Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)
#1 bestselling author Lora Leigh is back--with a vengeance--in her latest novel of passion and intrigue, Dagger's Edge, featuring the men of Brute Force. Ivan Resnova wants nothing more than to escape his hard, brutal past. Starting over is not so easy once you've been a powerful crime boss but now, instead of being punished for his alleged crimes, Ivan fears that the one woman he can't forget is in danger of paying the price.Crimsyn "Syn" Delaney thought the danger she'd faced was over, and that she could resume her life. She never imagined it would return with a vengeance and throw her back into Ivan's world. But when an attempt is made on her life, she needs Ivan more than ever to keep her safe--even if she is in danger of falling deeply and dangerously in love. . .

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2) Details

TitleDagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250110343
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2) Review

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for this reviewWhen I was looking at this book before I requested it, I saw it was an author I liked and the hero was a Russian, so of course I requested it. When I got it, I saw it was a second book. I had to go see if I had read the first....I had and oh no, I said I didn't want to read this one. I said I try it and if I have to DNF it I will. But I loved it. The prologue messed me up. I'm like who are these people, but it all becomes clear. I was prepared to hate Ivan, but he was ARC received for this reviewWhen I was looking at this book before I requested it, I saw it was an author I liked and the hero was a Russian, so of course I requested it. When I got it, I saw it was a second book. I had to go see if I had read the first....I had and oh no, I said I didn't want to read this one. I said I try it and if I have to DNF it I will. But I loved it. The prologue messed me up. I'm like who are these people, but it all becomes clear. I was prepared to hate Ivan, but he was a yummy Russian teddy bear. Journey/Crimsyn is awesome and holds her own against his grumpiness. They were great together and smokin' hot even with him being much older. The bad guy totally took me by surprise.I'm glad I gave this one a chance. Now the next book, I will give a chance since I'm pretty sure I figured out who it will be....
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Hotness Batman!!!!I received this ARC copy of Dagger's Edge from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. Dagger's Edge is set for publication August 28, 2018.
  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Well, THAT sent my Kindle into meltdown! Who says your knight in shining armor can’t be a brutal and powerful crime boss? I mean, come on, is anyone perfect?Lora Leigh’s DAGGER’S EDGE is an erotic love story, so leave your blush at the door and grab the fan as one crime boss’ daughter goes on the run to avoid becoming the “grand prize bride” and falls into the arms and bed of her father’s greatest enemy, the older man she secretly fell for years ago. Toss in some suspense, a mob shoot out or two Well, THAT sent my Kindle into meltdown! Who says your knight in shining armor can’t be a brutal and powerful crime boss? I mean, come on, is anyone perfect?Lora Leigh’s DAGGER’S EDGE is an erotic love story, so leave your blush at the door and grab the fan as one crime boss’ daughter goes on the run to avoid becoming the “grand prize bride” and falls into the arms and bed of her father’s greatest enemy, the older man she secretly fell for years ago. Toss in some suspense, a mob shoot out or two and one certainly can’t blame Journey for running from an arranged marriage, but apparently she didn’t get the family gene for covering her trail and Ivan may be the only person who has the connections to save her.The street action is secondary to the bedroom action, but Lora Leigh is known for her intense sizzle and burn between the sheets! Not sure I bought Journey's character 100%, but Ivan made up for it with his anti-hero, alpha ways. High energy reading, and two lovers who finally find happiness in spite of the dangerous world around them. I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press!Series: Brute Force - Book 2Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (August 28, 2018)Publication Date: August 28, 2018Genre: Erotic SuspenseMass Market Paperback: 304 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to have been given the opportunity to read the second book in the series, but I'm sad to say that I didn't enjoy it as I was hoping too. It didn't even feel like a Lora Leigh book, it felt as some one else wrote this story and she just stamped her name on it. Over the many years I have been reading, I have read a lot of this authors work, and this just was not up to par.The plot to this one was just off, I like the idea but it didn't do anything to make it stand out. The love st I was so excited to have been given the opportunity to read the second book in the series, but I'm sad to say that I didn't enjoy it as I was hoping too. It didn't even feel like a Lora Leigh book, it felt as some one else wrote this story and she just stamped her name on it. Over the many years I have been reading, I have read a lot of this authors work, and this just was not up to par.The plot to this one was just off, I like the idea but it didn't do anything to make it stand out. The love story its self was okay, I found myself skimming at times.Overall, I know Lora Leigh can do better then this, maybe its just me but I have to be in the minority here and just at nope not for me, and hope that with her New Breed book due to come out this year that it will be 50% better then this one!2.5-3 stars.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    ~Looking forward to this!~ON DECK!~*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review! For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
  • Rise
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewOh WOW, I really loved this book. Now I see that I have to go back to read Elite Ops series in order to understand everything that happened. Although the story had me lost for a moment I had to go and do my research to see where all the characters had come in and noticed that I missed a series with these people. I loved the alpha male in Ivan. This was a man who got what he wanted and had no fear of it being taken from him once he g I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewOh WOW, I really loved this book. Now I see that I have to go back to read Elite Ops series in order to understand everything that happened. Although the story had me lost for a moment I had to go and do my research to see where all the characters had come in and noticed that I missed a series with these people. I loved the alpha male in Ivan. This was a man who got what he wanted and had no fear of it being taken from him once he gets it. I also enjoyed Journey/Crimsyn (Syn) who was a little feisty, however I thought her character could have possibly been a bit stronger with Ivan’s. She grew up in a family surrounded by crime with her father and grandfather being monsters. Seems as if they were selling her into a marriage in which she was not willing to go into. She was not in love with the man her family wanted her to marry so she decided that she would leave and run from her family into hiding.There was a time period while reading that Craig’s name was written as Greg. I hope the editing team to make the necessary corrections. I’ve read enough of LL books to really enjoy them and so far she has not let me down with this one.
