Series Review: The Dark Elite by Eva Ashwood

Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 😳😥😏😰😤🥰

Shelves: CR, Rom. Susp., Dark, Mafia, RH
Location: Chicago, Washington state
MC age range: early/mid 20s
Lead: Grace
Love interest(s): Hale, Zaid, Lucas, Ciro
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: #1: 280, #2: 266, #3
Publisher: Self-published
Audible: No
Series: The Dark Elite
1. Vicious Kings – released 4/7/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
2. Ruthless Knights – 7/6/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
3. Savage Queen – 8/28/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, dp,
Possible triggers: kidnapping, homicide, violence, torture, parental abuse, parental death, mention of human trafficking

The Quick and Dirty: Classic captive turns queen goodness x 4 hot guys. 

Girl and father run from mafia. They’re found by none other than the 4 boys, now men, that she grew up with. Everything she thought she knew about her life and the mafia’s role in it is obliterated when secrets are revealed about the people closest to her.

A quick read, this was a solid mafia series that had everything that keeps the pages turning: a good overall story arc, flawed but likeable characters, plot twists and a healthy dose of 🔥. Hale is the heir of the Novak clan, Zaid and Lucas are the twins and Ciro is quiet and deadly one of the group. Grace is the daughter of former right-hand man to the mafia capo. That dynamic alone kept things interesting.

My one qualm was the climax of the book; it wasn’t as big of a bang as I was hoping for. Considering the number of truth-bombs dropped, I was expecting something to match. I was still happy with the outcome of the book (and be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get the bonus scene!) but the ending felt lackluster in comparison to all of those other 🤯 moments.

Overall highly enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to more from this author.

They say the devil goes by many names, and I know four of them:
Ciro, Hale, Zaid, and Lucas.

My father was once a powerful player in the Chicago underground, but six years ago, he left that life behind.

We changed our names.
Our identities.
Our lives.

The ghosts of the past never forgot him though. They never forgot me.

Dad promised me we were safe, but I should’ve known that was just another one of his lies.

The past always finds you, and mine finds me on my wedding day when four brutal, dangerous men drag me from the altar in a hail of gunfire.

Four men who used to be four boys.
Four boys I cared about.
Four boys I left behind.

They’re not the same boys I knew though, and whatever we may have once been to each other, it doesn’t matter anymore.

Because they’re only one thing to me now:

My captors.


“Lies are still lies, no matter how prettily they’re wrapped in promises.”

How can the four men who stole me from my life be the same men who saved my life? And in the aftermath of that terrible night, where do we go from here?

I don’t know what to believe anymore.
I don’t know who to trust.

All I know is that someone wants me dead. Someone is plotting in the shadows.

The men vow they’ll keep me safe, but all of them are bound by duty to deliver me to Damian Novak, no matter what the consequences.

Hale, Ciro, Zaid, and Lucas. Are they my captors or my protectors? My enemies or my lovers?

And when all the cards are on the table, when lies and truths are revealed, will it even matter?

The thrilling final installment in The Dark Elite series!

Betrayal has rocked the Novak Syndicate, and a new enemy has emerged from the shadows. The same question that haunted Damian Novak now haunts me too.


I’m terrified of what my hunt for answers might reveal, but I’ll do whatever it takes to bring down this threat. Because I have something to fight for now.

Ciro, Hale, Zaid, and Lucas.

My ruthless knights. My dark protectors. The four men who’ve claimed my heart and soul.

What we have is real, and I’m damn sure going to fight for it. For us. Anyone who threatens these men will have to deal with me.

Their savage queen.

This is the final book in The Dark Elite series, a reverse harem new adult mafia romance that includes high steam, violence, and foul language


Eva Ashwood has been a reader her whole life and a writer for several years. She loves telling stories of alpha males and the fierce women who bring them to their knees.

She’s a sucker for reverse harem, bully romance, enemies to lovers, heroes who redeem themselves, and all the drama and passion of new adult love.