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Dirty Angels

(Dirty Angels #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,608 ratings  ·  1,042 reviews
**warning: this book contains situations which might be triggers for some people. Please see the bottom of this description to see if this is the kind of book that you'll love or piss you off**

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
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Published June 15th 2014 by Metal Blonde Books
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Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-this-now


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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
Emily May
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, romance
I'd never been the type of girl to fear the dark - when I was young, I loved for my father to tell me scary and thrilling stories. But now they were no longer stories, they were real.

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
Karina Halle
Mar 13, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Apparently this is the most dark and disturbing book I've ever written. Definitely the kinkiest (in my own experience).

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).
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kim Bailey
Book $.99->


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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

☆4.5 Stars☆


“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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars!!!

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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.

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Javier is b
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gruesome romantic suspense at its best!

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
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2.5-3 stars!


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)
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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..
Georgia ♥
4.5 Rule the Kingdom Stars

"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
Kim Bailey
One of my all-time fave books! LOVE!

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!

Karina Halle

"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
Jennifer Kyle
"Good or bad, there is great power in knowing who you are and owning it."


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

★★★★☆ 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)
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-romance
4.5 Stars!!


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
Alex is The Romance Fox
There’s something about Karina Halle’s writing that astonishes me every time I read one of her books.

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!!
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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
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

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,
Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars

"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
4 Javier Stars!

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
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Karina Halle Fans; Javier Fans; Romance
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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
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
For fans of The Artist's Trilogy and especially for fans of Javier, this is the book where he gets to shine. We get to see the drug lord in all his glory but what we really get to see is the Javier that we got a glimpse of and fell in love with.

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
I loved this book! It was most definitely not your typical fairytale romance; but it was a love story all the same...Just a love story that was more dark and tarnished!
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
3.5 Stars

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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014

Title: Dirty Angels
Series: Dirty Angels #1
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: June 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

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
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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

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
Geri Reads
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5 stars!

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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
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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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
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Purity had done nothing for me anyway. It was better to be dirty.

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)
3 I still love you, Javier...stars

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Ok, so I did like 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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia during the summer, and in Lo

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