Karina Halle delivered a very intriguing first installment in this series that kept me from the start on the edge of my seat for one reason or another. ‘Dirty Angels’ was dark, gritty, suspenseful and so very thrilling. Needless to say I was hooked from the prologue!
“Good or bad, there is great power in knowing who you are and owning it.”
Luisa Chavez has always been a good daughter all her life caring for her parents who are both disabled. Luisa is used to live in poverty and she’s used to hard working. Being the only provider for her family, she is struggling with everything, so when a well-known, dangerous drug cartel leader, Salvador Reyes, makes her an offer – to be his wife in exchange for money and respect-, she reluctantly accepts. Soon after she finds out how cruel and sadistic Salvador can be, her live becoming slowly a living hell. She wants to be free again, she wants to escape and she tries, but she doesn’t succeed because she is kidnapped by Javier Bernal.
“There is so much power and influence in money and drugs that it makes me wonder why anyone would bother going straight.”
Javier Bernal is a dangerous man, a powerful cartel leader who wants to build his empire. He wants power, he loves power and he will do anything to have it. Anything! Javier wants to hurt Luisa, to make her cry and bleed, he wants to destroy her, but Luisa is strong willing to do anything to show Javier that she’s not afraid, wanting to beat him at his own twisted game.
“She needed to appreciate the art of violence, the beauty in fear, the fragility of her own life.”
As time passes, Javier becomes more and more intrigued by his captive. Her attitude astounds him, being captivated not only by her strong character, but also by her beauty.
“Why do you want to break me so badly?” (…)
“Because I want to destroy beautiful things before they can destroy me.”
I really enjoyed this one! It was for sure my kind of read! The plot was well developed, intriguing and like I mentioned above it kept me at the edge of my seat right up to the end…What I really liked was its unpredictability. I didn’t know what to expect, what Javier will do, how he will react and so on…
Both Luisa and Javier were well portrayed. Luisa was that kind of heroine I love to read about in these kind of books. She was strong and despite everything she endured she never broke. She speaks her mind and I loved the fact that she wasn’t that naïve heroine you usually meet in a dark read. She was smart and in some way manipulative at times and also mature which I really liked. Javier was cunning and manipulative, cruel and sadistic at times, but not too much to be hated. I have to be a little crazy, but I really liked how he follows his own set of rules. He was a very charming anti-hero that many readers will love to hate. The way the Luisa and Javier fond safety in each other, later as the story unfolded saving each other in some insane, twisted way was fantastically done. However, to be honest I would have liked their relationship to be a little more developed.
I enjoyed the fact the story is told in dual POV. To be honest for some crazy reason I enjoyed Javier’s POV more. Trust me when I say he was a fascinating character. The story is fast-paced, action packed, intense and filled with suspense and also steam and I can totally say it blew my mind. Keep in mind there are many graphic scenes in the story, not really disturbing, but unpleasant to say the least.
Overall, a fantastic, delightful read!
About the Author
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, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 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.