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Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the be Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger. With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever. In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob and loyalty to one’s heart.


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Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the be Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger. With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever. In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob and loyalty to one’s heart.

30 review for The Salvation of Vengeance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️

    2 - 2.5 Stars So this was super underwhelming. I'm just gonna throw that out there. In the first book, Vincente was this mysterious, sexy, badass. Like Chuck Norris badass. Only...good looking. And wearing a long leather coat. In this book, I expected him to kick some ass and take some names. But what we did get instead? Seriously. Vincente came off like a whiner with no spine. You are a fucking mafia underboss, homie!! Buck the fuck up! In fact, ALL of you are supposed to be mafia or MC club BADASSES. W 2 - 2.5 Stars So this was super underwhelming. I'm just gonna throw that out there. In the first book, Vincente was this mysterious, sexy, badass. Like Chuck Norris badass. Only...good looking. And wearing a long leather coat. In this book, I expected him to kick some ass and take some names. But what we did get instead? Seriously. Vincente came off like a whiner with no spine. You are a fucking mafia underboss, homie!! Buck the fuck up! In fact, ALL of you are supposed to be mafia or MC club BADASSES. What the F happened? Instead of being the badasses they supposedly all are and getting shit done - like, I don't know - FINDING the stupid ex-husband and taking care of him - all any of them seemed to do was drive around, follow Nika, and spin their wheels with their dicks in their hands. It was embarrassing. I was embarrassed for them. And don't even get me started on Nika. What. An. Idiot. Seriously. It's like she was asking to get her ass kicked. Because she's an idiot. Surrounded by softie non-badasses. That's why.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    **ARC provided via Netgalley** Title: Salvation of Vengeance Series: Wanted Men #2 Author: Nancy Haviland Release date: March 24, 2015 Rating: 2.5 stars Cliffhanger:No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] After the nicely executed tease we got in the end of A Love of Vengeance, I was more than ready to get my hands on this couple's story. The immediate attraction and lust they felt was scorching. Add into that the secret abuse that Nika endures at the hands of her husband, you've got one hell of a le **ARC provided via Netgalley** Title: Salvation of Vengeance Series: Wanted Men #2 Author: Nancy Haviland Release date: March 24, 2015 Rating: 2.5 stars Cliffhanger:No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] After the nicely executed tease we got in the end of A Love of Vengeance, I was more than ready to get my hands on this couple's story. The immediate attraction and lust they felt was scorching. Add into that the secret abuse that Nika endures at the hands of her husband, you've got one hell of a lead in. It gave this book a lot of tantalizing potential. However, with all due respect to this talented author, this book just simply did not deliver on that potential for me personally. There were a couple of issues I took with the set up of the plot, but they were big ones. I clicked right away with this author's style of writing in her previous book. She's created a large assemblage of fascinating mafia characters, each one detailed enough to make you desperate to get to know them better in their own book. All the mafia "brothers" are tough, intimidating alpha types that are loyal to the core. That being said, my main emotion threading through this entire book was frustration. Our hero in this book is Vincente, Gabriel's (the mob boss) deadliest guardian. He's nicknamed "The Reaper", so naturally, I was anticipating quite an intimidating enforcer. Sadly, I just wasn't feeling that due to the direction the plot took away from any real mafia storylines. I never really got to see proof of his menacing and deadly side. As they say, he talked the talk, but didn't walk the walk. He spent the entire book mentally pining for the heroine while at the same time repeatedly lying to himself and everyone else about how he feels. This dragged on way, way too long in my opinion. Realistically, looking back at it, it took the entire book for him to admit to his feelings and accept a future with her. Yes, he did cave a couple of times physically, but then immediately went right back to denial. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, but when it takes until the 97% mark for his resistance against her to break, that's too much for me to handle. I need to see the main couple strong and united and happy together for more than the last 3 percent of the book. (hide spoiler)] The main path that this story leads us down is through the discovery of Nika's horrific abuse, her own healing process (as well as her loved ones), and Vincente's push and pull attitude toward her. After her ordeal, she deserved peace and happiness more than anyone. With him, she'd never get it. Not in the violent, fucked-up circles he traveled. I want her. Her. Not just the satisfaction of knowing I've helped a woman out of a shit situation. But her, damage and all. He flip flopped between these two rationales over and over and over until I just wanted to start skimming to where he drops his "I'm not good enough" attitude. There was also some conflict revolving around her sadistic ex and their attempts to capture him after he goes off the deep end. What I didn't see was an intricately woven conflict rooted in the mafia underworld, and honestly, I really wanted to see more association in the plot than what I got. Nika's vivid recollection of the terrifying life she endured at the hands of her husband was presented in a gratifyingly chilling manner. And I was very happy with the author's explanation as to why this seemingly strong and confident woman would stay in such a nightmare for so long. Rather than her staying out of fear or intimidation, it's revealed that she's being blackmailed to stay because he has incriminating evidence against her brother who is part of an MC. Her ex was truly a vicious and brutal man, which made her healing process a necessary addition to the story. Vincente also has quite the sad and tragic past and that was the main thing linking them emotionally, I felt. They both went through hell for their brother or sister and could really relate and identify with each other's lingering pain. But as much as I wanted to feel their connection, Vincente's frustrating as hell stubbornness greatly diminished that in my eyes. Would I read another book by Nancy Haviland? Absolutely, I would. I fell in love with the amazing group of characters she's created in this series, and while this couple was a miss for me for my own personal reasons, I would happily revisit the series in the books to come. Every one of the secondary characters have the potential for a gripping tale. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    4.5 Stars :D I was so gobsmacked by how much I loved this book! Vicente is like the ultimate in protective tough guy, the ultimate loyal sidekick, and supremely sexy in the sack. Nika is a fantastic character...a blend of vulnerable and tough, and her story is believable and cringeworthy. Abused emotionally and physically by her husband, Nika feels stuck in her situation due to the video footage he has of her brother killing a man. As her husband's controlling and irrational behavior seems to esc 4.5 Stars :D I was so gobsmacked by how much I loved this book! Vicente is like the ultimate in protective tough guy, the ultimate loyal sidekick, and supremely sexy in the sack. Nika is a fantastic character...a blend of vulnerable and tough, and her story is believable and cringeworthy. Abused emotionally and physically by her husband, Nika feels stuck in her situation due to the video footage he has of her brother killing a man. As her husband's controlling and irrational behavior seems to escalate, Nika feels more and more as if she needs to protect her brother. Since running into Vicente, a protector of the mafia boss marrying her best friend, she's had a want for more from her life...even if she can't imagine letting a man touch her again. Vicente and Nika had one meeting that ended in an explosively sexy kiss. Now that they are in close proximity again, their chemistry overwhelms them. And when Vicente finds out why Nika stays with the smarmy bastard, all bets are off. You know there's a moment in books like this that always gives me chills. It's when a powerful man like Vicente finally lets loose on those pent up passions that he has such a handle on most times. When Vicente sees evidence of Nika's abuse, I swear I got chills. There's so much to be said for the big tough guy just cutting loose...a bit like the Hulk...all that power, passion, and raw rage getting ready to explode. So. Hot. This second book in the series was even better than the first. I'm starting to get the guys straight in my head...I love that there are some different ethnicities thrown into the mix. I love the idea that each guy is so different from the rest of them, and yet it's a band of brothers of a sort. Illegal sort, but still...they're good guys in fictionland :D One more Vicente, because I wanted to :D There is a small setup for a couple of continuing stories, and I'm beyond stoked to delve deeper into this group of men Haviland has created. For fans of Kristen Ashley heroes who are a smidge less bossy but still a bit high-handed. For strong willed women who aren't afraid to show their vulnerability. For a series that is quickly forming a new tight-knit family. For some smoking hot, very well done, edgy romance stories. So much good!! Advance copy provided for review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4.5 Wanted Men Stars * * * * 1/2 Vincente Romani- Mobster Nika Paynne - Captive Wife A stolen moment where these two connected and felt something... something real. She will have only one moment to see if she can break away from her hell with the reason she was there in the first place. She must save her brother and then....only then, can she save herself. This is the next chapter in the series Wanted Men and it was fantastic. All the elements were there: The Italian Mob The Russian Mob The Motorcycle 4.5 Wanted Men Stars * * * * 1/2 Vincente Romani- Mobster Nika Paynne - Captive Wife A stolen moment where these two connected and felt something... something real. She will have only one moment to see if she can break away from her hell with the reason she was there in the first place. She must save her brother and then....only then, can she save herself. This is the next chapter in the series Wanted Men and it was fantastic. All the elements were there: The Italian Mob The Russian Mob The Motorcycle Club Brothers Sicko Demented Husband The bond between men who grew up together on opposite sides of the Law An Amazingly Strong Heroine and her Man... A Puppy I could go on and on...This is a series which knows what it is doing and it is powerful. I must say, though, this is NOT for those who may have any triggers regarding domestic violence. The set up of this hell Nika is in is one of the most violent and real I have read. It takes you there... and even though Nika is as strong and brave as it is violent.... it could be something which could effect someone due to its intensity. That being said... this was a first class read in plot, characters and actions. It read like an action film at times... my knee was bouncing from my internal energy. My not having read the first book did not cause me any issues at all. I went in only due to the blurb. My only negative and it is minor overall was the back and forth between Vincente and Nika. I understood all the reasons and why. I got the pain Vincente had experienced and his fears but the feelings he had for her from the start and how he could see she wanted him... I just wanted both of them to be together so much. And when they were together.... it was something else. He was amazing and she was so strong and beautiful with him. Both these characters were special. They were people who lived such unusual pasts; they had traumas and pain... and to finally let go was what she taught him. I saw other things happening in this book besides our main pair. For those who have read the first book, you will not miss out on our original players. The entire group is there... the mystery and intrigue continues... and one of the most brooding players has met his match and is holding her own with him.... toe to toe. I feel their book will be off the charts too. This book had soft moments, rough reality of Mob and MC life. It also tipped its hat to a lone Police Det.Lorre and his possible match. I have great respect for the author as these characters, all of them, contributed greatly to the over all story. So, much more to come and I can hardly wait.... because I am wanting more Wanted Men. A gifted copy was provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  5. