Ruthless Princess (Mafia Royals)
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 worst thing?
Fall in love with your best friend.
And heir to the Nicolasi throne.
Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ruthless Princess is the first book in the Mafia Royals series. This is a spin-off from the Eagle Elite series. Although it can be read as a standalone, you may get more from reading the previous series.
Serena is the Mafia “princess” and next in line to rule. She was raised with Junior, the son of another mob boss and several other children from other bosses. They were warned never to become involved romantically with each other but how do you choose between your heart or the rules?
Serena and Junior are the next generation of Elites. If you’ve never read the original Elite series, you might wanna brush up on who’s who before you jump into this one because all of the parents make appearances throughout the story plus each of their kids so there’s a lot of characters kind of just thrown at you. I admit, I only read a few books from that first series but I was lost in the beginning!
Also, I liked the first half of the book better than the second half. After awhile, it all just seemed too high school bully-ish even though Serena and Junior are college age. But I will say that I loved the chemistry between these two…the forbidden trope is so yummy! I enjoyed the build up, the anticipation of Serena and Junior finally getting to be together.
Originally, I rated this one 3.5 stars but I bumped it up to 4 stars because I absolutely love the cover. It completely represents Serena and the starkness of the black and white colors makes the model look so bad ass which Serena totally was! (Seriously, this chick kicked some major butt!) Told from dual POVs with a happy for now ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.
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I think the cover is unlike her others Trisy!
Great review! This cover is just amazing. I’ve been thinking whether to get this or not.
Oh that cover! Fab review too!