Series: The Mistaken, #2
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
Date published: April 24, 2014
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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.
That said....Would have appreciated fewer self-tortured inner dialogues after the first dozen. In addition, the romance felt forced, the love felt immature, and the characters were underwhelming. Perhaps I'm jaded but a thriller/suspense novel should have me invested by hour three.
And it should be noted that no one can learn to snipe professionally in just 18 hours. That seemed like a cheap plot device, like a montage from an 80s movie.
Perhaps the most personally offensive part in this series is how weak the main female protagonist is. She's survives; that's awesome! But at nearly every turn, she panics and screws things up. There is nothing wrong with being a victim to traumatic events but she learned kickboxing in the last book and she used none of those skills in this one. Even pregnant, she should have kicked some serious bad guy ass.