The Hitman's Vice by Allegra Grey and Emily Sloan

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Fitzgerald Sagas, 1

The only time hitman Dane ‘The Butcher’ Ryan makes the "right" choice, he loses the only girl he's ever loved.

Dane intends to be a Captain for the powerful Fitzgerald family, like his father. His only weakness is his (former) best friend's little sister, Zara Fitzgerald. Until he stumbles into a dark family secret and Zara swears him to silence. Dane knows staying quiet puts her at risk—so he breaks the promise. And her trust.

Years later, tragedy—and a brewing mafia war—brings them back together. Too bad The Outfit wants a marriage to settle the scores. And only a Fitzgerald daughter will do…


Her unearthly gaze finally met his. He cursed whatever whim of the universe gave Zara Fitzgerald fairy-fucking-princess eyes: bright, blue rings around melted chocolate. Weird, impossible eyes meant to haunt your dreams at the worst moments. Tonight, her pupils were blown so wide the brown was almost invisible. When she spoke again, alarm bells sounded in Dane’s head: “I don’t suppose you mean you’re going to drop me off at the nearest all-night diner?” 

“You always were the smart twin.” 

“Come on, Dane. Just let us head out. You don’t have to get all responsible and tell Dad, do you?” She was suddenly all velvet and honey. “It’s just you and me. And nobody’s gonna believe him.” She pointed at Kirke. Her small hand brushed his sleeve and traced the seam, nails gleaming silver and black, inviting him into the void. Her touch burned through his leather coat and the ruined gray shirt. “I don’t want to go home yet.” 

The routine might’ve worked if he hadn’t spent his entire life building up an immunity to the twins’ angelic faces. Or most of an immunity. Though his blood pressure was having trouble remembering that with Zara so close. Touching him. 

“Zara? Have you concluded that my dick is bigger than Kirke’s?” He chuckled and squeezed her elbow a little harder. Her gaze flitted down to his belt, and a blush finally showed though the makeup. But she wasn’t struggling against his hold, either. Fuck if he didn’t get the faint impression that she liked it. 

God, do not think about that. You fucking cannot think about holding Zara down and… 

“I suspect your dick’s bigger than pretty much anyone’s.” That simple, lust-edged whisper almost broke his resistance. Zara never shied away from teasing him when she had the chance, but this was a new level. One he already felt haunting his future dreams.

“Fucking yikes. You’re drunk,” Dane laughed. He had to. If he took her seriously—even for a second—she’d be against the wall again. And if he touched her, he wouldn’t stop or let go. There’d be no cure besides her dad’s bullet in his brain. 

And I’d still die happy. 

Zara huffed and stepped into him, resting her head against his chest. Like there wasn’t blood all over his shirt. Or an unconscious cokehead drooling at their feet. Dane kept his eyes on the ragged door and tried not to move or think about her warmth seeping through his clothes. Or that if he bent his head, he could bury his nose in her messy hair and breathe in her scent. “I may be somewhat very drunk,” Zara whispered. “That doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” 

“Let’s collect your sister. I’ll call someone to come deal with Kirke.” He kept his voice calm, the words gentle. She’s high as hell. You know she wouldn’t act like this if she wasn’t out of her mind. Zara Fitzgerald was not the girl who felt you up at a party. She was the shy, sweet girl who volunteered at animal shelters and spent every spare moment in the dance studio. Or she was two years ago. What is she now? Doesn’t matter. She’s still too good for you.

He’d known the twins since their parents brought them home from the hospital when he and their older brother Ben were three—and daily playmates. Before Ben’s demons showed up. She’d always been kind. The one who found lost puppies and read stories to other kids. Had she even thrown a punch in her life?

She’s the only person who still smiles when she sees you. Don’t fuck that up. 

Zara giggled, her breath kindling a wildfire in his chest. “Are you hoping Gia can protect your virtue?” 

Before he could stop himself, his arm circled her with impossible, outrageous ease. Like it knew what it was doing. “Maybe I’m not the one who needs protecting,” he whispered. It was like holding onto a star, too hot and bright. Impossible. Certain to end in radiation poisoning.

“Oh, I’m pretty sure you are.” Zara’s head moved, and the flutter of her breath at his collar was all the warning he got before her lips touched the pulse point below his jaw. The ignition flash swept his entire body. He tightened his hold, drawing her soft curves closer. Her face gleamed in the filthy light as her head tilted up for him. She felt so good. Perfect. The kind of meant-to-be rightness he’d mocked in his mom’s old romances. Fuck my life.