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***5 sweet "Reaper" stars from me*** You are probably wondering how the hell is possible a Reaper to be kind and sweet, right??? Yeah, i confirm that it is possible, especially if you have met Vincente "The Reaper" Moretti... That guy was the kindest and sweetest man ever... Yeah, i know that he is the underboss of mafia, but still... Believe me, from outside maybe he seemed cruel and capable for everything (that was for the nickname), but deep down inside he had suffered many cruel things himsel ***5 sweet "Reaper" stars from me*** You are probably wondering how the hell is possible a Reaper to be kind and sweet, right??? Yeah, i confirm that it is possible, especially if you have met Vincente "The Reaper" Moretti... That guy was the kindest and sweetest man ever... Yeah, i know that he is the underboss of mafia, but still... Believe me, from outside maybe he seemed cruel and capable for everything (that was for the nickname), but deep down inside he had suffered many cruel things himself and he was standing beside everyone who was suffering!!! He was the perfect guy!!! For me, Vincente was better even from Gabriel... I loved that guy very much... As for the other made men??? They don't stop to surprise me... Like Vincente, they all seem cruel, hardcore and capable for anything, and they are capable... They are threating, they are killing, they are running illegal things, but as i told you before deep down inside they are wonderfull, tender, caring, loyal and they can do everything for the protection of those who love and not only for them... They are sensitive with other's pain and they will do anything to help them... But enough with that... I have to tell you how Vincente and Nika met each other... We saw their first meeting in the previous book... Both of them, they were striked frοm each other's presence. Vincente insulted Nika, she answered him back, he back her on a wall and he kissed her and Nika scared run away... Yeah, i know. That was a great beginning for two young people, but the things wasn't so simple... Nika was married and she seemed to have issues that Eva (her best friend) and Caleb (her brother) are trying to figure out without a result, since Nika forbidded it to them... So, six weeks after the ending of the first book, Nika and her asshole husband are preparing to go at Eva's and Gabriel marriage... And Nika is praying that this will be her shot to get free from this awful marriage that she was forced to be in. Why was she forced??? Well, her husband is a cruel bastard who is helding bound Nika in this wedding with threatens about her brother and with much abuse... Nika used to be a happy and free person before that marriage, but now she is feeling lonely and in constant fear... But she is strong enough and she is determined to found the hidden evidence that her husband keeps for her brother and to earn finally her freedom back... And when she will get her back, she will aloud to no man to control her and abuse her again... But her mind had stuck to Vincente since the day they shared that kiss which rock her world and reminded her that her ability to feel something for a man wasn't destroyed from the monster that she was forced to marry. Vincente is living a hard life as an underboss of mafia. His life is in constant battle... His past is haunting him since the unfair death of her lovely sister. He is living with the constant guilts that he couldn't manage to save her. From that day on Seattle, he can not banished the fiesty redhead from his mind and now, she is about to come for her best friend's wedding and he is about to lose his mind. When accintendly he becomes a witness of the nasty marks in Nika's body, he is determined to save her for the monster that she married... In his mind, Nika take his sister place and he had to protect her with any cost... But the problem is that every time that he is around her, he almost lose his mind from the wanting... Wow!!! The sexual tension between them was thick and unbearable. It almost drive me crazy!!! Vincente was holding back himself with extreme self-restraint... He was determined to stay away from Nika because he didn't want to involve her in his world and made her a target for his enemies... If he would do that, he will have to keep her under constant surveillance and that will be equal like prison, something that Vincente knows well that Nika doesn't want after all these things that she was through under her husband's presence. Nika from the other side, is torned. He wants Vincente so much that for first time in her life she is feeling something so strong, but she doen't want to lose her free will under a man never again... and she knows pretty good that Vincente is from those men that overpower a woman... Phew!!! I loved and this book in these series and i think that i loved it even more that the first one... Now,i'm going straight from Maksim's turn... I love and that guy and i can't help wondering what will happened in his book!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    In the second book of Wanted Men series we get to hear Vincente and Nika's story. Vincente Romani is Gabriel Moretti's underboss. He's mysterious, protective, loyal and brooding. The man carries the guilt over his failure in protecting his younger sister, Sophia, who was abducted and abused to death. When he first Nika, the attraction between them sparked after their first kissed but she was married and he must distance himself to her. But, he noticed something in her eyes. He sensed fear and pai In the second book of Wanted Men series we get to hear Vincente and Nika's story. Vincente Romani is Gabriel Moretti's underboss. He's mysterious, protective, loyal and brooding. The man carries the guilt over his failure in protecting his younger sister, Sophia, who was abducted and abused to death. When he first Nika, the attraction between them sparked after their first kissed but she was married and he must distance himself to her. But, he noticed something in her eyes. He sensed fear and pain. Nika Paynne is Eva's best friend and she's married to Kevin Nollan who was vile and abusive. She was his personal punching bag and blackmailed her to stay with him in exchange of the evidence he carries against her brother, Caleb Paynne, who's part of a Motorcycle Club. What she'd been through in his hands made her vulnerable but her strength prevails to protect her love ones. When Vincente saw the marks inflicted on her, it enraged him and he's determined to hunt down the bastard and swears to keep her safe. The storyline improved and the plot was better than the previous book. I like how it unfolds and held my interest until the end. However, I encountered its downsides: - Vincente annoyed me for holding back his feelings way too much.. when it's obvious he loved her. He needs some guts to admit his feelings. I'm like: "You need to MAN UP DUDE." - Vincente's inner Fan Boy. I rolled my eyes on this one. Just noooo. - I still find their mafia crew weak. To think they're skilled hitmen, they still fall in their enemy's trap and getting the woman out of their sight. - Some parts dragged on or unnecessary. Final rating: 3.5 /5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    Review Posted to: http://www.sweptawaybyromance.com/201... 4.5 Underboss Loving Stars I knew 10% into this book was going to love mafia underboss Vincente "The Reaper" Romani. When we were introduced to him in A Love of Vengeance he came off as the total bad-ass he is and I think I was already half in love with him. Regardless of his callous comments to Nika during their fist encounter in A Love of Vengeance, Nika is drawn to Vincente and cannot get him out of her thoughts and at times it's on Review Posted to: http://www.sweptawaybyromance.com/201... 4.5 Underboss Loving Stars I knew 10% into this book was going to love mafia underboss Vincente "The Reaper" Romani. When we were introduced to him in A Love of Vengeance he came off as the total bad-ass he is and I think I was already half in love with him. Regardless of his callous comments to Nika during their fist encounter in A Love of Vengeance, Nika is drawn to Vincente and cannot get him out of her thoughts and at times it's only the memory of him and the kiss they shared that gets her though her days. Nika has been in a controlling and violently abusive marriage for the past year, she is forced to stay until she can find the evidence her husband has against her brother Calab, VP of a MC Club that can send him to jail for a very, very long time. When Nika attends Gabriel and Eva's wedding she attempts to use this time to find the evidence and finally flee her prison, but it's also the anticipation of seeing Vincente again that has her anxious. Nika knows she's damaged, and mentally she doesn't think she will ever be able to trust another man but that doesn't stop her from hoping.... Unfortunately things don't work out the way Nika plans and her husbands brutality is epic. I don't want to give the story away but I will say it's so, so good when Vincente, Caleb, and the rest of the "Family" rally around Nika when they learn of the abuse she has been enduring.... There are several side characters that come into play that we meet in A Love of Vengeance and again in this book...I have to say, I love all of them!! I'm so looking forward to all their books!! I am anxious to read the next book An Obsession with Vengeance (July 2015) which will feature "Tarasove Crime Family" Underboss Maksim "Maks" Kirov....and yes, I fell for him too (jeez...I'm such a slut for fictional characters!!). He broke my heart in this one when something happened with Nika and he blamed himself, you know just from his extreme guilt and actions he's a tortured by something in his past. Lastly, I loved seeing Gabriel & Eva and how their relationship is progressing, and despite the serious subject matter surrounding Nika there were some really funny moments between Gabriel, Eva, and Nika.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ~Nichole~ Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

