Book Review: Elect (Eagle Elite #2) 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 . . .

Release Date: December 10, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

I enjoyed book one in this series, Elite (read my review here).  I wasn't totally sure about Nixon as Tracey's love interest: I thought he ran hot and cold towards her and that bugged me to no end.  I did not understand his motives for the way he treated Tracey.  I really got to know Nixon better in Elect and I do like him for Tracey.  I liked him a lot more as a character as well.

I wasn't expecting a love triangle in this story, but there definitely was one.  I was just as torn up as Tracey was regarding the two men in her life.  In the end, I respected her choice and found myself wishing for the couple to be happy together.

This series is compulsively readable; once I start one of these books I can hardly put it down.  I wasn't really in love with this book, yet, I could not stop reading it.  There's something about the premise that doesn't sit well with me.  It just feels a little contrived: how could such young adults wield so much power with money, family, and even people's very lives?  It just felt really unrealistic to me.  That's what kept me from loving Elect.  My other problem with this story is how Tracey lost some of herself in her relationships.  She actually says at one point: "he owns my soul" and I didn't like that.  I like tough, strong, independent female leads, not ones who submit to a man so easily.   

The writing style and pacing were perfect for this story.  I liked that Van Dyken used the alternating first person narrative, especially since it allows the reader to get to know Nixon and Chase better.

In the end, I did enjoy Elect.  I would recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction.  It's certainly unique in the new adult genre and is a nice change of pace from the typical contemporary story.

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