“Zara.” He touched her cheek with his calloused palm before curling a finger beneath her chin. His lips were only a breath away from hers. “I still have to tell your dad.”

“Not about this part.” She leaned up, closing the last distance between them so her lips grazed his. “This is just for you.” 


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Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 21 ratings)
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Must read!!
Written by Kaylapolk on 31st Oct 2023

Zara and Dane have known each other their whole lives. And both have kept their feelings to themselves. One night Dane finds Zara at a party and take her and her sister home. Only on the way to the car he finds out she was drugged which to him explained why she kissed him. But when his dad suddenly passes away Zara goes to him after the funeral only for him to realize it was the drugs at all. She really wanted him and he wanted her. So he threw caution to the wind and took what he had wanted for years. But soon after they find out her dad arranged her to be married to someone else. Dane knew before her so he broke things off breaking both of their hearts. Only question is will he tell her how he feels before it's too late or will he be without the women he loves for the rest of his life?

So good
Written by Courtney B on 27th Oct 2023

Plenty of dreams in this book. I hated what they put each other through before they got together, but I loved them once they finally did.

A Good Book
Written by Danee on 27th Oct 2023

In a word, great. Zara and Dane's story keeps you glued to your book from the start, Dane is her brother's best friend and they grew up together. Because she was the boss's daughter, Dane knew he had no chance or future with her. But feelings cannot be held back. The chemistry and attraction was amazing I highly recommend reading this book.

great book
Written by Mr. Bobos on 27th Oct 2023

This was an intense, fast paced story with plenty of action, drama, and steam. The characters are interesting and multi faceted. The story has many twists and turns. This is a must read.

Written by bookfever52 on 27th Oct 2023

Dane and Zara. Hes a hitman with sites on being the Captain for the family. Shes his ex friends little sister. He knows a secret that she doesnt want known and asks him for his silence. He knows he cant keep that secret and betrays her. Years later theres a war and only an arranged marriage will settle it. But she hates him and that wont stop the arrangement. Great story of danger, secrets and love will conquer all.

Great Book
Written by Jeanne R on 27th Oct 2023

This is the first book I've read written by Allegra Grey; I can’t wait to read more of her books. This is the first book in the Fitzgerald Sagas; it is a stand-alone book. The story is about Zara & Dane; she was his best friend’s sister and the love of his life but when he breaks his promise to keep her secret she breaks his heart. Years later they see each other again. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

Great Book
Written by Jeanne R on 27th Oct 2023

This is the first book I've read written by Allegra Grey; I can’t wait to read more of her books. This is the first book in the Fitzgerald Sagas; it is a stand-alone book. The story is about Zara & Dane; she was his best friend’s sister and the love of his life but when he breaks his promise to keep her secret she breaks his heart. Years later they see each other again. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

The Hitman's Vice
Written by Kim W on 27th Oct 2023

The Hitman's Vice by Allegra Grey is a good, and enjoyable dark hitman mafia romantic suspense read. The story has a great entertaining world building story line. This story has some really great twists turns and surprise's that makes for a really entertaining read. The characters are great, and they have great chemistry. This story is a very entertaining action packed page turning romance read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Two people from the wrong side find love amazing story
Written by JudyCh on 27th Oct 2023

This story had a love story that took awhile to finally bloom, they want to be together but she has to marry someone who will benefit the family and they n the end their story gets a HEA it was a great story.

Awesome read ! Loved Dane & Zara !!
Written by Swimfan62 on 27th Oct 2023

5 Stars for The Hitman’s Vice This is a new author for me & I will check out more of Allegra Grey's work as well as more of this series. This book was a page turner for me I read pretty much in one sitting! What I loved : Mafia in this case Irish - the Fitzgeralds Family childhood friends Slight age gap Bodyguard turned lover Wonderful characters Humor & funny situations / dialog Everyone should have a Dane in their life - so glad he got Zara ! Loved this read !

Overcoming Obstacles
Written by BLT on 27th Oct 2023

What a great book. Allegra Grey is a new author to me and one I will be following. This is a book you don’t want to put down. Dane and Zara are the main characters in this first book of the Fitzgerald family. Zara is a twin and is her father’s good girl never causing any trouble and has fallen for a man that she can never have. Dane is known as the butcher in this Mafia family and eliminates their enemies and does whatever else he is told to do even if it means protecting the woman he loves but can never have. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that will keep them apart?

