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 ...more
5 "ELLIE WHO?" STARS!
Yes, I went there, OK? I don't want to be one of those people who compares characters but I have to say it took a very special woman to make Javier WANT to say 'FUCK IT' to all of his dreams and aspirations and that woman is Luisa. Thank fucking Christ!
This book was like a tumbler of fine Scotch ... it needed to be savoured and savour this book I did! I loved the slow burn of this story. Just goes to show you that one doesn't have to be shooting down helicopters from a movin ...more
Warning: Listen to what the author says in the blurb. I read the words "dark" and "violence" and "crazy" but I didn't absorb the full meaning of them until I was met with some of the vivid depictions of torture and rape in this book. I like the darkness in Halle's stories but believe me when I say this is undoub ...more
If that's good enough for Javier, it's good enough for me.
(that said, please take heed of the warnings - THIS book is NOT for everyone and I mean that). ...more
FORGET CANDY CRUSH THIS IS MY BOOK CRUSH
Seriously, ladies, this book is why we read about dirty men. Javier is a leader in the Mexican cartel where he makes the rules.
As I was reading DIRTY ANGELS I kept thinking back to the quote that followed the warning at the beginning of the book:
As far as the women are concerned, there is a saying: "If I want you, I will have you, for better or worse. If I can't have you one way, I'l...more
“My darling. You’re going to be my undoing.”
I’ve had love for Javier since On Every Street. He’s ruthless, cunning, driven, and it’s pretty fucking hot. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the bad guy. Elle wasn’t the girl for him, he needed someone who could accept him and his darkness. Has Javi finally found his queen?
“Luisa,” I said carefully, looking into her shining , desperate eyes. “You can’t save me.” She smiled, letting out a caustic laugh. “I don’t want to save you,” she ...more
I love Karina Halle’s writing. Her characters are unique, gritty and engaging. Javier Bernal has always been a favorite of mine. Even though I rooted for Camden in most of The Artists Trilogy, I still had love for Javier throughout the books. Although Dirty Angels can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading The Artist’s Trilogy before reading this. You’ll get a better understanding of Javier. Who he is, where he’s come from and what he’s been through.
Javier is b ...more
Dirty Angels starts with a bang. Right after dark and thrilling prologue, I knew this wasn’t your ordinary romantic suspense story. Dirty Angels is gritty, harsh and suspenseful novel which will satisfy all lovers of provocative stories with edge!
Luisa has difficult life. With both sick parents to take care of, her wage is barely enough to survive. Having no other choice, she marries powerful but cruel cartel leader Salvador to secure good care for her pare ...more
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.
I really think this is just me though because most readers seem to love the book and I guess I just got over-excited and my expectations skyrocketed. I was bored for the first 65% of the story and it wasn’t until a rather gory torture scene surfaced that the book finally caught my attention.
(view spoiler)[Ok, now that I think about it, what happened to Javier, the badass motherfucker from the Ar ...more
This book was perfection! I was hooked from the first moment! The prologue was so captivating that I couldn't put it down! This book was different from Karina's other books, it was a dark romance and it has a lot of dark elements!
The story begins with Luisa, a poor girl who has bad luck in her life, she wants to help her family by marrying one of the Mexico's largest drug cartel lord.Things didn't go well with her marriage and she wants to escape...
So one day she decides to run.. ...more
"You need confidence in yourself, to never question who you are."
There are sweet romances.
About kittens and puppies, sunshine and hearts.
There are darker romances.
About vampires and werewolves, creatures that go bump into the night.
There are uncomfortable romances.
About BDSM, masters and bondage and weird dungeon situations.
And then there are Dirty Angels...
It's sweet, like revenge.
It's dark, like a human soul.
It's uncomfortable, like life.
And it's unique because it's a ...more
A spot has been reserved on my 6 Star Best of the Best shelf & I'm already calling this the Best Book of the Year!
