An Obsession with Vengeance

An Obsession with Vengeance

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by Nancy Haviland
     
 

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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.

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503944466
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
07/21/2015
Series:
Wanted Men Series, #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
455,696
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Haviland is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Canadian Authors Association. When she’s not writing, her three children do their best to monopolize her time. She and her family, along with an arrogant kitty named Talbot, reside near Toronto, Ontario.

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An Obsession with Vengeance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
An Obsession with Vengeance is a romantic suspense about Maksim, the adopted son of a New York Russian Mafia head, and Sydney, an Australian with a son that moves into the neighborhood. It features a lot of suspense and intrigue when Sydney asks for help from the Mafioso. The chemistry and sexual tension between the pair is well written, as is the rest of the action within the story. The story progresses quickly and held my attention from start to finish. I enjoyed the banter between Maks and Sydney as well as Maksim’s friends who help them all out. As the third in a series, I did not feel like I was left out of the loop or missing information in order to understand this book. While the story was well written and the characters well developed, I did not like Maksim at all. He was arrogant, sleazy, and a true stereotypical Mafioso, which is what makes a story worth reading. I hated how he slept with other women to take his mind off of Sydney (total sleaze ball move), but it was also a move that made him realistic. Overall, this is a good, suspenseful, story worth the reading time. *copy provided for review
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
An Obsession with Vengeance does not disappoint. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Gemini An Obsession with Vengeance is the third book in the Wanted Men series. And just like the others, it did not disappoint. An Obsession with Vengeance is packed with multi-layered characters that you could both love and hate. In addition to all of the darkness, violence, hatred and pain, there is a lot of love. Love that you would not expect to see from a series that involves Russian, Italian, and Mexican mobsters. Nancy Haviland does not shy away from the deplorable lifestyle that these people live. Instead, she has figured out a way to make you understand why they do what they do and how they can still be respected. An Obsession with Vengeance focuses on the most tortured member of this Russian crime family, Maksim “Maks” Kirov. Maks owns a high profile nightclub and is infatuated with the Australian owner of a neighboring club, Sydney Martin. She continues to play hard to get until she crosses a Mexican drug lord and must depend on Maks to keep her safe. Maks doesn’t hesitate to protect her but he must also protect his heart. Sydney isn’t forthcoming about everything that protecting her involves. She has a son that she refuses to tell her protectors about. This complicates their already volatile relationship. Not to mention, they must pretend to be a couple in public and have a hard time keeping their hands off of each other in private. Maks fits all of the stereotypes of a Russian mobster. He’s arrogant, intimidating, and lethal. He has no qualms about killing but he does it for the right reasons. His pitiful past makes it hard to judge him for the brutal things that he does. Plus, he doesn’t think that he deserves anything purely good in his life. The fact that he falls for Syndey makes him that much more likable. He puts his life on the line to keep her safe. Of course, being a trained assassin doesn’t make that too difficult. More importantly, his brothers in arms do not hesitate to come to his aid and treat her like part of the family. They are a tight knit group that has tighter bonds than most real families. Considering my own affinity towards vengeance, I could not put this book down. I look forward to the next book. **Received a copy from Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
(This review is based on ARC e-book generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.) Nancy Haviland once again does not disappoint with this third installment of the Wanted Men series, Obsession of Vengeance. Maksim Kirov’s thinks his heart and soul have been irrevocably hardened after surviving a horrific, abusive childhood at the hands of his own father. He has spent his life in service to Vasily Tarasov, the Russian crime boss, who rescued him and took him under his wing. Though he sees his friends, who are also part of the same crime family, find love and happiness, he is convinced love never lasts and only leads to loss and disappointment. That is until he gets involved with Australian beauty, Sydney Martin. His heart reluctantly starts to overrule his head. Sydney Martin is no stranger to loneliness and heartache. Years ago, she had to build a new life for herself and her son after having no choice but walk away from her rich, controlling family. After a year long ploy to keep drugs out of her nightclub goes awry, she finds herself in the cross hairs of a powerful Mexican cartel and turns to the unlikeliest of hero, Maks. The author does a good job of interweaving an intriguing plot with a rather large cast of secondary characters in this steamy, dark mafia romance. Though it is a standalone with a HEA, I suggest you read the books in order to fully appreciate the storyline/character development. Not only do you see reoccurring roles, but new subplots are introduced that are likely to lead to additional books. Specifically, Tegan/Lorenzo/Jak and Alek and Sasha. If you like mafia romance, I recommend all three books: #1 A Love of Vengeance, #2 Salvation of Vengeance, #3 Obsession of Vengeance. Title: Obsession of Vengeance, Series: Wanted Men (Book 3), Author: Nancy Haviland, Pages: 400, stand-alone, no cheating Contains: graphic violence, explicit sexual content, disturbing childhood abuse
NicoleG More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with this series from the beginning and when I finished the second book, I couldn’t wait for Maks and Sydney’s story. It was everything I was expecting … action, romance, and humor wrapped in one amazing story. Their story is one about overcoming their past and their fears and finally finding love with each other. I will admit that some tears were shed while reading their story but it was all worth it in the end. And with that ending, I can’t wait for Alek’s story! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about mob romance!!!
JROMERO More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting on Maksim's story since the first book. He is so sexy as most of the Wanted Men are in the series but he is just so captivating and mysterious and raw. I was not disappointed. When I was given the chance to read an advance copy from Net Galley, I couldn't contain myself. Haviland delivers suspense and action, violence, sexual tension, and characters with animal magnitude.. Exactly what you expect from a book about the mafia. It was a fast read and very enjoyable. In this third installment I really felt an emotional pull for Maksim.You get to understand him and get a glimpse into what made him the man he is today. The female lead and love interest, Sydney, is my kind of girl... strong and sharp. She is not a weak female and she knows what she needs to do and gets it done. While the book centers on her needing Maksim's help due to a huge mistake on her part, she realized she needed his help and wasn't in denial or shock. She also has something worth protecting other than herself and she doesn't let lust or sexual appetite deviate her from that goal. Love a strong woman. A perfect match for our Maks. Initially I thought I would have loved a little more romance and sweetness but after digesting the book and the characters as a whole I decided it had the perfect amount of sweet and sex. It is, after all, a mafia romance. It is very realistic and honest. You get to understand the struggles the other 2 couples from the series face (not being able to do normal couple things) but you still see their happiness. There are no rose colored glasses but you still want to root for them. And if nothing else I said as resonated, the epilogue/next book preview makes it all worth it. Just when I was calm and happy the way things ended, she stirred the pot and my libido again!! I definitely recommend you read the first 2 books in the series if you already haven't even though it isn't necessary. Thank you Nancy Haviland! You rock!
A_Star More than 1 year ago
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 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.