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REVIEW - Destructive King

Updated: Jan 2, 2022


Title - Destructive King
Author - Rachel Van Dyken
Name of Series - Standalone
Series Type - Mafia Royals #3
Genre - Dark Mafia High School Romance
Release Date - 12th Jan 2021
Overall Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Heat Rating - 🔥🔥🔥🔥

A mafia romance about love and loss by Rachel Van Dyken, the number-one New York Times bestselling 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.

Damned.


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My Review 💋

And she had peace. I was a son of war. The two would never… could never meet.”


There are Books that you are crazy about and then there are the ones that consume your whole soul , the books about which you think all the time and greedily eat all the crumbs the author throws at you about that said book. “Destructive King” was that book for me. So many years of reading books and I can assure you that I have never wanted a book as bad as I wanted this one! It would suffice to say that I had high hopes from this one and It stood up to everyone of my expectations! In typical RVD fashion , Rachel has managed to blow my mind and I can’t recommend this book enough to every Mafia Lover!! There is no way that you can call yourself a “mafia” lover if you have not read the “Eagle Elite'' series first. It’s absolutely forbidden.


That was Ash. Protector. Monster. Bully. Mine.”

From the moment I read about “Ash'' and “Annie” in the last book of the series , I knew their book was going to be one of my top reads and The anticipation drove me crazy! The storyline was amazing and don’t even make me talk about that plot twist. You guys just have to see it yourself but let me just warn you that this book was the best start to a new year that I could have had and it was a masterpiece in itself!


Ash was the son of the ruthless senator / Boss Chase. He was an assassin at the age of 12 and was known for his ruthless character just like his dad. But he had love in his heart too. That is until he lost his Fiance in an accident and that even changed him forever. She was the other half of his soul , the one who kept him calm. And Now she is gone so there will be destruction all over. And the main person caught in that destruction will be Annie. The girl who was responsible for her Fiance’s Death. The one who makes him want so much more all the while making him hate her. The one he is going to happily destroy until there was nothing left of her.


I will win you. This villain. This monster . This destructive King.”


Annie had never had an easy life. An orphan , she was first abused by her adoptive parents and then by the others. When she met Chase’s family , she thought she had finally found her light and a family. And she had. There was just one problem. A gorgeous and cold problem. Ash hated her and he never left any opportunity to show that to her. She was ready to give him her soul but he never wanted that from her. So she left him. But now she is back. Being back Home after a year was making her nervous and so was her encounter with the man who still hated her with the same burning passion. And this time he had decided to complete the task that he left halfway last time. The task of breaking her completely.


Because sometimes I craved her tears the way I craved her touch. Tears meant she was still fighting. They meant she still cared. They meant I was something”

Ash and Annie’s story was definitely an amazing mafia read and the author , as usual , left me reeling for the stories of the leftover characters. I can’t wait to know whose book and next and devour them too!! A definite recommendation to all the mafia romance lovers out there!




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