Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle
Series: Dirty Angels #2
Also in this series: Dirty Angels, Dirty Promises
Published by Headline Eternal on February 16, 2015
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“He’s fearless and ruthless. Soulless.”
As a flight attendant, Alana Bernal has had her share of suitors. She's also had more than her fair share of tragedy within her messed-up family. But what she hasn't had is love. Real, rip-your-heart-out, tear-your-clothes-off, all-consuming love.
At least that was the case until she met an American tourist, Derek Conway, a ripped ex-soldier with steely eyes and a commanding presence.
What started as a chance encounter between the two in Puerto Vallarta, a weekend full of hot sex and mindless passion, has led to something more.
Because Derek isn't the type of man to fall in love. He's not a man who sticks around.
And he's definitely not in Mexico on vacation.
Derek is a mercenary, a killer-for-hire, a man who does the ugly jobs for the highest bidder.
Unfortunately for Alana and Derek, the highest bidder has the power to destroy whatever worlds they have created for themselves.
The highest bidder can destroy everything.
Derrin, Derek, Derwent…(oops, flashback to Bewitched hehe) doesn’t do dirty deeds dirt cheap. He takes on what he has chosen to be his last assignment to set him up well for a comfortable retirement. What he doesn’t count on is the target being a trigger from his past, let alone the not mentioned fact that it is Javier Bernal’s sister. He totally underestimates Alana Bernal’s ability to rouse the protector in him, something Derek hasn’t come across before. And out of the blue, he is confronted with emotions that have never arisen before when getting the job done.
If you’ve read the Artists Trilogy, you’ll remember Javier and the Cartels. Love him or loathe him, there’s no question that he will do anything for his sisters. To save disappointment for those who are hoping to hear more of Javier, a forewarning, he only makes a cameo appearance in Dirty Deeds.
‘They never knew the real me – knew Derek Conway – but at least with the way I looked, they thought they did. Just another built, tough American boy, a modern G.I. Joe. They had no idea what I did. They had no idea what I was’
Neither Derek nor Alana reveal who they truly are, both have secrets and for very good reasons. Alana keeps a tight seal on letting loose any information that would link her to Javier and she is smart enough to continue to do so. She’s a girl that lives life on the edge with no relationships which saves her getting attached and suffering any more loss. Hooking up with a cute guy on a girl’s night out to cut loose seems like a just what she needs. It ends up being a life changer for Alana and Derek.
‘The past was brutal and the future was unclear but the present was brilliant’
Dirty Deeds is suspenseful with undeniable chemistry between the main characters. It’s far from your wine and dine them romance. It’s more of a duck and take cover type with the constant threat of danger a guarantee. Told from alternate POV’s, it was easy to follow both character’s reasoning behind their decisions. The threats being sent their way I thought seemed amateur when taking into consideration Alana and Derek’s background and not what you’d expect from the job he initially accepted. It did, however, end up adding another layer of mystery as to who was behind the initial request and who is being used by whom and why.There’s a twist at the end that took me by surprise and I wonder if this will be significant for future books by leaving an opening or whether this will be another life changing chapter in the Bernal family saga. I think it could go either way…
Although this is part of a trilogy, the synopsis states you can read it as a stand-alone which makes following this series all the more easier.
What I loved:
- Getting to know Alana, it surprised me that she could live relatively freely
- The cover…I know but check it out!
What I struggled with:
- Javier’s reaction View Spoiler » I expected him to be more reactive and surprised that he wasn’t keeping closer tabs on Alana « Hide Spoiler
Rating: 4 Stars
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