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  • Debra Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Lora Leigh did her usual outstanding job on this book ! Dagger's Edge is the second book in the Brute Force series, and folks, this one was loaded with action, suspense, and passion. The author captivated my entire attention with Ivan and Journey's story. At heart it was a classic love story where love conquers all else. Let me tell you that this couple had a lot of conflict to overcome. There was a deadly feud, passion, betrayal, and of course, a big mystery to be solved before Ivan and Journey Lora Leigh did her usual outstanding job on this book ! Dagger's Edge is the second book in the Brute Force series, and folks, this one was loaded with action, suspense, and passion. The author captivated my entire attention with Ivan and Journey's story. At heart it was a classic love story where love conquers all else. Let me tell you that this couple had a lot of conflict to overcome. There was a deadly feud, passion, betrayal, and of course, a big mystery to be solved before Ivan and Journey could have their happy ever after. There was a lot of internal conflict with turmoil, as well. Journey's greedy family was especially twisted, but Ivan definitely wasn't a man to be crossed. I love Lora Leigh's alpha heroes, so although I wasn't real keen on Ivan in the beginning, he ended up being an awesome hero. Lora Leigh is an amazing author who never lets her readers down. So Dagger's Edge was a super great book that I couldn't put down. I loved it, and can't wait for the next book. I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary Netgalley copy of this book.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't been this disappointed in a LONG TIME. I'm not sure what happened with this book. It definitely wasn't up to par with what I expected from this author. While the story idea was fantastic, the execution fell flat. Even though I know this is a work of fiction, I struggle with incorrect information being presented. I really hope that and editor does a little fact checking and combs through this with a fine toothed comb.There were a few things that were off putting to me about this story. I haven't been this disappointed in a LONG TIME. I'm not sure what happened with this book. It definitely wasn't up to par with what I expected from this author. While the story idea was fantastic, the execution fell flat. Even though I know this is a work of fiction, I struggle with incorrect information being presented. I really hope that and editor does a little fact checking and combs through this with a fine toothed comb.There were a few things that were off putting to me about this story. *The beginning was very confusing. *The information was too repetitive. (not to mention the over use of the word FAR and PLEASURE)*I worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 12 years. At no time would the prison events in this book EVER happen.*It doesn't make a good story line when you have the Hero AND Heroine shot, one of which is a significant wound, then never mention the incident again. Then, having different characters slapping said site of the wound only to be outdone by the heroine running her nails over it.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a very intriguing plot but the writing left much to be desired. There was no cohesion to the story, and at times it became confusing and down right silly. I wanted to like the book, but I couldn't. This needs a major overhaul, it's really just not good.
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  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW TO COME!
