Series: Brute Force #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 24th 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Ilya Dragonovich is no stranger to the dark side. As a safe-house owner for security agency Brute Force, Dragon knows that the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man―and, sometimes, a beautiful woman…
Emma Jane Preston needs help. After her marriage crumbled, she believed she could get back to a normal, happy life. But her ex-husband moved among some shady characters, and now she needs the kind of protection that comes at a cost―one that only someone like Dragon can provide. But can Emma Jane trust this handsome, undercover operator to keep her safe when she is in danger of falling into the arms of the deeply seductive, fiery Dragon. . .and never letting go?
This is my very favorite of the series, so far because of Ilya. He is a very dangerous man with a past filled with violence and on the surface, nowhere close to the kind of man Emma needs.
Ilya is, for all intents and purposes Ivan Resnova’s second in command, but as the story unfolds we find out that due to the circumstances of his birth, he wields a lot more power in the Russian underground than is known. He has a complicated history which he believes makes him a bad bet for any woman (with good reason) but when Emma finds herself in danger, he is there in a heartbeat.
Emma is very much the girl next door, well-liked in her community and lives a simple life after her divorce. That is until Ilya enters it and everything changes. She finds herself in life-threatening danger and only Ilya can keep her alive.
Ilya does not exactly fit the prototype of a hero, not with the kind of life he has lived, but he’s still the guy you want at your back in good and bad times. The ways he cherishes Emma certainly makes him a favorite of mine and Emma has a core of strength that makes her the perfect match for him.
LETHAL NIGHTS has a more robust backstory for the characters and brings a little more to the page than the usual passion and suspense, it brings a lot more of the mystical stuff that the author sprinkles in some of her romantic suspense stories and also fits in with Ilya’s Romani background. Like Oliver Twist, I want more and hope that there is a book in the making for Ilya’s brother, Alexi.