"I have a lot of respect for beautiful things, you know. They are usually the most dangerous.”
This book is a beautiful thing! Dirty and Deadly and Seductive and Sensual. Gushing! Am I gushing? I feel like I'm not capable of anything but flowery flattery and obsessive fangirling.
My coherent thought was all sucked away by the m ...more
Kidnapping plots are one of my favorite type of story lines (I know I’m crazy) and Karina Halle did a great job with all the conflicting feelings on both the captor and the captive’s part in Dirty Angels. The story is told in alternating povs which gives a reader all the sides to this very tricky situation.
Luisa Chavez is a former Mexican beauty queen. Her looks are completely alluring and sadly gift her with the atten ...more
★★★★☆ 4.5 Stars!
"My darling. You're going to be my undoing."
Well, *almost* perfect... KH (and Javier!) certainly did not disappoint!
Admittedly, I was one of those people who, despite being very intrigued by Javier's charming ways, still remained 100% Team Camden throughout The Artists Trilogy. Now though, after finally having caught of Javier Bernal's dirty mind, I might have to revise my opinion... Though, I have to say, Luisa is a much, much better match for him (view spoiler)[so it' ...more
Karina Halle delivered a very intriguing first installment in this series that kept me from the start on the edge of my seat for one reason or another. 'Dirty Angels' was dark, gritty, suspenseful and so very thrilling. Needless to say I was hooked from the prologue!
"Good or bad, there is great power in knowing who you are and owning it."
Luisa Chavez has always been a good daughter all her life caring for her parents who are both disabled. Luisa is used to live in poverty ...more
I became a die-hard fan after reading her Artists Trilogy and was excited that Javier Bernal would have his own book. He was a character I wanted to know more about….and in Dirty Angels we certainly do…and nothing that I expected!!
I kept asking myself how it was possible that I was faced with a story filled with darkness, depraved and evil characters, brutality, evil, violence and s ...more
3 I'm going to round them off stars
Dirty Angels by Karina Halle had the makings of an epic novel. I've come to the conclusion that it really just wasn't my kind of book. We have Javier Bernal an infamous Drug Cartel Lord. He's feared, respected and his nasty. Here's the thing, since this book is written in dual POV, the character, Javier harped on about how ruthless and cutthroat he was. He had this dark heart and no soul. But as I read on and turned page after page, all I saw was a broken man, ...more
"Sex needed to be a little rough and crude to balance out the elegance. A touch of tasteful violence goes a long way."
First off, I just want to say how much I love Karina's blurb and warning. Basically, don't read this mother effing book if rape/violence/torture will make you hate what you are reading. So there should be no reviews that are gasping, fanning, shocked readers talking about all the crazy that takes place in Dirty Angels. I mean, take it seriously, folks! There is rape, tor ...more
Luisa had a bad life. And I mean, bad.
One day she was presented with one opportunity to have a better life. And that’s how she becomes the wife of Salvador Reyes, one of the biggest drug lords in Mexico.
And she soon finds out that when the opportunity is too good to be truth, is because it probably is.
And when she finally manages to escape she finds herself in the hands of her “husband” biggest rival, the drug lord of another cartel, Javier Bernal.
