What it’s about
Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger.
With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever.
In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob and loyalty to one’s heart.
4.5 Underboss Loving Stars!
I knew 10% into this book I was going to love mafia underboss Vincente “The Reaper” Romani. When we were introduced to him in A Love of Vengeance he came off as the total bad-ass he is, and I think I was already half in love with him. Regardless of his callous comments to Nika during their fist encounter in A Love of Vengeance, Nika is drawn to Vincente and cannot get him out of her thoughts. At times it’s only the memory of him and the kiss they shared that gets her though her days.
Nika has been in a controlling and violent abusive marriage for the past year. She is forced to stay itn the marriage until she can find the evidence her husband has against her brother Caleb, VP of an MC club, that can send him to jail for a very, very long time.
When Nika attends Gabriel and Eva’s wedding she attempts to use this time to find the evidence and finally flee her prison, but it’s also the anticipation of seeing Vincente again that has her anxious. Nika knows she’s damaged, and mentally she doesn’t think she will ever be able to trust another man, but that doesn’t stop her from hoping. Unfortunately things don’t work out the way Nika plans and her husbands brutality is epic.
I don’t want to give the story away, but I will say it’s so, so good when Vincente, Caleb, and the rest of the “Family” rally around Nika when they learn of the abuse she has been enduring…
There are several side characters that come into play that we met in A Love of Vengeance, and again in this book…and I love all of them!! I’m so looking forward to all their books!! I am anxious to read the next book, An Obsession with Vengeance (July 2015), which will feature the Tarasove crime family underboss Maksim “Maks” Kirov….and yes, I fell for him too (jeez…I’m such a slut for fictional characters). He broke my heart in this one when something happened with Eva, and he blamed himself. You know from his extreme guilt and actions, he’s a tortured by something in his past.
Lastly, I loved seeing Gabriel and Eva and how their relationship was progressing, and despite the serious subject matter surrounding Nika there were some really funny moments between Gabriel, Eva, and Nika.