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This was so ridicu-bonkers that it was actually entertaining in the most baffling way. Almost every page had a WTF moment. Actually, Journey and Ivan's romance was just one big WTF moment, with them being attracted to each other since she was 16, her being friends with Ivan's daughter whom he fathered at age 13, he being the sworn enemy of her father and grandfather who happen to be incarcerated human traffickers, and oh, the fact that Journey is the favorite cousin of the Queen of England. The This was so ridicu-bonkers that it was actually entertaining in the most baffling way. Almost every page had a WTF moment. Actually, Journey and Ivan's romance was just one big WTF moment, with them being attracted to each other since she was 16, her being friends with Ivan's daughter whom he fathered at age 13, he being the sworn enemy of her father and grandfather who happen to be incarcerated human traffickers, and oh, the fact that Journey is the favorite cousin of the Queen of England. The craziness is that everything that happened to put Journey on the run, her father and grandfather in prison, and Ivan at war - all happened in the past and is barely explained. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of an incoherent foreign soap opera with no subtitles.WTF 1: Lora Leigh's characters always belong to the sickest, most psychopathic families. Journey's father and grandfather are human traffickers who are hunting for her. She's estranged from her cold mother and uncaring siblings who also want her forced into marriage with another man. Meanwhile, Ivan's father pushed him into having sex at age 13 so he would have a baby that the father could control him by. WTF 2: Ivan is only 13 years older than his daughter Amara (from Collision Point) and Journey is two years younger than Amara. Journey, in hiding, becomes friends with Amara but Ivan doesn't recognize her because her looks have changed so much in four years. Ivan is so determined not to let the Resnova line continue so he had a vasectomy...guess what happens? WTF 3: Journey has sex with Ivan while incognito or so she thinks. He slips up and calls her "Journey" and not "Crimsyn" during sex and Journey is simply aghast that Ivan actually recognized her. Mind you, she had no disguise and was simply four years older. WTF 4: Journey worked for her cousin Tehya but Tehya never told her who she was. Tehya is from Lora Leigh's Live Wire which I read in 2011 but couldn't remember anything other than Tehya is with Jordan Malone who is cousins with Rory Malone from Collision Point. Still not helping fill in the history blanks here.WTF 5: Journey's father Craig almost had Amara kidnapped as a child and given to a white slaver named Sorrel. This is mentioned in the most offhand way and never fully explained. But once Ivan finds Journey, he decides the best way to get his vengeance is to make a fake engagement between him and Journey to force her father and grandfather to act against him. This of course breaks Journey's heart because she wants Ivan's love so Ivan agrees to give her the "illusion of love". I have no idea what the heck he means by that. WTF 6: Ivan wears his grandmother's ring on a chain. Apparently, everyone in the underworld knows that his grandmother made him swear to only put the ring on the finger of the woman he loved and would marry. So everyone understands Ivan's claiming of Journey with the ring except, of course, Journey herself who is too busy whining and pouting about wanting Ivan's love. WTF 7: Ivan and Journey are both shot but then have sex right after with no mention of blood or pain. To quote Monty Python, it's just a flesh wound!WTF 8 - 100: You get the picture.Weirdness and unexplained/unexplored plot points aside, Journey and Ivan are super hot together. I think Lora Leigh just expects her fans to remember old stories (Jordan and Tehya) or to just sheepishly follow along with the crazy drama (which I did). Note: I voluntarily read and reviewed this eARC generously provided by Netgalley and the publisher.
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  • Courtney Green
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC from NetGalley for Honest Review*I Give This Book a 2 1/2 to 3 Star Rating, I’m having the ‘Teeter Totter’ issue with this book.Smexiness Rating: 3ish out of 5Would I Read More from this Author? I’m Not A True Fan of (This) Series Sadly, BUT I Definitely Love Quite A Few of Her Other Series.Can I Say I Liked It AND Didn’t At The Same Time? (Well I Guess I Can Cause I Just Did LOL)Ever Have That Book That You Feel Like You Are The Character(s), and You’re Completely Absorbed In The Story and *ARC from NetGalley for Honest Review*I Give This Book a 2 1/2 to 3 Star Rating, I’m having the ‘Teeter Totter’ issue with this book.Smexiness Rating: 3ish out of 5Would I Read More from this Author? I’m Not A True Fan of (This) Series Sadly, BUT I Definitely Love Quite A Few of Her Other Series.Can I Say I Liked It AND Didn’t At The Same Time? (Well I Guess I Can Cause I Just Did LOL)Ever Have That Book That You Feel Like You Are The Character(s), and You’re Completely Absorbed In The Story and You Don’t Feel Like Your Watching It From A Window?Well I didn’t get that here sadly, I really felt like I was on the couch watching it on the tv screen and I lost the remote. I Know That Might Be Harsh But it’s True.This book was a suggested read and I gave it shot, if you read my review of the first book in this series you’ll understand why I was hesitant.I Again Encountered Quite a Few Grammar Issues, again I’m NOT a Grammar Nazi BUT if You HAVE read Lora Leigh’s Books before and she has A Lot, there usually isn’t that much grammatical errors.I feel as if this book was Ghost Written, it just does not have the Lora Leigh Swagger that I’m used too. It feels tired and written on little sleep, like attention is focused elsewhere but you still have to write something, like you just broke up with your boyfriend and you’re having to deal with the rebound guy. See where I’m going? That’s what I felt like when I was reading this book, it felt like a filler I mean the WHOLE THING.I was eager to read this as soon as I read this Synopsis, I mean it sounded like a book that I Would Not At All Expect From Lora, because her other books did not/do not touch the ‘Dark/Dark Romance Side’ that I crave practically on a daily basis LOLSo I feel cheated, a few things were confusing like they were written in cause it sounded good in a book you read so OBVIOUSLY it needed to be in your book, and some parts felt a little too coincidental and just down right unreal. This book had a lot of potential, but just did not deliver it’s promises.I didn’t care for the Lead Female ‘Syn or Crimsyn’, her name alone kept me cringing as I read. She (to me) was just not a character I could relate to and I found her to be a ‘little too easy’ (Sorry peeps but it’s true ‘for me’), BUT I Did Adore Ivan despite a few things being a little unbelievable at times.I don’t understand all the 5 star Ratings, I mean it’s your opinion, but I just hope that Not all are fan based stars for the Author, and are actually for the Book itself.I’ve Been Reading Lora’s Books since around 2005/2006, I’ve been committed for 11/12 years and sadly I’ve yet to see any real growth in Lora’s writing, it seems to be more one dimensional as of late or replayed plots that were thrown in a plot/story generator. I would like to read a new series that she literally had to step out of her comfort zone and raddled her up, that way she can be excited for that series and makes all her current series twice/thrice as good and not be in a funk that is keeping her creativity from shining.What I’m saying is that if I personally don’t see a drastic change in the writing style, I don’t know how long I can keep reading her books because in the long run I’m just reading the same books over again just, different names and where they live (that’s why I said thrown in a plot/story generator).She’s got a very anticipated Breeds book coming out featuring the most anticipated/requested/demanded lead female, I just hope it’s the best book she’s ever written and not let her fans down.
