Review: An Obsession with Vengeance


Title: An Obsession with Vengeance (Wanted Men #3)

Author: Nancy Haviland

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat O Meter: R 

Rating: 8 and a 1/2 


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.


Ok, lets start with the obvious-I love mafia books!! Seriously, they are one of my favorite book tropes these days! Nancy Haviland does a great job with the genre too. I liked Sydney a great deal and I didn’t expect that. She is VERY independent but once you get a peek in her world you realize its because she had to be, not because she wanted to be independent. I respect that a lot! In books, we tout the heroines who are strong and independent and thats great; but its just as nice to occasionally see a heroine who can admit that she needs someone to take control for her. I think that a lot of authors couldn’t pull this off as well as Ms. Haviland did because you run the risk of the heroine seeming weak/useless/etc. That is not the case with Sydney. I loved Andrew too-such a great kid!!

Maks was not a character I liked in the previous books. He is a man whore and I HATE the man whores. It seems so common in books today but it is one thing that really just turns me off to books. But, because I enjoyed books 1 and 2 so much, I read this one and I am glad. Yes, Maks is a man whore and, at times, a major douche canoe. However, once he set his sights on Sydney, that was it for him. I’m glad this was multiple POV because you really needed to understand Maks thought process to really ‘get him’.


The pacing of the book felt off at times. There were parts that seemed to drag, then parts that went so fast I felt something was missing. It didn’t affect the overall story, but it did make the book easy for me to put down at times.


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Hey Disciples! If you have been following the blog and Facebook, you know I love a good mafia book. So, Monday’s will be #MafiaMonday. I will share my favorite mafia related books! If you have a mafia book you think I should read, let me know in the comments or on FB! So, to kick off my first #MafiaMonday, here is one of my favorites!


Title: Elite (The Eagle Elite Series book 1)

Author: Rachel Van Dyken (one of my favorite authors!)

Genre: New Adult

Rating: 5 stars

What its about (from goodreads):

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There’s Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn’t long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn’t realize she was the enemy — until it was too late.

Why I loved it:

It was NOT what I expected at all. This is a new adult book that really flipped the script in every great way! Trace was a wonderful character that you felt for on a deep emotional level. I had a serious hate/love relationship with Nixon (hate first, then slowly love). Nixon is damaged and has so many layers to him. I loved that this was part of a series-I was not ready to walk away from all the characters. Rachel Van Dyken has a way of writing that just sucks you in. I couldn’t put the book down, and dove right into the next one (and then the next one, and so on!). This book is one that snuck up on me-I wasn’t sure what I thought at first, and through the first few chapters I was kind of confused. Then, before I realized, I was hooked and wouldn’t put it down!

If you like…

Pretty much anything by Tijan, Made Men Series by Sarah Brianne, Loyalty and Lies by L.A. Cotton, Mobster’s Girl by Amy Rachiele

So, if you are looking for a GREAT mafia book, start with Elite. You can thank me later! What is your favorite mafia book?

Mark it TBR on goodreads

Buy it on Amazon