RIP by Rachel Van Dyken


Purchased: Kindle – $2.99 [Received as gift from author]

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


What’s It All About:

Maya has been broken her whole life, and Nikolai is the one who broke her. Her darkness was her savior and the memories that he granted her were what kept her alive, but then why does he feel so guilty for being the man that haunts her dreams as her memories begin to resurface. Nik knows he needs to protect Maya, but once she realizes who he is, will he still be there to save her or will she finally run from the man in the mask?

The Best Parts:

This is a dark story in the sense that Maya is in the dark about what is really going on. It makes the reader see into things more than they should, but when revealed we get to see the light at the end of the tunnel that Maya is not privy to see. The story line between Maya and Nik is a fun one to read as she pushes all of his buttons, and he just seems to play along. It is great to be able to go back and forth between the characters so that we are not fully in the dark with what is happening.

I also love that even though Maya is having these horrible nightmares Nik is there for her, and pushes her to the brink but doesn’t destroy her, he helps heal her and bring her back to the reality that she should have never been deprived of.

The Worst Parts:

The story definitely starts off a little weird. It’s slow then fast pace and all at once, then it gets into the steady pace between both characters. The tid bits at the beginning of the chapters are really good. Love the Russian proverbs, but the parts about the serial killer in Seattle throws another wrench into the book that isn’t told right until the end. It makes for a good suspense, but it would have been just as good if we didn’t know what was happening, and had this whole revelation at the end when Maya gets kidnapped.

That whole scene just kind of threw me for a loop as it was great to see Nik go after Maya, but then again it felt weird for him to break character of protecting her and letting her leave the apartment period when he knew a crazy woman was on the loose. Just saying.

Final Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this by Rachel herself as I’m going through some financial problems, and hope once my husband and I are good I will be able to give the love back to some other readers. Never the less, it was an amazing book that takes you out of this crazy world we live in and brings you into the wonderful world of the Russian Mafia. Also, can’t wait to read more about the Eagle Elite men and women who make an appearance in this novel!


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