Synopsis: Maksim Kirov is a mobster who gets what he wants, both at his posh gentleman’s club in Hell’s Kitchen and in the bedroom. Sexy, dangerous, and obsessed with control, he’s risen through the ranks to become a highly respected leader in the tight-knit Tarasov crime syndicate. He rules with an iron fist…until he meets Sydney Martin.
The Australian-born Sydney is determined to refuse Maks’s advances, despite their electrifying chemistry. The owner of a neighboring nightclub, Sydney rules her own domain. But when a deal with a Mexican drug cartel goes terribly wrong, she has no choice but to turn to Maksim and the Tarasov organization for protection. Could giving in to their intense attraction be what saves both Maks and Sydney? Or will their all-consuming passion—and her shocking secret—destroy their lives?
In the hot and scandalous third installment of the Wanted Men series, lust and loyalty clash in New York’s mob underworld.
*NOTE* All books in the Wanted Men series can be read as standalones.
Also in the Wanted Men series…
Synopsis: 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.
Synopsis: 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.
She shuffled, kicking her toe at something that had fossilized in the asphalt. “I know who you are.”
“Really, Australia?” He dropped his arms and drifted closer, knowing she didn’t have a fucking clue who he really was. “And who am I?”
Her attention flashed to his mouth and then away. “You and your friends are . . .” Her lips turned down, and she shrugged a shoulder. “I’m actually not sure what you call yourselves; gangsters, mobsters, Mafioso . . . ?”
“Try businessmen,” he whispered with an edge to his voice that she couldn’t miss. She blinked those amazing eyes of hers up at him, looking as though she’d just thought of something. He watched with way too much interest as a slew of emotions flew across her flawless face, none of them staying long enough for him to address. But he hadn’t missed the three most prominent: fear, regret, and then a wide-eyed fuck-that. Now she was—infuriatingly—moving on, seemingly unfazed by the tone he’d used. A tone that normally had men twice her size taking a step back.
“Okay,” she agreed. “You’re businessmen that people have a healthy respect for. You get what you want when you want it, no matter who you have to go through to get it. Right?”
He couldn’t speak for his friends, but he supposed she had his public reputation nailed down. His hand came up, and he hooked his pinkie in a thick strand of her hair, watching it shimmer under the security lights as he drew his finger down its length. “If I am who you say, I suppose I should just take you. No matter how much you protest.”
He had the pleasure of watching her pink tongue come out to swipe nervously across her full lips, her eyes darting around the empty alley they stood in. His pleasure died when he saw the return of the fear that had made a brief appearance in her expression a second ago. She brought her arms from around her back and lazily cut one through the air, reclaiming that lock of spun silk. “Where would the fun be in that?”
Her bravado was admirable. But unnecessary. See? She didn’t know him at all. “Relax, beauty,” he said soothingly. “I don’t want it if it isn’t freely given.”
Her mouth twisted. “And I’m sure it is more often than it’s not.” Her brow puckering let him know she hadn’t meant to share that observation, and he had to hide a grin.
“You’d know what that’s like.”
“The difference is, I don’t want it.”
“Why is that?” Curiosity was annoying.
So was she.
“Do you often stalk your women like this?” she asked casually.
“Hmm. Now we’re getting somewhere.” He bent, coming in as close as he dared. Damn she was tiny. “You’re coming to see yourself as my woman.”
“You wish.” She half laughed in a soft burst.
It was really more of a scoff, but whatever. Her white teeth glittered through a smile that nailed him right behind his zipper. And, yes, he did wish.
“You didn’t answer my question. Do you stalk regularly? And does this approach normally work for you?”
He refused to tell her the truth: that he’d never had to work so hard before. “I’m not stalking you; I’ve befriended you. There’s a difference. If I was stalking you, you’d never know it.” He gave her what he hoped was a reassuring wink. “Yet another thing we can discuss over drinks, you and I.” He withdrew his phone from the inside pocket of his coat and opened his contacts. “I understand it’s getting late and you’ll be opening soon, so why not give me your private number and I’ll call you tomorrow. We can set something up. Full name and spelling?” He sounded like a fucking cop.
He looked up when nothing was forthcoming and sighed at the obstinate tilt of her chin. The sparkle dancing in her eyes reassured him she was more entertained than frightened. Ah well, it had been worth a try. He pocketed his phone. “What do you have against giving me an hour for a sit-down?”
She ignored his question, as she did a lot. “I underestimated your tenacity. I thought you’d be bored of this long before now. Why haven’t you moved on? Found someone more willing to play this game with you?”
Brandi’s 5 star review
Oh Maks, **wags finger at him** I just knew you would be a kinky, egotistical man that I would love!
The boys are back…oh,how I have missed them! An Obsession with Vengeance is the third installment into the Marked Men series and just like the other two installment’s I LOVED it! Ms. Haviland now has a stalker…I mean a fan (wink,wink) for life and I can’t wait to get more of these hot-ass, dominate men’s stories, especially Vastly’s (I’m begging here, Nancy).
Maks has his playboy sights set out on the Aussie club owner. Not used to being denied he’s determined to keep pushing her resistance but Maks’ plans get kinked when he ends up having to protect his Aussie. He makes a promise to his boss that he will not touch Sydney until the job is done but playing her boyfriend has Maks on edge trying to contain his self control.
The angst was off the hook between these two. Between the sexual chemistry, the secret that Sydney keeps hidden and Maks inner turmoil it’s one of those books you want to savior but end up plunging into. All of our favorite character’s make appearances and we get set-up for the next installment that will be Alek’s.
This can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend you start at the beginning to get the full story and to meet all these awesome characters!
Karia’s 4 star review
Okay…the back story to this book was FAAAAAARRRRR fetched…but I will let that one go. Maksim is totally smexy, dominant and worth the walk across the street ( and then some!). This book is exactly what you expect: steamy, mafia, makes things right book…with the HEA.
Sydney is great in my mind…with the exception of that main issue that brings her to Mak’s door. That stupid decision aside, she feels the pull Mak’s has on her and she wants it too. There is no hiding her feelings or her desires…thank you for that! These two grow closer and Mak’s, along with the Tarasov family, clean up Sydney’s mess, fix up her business and save the day…like I said, HEA is awesome.
Looking for fast, fierce and sexy…this is a great summer beach read! Enjoy.
About Nancy Haviland
Nancy Haviland is the author of the bestselling romantic suspense series, WANTED MEN. She writes about her alpha mobsters and their ladies from her home near Toronto, Ontario. She has three children, an arrogant but playful kitty named Talbot, and she 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.