Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson

From Amazon - Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco's Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick's freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick's new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife-pregnant with their first child-is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn't know her, but he'll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick's Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage. But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and 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 Russians' hands, but they're holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl. Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy. But Ty can't do it all: Save the girl, his brother and his own soul. One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

Romance, intrigue, heart-thumping action and more are in Thompson's debut, The Mistaken.  Although it started out a bit slow, I know it was to set the tone of the book - characters, plot, location and etc.  However, I do think over four hundred pages was a bit extreme.  That said, I loved this book.

Thompson has a knack for character building.  Tyler, Nick, Jillian and the mob all leapt to life from the pages. They are complex, modern and authentic to relate to.  The story unfolded at a steady pace but I wanted to know what was going to happen next so many times, that I really struggled putting the book down. 

How far would you go to satisfy your need for revenge? This is Tyler's story and so much more.  Mistaken identity changes his life in more ways then one and I look forward to reading what Thompson writes next.  Great romantic suspense!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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