Friday, February 13, 2015

A Love of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) by Nancy Haviland

3.5 "Promising Start" Stars

Back Cover Blurb -
Once the most feared member of an Italian Mafia crime family, Gabriel Moretti returns to New York at the request of his mentor, Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily needs someone he can trust in Seattle to protect his estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, while he avenges the murder of the young woman’s mother. Gabriel is unstoppable in a fight, whether he’s using fists, blades, or bullets; but innocent, onyx-haired Eva may just be the most dangerous—and beautiful—thing he’s come up against.

Intense sparks fly between the two, tempting Gabriel to mix business with pleasure while in the Emerald City. But once word gets around that Gabriel has shown up in New York, Stefano—his vengeful brother and the de facto head of the family—decides that Eva is the key to ending the feud between them…permanently.

In this pulse-pounding romantic thriller set against the backdrop of New York City’s storied underworld, loyalties will be tested, secrets will be told, and mob justice will be served.
The Godfather meets The Transporter meets The Expendables. Throw in some steamy sex scenes and voila! You have A Love of Vengeance. Talk about hot alpha men…I was in bad boy heaven while reading this!

Eva Jacobs is a young woman who has just lost the only family she has in the world, her mother, or so she thought. With her best friend, Nika, growing ever more distant and seemingly lost in her own worries and Caleb, Nika’s brother and the closest thing Eva has ever had to one, caught up in his problems, Eva has no one to turn to, that is, until Gabriel arrives.

With being tasked to shadow Eva and keep her safe, Gabriel plans to do just that, but his overwhelming attraction to Eva proves more difficult to ignore than he would like. With dangerous men all around, playing deadly games with Eva’s life, Gabriel vows to do whatever it takes to keep Eva safe, if only someone could protect her from him.

Mob bosses, crime families, brotherhood, Motorcycle clubs…I mean you name it and this book has it! Now, I know what some of you must picture when you think of mob bosses…I mean think Al Capone, Pablo Escobar and John Gotti, none of them were very easy on the eyes and exuded about as much sex appeal a boar hogs nut…

But, please be rest assured, that in A Love of Vengeance, our mobsters are S-E-X-I and alpha to the core!

I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself panting heavily after most the male characters I was introduced to. I will say this, Ms. Haviland sure had my number and worked it to her full advantage! Men with tattoos are a huge plus for me, add a hard body and throw a suit on it and well, let’s just say I’m a fan. I know, I know, it can’t ALL be about the eye candy, but having it sure helps. There is a point though, that when a man experiences so much jealousy, he comes across as insecure and insecurities go against everything alpha male and Ms. Haviland jumped the line for me a few times in Gabriel’s case and I found myself being less attracted to him and it did detract from the storyline a bit for me, but overall he is still making my “book boyfriend” list, but he isn’t in my top 5.

Overall, I recommend this to all the romance readers out there that like alpha males in their books. If alpha males are not your thing, then I would suggest you stay away from this one, because you aren’t just getting one incredibly sexy alpha male in this one, you are getting a whole crew of them!

Happy Reading, Until next time…

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