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Revisit Nancy Haviland’s bestselling mafia series with this prequel novel featuring a Russian mobster who is forced to put vengeance aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father. He sees her. He falls. He proves it by killing for her in a room full of his associates. Now he’ll take her home and try to convince her a love that descends like a hammer is one that can Revisit Nancy Haviland’s bestselling mafia series with this prequel novel featuring a Russian mobster who is forced to put vengeance aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father. He sees her. He falls. He proves it by killing for her in a room full of his associates. Now he’ll take her home and try to convince her a love that descends like a hammer is one that can last a lifetime. She sees him. She stumbles. She proves her sophistication by fainting, then comes to in a Russian mobster’s compound. Now she'll protect herself while experiencing all the things she’s been denied her entire life. **This novel is a prequel to A Love of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) but can be read as a standalone.**


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Revisit Nancy Haviland’s bestselling mafia series with this prequel novel featuring a Russian mobster who is forced to put vengeance aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father. He sees her. He falls. He proves it by killing for her in a room full of his associates. Now he’ll take her home and try to convince her a love that descends like a hammer is one that can Revisit Nancy Haviland’s bestselling mafia series with this prequel novel featuring a Russian mobster who is forced to put vengeance aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father. He sees her. He falls. He proves it by killing for her in a room full of his associates. Now he’ll take her home and try to convince her a love that descends like a hammer is one that can last a lifetime. She sees him. She stumbles. She proves her sophistication by fainting, then comes to in a Russian mobster’s compound. Now she'll protect herself while experiencing all the things she’s been denied her entire life. **This novel is a prequel to A Love of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) but can be read as a standalone.**

30 review for Vengeance Aside

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selene

    Genre: Romance Tone: Mostly playful POVs: Dual, third person The aftermath of a deadly attack brings allies together to share intel on the possible suspects. Lukas Zavrazin’s father, Kostya, is critically injured and only has one concern for his eldest son: get married and produce some heirs. Magdalene Dale Vaner is down on her luck. After walking in on her friends-with-benefits/ roommate naked with another woman, she sets her sights on a new sperm donor. She’s twenty-two years-old and is desperate Genre: Romance Tone: Mostly playful POVs: Dual, third person The aftermath of a deadly attack brings allies together to share intel on the possible suspects. Lukas Zavrazin’s father, Kostya, is critically injured and only has one concern for his eldest son: get married and produce some heirs. Magdalene Dale Vaner is down on her luck. After walking in on her friends-with-benefits/ roommate naked with another woman, she sets her sights on a new sperm donor. She’s twenty-two years-old and is desperate to have a child. Lukas instantly falls for her and wants to start the heir-producing process as soon as possible. Humor is the centerpiece of this story and it’s been a long while since I spent time in the Wanted Men world but I was only concerned about one thing... Loved? I forgot how meddlesome these men were! From Vasily's wise voice of reason to Maksim’s low-key reporting on wherever there was drama, I missed all of the Bratva men and would’ve loved more scenes with the guys together. ► Overall, I liked this book but didn’t love it. I didn’t feel the connection between Lukas and Dale even though they had some great steamy times together. The dialogue between them seemed so forced and I couldn’t relate to Dale. There was the usual designer wardrobe/ flashy vehicle name dropping, but the murderous-rich-guy-sweeps-poor-girl-away-and-blankets-her-in-all-of-his-wealth trope wasn’t as satisfying this time around. The upside? No need to refresh your memory by re-reading the old books in this series because there’s a fantastic character list at the end of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    5 “Mr. Murdery” Stars!! Nancy Haviland has once again enthralled me with her powerful writing ability to totally captivate me and suck me into a world that I wish I was part of! Which as a reader is saying something since I normally avoid the dark gritty world of “Mafia Romance”. In Vengeance Aside we meet Lukas and Dale who have an instant connection in this sizzling addition to Nancy Haviland’s “Wanted Men” series. The chemistry and attraction between Lukas and Dale was off the charts hot 5 “Mr. Murdery” Stars!! Nancy Haviland has once again enthralled me with her powerful writing ability to totally captivate me and suck me into a world that I wish I was part of! Which as a reader is saying something since I normally avoid the dark gritty world of “Mafia Romance”. In Vengeance Aside we meet Lukas and Dale who have an instant connection in this sizzling addition to Nancy Haviland’s “Wanted Men” series. The chemistry and attraction between Lukas and Dale was off the charts hot. It was instant, palpable, and I was on the edge of my seat with giddy anticipation to see how things would play out between them. Lukas is a fantastic addition to the Wanted Men family and Magdalene (Dale) is his soul mate in every sense of the word, now he just needs to convince her that he is her soul mate as well. Dale has experienced emotional abuse, loss, and tragedy at an early age, so she has learned to emotionally and physically shut down and shut people out to protect herself from feeling anything for anyone….until Lukas. I loved Dale, I found her witty, a bit neurotic, vulnerable yet strong, intelligent and (eventually) a very loving and loyal mate to Lukas. "Now, you’ve been claimed, you’ve accepted me, light and dark, and you’ll never forget who you belong to." Lukas enters Dale's life like a frigging wrecking ball and will stop at nothing to break down all her walls to make her see that they belong together. Lukas is all alpha, with a possessive attitude and an unwavering devotion to Dale. He knew after one look that Dale was his. Lukas persistence, patience, and the thoughtfulness he displayed with Dale was incredibly charming and enduring. Oh dear lord, how does NH write such amazing characters and storylines, how does she manage to write men who are completely, unapologeticly, and utterly ruthless, who have very dark sides, and yet they also have the ability to be tender, loving and patient, who are scary protective, honorable, and completely loyal? I’m totally and thoroughly captivated and I’m in love with each and every one of her hero’s (however, Maks from An Obsession with Vengeance totally owns my heart!). All-in-all another fantastic journey into the world of Nancy Haviland’s Wanted Men. I loved that Vasily, Maks, and a few others from the previous books are included in this Prequel. I absolutely loved this addition to the series and I cannot wait for more!! *ARC generously provided by Author for an honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

