Fallen Royal by Rachel Van Dyken – 5 Star Review.

Rachel will always be one of my favorite authors and this book proves that. This story was everything and more. I laughed (because HELLO it’s Maksim), I cried, I got mad and happy, it made me feel everything and needed some time after I finished. I loved how Rachel brought parts of Elude and tore us up and put us back together again. One of my favorite parts was us seeing how Val understands what Sergio is going through and we learn how they both feel. This book was nothing like any other book in this series or any book of Rachel’s.

Izzy Abandonato is the oldest daughter to Chase Abondonato mafia boss/Senator and twin to Asher. She has always been the nerd of the group and has always felt like the outsider, except with Maksim. Maksim has always been her best friend and person she goes to for everything. He is a numbers nerd. Izzy has been in love with Maksim since she was little, but they had one rule from the parents, no dating amongst the families.

Maksim Sinacore is son to Andrei who is both Russian and Italian. From 11 years old Maksim told his dad that one day he would marry Izzy. He knew she was it for him, but the decisions of one night changes everything for him and their lives. Maksim was asked to step up and prove he has what it takes to be part of the families and be able to protect Izzy. He was asked to be a killer for the families like his father, but Maksim was always about math and science, but he knew this day would eventually come.

Maksim would do anything to be with Izzy. He is the math loving, innocent one, if he does what the families ask, will she look at him different. Will she be scared of the monster he becomes? So one night in Seattle he spoke with Nikolai to help him do what he was asked and not loose what he and Izzy had. The one thing that Maksim didn’t want was to loose Izzy but with the choice he made months before he had done just that. All he wants is one last night with her and he would be happy. He would let her move on and find love like she deserves, but would Izzy let him? Would she be able to lose him forever, even after what he has done to hurt her?

This book had so many parts that I loved, I basically highlighted the whole book, but this quote squeezes my heart and makes me feel.
“Until my heart stops beating until darkness falls—I’m just as much yours as you are mine.”
Go download this book, you won’t regret it. I would give it 6 stars if I could.
Received this ARC for my honest review and opinion.
𝐀 𝐦𝐚𝐟𝐢𝐚 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐲 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐥 𝐕𝐚𝐧 𝐃𝐲𝐤𝐞𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝑻𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.

“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑎𝑦 ℎ𝑢𝑟𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑒 ℎ𝑢𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟.”—𝑅𝑦𝑎𝑛 𝐵𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒

I grew up knowing it would happen one day. 
Believing that I would fall into my father’s footsteps and become a monster of my own making. 

So I fought it. 
I lived. 
I loved. 
I teased. 
And then one day… I destroyed. 
And realized I loved the pain. 
Obsessed over the feeling. 
So I cut again and again and again. 

She saw my rage, my madness, and tried to stop me from destroying myself, and I hated her for it, pushing her away past the point of no return. 
Izzy Abandonato was supposed to be mine. 
But there are some things people can never come back from. I hurt her, she hurt me, and now I’m living a lie. Telling the ones I love that I’m on one side when for years I’ve been forced to play both. 

I’m no angel. 
I’ve fallen. 
And I may single-handedly bring down the Cosa Nostra—by default. 

I, Maksim Sinacore, will have my vengeance. 
I will win her back. 
Even if it means I have to kill everyone in my path. 
The pain masks the betrayal. 
I never realized that one day—I’d be the very rat that I hated. That I was sent to kill. But once you’re deep in a lie—you’ll do anything to hide the truth. 

She fell for the bad one. 
She fell for the sinner. 
So why does that make me smile?

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