DESTRUCTIVE KING by Rachel Van Dyken Review

Release Date: January 12, 2021

A mafia romance about love and loss by Rachel Van Dyken, the number-one New York Timesbestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.

…When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
 — Mary Elizabeth Fyre

“I’m sorry for your loss.” I would rather be tortured for an eternity than hear those damn words from one more person, as if Claire, my dead fiancé, was a cell phone or car keys.
How about, I’m sorry your life is over.
I’m sorry you want to die too.
I’m sorry you see her in your dreams and wake up only to relive the nightmare.
I’m supposed to be the strongest of them all. Ash Abandonato, ruler, assassin, made man, brother, friend—instead, I hurt everyone I touch in hopes that they’ll feel even a sliver of the pain that bears down on my shoulders.
I didn’t lose.
It was taken from me.
And it’s all her fault, Annie Smith.
I daydream about her death.
And then I close my eyes, and I see her soft smile. I feel her touch, her kiss—it was a mistake what we did that night, but I can’t take it back, and now she’s under my father’s protection—my protection.
My worst enemy.
The woman I’m the most attracted to.
I can’t decide if I want to strangle her or kiss her, and now that she’s stuck in my life, my only goal is to make her feel the same loss I do and destroy her in the process.
I’ll trick her with my touch.
Seduce her with my kiss.
And in the end, when my enemy is at her most vulnerable—I’ll bring down an entire Empire and continue my reign as King.
Bow down, I’ll say as I bring the Five Families to their knees.
Blood in.
Never out.

My Review of DESTRUCTIVE KING by Rachel Van Dyken

A story of love and loss, angst and lies, DESTRUCTIVE KING by Rachel Van Dyken will break you. Ash and Annie’s story has so many ins and outs, trials, and twists that you will be on the edge of your seat from Chapter One. The way RVD writes their story is incredible – it is most definitely a roller coaster ride and you’ll want to prepare by grabbing a glass of wine or even the entire bottle. 

 Grief is a powerful thing, and the way Ash’s grief and anger leap off the page makes this newest RVD novel a must-read. If you’ve experienced a loss, you will understand the depth of Ash’s pain and how he copes with that pain. Although Ash may come from a powerful family and is powerful in his own right, the pain is searing and hard to come back from.

Watching him fight his way out the other side, so to speak, is a beautiful and emotional journey. Once again, RVD throws some major plot twists inside their love story – some you may see coming and others will have your jaw dropping to the floor. 

Don’t worry that Destructive King will be too sad, there are moments of levity and humor. It’s always a treat to read the mafia gathering scenes, such as the large family dinners – including food, knives, guns, wine.

Note that there is another POV woven into this story. Chase (Ash’s dad) is battling choices he made, and watching him struggle with the reasoning/consequences was actually an unexpected surprise. 

Rachel Van Dyken has done it again – she’s written a hard-fought love story that keeps you hooked from beginning to end.

5 Mafia-loving stars.


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About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she’s been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs. 

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