    “As she struggled to form words, she was knocked further into the nether by a blast of lust so genuine and innocent she could only describe it as pristine.” I don’t even know why that line grabbed me by the proverbial nuts, but it did. It tugged away at me and I feel it perfectly described the connection that was shared by Lukas and Magdalena. Lukas’ father was shot in the head and is in the hospital. In his weakness, he calls on Lukas to step up, settle down, and produce some heirs. With no p “As she struggled to form words, she was knocked further into the nether by a blast of lust so genuine and innocent she could only describe it as pristine.” I don’t even know why that line grabbed me by the proverbial nuts, but it did. It tugged away at me and I feel it perfectly described the connection that was shared by Lukas and Magdalena. Lukas’ father was shot in the head and is in the hospital. In his weakness, he calls on Lukas to step up, settle down, and produce some heirs. With no prospect in sight, his brother sets him up with ‘Dale’, a woman Lukas assumes is a ‘chubby comedian’. His assumption made me laugh. However, there was no amusement to be found when he set eyes on the woman of his dreams. Desperate to make her his, he tells his brother to cancel any plans with this Dale - not even realizing that his dream woman IS Dale! Silly, sexy man. Ah, no matter. He’s laying claim. Too bad Dale doesn’t trust him with her heart as easily as he’s willing to trust her with his. Thankfully, Lukas was far more patient than I gave him credit for and thanks to him, this turned out to be an incredibly beautiful love story. While Lukas killed a man for Dale during their first meeting, it was somewhat romantic. If you kind of squint your eyes, tilt your head, and throw your morals out the window lol. Seriously, Lukas was willing to do every and any thing for Dale. She was his one. And while she fought a long and hard battle to deny the inevitable, he was hers. I loved their banter, their intimacy, and their growth. There was plenty of action and so many characters to get to know that I’m sure they’ll make additional appearances throughout the series. This was an amazing glimpse into the crazy and unique world that belongs to Nancy Haviland’s Bratva and I’m excited to see what and who else this author will churn out next! Release Date: November 21, 2017 Genre: Mafia Romance POV: Dual - 3rd person Heat: 3.5 out of 5 Type: Standalone - Prequel novel (#0.5) of the Wanted Men series

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    Title: Vengeance Aside (Wanted Men #0.5) Author: Nancy Haviland Genre: Mafia, Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 21, 2017 When I saw that this book was going to be release I literally went "Give me! Give me! Give me!" *Grabby-Hands* The Wanted Series is definitely one of my favourite mafia series so it was no surprise that I wanted..No... Needed this book! Vengeance Aside is the prequel to A Love Of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) and it can be read as a standalone. Title: Vengeance Aside (Wanted Men #0.5) Author: Nancy Haviland Genre: Mafia, Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 21, 2017 When I saw that this book was going to be release I literally went "Give me! Give me! Give me!" *Grabby-Hands* The Wanted Series is definitely one of my favourite mafia series so it was no surprise that I wanted..No... Needed this book! Vengeance Aside is the prequel to A Love Of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) and it can be read as a standalone. Vengeance Aside has been an interesting read, I was so excited to receive an ARC but once I started I wasn't feeling it but then 10% in and I was sucked into it. It was a slow burn romance in the most unconventional slow-burn kind of way. The storyline starts with a bang but for me, it took a while for the story to find it's 'feet'. After that, I couldn't stop! Lukas and Magdalena (Dale) are an envy-worthy couple. Lukas is the Sovietnik aka advisor for the Russian Mafia aka the Bratvas. He is literally THE angel of Death. He is death wrapped up in the form of the most beautiful man you've ever come across. Lukas is a contradiction, he can also be a soft hearted man but with a ruthless streak. He can be like a bulldozer ..plowing through anything he feels is a threat. Somehow when he gets angry, it creates a haze of violence thats willing to destroy any prospect of danger yet on the flip side he can be the most patient loyal person ever. Dale on the other hand, is generous and courageous. Dale is also so reserved and closed off that sometimes it gets kind of frustrating but I understand her predicament. For a while, her motto in life was 'The less you care, the less you feel' but Lukas slowly cut away the vines around her heart and gave her a safety net, a shoulder to lean on. She also has a rebellious streak to her- something which would bother some but to Lukas, he appreciated the fact that she wouldn't be a submissive little mouse awaiting her next command. I have to say, her rebellious/impudent nature is almost worth having a 'slow-clap' moment . hahaha! All in all, I loved reading this book! I highly recommend it! For more reviews and giveaways follow my blog at www.jemimajamir.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Expresso

