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Friday, September 18, 2015

5* #Review #Excerpt Dirty Promises by @MetalBlonde @InkSlingerPR

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Blood. Sex. Revenge.
Being king comes at a brutal price.

Drug lord Javier Bernal has sliced and diced his way to the top of the Mexican drug trade, presiding over the country's largest cartel. But his rise to power comes at a brutal price: the death of his sister, Alana. Devastated and wracked with guilt, he turns away from his new wife, Luisa, forcing their marriage into a steady decline. But it isn't until she's pushed into the waiting arms of Esteban Mendoza, his right-hand man, that Javier realizes everything he's lost.
And it isn't until he learns the truth about Alana, that he realizes everything there is to gain.
Blood will spill.
Cities will burn.
Heads will roll.
Because Javier will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
And what he wants is raw, ruthless revenge.

Dirty Promises is the third and final book in the Dirty Angels Trilogy. While the other two books - Dirty Angels and Dirty Deeds - can be read as standalones, it is recommended you read at least Dirty Angels before reading Dirty Promises.

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Review – 5 Stars

Dark, violent, brutal, bloody, and oh so good. This book kept me on
edge. Dreading and hoping for outcomes. This was a heart pounding,
stomach clenching, gritty read.

Dirty Promises took me far out of my comfort zone. There were times
when things were so intense that I had to set the book down. It
started off rocky and I just knew that things are going to get
outstandingly bad before they got any better.

I loved that the beauty of this book is surrounded by all of the grit.
It was literally hard to read some of the things that transpired.
There was so much brutality, violence, and humiliation that both the
hero and heroine endured.

Because you get three different peoples perspectives in this book, you
will be shouting at the characters in your head for the choices that
they make. You get to see bad as intentions before they transpire.

Karina Halle takes you deep into the cartel world. Where vows are
broken, trust is stolen, lives are ended, and souls are shattered. All
in the name of loyalty love, family, blood lust and greed.

This is an amazingly unique story. Somewhere mixed in with all of the
angst that played tug of war with my emotions. The terror, bloodshed
and betrayal. There is a beautiful love story that is waiting to be

5 Brutal Stars

*Reviewed by Jessica W.

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All my life, I thought I could operate under my own code of morals and ideals. It was no different than most, I supposed. The cop who has to shoot someone in self-defense. The soldiers that go to war and raid villages in the name of freedom. Everyone makes excuses for what they do, because they believe in it. Because they believe they are in the right.
I had always thought of myself as a somewhat civilized, almost classy, narco. I at least wanted to bring purpose and grace to what I did. I didn’t believe in killing mercilessly. I believed in mercy, in forgiveness, in giving people second chances. I believed in letting people go after I got what I wanted from them.
I believed that to snitch was an outrage, that even though we were dealing and fighting and killing to be in a billion dollar industry. I believed that religious celebrations were to be respected. I believed that family came first. I believed that women and children would not be harmed.
For a moment, I thought that perhaps I had lost my mind. Never mind the needless, senseless deaths that were already at my hands over the last few months. Never mind that I had broken promises to others, to myself. Dirty, filthy promises. It was then and only then that I knew I had lost who I was. That every moral fibre that I based myself on was threadbare and I was close, oh so close, to losing all sense of myself forever.
It scared me. I watched Luisa leave the room and though I was reeling from her own words, the callous ones that reached deep inside me and left a scar, I knew I might have damaged her beyond repair. I could heal myself in time, but could she? Would we?
I didn’t think so.
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The Series
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Displaying karinaauthor.jpgKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, 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 Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle , on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com  and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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