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Vengeance Aside

(Wanted Men #0.5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Revisit Nancy Haviland’s bestselling mafia series with this prequel novel featuring a Russian mobster who is forced to put vengeance aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father.

He sees her. He falls. He proves it by killing for her in a room full of his associates.
Now he’ll take her home and try to convince her a love that descends like a hammer is one that can
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published November 21st 2017
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Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Insta-love fans and those who love “possessive alpha” men
Genre: Romance
Tone: Mostly playful
POVs: Dual, third person

The aftermath of a deadly attack brings allies together to share intel on the possible suspects. Lukas Zavrazin’s father, Kostya, is critically injured and only has one concern for his eldest son: get married and produce some heirs.

Magdalene Dale Vaner is down on her luck. After walking in on her friends-with-benefits/ roommate naked with another woman, she sets her sights on a new sperm donor. She’s twenty-two years-old and is desperate
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
5 “Mr. Murdery” Stars!!

Nancy Haviland has once again enthralled me with her powerful writing ability to totally captivate me and suck me into a world that I wish I was part of! Which as a reader is saying something since I normally avoid the dark gritty world of “Mafia Romance”.

In Vengeance Aside we meet Lukas and Dale who have an instant connection in this sizzling addition to Nancy Haviland’s “Wanted Men” series. The chemistry and attraction between Lukas and Dale was off the charts hot
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
“As she struggled to form words, she was knocked further into the nether by a blast of lust so genuine and innocent she could only describe it as pristine.”

I don’t even know why that line grabbed me by the proverbial nuts, but it did. It tugged away at me and I feel it perfectly described the connection that was shared by Lukas and Magdalena.

Lukas’ father was shot in the head and is in the hospital. In his weakness, he calls on Lukas to step up, settle down, and produce some heirs. With no p
Sentranced Jem
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it


Title: Vengeance Aside (Wanted Men #0.5)
Author: Nancy Haviland
Genre: Mafia, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 21, 2017


When I saw that this book was going to be release I literally went "Give me! Give me! Give me!" *Grabby-Hands*
The Wanted Series is definitely one of my favourite mafia series so it was no surprise that I wanted..No... Needed this book! Vengeance Aside is the prequel to A Love Of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) and it can be read as a standalone.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Allow me to introduce the newest Wanted Man, our guy, Lukas Zavrazin! Tall, dark, incredibly sexy, richer than Midas, ruthless when appropriate, tough, Russian, and most important, he has a heart of GOLD!

Nancy’s writing is unparalleled! The “feels” her writing inspires is nothing short of amazing! Initially I had a bit of anxiety wondering how Lukas would fit in with our boys. Why? Well prior to his story we knew absolutely nothing about him which meant he was a total stranger. I didn’t know if
Samantha K
4 1/2 Stars

This is a mafia romance with no cheating, no ow drama and no non-consent/forced seduction. In fact, there are no triggers that I can think of and it has a hea.
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I pick up one of Nancy Haviland's books I always think yes, I'm going to love it but it can't be as addictive as the last one, and every time this author blows everything out of the water and I become completely obsessed with her latest addition to the Wanted Men family.

Sharp, dangerous, and oh so goddamn sexy, VENGEANCE ASIDE brings Lukas and Dale into our lives and hearts with such finesse and expertise that you feel you have known them forever.

When Lukas almost loses his beloved f
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Queen of Mafia romance has delivered another five star read that will grab hold of you and never let go. Long after you read the words “The End” these characters and their story will remain with you.

Fantastic H/h, secondary characters that add a rich background to the bratva mystique and a storyline that unfolds into a beautiful love story.

Read along and watch as Luckas heals Dale with patience and love and Dale learns to let go and feel. If you're a first time reader you will meet and hea
★★★★★ Can I give this more than 5 stars?! ★★★★★

Right off the bat, I want it known that I LOVED this book! ❤ ❥ ❤

I ❤ Lukas Zavrazin

I ❤ Dale

I ❤ this book.

A while ago I found Nancy Haviland and her Wanted Men while perusing Amazon for a book to read. Lo and behold, I already had the first in the series, A Love of Vengeance, and realized it had even been recommended to me by a few different people. So I dove in and devoured the series, falling in love with each character and their stories. But the d
WendyW ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Books
How could a guy be both adorable and psychotic at the same time, …..

