Author: Karina Halle
Series: Dirty Angels #1
Publication Date: June 15, 2014
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.
I finally read Dirty Angels! Okay, I absolutely love The Artist Trilogy, but wasn’t exactly gaga over Javier, so I put this book off. It’s a spin-off, but can be read on it’s own. Of course, it’s even better when you read them in order, though. Anyway, I wasn’t in too much of a hurry to read this until I saw Halle’s newest release and the way it connects the two series, then there was no holding me back! I shouldn’t have waited, because I love Dirty Angels! This isn’t a hearts and flowers romance. It’s ugly and gritty and violent, and oh, so freaking good!
Javier is one messed up dude. If you’ve read the other series, then you understand the shit he will put people through. To tell you the truth, I’m still not gaga over Javier, but I still love his character. It was interesting being in his head and experiencing his conflicting thoughts, especially when it came to Luisa. It was easy to understand why Javier was drawn to her. She isn’t perfect, but she has an innocence about her. At the same time, she has a darkness waiting to break free, and it was fun getting to see it peek through.
This book isn’t exactly for the faint of heart or easily offended, which is a big reason I love it. I enjoyed the crazy, effed up journey these two experience. Now I’m eager to read the next book!
Each book in The Artist Trilogy is $0.99
The entire Dirty Angels box set is $0.99