Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leverage (The Mistaken #2) by Nancy S. Thompson Review

What a great ride!  Fasten your seat-belt when you pick up Leverage, it's a fast paced complicated ride that will have you turning pages at lightening speed. Leverage starts out with a bang and doesn't slow down.I read this one as a stand alone book, but I really need to go back and read The Mistaken. I can't believe that I missed out on The Mistaken! Ty and Hannah's story must have been an amazing story because book two is fantastic. Ty is a man that you do not want to cross. He will move Heaven and Hell to protect his new family and that includes protecting his new stepson Conner after he's been targeted by Grigory in a way that made me say "No freaking way did this just happen."

Hannah is a strong woman who has apparently gone through hell and back to get to a happy but not completely comfortable place. I'm telling you, I'm kicking myself for not reading book 1. Again, let me emphasize that you don't have to read book one to enjoy Leverage, but you will definitely know that you have missed a great story between Hannah and Ty. So just do yourself a favor and grab both of these and read them back to back. That is what I wish that I had done!This is probably one of the most disjointed reviews that I have ever written because I just can not tell you how good this romantic suspense book is without giving too much away. 

Each of the main characters in this one is complex and richly developed. The mystery/suspense elements were excellently executed and there will be times in this book where you just don't know what to think. Yes, it's that good! One more book to add to my favorites list!

Happy Reading!

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**


A dark romantic thriller intended for a mature audience.

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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, Dmitri Chernov, long dead, all Ty wants now is to put it behind him and enjoy a second chance at life with his new bride, Hannah, and the child they're expecting any day.

But Chernov's heir, Grigory Dmitriev, 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 both their lives in jeopardy, as well as his unborn child, Ty has little choice but to do as Grigory commands.

But Tyler swore he'd never kill again. He buried that monster four years ago and means to keep it that way. Grigory, however, makes that vow impossible to keep.

With his new family on the line, Ty will cross further into the dark side than he ever has before, challenging everything he believes about himself, and forcing him to face the ghosts of his past. Only then will Ty discover if he has the strength to do the unspeakable, to sacrifice his last chance at redemption and save the lives of those he loves most

The Mistaken Synopsis:

A dark romantic thriller intended for a mature audience.

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All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant new bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the person responsible uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.

His target is a stranger, a woman. He doesn't know her, but he'll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay.

Ty's brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan. Grab this woman 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 Nick 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 all his plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed. He vows to keep her safe and out of the hands of 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 Hannah, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.

About the Author:

Nancy is a California transplant currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband of 23 years, their son, a student at Seattle University, their giant snow dog, Jack, and his kitty, Skye. She works as a freelance editor for her publisher and writer friends and also has her own interior design business within the model home merchandising industry. When she's not writing or editing, Nancy keeps herself busy by cooking and baking.

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  1. Oh WOW! Thank you so very much for that awesome review!! Happy dance time! I sure would love to have this one on Amazon! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! <3

  2. Oh, you have me intrigued Monica. I need a little bit more romance suspense reads, I'll have to give this series a go. Great review!

    1. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it Sharonda!


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