Leverage by Nancy S Thompson (Reviewed by Derek, #NerdGirlDad)

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Title: Leverage

   Author: Nancy S Thompson

   Published Date: April 24, 2014

   Genre:  Romantic Thriller


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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—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.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

paragraph divider 18***Derek, #NerdGirlDad’s Review***

It is rare that a debut novel is followed by one equal to it, usually one finds either an improvement (due to experience) or an apparent diminution in talent due to having used up the idea that prompted the writing of the tale. Such is definitely not the case with ‘The Mistaken’ followed by ‘Leverage’. The story in ‘Leverage’ is strong enough to be read as a ’stand-alone’ and is every bit as good as the first book.

You will easily identify with each of the characters and find yourself living their lives as the various twists and turns occur in the plot. My only complaint (a small matter which I know will not bother many readers) is that synopsis contains too many spoilers. Almost the full story is hinted at, but in spite of that you will find events taking surprising turns from time to time, and once you start reading will not want to stop until the end. In particular many questions raised in the first book are answered: in fact I found that some answers were to questions I had not realized were there, such as how Ty’s parents were involved.

You should find something to make you want more, whatever your taste. You have action sequences, love stories, a bit of sex, problems you can try to solve before the lead characters do (once or twice I thought ‘how will she resolve this?’) and most important of all Nancy is a good raconteur. She has produced not one, but two, page turners that demand you keep reading. I congratulate her.

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