    I loved book one so much that despite reviews of this one blasting it for pushing away I still needed to read it. I am so very glad I did. It spans over a few weeks time. The actual love story where they are together is like 3 days. Lots of trauma, action, suspense and so many things that yes would cause some hesitancy for these two to be able to make it work. I actually understand and love Vincent for wanting to protect Nika. I didn't feel like it was too much. And wow did that man grovel. Love I loved book one so much that despite reviews of this one blasting it for pushing away I still needed to read it. I am so very glad I did. It spans over a few weeks time. The actual love story where they are together is like 3 days. Lots of trauma, action, suspense and so many things that yes would cause some hesitancy for these two to be able to make it work. I actually understand and love Vincent for wanting to protect Nika. I didn't feel like it was too much. And wow did that man grovel. Loved it. Too bad I have to skip book 3. And I'm terrified of book 4. (view spoiler)[ Nancy you write 2 loyal and faithful heroes. I don't understand why you'd want to do what you did in the next book. What does having the hero almost have sex do for the story? At 70%.. So afterwards he's only faithful for a little while. And honestly it took all the respect away. I will never understand how ruining a love story.. Adding that doubt in there. I thought this was a safe author. . Now the next book is separated lovers for over a year. So how many women did he sleep with while claiming to love her? I guess I just got my hopes up that there was another author that held fidelity and loyalty and faithfulness in high regard. Too many loop holes so authors can say it's not cheating. But love.. That is the bond... Not paper nor words.. Love.. If you cheat on love you still cheat. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Great mafia family in this series. I was particularly looking forward to Vincent's story and that's why his constant pushing away really put a downer on my enjoyment. He's in love with Nika, he's very protective of her, but he doesn't think he's good enough for her. I hate that trope. I want my couples together not constant pushing away. If that's something you like in your books, then I would recommend it. I loved everything else about it. No cheating, no other women drama. Some violence and ab Great mafia family in this series. I was particularly looking forward to Vincent's story and that's why his constant pushing away really put a downer on my enjoyment. He's in love with Nika, he's very protective of her, but he doesn't think he's good enough for her. I hate that trope. I want my couples together not constant pushing away. If that's something you like in your books, then I would recommend it. I loved everything else about it. No cheating, no other women drama. Some violence and abuse towards the heroine, but no rape. There is threatening of rape but it never happens.

