Wanted Men #2
Pub date: March 24, 2015 (ARC review)
H/h - Vincente Romani/Nika Paynne
Setting: Present time.
Read in March/April, 2015.
Nancy Haviland’s The Salvation of Vengeance is the book 2 of her Mafia romance series, Wanted Men. I’ve read book 1, A Love of Vengeance, which was an OK read all over, a bit too clichéd for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, the author has potentials, and she really likes storytelling, that much is apparent. Finished book 1 with wanting to know more, but I wished less of those clichéd stuff that dulled my interest level quite a bit.
Wanted Men series that has many casts of characters who are taking shape with each installment. You get to know them as they are introduced in the storyline, pretty much on the go. There’s no background upfront, so you’re left to contemplate their past that are only hinted at.
Book 1 was about Gabriel Moretti, the now Mafia boss of the Moretti family. He and his half-brother, Stefano, had bad blood between them, which (and also the deeds of his asshole of a father), made Gabriel leave his dynasty to eke out a living on legit ventures. He didn’t know about Stefano being his half-brother at that time, also the fact that Stefano was verbally abused by his father since he was a kid; something that resulted into a bone deep, long-lasting hatred. When big Russian mafia boss, and his closest friend and ally, Vasily Tarasov tells Gabriel a secret about his past and an existing daughter, Eva, who needs to be taken care of while he searches and avenges her mother who was killed a few months ago, Gabriel is in deep sh!t. He didn’t wanna babysit but would do anything for Vasily, whom he has always seen as a replacement father of sort. But his interest intensifies when he sees Eva’s photo and falls head over heels in lust. Eva didn’t know her father existed at all, until when she gets involved with Gabriel and is forced to come face to face with her own legacy. That she’s the daughter of a mafia boss.