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  • Miriam Meza
    January 1, 1970
    In a world of secrets, vengeance and lies, Lora Leigh wrote a surprising and addictive story, with enough passion and eroticism to melt your eReader. Our lead character, Ivan Resnova, is known as a brutal and powerful crime boss, but when it comes to what he love the most he can also be terrifyingly passionate. Who says the villain can't also be a knight in shining armor? Because that's exactly what he becomes to Crimsyn "Syn" Delaney when danger knocks to her door; and despite her efforts to fi In a world of secrets, vengeance and lies, Lora Leigh wrote a surprising and addictive story, with enough passion and eroticism to melt your eReader. Our lead character, Ivan Resnova, is known as a brutal and powerful crime boss, but when it comes to what he love the most he can also be terrifyingly passionate. Who says the villain can't also be a knight in shining armor? Because that's exactly what he becomes to Crimsyn "Syn" Delaney when danger knocks to her door; and despite her efforts to fight her feelings for him and to keep her secrets safe, she will have to trust in the only man who can also destroy her.I loved Ivan alpha male's ways. He's nobody's hero, he's just a man who get what he wants and has no fear of it being taken from him once he gets it. Ivan is the kind of man who will fight until the end for what he consider his, and he stated his claim over Crimsym, or I must say Journey, when he took he in his bed. He's not a bad guy turned good, and sure as hell he wasn't pretending being a bad guy. He was what he was, a man following his own rules and doing what's necessary to keep himself, and his family, alive in the world he had to live in.I also enjoyed Journey/Crimsyn (Syn). She was in certain way innocent, but with a deep strength; she's being through hell but she keeps fighting. She grew up among monsters and was sold into a marriage she wasn't willing to go into, so when she had the chance she ran, and never stop running or hiding. She's Tenhya's cousin (Live Wire), and became friends with Amara (Collision Point), but she guarded fiercely every secret she had, even her attraction to Ivan since she was 16 years old. But the danger has a way to catch up with you in the most unexpected ways.Lora Leigh’s DAGGER’S EDGE is an erotic and suspenseful love story, with an incredible narrative rhythm and enough action to keep you biting your nails until the last page. After reading this book I felt like rereading Elite Ops series along with Collision Point. Can't wait for the next book in this series to come out.
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  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    The one word that went through my mind as I read this book was...huh? I was lost reading the first book and that trend continues in the second installment of the series. This book revolves around Ivan, Amara's (heroine from book one) father and her friend twenty-six year old Journey/Crimsyn. Ok - the book should have pointed out earlier that Ivan fathered Amara at 13. I pictured a 50-60 year old hero and thought it was ridiculous when they pointed out he had no gray hair and found it creepy he'd The one word that went through my mind as I read this book was...huh? I was lost reading the first book and that trend continues in the second installment of the series. This book revolves around Ivan, Amara's (heroine from book one) father and her friend twenty-six year old Journey/Crimsyn. Ok - the book should have pointed out earlier that Ivan fathered Amara at 13. I pictured a 50-60 year old hero and thought it was ridiculous when they pointed out he had no gray hair and found it creepy he'd been attracted to her since she was 16.As with book one - it jumps right into the action as if we should know who all these people are and how they all connect. I guess I needed a better map. I don't even understand whose side anyone is on and what organization they all are part of and who runs it. I found the entire storyline hard to comprehend. Why do people want to kill Journey - heck if I know. Even funnier, Ivan is apparently Superman...able to take bullets in the shoulder and require minimal medical attention despite great description of how he was bleeding out. Also, how did Journey stay on the run for four years in plain sight from these highly trained operatives when she didn’t even try to change her looks? How did Ivan not figure it out immediately? Why was she surprised when he did? So absurd!!It appears the next book will be about Beau - but is he actually a good guy? That sure wasn't how he was portrayed in this book, but it felt like the author couldn't decide herself and tried to turn it around and imply he really is at the end. Reading this, I feel like there is a great story hidden in there, but the author needs to take the time to lay it out in a more understandable way and take time away from sex scenes to explain the characters a little more.Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Nikki Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    Crimsyn left her former life of privilege and royalty-adjacent when she became aware of her father and grandfathers lack of humanity and entrenchment in human trafficking, especially as she realised she was one of the upper crust girls they bought and sold.She wanted to run the very man her young heart dreamt of but her family had caused so much tragedy in his own that she ran and never looked back. When she found herself working with his daughter, she thought she had found salvation. But Amara Crimsyn left her former life of privilege and royalty-adjacent when she became aware of her father and grandfathers lack of humanity and entrenchment in human trafficking, especially as she realised she was one of the upper crust girls they bought and sold.She wanted to run the very man her young heart dreamt of but her family had caused so much tragedy in his own that she ran and never looked back. When she found herself working with his daughter, she thought she had found salvation. But Amara was just niceness personified and she couldn't user her friend to gain access to her father. But when she and Amara were kidnapped later found by Ivan, she did the unthinkable and fell for him!Ivan is used to showing the world the tough, crime boss façade he has very carefully cultivated. Amara has always been his one weak point. Until he found Syn. When she runs from him he is determined to find her again. Just as well because just as he scoops her up another team arrived to kill her!Crimsyn AKA Journey is naïve of her nefarious family's dealings but I was glad that she had the backbone to stand up to them and flee. She wants them to rot and the frankly need to be locked in the nearest deep,deep dark hole! I always felt a bit skeezy when there is a huge gap between the main characters, but I managed to keep in mind that Ivan became a father to Amara at such a young age, against his will, that he was a victim as much as the trafficked girls Journey's family traded in. He is macho to the core and I loved him!Ilya again is the solid, imposing friend in the shadows. I almost keeled over when I found out more about his family! Elizaveta is her usual dangerous self.I really need lots more books in this series!
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  • Katherine Yearwood
    January 1, 1970
    Dagger’s Edge is the second book in Lora Leigh’s Brute Force series. But a spinoff, on her Elite Ops series. I relished in this installment of the Brute Force series. Though it’s only book #2, in my opinion, this was the best installment. It had everything that a reader of romantic suspense come to love about reading this genre. And to top it off, the male character has no shame. Ivan Resnova knows what he is, and doesn’t apologize for it. When he was first introduced in Collision Point he was Dagger’s Edge is the second book in Lora Leigh’s Brute Force series. But a spinoff, on her Elite Ops series. I relished in this installment of the Brute Force series. Though it’s only book #2, in my opinion, this was the best installment. It had everything that a reader of romantic suspense come to love about reading this genre. And to top it off, the male character has no shame. Ivan Resnova knows what he is, and doesn’t apologize for it. When he was first introduced in Collision Point he was this robust, secure, forceful male that took charge. That I must say carried over into his own story. Which I greatly appreciate that Lora Leigh didn’t downplay on. The same goes for Crimsyn “Syn” Delaney, she was the female version of Ivan, which made for intriguing happenstances. Both character suited each other perfectly. Being hard as nails was a requirement. I felt bad for both Ivan & Crimsyn… the male members in their family took the word “Dysfunctional” and made it a Royal title. But then again, their whole entire life was a WTF moment. From having a first child at age 13 to finding out your father and grandfather were kingpins in human trafficking. To learn that your whole life was built on a lie. There were so many WTF moments in Dagger’s Edge, that by the end of the book you will be saying WTH. Nevertheless, come this fall if you’re looking to add titles to your bookshelf or eBook reader, make sure to leave room for Dagger’s Edge, a fast paced, action filled love story…you’ll be glad you did.
