Cartel by Lili St. Germain

August 20, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★½

Cartel by Lili St. Germainfour-half-stars
Cartel by Lili St. Germain
Series: Cartel #1
Also in this series: Kingpin, Empire
Published by Harper Collins on January 27th 2015
Pages: 336
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The first full length Gypsy Brothers novel from the smash hit author Lili St. Germain.How much is a life worth?I grew up in Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy drug lord. I lived a life of extravagance, until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around us.I was given away. A payment for a debt. The Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club became my new owners, and I did everything I could to survive.But falling in love with the man who owned me wasn't part of the plan...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By LilyWow, was that the same Dornan Ross?

When my children were younger, I would read to them a golden book ‘There’s a Monster at the end of this Book’. It featured a well known loveable blue monster and I enjoyed reading it as much as the children enjoyed having it read to them. There was a monster at the end of that book that had Grover so worked up and scared View Spoiler »and this one contained a monster too but not the one I expected…

I didn’t think anyone could convince me that Dornan Ross had a heart, let alone one with a regular beat. Then I read Cartel and met the younger Dornan. The man he was before he became the monster I despised in Lily St Germain’s Gypsy Brothers series. The more I read about the younger Dornan, the more I was swayed into the belief that he was someone that could love and be loved or an emotion close to love…

Hunger. Pain. Sadness. Despair. They all threw a party inside me, and all I wanted was for them to go away, to give me some peace for a few brief moments. All I wanted was for the pain to go away.

Cartel tells the story of how easy it is to become entrapped by circumstance or merely because of whom you are related to. Dornan and Mariana’s fathers are involved in a world where corruption is the norm and the Cartels’ word is law. Whether willingly or unwillingly, you don’t walk away from the Cartel, with no visible means of escaping, unless you count death as a welcome alternative. To be honest it didn’t seem such a harsh choice to make at times…

I was falling in love with a monster.

Dornan plays a game of cat and mouse with the people surrounding him, including his notorious father. How long he is able to keep it up, is the big question. This is where Dornan took me by surprise, he was caring, loving and had an air of innocence to him that rocked my preconceived opinion of him. In all fairness, I have no recollection of reading a snippet of the man we get to know in this book. I wonder though, thinking back if I chose not to see any good, influenced by the Dornan Ross that appeared in the Gypsy Brothers Series.

Of all the things in life, love is the most confusing. The most all-consuming. The reason we breathe, the light in our darkness.

Mariana was a strong likeable character. Ripped from happiness into despair, forced to clean up a mess not of her own making, she finds herself at the mercy of the Il Sangue Cartel. Her options were limited, surely there had to be a better way for her to avoid the situation she found herself in. What they put her through was heartbreaking and her drive for survival throughout was equalling moving. All along she just needed to get through the next moment, whether that be minutes, hours or days…

The ending had an air of suspense, a dramatic break in the story and I will be keeping a keen eye out for Kingpin, the next book in this series.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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