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Being a hitman takes skill. It takes discipline and rules.

I broke my cardinal rule; never talk to the mark.

Bryn Valentine has clawed her way under my skin and now I can’t turn her away.



Dagger
Life as a hitman came easy to me. I was born a killer. Hell, even my name strikes fear in people’s hearts, at least the ones who know what’s good for them.

My reputation is flawless.
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Published February 12th 2021
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Lady Raven RAVE!
4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Style: Dark Romance
Story: 3.5/5
Enjoyment: 4/5
Dark Level: 2/5
Sexual: Good
Triggers: Yes
Violence: Yes
Male: Loner, Antihero & Sexy
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If I were to come across Dagger, he would probably scare me, but the author made him dark, intense and sexy. Being a hit man, killing is all he knows and when he gets a mark, Bryn, the curious intensity for me lit up like a Christmas tree. I love that this book was to the point, with action, mystery and sex appeal. Don
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Sally Sutherland
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dagger and Bryn were never meant be together. Everything started out as just a job for Dagger, but then he broke some of his own rules. Turns out that there is a very big problem with this job. Now they are on the run together and trying to stay alive. Read the story, I feel like you will enjoy it.


This was such a fantastic book. I wasn't sure when I first started reading it that I would be able to get through it, but by the first chapter it really got interesting and drew me in. After that they
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E Loprete
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Saving Valentine by Rae B. Lake is not your typical Valentine's Day romance story, but a dark, violent look at the underworld of the mafia, you will be on edge from beginning to end as we witness what happens when a killer for hire's next victim is about to turn his orderly world apart. Dagger is a disciplined trained killer who lives by order and rules. For the right price he is a highly sought after hitman known worldwide for his ruthless efficient kills. His next job is to kidnap and kill a y ...more
Kaye
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
🗝️🗝️ONE DARK AND DELECTABLE THRILL RIDE🗝️🗝️
Busting bunkers boo! Rae unleashes one helluva dark, decadent, sensational rock-my-world rollercoaster, snagging all the badassery and moxie with tantalizing sentiment, nuance and essence, jetting this hot little number to staggering heights. Anarchy and duplicity descend in a tempest full of riveting drama, gripping intrigue, spine tingling betrayal, underlying currents, escalating danger, electrifying suspense and nailbiting situations ensue, wrapping
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Sara Hogan
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic novel to read! It was good from the first page. There is a lot of violence, sex, and drama involved. Dagger is a hitman for a mafia boss but takes independent contracts to make a little bit more money on the side. He takes one of these contracts and the girl he kidnaps turns out to be the daughter of a mafia boss. He was set up to kill her so that a war would happen between two mafia families. He decides to keep her alive and they go on the run together. On the way, they sta ...more
Samantha
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author thru Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my review. I really enjoyed the love story between Bryn and Dagger. His is a hitman who is hired to take out a young woman. He does not know who but the price is right and he is a professional. When he watches Bryn, he wonders why someone would want her dead. He follows his instructions by the client except he ends up talking to her. What he learns quickly saves both their lives and puts them on the run from the mafia a ...more
Daisy Sauceda
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well Rae thank you for writing these characters and bringing them to life in my head. This felt like a mix of Hitman and Transporter all rolled in one. This is exciting, scary and oh so hot. Bryn seems to be an important pawn in something big and Dagger just happened to be the dark knight that gets in the way. Dagger made his choice when he was younger and is very skilled with what he does. So he thought a simple contract would go like they always do. Bryn however has different plans and is tryi ...more
Jacqueline
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This mafia romance has some dark edges to it. Dagger (you are 25% through the book before you learn his name!) is a mafia assassin who is hired to kidnap and kill a young woman who appears to be no one. Bryn is living her life in the shadows when she is taken. She manages to convince Dagger that he is being used to start a war between two mafia families since she is the illegitimate daughter of one of them. They end up on the run when Dagger doesn't produce the evidence that she is dead and a hi ...more
Mel
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
The author has a way of writing that feels like it’s a conversation in her head that she’s just typed out as it came to her, in that way lots of nuances are really lost in this story and it’s hard sometimes to determine where the story is heading. It’s also told entirely from the assassins perspective.