  10. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Nika is married to the man of her nightmares but in order to save her brother Caleb, she has to take whatever Kevin, her husband dishes out. When Nika finally has the means to make her move, she takes it but Caleb and the sexy Vincente find out the hard way what Nika had to endure in the last year. Neither is happy with the secrets she was keeping but both are b I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Nika is married to the man of her nightmares but in order to save her brother Caleb, she has to take whatever Kevin, her husband dishes out. When Nika finally has the means to make her move, she takes it but Caleb and the sexy Vincente find out the hard way what Nika had to endure in the last year. Neither is happy with the secrets she was keeping but both are bound and determined to assure no harm will befall her ever again. Vincente and Nika met in the previous book A Love of Vengeance, they both felt drawn to one another but with Nika's marital status, they've been forced to keep their distance. If you want to be fully cognizant of whom everyone is and everyone's connections, then reading the first in the series is a must (I really liked it and highly recommend). I saw someone else mentioned it and I totally agree, the writing style, set-up, and distribution of story arcs gives the feel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, without the paranormal elements. As with that series, there are multiple storylines going on with the story displaying multiple povs as each character's story advances bit by bit in each book. The reader can feel pulled in many directions but if you like the multifaceted feel of a tv series, then you will be comfortable. I, personally, liked the layers and think the author does a good job juggling everything and everyone. What I didn't think worked or particularly liked was the couple and relationship this book highlighted. Vincente and Nika's attraction falls closer to the insta-love side with the two not fully interacting so much as gazing longingly at each other. Vincente gets repetitive with how awful a person he is and how awful his life is and how he would never be good enough for Nika. He also has an inner voice termed "fanboy" that whispers to him to go after Nika. This part of Vincente did not work for me at all, his nickname is the "Reaper" because he is such a cold blooded killer for the mafia and yet he calls his inner voice fanboy? Add that in with all the whining and running away from Nika because he wasn't worthy that lasted for way too long, seriously, Vincente doesn't give in to being with Nika until the last 10-20%, and you have a decidedly non-romance, romance book. Nika was the stronger character of the two; she showed strength and vulnerability in dealing with both Kevin and Vincente. I also felt her frustration in how Vincente would blow so hot and cold. It took a while for our couple to even be in the same room together and when they finally are they still lacked the interaction needed for chemistry to develop. In having Vincente maintain he wasn't good enough for Nika and having it drag on for so long, they never grew the dialogue or interaction needed for a couple to leap off the pages and be felt. The main storyline of Nika's husband being a psycho and Vincente's crew trying to find him was ok and adequately kept our heroine in danger but again, it was dragged out too long, this story could have been greatly cut/edited down to keep it moving at a good pace and sharp. Kevin's character flirted with being an over-the-top villain a couple times and I'm not sure I fully believed in his vengeance against Nika but it wasn't a chore to go along with. As I mentioned in the beginning, to me, the strength of this novel is in the secondary characters and arcs being set-up. The author does a fantastic job teasing future couples and characters (Caleb the MC vice president and the cop Lore's sister, perhaps?). As with the Black Dagger series, I have a feeling there will be certain couples I won't completely mesh with, such was the case here. I am, however, definitely going to stick around for all the offshoot stories to see where they lead and hopefully connect better with a future couple.

