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A Love of Vengeance

(Wanted Men #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,143 ratings  ·  421 reviews
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, bl ...more
Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Montlake Romance
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 "Meh" Stars

I'm kind of apathetic about this book, honestly.


I liked it well enough; however, I just didn't find it to be all that memorable.

Plus, it took me almost a week to finish this thing. And reading time is like dog years in my - and most serious readers' - world...

...And by "serious" I mean people who read mass quantities, not necessarily quality. You will see "Alien Gorilla Sex" on my tbr before you ever see War & Peace folks. Just sayin'...



Simply put:

One Day or More = Not all that i
4.5 stars

Title:A Love of Vengeance
Series:Wanted Men #1
Author:Nancy Haviland
Release date: November 11, 2014
Rating:4.5 stars
HEA: (view spoiler)

"The day I hear you've found the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with...I'll be there to take her away from you. The same way you took Adrianna from me."

Years ago, a vendetta started when Gabriel followed through on his father's orders and unknowingly caused the death of the woman his brother loved. He left
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "Made men's Vengeance" stars***

That was hot, hot, hot!!!

And much more things...
Whoa!!! I wasn't expecting it too be soooooo.... good!!!
I adore mobster books and this was not an exception!!!
This is my new favorite series!!!
I love all these wanted men... All of them...

Yep, in the beginning it was a little bit difficult to put them on my mind in right order but now i just love them... They are all of them amazing!!! Even the older one's like Vasily!!! That was amazing!!!
How could you res
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cristina by: Snow
As you all know I'm a mafia slut so of course I was going to love this novel :P


What does a "mafia slut" mean?

Well (besides the obvious :P) in my case it means that I read and like/love (almost!) any mafia romance novel I come across. And in this case I wasn't let down at all by this book.

A Love of Vengeance is Nancy Haviland's debut novel (unles she writes under a different pen name as well) and what a great debut is was :D


Eva is (and doesn't know it) a Russian mafia princes that recently lost
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley

After that blurb, i'm ready to welcome some Gabriel Moretti in my life.

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Love a good, bad guy! Review to come.
Duchess Nicole
Oh boy, oh boy!!! I've got a feeling that I'm in for a hell of a treat with this series. I never know what to expect when a series is touted as having a hero that is one of the "bad guys." This hero, Gabriel Moretti, is the leader of an Italian crime family, but he's long since stepped down after a major fallout with his brother. Instead, Gabriel runs a legit business with a few men who were involved with his former life. But when one of the top dogs in the Russian underground crime business cal ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, not as much as I would have liked, but I did. I think this book is a great introduction to the series and it promises a lot of different and intriguing stories about the other Wanted Man ♥

I liked the book, the plot and the characters, but I did have various problems with it, so I don't feel like I can rate it higher than three stars. Here is why:

✓First, as an introduction book it is great, because it introduced many interesting characters and provided us with promising story
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4.5 Mafia Loving Stars!!

When Gabriel (Moretti) Moore is summoned by his mentor and father figure, Russian mob boss Vasily Tarasov he knows something is up. Gabriel has built his own empire, after breaking ties with "The Family" especially his ruthless older brother and he has no intention of going back to New York to take his place in the family business.

Gabriel is stunned to learn that Vasily has a twenty-four year old daughter and that Vasily has kept her a secret. No one knew about her o
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

A Love of Vengeance is book one in the new series Wanted Men and oh readers, let me just tell you, there are plenty of men you're going to want after reading this. If warring mafia families with mixed in action from some motorcycle club men trip your trigger, then you're going to want to get this book immediately.

Gabriel grew up as the second son to the Morett
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I enjoyed this one... wasn't as gritty as most mafia romances but still good. Looking forward to the next one.
Beatrice Masaluñga
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
Vasily Tarasov, a Russian Mafia leader gave his trust to Gabriel Moretti in protecting his only daughter, Evangeline Jacobs while he hunts down her mother's murderer. Gabriel assured he'll fulfill his duty and do what it takes to keep her safe from the enemies. Upon seeing her picture, it 's challenging for him to control his feelings. Falling for her isn't a good idea when his brother, Stefano Moretti seeks vendetta against him. Once he knew his association to Eva, she could be the next target. ...more
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
This book was great. It had what I normally look for in a mafia romance. I usually want a bit more action but I was satisfied with what was offered.

Eva and Gabriel were awesome together. Aside from a little subterfuge on his behalf, their relationship was low on personal drama. I didn't much love Eva though. She drove me a little nuts with her perspective, however, I admired her character's intellect, loyalty and heart. Now Gabriel... I loved him. His character was brilliant, sexy, successful, l
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

3.5 to 4 stars

After the death of her mother Evangeline is alone and feeling the loss since her mother was the only family she had, she's never known her father who left when she was just twelve weeks old, she thinks of him as the sperm donor when she thinks of him at all.
Vasily Tarasov made the hardest decision of his life when he left the love of his life and their daughter to protect them but he's never been far away always watching but now, after her mothers murder he needs to seek revenge bu
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
After finishing this amazing story the phrase that came to mind immediately was why did I wait so long to read this? So good. Everything about it. From the instant connection between Gabriel and Eva to the action packed suspense I was hanging on every word. I loved all the characters and was mesmerized that this author held an almost magical ability to take the layers of each person and keep adding then uncovering more and more depth. Gabriel was cut from my own dream hero mold. He was possessiv ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: safe-for-me
I listened to this one through my KU membership. Good deal!

