Dirty Promises by Karina Halle
Series: Dirty Angels #3
Also in this series: Dirty Angels, Dirty Deeds
Published by Headline Eternal on September 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The third addictive, raw and sizzling Dirty Angels book from the author of The Pact, The Artists Trilogy and Love, in English. Set in the wild, heated world of Mexico, fans of Joanna Wylde, Kristen Proby and Tarryn Fisher will thrill to this series.
Blood. Sex. Revenge. Being king comes at a brutal price.
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 ruthless price: the death of his sister, Alana.
Devastated and wracked with guilt, Javier shuns his new wife, Luisa, forcing their marriage into a steady decline. When she's pushed into the waiting arms of Esteban Mendoza, his right-hand man, it seems Javier has lost everything. Only by piecing together the truth about Alana does he realise just what he has to gain.
Blood will spill. Cities will burn. Heads will roll. Because Javier will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. And he wants raw, ruthless revenge.
Dirty Promises is the conclusion the Dirty Angels Series and more than ever are we exposed to the raw, brutal and savage struggle Javier encounters as a Cartel King. Javier is a name I associate with one character, Javier Bernal. So strong is his presence as a character, I read the name Javier and it’s Javier Bernal I instantly think of.
It’s a dark story within an environment where cruelty, honour and power abound. If you’ve read the first two books in the Dirty Angels Series, this is something you already know. Somehow, I forgot to read this book when it was released. All I can put it down to is being overwhelmed with the plethora of new books being released at a similar time because this is a book I was looking forward to reading.
I saw in her what I saw in myself, something dark and frightening and unstoppable.
Wow, I thought his first choice of Queen was perfect, but Luisa was something else. Luisa’s emotional strength whether it is in a ruthless or caring capacity was impressive. What appealed to me overall was her vulnerability, when basic human needs clouded her judgment. Usually when a character chooses a dangerous direction, it’s frustration and anger that comes to mind as you read it but not in Luisa’s case. She gained my empathy.
Javier commands the respect he has earned. Unfortunately the people he lords over are as loyal as they are ruthless and it is a rare person that can be trusted 100%. Distracted by past events and manipulated by a power-hungry employee, Javier is not the man we are used to seeing. I had my doubts as to whether he was fit to lead but I should have known better. Luisa is feeling every bit of Javier’s actions and lack thereof. As his Queen the metaphorical crown she wears weighs heavy but never once did she reach to remove it. All throughout though she maintains her love for Javier, hopeful the man she knew will return to her again.
When Javier was cruel he was brutal, but when he was tender, it was almost more disarming.
The brutality and lifestyle within the Cartel was at its darkest in Dirty Promises. What it did allow is the antihero to shine and a strong heroine to rise above her struggles. Dirty Promises is a fitting conclusion to the Dirty Angels series and a fantastic spin-off from Karina Halle’s The Artists Trilogy.
Lily’s rating: 5 Stars
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