Dagger is a fairly likeable assassin all said, though he’s very much not blameless for the life he is leading. Bryn has tried escaping her family connections but hasn’t gone far enough and is drag
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Debbie Caswell
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that draws you in from almost the first page a roller coaster of emotion that has you questioning plenty before all of the threads come together

Dagger ruthless assassin with a reputation for been the best in the game he has taken on his latest job but he does have a few niggling doubts about it. He is to take and kill a young woman Bryn Valentine the only thing is when he watches her she seems to work mind her own business and never interfere with anyone. When he takes her he disc
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Morri
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What is one thing a hitman should never do? Fall for his intended target. Bryn is the target that Dagger was entrusted to do his job on. But something about Bryn takes Dagger into doing something he never does. He gets to know Bryn. Dagger is so captivated by her that he will do what it takes to keep her safe, even if it means killing his fellow hitmen. Bryn is being used. There is a lot of action, drama, hot steamy times, and love from these two. It is a mafia story (brutal) that is actually ra ...more
Rhonda Howell
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
What happens when two groups decide they want to start a war between two families that are at peace? You kill one of the daughters. Dagger is a killer. He is hired to kill a woman and is not given much information except that he is to hide her for three days before he kills her and send daily pictures. His captive is finally allowed to talk and she tells him he has been played and will ultimately take the fall if she dies and tells him what he is missing. Follow along on their harrowing journey ...more
Isabelle D'A
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful read from the very beginning. I was captivated by this book and continuously found myself drawn to the characters. Nice plots and easy to follow. The characters had such chemistry that you could feel the sparks. In true Rae B. Lake form the characters and their personalities are unique with qualities and traits that balance out perfectly. The chemistry between the main characters is sizzling. I loved they way they came together so smoothly. The scenes are so graphic and vivid ...more
Danielle Marlowe
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Saving Valentine was a great story. The plot was written well, it was packed with many emotions. Not a thing about Dagger and Bryn's journey was easy but they were both fighters and from the beginning there a strong connection between them, even when there shouldn't have been. Bryn and Dagger's journey may have started out one way but it turned into something so much more and strong. They were made for each other, they were drawn to each other like a moth to a flame. The chemistry between them w ...more
G
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All she does is work and go home. She doesn't go out with friends, she doesn't bother anybody and she minds her own business, yet, Bryn Valentine has found herself in a he*#uva mess with an assassin. Dagger is a top notch assassin. He's meticulous at his job and never fails. When Bryn becomes his job, more questions than answers come to the forefront. Dagger and Bryn are in for lots of trouble during their journey, and trying to find the person who caused all the betrayal doesn't come easy. Thei ...more
Jenni
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When Dagger is tasked with hunting down and KIlling Bryn Valentine, his bad feeling about the job before hand just gets confirmed when she reveals who she is. Bryn leads and uneventful life till Dagger turns her world around. Someone wants her dead but is that really what's going on? Is Dagger being used to start a war? This is a well written steamy romance with action suspense, twists and turns, desires hotbscenes and more!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily le
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Heather Burns
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dagger is a hit man who never speaks to his marks. Bryn is on the run from her Croatian Mob Father. A contract is put out for Bryan’s death, one that Dagger takes. Once he has her he quickly learns not all is as it seems. Now all the hit men on the dark web are on their heals. Will they make it out alive? Will Dagger get rid of her so her can escape? Will he be captured for killing her? Or will they run of happily ever after? You will have to read this fast paced book to find out!

I received a fr
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Tania
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book it was great, the story was written well and the characters were incredible. Dagger is a hitman his reputation is flawless, his professional, efficient and never missed a mark. Bryn should have been a simple killing, but those big soul-piercing brown eyes caused him to break the cardinal rule. It was hot and steamy, dark desires, passion and he will protect Bryn if it is the last thing he could do the emotions to keep you guessing did he save her or not?

