Black Hearts by Karina Halle
Series: Sins Duet #1
Also in this series: Dirty Souls, Sacred Sins
Published by Metal Blonde Books on February 18th 2017
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From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a BRAND NEW standalone duet that will get your pulse racing.
For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.
What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?
Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.
But it’s a love with tragic consequences.
Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.
Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.
And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.
NOTE: BLACK HEARTS is BOOK ONE of the SINS DUET, with the sequel & conclusion, DIRTY SOULS, releasing on March 17, 2017.
You know that moment you kick yourself for not reading a book sooner? Well, that was me as soon as I read the synopsis mentioning the Bernals. I have missed Javier. He has earned a special spot in my heart in the area reserved for anti-heroes– the ones that aren’t heroes at all when you think about it. Then again, he can’t be all that bad if he makes me smile and sigh, can he?
While Javier is not at the forefront of this book, his presence is undeniable. Enough about the father, this is Vicente’s story. Heed the warning in the synopsis. You need to stop reading this if you haven’t read The Artist Trilogy because it underpins the basis for Black Hearts. This review is spoiler free in relation to the Sins Duet but it does contain spoilers for the Artists Trilogy.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then this will be the fucking feast of the century.
Vicente has lived a hard but good life as the son of a cartel boss but wants to cut loose from the ever watchful eye of his father and his men. Having discovered details of his father’s past, he uses that as an excuse to escape life for a while. The details he stumbles upon spark his curiosity. Under the watchful eyes of his protectors, Vicente needs to find the person who was able to get one up on his father. He hopes he will discover what will give him the upper hand over the man who has only ever been bested once.
What he doesn’t count on is falling in love along the way. Love is the emotion that is dangerous in his world. It clouds the senses and opens the door to vulnerability. His intentions start out far from innocent, unlike the woman who catches his eye. Nothing is a coincidence when it comes to their families and they are both about to find this out the hard way.
Violet happens upon a far from chance meeting that will turn her world as she knows it upside down. All the care her parents took to prevent her falling prey to harm didn’t prevent her from falling in love. Love is what she is familiar with, her parents’ untold history doesn’t prepare her for the danger they are trying to shield her from. Lies are now emerging and bumping into a man like Vicente leaves her vulnerable and exposes them all.
In a way, both Vicente and Violet have been sheltered albeit in different ways, leaving them unprepared for their legacy. In a perfect world they should have never met. I desperately hoped that they could outwit and escape the complicated danger that threatened their happiness.
Black Hearts ends on a cliffy, and so I’m pleased I had the next book ready to jump into. My heart was pounding and there was no way I was able to do anything but leap into Dirty Souls.
4 The apples don’t fall far from the tree Stars
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