'Enrage'by Rachel Van Dyken is book 8 in the "Eagle Elite" series. This is the story of Dante and El. I have not yet read the other books in this series, so for me this was a standalone book.
El was taken from the Russians and now is under the Sicilian Mafia protection. El feels dead inside after all that she has been through. But looking at Dante makes her feel alive...a feeling she is at first upset about. El feels that she will always be 'emotionally bleeding' until her heart stops. El is just waiting until this new mafia makes her earn her keep just as Xavier had done.
Dante is going through his own trauma by working his way into the Mafia working on him to build him up. This 'training' involves beatings and a lot of mental stuff to build him up to be the fighter / member they need. At first Dante thinks the mafia made a mistake in taking in El calls her a 'mistake' and the 'enemy' but this start to change when he gets to know her.
Dante is pretty intense and working to make himself strong to avenge his father's death. El is scared of everything and waiting for the hurt to start back for her with this new group of people she is living with.
This was a really intense book to read due to the love / hate that El and Dante felt but Dante couldn't fight his feelings for long and El grew to be stronger. Together they they helped each other.
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