from the Eagle Elite series:
It was scary how someone’s presence had that much power to alter the way you felt about yourself, because what happens when you lose yourself in that person? Do you disappear, or do you just mold into what they view you as?
“I would have kissed you harder. I would have fought for you more. I don’t know. I would have stolen you away, taken your virtue, made myself so permanently etched on your person that every time you took a breath it was my scent that was permeating the air.”
My heart clenched. Thinking about Chase made me feel funny. It was weird, but I missed having that guy around. I missed his sense of humor, the easy friendship we had and his protective, crazy no bull attitude. I missed him right then, because I could have used his humor to drive away the demons that Phoenix had brought into my life.
Elect by Rachel Van Dyken
Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.
Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will.
In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .
Don’t let the summary make you think that everything is given away. There is so much more going on in the second book. For some reason, Chase isn’t mentioned in either summary, and that is a mistake I think. He is the only reason why I kept reading.
Don’t get me wrong. Nixon does have his own brand of hotness. It’s the blatant rudeness that he shows towards Trace in the beginning, that I couldn’t get past. He plays a lot of games with Trace’s feelings under the guise of protecting her. It’s Chase that steps up to be her bodyguard and friend, when she needs someone.
If I had to choose a favorite, I would definitely pick Elect. We get alternating points of view from Chase, Nixon and Phoenix. Being in boy’s heads are so much more interesting.
There is yet another scene that didn’t sit well with me. While I know I am reading fiction, when it comes to New Adult, there has to be a realistic aspect to the storyline. When someone of great importance from Sicily, arrives at the University to substitute teach chemistry, I laughed out loud. Seriously?!?! Again, it didn’t keep me from continuing the story, but it definitely lost some credibility for me.
What kept me reading was the relationship between Trace and Chase and how was everyone truly going to survive, when “the shit finally hits the fan.”
I am SO going to read the next book, because with Entice it’s going to be more of Chase. *happy dance* Love him!! Looks like there is going to be four books in the series, with Entice comes out in May, and the last book Elicit, coming out in the fall this year.
Cheers to Rachel for not making us wait so long between books.
***I received ARC versions for both books from Netgalley for an honest review. The quotes are from those version.***
I gave both books 4 damn good stars and put them on my “middle-shelf-interesting-reads” shelf on Goodreads.