REVIEW: DIRTY ANGELS by Karina Halle

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Dirty Angels REVIEW: DIRTY ANGELS by Karina Halleby Karina Halle
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four-half-stars

**warning: this book contains situations which might be triggers for some people. Please see the bottom of this description to see if this is the kind of book that you'll love or piss you off**

For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.

When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.

Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.

As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.

Unless she ruins him first.

***WARNING*** This book deals with drug cartels and as such it contains a lot of sex and violence and some violent sex. It can get pretty ugly, pretty dark and pretty crazy. There is drug use, abuse, a bit of torture and dubious consent. The hero is not a hero and the villains...well, they're even worse. If this sort of thing bothers you, PLEASE DO NOT READ IT. This ain't no cupcake farting unicorn kind of book. If you are even a bit squeamish about violence, brutality and rape, this is your warning to stay away from a book that you certainly will not like (and why read books that you know you won't like?)***

***While this is a spin-off of The Artists Trilogy, prior knowledge of the books is not needed. DIRTY ANGELS is the first in a trilogy, however each book can standalone and follows or introduces different characters***

 

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Let me start off by saying I LOVE JAVIER!! 

I fell for him when I read On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy)

Dirty Angels is where we meet Luisa Chavez a ex-beauty queen. She is young and beautiful. Luisa comes from a very poor family. When both her parents can no longer provide  she must go out, and get money for her family. One night while working at a local bar she meets Salvador Reyes the leader of one the most powerful Mexican cartels.  Just thinking of him makes my skin crawl! The world Luisa is thrown into is scary, dirty and full of dark sexual things. But in all dark there has to be some light…right?

“They could try and carve me up, they could rape me, torture me, try and confuse me with hospitality, but they would not get me. They would not break my soul. They would not see my pain.”

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Javier Bernal is a man of many layers. One minute I was like he is crazy, the next I was thinking HOLY SHIT this is sexy in a very dirty way. lol!  He finds Luisa the wife of his rival and has very bad intentions. He wants to break her in every way, but who will break who?

“Filthy,” he corrected me. He smacked my ass lightly, causing me to jump. “Oh, that’s just fucking beautiful.”

This a dark and violent read. For those of you not familiar with Javier, he is not the heart and flowers type of guy. He is more…flip you on all fours and have his DIRTY way with you, kind of guy. So make sure you have on your big girl panties ladies ; I can’t wait for the rest of the books in they series! DIRTY ANGELS can be read as a standalone.

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ARC provided by the author for honest review

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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