Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Title: Ultimate Vengeance
Author: Nancy Haviland
Series: Wanted Men, #4
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Mafia Romance, Organized Crime

Synopsis: To a young Russian girl raised to respect and fear the Bratva, gaining the attention of the impressive Sovietnik from a ruling organization was a terrifying thing. Alekzander was a dangerous temptation Sacha Urusski had no hope of resisting. Predictably, her heart was decimated and she was left bleeding…with a precious reason to go on. But when Alekzander bullies his way back into her quiet life and offers a confession that absolves him of his sins, rather than celebrate, Sacha is forced to acknowledge an alarming truth; she has now become the villain in their story. Or so she thinks. When the most damaging secret of all is revealed, her final hope dies and she’s left with no other recourse. She must run.

Sixteen months ago, Alekzander Tarasov made the mistake of his life when he annihilated his relationship with his soulmate. At the time, protecting her was his only thought. Now, after attempting to live without her, his focus has changed. He wants her back where she belongs. And he’ll stop at nothing to drag his curvy angel away from her new life and so deep into his world of violence and uncertainty she’ll never find her way out again.
Through a deluge of secrets and lies, disillusionment and broken faith enters a world where loyalty and trust reign. Will Alek and Sacha’s battered love be strong enough to survive? Or will it be a sense of duty that inexorably binds them together in the end?


Nancy Haviland has created such an incredible series with Wanted Men, and this book was another hit that left me wanting more. Suspenseful and intriguing, sexy and emotional, Ultimate Vengeance was a thoroughly entertaining story that I loved from start to finish. Alek and Sacha's story wasn't an easy one by any means. We were given pieces of their past in the previous books, and I couldn't wait to get their full story. Knowing the way their separation came to be and the heartbreaking way their relationship ended, I knew this story would be an emotional one.

Much like the other books in this series, Ultimate Vengeance is full of suspense and contains twists that will keep the reader guessing. The author is skilled at weaving intricate storylines that are balanced with just the right amount of romance and suspense, creating a story that is both engaging and entertaining. Alek and Sacha have an uphill battle ahead of them, both with each other and with outside forces that stand in the way of their happiness. I loved the tension between them. It was written well and felt so real, and made for some incredibly hot sex scenes between the two of them. The connection they shared was not purely a physical one, as these were two people who owned each other's souls.

"She was the one woman who could tie him up in f***ing knots and make him enjoy the cramping pain."

The author did a great job with the development of the characters, creating hero and heroine that were fascinating to read about. Alek stole my heart from the very beginning. Sexy, possessive, intense, and unbelievably alpha, he loved Sacha fiercely and that love never once wavered. Although I wanted to throttle him for the life-altering decision he made which caused their separation, I understood his need to protect the love of his life. The way he was with Sacha and his family was so swoon-worthy, and he more than redeemed himself if my eyes. His intensity in the bedroom was so hot, and I loved the dirty things that came out of his mouth.

"Yes angel, get that dirty mouth going, because I'm back, and your p***y is going to celebrate that in a minute."

Sacha was a great character as well, and I loved how relatable she was. She was sweet and loyal, and much stronger than she gave herself credit for. She had a vulnerability that made her so likeable, and I was rooting for her to find the happiness that she deserved. The angst between her and Alek was so intense, and the palpable tension that stood between them was chilling in the best of ways. Haviland's writing is filled with emotion, and that especially came out whenever they were in a room together.

"I love you. Passionately and obsessively. You're my greatest weakness and my greatest strength."

The author has created an amazing cast of characters who are individually unique and undeniably loyal to each other. There isn't a single member of this crew that I don't love, and some of my favorite scenes were the ones where all of them were together. Haviland knows how to write engaging scenes infused with humor that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I loved seeing the men bickering as much as I enjoyed seeing them come together to bring down an enemy. Then there were the women, who were each amazing and strong in their own rights. There is an authenticity to Haviland's stories that is hard to find in other books in this genre, and she writes about the inner workings of the mob in an way that is both believable and effortless. I am so glad I came across this author and this series, because I can honestly say that I am a Wanted Men junkie at this point. I will be not-so-patiently awaiting the next book so that I can get my next fix. This series is one that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys steamy romance, fast-paced action, and incredibly well-written characters who will have you falling in love with them.


