Kingpin by Lili St. Germain
Series: Cartel #2
Also in this series: Cartel, Empire
Published by Harper Collins on December 14, 2015
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The second scorching novel in the USA Today bestselling Cartel trilogy from the smash-hit author Lili St Germain.
They say love conquers all.
It's a lie.
Five days a week, I dressed in smart business clothes. I painted my face, and went to work as an accountant. But nothing about my life was normal.
For eight years I had been the property of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club. I laundered their money so well they'd never let me leave. My only glimmer of light was the man I loved. The man who had saved me.
His love had been the only thing that kept the demons at bay. But he'd become so immersed in the cartel's brutal business that I hardly knew him anymore.
Dornan had been my salvation, but he was also my undoing.
Would he pull me down into the darkness until he destroyed me? Could I save him?
Did I even want to?
We were a match made in hell.
It’s been eight long years since Dornan set eyes on Mariana and managed to keep her for himself. Mariana has become a valuable asset to Emilio and his associates with her talented book keeping skills. It’s a simple life, if she doesn’t step out of line. Complying with what is expected of her keeps her and her family alive and sustains her desire to survive. Cautiously guarding her secrets and embracing the security Dornan offers her for what it is. He’s provided her with a sanctuary and along the way she has grown to love him and what he represents. Their arrangement is tempered by what it is, a mutual arrangement benefiting them both providing a slither of sanity denied to them when in the company of others.
“I don’t know how to help him out of this darkness he’s sinking into. It’s like poison, and I’m scared he’s going to pull me in with him.”
Slowly Dornan’s cold and heartless behaviour emerges, leaving Mariana divided by what she sees. What we are exposed to in the Cartel series is the slow transition from man to monster, far from complete but the signs are there. No one is spared, all fed by injustices and tragedies with everyone focusing on their own survival.
In the beginning I found Kingpin hard to get back into. Between the dark and murderous scenes and the coverage of the illegal trade they ply, I had to recall the empathy I experienced for Dornan in the first book. It doesn’t take long for the story to take hold. What stayed with me, hitting hard throughout reading Kingpin was knowing so many people were used as pawns merely because of their family connections or being associated with the Cartel. Being familiar with the characters, this was not a surprise.
Kingpin ends on a cliff hanger but having read the Gypsy Brothers series I didn’t find this an issue. Empire, the next book in the Cartel series has already been added to my TBR list!
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
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