    Allow me to introduce the newest Wanted Man, our guy, Lukas Zavrazin! Tall, dark, incredibly sexy, richer than Midas, ruthless when appropriate, tough, Russian, and most important, he has a heart of GOLD! Nancy’s writing is unparalleled! The “feels” her writing inspires is nothing short of amazing! Initially I had a bit of anxiety wondering how Lukas would fit in with our boys. Why? Well prior to his story we knew absolutely nothing about him which meant he was a total stranger. I didn’t know if Allow me to introduce the newest Wanted Man, our guy, Lukas Zavrazin! Tall, dark, incredibly sexy, richer than Midas, ruthless when appropriate, tough, Russian, and most important, he has a heart of GOLD! Nancy’s writing is unparalleled! The “feels” her writing inspires is nothing short of amazing! Initially I had a bit of anxiety wondering how Lukas would fit in with our boys. Why? Well prior to his story we knew absolutely nothing about him which meant he was a total stranger. I didn’t know if he would add or distract from the impeccable chemistry our boys have as a team. However, my fears were totally unnecessary. Lukas is a wonderful addition to the family! His soulmate, Magdalene (Dale) is his match in every way and is definitely a WM woman! Dale has experienced tragedy. She’s learn to protect herself and has performed admirably...well until Lukas the hurricane comes in and completely OWNS her! What a friggin ride. Dale doesn’t have a snowballs chance in Greece of denying Lukas! I am ecstatic my boys are back in town! This story is fabulous and yummy and delicious and oh sooooooo divine! Five stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    Every time I pick up one of Nancy Haviland's books I always think yes, I'm going to love it but it can't be as addictive as the last one, and every time this author blows everything out of the water and I become completely obsessed with her latest addition to the Wanted Men family. Sharp, dangerous, and oh so goddamn sexy, VENGEANCE ASIDE brings Lukas and Dale into our lives and hearts with such finesse and expertise that you feel you have known them forever. When Lukas almost loses his beloved f Every time I pick up one of Nancy Haviland's books I always think yes, I'm going to love it but it can't be as addictive as the last one, and every time this author blows everything out of the water and I become completely obsessed with her latest addition to the Wanted Men family. Sharp, dangerous, and oh so goddamn sexy, VENGEANCE ASIDE brings Lukas and Dale into our lives and hearts with such finesse and expertise that you feel you have known them forever. When Lukas almost loses his beloved father it opens up his eyes to the importance of family and finding someone to love and make babies with. Hoping to give his father something to live for, Lukas tells him that he has found his other half, his soulmate even though nothing could be further from the truth. But when he sets eyes on her, Lukas instantly knows he has found the missing piece of his soul and he will not take no for an answer ... ​Dale has learned the hard way that shutting down on your feelings is the only way to stay safe and protected from pain. Independent and strong spirited, Dale has never really known the love of a family but does what she has to do to remain unentangled from love and emotions. That was until she met him. Invading her every thought and every sense, Dale wants this man like no other, but how can she trust him with her heart when she knows him and him alone would hold the power to destroy her? With danger, family, and unbelievable chemistry, VENGEANCE ASIDE by Nancy Haviland is yet another top class, captivating read that will take you over body and soul and make you yearn for more. Every time I start one of Nancy's books I'm so excited and as the pages pass I start to dread getting to the end because I never want to leave this world of men that make your breath hitch, and fiery women who give as good as they get. Many would call Nancy the Queen of Mafia Romance and I whole-heartedly agree. Nancy Haviland is now synonymous with Mafia Romance in my mind and whatever this author releases will always wing its way to the top of my tbr pile because it is guaranteed perfection. So if you haven't guessed from my review so far - you need to read this book, you need to read this series, and you need to make Nancy Haviland one of your go-to authors. Happy reading!! *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the author

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allena

    The Queen of Mafia romance has delivered another five star read that will grab hold of you and never let go. Long after you read the words “The End” these characters and their story will remain with you. Fantastic H/h, secondary characters that add a rich background to the bratva mystique and a storyline that unfolds into a beautiful love story. Read along and watch as Luckas heals Dale with patience and love and Dale learns to let go and feel. If you're a first time reader you will meet and hea The Queen of Mafia romance has delivered another five star read that will grab hold of you and never let go. Long after you read the words “The End” these characters and their story will remain with you. Fantastic H/h, secondary characters that add a rich background to the bratva mystique and a storyline that unfolds into a beautiful love story. Read along and watch as Luckas heals Dale with patience and love and Dale learns to let go and feel. If you're a first time reader you will meet and hear of the fantastic characters of the Wanted Men series and enter a world like no other. Already a fan? You won’t be disappointed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha K