EXCERPT - No Place to Hide (Ultimate Vengeance)
No. She couldn’t get Alekzander into trouble with the law simply because he’d stopped loving her and had chosen to move on without telling her first. She should. She should spill every little secret she had, not that there were many. But she never would. Despite everything, he was her daughter’s father.
Then again, she thought, feeling ill, if it came down to it and she had to choose between keeping Lekzi in her life and Alekzander’s freedom, well, there was no choice. But until then…
“That would not work because I was never personally aware of anything he or his family did that might have been illegal. For all I know, their intimidating reputation could have been created simply to make themselves feel special.”
She saw Justin’s head turn her way but didn’t meet the look because then he’d see she was lying through her teeth. He tapped his thumbs on the steering wheel.
“This may sound insensitive, but why didn’t you go back home to your family when things fell apart here?”
Wishing he could drive faster, she answered honestly. “I am an only child, and, as you know, my parents are gone. But even if I had someone there, at that time, I could not afford to go home.” He frowned in confusion, so she went on, her cheeks heating. “While I was with Alekzander, I did not work, or go back to school as I had planned. When I left Russia, I dropped out of my fourth year of university,” she explained. “But I had every intention of applying to colleges here so I could finish my liberal arts degree. I had planned to go into the field of Human Resources, but, as I said, I did not.” She moved on because she could hear how defensive she was beginning to sound. “Alekzander enjoyed having me at home, and I enjoyed being there for him.”
Shame coated that last bit, revealing how little she thought of the decision she’d made back then. She should never have given up her independence. She suspected that had much to do with what had happened.
“So he kept you broke and dependent on him?” Justin questioned as they came out of the tunnel and traveled the relatively empty streets of Queens heading for Sunnyside.
“No, of course not. He was very generous. I had credit cards and a bank account that I could use freely.”
Feeling small, she wanted to add that she wasn’t a parasite, but hearing herself, she found she couldn’t. Her and Alekzander’s first real fight had been about her working to save the money she would need to return to school. He’d convinced her it wasn’t something that had to be decided right then and had quieted her protests by saying they’d discuss her education later. It had always been later. And she’d let him get away with discounting her future. Had she not been such a pushover, so eager to please him, would things have been different?
“I did not use his money after things ended,” she murmured.
“Why? Any other woman, especially a pregnant one, would have withdrawn a large chunk of cash—especially because as a Tarasov he could certainly afford it—and lived off it until she was back on her feet. Why didn’t you?”
“Because I did not want his money. I did not want anything from him.” She shifted, grinding her teeth at the warble in her voice. It signified weakness, and that embarrassed her. “Anyway,” she said, sneaking in another common word Americans used regularly. “How could I go home when I did not have enough money to buy an airline ticket, to rent an apartment once I got there, and to live until I found a job? I could not. So I stayed here where it had already become familiar. And Lekzi and I have done fine without him. Our life is simple, but that is all we need.” She might not have two homes and a private jet, but despite having to save most of her earnings, she was providing for her daughter, and she was proud of that.
When they eventually turned onto her street, she tried not to think about what it would cost her, financially and emotionally, to start over again. Another new city, no friends, no job, no place to live. And it would be so much worse this time because she was dragging her innocent daughter along, making her baby suffer for the sins of her parents…
The world stilled for a split second before Sacha felt the impact of her reality hit with the force of a punch.
A group of well-dressed men milled about in front of her apartment building. Two were on the sidewalk speaking with a uniformed NYPD officer while another two stood in front of the main entrance of the three-story walk-up.
Oh, God. “I told you.” Her whisper was eerily accepting. “He has come for me.”



Nancy Haviland, author of the bestselling organized crime series, WANTED MEN, writes about her alpha mobsters and their ladies from her home near Toronto, Ontario. She fights for space on her keyboard with her arrogant kitty named Talbot, and adores her Tim Horton’s coffee; as any self-respecting Canadian would. She writes contemporary romantic suspense but will happily read anything that involves two people smooching.
A member of Romance Writers of America, Nancy is represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates, and is published by Montlake Romance/Amazon Publishing.


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