I Absolutely Loved It!
If you’ve followed my reviews, or know me, you know that The Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken is my absolute favorite series. I was on pins and needles waiting for Enrage to release, and I was scared to death to read it. Sure I wanted to know more about Dante, but with everything going on with the families, I knew, I knew something was going to happen that would tear me apart and I was right. I refuse to give any spoilers in my reviews, but I will tell you, if you’ve followed this series as I have, or if you’re a newbie (you can read these books as stand-alones) you become invested in all of the characters, not just the primary ones in the book you are reading, and the ride Rachel Van Dyken takes you on in Enrage is one that will stick with you for a long, long time. I finished this book last night, and it took me all day today to get my words together to write this review.
Dante is forced into the Family, to take his rightful place as the head of the Alfero family, and to spend time with El, the girl Frank saved from the Russians. She’s lived a rough life at the tender age of 19. She was married to a hateful man who raped her day in and day out and used her as a sex slave. She’s working on rebuilding her life and feels trapped, just like Dante, in the homes of the Italians. Dante is full of rage, and he can’t do anything about it. Being “trained” by Chase, Nixon, Tex, Phoenix, Sergio, etc. He’s beaten to a pulp, let to sleep, and it starts all over again. They are teaching him the ways of the world and it’s only making the rage inside of him grow.
On the outside Dante and El are complete opposites, El is innocent, where Dante has blood on his hands, but there’s a connection between them that can’t be denied, and watching them try to deny it throughout this book, with everything going on will make you want to pull your hair out at times. I wanted to scream at them and say “C’mon guys you belong together!!!” I admired Dante in wanting to give El the life he thought she deserved, and it truly showed how good he really was on the inside, and how much he was willing to sacrifice to see her happy.
Not only do we see these two dancing around each other throughout this book, but we also are taken back to the Eagle Elite campus to see that the Russians have infiltrated and Dante is stuck right in the middle of it. There’s also a bunch of drama going on inside the families to deal with. There is just DRAMA and secrets EVERYWHERE in this book and it made my head spin and made me go OH NO multiple times. Partway through this book I had a bad feeling and I hoped upon hope that it wasn’t true, but in the end I was right. I cried, and I mourned, but in the end, I knew it was the right thing for these characters, and for the story line of this amazing series. I just hope that Rachel Van Dyken gives us a great followup for the way that secondary characters story ended in the next book in the series.
Dante and El’s story though, it was beautiful, tragic, and full of passion. I loved every single bit of it. My heart ached for both of these characters and I loved watching their story unfold. Both of them had to overcome so much in such a small amount of time, and how things ended for them made my heart so happy. I wanted to kick myself for reading this book so quickly, but once I start reading a book in the Eagle Elite Series I just can’t seem to stop, everything else seems to fade away, and this one was no exception.
I highly encourage readers to pick this book up, if you’re a newbie to the series, or if you’re a lover of all things Eagle Elite, Enrage is a MUST READ! You won’t be able to not fall in love with Dante and his hard exterior but heart of gold!