Monday, August 15, 2016


by Nancy Haviland
Wanted Men #5
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia Romance, Organized Crime
I have been anxiously awaiting Lucian's story since reading A Love of Vengeance, and Nancy Haviland delivered a stunning and intensely emotional book that left me reeling.  Grievous was a beautifully written, deeply emotional, incredibly sexy story that left me with a craving for more.  A violent mobster and his innocent prey come together in this hauntingly dark story of pain, vengeance, and mind-blowingly hot sex.  Two people from different worlds, brought together by an undeniable, burning attraction and a connection that defied logic.
"From the moment they'd met, his dominance over everything around him had drawn her like a fragile moth to a crackling blaze."
Haviland's writing is so smooth and she weaves a storyline that has you hanging on to every word.  This book stands out among the others in the Wanted Men series in that it has a darkness and grittiness that almost feels tangible.  Lucian is still reeling from the death of someone close to him, and needs something to focus his energy on, that something being Yasmeen.  Even while being close to her he tries to remain emotionally distant, and at times I was frustrated with his need to keep her at arms length.  At the same time, I understood that he was battling both his own mind and his need for revenge, causing him to act out in unconventional ways.
"Yasmeen Michaels. His weakness.  Frightened. Courageous. Stubborn. His."
The characters of this story were well-developed and so intriguing.  I love the rich man/poor girl dynamic, and in this case it only added to the intensity of Lucian and Yasmeen's relationship.  Yasmeen was someone who came from nothing and had to work hard for her independence.  She didn't let her past rule who she was, and I loved that about her.  All of Haviland's heroines have a great combination of strength and vulnerability, and Yasmeen is no exception. I fell in love with her from the very first pages.  I enjoyed her intelligence, her defiance, and most of all, I loved her sense of humor and wit. Lucian has always been my favorite of all the mobsters, and my heart broke for him so many times while reading.  His suffering was immense, understandably so.  He was drowning in grief and fighting against an
indescribable rage that resided inside him.  He battled with his mind so fiercely, and it showed in every interaction he had with Yasmeen. 
"I will sink my c*** into you and pleasure you until you are screaming loud enough to wake the dead.  And you will accommodate me willingly and with a smile."
The intimate scenes in this story were some of the hottest I've ever read.  I loved that feeling of not knowing what was coming next while reading.  Lucian's unpredictability created a palpable tension between him and Yasmeen, leading to some insanely intense and deeply erotic moments between them.  He was so dominant, so possessive, and so incredibly sexy.  I suggest readers have a fan handy while reading, because the sex between these two was explosively hot.
"Her head fell back, her mouth opened, and a song came from her that would have told anyone within hearing distance that she was this man’s toy to do with as he pleased."
I don't know how I am going to hold on to my sanity waiting for the conclusion of their story to release next year.  This author is a truly gifted storyteller, and it was showcased clearly with this book. Lucian and Yasmeen have a tumultuous road ahead of them, and I have no doubt that Haviland will make the rest of their journey absolutely epic.
Yasmeen Michaels’ first hours of life were spent nestled in a cloud of dirty blankets on the front stoop of an orphanage in the Bronx. Even though rejection and loneliness peppered her life, she still fought hard enough to step out of her past a free, independent woman with a bright future ahead of her. Darkness descends when a shocking ripple in the organized crime world sends a grieving Romanian mobster back into her life. Yasmeen wakes to find herself in a centuries-old castle in Romania; claimed not as Lucian Fane’s lover…but as his pet. 

Lucian Fane is at ease in his place of power. He unapologetically lords over his business empire right alongside his criminal one. But when tragedy dares to cross his threshold, Lucian is sent into a tailspin and soon finds himself toeing the line between sanity and freedom. With his conscience gone, and in a bid to save his city from his wrath, he plucks an exquisite distraction from her world and tucks her away in his. Only then does he allow his demons free reign. 

Even as Yasmeen once more finds herself fighting to hold onto her self-worth, the draw towards the darkness soon becomes too strong to resist. Will she be able to hold tight to her new owner as he freely drifts beyond her reach? Or will Lucian surface long enough to realize he’s pushing his precious pet too far to allow for forgiveness? 

**ATTN: GRIEVOUS can be read as a STANDALONE (while it is not absolutely necessary to read book #4, Ultimate Vengeance, it would give the reader a little background knowledge on Lucian). This book is the first part of Lucian and Yasmeen’s story. It DOES NOT have a HEA. The completion of their story will come in book #7 in the Wanted Men series, scheduled for release in 2017. 
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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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