  11. 5 out of 5

    MelissaB

    ** 3.5 stars ** The hero was too wishy washy, he seemed to find any reason he could to run from the heroine, who actually would have had good reason to be afraid of a relationship. The story was still pretty good though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lučka

    The first 30% made me cry crocodile tears. The h is heavily beaten by her husband and it's quite graphic. The love between siblings also made me cry. The OTT possessive and protective alpha worked for me to some degree. No cheating or love triangle. Don't be fooled by the mc and mafia shelves, coz this book only scratched the surface of the letter M. Mafiosos and bikers included, act like they are all though and badass, when in reality they are bunch of sissies who notice how well decorated the The first 30% made me cry crocodile tears. The h is heavily beaten by her husband and it's quite graphic. The love between siblings also made me cry. The OTT possessive and protective alpha worked for me to some degree. No cheating or love triangle. Don't be fooled by the mc and mafia shelves, coz this book only scratched the surface of the letter M. Mafiosos and bikers included, act like they are all though and badass, when in reality they are bunch of sissies who notice how well decorated the house is, how good-looking their friend is, admiring their tattoos, commenting on their clothes, etc. They were two clicks away to start braiding their long, shiny hair. There was no depth in either mc or mafia trope. I sensed a lot of insecurity and femininity in those "badass mafiosos". At first I sympathised with the h and liked her. But then she ventured into TSTL zone and continuously put herself in danger. I was like The push and pull between the h and H gave me a headache.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Burch

    5 My Favourite So Far Stars! My honest thoughts whilst reading this book were - I am sure it comes as no big surprise I am a massive fan of all mafia related books and this fantastic series in particular. So, it goes without saying that I was incredibly excited to receive an ARC of this book. When I originally read A Love of Vengeance I was shocked to learn that it was Haviland's debut novel and once again, I find myself shocked that she has managed surpass all my expectations and deliver 5 My Favourite So Far Stars! My honest thoughts whilst reading this book were - I am sure it comes as no big surprise I am a massive fan of all mafia related books and this fantastic series in particular. So, it goes without saying that I was incredibly excited to receive an ARC of this book. When I originally read A Love of Vengeance I was shocked to learn that it was Haviland's debut novel and once again, I find myself shocked that she has managed surpass all my expectations and deliver a book that was even better than the first. This was an amazing book that holds your attention from the very first pages and leaves you begging for more long after it ends. Haviland's ability to create not only a consuming story but also characters with so much depth and weave them seamlessly together is such an incredible feat that many seasoned authors don't achieve this as effortlessly as she does. This book/series has such a huge ensemble cast but I never once felt overwhelmed or confused by the various perspective changes. In fact, it was done so well that all the characters in this book/series have managed to work their way not only into my mind but also into my heart. From the moment we met them in the first book I hungered for Vincente and Nika's story and I certainly was not disappointed. Theirs was a story full of pain, heartache, sacrifice, love, passion and redemption. So many times my heart broke for both of them. They have both endured horrific pain and carry the emotional scars of their traumatic pasts with them. They were both incredibly strong characters. Whilst they were both heavily effected by their pasts they tried to not let their fear and pain control them, although this was not always possible. Their attraction to one another was intense and undeniable yet they try futilely to fight it no matter how much they crave it. There are so many physical and emotional obstacles they both need to conquer if they want to have a HEA but in a world where danger, violence, lies and betrayal lurk around every corner will they be strong enough to open their lives and hearts to each other?. The Salvation of Vengeance was definitely a roller coaster of emotion. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I raged, my heart broke and I fell in love. This was another fantastic instalment in an amazing series. So, if you haven't yet had the fortune of reading any of Haviland's work I would suggest rectifying that immediately and picking up the Wanted Men Series . You will not be disappointed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julia's Book Haven

    I'm unsure if this is a 3.5 or a 4 star read for me. I just can't decide where I'm landing. On the one hand I really loved the characters and the writing is great and fun. I love Nika, she was a strong female lead that had recently been to rock bottom and was trying her best to pick up the pieces of her life and not let anyone decide her future for her anymore. I rooted for her, after everything she went through I wanted her to get whatever happy ending she wanted. On the other hand, there is Vi I'm unsure if this is a 3.5 or a 4 star read for me. I just can't decide where I'm landing. On the one hand I really loved the characters and the writing is great and fun. I love Nika, she was a strong female lead that had recently been to rock bottom and was trying her best to pick up the pieces of her life and not let anyone decide her future for her anymore. I rooted for her, after everything she went through I wanted her to get whatever happy ending she wanted. On the other hand, there is Vincente. Yes he was super hot and pretty much the defender for all women everywhere, which was super sweet and all, but I wanted to smack him through out this whole book. He just kept jerking Nika around with his "Yes I want you, no wait I don't" And I could forgive him doing it like twice maybe because of his terrible part which is literally heartbreaking. BUT, he didn't smarten up after the second time. Literally right to the end of the book he was going back and forth with Nika. I just wanted to scream, "DUDE! Get your shit together make a decision and stick it." However that was really the only thing in the book that I didn't like, I loved everything else and I'm excited for the next book in this series. Please be Maks, please be Maks, PLEASE BE MAKS! ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vishous

    ARC via NetGalley 4.5 A great sequel to the series, it did not disappoint in my expectations. I was glued from the start, like while reading the first book in the series. Love the whole idea of the brotherhood, it reminds me somehow of BDB series but without all the bites. Love all the characters and cannot wait to read other books in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashleyjo

    As in book one, the author continues to overwrite, giving too much and/or too detailed info that's not pertinent to the storyline. Long, tedious read!!!! The storyline elements surrounding the nut job ex husband & all the resulting emotional and physical turmoil were all well done. The plot points in this area are dangerous, make good sense, and have a plausible cleanup. Unlike book one, however, I didn't like the star players here. He was selfish and thought that physical protection made emotio As in book one, the author continues to overwrite, giving too much and/or too detailed info that's not pertinent to the storyline. Long, tedious read!!!! The storyline elements surrounding the nut job ex husband & all the resulting emotional and physical turmoil were all well done. The plot points in this area are dangerous, make good sense, and have a plausible cleanup. Unlike book one, however, I didn't like the star players here. He was selfish and thought that physical protection made emotional abuse a necessary evil for her safety. She constantly made excuses for the above & was happy with whatever, whenever, and however he was willing to give ANY piece of himself to her. She come off as desperate and he came off as a cold bastard. Meanwhile, they both inner monologue how f'ing strong they are. Ehhhhhh, mehhhh, uhhhhh! So, obviously the romance portion of the storyline was exhausting angst back and forth like a damn sick yoyo. That yoyo shit works for a little while. I mean the romantic hangups here are reasonable. It's just that 90% of the book shouldn't be this same repetitive hardcore, unemotional pushing and pulling with her ALWAYS caving to his needs and emotions. Nothing changes. Nothing new happens that gives way to some huge epiphany. It's way too much sugar for a dime. ^ It was very unbecoming of the female MC. Fight the good fight for an emotionally closed off guy... Fine! Be patient, forgiving, & understanding... Fine! But, don't be an f'ing neon sign reading 'always open.... shit on me at will.' And, make no mistake, trying to spare her his life's dangers or not, he emotionally abused a woman already hanging by a thread of sanity. Just not a happy, feel good romance. I'd add that after that shit for over 90% of the book.... It was absolutely ridiculous that he'd suddenly race off to do a complete 180 in an18 min drive and now have all the elements for a HEA - I love you, you're mine, I'll never leave again, I won't cage you, here's a ring for you, and btw I'd like to have a kid as soon as you're ready. Laughable, really:/ Book one just needed a technical clean up to make it flow smoothly, but this one lost me with characters that I just couldn't get behind, too much yoyo angst, and a forced HEA-for now. Won't be continuing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    [Aengell]