    4 1/2 Stars This is a mafia romance with no cheating, no ow drama and no non-consent/forced seduction. In fact, there are no triggers that I can think of and it has a hea. (view spoiler)[ The H falls hard for the h. He takes one look at the h and knows she's "it" for him. He wants to marry her and make babies with her. The h, on the other hand, just wants to sleep with the H with no strings. She doesn't believe in hea's. I really liked that she didn't fall instantly in love with the H as it tends t 4 1/2 Stars This is a mafia romance with no cheating, no ow drama and no non-consent/forced seduction. In fact, there are no triggers that I can think of and it has a hea. (view spoiler)[ The H falls hard for the h. He takes one look at the h and knows she's "it" for him. He wants to marry her and make babies with her. The h, on the other hand, just wants to sleep with the H with no strings. She doesn't believe in hea's. I really liked that she didn't fall instantly in love with the H as it tends to lessen a story and make it feel less believable to me. I'm good with a H falling instanly in love though, lol and I love it when he has to work to convince the h. (Especially if he has to chase her. That's catnip to me.) This H did have to work to convince the h and I loved it. “Why are you so sure things will go your way when I’ve already told you I won’t have a relationship with you? Which means there won’t be any boys or girls to tell our story to,” she forced herself to add even though it…hurt? .............. A few sentences later............ Oblivious to her inner struggle, Lukas made a shrugging motion that wasn’t really a shrug. “Because fighting it is futile. Our future together was decided the moment I saw you.” See? her heart whispered, scaring the shit out of her. “Decided by whom?” “The powers that be. God. The fates. You may choose whichever one suits you.” Several pages later..... “I think it would be best if you just took me home.” He slowly shook his head. “If I have sex with you first, will you take me home after?” He couldn’t stop his grin at that hopeful tone. “Once we have sex, you’ll be home.” Oh yeah! There was some good stuff here! (hide spoiler)] Some minor things to note - The writing was great though there were a few editing issues - things like piece instead of peace. It wasn't prevalent throughout the book and didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. The sex was delayed and didn't happen until the 74% mark though there was an intimate foreplay scene prior to that. Also, I liked the first half of the book more than the second half due to the h giving in to the H too soon imo. I wanted them to have sex and have the h try to get away, deny they were in a relationship or something along those lines. There was some great potential for some hot j/p scenes with that type of scenerio that didn't occur. Don't get me wrong, the H is very possessive and wants to kill the man she had lived with prior to meeting him. It's just that being a j/p aficionado, I can never get enough of that, lol. The first half of the book was 5 stars, the second half 4 stars due to the h giving in to the H too soon in regards to marriage, love and babies. Also, there felt like there was a lot of dialogue where they were discussing their relationship with the H trying to convince the h he wanted forever with her. I wanted things to move forward, to get to the sex and for more time to elapse between their first meeting and the h acceding to their marriage. One week from meeting someone until marriage felt too quick to me. Other than that, I really enjoyed this one and will be reading more from this author. I was very impressed and happy I read this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    ★★★★★ Can I give this more than 5 stars?! ★★★★★ Right off the bat, I want it known that I LOVED this book! ❤ ❥ ❤ I ❤ Lukas Zavrazin I ❤ Dale I ❤ this book. A while ago I found Nancy Haviland and her Wanted Men while perusing Amazon for a book to read. Lo and behold, I already had the first in the series, A Love of Vengeance, and realized it had even been recommended to me by a few different people. So I dove in and devoured the series, falling in love with each character and their stories. But the d ★★★★★ Can I give this more than 5 stars?! ★★★★★ Right off the bat, I want it known that I LOVED this book! ❤ ❥ ❤ I ❤ Lukas Zavrazin I ❤ Dale I ❤ this book. A while ago I found Nancy Haviland and her Wanted Men while perusing Amazon for a book to read. Lo and behold, I already had the first in the series, A Love of Vengeance, and realized it had even been recommended to me by a few different people. So I dove in and devoured the series, falling in love with each character and their stories. But the downside to that was that I found myself impatient for more. (surprising right ;)) Well, I was beyond thrilled and grateful when Ms. Haviland asked if I'd like an arc for review purposes of her newest release! I think my reply was something along the lines of: This book was amazing. It had all the characteristics from the others in the series I loved, with a little more. Now, this may be because I'm in the freshly finished high stage, but I feel like Lukas had a touch more..... possessive psycho in him than the other guys. Except for maybe Maksim ;) I mean, killing a man for the woman he's determined to be his within the first hour of knowing her.... That's love ❤❤❤❤❤ And then threatening to kill again just a short time later... I was in heaven Anywho... This was another amazing addition to the series. Lukas and Dale were perfect together and I was so invested in their story. One of my favorite things, Dale was such a strong woman. Her life hadn't been the best but she didn't let that hold her back. She was determined to get the one thing she wanted, and not to let anyone in to hurt her. Luckily, Lukas was able to break through her walls. There was a little drama that the boys had to take care of, which was done very well. ;) I loved the appearances of Vasily, Maksim and Micha. I really enjoy Ms. Havilands writing style and her books just pull me in and won't let go. Vengeance Aside has definitely been added to my top favorites and will for sure be reread and probably soon! :) *Arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!* Reread #2 And it was still just as awesome as the first and second time! ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    WendyW ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Books

    How could a guy be both adorable and psychotic at the same time, ….. I have always loved possessive, protective, ultra alpha males and Nancy Haviland has cornered the market on them. Each and everyone of them are badass mafia men that belong to a bratva or some organization and do unthinkable illegal acts. But there is one commonality amongst them and that is the way they worship and treat their women. They are men of honor and are devoted to family. Lukas Zavrazin, Pakhan in training, (and my How could a guy be both adorable and psychotic at the same time, ….. I have always loved possessive, protective, ultra alpha males and Nancy Haviland has cornered the market on them. Each and everyone of them are badass mafia men that belong to a bratva or some organization and do unthinkable illegal acts. But there is one commonality amongst them and that is the way they worship and treat their women. They are men of honor and are devoted to family. Lukas Zavrazin, Pakhan in training, (and my next BBF), is a dominating, unrelenting, powerful force. He is a violent whirlwind that unapologetically takes what he believes he is entitled to. Dale (Magdelana) comes across as collected and composed, but she is an empath and has built up so many walls to shut out any emotional connection. She doesn’t do people or attachments. When the two meet it’s a connection, a moment. A moment where both glimpsed something within the other. It was in that moment that Lukas knew she was his. She didn’t stand a chance against the domineering russian force. She belonged to him and it was not to be disputed. He just had to mentally get Dale on board. Vengeance Aside is a dynamite packed, impetuous mafia romance that provides the reader an intensity of emotions and action. I was ecstatic to see many of our “regular” Wanted Men play supporting roles within this story. If you haven’t read any of Nancy’s Wanted Men books this one can be read without doing so, but you would be missing out on some of the connotations and references. I would recommend all her books if you love mafia and the men associated with it. 5* Mr. Murdery Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lori K

    Every single time I read a new Nancy Haviland book I say - 'This is my most favorite!'; Vengeance Aside is no exception! I really, really loved Dale. She was funny, vulnerable and so interesting. I find I often only tolerate heroines, finding them annoying, not so with the Wanted Men series. I thought she was just fantastic and her reactions were so genuine. Now, Lukas? So, so very hot! Swoon, swoon, swoon! 100% Alpha awesomeness from start to finish. I loved the secondary characters and the gli Every single time I read a new Nancy Haviland book I say - 'This is my most favorite!'; Vengeance Aside is no exception! I really, really loved Dale. She was funny, vulnerable and so interesting. I find I often only tolerate heroines, finding them annoying, not so with the Wanted Men series. I thought she was just fantastic and her reactions were so genuine. Now, Lukas? So, so very hot! Swoon, swoon, swoon! 100% Alpha awesomeness from start to finish. I loved the secondary characters and the glimpses of the other Wanted Men characters from previous books. The mafia aspect, as always, was so intense and intriguing. Can't wait for more! *ARC generously provided by Author for an honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I have to admit that when I first heard about this book I was apprehensive about how I'd feel about the characters and their story. I'm a diehard fan of Nancy Haviland's Wanted Men series, but it's always nerve-wracking "meeting" new people. Well, Lukas and Magdalena (Dale) are wonderful! Lukas deserves his place with the rest of the Wanted Men and Dale is smart, strong, and has such a great sense of humor that you'll fall in love with her immediately. I love Dale's nickname for Lukas - "Mr Murd I have to admit that when I first heard about this book I was apprehensive about how I'd feel about the characters and their story. I'm a diehard fan of Nancy Haviland's Wanted Men series, but it's always nerve-wracking "meeting" new people. Well, Lukas and Magdalena (Dale) are wonderful! Lukas deserves his place with the rest of the Wanted Men and Dale is smart, strong, and has such a great sense of humor that you'll fall in love with her immediately. I love Dale's nickname for Lukas - "Mr Murdery". Their story is set before the beginning of the WM series so it was interesting to see the characters we've already come to know and love (or not) before everything changes in their lives. I'm looking forward to getting to know the Zavrazin family and crew more in future books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rithy