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  • Whispers From
    January 1, 1970
    Journey comes from a very rich, influential, and the worse type of people on Earth. They had sold Journey to a man to marry when she turned of age. She didn’t want to and after being kidnapped by her father and grandfather, she’s rescued and then goes on the run. Her father and grandfather are in prison but someone still wants her dead, so she hides for four years,. Until she become friends with Amara who is the daughter of her family’s worst enemy.Ivan is a Russian and has not been able to keep Journey comes from a very rich, influential, and the worse type of people on Earth. They had sold Journey to a man to marry when she turned of age. She didn’t want to and after being kidnapped by her father and grandfather, she’s rescued and then goes on the run. Her father and grandfather are in prison but someone still wants her dead, so she hides for four years,. Until she become friends with Amara who is the daughter of her family’s worst enemy.Ivan is a Russian and has not been able to keep away from Journey. But Ivan at first doesn’t know she’s Journey he knows her as Crimsyn. He is drawn to her and has sex with her. When he returns the next morning she’s gone. It takes a couple of weeks to find her but when he does he brings her to his home. Journey has been in love with Ivan for years. He has a plan to bring her family down. She becomes his fiancée but she wants the whole illusion, a man who loves her. What she doesn’t believe is that he really does love her. When it’s announced that they were secretly married, her family has to turn over the companies to Ivan. That’s when the person responsible for almost kidnapping her and having her and Ivan shot, shows their face. A totally sexy, suspenseful story. With surprises and secrets. I don’t want to give to much away. This is an excellent story with some old friends from previous books. The sex is out of this world and the action will leave you on the edge of your seat. * Voluntarily read and reviewed this for Netgalley *
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  • Jessica Woods
    January 1, 1970
    Dagger's Edge deserves a solid 3.5 stars. The book is a romantic suspense involving a bad boy falling in love with the enemy's daughter. Ivan wrestled control of his Russian crime family from his evil father and his cohorts. Syn a.k.a. Journey Taite is the daughter of an evil family who tortured Ivan's mother but hopelessly drawn to Ivan. On the run from her family and their enemies, Journey runs and hides under a new alias until Ivan's daughter Amara needs her. Spending time with her younger fr Dagger's Edge deserves a solid 3.5 stars. The book is a romantic suspense involving a bad boy falling in love with the enemy's daughter. Ivan wrestled control of his Russian crime family from his evil father and his cohorts. Syn a.k.a. Journey Taite is the daughter of an evil family who tortured Ivan's mother but hopelessly drawn to Ivan. On the run from her family and their enemies, Journey runs and hides under a new alias until Ivan's daughter Amara needs her. Spending time with her younger friend firmly puts Journey in Ivan's sights and soon her identity is revealed. The couple start a very sensuous and dangerous game in order to take down her family while falling in love. I found the characters memorable, Ivan as the dark and dangerous alpha male, and Journey as the heroine who grows and comes into her own strength. Ivan's appeal is apparent and Journey grows on you as she exposes a backbone of steel. I thought a lot of the plot becomes lost in the sex scenes, almost like the sex becomes a filler for the story. The story does contain plenty of action and the HEA is pretty sweet, definitely preferred for people who like really steamy reads. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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  • Dora
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit from one of my go to authors. I had read the first book to this series quite a while ago so did not remember exactly where that left off, but I wasn't too confused starting this one. (I am planning on re-reading it though)I loved Journey/Syn in this book. Even with her horrible family life, I saw her as a brave and resilient young woman. And Ivan, he was a true alpha, protective and possessive. All Ivan wanted was to protect Syn and he was going to do whatever he can to make that hap Another hit from one of my go to authors. I had read the first book to this series quite a while ago so did not remember exactly where that left off, but I wasn't too confused starting this one. (I am planning on re-reading it though)I loved Journey/Syn in this book. Even with her horrible family life, I saw her as a brave and resilient young woman. And Ivan, he was a true alpha, protective and possessive. All Ivan wanted was to protect Syn and he was going to do whatever he can to make that happen. I loved how there was only the little bit of time where secrets were kept, but all was revealed quickly and the story was able to move on. I loved the love story between the two. All Syn wanted was to be loved, she wanted it so much she was willing to settle for the illusion of love. Ivan kept saying he didn't believe in love, but his actions told a different story. I love to see the ultimate alpha male fall so deeply. And the steamy scenes, wow! This is definitely a Lora Leigh book.I received a complimentary copy of Dagger's Edge from Netgalley, all opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review this book!
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  • Terri Tutor
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book. I’ve read almost all of Lora Leigh’s books, some I liked but a lot of the newer ones, not so much. Some of her previous works were disjointed and not a lot of continuity. The characters always alluding to hazards unknown to the readers. The writing in this book was similar to her Seal, Elite Ops, Nauti, and Breed series. Most especially the earlier books. So, I was pleasantly surprised that the story between Ivan and Journey/Crimsyn was better tha I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book. I’ve read almost all of Lora Leigh’s books, some I liked but a lot of the newer ones, not so much. Some of her previous works were disjointed and not a lot of continuity. The characters always alluding to hazards unknown to the readers. The writing in this book was similar to her Seal, Elite Ops, Nauti, and Breed series. Most especially the earlier books. So, I was pleasantly surprised that the story between Ivan and Journey/Crimsyn was better than I had expected. There’s a fine line between a good guy masquerading as a bad guy or vice versa. That’s what Ivan appeared to be. (The same with Beau, good or bad guy?). Journey has been fascinated with Ivan since she was a teenager. And he was fascinated with her as she becomes a young woman, even though he has vowed to never love any woman other than his daughter. Even though Journey has become stronger and more defiant due to her dysfunctional and despicable family, she doesn’t make rash, stupid decisions that make it more difficult to keep her safe. It was also nice that it didn’t take forever for Ivan to realize the depth of his feelings for her.
