Empire by Lili St. Germain

December 30, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

Empire by Lili St. Germainfive-stars
Empire by Lili St. Germain
Series: Cartel #3
Also in this series: Cartel, Kingpin
Published by Harper Collins on December 19th 2016
Pages: 320
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The breathtaking finale to the USA Today bestselling Cartel trilogy.
I should have known it would always come down to this, from the very moment I laid eyes on him in that motel.
I should have known his salvation was too good to be true.
Because it's all gone now, the impossible, secret love I had for him bleeding away in the darkness that came afterwards.
Now there's only hate.
Now I just want to escape.
Even if it means I have to kill him to be free.
Before the Gypsy Brothers series there was the Cartel - from USA Today bestselling author Lili St Germain.

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.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By LilyWhy do we get fantastic books like Empire during one of the busiest times of the year? Well, among the chaos of the days before Christmas, I somehow managed to squeeze this dramatic conclusion to the Cartel Series into my schedule! Loathing, anger, pity and empathy are words that come to mind when I now think of Dornan Ross. When I first read about his despicable character in the Gypsy Brothers Series, I couldn’t wait for him to meet his end. Now after reading the Cartel Series, I am more torn than I have been for a long time about a character. How he became the uncaring monster now is clearer but far from excusable.

Mariana was a woman trapped in life with little hope, but she had a fire in her no one could ignore. Her mere presence was enough to make men act out of character. It was both her saving grace and her demise at times. In the end, she was an innocent victim who learnt to live among her captors.

Even with the knowledge of knowing the fate of one of the characters who played a significant role in this book, I never gave up hope. It was as if I had compartmentalised what I knew, after all, there have been stranger twists in other stories out there. What it boils down to is the writing is such that what was happening in this book was so consuming that my focus rarely drifted away from the page I was reading.

Empire provides a perfect bridge between the Gypsy Brother’s Series and the Cartel Trilogy. My feeling towards Dornan hasn’t altered except for the insight into what fuelled his hatred. It was well worth the wait to read, with a great addition to the compelling dark and twisted tale of how Dornan became such a bitter and cruel man.

Rating: 5 Stars

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