    Oh my Goodness! This book was simply Perfection! It was a perfect blend of action, intrigue romance and you can't help but simply fall in love with all the characters!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanaver Quiñones

    Amazing.!!! I finished the book the same i started. I didn't have the chance to review it, so here it goes. Nancy never seize to amaze me. I loved every moment of this story and the fact that you united this family with the original WM was done marvelously. I can't wait to read more of this world and these men. Lukas and Magdalena are an amazing couple. The way he was with her says a lot about him and who he truly is. He is a family man and she was perfect for him. Their insta love was more than wh Amazing.!!! I finished the book the same i started. I didn't have the chance to review it, so here it goes. Nancy never seize to amaze me. I loved every moment of this story and the fact that you united this family with the original WM was done marvelously. I can't wait to read more of this world and these men. Lukas and Magdalena are an amazing couple. The way he was with her says a lot about him and who he truly is. He is a family man and she was perfect for him. Their insta love was more than what I expected, so beautiful.!!! I'm looking forward to more.!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Autum (Escape between the Covers)

    Love Wanted Men What can I say except she's done it again! Lukas and Dale's story is exceptional and held me captivated. We got to see a few favorites and met new ones. That I hope I get to meet again (holds hands in a praying manner)Thank you Ms. Nancy Haviland for writing such wonderful books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Lukas needs to find a wife to honor his fathers wishes, when his brother comes to his aid and suggest Dale, a worker at the club, as someone his father would like he takes the offering wanting to meet her. Dale isn't sure what it is about Lukas but the attraction is immediate but when he starts talking about marriage and children, she thinks he is crazy. Lukas had always been told by his father when he meets the one he would know it and Dale is it. Now he has to convince the outspoken woman he i Lukas needs to find a wife to honor his fathers wishes, when his brother comes to his aid and suggest Dale, a worker at the club, as someone his father would like he takes the offering wanting to meet her. Dale isn't sure what it is about Lukas but the attraction is immediate but when he starts talking about marriage and children, she thinks he is crazy. Lukas had always been told by his father when he meets the one he would know it and Dale is it. Now he has to convince the outspoken woman he is playing for keeps. I have read almost the whole series and this one is up there on my favorite list. Lukas was different then I expected and the banter is just what you want with a story like this. I loved this, absolutely an instant favorite and I definitely will be rereading this again and again

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anima

    Russian mobsters done right. Haviland writes strong alpha types with murdering streak like nobody else. Lukas, next in line in mobster royalty, needs a wife according to his father. An instant connection with Dale, a woman with a lonely past, solidifies the thought of a family with lots of babies. They have the fastest romance ever. Similar to the others in the series we witness the hardcore life of the mafia but unlike the others this is more romantic. It's very easy to fall for Lukas and his o Russian mobsters done right. Haviland writes strong alpha types with murdering streak like nobody else. Lukas, next in line in mobster royalty, needs a wife according to his father. An instant connection with Dale, a woman with a lonely past, solidifies the thought of a family with lots of babies. They have the fastest romance ever. Similar to the others in the series we witness the hardcore life of the mafia but unlike the others this is more romantic. It's very easy to fall for Lukas and his overprotective alpha ways. This can be read at anytime, any order, just remember it's a prequel. I received a copy from the author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed by Gemini Vengeance Aside is a prequel to Nancy Haviland’s Wanted Men Series. I have read every book in the series and am a huge fan. I have very mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I can always appreciate a brooding and lethal mobster. On the other hand, I like my books to have some realistic elements regardless of the fact that it is fiction. There is just so much in this book that is unrealistic that I struggled with even finishing it. That’s significant because I have bee Reviewed by Gemini Vengeance Aside is a prequel to Nancy Haviland’s Wanted Men Series. I have read every book in the series and am a huge fan. I have very mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I can always appreciate a brooding and lethal mobster. On the other hand, I like my books to have some realistic elements regardless of the fact that it is fiction. There is just so much in this book that is unrealistic that I struggled with even finishing it. That’s significant because I have been waiting a long time for the next book in this series which would have featured different characters. Vengeance Aside is about Lukas Zavrazin who is the advisor to his Russian Mobster father Kostya Zavrazin and their bratva in Houston, Texas. Lukas and his younger brother Samuel grew up in the mob life but their parents were loving people and are nothing like one would expect. A near fatal gunshot to Kostya forces him to pressure Lukas to get married and have children. The request comes as a sort of a dying wish so Lukas is desperate to make the wish come true. Samuel comes up with the idea of introducing Lukas to a young lady that works at the nightclub that Samuel owns and Lukas is a silent partner. Her name is Magdalena “Dale” Vaner. Dale doesn’t do relationships because of her very loveless and tragic childhood. She just wants to have a baby so she has something that could never leave her. When Lukas lays eyes on Dale, it’s love at first sight but Dale will not acknowledge it. It doesn’t help that Lukas is already talking marriage and babies within hours of their meeting. Plus, Lukas even kills someone in front of Dale to protect her honor. She freaks out but not enough to run away. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Without giving too much away, Dale sees all of these warning signs but ignores them all and moves forward with their relationship. I’m all for a good happily ever after but this one was inconceivable from start to finish. I did enjoy the action in and out of the sheets. I could also appreciate the message that the author was trying to convey. I just didn’t believe any of it. I sure hope that the next book gets back on track. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

