Elect by Rachel Van Dyken
Elect (Eagle Elite)
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 . . .
I always am excited to read a Rachel Van Dyken book, but then once I do I am a little disappointed. They are good, light reads but not amazing. I enjoy them, but I always think they will be something better. Not sure why. Maybe just because I know the authors name. Elect was no exception. I enjoyed it, but I didn't absolutely love it. There will be a few spoilers ahead.
In Elect Chase is tasked with watching Trace, looking out for her and making sure nothing happens to her. He thinks he is in love with her so that causes issues. He doesn't want to do anything to hurt Nixon since they are so close and Nixon is head of the family. Meanwhile Nixon is trying to figure out how to fix the situation they are in from the last book and how to keep Trace safe.
I really didn't like Chase in this book. At first it was fine, he's trying to be good and look out for Trace even though it is difficult for him. When Nixon dies though, man he was....he like instantly tries to get Trace to be with him. It was ridiculous. She doesn't even have a moment to grieve Nixon's loss. Then when Chase finds out Nixon is not really dead what does he do? Pressures Trace even more to be with him and move on. It has been like three days and he is all choose me! Be with me! Even if Nixon were alive you should be with me! And since Trace is vulnerable from losing Nixon she agrees. After three days! Seriously? I can kind of see Trace's side of like drowning your sorrows in someone else, but man that is not going to work. I just really didn't like the whole situation and how Chase just kept pressuring her to move on right this instant. Not cool. You don't really love her. If you did you should be able to wait until she is ready. You should be able to be there for her when she needs a friend, not make her have to choose to be with you to keep you around. It was...I really didn't like him.
The whole story was a bit of a let down. I did like Phoenix's chapters. They were dark in a good way and I wish we would have had more of his story. The set up and take down of the bad guy was alright, but not as thrilling as it should have been. It just seemed to be really easy and not really that big of an issue. I don't know. It was alright, but just not great.