    3.5 stars I couldn’t quite bring myself to give this read a full 4-star rating, simply because it would be unfair to all my actual 4-star-reads. What this story starts with: Nancy Haviland is a good author I will be fixing on my radar, she can write great action and suspense-filled stories. I loved seeing Gabriel and Eva from book one, and I loved even more that there were some small sections with Gabriel’s POV. This author for sure knows how to create a sizzling plot paired with just the right 3.5 stars I couldn’t quite bring myself to give this read a full 4-star rating, simply because it would be unfair to all my actual 4-star-reads. What this story starts with: Nancy Haviland is a good author I will be fixing on my radar, she can write great action and suspense-filled stories. I loved seeing Gabriel and Eva from book one, and I loved even more that there were some small sections with Gabriel’s POV. This author for sure knows how to create a sizzling plot paired with just the right pace for this genre. Her characters are all real, tangible, and even as individual as they can be in a mafia/mobster-romance. But sadly I wasn’t able to connect to Nika and Vincente, and seeing that it’s my first and most important requirement while reading, it got a little bit disappointing. Everything was a little bit too emotional and heart-felt, and especially with Vincente it turned me really off. He had his inner "fan boy" (actual, horrifying quote) for Nika, and I know that it should’ve been cute and endearing, but I found it rather tiresome. The development of their relationship wasn’t overlaid with the sexual tension, but it would have worked better if their inner conflicts and monologues hadn't been so over the top in the feels department. A quite liberal use of superlatives and hyperboles added to it. Still, I look forward to the next installments of this series and seeing that it was just me who couldn’t connect to the main characters, I would still recommend this to everyone who is in the mood for an action-filled, fast-paced, emotional and sexy mafia/mobster read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria11

    Another winner I am such a loser. I try I really do to listen to the audible version. Then I get itchy and I can't just listen on the way to and from work, I have to see what is going to happen and I break down and read it. I have to say at first I wanted to choke Nika. I couldn't believe her stupidity, but things worked out. I know the story got her and V together slow, but it fit what was going on within the story so I had no heart burn. V was hot and sexy. His self hate got annoying at times. T Another winner I am such a loser. I try I really do to listen to the audible version. Then I get itchy and I can't just listen on the way to and from work, I have to see what is going to happen and I break down and read it. I have to say at first I wanted to choke Nika. I couldn't believe her stupidity, but things worked out. I know the story got her and V together slow, but it fit what was going on within the story so I had no heart burn. V was hot and sexy. His self hate got annoying at times. The supporting cast was great as always, I like them all. Great second book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was hoping to fall in love with the book as it had more content to it and once again it wasn't focused on sex to carry the story to the end. However, the story dragged on and I became bored. I was so over the "I don't deserve her" story line. It drove me insane! It lasted until about 98%? - that's when he finally claims her and asks her for something I couldn't believe since he was against it until that juncture of the book. Also, the present he gives her? Yeah I couldn't buy that either... Wh I was hoping to fall in love with the book as it had more content to it and once again it wasn't focused on sex to carry the story to the end. However, the story dragged on and I became bored. I was so over the "I don't deserve her" story line. It drove me insane! It lasted until about 98%? - that's when he finally claims her and asks her for something I couldn't believe since he was against it until that juncture of the book. Also, the present he gives her? Yeah I couldn't buy that either... Why would he get it when he decided he couldn't have her? Otherwise- I liked the different threads going on in the story as they all connect together- but using 8 people was a bit much to tell it. Also, I did like the over all outline of the story, however, it was the filler and actions of Vincente that didn't work or irked the ever living hell out of me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    Since starting this series, I've been intrigued by each of the characters that make up this crew. Each member has a history that's hinted at enough to make the reader want to delve into their story. In the case of Vincente, his scene with Nika in A Love of Vengeance guaranteed I'd be reading this. Nika's experiences were darker than I expected and Vin's behaviour sweeter than his image portrayed and although understandably so owing to their pasts, both characters were closed off with one another Since starting this series, I've been intrigued by each of the characters that make up this crew. Each member has a history that's hinted at enough to make the reader want to delve into their story. In the case of Vincente, his scene with Nika in A Love of Vengeance guaranteed I'd be reading this. Nika's experiences were darker than I expected and Vin's behaviour sweeter than his image portrayed and although understandably so owing to their pasts, both characters were closed off with one another for than I would have liked in a read. During this story, the scene between Maks and Sydney gives a taster of what's to come. Nancy Haviland in creating such an interesting group of men constructs a series where there is something for everyone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Blendy

