Title: Dirty Angels (Dirty Angels Trilogy #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 15, 2014
For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.
When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.
Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.
As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.
Unless she ruins him first.
This one is an absolute must if you’re a fan of the Artist’s Trilogy, most especially Javier Bernal – the Mexican Drug Cartel Boss we’ve come to love to hate. He didn’t get the girl in the first trilogy and he isn’t sure he really wants the girl in this one but that’s before he gets to know Luisa Chavez!
Luisa is plucked from waitressing obscurity and poverty to marry depraved Mexican Cartel leader Salvador Reyes. She’s powerless to refuse as her submission to this cruel, sadistic man comes with the promise that her aging parents will be taken care of. Reyes’ arch enemy is none other than Javier Bernal and he can think of no better way of challenging his status than by kidnapping his very beautiful trophy wife and holding her captive in his rural retreat.
Javier is everything we’ve come to expect – totally badass, cruel, sadistic and, despite all this, really very sexy. Watching him fall in love is like watching a sleek wild cat get itself wet – totally unexpected and absolutely out of character. Luisa is not what he expected and she has absolutely no desire to return to her repulsive husband and Javier finds himself non-plussed and deeply attracted by her inner strength and all out sass.
As always with a Karina Halle novel you get a plot packed with action and pulsating suspense. There’s plenty here to keep you on your toes – it’s fantastic romantic suspense. This book has it all – fantastic character development, super steamy sex scenes, some strong torture scenes, drug abuse and outright criminal behaviour. It’s not about a bad guy finding the good in his girl and mending his way – it’s far more about this badass totally corrupting the good girl. Fantastic!
4.5 dirty stars
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About the Author
With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.