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Dagger’s Edge: A Brute Force Novel

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Dagger’s Edge: A Brute Force NovelDagger's Edge by Lora Leigh
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 28, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Military, Romance
Pages: 304
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#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. . .


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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.


About Lora Leigh

Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambiance of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora’s family and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora’s life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

If you are a bookstore owner or manager, please email loraleighpa@gmail.com for snail mail notices of books scheduled to release in print, as well as bound pamphlets of current titles in print for your customers to browse through as well as other promotional items.

Autographed Books – www.dreamsbynight.com

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Collision Point: A Brute Force Novel

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Title: Collision Point
Author: Lora Leigh
Series: A Brute Force Novel
Page Length: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Publication Date: (February 27, 2018)
Genre: Mystery-Suspense

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Riordan “Rory” Malone is a force to be reckoned with. A member of the Brute Force Protection Agency and an operative working with the Elite Ops, Rory is the fiercest of warriors and protectors. Honed from the strong Irish stock of their grandfather and sharpened to a razor’s edge, Malone men live for one single purpose: to protect the women who own them, body and soul. From the moment he saw Amara Resnova, he knew she could be that woman.

But Amara, daughter of an alleged notorious crime lord, is a force in her own right. When she betrays her father, she finds herself in the arms of a man who is dangerous for her body and soul.

Can Rory keep Amara safe while protecting his own heart? Can Amara trust Rory not to break hers even as the danger mounts, threatening to take them and their passion to a breaking point?

Review

What would you do if the one person you’re in love with comes knocking on your door?

When an author has you remember a book that you have not read in a while, says a lot about that author. I had the pleasure of reading Collision Point and not knowing a lot of detail about the book other than Lora Leigh wrote the book. What a surprise while reading the book I notice that Riordan Malone was Nathan’s brother. If you ever read Lora’s Elite Ops series than you should remember Wild Card.

Well in Collison Point the first in Lora Leigh new series, Brute Force. Riordan “Ray” Malone an Elite Ops agent himself, whose whole future is on the line. When the woman he loves comes under attack. But the problem is Amara Resnova doesn’t remember who he is. The only thing she knows is Ray Malone is the only person she can trust to track down the person or persons out to kill her.

Collison Point was great. Fast-paced action and smoking hot romance will have you readers up until the crack of dawn trying to solve the mystery. At one point I thought I had solved the mystery. If this was a movie no one could have changed my mind of who the assailant was. What a shock when the mystery person was revealed and the reason behind the attacks. This was certainly a great start to this new series. It is always a pleasure to revisit with old characters.

Collision Point on sale this month. I certainly recommend this story to any fan of mystery suspense or readers who loved Lora Leigh Elite Ops series.


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Rugged Texas Cowboy

Title: Rugged Texas Cowboy | Author: Lora Leigh

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks  | Publication Date: December 5, 2017

Sold by: Macmillan

COWBOY AND THE CAPTIVE
Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life?until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .
COWBOY AND THE THIEF
Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

Rugged Texas Cowboy written by Lora Leigh are two previously published but revised and expanded bundle into one complete book. Is a Western Romance that both books even though are like a semi-series, but can be read as a standalone.
In the first story Cowboy and the Captive, to me, it was like reading a western romance of Cain and Able, just with a happier ending. You know one sibling jealous of the other. Well in this book, you have the parents condoning what one twin does and uses the other to take the punishment. Until one mistaken identity may have saved Melina Caterina life.
Cowboy and the Thief I just couldn’t get into this book. The story just didn’t click for me like the first. Whereas the first had a plot I can get behind. You know a dysfunctional family, mistaken identity, and betrayal.
Rugged Texas Cowboy was okay, it wasn’t bad. Some may like this bundle but the one story wasn’t for me.

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Cross Breed (A Novel of the Breeds)

Cross Breed (A Novel of the Breeds) by [Leigh, Lora]Title: CROSS BREED
Author: Lora Leigh
Series: The Breeds
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Publisher: Berkley (March 27, 2018)
Print Length: 384 Pages
Release Date: March 27, 2018


1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breeds series delivers the novel fans have been waiting for–mixed Coyote/Wolf Breed Cassie Sinclair finally gets her story!

It’s been over a decade since she was introduced as an unforgettable eight-year-old in Elizabeth’s Wolf. Now all grown up, Cassie is unique among the Breeds as a Coyote/Wolf mix. She has long known that her mate was somehwere out there, but he’s stayed frustratingly out of sight and beyond her senses. Cassie has decided to make her move and her mate is ready to make his. The Breed world will be rocked to its foundation as dangerous secrets are revealed.

This is one book that I can’t wait to read. Its the book that you can say started it all, for me.  Since we met Cassie in Elizabeth’s Wolf, I couldn’t wait for her story to be told. And come March 27, 2018 we shall see what shes been up too, and who her mate really is.