    5 SHIT JUST GOT REAL STARS After a hundred or so “OH MY GOD” moments, a few beers, two cans of Spaghettios and no sleep, I have finished this book and I can’t think of a word good enough to encompass what all I’m feeling. First and foremost, I need to stress that this book may contain some triggers for people. There is a healthy dose of violence and domestic violence littered throughout this book, so if these are issues for you, do not read this book. You have been warned. The Salvation of Veng 5 SHIT JUST GOT REAL STARS After a hundred or so “OH MY GOD” moments, a few beers, two cans of Spaghettios and no sleep, I have finished this book and I can’t think of a word good enough to encompass what all I’m feeling. First and foremost, I need to stress that this book may contain some triggers for people. There is a healthy dose of violence and domestic violence littered throughout this book, so if these are issues for you, do not read this book. You have been warned. The Salvation of Vengeance is the second book in the Wanted Men series by Nancy Haviland. If you have not read the first in the series, A love of Vengeance, then I recommend that you start there. Though this book can be read as a standalone, I think you will enjoy it much more if you start from the beginning. In book one, we are introduced to Nika and Vincente, though their roles minor and their stories lightly touched upon, it is obvious that they are going to have one hell of a story to be told and we get that story in book two and man, oh man! For those of you that are Eva and G fans, you also get a little helping of them in this book too!! Nika is a girl with a secret. Stuck in a loveless marriage with a man that she hates and enduring things that no one should ever have to endure, her only solace is in knowing that it will all be over one day. For her sake and safety, she hopes sooner rather than later. Unable to divulge her secret to her best friend Eva or her brother Caleb, the two most important people to her, Nika is barely surviving her life and her lie, until salvation shows up in the form of a 6’4” underboss named Vincente. Ok, so …squee…I loved this book! I honestly did not think that I would like it as much as I did, but to me, this one is so much better than the first. It’s also really funny. The humor was very welcome as well, because it really helped to dissipate some of the lingering anxiety that I felt from the sometimes very dark and very violent subject matter and scenes. The Salvation of Vengeance has just about everything that a reader could possibly want in their story. It is filled with action, angst, deception, romance, love, humor, puppies – I mean, it’s got it all. The ONLY parts of this book that I didn’t like was the last few pages. For one, it meant the book was coming to an end and two, well, I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’ll just say I didn’t like it, it didn’t feel right. In case you’re wondering, “Wth does that mean? Didn’t feel right?” you are just going to have to read it to find out. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It’s not just a romance book, it has so much more than that, but like I said, if you can’t do dark subject matter or don’t like alpha males, then steer clear of this one, this won’t be for you. As for me, book three cannot get here fast enough!!! Happy Reading, until next time! I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Publishing for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sparkymom

    Five stars is nowhere near enough. I can't even describe how deeply hooked I am by these books. I read the first book and absolutely couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! When I was given the chance to check out an advance copy from Net Galley, I literally wanted to jump up and down. The story did not disappoint. Nika and Vincente were favorites of mine from book one. In this story, we get a glimpse inside Nika's life with her husband, Kevin. It is unbelievably horrific. She has begun to se Five stars is nowhere near enough. I can't even describe how deeply hooked I am by these books. I read the first book and absolutely couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! When I was given the chance to check out an advance copy from Net Galley, I literally wanted to jump up and down. The story did not disappoint. Nika and Vincente were favorites of mine from book one. In this story, we get a glimpse inside Nika's life with her husband, Kevin. It is unbelievably horrific. She has begun to see herself as emotionally destroyed by all she is suffering in order to protect her brother. Her memories of her kiss with Vincente months before are the only light in her dark world. As he begins his work as Gabriel's underboss, Vincente also dwells on recollections of the kiss. He starts the ball rolling on an investigation into Nika's husband, an investigation he doesn't realize her brother has already started. When Eva and Gabriel's wedding brings Vincente up close and personal with Nika once more, his desire for her and his need to protect her only becomes stronger. When he finds out what she has been hiding, he erupts like a volcano, and Nika runs away back to her own private hell in an effort to finally find the item Kevin uses to coerce her submission and end his reign over her before he can enact his latest scheme of torture and degradation. Unfortunately, nothing goes as she planned, and the situation goes from bad to worse. A game of cat and mouse ensues as both Nika's bother and Vincente use their respective men and resources to track down and destroy Kevin...or is it Kevin doing the tracking? It becomes an intriguing case of the predator also becoming the prey. In the meantime, can Nika and Vincente resist the magnetic connection they feel, and do they even want to resist? Though I am not typically a reader of motorcycle club or mob stories, this series has me addicted and rooting for the "bad guys" to win. What I love about it is that it isn't one of those series written just to ride the coattails of a trend in genre. The characters have depth and are so easy to connect to. The stories are exhilarating, heart breaking, shocking, and fabulously written. They are a roller coaster well worth riding! I don't know how I will be able to wait for the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    When I was given the opportunity to read this story through NetGalley from the publisher/author for an honest review, I immediately read the first book (as this is the 2nd in the series). Each book is about a different character within the same world. Although this could be read as a standalone, I strongly suggest you read the first book about Gabriel/Eva. Not only is it excellent, it gives you a great introduction to this family and sets up Vincente and Nika's characters. I can't recommend this When I was given the opportunity to read this story through NetGalley from the publisher/author for an honest review, I immediately read the first book (as this is the 2nd in the series). Each book is about a different character within the same world. Although this could be read as a standalone, I strongly suggest you read the first book about Gabriel/Eva. Not only is it excellent, it gives you a great introduction to this family and sets up Vincente and Nika's characters. I can't recommend this series enough! Plus, the author has created a world with endless opportunities for future stories (even this book introduces a few more characters). The title fits the theme of this book perfectly. I liked that it was told in multiple points of view. Although it's primarily from Nika and Vincente's voices, you continue to get insight into Gabe's thoughts as he's head of the family and the beginnings of Maksim's story. I will confess that I was confused several times while reading the first book due to the number of characters introduced so quickly. It was hard to keep track of everyone, particularly Markus vs. Maksim. I had no problem with this book as a select few took center stage and I was able to learn more about their role and individual personalities. There are too many scenes to describe that had me on the edge of my seat or breaking my heart. The one that comes to mind the most... when Eva and Nika are sitting quietly on the grass. I found myself envious of their friendship - so comfortable and unconditional. Nika's strength alone was unique and could have easily gone in a different direction. The author did an incredible job of balancing her tragedy with her will to be even more than a survivor. The author leaves a memorable impression with her commentary about how the mafia isn't too far off from the corporate world. She leaves you a lot to think about motivations and actions. Again, don't hesitate to pick up this series. You can't help but be immediately drawn into their world and want more. (Seriously, get back to writing so I can have more!!!)