Written by Steacyn on 27th Oct 2023

This book was great. Full of suspense romance and forbidden love. Loved how the girls were full of sas and spice. Didn't take crap from anyone and were their own ppl. Great first book. Can't wait to see what else the series has to offfer

An intriguing, hot, mafia read
Written by EPM on 27th Oct 2023

I found this book really enjoyable, it had intrigue, twists and turns, bodyguard, best friends little sister (or ex best friend), arranged marriage, the storyline had me wondering how Dane and Zara could possibly make things work (and I really, really wanted things to work for them). Zara's siblings bring other interesting characters to the story, and I actually liked her Dad (which is pretty rare in mafia books!). I haven't read books by these authors before, but I will be looking for more to read and I do hope the Fitzgerald saga does continue.

Hitman's Vice
Written by Romance Tragic on 27th Oct 2023

Ohh I love me a smexy Hitman story - and Allegra Grey pulls off a perfect one here. The trope is "older brother's best friend, mafia princess falling for forbidden underling - and the author pulls it off in stellar fashion. There's all the yearning and unrequited love, childhood crushes that morph into adult lust, the lure of the forbidden and OH. MY. HEART. the struggle Dane endures to break the mold and claim his love. SIGH !!!

page turner
Written by Diana K on 2nd Oct 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Lots of suspense and actionand many interesting characters. The plot moved right along, and I liked the ending!

Tense, suspenseful and emotionally gripping--great read
Written by Andrea R on 2nd Oct 2023

This book was addicting--heart wrenching--just plain gripping. I just couldn't put this down--the drama and the suspense and the way that true love to come back even in a darker style read--really loved this read so much

Loved this
Written by Jamee h on 2nd Oct 2023

This was a really awesome book with lots of steamy scenes. It kept me entertained the whole time. I would definitely recommend reading this.

Written by Kaye on 2nd Oct 2023

Bungling brute boo! This amazingly talented duo knocked the brakes off this bad boy, unleashing edy's with thrilling wave after wave of all the frills, spills, chills and those churning feels, bringing the heat and kicking down walls with this incredibly tumultuous, skillfully addictive, artfully beguiling, ground quaking tempest. A raging vortex chocked-full of riveting drama, nail-biting intrigue, spine tingling danger and spiraling suspense converge. Futures are forged and revelations are disclosed as each thread you unravel with every page, your lured into this tangled web so securely and precise, until nothing else exists. Chicanery and mayhem run amuck, showcasing the horrendous struggles and formidable triumphs, reviewing the perilous twists and shocking turns unfolding with an astonishing culmination. The magnetism, attraction and chemistry collides with such intoxicating intensity and ardor, exploding with boundless emotions and infinite affections, bringing our characters closer, uniting them together beautifully. The characters interactions and charged atmosphere along with relatable qualities and individual traits add depth and diversity, transforming into complex personalities. The scenes are abundantly descriptive with colorful details that balances out fluidly, creating a majestic backdrop that's so rich and lively it feels as though you're part of the story instead of on the sidelines, feeling everything the characters feel. Amazing job guys, thanks for sharing this little treasure with us.

Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 2nd Oct 2023

Dane broke Zara trust a long time ago and by breaking his promise he lost her. Now trouble is brewing and outfit demands an alliance by marriage and only Zara will do. But could their ever be more between them after their past? Well written engaging steamy action angst drama and more!

The Hitman's Vice
Written by Amd2662 on 28th Sep 2023

Dane/Zara. Mafia Hitman/Mafia Princess. Psycho Brother's Best Friend. Twin. Dangerous. Assault. Murder. Arranged marriage. Interference. Eloped. Attraction. Affection. Acceptance. Wonderful characters and thrilling story. Gripping. Entertaining. Love. HEA. Page Turner.

Written by Gkp2460 on 28th Sep 2023

The Hitmans Vice is my first read by these authors and definitely won't be my last. I absolutely LOVE Dane and Zara. Their journey is full of chaos, secrets, betrayal and danger. The Butcher made a mistake once that cost him, he won't be making the same mistake again. The Hitmans Vice is fantastic and I'm looking forward to more from these authors!