 

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Biography

Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora’s life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

If you are a bookstore owner or manager, please email loraleighpa@gmail.com for snail mail notices of books scheduled to release in print, as well as bound pamphlets of current titles in print for your customers to browse through as well as other promotional items.

Autographed Books – www.dreamsbynight.com

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For Maggie’s Sake

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Genre: Military

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: December 13th, 2016

Print Length: 97 page

Characters: Joe, Maggie

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Sinful pleasure and forbidden desire rule in #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh’s story For Maggie’s Sake, previously published in the anthologies Real Men Do It Better and Taken, now exclusively in e.

Maggie Chavez is in protective custody with a member of her former lover’s SEAL team. Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information from him about a powerful drug lord and the deaths of some SEALs. He intends to seduce her and get the information before she can sell it back to the drug cartel. But the desire crackles between them and their attraction is undeniable. How can Joe use her and leave her, when all he wants is to hold her close and never let go?

When Maggie moved on from Joe, she thought she found the perfect man. Until she married him. Then all secrets were revealed. Her late husband was the best friend of Joe. Then if that wasn’t bad enough her late husband was also in the bed of the Mafia. Worst yet is when her late husband died, he had everyone believe that Maggie knew everything about his dirty dealings. Joe, was the only one who believes that Maggie is innocent and now it’s up to him to prove it.

For Maggie Sake is a second chance at love novella. With well-developed characters and steam from every page. Lora Leigh know how to captivate an audience from the first words and never let you go until the characters has spoken their last words.

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Only Pleasure: Part 3

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 384 pages
Series: Bound Hearts
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin
Publication Date: Nov 15th 2016
Characters: Chase, Kia


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Sinful pleasure and forbidden desire rule in the final part of #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh’s novel Only Pleasure, previously published in trade paperback and now exclusively in e.

When Chase opens Kia up to a whole new world of lust and pleasure, her world can never be the same again. But when danger looms closer and Kia’s life is threatened, Chase will stop at nothing to keep his lovely Kia safe…and burning with desire in his arms forever…

In the finale, Part of the three-part series to Only Pleasure, everything comes to ahead. With Chase coming to realize almost too late that Kia is the only thing he needs to make his world complete. The mystery is solved on whom the unknown man that saved Kia that unforgettable night. Also, Kia ex-husband might have redeemed himself somewhat, when Kia’s life is in danger by the mystery person out to destroy Chase.

All in all, I would have rather read the full length, but for those who are stress for time, and do like to read spicy romances, then this three part version to Only Pleasure would be right up your alley.

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Only Pleasure: Part 2

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 384 pages
Series: Bound Hearts
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin
Publication Date: Nov 8th 2016
Characters: Chase, Kia


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Kia is a dream Chase has not allowed himself to entertain. Now that he has her, it’s her heart he’s after and he’s determined to win it, no matter the cost. And even though they both agreed that it would only be for pleasure, a feeling deeper than all-consuming lust and illicit pleasure has taken hold of them…

Being estranged from a family member would be hard on a person, but it’s even worse when he was your twin. Chase has gone through a lot and to finally get his twin back, just to almost loose him again, took a toll on any personal relationships that he decides to have with any women.

Now that he finally got Kia, even though they both came to the decision that it’s only for the pleasure, came to ahead in the 2nd part of Only Pleasure, when an unknown enemy of Chase elects that attacking Kia was the way to get to Chase.

Whereas, Only Pleasure Part 1 was about the pleasure… Part 2 is about the emotional entanglement that Kia and Chase would have to face to determine if it’s only about the pleasure.

Again, this book ended in a perfect spot, and the development of Kia Chase relationship was more felt than it was in the 1st part.
 

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Only Pleasure: Part 1

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 384 pages
Series: Bound Hearts
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Publication Date: Nov 1st 2016
Characters: Chase, Kia


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Sinful pleasure and forbidden desire rule in the first part of #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh’s novel Only Pleasure, previously published in trade paperback and now exclusively in ebook format.
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Since Chase Falladay came to her rescue two years ago, Kia Stanton has never been able to forget the powerful man or the kind of life he leads. So two years later when she runs into Chase and his friend, Khalid, and leaves with them that night, she knows exactly where it is all heading. However, little prepares her for the smoldering pleasure she feels in the arms of two men. After years of holding back, Kia is finally able to find freedom…as Chase and Khalid possess her body with forbidden sensations…

When it comes to doing anything, there is always a first. With Lora Leigh latest title Pleasure, which comes in three parts, but still give you the inflammable romance that you come to know from Lora Leigh. In Pleasure Part #1 it just the introduction to the main couple, the trouble of turmoil of Kia Stanton.  when she made, it known that her husband was a member of the BDSM club and that he and another member almost force themselves on her. It was up to Chase Falladay to get the club out of the public eye.