I have always loved possessive, protective, ultra alpha males and Nancy Haviland has cornered the market on them. Each and everyone of them are badass mafia men that belong to a bratva or some organization and do unthinkable illegal acts. But there is one commonality amongst them and that is the way they worship and treat their women. They are men of honor and are devoted to family.

Lukas Zavrazin, Pakhan in training, (and my
Lori K
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every single time I read a new Nancy Haviland book I say - 'This is my most favorite!'; Vengeance Aside is no exception! I really, really loved Dale. She was funny, vulnerable and so interesting. I find I often only tolerate heroines, finding them annoying, not so with the Wanted Men series. I thought she was just fantastic and her reactions were so genuine. Now, Lukas? So, so very hot! Swoon, swoon, swoon! 100% Alpha awesomeness from start to finish. I loved the secondary characters and the gli ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that when I first heard about this book I was apprehensive about how I'd feel about the characters and their story. I'm a diehard fan of Nancy Haviland's Wanted Men series, but it's always nerve-wracking "meeting" new people. Well, Lukas and Magdalena (Dale) are wonderful! Lukas deserves his place with the rest of the Wanted Men and Dale is smart, strong, and has such a great sense of humor that you'll fall in love with her immediately. I love Dale's nickname for Lukas - "Mr Murd ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot, mafia, favorites
Oh my Goodness! This book was simply Perfection! It was a perfect blend of action, intrigue romance and you can't help but simply fall in love with all the characters!
Joanaver Quiñones
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I finished the book the same i started. I didn't have the chance to review it, so here it goes.

Nancy never seize to amaze me. I loved every moment of this story and the fact that you united this family with the original WM was done marvelously. I can't wait to read more of this world and these men.

Lukas and Magdalena are an amazing couple. The way he was with her says a lot about him and who he truly is. He is a family man and she was perfect for him. Their insta love was more than wh
Autum (Escape between the Covers)
Love Wanted Men

What can I say except she's done it again! Lukas and Dale's story is exceptional and held me captivated. We got to see a few favorites and met new ones. That I hope I get to meet again (holds hands in a praying manner)Thank you Ms. Nancy Haviland for writing such wonderful books.
Lukas needs to find a wife to honor his fathers wishes, when his brother comes to his aid and suggest Dale, a worker at the club, as someone his father would like he takes the offering wanting to meet her. Dale isn't sure what it is about Lukas but the attraction is immediate but when he starts talking about marriage and children, she thinks he is crazy.

Lukas had always been told by his father when he meets the one he would know it and Dale is it. Now he has to convince the outspoken woman he i
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-romance
Russian mobsters done right. Haviland writes strong alpha types with murdering streak like nobody else. Lukas, next in line in mobster royalty, needs a wife according to his father. An instant connection with Dale, a woman with a lonely past, solidifies the thought of a family with lots of babies. They have the fastest romance ever. Similar to the others in the series we witness the hardcore life of the mafia but unlike the others this is more romantic. It's very easy to fall for Lukas and his o ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

Vengeance Aside is a prequel to Nancy Haviland’s Wanted Men Series. I have read every book in the series and am a huge fan. I have very mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I can always appreciate a brooding and lethal mobster. On the other hand, I like my books to have some realistic elements regardless of the fact that it is fiction. There is just so much in this book that is unrealistic that I struggled with even finishing it. That’s significant because I have bee
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Oh man I was so disappointed after reading this. I read A Love for Vengeance a couple months back and I really loved it and gave it a pretty high rating so I was really sad when I really ended up not liking this book. So many things bothered me and most of them had got to do with how possessive and domineering Lukas was. I went into this book ready to have an alpha male lead but I wasn't ready for Lukas. He was just the OTT possessive alpha I just don't like to have as my hero. I also r
Khanique McDaniel
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not certain why it took me so long to finish this one because I was into the beginning despite it being a love at first sight novel.

When I say love at first sight, I ain't joking either. The entirety of this novel took place in a week with a 4 months skip epilogue and while I didn't mind it being a insta-love thing, I just wish it was expounded upon with some more pages and time. It's a good story with great characters but falling in love on the first page doesn't excuse proper character/re
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vengeance Aside, is the most recent addition to the extraordinary and unforgettable WANTED MEN series by Nancy Haviland.
Vengeance Aside introduces the powerful Zavrazin family who dominates the Mafia underworld in and around Houston, Texas.
It was written as a prequel, in the series, as this story takes place before Gabriel and Eva’s story, A Love of Vengeance.

