Nancy S. Thompson is one of my favorite authors, and her Mistaken Series is soooo good! Y’all are going to love it! I promise! This is the perfect twisty sort of reading for a long holiday weekend. And by twisty, I mean, OMFG, what did I just read, kind of twisty.
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~ He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay.~ All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.
His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to his associates–sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let his brother leave the business for good–with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.
There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman.
Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he’s unleashed, but the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal. Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and the woman, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.
My Review (2013)
Like a few other reviewers, I found this book a little difficult to get into in the beginning. I’m not a big fan of first-person writing. I usually need a few chapters to really feel the story. This, of course, isn’t the fault of the book or the writing, but my own fault. Once the pace was set, and the action started, that all changed. The Mistaken is an emotional ride; you’ll go from loving, to heartbreak, to loathing in a matter of pages. Expect a roller coaster ride when you open the cover.
I sort of raised an eyebrow at the term `anti-hero’. I’m a romance lover at heart so if a story doesn’t have a strong male lead character, I’m usually not interested.
Tyler is a loving boyfriend, loving son, loving brother, and then a loving husband. He seems perfect, almost a little too perfect…but only until things fall apart.
What does it take for a good man to do the unspeakable? Losing your mother, father, and baby sister? No. Losing your wife? Maybe. Losing your wife and child…?
While Tyler started out strong, he slowly declined to weak, then to despicable in my eyes. Hell-bent on revenge, he makes a deal with the devil. He promises the life of the women responsible for the death of his wife to the Russian Mafia. This serving two purposes: one, revenge, two, getting his brother out of hot water with the group and paying off his debt.
In an alcohol-induced haze, Tyler hunts the women down and prepares to trade her in. The problem, it’s the wrong women. Enraged at facing who he thinks is responsible for ruining his life, he attacks her. This is where I didn’t think Nancy Thompson could repair the damage she’d done. When Tyler committed (or nearly committed) the unspeakable act of rape on the women, I didn’t think I could ever like him. I had lost all sympathy for him and his plight. It’s pretty standard for romance heroes to save the heroine in these circumstances, not actually create the circumstance. At this point in the story, Tyler hit the lowest of lows in my opinion, and I couldn’t imagine ever forgiving him. I couldn’t imagine Hannah ever forgiving him.
So here is the question I ask myself, can Nancy pull this off? Can she convince me that Tyler is worthy of Hannah’s forgiveness? Can she convince me that Tyler is worthy of Hannah’s love? Those are big questions.
My answer: Yes. Yes. Yes.
~ Redemption is no longer an option… ~
Four years ago, Tyler Karras’ quest to avenge his wife’s death led to all-out war with San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. With the Bratva’s collapse and its king long dead, all Ty wants now is to put it behind him and enjoy a second chance at life with his new bride, Hannah. But the Bratva’s heir has returned, bitter and determined. He wants his kingdom back, and he’s more than willing to leverage Ty’s new family to get it.
First he targets Conner, Ty’s brooding nineteen-year-old stepson, manipulating the boy into a vortex of sex, drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Then he turns his sights on Hannah. At eight months pregnant, she’s the ultimate bargaining chip. With all their lives in jeopardy, Ty has little choice but to do as commanded. But Tyler swore he’d never kill again. He buried that monster years ago and means to keep it that way.
With his family on the line, Ty crosses further into the dark side than ever before, challenging everything he believes about himself and forcing him to face the ghosts of his past. Only then will he discover if he has the strength to sacrifice his last chance at redemption in exchange for the lives of those he loves most.
A 2015 Kindle Book Awards Mystery / Thriller semi-finalist!
My Review (2014)
This is one crazy ride! Leverage is everything a great thriller should be, it’s violent, sexy, suspenseful, and smart! Nancy S. Thompson kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire novel. The opening was fantastic. I was hooked completely in the beginning and then over and over again throughout the entire story. I never got bored, I never felt the need to flip ahead, and I had a hard time putting my Kindle down at bedtime.
The rollercoaster ride begins with Hannah’s son Conner, who is now a college student in wet and rainy Seattle. Nancy’s descriptions of the city make you feel like it’s another character in the story, but it’s nothing compared to the tragic and painful way she describes Conner’s feelings as he trudges through tragedy in the first few chapters of the story. Once you’re on the ride, Nancy never lets up. It’s one crazy thing after another as Ty and Hannah both slowly intertwine into the story. The drama unfolds masterfully as one tragic thing turns into another, sending the trio on a ride that forces them to question everyone they thought they could trust.
If you’ve read The Mistaken, you don’t want to miss Leverage. It’s a prologue and an epilogue all in one. You’ll get Ty’s backstory and learn where he really comes from and how he really got tangled up with the Russian Mob. You’ll walk away from Leverage exhausted from the adventure but satisfied with the tearful ending.
If you haven’t read The Mistaken, you can still enjoy Leverage, but you’ll be missing out on the incredible story that brought Hannah and Ty together, not to mention one hell of a thriller involving Nick, Jill, and more of the Russian Mob.
More about Nancy S. Thompson
Nancy S. Thompson is the award-winning author of the dark romantic thrillers, The Mistaken and Leverage, and Stirred, a contemporary romantic suspense. Besides moonlighting as a freelance editor, she also has her own interior design business within the model home merchandising industry.
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