Karina Halle

Blood. Sex. Revenge.

It ain’t easy being king.

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.

The most dangerous man is the one with nothing left to lose.

Dirty Promises is the final book in The Dirty Angels Trilogy. While the first two books can be read as standalones, Dirty Promises can not. Reading Dirty Angels and Dirty Deeds beforehand is HIGHLY recommended.

Also, people sensitive to violence and immoral characters who make questionable decisions should refrain from reading this book. The real cartel life is not pretty, not easy and certainly NOT romantic and that is more than reflected in Dirty Promises.


 ★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

These are bad people. They do bad things. They are immoral. Depraved. Ruthless and brutal.

Take heed of Karina Halle’s warning because not only did this story test my limits as to how much brutality I could handle, but it also reminded me that not every story has to follow a certain set of rules for it to be considered a beautiful love story because for me, Dirty Promises was exactly that.

“It takes a monster to know a monster. 
He was the worst of us all.”

A marriage between the king of one of the biggest cartels in Mexico and an ex-beauty queen who is his match, both in and out of the bedroom, is severely tested when Javier learns of the death of his sister. With his family being targeted one by one, he uses all the built up anger and rage to cause mayhem and destruction to anyone who gets in his way of becoming the best kingpin he can be.

Luisa has always ruled by his side, ever since she became his wife she has been his confidante, lover and advisor, but in the gritty reality that has become her life, she feels that she is losing her husband and she is at a loss as to what to do.

Javier is cruelly pushing her away and not only that but he’s losing the trust of his right hand man Esteban. Not a man to be kept down, he is set to raise his power no matter what the cost, and despite her heartache, Luisa will do anything in order to get the man she married back from the darkness that has taken over his mind.

When blood-thirst, envy and a lack of trust on all sides gets added to the mix, we are left with a story that will only get worse before it gets better.

This book was tough to read, the blood and gore of it all, not to mention the humiliation suffered by both parties, was hard to bear but the journey was well worth it. It was worth the pain and the disgust and the heartbreak to get to the end.

This story was perfect for Javier and Luisa and I can’t imagine it going any other way than how it did. I could read about these two all day, I love Javier’s humour and Luisa’s strength. Together they were an extreme force of lust and passion and love that is hard to compete with. If you were a Javier fan before, you will probably hate him reading this book, but you will also fall in love with him all over again.

“When Javier was cruel he was brutal, but when he was tender, it was almost more disarming.”

Dirty Promises is a dark romance that will have you on the edge of your seat, and by far Karina’s best work since The Artists Trilogy, I am so in love with this book that it has been proudly placed on my all time faves shelf.

This is the final book in the Dirty Angels trilogy, told in the point of view of Javier, Luisa and Esteban.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

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 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.


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