Lucas Zavrazin, Sovietnik and eldest son to the Pakhan of the Zavrazin Organization, is out for blood after his beloved father is wounde
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a book to close out my 2017 reading list on! The expected meets the unexpected is an understatement when Dale crashes into Lukas Zavrazin. I must admit I was a little nervous with this story because it had an insta-love feel but hot damn the author blew me away with this phenomenal addition to her Wanted Men series. When certain things are revealed and the intense attraction between Lukas and Dale, all my nerves went away and I was on the edge for a different reason: I wanted them to work o ...more
Kristen Johnson
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

I have enjoyed every single book in the Wanted Men series, so I was excited to read another one. Vengeance Aside was just as worthy a read as the rest and grabbed my attention from page one.

Nancy Haviland has a way of forcing you into a story, making you feel as if you are a part of it, as it he characters are people you know and love and making you feel each bit of emotion displayed.

Lukas and Dale's story was a quick, yet fulfilling read. It's a Mafia story - but it's so much more than that.
Jennifer Pierson
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vengeance Aside is a Wanted Men prequel novel that was amazing in my opinion. See most of the time a prequel is something short, but what I loved so much other than the obvious being that it was in a series that I LOVE by the brilliant Nancy Haviland, is that it was full sized, which made me so very happy. It goes back to tell Lukas and Magdalena aka Dale's story. He's the Sovietnik for the Russian Mafia (Bratvas). who is complicated man, ruthless, and yet, has a big heart. Loyal, but will take ...more
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
Nancy did such a great job with this book! I knew a bit what to expect since I've read a couple in this series but I was still completely enamored with this book. I could not put it down and sleep??? Forget it. I was up reading this book!! I had to get all the answers to my questions and to see how the book would play out.

I loved these characters so much. Lukas and his love of his father and willing to do whatever to make him happy. Always one to promise to fulfill his parents' dreams of him mar
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lukas Zavrazin is sitting at his father's hospital bedside thanking God and the surgeon for saving him. There was an attack at a meeting of Russian "families" and his father was shot. Now his father is playing the guilt card by telling him to marry and make babies before it's too late.
Dale Vaner is not as upset as she should be to be leaving her home and the man she was living with. She shut her emotions down years ago. Nobody can hurt her anymore.
Our hero is a mobster and makes no excuses for
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*****5 Vengeance Stars*****
Did I ever mention I love a good mafia book ;) This book is beautifully written so many emotions in this book that it will keep you hooked. What happens when a white lie to your father turns out to be the best thing in your life..this book. Lukas is willing to give in to his father request but is not looking forward to the women his brother has described. Dale knows how to hide her feelings but Lukas is about to change everything she has kept behind her smile. Lukas is
Sophie Koufes
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vegence Aside is a prequel to A Love of Vegence (Wanted Men Series #1) but can be read as a standalone. A Russian Mobster Luka who is forced to put his Vegence aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father.
Luka & Magdalena (Dale) romance is sizzling hot & a steamy read that keeps you captivated & craving more. I love that a few of the character's from The Wanted Men Series crossover to this novell including Maks & Vasily. A fabulous addition to this highly addictive heartwrenching series.
Maria Angie Mendoza
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was completely engrossed by this thrilling Russian Mafia read!
My first read by this author and I was pulled into this book and then at the end I had the best book hangover.
Intense emotional and seductive. The insta-connection between Lukas and Magdalene aka Dale was combustible!
Their chemistry was sinfully delicious and sweet. Their banter sexy and lovable in spite of his Mafia connection, and unique methods of protection.
Even the secondary characters added to the overall feel of the story.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So great

I almost didn't read this because I hate prequels that come out after several books, but this series completely owns me, so I bought this not really expecting to like it. I should have known I'd end up loving it. Dale was such a complex character, and "Mr. Murdery" was so calm and patient with her. He melted my heart with some of the things he said. This is a definite must read!
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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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Other books in the series

Wanted Men (5 books)
  • A Love of Vengeance (Wanted Men, #1)
  • The Salvation of Vengeance (Wanted Men, #2)
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