I received a free copy of t
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Cathylynn
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dagger is an assassin and he is really good at his job. He never talks to his target. So when he is hired to kidnap and kill Bryn he falls for her instead. Why would anyone want to kill Bryn was beyond me, she goes to work and goes home, no social life. This book has twists and turns and betrayal and a mystery to solve. Dagger will protect Bryn with everything he has and knows. This is a dark gritty dirty romance. It was so enjoyable and I loved every minute of the journey.

I received a free copy
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Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This dark romance will keep you glued to Dagger and Brynn. He is a hit man that has set rules. when he breaks one of his rules, it draws him in and he is captivated causing him to turn the tables whereby instead of killing his mark he is now the protector. Will he and Brynn be able to make it through this ordeal and get a happily ever after?

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Michele
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. It is not instant love. It is a little bit dark and more of a love/hate between them until they figure some things out about one another. Then they are on fire. Their chemistry is off the charts. They are brought together under false information and then it goes from there. It is packed with danger, lies, desires and more. Never a dull moment with these two. A highly recommended read. You will not want to put it down. Love it! Can not wait for more from this author.
Cody Phoenix
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has seen my reviews knows I don't hand out 5 stars easily. The book has to leave an unforgettable memory or feeling, usually something between the two main characters. Saving Valentine is one of those books with both the characters and the storyline nailing it on the head. I felt like I was right there and those are the best books to read in my humble opinion.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Brandy Rice
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2021
This story started off slow but once it got going it was impossible to put down. There is so much action and suspense to this story as Bryn and Dagger fight for their lives and hope for their HEA. Bryn's father, Ilia, is horrible! I would love a short story about Dagger destroying Ilia and his empire. I really enjoyed this book, it is an interesting take on a Valentine's day romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Sue
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well this is not a typical Valentine love story. This involves mafia families and a daughter of one kidnapped by Dagger per contract, but he doesn't know who she is related to. Things get pretty bad for him to make things right and her to be his. Plenty of danger, depravity, secrets and finally a HEA. ...more
Tracy Hogan
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dagger is supposed to kill Bryn. The longer he spends with her and the more he learns makes him change his mind. Reading how their relationship evolves is extraordinary. You find yourself cheering for them to find their happily ever after. This is a bit of a dark and twisted tale but it makes it even better. This author never misses.
Vikki Purcell
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book will have you hooked from start to end. Dagger is a hitman that can only be contacted thru the dark web. Bryn is his target. When they first meet they hate each other,yet as things being to not feel right with Dagger about his hit they soon find love as they go on the run and uncover the reason to why Bryn was his target.
Jeanne
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hitman falls for his mark. Someone is trying to start a war and is using Dagger to do it. With a price on their heads and no idea who they can really trust, Brynn and Dagger fight their way to the truth while falling for each other. I really didn’t expect some of the things to go down the way they did. And talk about a craptastic father!

I received a free copy of this book.
Stephanie
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ok I really really liked Dagger and Bryn’s story. I loved that Dagger broke all of his rules for her and that she really got under his skin. Their chemistry is fantastic and the storyline keeps you very involved. My only gripe was the ending. It just ends...I feel a little empty as I feel Dagger definitely needed to seek vengeance on Ilia and the way he treated Bryn. They’re story needs an extended epilogue for sure!
Phyllis Wolford
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Ms. Lake. This is not a typical insta-love story. It is much darker and not so nice.

When someone needs a hit man they contact Dagger via the dark web. his target is Bryan but nothing looks as it seems.

They both have a love/hate relationship until it turns into love. Together they unravel the mystery and reason behind the hit on Byrne and Dagger taking the job. In doing so they find a deep love for each other.
Pat
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This well written story and strongly created characters gripped me right from the very beginning! The interaction and chemistry between Bryn and Dagger kept my attention throughout the entire book! I was so invested in this story that I read this book in one sitting!
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