Series: Wanted Men #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Publication Date: November 14, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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.
Five years ago, after a major blow-up (in more ways than one) with his elder brother, Gabriel Moretti left New York in a quest to distance himself from the family business and go legit. Now he is back, summoned by his mentor, a Russian mafia boss to protect his daughter, whose existence was hidden for her safety. One look at her picture is all it takes and Gabriel is smitten with Eva. When Gabriel left New York, he left with a promise from his brother: that he would one day take away the woman Gabriel fell in love with as his had been taken away. He is now forced to make contact with Eva and get her as close as possible to him to further ensure her safety because his interest in her has been noted and she is now in the crosshairs.
The easiest way to say this is: Gabriel Moretti is hot! Gorgeous and charming, sexy and confident, dangerous and deadly, all wrapped up in a very dominant male. Gabriel is used to getting his way so it was fun to see him completely out of his element as he fell hard for Eva and it was so easy to fall in love with him.
Eva is a totally lovable heroine. She is strong, intelligent, beautiful and an interesting combination of innocence and poise. With her mother’s experience as a guide, she is not willing to take a chance on love, but one look at Gabriel Moretti and her resolve wavers. But she does not just fall for a regular joe. Gabriel was born into a crime family and she has to decide if she can live in his world and stand by his side, even as danger surrounds them.
There was so much to love about this book, apart from Gabriel and Eva’s explosive chemistry. I loved his group of friends, the camaraderie and brotherhood amongst them and their dedication to one another. There was a lot of information on the secondary characters but it did not take the focus away from Gabriel and Eva, it only enhanced what was going on between them and I enjoyed all of it because it provides me with background on the coming books.
A LOVE OF VENGEANCE is Nancy Haviland’s debut, an outstanding and well-written one at that and I am so glad that I took a chance on it.