‘Dirty Promises’ is the third and final installment in Karina Halle’s series entitled ‘Dirty Angeles’ and features the couple for the first installment in the series Javier Bernal and his wife, Luisa. This installment was without a doubt my favorite installment in the series. It was darker, more brutal, more disturbing and I devoured it in one sitting.
“An anti-hero was still a hero in the end, but I would never be more than a villain.”
Since one of his younger sister, Alana, died several months ago Javier is a shell of a man. He is destroyed, not knowing very well how to deal with his grief. He blames himself for her death, feeling lost and lonely even if his wife is trying to help him as much as she can. Even if he’s grieving he takes care of his business, becoming more dangerous and unpredictable. He pushes Luisa away, convinced he is best for both of them for him to stay away from her. He is a horrible husband. He is cold, cruel and also unfaithful.
“It takes a monster to know a monster.
He was the worst of us all.”
Luisa is hurt. She wants her husband back. Ever since she became his wife she has been Javier’s confidante helping him with the businesses. Javier’s behavior pushes Luisa into the waiting arms of Esteban Mendoza, Javier’s right-hand man. Esteban is an evil man who plans to use everyone in his way to become ‘The Patron’.
“I didn’t think I had it in me anymore. To feel. To bleed. More than that, I deserved this hurt. I knew I did. But it didn’t change a thing. It didn’t stop my heart from plummeting to its death.”
What a thrilling read this turned out to be! Karina Halle delivered a very dark, gritty and gory conclusion to Javier and Luisa’ s story. Don’t expect rainbows and unicorns reading this installment/or the first. Expect the unexpected and a very unconventional love story. This installment like the first, where these two characters’ story begins was addictive. It was written in multiple POV and for one reason or another it kept me glued to the pages.
I loved these two characters, individually and together. Javier’s portrayal was once again fantastically done. I loved his character – his personality, his humor, everything really. Luisa was the perfect match for Javier in every-damn-way. My heart broke for her at some point and I have to say he was an admirable main female character. I simply loved her strength!
“When Javier was cruel he was brutal, but when he was tender, it was almost more disarming.”
Javier and Luisa’s conclusion was intense, suspenseful and like the other installments in the series fast-paced.
Overall, a fantastic 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.