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  • Karinosa
    January 1, 1970
    Now..now ..people...I see some of the reviews and you know I was like that with the first book in this series Collision Point. I had not known this was another side story from characters from her other series. I ended up re-reading collision point to refresh my memory. Journey is a strong female character. Her life was not easy and coming out strong after her life and being on the run is brave and hard considering the depravity of her family. Ivan is some what of a ladies man and doesn't like th Now..now ..people...I see some of the reviews and you know I was like that with the first book in this series Collision Point. I had not known this was another side story from characters from her other series. I ended up re-reading collision point to refresh my memory. Journey is a strong female character. Her life was not easy and coming out strong after her life and being on the run is brave and hard considering the depravity of her family. Ivan is some what of a ladies man and doesn't like the women staying over or relationships and or love for that matter. A lot of the story comes together from the first book in this read. Ivan is sexy and alpha male. He is very protective of Journey and the scenes are hot🔥hot🔥hot🔥!! Well the ending is okay and there is an epilogue, but I was just wanting it a little further down the road. Not a bad read. I think this is a better read than the first book in this series. Now, what to read next?? I received this ARC from the publisher via Net Galley at my request for my honest review. Thank you Net Galley!
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  • Ashley Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I just could not get into this book. Reading the description, I was really excited to sit down and read it but it fell a bit flat for me. It is the second book in the Brute Force series and I didn't feel like I was missing anything not having read the first one. The beginning was a bit confusing but I got the characters figured out and was expecting a good, fast paced story.Ivan is determined to keep Journey/Syn safe. Even if he has to kidnap her...twice. The story itself was ok, very predictabl I just could not get into this book. Reading the description, I was really excited to sit down and read it but it fell a bit flat for me. It is the second book in the Brute Force series and I didn't feel like I was missing anything not having read the first one. The beginning was a bit confusing but I got the characters figured out and was expecting a good, fast paced story.Ivan is determined to keep Journey/Syn safe. Even if he has to kidnap her...twice. The story itself was ok, very predictable but not bad. The idea of the two of them actually falling in love was a bit out there as was some of the things described that were just never mentioned again. It seemed like there was more time devoted to the sex scenes than the actual storyline and I found myself skimming it.It was a 2/5 for me. **18+ Definitely for older readers**Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above were 100% mine.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Dagger’s Edge is the next book in Lora Leigh’s Brute Force series. This book definitely had some catnip for me. Older hero who is a crime boss with a protective streak. Check. Innocent heroine who is the best friend of the hero’s daughter. Check. Two families at war with each other. Check. I really liked the hero and the heroine. They had a great love story and smoking hot chemistry. Unfortunately, the plot outside of the love stor I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Dagger’s Edge is the next book in Lora Leigh’s Brute Force series. This book definitely had some catnip for me. Older hero who is a crime boss with a protective streak. Check. Innocent heroine who is the best friend of the hero’s daughter. Check. Two families at war with each other. Check. I really liked the hero and the heroine. They had a great love story and smoking hot chemistry. Unfortunately, the plot outside of the love story was really convoluted. I was pretty much confused from the prologue—probably because I didn’t read the previous books in this series closely. I couldn’t keep up with the people (who often had two names) and the details. It kind of bugged me that the hero called the heroine two different names—Journey and Syn. I found myself skimming the book until I would get to scenes with the hero and the heroine (which I really enjoyed). So, this was a mixed bag for me but Lora Leigh is still one of my favorite authors of romantic suspense.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    This book is part of a series. Do readers need to read the first book No. But I would recommend it. I was lost at first and I had even read the first book. The characters are interesting enough to keep readers engaged but honestly there is so much sex it feels as if the author didn't know what to do with them when Ivan was protecting her they had sex. While others were trying to track down the bad guys. They had sex. When she looked at him they had sex. If they were not having sex they were thin This book is part of a series. Do readers need to read the first book No. But I would recommend it. I was lost at first and I had even read the first book. The characters are interesting enough to keep readers engaged but honestly there is so much sex it feels as if the author didn't know what to do with them when Ivan was protecting her they had sex. While others were trying to track down the bad guys. They had sex. When she looked at him they had sex. If they were not having sex they were thinking about sex. The story is interesting enough so I flipped though the sex scenes to get to the guts of the story but I found I had finished the story in an afternoon.I am interested enough in the series to keep reading but if the next one is once again 85% sex I think that will be the end of the series for me.Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the advance Copy of Lora Leigh Dagger's Edge
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Journey Taite has come of age and is learning the hard truth about her family. Her father, grandfather and chosen future husband are a part of a ruthless mob. She wants nothing to do with them and taking advantage of a terrifying night which puts her father and grandfather in jail, she disappears. Flash forward, Journey has made friends with Amara Resnova and come to the attention of Amara's father, Ivan, a man Journey has been intrigued with since she was asked to dance by him when she was a te Journey Taite has come of age and is learning the hard truth about her family. Her father, grandfather and chosen future husband are a part of a ruthless mob. She wants nothing to do with them and taking advantage of a terrifying night which puts her father and grandfather in jail, she disappears. Flash forward, Journey has made friends with Amara Resnova and come to the attention of Amara's father, Ivan, a man Journey has been intrigued with since she was asked to dance by him when she was a teenager. As Journey prepares to flee for her life, Ivan offers her a chance to exact his revenge on her family and she can rid herself of her family's history.The action in this book is fast paced and suspense builds throughout, only right when the plot thickens it's interrupted by sex. Ivan and Journey have chemistry, almost a little too much and it hinders the reader from becoming emotionally attached to the main characters.I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.
