From the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English and The Artists Trilogy, comes a dark romance about a good girl and a very, very bad man. It’s a deliciously twisted take on forbidden love, set among the drug cartels of hot, steamy Mexico and is not for the faint of heart. It contains explicit sex, violence, abuse, drug use, bad language and sexy Mexicans. You have been warned…
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.
Some men were born to create empires, some women were meant to be queen.
**Dirty Angels is the first novel in the Dirty Angels Trilogy and is followed by Dirty Deeds and Dirty Promises. The character of Javier Bernal is from The Artists Trilogy, and while reading TAT is recommended if you want additional insight into this twisted character, it is not required.
Dirty Angels reading order:
#1 Dirty Angels
#2 Dirty Deeds
#3 Dirty Promises
***I own a copy of this book. All thoughts are 100% my own***
This is the story of Javier Bernal and Luisa Chavez. Luisa is a simple girl, who just wants to care for her parents. She’s beautiful, but she doesn’t like it much. It’s not gotten her anywhere. When one day she’s approached by a cartel leader named Salvador Reyes. No one tells Salvador no and lives. So she agrees to be his wife, hoping for a better life for her parents. She didn’t know the horrors that awaited her. So one day she ran away. Only to be picked up by another cartel leader named Javier Bernal. And this is the beginning of their story. His breaking and her building.
This isn’t one of those happily ever after stories. It is, in that they are together at the end. BUT in this story, the bad guy is still the bad guy. He’s not some secret undercover good guy to save the day. No, Javi is a bad man. And he’s a bad man at the end. But just like there are levels of good men, there are levels of bad men. He’s just not AS bad as other men in the story.
We’re warned in the beginning that this is a dark story. And it is. It’s not the darkest that I’d read, but it is still pretty brutal.
The only experience I have with Ms. Halle is her story The Pact. And this is a major departure from that type of story. Which is really fine. It shows her diversity and her ability to create characters with a true voice instead of rewriting the same people over and over. I know there’s other stories with Javi in them, and I’m certain we would get more of him in all of them (and after reading this story, though HE is complete, you WILL want more of them, to just simply get more of HIM.), reading them isn’t necessary to feel like you know his character. So would I recommend this book? I would. I would just be sure to let people know that there’s no hero in this story. Javi would probably shoot me if I called him one. Like he says….Soy un hombre malo.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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