Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review: Dirty Promises by Karina Halle

Series: Dirty Angels #3
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Metal Blonde 
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense (Total Fuckery, hee hee)
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Blood. Sex. Revenge.

It ain't easy being king.

Drug lord Javier Bernal has sliced and diced his way to the top of the Mexican drug trade, presiding over the country's largest cartel. But his rise to power comes at a brutal price: the death of his sister, Alana. Devastated and wracked with guilt, he turns away from his new wife, Luisa, forcing their marriage into a steady decline. But it isn't until she's pushed into the waiting arms of Esteban Mendoza, his right-hand man, that Javier realizes everything he's lost.

And it isn't until he learns the truth about Alana, that he realizes everything there is to gain.

Blood will spill.

Cities will burn.

Heads will roll.

Because Javier will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

And what he wants is raw, ruthless revenge.

The most dangerous man is the one with nothing left to lose.

Give this book all the fucked up, dirty, bloody stars!

Dirty Promises may be Halle's best writing since Sins & Needles. It's definitely the most exciting. The most brutal. The most uninhibited.

Javier was never a good guy, but he's moved beyond just a bad guy. He's vicious and focused so thoroughly on rage and revenge that he almost misses what is unraveling right in front of him. Almost.

Luisa is caught up in a marriage falling apart, a cartel on the brink of either exploding or imploding and a spiderweb of betrayal and deceit. Javier should be her foundation, but he's more like the cracks in it, due to his distractions. 

All of this leads to one extremely violent story. Don't take that violent warning lightly. This is a savage tale and Halle leaves few characters untouched.

There was a time or two where my stomach turned with nausea, a time or two where I felt a bit of the blood lust of these characters and a time or two where I thought I probably should seek professional counseling for the sheer delight I got out of what was happening. 

I will caution readers not to skip right to this book. You definitely want to read Dirty Angels and Dirty Deeds first. I would go as far as saying you need to read the entire Artist Trilogy, complete with the On Every Street novella, first. But that's not quite necessary. You can start Dirty Angels without that, I just don't know that you will get the same Javier experience. And if you like dark heroes, you want the full experience.

This isn't a book for all readers, but if you can handle some absolutely horrific, inhuman and heartless acts of murder and violence...all in the name of love, loyalty and revenge...pick this one up, you're bound to enjoy it.


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