  19. 5 out of 5

    theBookWolf

    2.5 stars Oh man I was so disappointed after reading this. I read A Love for Vengeance a couple months back and I really loved it and gave it a pretty high rating so I was really sad when I really ended up not liking this book. So many things bothered me and most of them had got to do with how possessive and domineering Lukas was. I went into this book ready to have an alpha male lead but I wasn't ready for Lukas. He was just the OTT possessive alpha I just don't like to have as my hero. I also r 2.5 stars Oh man I was so disappointed after reading this. I read A Love for Vengeance a couple months back and I really loved it and gave it a pretty high rating so I was really sad when I really ended up not liking this book. So many things bothered me and most of them had got to do with how possessive and domineering Lukas was. I went into this book ready to have an alpha male lead but I wasn't ready for Lukas. He was just the OTT possessive alpha I just don't like to have as my hero. I also read a couple reviews saying there will be insta-love but watching him fight for the girl would be sweet so that was what I was excited to read about, instead, I everything Lukas did to make Dale stay with him just seemed creepy rather than romantic. He pretty much kidnapped and forced her to stay with him so that he could marry him. And Dale wasn't any better. Her common sense and reasonings were clouded by the her libido and her need to have babies. Instead of being creeped out by the things Lukas did, she was just turned on. There were times when she acknowledged that what he was doing wasn't right but her libido always won in the end. I mean the guy straight up killed a man in front of her on the first night they met. But it was for her so it was supposed to be romantic right? Look when I read mafia themed books I prefer the men to be actual badass and doing slightly morally wrong things but to kill someone just because he was being inappropriate to a woman you are also being inappropriate to btw just turned me off. There were many things here and there that really I really didn't like. There are a lot more but here are a few examples: “I won’t fight your need for anything, except freedom. You no longer possess the right to that.” UHHHH WTH this was supposed to be romantic??? Ok I get it they are in the mafia and she had to be careful now but omg I hate this quote. “He was amused, and appreciated that she wouldn’t be a submissive little mouse awaiting her next command. Though, once they got to a certain point in their relationship, that might be nice, too. In bed, at least.” Oh great another guy who loves a feisty mouth on a woman but expects her to lose that feisty mouth once they are together. SWOONNN “I didn’t think it would be important to anyone,” she admitted. He released her. “I would have treasured that sweet cherry for the rest of my fucking life.” Oh, shiiit. “I’m…I’m sorry I didn’t save it for you,” she offered, feeling like she had to. Was that regret settling around her heart?” Is she seriously regretting not saving her virginity for him :o “She understands that when her husband puts his foot down, it means he’s either protecting her or trying to find some piece of mind. She loves him enough to give him that without causing unnecessary drama. I’m confident you’ll soon do the same for me.” GAHHHH Ok these were not all but they were the only ones I remembered to highlight. And they way they kept referencing babies as if it was a sure thing was so uncomfortable for me to read. This book had potential and some lines were actually sweet but then Lukas will continue to say something OTT alpha related and the moment is gone. I don't remember Gabriel in A love for Vengeance to be that bad. In fact, I thought he was a pretty good hero in that story. In this one it just seemed like physical attraction was their only connection which was why I was so disappointed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Khanique McDaniel

    I am not certain why it took me so long to finish this one because I was into the beginning despite it being a love at first sight novel. When I say love at first sight, I ain't joking either. The entirety of this novel took place in a week with a 4 months skip epilogue and while I didn't mind it being a insta-love thing, I just wish it was expounded upon with some more pages and time. It's a good story with great characters but falling in love on the first page doesn't excuse proper character/re I am not certain why it took me so long to finish this one because I was into the beginning despite it being a love at first sight novel. When I say love at first sight, I ain't joking either. The entirety of this novel took place in a week with a 4 months skip epilogue and while I didn't mind it being a insta-love thing, I just wish it was expounded upon with some more pages and time. It's a good story with great characters but falling in love on the first page doesn't excuse proper character/relationship development. I also still don't know who these people are as I swore this would be Vasily's novel. I don't remember a Lukas and Dale because it's been so damn long since I read a novel in this series or since one came out. They definitely weren't main characters so maybe they were mentioned or visited because they seem to have an in with EVERYBODY! Dale is a strong female character who had lust at first sight but I loved seeing her war with her intense emotions and how she swept it all under the rug until she was ready to deal with it. I aim to be her. Lukas was pretty to the point, intense and brutal. I loved his POV, when I could decipher who's POV I was reading and I love his acceptance and dominance when in the role of mafia prince. (view spoiler)[Also, kudos on not following through with a cliche by killing the dad! (hide spoiler)] The supporting characters weren't bad either but we barely spent any time with them. Riddled with conflict and emotions, we somehow found a way to skate those as well. This was the perfect base of a Russian mafia novel. I didn't even know that Russians had crazy pregnancy traditions ... unless the author made this up? But the strong family ties and inconspicuous way of handling business, was a welcomed change. I will miss these two characters and only wish I could remember who they were before this novel and that we had gotten the opportunity to see them grow and achieve their pillow talk goals.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Trix

