Grievous by Nancy Haviland: Review

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Posted August 15, 2016 in review Tags: , ,

Grievous by Nancy Haviland: ReviewGrievous by Nancy Haviland
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Series: Wanted Men #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC
Also by this author: An Obsession with Vengeance
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Yasmeen Michaels’ first hours of life were spent nestled in a cloud of dirty blankets on the front stoop of an orphanage in the Bronx. Even though rejection and loneliness peppered her life, she still fought hard enough to step out of her past a free, independent woman with a bright future ahead of her. Darkness descends when a shocking ripple in the organized crime world sends a grieving Romanian mobster back into her life. Yasmeen wakes to find herself in a centuries-old castle in Romania; claimed not as Lucian Fane’s lover…but as his pet.

Lucian Fane is at ease in his place of power. He unapologetically lords over his business empire right alongside his criminal one. But when tragedy dares to cross his threshold, Lucian is sent into a tailspin and soon finds himself toeing the line between sanity and freedom. With his conscience gone, and in a bid to save his city from his wrath, he plucks an exquisite distraction from her world and tucks her away in his. Only then does he allow his demons free reign.

Even as Yasmeen once more finds herself fighting to hold onto her self-worth, the draw towards the darkness soon becomes too strong to resist. Will she be able to hold tight to her new owner as he freely drifts beyond her reach? Or will Lucian surface long enough to realize he’s pushing his precious pet too far to allow for forgiveness?

Grievous
Nancy Haviland

I simply love this series. I grabbed book one a year or two ago and just loved it! Mafia books are some of my favorites and Haviland writes them very well! Grievous is listed as a stand alone, but honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. Start at the beginning and get to know everyone. You won’t regret it!

Grievous is the story of Lucian Fane and Yasmeen. The book starts at Lucian’s brother’s funeral and this puts Lucian and Yasmeen back together. They slept together 2 years ago but Lucian didn’t want any distractions from his business. Now that he has lost his brother, his priorities have changed. Instead of discussing it with Yasmeen, he drugs her and kidnaps her.

So, needless to say, this is a fairly dark read. While Yasmeen knows Lucian and they have been together before, she was not willingly taken to Romania. She is upset and scared. Lucian is very dominating and tells her that she will be with him until he no longer has a use for her. Yeah…giant asshole. But, that makes the character growth that much better. I still struggled with him though. He is very abrasive and cold. Honestly, I am not sure how his character can be salvaged at this point. He was nearly impossible to relate to in this book. I was a little upset at how easily Yasmeen submitted. I thought she would be feistier.

This book does leave you hanging and Lucian and Yasmeen won’t get the end of their story until 2017. Its also much darker than the previous books in the series and much steamier.

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Darker romances like…

An Act of Obsession by KC Lynn, All the Rage by TM Frazier, Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey…then you will probably like Grievous!

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About Nancy Haviland

Nancy Haviland, author of the bestselling organized crime series, WANTED MEN, writes about her alpha mobsters and their ladies from her home near Toronto, Ontario. She fights for space on her keyboard with her arrogant kitty named Talbot, and adores her Tim Horton’s coffee; as any self-respecting Canadian would. She writes contemporary romantic suspense but will happily read anything that involves two people smooching.

A member of Romance Writers of America, Nancy is represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates, and is published by Montlake Romance/Amazon Publishing.

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