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Lethal Nights

(Brute Force #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  775 ratings  ·  280 reviews
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 amo
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Sexy Russian with complicated past falls for simple divorcee.

The Hero, Ilya Dragonavich, is a bit hard to quantify easily. He is basically a Mafia hitman who has been adopted into the head Mafia family. Though birth family is much more complicated. Either way, he is sexy as all get out and he finds this beautiful simple woman in the process of going through a bad divorce and he decides to help her out so she doesn’t lose her home to her deadbeat ex.

Ilya gets to know Emma Jane Preston better whi
LETHAL NIGHTS by Lora Leigh is a well-written romantic suspense novel that is the third book in the Brute Force series. The story takes place in Hagerstown, Maryland and the main characters are Ilya Nicholas Dragonovich and Emma Jane Preston.

Ilya works for the security agency Brute Force and arranges agreements for safe-houses. Danger always seems to be near him. Emma Jane is going through a divorce and needs money in order to retain her childhood home. A year later when Emma Jane needs protecti
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Lethal Nights is another hot read by Lora Leigh! This woman is a master at creating such heat and tension between the main characters that I feel like I need to fan myself!

I'm a huge fan of the anti-hero, and man does Ilya fit this. He's dangerous, mysterious and a bit mystical. He's referred to as the Dragon and comes from a blood line of gypsies. They all have a tattoo of a dragon to signify their lineage. His is on his face to cover old scars which didn't sound attractive at first, but the au
This author knows how to draw you into a relationship and hold your heart captive. Ilya and Emma Jane were pretty darn perfect and I loved their story.

When Ilya helps Emma Jane keep her home from her ex-husband, he knows that she is his. But his life is filled with violence and blood that he was born into and he cannot taint her innocence with it. Of course, the story doesn’t end there. Months later, someone is out to harm Emma Jane and there is only one person she can trust to keep her safe.


Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lethal Nights was an amazing read with a steamy romance and a suspenseful plot.

Ilya Dragonovich, known as Dragon, is no stranger to the dark side. And when the first woman to capture his heart is threatened, no one is safe. Emma Jane Preston hoped life after divorce would be normal. But when she finds herself the target of a professional hit, it's clear that isn't going to happen. With Dragon to protect her, she knows her life is safe, but how can she keep her heart safe from the man who touches
Maybe I’m just desperate since my go-to authors all seem to be on hiatus but this Leigh isn’t awful. Which, since Leigh has sucked plastic straws bad over the last decade, is not a recommendation. The H/h are interchangeable with almost any Leigh H/h. The story has so many holes it’s vapor. And there’s throwaway anal shoved in (pun intended) on the last pages.

Yet this story is still better than some of the more recent shit I’ve tried.
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Brianna Bronte did a great job with this story. Ilya Dragonovich and Emma Jane Preston had skirted around their attraction for different reasons. Ilya was a dangerous man and the heir to the Dragonovich family that wielded mafia power in Romania and Emma Jane was just getting out of a marriage.

When someone threatened EJ’s life, Ilya knew it was time to claim her as his own and under his protection. But the person after her was a mystery, and that was not going to fly with the Dragon heir.

I real
Marta Cox
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Three and a half
I know when I choose to read a book by this author that it’s bound to be extremely steamy with saucy times aplenty and when in the mood I’m very much ok with that. This is actually the third book in this series although I seem to have missed the other two but will state that I found this worked very well as a stand-alone. Yes characters that are obviously from previous books appear but they are very much background and the main couple quite rightly dominate this story.
Emma Jane m
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lora Leigh Fans, Romance
4.5 Something Bigger Than Us Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Humans in this world are not alone...and if we take this idea...we can follow this to past generations which become legends...All cultures have families which go back in time and have had an impact on the world. Lora Leigh has created a world which follows this concept and Lethal Nights (Brute Force #3) lives in it. The feeling of more than just a love story is powerful and I was caught up in it from the start.