    Vengeance Aside, is the most recent addition to the extraordinary and unforgettable WANTED MEN series by Nancy Haviland. Vengeance Aside introduces the powerful Zavrazin family who dominates the Mafia underworld in and around Houston, Texas. It was written as a prequel, in the series, as this story takes place before Gabriel and Eva’s story, A Love of Vengeance. Lucas Zavrazin, Sovietnik and eldest son to the Pakhan of the Zavrazin Organization, is out for blood after his beloved father is wounde Vengeance Aside, is the most recent addition to the extraordinary and unforgettable WANTED MEN series by Nancy Haviland. Vengeance Aside introduces the powerful Zavrazin family who dominates the Mafia underworld in and around Houston, Texas. It was written as a prequel, in the series, as this story takes place before Gabriel and Eva’s story, A Love of Vengeance. Lucas Zavrazin, Sovietnik and eldest son to the Pakhan of the Zavrazin Organization, is out for blood after his beloved father is wounded. Lucas will do anything to ensure that his father gets well again, and therefore he puts his need for vengeance against those who wronged his family, on hold to fulfil his father’s wish to see him happy with a woman of his own to love. He reluctantly agrees to pretend that Dale (Magdalene) Vaner, a server at his brother’s nightclub, is his girlfriend, but fate steps in and Lucas and Dale fall in love the moment they lay eyes on each other. Lucas, law unto himself, claims Dale as his own, despite all her insecurities and tendency to build walls around herself. Lucas’s love for Dale made me think of Maya Angelou’s words: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Like all the other WANTED MEN Alpha males we know and love, Lucas Zavrazin vows to love and protect his Magdalene with tenderness, care and patience; and that is exactly what he does - which for me, is the best part of this beautiful love story. Author Nancy Haviland captures the magic of love at first sight - a love for which even vengeance is put aside.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Books 2 Blog

    What a book to close out my 2017 reading list on! The expected meets the unexpected is an understatement when Dale crashes into Lukas Zavrazin. I must admit I was a little nervous with this story because it had an insta-love feel but hot damn the author blew me away with this phenomenal addition to her Wanted Men series. When certain things are revealed and the intense attraction between Lukas and Dale, all my nerves went away and I was on the edge for a different reason: I wanted them to work o What a book to close out my 2017 reading list on! The expected meets the unexpected is an understatement when Dale crashes into Lukas Zavrazin. I must admit I was a little nervous with this story because it had an insta-love feel but hot damn the author blew me away with this phenomenal addition to her Wanted Men series. When certain things are revealed and the intense attraction between Lukas and Dale, all my nerves went away and I was on the edge for a different reason: I wanted them to work out! Even when I took a break, I could not stop thinking about the story. This book is that good! Dale is the most unlikeliest character I would have imagined in the world of the Russian bratva. Her wit and her internal talks made me laugh and gave me the feels all at the same time. My heart bled a little for her when it came to her family. Yes, this author gave me not just a sexy alpha male (which Lukas…sigh Lukas!) but she also gave life to an unforgettable female character. Her heartbreak truly felt like my heartbreak. While Dale charmed her way into my heart with her personality, Lukas burrowed in right next to her with his incredible patience and personality with Dale. The banter between Lukas and Dale is epic and gave these characters a unique dimension for a bratva couple. Yes, Mr. Murdery definitely checked all my boxes: hot, sexy, alpha, a man with a heart. The entire Wanted Men series is a must read. Vengeance Aside has earned a spot on my re-read shelf. 5 stars B2B Mila

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Johnson

    I have enjoyed every single book in the Wanted Men series, so I was excited to read another one. Vengeance Aside was just as worthy a read as the rest and grabbed my attention from page one. Nancy Haviland has a way of forcing you into a story, making you feel as if you are a part of it, as it he characters are people you know and love and making you feel each bit of emotion displayed. Lukas and Dale's story was a quick, yet fulfilling read. It's a Mafia story - but it's so much more than that. I have enjoyed every single book in the Wanted Men series, so I was excited to read another one. Vengeance Aside was just as worthy a read as the rest and grabbed my attention from page one. Nancy Haviland has a way of forcing you into a story, making you feel as if you are a part of it, as it he characters are people you know and love and making you feel each bit of emotion displayed. Lukas and Dale's story was a quick, yet fulfilling read. It's a Mafia story - but it's so much more than that. There's a bit of suspense, there's an air of mystery, of danger, and there's also serious chemistry and an amazing connection between Dale and Lukas that not only makes their romance believable but makes it seem destined in a way. One of the things I enjoy most about this series is the variety of characters within the pages. From hardcore mafia men, to strong and sassy women. Some with more possessiveness, different strengths and different histories. But each character has something that draws a reader into the story - into their lives. Dale might be one of my more favorite heroines, she's been through a lot in her life, but she hasn't really held on to bitterness. Yes it has affected her - but not in all the ways you'd expect. Vengeance Aside is another winning standalone in the Wanted Men series, full of all the usual goodness of a mafia romance with it's own compelling special addtions that will have you all in within the first chapter and holding on while you enjoy the ride.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Pierson

    Vengeance Aside is a Wanted Men prequel novel that was amazing in my opinion. See most of the time a prequel is something short, but what I loved so much other than the obvious being that it was in a series that I LOVE by the brilliant Nancy Haviland, is that it was full sized, which made me so very happy. It goes back to tell Lukas and Magdalena aka Dale's story. He's the Sovietnik for the Russian Mafia (Bratvas). who is complicated man, ruthless, and yet, has a big heart. Loyal, but will take Vengeance Aside is a Wanted Men prequel novel that was amazing in my opinion. See most of the time a prequel is something short, but what I loved so much other than the obvious being that it was in a series that I LOVE by the brilliant Nancy Haviland, is that it was full sized, which made me so very happy. It goes back to tell Lukas and Magdalena aka Dale's story. He's the Sovietnik for the Russian Mafia (Bratvas). who is complicated man, ruthless, and yet, has a big heart. Loyal, but will take out anything in his path that threatens him or his. His loyalty is absolute but when angered, the violence triggered could take out cities. Dale is a strong woman full of courage but can be closed off. Lukas slowly takes down her walls that she has up though with his patience, trying to give her a safe harbor. But what I loved most about her was the spark of rebellion that comes out from time to time. And even better, Lukas never tried to stifle it, which made me love him more. Together, they were explosive together, and I couldn't get enough! Wanted Men has been a series that is high up on addiction list, as I will NEVER EVER get enough of these men no matter what, so I will stop trying to do justice to it, and just end with HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDING Vengeance Aside to ALL!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)

