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I have lost everything.
My purpose
My love
My soul
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle -- the promise I made her brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade. I am broken, I don't want to be fixed.

But the Empire is crumbling and it's my job to fix it.
My job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.

A trip to New York, only one chance to redeem a lost part of our mafia family.
The only issue is, the only way to fix it, is to do something I swore I'd never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time,
I won't fall.
Or so help me God, I will kill her myself.

My name is Sergio Abandanoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate?
You have no idea.

I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.

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    Awesome!

    I freakin loved it! To be honest I must say first I was a bit scared to read this one because Elude left me heartbroken and I wasn't sure if I could take it all. I think it was more because we got to see and know Andi and that made it all that much harder. Because let's be honest we all fell for her we all loved her! But this one was very good! If you have like me trouble because you were just that heartbroken and don't want to continue because your not sure you can take it? Just go for it, I did to and it was so worth it. But for this one it is important you read Elude first.

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    Beauty & The Beast

    Empire has a charming Beauty & The Beast theme throughout. It also has the voices of Luca and Andi from beyond the grave, which makes everything a bit emotional. I love Luca's mastermind abilities. I'm interested in Frank and Luca's history. Some of that is discussed as well as some point of view from Frank, which really adds to the story since readers of the series usually only hear from the younger members. The overall direction hints that a war is coming, and of course this book's storyline is a romance with a troubled start. Most of the previous couples are there, especially the EE gang, bringing their special brand of heart and humor. Some new characters come onto the scene, and the reader gets updates on some of the known cast. Readers who have enjoyed the other books in this series should like this one. If you want a mafia romance that’s isn’t really hardcore or you're a fan of stories that have a sweet good girl and a hard shell, mushy center bad boy, give this one a go. Fans of RVD know that sometimes her books almost have a YA level heat factor. Empire is more descriptive with the sexy times. It's not full blown erotica, but those parts aren't skipped over either. I liked this addition and look forward to the next book.

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    Empire

    I love this series. The characters are awesome. I laughed, cried and I couldn't put the book down. Great job Rachel can' t wait for the next book.

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    Simply Sublime!!!

    I couldn't have wished for a more perfect conclusion to Sergio’s story. It's not often that I find a book that I never want to end, but this was just such a story. From the heartbreak of Elude we experience the hope of Empire as Sergio’s true destiny is revealed. With so many characters to love and cherish, this series continues to go from strength to strength. Sergio’s story has to be my favourite though. With his broken heart and vulnerability, you can’t help but cry with him as his faces the cruel fate bestowed upon him. We knew his destiny had been written for him by Luca but until you witness it, you wouldn’t believe that his past could have a positive influence on his future. This really is a rollercoaster of a story which is captured in two parts. It’s definitely worthwhile re-reading Elude before starting Empire in order to remember Sergio's tragic story to date. As expected, the rest of the families play a large part in this story with the usual fun and antics courtesy of Nixon et al. The comedic side to this series is what makes it magical in my eyes and despite the dark undercurrent, the series continues to entertain with light hearted banter interspersed with touches of sadness. There was another delightful addition to the key players in this series in the form of twins: Valentina and Dante. With Dante’s story up next, it’s going to be a very long wait until summer 2017. Valentina turned out to be a breath of fresh air in this story. Her innocence is beguiling, especially in the way she relates to Sergio. If I could give this story 10 Stars I would. It captivated me from start to finish and despite the tears that I shed, the story left me yet again wanting more from this truly amazing series and the key players who live their lives through the pages of each book.

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