Series: Dirty Angels #3
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: September 15th
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Dirty Angels
Also by this author: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
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.
“Family is everything. That is the creed in this country. But that creed gets others killed. And it slowly kills you. Your family is the first thing you’ll lose. Your soul will be the last. Luckily, I didn’t have much of either anymore.”
Wow! I don’t know what I was anticipating going into Dirty Promises but I wasn’t expecting to be at a loss for words. This is by far the grittiest, dirtiest, and most violent of Karina’s writing. I do not recommend this for those of the faint of heart because as a reader that has very few boundaries THIS book obliterated me. But between the moments of brutal violence and bitter deceit there is an even greater story of love and redemption that balances out all these sharp edges.
“After everything he was still everything.”
Things between Javier and his queen Luisa have changed since we saw them in Dirty Angels. I mean let’s be honest, these two were never normal but things have taken a drastic turn. Javier is at his most ruthless. Luisa is a shell of her former self. The fallout of everything that happened in Dirty Deeds is taking a toll on their marriage and this leads to some interesting events, especially when you throw Este in the mix. Throughout this horrific journey Karina takes us on, there were moments where my heart, despite it belonging to Javier, wanted to waver on him. I mean this is Javier in his darkest form. And Luisa, my heart broke for her. This is a woman that we have come to see embrace the life, the darkness, the violence of the cartel. She is the perfect Queen, even in her most broken form. And the two of them together was explosive.
“It was only him and it was only me. King and Queen. That’s all that existed in this rusted, bloody space, between these two tortured, filthy souls.”
The only reason why I couldn’t rate this a 5 was simply because it was at times way too painful to read. It wasn’t like On Every Street painful, where I basically felt like crying all day long. It was painful in it’s brutality. Karina spared no detail in the horror that befalls upon the people of this lifestyle. There were a few moments I had a Rachel moment and stuck this book in the freezer. This was by far one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read and I like to think that I’m pretty hard to upset. But when it wasn’t scaring the crap out of me there were quite a few sexy and dare I say, sweet?, moments that reeled me back in. I am and forever will be a Javier fan and despite this being the last of the series I hope it’s not the last time I hear of him.