I had not read the first tw
I love an earthy romance, but I want it to be a natural growth of a storyline that has depth and swallows my imagination whole. Give me heat, passion, danger and dark pasts, but give me a story I can follow, passion that makes me feel the heat and make my heroes larger than life.

Lora Leigh’s LETHAL NIGHTS gave me much of what I want, but in dribs and stutter stepped drabs. There is lots of mystery, a dragon tattoo with personality and some clever moments on the part of our heroine, Emma Jane. Il
Holy hotness, Batman. Lora Leigh really knows how to bring the heat in Lethal Nights.

Emma is a safe-house owner for the security team, Brute Force.

Ilya is an agent with Brute Force that has left Emma alone because she is so fresh and good and he is dark and shady.

But when Emma is targeted by someone from Ilya’s past, Ilya will pull out all the stops to protect her.

I enjoyed Lethal Nights. It definitely puts the steam in steamy romance. The base story was extremely entertaining with random extre
Eva Millien
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He is no stranger to the dark side and as a safe-house owner for the Brute Force security agency, Dragon knows that that battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man – even beautiful women. She need help, but the kind of protection that Emma Jane needs comes at a cost – one that only someone like Dragon can provide.

This romantic suspense is the type of romance that speaks to readers and has them drooling over the sexy hero with the dark side. The chemistry between Drago
This is the third book in the Brute Force series but it is the first one that I've read and it still worked well as a standalone read. It is a very steamy, romantic suspense involving international conspirators in an action packed story.

Emma Jane Preston senses someone is in her home and takes refuge in her bath. That's when the intruders break into her bedroom and shoot it up. Unharmed but traumatised by the experience, this feisty lady is determined not to endanger anyone else. That's when Ily
Sheila Melo
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

FINAL DECISION: My favorite of the series, this one is sexy and action filled. I loved the interaction between Emma and her "Dragon" in this one. Dark and sexy man totally undone by his woman.

THE STORY: Emma Jane Preston is in the midst of a divorce when she meets Ilya Dragonovich who is setting up the security for the safe house. A year later, someone breaks into her home and almost kills her. There was an intense attraction between Emma and Ilya a year ago, but she wasn't going to get involve
Vikki Vaught
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I have read by Lora Leigh, and I enjoyed it for the most part. Thanks goes to the publisher, via Net-Galley, for the chance to read and review in advance of publication. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Ms. Leigh writes fantastic suspense scenes that had me nibbling on my nails, waiting to find out what would happen next. It quickly drew me in, and I had a hard time putting it down. This is a plot-driven story, and for anyone who loves hot, steamy

While I enjoyed the mild suspense elements in Lethal Nights, I loved the pull between Ilya and Emma Jane more! Her innocence was sweet, bringing a touch of sunshine to his dark existence, but her core of steel would have brought down a lesser man I think. I also loved how she teased Ilya and got a kick out of her humorous comments regarding Ilya’s dragon tattoo. Ilya was this bada$$ kind of guy who could probably chew steel and spit it out, but Emma Jane bringing him to his knees had me grinning
Erin Lewis
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Star Review Lethal Nights (Brute Force #3) by Lora Leigh
This is Ilya Dragonovich and Emma Jane Preston’s story.There was a great deal of chemistry between Ilya and Emma and it was scorchingly hot. Lethal Nights had action, suspense, danger and intrigue which kept me interested.
I had a hard time engaging with the characters as much as I would have liked, but that is more me, than them. I did like how focused and determined Ilya was to protect Emma and I admired Emma’s strength and how she has
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like your men dark, dangerous and oh so sexy then Ilya Dragonovich is the book hero for you. No woman is going to tame him except the one who doesn’t want to. In the midst of a nasty divorce Emma Jane Preston needs help and Ilya provides it. Now a year later Emma is under attack and nobody can figure out why but Ilya isn’t about to let anyone harm the dragons mate weather he has claimed her or not.
Lethal Nights is a fast paced smoking hot story featuring a good woman and a very bad man.
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Love a stoic and alpha man? Look no further than Ilya Dragonovich. The bastard son of the infamous Dragon, Ilya should have been treasured as the only son of the Dragon. Instead, he's been treated in the worst of ways as a child. The horrific acts perpetrated on a child ten and under are pure evil. Each of these acts were encouraged by his birth mother. This is unfathomable to me. How can a mother treat their child so horribly? Or encourage such body scarification? She should be drawn and quarte ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC received for review