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  • Linda Rea
    January 1, 1970
    Dagger’s Edge is the edge of your seat book that makes you wonder what is going to happen next. Journey has never felt love from anyone not her parents, sister or brother and when he father and grandfather kidnap her and her friend she realizes that if she escapes she will have to run. Journey has been on the run now for four years but Ivan Resnova has been watching her in fact he has been watching her for years but now he has a chance to to have Journey and his enemies. Journey has been in love Dagger’s Edge is the edge of your seat book that makes you wonder what is going to happen next. Journey has never felt love from anyone not her parents, sister or brother and when he father and grandfather kidnap her and her friend she realizes that if she escapes she will have to run. Journey has been on the run now for four years but Ivan Resnova has been watching her in fact he has been watching her for years but now he has a chance to to have Journey and his enemies. Journey has been in love with Ivan since she met him but Ivan doesn’t do love, protection, honor but never love so when they agree to fake it a lot of feelings come into play but a lot of people are trying to kill them so they can’t really explore them. I loved how easygoing Journey was having lived her life as she has. Romance and danger perfect combination.Reviewed on behalf of Once upon an Alpha
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    At least Ivan is honest, "...I can be a rather greedy man, Syn. I doubt one night would be enough.” Ivan very rarely gives any warning, “I’m about two seconds from pushing you back in that seat, ripping that skirt off you, and effing you like a godd**ned animal,” he snarled, the challenge in her gaze pushing a button he hadn’t known existed within him. “Don’t push me right now, you little wildcat, or I’ll do just that.” Not much phases Ivan, especially when it has to do with his woman, "of cours At least Ivan is honest, "...I can be a rather greedy man, Syn. I doubt one night would be enough.” Ivan very rarely gives any warning, “I’m about two seconds from pushing you back in that seat, ripping that skirt off you, and effing you like a godd**ned animal,” he snarled, the challenge in her gaze pushing a button he hadn’t known existed within him. “Don’t push me right now, you little wildcat, or I’ll do just that.” Not much phases Ivan, especially when it has to do with his woman, "of course it isn’t.” Confidence all but oozed from him. “I’m certain we’ll disagree over it quite often. You’re a temperamental little thing, so I really expect nothing less.” I loved this book, Ivan comes off as a hard man but he's mush when it came to his woman.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Dagger's Edge by Lora Leigh is one hell of a romantic suspense novel. Dark and intense like J.T. Ellison's books yet hot and steamy like that of Lynsay Sands's books. I could not tear my eyes away from this read. It was so intense, dark, and sexy. The characters were on edge constantly. Danger hung in the air on every page. One pair also had to battle their raw lust and love for each other until it exploded. Their lives were at risk and the depth to which they went to stay alive was amazing. Lor Dagger's Edge by Lora Leigh is one hell of a romantic suspense novel. Dark and intense like J.T. Ellison's books yet hot and steamy like that of Lynsay Sands's books. I could not tear my eyes away from this read. It was so intense, dark, and sexy. The characters were on edge constantly. Danger hung in the air on every page. One pair also had to battle their raw lust and love for each other until it exploded. Their lives were at risk and the depth to which they went to stay alive was amazing. Lora Leigh did not disappoint. Her words created vivid scenes and plenty of action to keep myself entertained. Overall, I highly recommend this epic romance to all. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Lora Leigh’s Dagger’s Edge is the second book in the Brute Force series following the story of Amara with that of her father, Ivan. Ivan reconnects with Journey, whose father and grandfather have a long standing feud with Ivan and his family. Despite acrimonious family relationships the two quickly establish a relationship while trying to figure out who sent assassins after her – her family, her ex-fiance? While this story has more of a plot line than its predecessor, a major focus of this book Lora Leigh’s Dagger’s Edge is the second book in the Brute Force series following the story of Amara with that of her father, Ivan. Ivan reconnects with Journey, whose father and grandfather have a long standing feud with Ivan and his family. Despite acrimonious family relationships the two quickly establish a relationship while trying to figure out who sent assassins after her – her family, her ex-fiance? While this story has more of a plot line than its predecessor, a major focus of this book still seems to be building everything up around the sex scenes. I still like more of a story to my romances than that.
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