Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken Review

Release Date: May 19, 2020

A mafia romance about best friends turned enemies by Rachel Van Dyken, the number-one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend…
I never thought my father would ask this of me, to become the second generation at Eagle Elite University, to rule with an iron fist, and to take care of anyone who gets in our way.
But ever since the incident.
Ever since Him.
There’s been a war in our little clique.
After all, a house divided cannot stand.
He’s the problem, not me.
He used to kiss me like I was his oxygen.
Now he looks at me like I’m his poison.
But we both drank it, again and again, never believing there would be a day when our love would start a war.
And our friendship would shatter into a million pieces.
Then again, the worst thing you could do in the mafia is hang on to hope that your life will be normal.
The second worse thing?
Fall in love with your best friend.
And heir to the Nicolasi throne.

My Review

The way Rachel Van Dyken spins these tales should be illegal. Or someone should give her an award. Her newest release, Ruthless Princess, is a stunning display of her craft and draws you further into the Eagle Elite world.

The Mafia Royals series is a spin-off of the original series so that if you have not read any other of her mafia books, you will not get lost. Start with Ruthless Princess, actually start with the freebie Royal Bully, so you get the full scope of these characters and a little of their backstory. Ruthless Princess is a STANDALONE.

Those of us that have read the Eagle Elite Series know that all your favorites show up and do their normal thing but in a more parental way. The Mafia Royals, if you haven’t guessed, are the kids (teen and 20-something adult children) of the originals.

RVD throws us into the deep end of the pool without teaching us to swim and then walks away, leaving us to fall deeper into this mafia web. My heart broke, was viciously stabbed, and then duct-taped back together again. Why she does this, I don’t know, but I selfishly keep coming back for more.

I might even say that the mafia kids are more devious, show more strength, and are harder than their predecessors. But maybe I just need to do a re-read of EE. I will say this—RVD puts it out there, scars and all. There is so much passion, love, and hate wrapped up in this story it is all-encompassing and will leave you breathless.

5 Fantastic Stars

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