  24. 4 out of 5

    AJ Swen

    *this book was provided to me via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review* 4.5 stars! Dammnnnn...I'm loving this series! I was fortunate enough to snag this in exchange for a review, and I'm thrilled with another hit from this series! The Wanted Men Series is jam-packed with a lil' bit of everything: Italian and Russian mobsters, bikers, and cops..she hits them all! Nika Paynne, sister of Caleb, and best friend of Eva..has been married to a very abusive man for the past year. The only reason Nik *this book was provided to me via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review* 4.5 stars! Dammnnnn...I'm loving this series! I was fortunate enough to snag this in exchange for a review, and I'm thrilled with another hit from this series! The Wanted Men Series is jam-packed with a lil' bit of everything: Italian and Russian mobsters, bikers, and cops..she hits them all! Nika Paynne, sister of Caleb, and best friend of Eva..has been married to a very abusive man for the past year. The only reason Nika has stayed with Kevin is because he's blackmailing her with a very damaging piece of evidence against Caleb. As she's able to retrieve the evidence and flee Kevin's clutches, he continues to hunt her. Vicente Romani is the underboss to the Moretti family. he can't seem to get Nika out of his mind since the day he kissed her a few months back. She's back, and running from an abusive Kevin which boils his blood to the max. As their relationship forms, Vicente struggles with the life that he can offer Nika..and if it's any better than the sheltered life she's lived the past year. I love this series! Ms. Haviland does an amazing job of putting her readers right there with the characters. I wanted to hide out, and block out the world around me as I read this book! Nika and Vicente are perfect together. She's strong-willed despite what she's been through, and he's known as the 'Reaper'. The book flowed well, was suspenseful, I laughed/cried..I really liked it! I can't wait for the next in the series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    The Salvation of Vengeance is book 2 in the Wanted Men Series and its Vincente and Nika's story. I'm really enjoying the characters in this series and I'm looking forward to more. Now the problem I'm having especially with this one is the romance. It was lacking in book 1 too but I felt since it was book 1 and there was a lot of world building it was ok. Now for book 2 Vincente spent the entire book denying his feelings for Nika that it just became frustrating and hard to care about the HEA. I k The Salvation of Vengeance is book 2 in the Wanted Men Series and its Vincente and Nika's story. I'm really enjoying the characters in this series and I'm looking forward to more. Now the problem I'm having especially with this one is the romance. It was lacking in book 1 too but I felt since it was book 1 and there was a lot of world building it was ok. Now for book 2 Vincente spent the entire book denying his feelings for Nika that it just became frustrating and hard to care about the HEA. I know these men feel they are not worthy of a good woman but as a reader I want more romance not the constant "I'm no good for her" because I start to lose interest. My other issue was that Vincente was known as The Reaper so I would have liked to have seen him operate in his world to have earned that name. With that being said I still didn't want to put it down and I'm looking forward to Maksim's book. **Copy Provided by NetGalley**

  26. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    Jesus, i really don't know what to write, right now... i just have a bad feeling that I've been cursed with second books in different series that have main characters named Vincent and that i had a hell of a struggle to finish both of them...and I don't believe in coincidence! next time i'll know better, right? well, untill another Vincent comes along, you sucker... I'll write smth that makes sense later... p.s. on March 29th ...OR NOT! Jesus, i really don't know what to write, right now... i just have a bad feeling that I've been cursed with second books in different series that have main characters named Vincent and that i had a hell of a struggle to finish both of them...and I don't believe in coincidence! next time i'll know better, right? well, untill another Vincent comes along, you sucker... I'll write smth that makes sense later... p.s. on March 29th ...OR NOT!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Khulood

    You can read my review here I'm generally not a fan of stories that involve MC clubs, but this book surprised me. I actually enjoyed it! Nika and Vincente are great characters. They come with serious baggage, and each of them is broken in their own way. Nika's life with her abusive husband, Kevin, is beyond horrific. I actually cried a couple of times (a little more than a couple). I have to admit though, when I read it, I was worried that it would be a book with cheating spouses! I don't like boo You can read my review here I'm generally not a fan of stories that involve MC clubs, but this book surprised me. I actually enjoyed it! Nika and Vincente are great characters. They come with serious baggage, and each of them is broken in their own way. Nika's life with her abusive husband, Kevin, is beyond horrific. I actually cried a couple of times (a little more than a couple). I have to admit though, when I read it, I was worried that it would be a book with cheating spouses! I don't like books of that kind, so you can imagine my relief when it turned out to be something completely the opposite. I haven't read the first book, so I didn't have the background stories of the other characters, but it was fine as I feel this book can be read as a stand-alone. I'm still going to pick the first book because I want to know the story of Gabriel and Eva. I was planning to give this book somewhere closer to 4-4.5 stars. But after I was done reading, I felt that it is a 5-stars book because I enjoyed it a lot. *This arc was kindly provided by Montlake Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Vincente's girl isn't a wam-bam-thank-you-ma'am she likes to make sure her man has stamina, " this 'one time' is an late-night thing, right?" Openmouthed, dry tongue laving, "or are we done?" Nika that girl has to coax guns out of her man's hands but it comes with a warning, " I will use it on any man that comes anywhere near you. I swear to god." Her man knows how to show appreciation for his girl's new tattoo, "it is beautifully foul. Holy s***. I think that's the sexiest effing thing I've eve Vincente's girl isn't a wam-bam-thank-you-ma'am she likes to make sure her man has stamina, " this 'one time' is an late-night thing, right?" Openmouthed, dry tongue laving, "or are we done?" Nika that girl has to coax guns out of her man's hands but it comes with a warning, " I will use it on any man that comes anywhere near you. I swear to god." Her man knows how to show appreciation for his girl's new tattoo, "it is beautifully foul. Holy s***. I think that's the sexiest effing thing I've ever seen, babe." I liked this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Long

    Nika and Vincente make a perfect couple, well more like imperfect, but they match so well it is unreal. This book has it all, psycho ex, strong female lead, hot mafia man, and enough angst and sexual heat to keep you going for days. Must read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

    0.5 stars This book was horrific. The bad guys are absolute caricatures. The "heroine" seems like a simpering idiot. I don't like anyone in the book. I'm throwing in the towel before I lose any more enamel from gnashing my teeth in irritation. 0.5 stars This book was horrific. The bad guys are absolute caricatures. The "heroine" seems like a simpering idiot. I don't like anyone in the book. I'm throwing in the towel before I lose any more enamel from gnashing my teeth in irritation.

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