★★★★★ 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