    Nancy did such a great job with this book! I knew a bit what to expect since I've read a couple in this series but I was still completely enamored with this book. I could not put it down and sleep??? Forget it. I was up reading this book!! I had to get all the answers to my questions and to see how the book would play out. I loved these characters so much. Lukas and his love of his father and willing to do whatever to make him happy. Always one to promise to fulfill his parents' dreams of him mar Nancy did such a great job with this book! I knew a bit what to expect since I've read a couple in this series but I was still completely enamored with this book. I could not put it down and sleep??? Forget it. I was up reading this book!! I had to get all the answers to my questions and to see how the book would play out. I loved these characters so much. Lukas and his love of his father and willing to do whatever to make him happy. Always one to promise to fulfill his parents' dreams of him marrying and having a family now he is going to do it but first he needs to find himself a wife. Dale, oh man, her story breaks my heart. She has been through so much and feels so much that she has shut herself off emotionally. She has been treated poorly and left by those closest to her and the toll it took has left scars that will make it hard for her to open up to anyone. The instant chemistry that Lukas and Dale have was one that will have you devouring this book. Although the attraction is strong, one wants more than the other and it is going to be a long road for them to be on the same page and what a journey it was. I highly recommend this book even if you haven't read any others. You won't feel lost and if you are fan of mafia books than this is for you!! You will be eating up the pages and be just as hooked as I was throughout this entire book!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Petula

    Lukas Zavrazin is sitting at his father's hospital bedside thanking God and the surgeon for saving him. There was an attack at a meeting of Russian "families" and his father was shot. Now his father is playing the guilt card by telling him to marry and make babies before it's too late. Dale Vaner is not as upset as she should be to be leaving her home and the man she was living with. She shut her emotions down years ago. Nobody can hurt her anymore. Our hero is a mobster and makes no excuses for Lukas Zavrazin is sitting at his father's hospital bedside thanking God and the surgeon for saving him. There was an attack at a meeting of Russian "families" and his father was shot. Now his father is playing the guilt card by telling him to marry and make babies before it's too late. Dale Vaner is not as upset as she should be to be leaving her home and the man she was living with. She shut her emotions down years ago. Nobody can hurt her anymore. Our hero is a mobster and makes no excuses for it. He loves his family deeply and will do anything to protect them. Our heroine is an independent hard working woman. I don't think she realizes how lonely she is. This is a romance, but not your hearts and flowers kind. The things that happen are not for the squeamish. It is part of a series that I'm already addicted to. You can easily read it on it's own, but be warned. Once you start this series you will want to read them all. They are very exciting, even if you might be terrified to put yourself in our heroines shoes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    CYNDY

    *****5 Vengeance Stars***** Did I ever mention I love a good mafia book ;) This book is beautifully written so many emotions in this book that it will keep you hooked. What happens when a white lie to your father turns out to be the best thing in your life..this book. Lukas is willing to give in to his father request but is not looking forward to the women his brother has described. Dale knows how to hide her feelings but Lukas is about to change everything she has kept behind her smile. Lukas is *****5 Vengeance Stars***** Did I ever mention I love a good mafia book ;) This book is beautifully written so many emotions in this book that it will keep you hooked. What happens when a white lie to your father turns out to be the best thing in your life..this book. Lukas is willing to give in to his father request but is not looking forward to the women his brother has described. Dale knows how to hide her feelings but Lukas is about to change everything she has kept behind her smile. Lukas is about to change his whole mind about this arrangement; all it took was to lay his eyes on her. O before I forget the a crazy guy trying to take Dale. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MORE!! *****ARC from Indie Sage PR for review*****

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Koufes

    Vegence Aside is a prequel to A Love of Vegence (Wanted Men Series #1) but can be read as a standalone. A Russian Mobster Luka who is forced to put his Vegence aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father. Luka & Magdalena (Dale) romance is sizzling hot & a steamy read that keeps you captivated & craving more. I love that a few of the character's from The Wanted Men Series crossover to this novell including Maks & Vasily. A fabulous addition to this highly addictive heartwrenching series. Vegence Aside is a prequel to A Love of Vegence (Wanted Men Series #1) but can be read as a standalone. A Russian Mobster Luka who is forced to put his Vegence aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father. Luka & Magdalena (Dale) romance is sizzling hot & a steamy read that keeps you captivated & craving more. I love that a few of the character's from The Wanted Men Series crossover to this novell including Maks & Vasily. A fabulous addition to this highly addictive heartwrenching series. I cannot wait to read the next novel in this spellbinding series. A must read series & novel that is decadently delicious & flawlessly composed. This is my absolute favourite mafia series & one of my favourite book series ever.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria Angie Mendoza

    I was completely engrossed by this thrilling Russian Mafia read! My first read by this author and I was pulled into this book and then at the end I had the best book hangover. Intense emotional and seductive. The insta-connection between Lukas and Magdalene aka Dale was combustible! Their chemistry was sinfully delicious and sweet. Their banter sexy and lovable in spite of his Mafia connection, and unique methods of protection. Even the secondary characters added to the overall feel of the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sparkymom

    So great I almost didn't read this because I hate prequels that come out after several books, but this series completely owns me, so I bought this not really expecting to like it. I should have known I'd end up loving it. Dale was such a complex character, and "Mr. Murdery" was so calm and patient with her. He melted my heart with some of the things he said. This is a definite must read!

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