If you read the Artists Tri ...more
5 The Good, The Bad, The Cartel and The Strong Stars * * * * *
I was caught up in the frenzy of the Artist's Trilogy by Karina Halle. All of my friends were on my feed with Sins and Needles updates. Then On Every Street hit and the massive debate of Team Javier vs Team Camden was the topic. Shooting Scars came out and more debate with the highly anticipated Bold Tricks due. I read the trilogy out of order... and because of that...I think there was a real impact on how I envis ...more
Javier, Javier, Javier...I have been waiting for his book for what seems forever and I'm totally thrilled with what KH has written. He is a wonderful anti-hero and I love seeing his moments of vulnerability and more importantly, his sense of honor. I espe ...more
If you are looking for a story where the bad guys get taken down, and some of them redeem themselves and all of a sudden become good; then you are looking in the wrong place! Most of us met Javier in the Sins and Needles book; and we all knew just how evil Javier could be. Well, in Dirty Angels, his evil ways are still out in full ...more
This one is a little hard for me to review because I just don't know what I felt for it. By the end I was just kind of meh about these characters and realized I had so many more questions about their relationship. The weird part is, I liked Javier as a lone character, but when Luisa got involved into it, he started to fall flat for me. Alone I could see the darkness that lurked inside of him, and it made me want to know more about him. But then when his plan for Luisa started to play ou ...more
Title: Dirty Angels
Series: Dirty Angels #1
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: June 2014
Rating: 3 stars
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Dirty Angels is yet again book by Karina Halle that didn’t exactly made my body hum with pleasure. In no means was it bad or boring, it just didn’t offer me everything I hoped and wished for.
Maybe it’s because even though I was a big fan of Artist Trilogy, I’ve never liked Javier Bernal. He didn’t have the strength to catch my attention ...more
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After the gigantic mess that was BOLD TRICKS, I was leery about starting the Dirty Angels series, which is a spinoff centering around Javier Bernal. By the end of The Artists trilogy, I was completely burned out on Camden and Ellie and resentful about what Halle had done to Javier's character arc in order to wrest a way-too-happy ending for a couple I couldn't root for. I ranted about this in my review of BOLD TRICKS, but in order to pus ...more
Okay, I'm just going to say this because it's been bothering me for a while, well, since finishing the Artist's Trilogy and On Every Street. Javier, Javier...the man was not the RIGHT man for Ellie. There.
I was rooting for Cam by the end of Shooting Scars, not because he was so much better than Javier, but because he was exactly what Ellie needed. Javier broke my heart with the things he did with Ellie, but I've LOVED him regardless, almost unconditionally. So I'm so happy to say that ...more
Sorry, Javier fans but I didn't love this one.
It could be because I had such high expectations of the book. Or maybe because Javier's character became too watered down that it's almost unrecognizable -- and this is coming from someone who've read only one book (On Every Street) from the Artists Trilogy -- or what. Honestly, I can't seem to put my finger on why this just didn't wow me but I will try.
I have to say, there were flashes of his ruthless personality and twisted sen ...more
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Pawn: The weakest piece on the chessboard, yet the only piece that has the ability to become stronger. It is dangerous and versatile.
Luisa is a good girl surrounded by evil men. Selfless, compassionate, gentle; the qualities that strengthen her character are the ones that weaken her once she finds herself immersed in the world of cartel leader, Salvador Reyes. Salvad ...more
Dirty Angels was a twisted, dirty, entertaining ride. One of my favorite things about Karina Halle's writing is her signature inappropriate humor, which came shining through here, especially in Javier's Pov. Javier is one kinky, charismatic man. There are so many quotes, I don't even know where to start, but here is one of my favorites.(view spoiler)[ Rubbing a clit to completion and sawing off someone's foot seemed to use all ...more
Ok, so I did like this...to an extent. I think I had way too high of expectations for this after loving The Artists Trilogy.
After his prison sentence, Javier Bernal is back and will start building up his empire. His cartel can gain greater business if he tries to cut a deal with Salvador Reyes. And he knows just how to gain his attention.
Growing up poor her entire life, Luisa only wants what's best for her ailing father and blind mother. When the famous dr ...more
THIS IS NOT YOUR MOTHER'S ROMANCE.
Well, unless you are my daughter...then it is so you're mama's romance.
If you can't handle violently gory death, don't read Dirty Angels.
If you don't want to read about immoral, depraved, degenerate drug lords, don't read Dirty Angels.
If you can't relate to a young woman making the worst decisions with the best intentions, don't read Dirty Angels.
If you expect all your romances to end in happily ever after - I'll love you until the end o
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