Overall pretty entertaining and kept me interested. Fairly tame for a mafia book.

The heroine was not TSTL - thank goodness! A bit naïve at times, but handled the shit thrown at her pretty well.

The hero lived in denial for a long time. That frustrated me a bit. But you could feel his struggle.

My biggest complaint is that I felt I was being told and not shown more often than not. The length of the book could have been reduced by skipping t
L*Take Me To My HEA*
It was interesting enough to want to read the sequel.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars!

Gabriel Moretti (aka Gabriel Moore)

Eva Jacobs (aka Evangeline Tarasov)

She was the daughter of a Russian mob boss. but she didn't know it ;)

“I’m terrified of the way I need you. Even after everything that’s happened. Your life is violent and scary as hell.

“I love you,” she said as though it was as simple as that. “So, yes, I would find a way to deal.

He was all coiled strength and danger personified. Fierce and deadly.

“No one will die if you stay by my side. No one will be hurt, if you
ARC via Netgalley

Really liked this book. I am a big fan of mafia/romance stories and this was such a surprise, because I did not expect it to be so good. It had everything I love. From action, to romance, to secrets... Everything!!!! And all of it was in perfect balance!
Hailee (haibooklovers)
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff
Not my typical read, but it was certainly captivating!
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, gr2016
“It’s not a secret to anyone but you that I’m in love with you, sweetheart. I’m so goddamn in love with you, it’s . . . Well, at the risk of sounding like a pussy, it’s unsettling and scary as fuck to realize the control you have over me.”

I love the idea of anti-heroes, who still has hearts of gold when it comes to their women and those they care about, so I was quite eager to read this book. Unfortunately the romance didn’t really work for me because I had a hard time liking the main chara

Elfina Renee
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Sorry to say but A Love of Vengeance was ehhh, alright. I think the biggest drawback was everything was so laid out and sadly predictable. Another thing that got me is the title "A Love of Vengeance" when in reality there really wasn't much proof of it, other than what we were told. Yes crime boss falls in love and his brother was hell bent on making him suffer, but when it came right down to it there wasn't any of that, not really. Guess I had higher expectations because of the summary and the ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
My casting:

Rate: 4/3 stars.
When Gabriel Moretti is summoned by his mentor, Russian mafia boss Vasily Tarasov he knows something is up. Gabriel has been busy building his own empire in Washington and after a bitter breakup with his brother, he has no intention of coming back to New York to take his place in the family business. Finding out that Vasily has a daughter no one knew about is shocking, but when Gabriel is asked to keep an eye on her and keep her safe is a whole different matter. Gabriel wants the stunning Eva Ja ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
My impression at 20% is complete befuddlement. I'm absolutely loving the story and characters, but I am also finding this to be a daunting and tedious read.

The mob, revenge, romantic connection, danger, etc of the storyline is quite a captivating combination and keeps readers engaged till the very end... And then some;) The MCs are interesting and are written with an effortless aloofness of mystery like an onion being slowly peeled back layer by layer.

Sounds great, right? Well, it is, but it's
DNF. I'm not feeling this book, lost interest after the insta-lust and just about the way things are moving.
Okay where do I begin....I absolutely love this book!!!!

First off I am not one who's ever read books about Mafia or crime families romance. But this book was very, very good and had me hooked from page one.

I'll start off with the plot,which was excellent and had me engaged the whole time. Gabriel(he is incredible!!!), younger brother to Stefano, the Dom of the mafia family.Stefano hates Gabriel and he's going to exact revenge for something he believes Gabriel did to him in the past. Gabriel very
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
I am on the fence about this one. I am caught between really liking it and at times finding it kind of cliché. I loved the premise of guardian turned admirer, always a good combo. But in this world it’s dangerous for anyone to think you have a weakness. Eva Jacobs is unknowing becoming a weakness to the sexy Gabriel.

Growing up thinking your dad just up and ran out on her and her mother, Eva is oblivious to this world of mafia crime. She doesn’t anticipate finding love and a father in a crazy wh
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Solid Stars

Wow, what a great start to what looks like a promising series. My first read by this author and yes, I will be going back for more. I enjoyed the storyline as well as the characters.

OK, so why only 4 Stars, well for me, there was just TOO much going on, too many characters to keep track of and the backstories seemed to overpower the "romance" and overall storyline of my couple. I wanted MORE time and MORE romance between the two but the story seemed to focus more on the external ele
This was actually a reread, on my initial read of this series I loved this one. Now? Though I loved his jealousy and possessiveness he was too bossy and controlling with her. From the moment he saw her pic he was captivated and only grew more so as they interacted. There was never any doubt to his fidelity or any OW drama and the h was a virgin.

Couple of things irked me, why'd it have to be 3 of his former lovers killed? Didn't he get a clue by the second one and keep his dick in his pants.

Julia's Book Haven
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It started a little rough but by the end I really liked it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Nancy Haviland is the author of the STEEL JACKALS MC series, and the bestselling organized crime series, WANTED MEN. She writes about her hard loving alphas from her home near Toronto, Ontario.

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Wanted Men (5 books)
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