Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway for Leverage (The Mistaken #2) by Nancy S. Thompson

Title: Leverage (The Mistaken #2) by Nancy S. Thompson
Genre: Romance Suspense
Released on: April 24th 2014

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—even if that means assassinating the new leadership resurrecting within the Bratva.

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.

SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4.5 HEARTS out of 5
Genre: Romance Suspense

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She said it and I believe it, but before I get to why let me give you a tiny bit of background info.

If you’ve not read Thompson’s book The Mistaken then I highly suggest you do before reading Leverage as it is a continuation.
 Ty and Hannah’s story comes full circle in Leverage. And this time we have more players with a host of new characters out to gain leverage.

I first met this couple in The Mistaken only they were not a couple at the time and a series of unfortunate circumstances put them in a deathly situation. Both Ty and Hannah end up in bad place one so dark, so deep and so very twisted yet somehow they fall in love.

In Leverage we get the chance to know Connor Hannah’s son. He is attending college at the University of Washington and seems to be living the normal hormonal party college lifestyle that is until his best friend commits suicide. Problem is Connor was there and does not believe for one second that it was suicide. Yet Katy his best friend’s girlfriend who was also there insists that it was suicide.

The cops believe her story and before Connor can fully wrap his mind around what happens he and Katy go down a path that once taken can never be undone.

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Unfortunately Connor is often led by his cock and in doing so he becomes the victim to something bigger than he could ever imagine. He is now a pawn to be used in a deadly game by some very dangerous people. People who need a little leverage.

Old enemy's resurface. As secrets from the past come to light everything you thought you knew comes in to question. Motives are questioned. People’s actions are questioned past and present. You start to wonder if it is possible for Ty and Hannah to survive this time around.

My Thoughts
HOLY FREAKING SHIT. This book is full of twists and turns in an intricately tangled web. While reading the book I pretty much uttered the same phrase over and over the deeper in to it I got.

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My Rating and Why
Leverage gets 4.5 STARS! It kept my attention the entire time, if I put the book down it stayed with me as I thought to myself about what could possibly happen next. It fulfilled my book lover needs by providing a good dose of romance, suspense and mystery.

My Ratings
Characters- Lovable, a bit naïve, sweet and strong
Writing Style- Strong, Cunning and Solid
Plot/Storyline- A friends death kick starts a tangled web of sex, deceit, lies and more death
Steam Factor- Med/Moderately Steamy on a scale of 1-10 I say 6
Entertainment Level- From Lo-Med-Hi I say High I was on the edge of my seat the entire time
Overall- I loved it! And I recommend it to those who love a good romance suspense read.

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it

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I hoped that was the end of it, that they would stop discussing me like I was some case that needed handling. It pissed me off that my mom would seek Ty’s advice about me. He wasn’t my father. We weren’t even friends. And I definitely didn’t want his nose in my business.  
Ty leaned back against the counter and watched my mom. “Hannah, I’m not opposed to speaking to Conner. You know that. But he…resents me. You know that, too. For marrying you or whatever suspicions he might have. And to be honest,” Ty said then paused, his gaze down at his feet, “I made a lot of mistakes with Nick. I expected too much of him, demanded, really, and you know how that turned out. I won’t make the same mistake with Conner. He needs to grow up and become a man on his own terms. Not yours. And certainly not mine.”
Mom stopped mid-wipe, her shoulders sagging a bit. “I do know that, and I agree to some extent,” she said then turned around to face Ty. “But I’m his mother. It’s my job to counsel him, help him make the best decisions, like you did with Nick, or tried to anyway. You can’t beat yourself up over things you had no control over. Your father started something, and your brother ended it. You and I, we were just caught in the middle, unaware. But this thing with Conner, it’s different. There’re no Russian mobsters, no one he has to protect with his life. He holds his future firmly in his own hands. I won’t let this thing with Leo destroy that.”
What the hell? I stepped into the kitchen, my jaw set tight and my eyes surely blazing with the anger that burned in my gut. “What the fuck are you talking about?” I asked my mom.
She startled and sucked in a breath. “Conner, please!”
Ty pointed at me. “Watch your language.”
I ignored him, my eyes trained on my mother. “Russian mobsters? Really? His father, his brother, a dead wife and child?” I turned to Tyler. “Is this some sort of sick joke? What did you get her mixed up in?” 
I stood nose to nose with Ty, a fierce challenge in each question. I could feel my muscles twitch with pent up frustration, ready to lay into him, to wipe that look off his face. But he stepped back with his hands raised. He shook his head then looked at Mom before reconnecting with me.
“Conner, I’m sorry you heard that, but don’t step into the middle of something you know nothing about.”
“Well then, why don’t you enlighten me, Dad?” I clenched my mouth tight, my jaw working in bursts as I tried to hold myself back from punching this bastard in his fucking face.
Tyler let his arms drop back to his sides, his eyes locked onto mine. They began to burn with the same intensity I felt inside me.
Mom stepped up behind me and squeezed both my arms. “Conner, please, this is a private matter. It doesn’t involve you.” She stepped around to face me, turning me away from Ty and placing her palms on my cheeks. 
I tore my eyes from Tyler and looked down at my mother, remembering the cuts and bruises that had covered her face when she returned from California, the broken ribs I had to be careful of when I hugged her, the haunted, terrified look that had once held her eyes so captive, for so many months. Ty did have something to do with all that, like I always suspected. He and his family were responsible somehow. Yet she had welcomed him into her life, into this home, into our family. She’d married him and would bear his child in five short months. How could she do that? How could she bring that into our home, into my life?

Nancy is a sunny California transplant currently living in dreary Seattle, Washington with her husband of twenty-four years, their son, a student at Seattle University, their giant snow dog, Jack, and his kitty, Skye. She works as a freelance editor and also has her own interior and architectural design business. When she's not writing, editing, designing, or marketing—a rarity these days—Nancy keeps herself busy by cooking and baking, that is, when she can pull herself away from Facebook, also a rarity.




1 comment:

  1. Aww, thank you so much, Alexis! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to read & write a thoughtful review. I love it! ��