Ilya and Emma Jane were hot from page one. There was just so many people coming in that I had no idea who they were or what the point was to them being in the story. That kind of reminded me of book one. The bad guy was pure nasty. Then the ending just left a lot to be desired.
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Judi Easley
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers who like a thrill with their love!
Recommended to Judi by: Author's rep
Lethal Nights
A Brute Force Novel
Lora Leigh
St. Martin’s Press, 24 Sep 2019
288 pages, Kindle edition
Romantic Thriller
Provided by NetGalley

The cover tells me nothing except that someone likes purple and that it’s about a dominant man and a woman and a group that’s likely militant called Brute Force. The purple probably indicates royalty in this case. All of which is true to some degree in this case, but I’m not enamored of the cover.

The story is typical of this particular author who writes stea
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third in the series, each with a new relationship, but carrying on the story, so we see development of the previous ones.

Ilya is a man who has known great suffering, and as the next leader of the Dragon clan, he has lived his whole life in danger. Sadly, as we find out the most awful things which happened to him where perpetrated by those who should love him the most. Yet for all that darkness, he is someone
Avid Reader
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lethal Nights (Brute Force #3) by Lora Leigh
3.5 stars
M/F Paranormal Romance
Triggers: Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Attempted Murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I am assuming the editing issues will be reviewed and rectified before this is released.

This is the third book in the series and while you don’t necessarily have to read them in order, they are very good.

This is Ilya Dragonovich’s story. He is an important man in the underworld and while he knows who he is and w
Cathy Geha
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lethal Nights by Lora Leigh
Brute Force #3

I enjoyed the beginning of this book in which Ilya and Emma Jane met, kissed and said goodbye...for awhile BUT when the rest of the book started up I felt totally lost. I couldn’t figure out who the bad guys were or why Ilya’s family was so strange sounding or who shot up Emma Jane’s house or why she was getting a divorce or who so many of the people mentioned were. I then found out this is a spin-off (maybe) of another series with at least seven books in
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars

This is the third book in the Brute Force series by Lora Leigh.

I wasn’t sure exactly what level of sexy to expect from this book. I wasn’t certain if Leigh was a more erotic author or just a run of the mill romantic suspense maven. What I found was somewhere in between.

Ilya was super intense in that brooding, no one really understands me type of way. And Emma Jane didn’t seem to want to let the happiness live at her residence. I didn’t quite understand either of them. I feel like thei
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lora Leigh has certainly written an imaginative series. I have read the first, but not the second, and now have read the third. This book revolves around the Romanian Gypsy clan called the Dragons, and Ilya Dragonovich is the grandson of the leader. Emma Jean is his true love in his eyes, but forces are there that want to kill her. Emma Jean does not know the whole story, and that is the basis for this story. It is a love story, but it is also so much more. Love the history and customs with this ...more
Julia David
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of this series. Emma Jane is just getting out of a bad marriage and Ilya walks into her life. He knows he can't start something with her because she isn't divorced yet. He is there to help her and he knows he has to leave her alone. Not only because her divorce isn't final yet, but because he has an enemy that would love to get back at him through Emma Jane. He really tries to stay away, but can't. Someone has targeted Emma Jane and he needs to find out if it is connected to ...more
After I finished the second book of this series, I said I’m done with LL’s non-Breed books but when this was offered to me for review, I reluctantly accepted, thinking there would be improvements in the writing and editing. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

I liked the dragon tattoo parts, some of the more appropriately-placed sex scenes, Emma Jane’s spirit, and, hmm, did I say Ilya’s dragon face tattoo already?

Most of it is thin, convoluted plot, far too many named characters, repetitive an
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