Now two years later after a nasty divorce and her reputation in ruins. Now, after years of denying herself, Kia is finally able to find freedom.

The 1st segment of Only Pleasure was a great introduction to the main characters. You didn’t have to wait long before Chase and Kia acted on their feelings.

This book has it pros and con. The pro was it ended just like a cliffhanger, it gave you time to digest what you read, also since I was reading this close to bed time anyway, I felt it ended perfectly. The con is I don’t like cliffhangers. That is the only trouble I had with this book. But then again maybe it wasn’t a problem with the book and just a problem with me having time management issues.

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Dirty Little Lies (Men of Summer #3)

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THE HEART HAS ITS SECRETS.
Zack Richards knows he’s asking for trouble. Trying to protect a member of the notorious Maddox family could get a man killed―even a battle-scarred, muscle-ripped alpha like Zack. But the woman who has captured his wildest fantasies is nothing like the rest of her power-hungry clan. She’s innocent, beautiful, and has quickly become the one shining light in his dark, desperate world. The only woman worth fighting for…and dying for…

BUT PASSION NEVER LIES.
Her name is Grace Maddox―and everybody knows that she is a marked woman. Targeted for her family’s sins and hunted like a wild animal, Grace has no choice but to accept

Zack’s protection. In his arms, she finally feels safe. In his eyes, she sees an insatiable desire that mirrors her own. But the truth is dangerous―and could end up tearing them apart. Will surrendering to Zack end up being the biggest mistake of Grace’s life?

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Lora Leigh I am going to forward you a bill for a new Kindle. Dirty Little Lies was so hot that my Kindle stop working. I mean literally stop working…. Okay so the battery needed charging. But no lie, Dirty Little Lies was seriously good, excellent, outstanding!

The third novel to her Men of Summer has us on the edge of our sits from the very first chapter. When Grace Maddox life is in danger by whom she thought was a friend, but she soon learns that she really can’t trust anyone.  Or so she thought. When Zack Richards finds out that Grace was attacked he made good time to her bed side. But Zack Richards is the last man that Grace would have protecting her. But when forces marked Grace for death, Zack is not going to let anyone stop him from protecting the only women that he wants in his arms and that would include the woman herself.

 I have to say if you haven’t begun this series yet, you don’t know what you have been missing. Out of the entire series I enjoyed this one the most.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Print Length: 320 pages

Series: Men of Summer #3

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Characters: Zack, Grace

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Elizabeth’s Wolf (Breed Book 4)

She brought him back from death and made him live again. Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more. Elizabeth made him realize he was a man. Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession. He was a lone wolf. A man alone. No pack, no family, no one to call his own until one single, innocent letter awoke Elizabeth’s wolf.

My Review: There are just some books that ask to be read repeatedly and Elizabeth’s Wolf by Lora Leigh is one of those books. I never wrote a review and meant to get around to it, so after reading this book for the 15th time here it goes.

After a failed mission gone wrong which left Dash team all dead and Dash slowing wanted to die; only one thing kept him going a letter from a sweet little girl. Her letters kept him going until one day he was told that the little girl and her mother have died. But a mystery starts to unfold when he receives another letter from the same little girl. She and her mother are both on the run. It would be up to Dash to save them before their enemy claims them.

Elizabeth’s Wolf was a seriously great book. Of course it had to be great if I read it 15 times. This story will never get old no matter how many times you read it. The plot was gripping and once Dash meets up with Elizabeth and her very mysterious daughter, the action really picks up.

This book had everything a reading like me enjoys in a romance; mystery with a lot of hot passion thrown in for good measure.

So if you haven’t read Elizabeth’s Wolf the 4th book in the Wolf Breeds series make sure you pick up a copy. You won’t regret it.

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Wicked Lies: A Men of Summer Novel

Jazz knows that Annie isn’t who she says she is-that she’s lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing…everything?

My Review: Who is Annie? That is what Jazz wants to know. He knows that Annie wasn’t your ordinary school teacher. But the mystery surrounding Annie was something Jazz wants to solve. Wicked Lies is another excellent read by Lora Leigh. So far I can say that Lora Leigh in my opinion couldn’t write a bad book if she tried.
What I truly loved about Wicked Lies was Annie. She was a capable woman, who have one thing in mind and that was to solve the mystery of what happened to her. She wanted to trust Jazz, but could she really trust anyone with her secret, particularly when telling her secret could get the person killed. Wicked Lies sizzles with mystery, and romance. The chemistry between Jazz and Annie was burning hot.

Wicked Lies goes on sale September 1, 2015 Amazon| Barnes & Noble

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