I started Risk the Night excited and looking forward to a quick, hot read. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little disappointed. This is a hard oneI started Risk the Night excited and looking forward to a quick, hot read. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little disappointed. This is a hard one for me to rate because I love Anne Stuart's writing and her dark heroes so much, but I just didn't connect to this story. I found it hard to find qualities to like about the heroine and hero, and instead found too many things I didn't love. I really like the premise of the story, but with so few pages to play it out, there wasn't any time to settle in and really understand where these characters were coming from. One big thing that bothered me was the fact that both the hero and heroine were cheating on the person they were seeing, and didn't seem to care too much about it. What made it worse though was having it rubbed in constantly, even during intimate scenes, which ruined the mood for me. I did enjoy the sexual tension and feeling of danger to their relationship though.
Setting aside those issues, Anne Stuart is still a favourite author for me and I would pick up another of her books in a second....more
Another fantastic book from Nancy Haviland! I love this book so hard! From the first few pages I was hooked. Maksim Kirov is a character that demandsAnother fantastic book from Nancy Haviland! I love this book so hard! From the first few pages I was hooked. Maksim Kirov is a character that demands attention and I was happy to give it to him. An Obsession With Vengeance is the third book in the Wanted Men series and I have to say it is my absolute favourite so far. This series is a must read! If you love badass, strong, sexy, very alpha, dangerous heroes, then you're going to want to read about these men.
This book features Maksim and the woman he falls hard for, Sydney. I thought Sydney was a perfect match for Maks, their chemistry was off the charts from the start. Sydney is strong, sexy, smart, and a single mother who works to protect and provide a great life for her son, Andrew. Maks wants her right from the start and has no problem letting her know all about it. Maks is beyond sexy, mysterious, definitely dangerous and yet he's also a rock that Sydney can lean on for anything. Maksim Kirov is a respected member of the Russian mafia, and a tortured hero for sure, overcoming a very difficult past. When Maksim and Sydney are on the page together the heat is undeniable. And their love scenes are intensely sexy.
This book brought out all kinds of reactions from me, which is how it should be when you're reading a great book. Before the halfway point I had overheated, squirmed, laughed and even gasped. And there was so much more to come! To say An Obsession With Vengeance was intense (in all the best ways), is an understatement.
You won't find any fluffy, just for show gangsters here. When threatened or disrespected, there are consequences to pay.
"When he threatened you, he opened himself up for like. He plans on taking your life; he's given me permission to take his. That's just the way it is."
He does not take lightly to Sydney or his organization being threatened and he, along with the men in his circle, work to protect her and flush out those who dare to make moves against them.
I recommend An Obsession With Vengeance so highly! This one is headed for my keeper shelf. I also can't say enough how talented this author is at writing secondary characters that draw you in and leave you begging for their stories to be told. The brotherhood of these men is a pleasure to read about. Alek's story is up next in the series and I absolutely can. not. wait! Watching Alek's emotional state deteriorate through each of the three books, I just know it's going to be another consuming read!
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Great start to a series! This is the first book by Nancy Haviland that I've read and I'm excited to have found a new series to follow and a new authorGreat start to a series! This is the first book by Nancy Haviland that I've read and I'm excited to have found a new series to follow and a new author to enjoy! This is a standalone and the first in the Wanted Men series.
Gabriel Moretti is a powerful, born leader who commands respect from everyone around him. He is a definite alpha male and I really enjoyed his interactions with Eva, who happens to be the daughter of his good friend and mentor, Vasily Tarasov. Vasily is also a powerful mafia boss. I thought this would give Gabriel more pause before pursuing Eva, given he was asked to protect her by Vasily, but he throws caution to the wind and decides to worry about the consequences later. Eva is almost an obsession for Gabriel from the start and the progression of their relationship felt real and meaningful despite the short amount of time together. And I really couldn't wait to see Vasily's reaction to their relationship.
There are a lot of great elements to this story: a sexy mafia hero, an innocent heroine coming into her own, suspense, murder, a touch of MC club , and a whole list of secondary characters to love. And I really have to stress my excitement for these men! There are so many interesting, sexy, mysterious, complex, alpha males that I can't wait to read about in future books. Some of them work for Gabriel and some head their own organizations. The author really knows how to write a bromance, which I love. But there is also some tension among the large group of men and it will be fun to see how they interact in future books.
A Love of Vengeance brings love, sex, danger, sexy alpha males, violence and a lot of promise for more in the books to come. I'm excited about this series and I look forward to reading Vincente and Nika's story in book two, The Salvation of Vengeance.
P.S. Am I the only one who really wants to see Vasily find love again too? I can't be! I think he deserves a second chance and I hope there's a possibility of his own book later down the line....more
Risking It All is an exceptional start to a new series by the fantastic Tessa Bailey!
I almost wish that I5 sexy, intense, emotional, riveting stars!
Risking It All is an exceptional start to a new series by the fantastic Tessa Bailey!
I almost wish that I could go back and read it and experience it all for the first time once more. Halfway through this book I already knew I wanted to re-read it again soon. Tessa Bailey makes it easy to visualize each setting, the formidable streets and the details of each scene. The darkness, the danger and the light, fighting to burst through the cracks. I felt transported right into the story, and I never wanted this book to end. Risking It All kept me up all night, sleep became an afterthought. I just needed to know what was going to happen next. As 3, 4, 5 in the morning rolled around, I though to myself, Okay, I'll just find a good place to stop for the night. There is NO PLACE that's good to stop! Only my blurry eyes forced me to almost literally drop this book at 7:30am. After finishing up the following night, I knew Risking It All was now on my list of favourite books. And Bowen and Sera are one of my favourite fictional couples for sure.
Bowen is dark, sexy, alpha, unpredictable, and badass with an inner pain that grabs you from the first moment. Getting a look inside his head is exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time. All you want is for Bowen to find some kind of peace. Sera is the woman who changes everything for Bowen and offers him that glimpse of a better life. Sera is strong, intelligent, brave and vulnerable. Their chemistry is immediate and hot as hell. If you're looking for a dirty talker who hits the spot and always leaves you wanting more, then Bowen is your man. The brow raising, lip biting steaminess doesn't let up from start to finish.
Risking It All gives you powerful emotion, suspense, sex, tension, violence, captivating characters and true, honest, desperate love.
I had no idea where this story was going to lead us at the end, and when it came I was so excited! I can't wait for the next book in this Crossing the Line series! June is torturously long to wait for Up in Smoke. But I have a good feeling it'll be worth the wait!
"She really had no idea. Not even a clue how thoroughly she owned his thoughts. At first, he counted it as a blessing. If she knew the depth of his obsession with her, she might freak out a little. The more time went on, though, he felt hope bloom that she wouldn't even flinch if she knew. That she might be a little obsessed with him as well. God, he fucking well hoped so."