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Dirty Promises

(Dirty Angels #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,631 ratings  ·  277 reviews
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,
Published September 15th 2015 (first published August 19th 2015)
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Wow! Karina Halle wasn't kidding when she said that this was the darkest book that she's written. I knew when I opened up this book to find a couple of pages of forewarning from the author about how dark and disturbing the content was, that this was going to be a book that I loved. It certainly did not disappoint!

I have been a die-hard Javier fan from the start. There is something about him that I just can't resist. He definitely isn't a nice guy by any means, but I find him absolutely irresisti
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

”After everything, he was still everything.”

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Please take Karina Halle’s warning in the beginning of this book very seriously. This is the most brutal and disturbing novel she has written to date. No joke friends.

"Check your morals at the door, keep an open mind and enjoy the ruin and resurrection of Javier and Luisa Bernal."


This was a great final installment that at times I had to take a breather from the torture scenes and and well I’m just going to say it
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤


The word amazing isn't enough to describe how good and how much different this story is!It's one of these books that you haven't read before!It's so dark,cruel,brutal and violent!I was on the edge of my seat throughout this reading, not knowing what to expect..and I was afraid for what will happen..


He was the King and she was his Queen but now their marriage is falling apart..Javier has become cruel due to the fact that his sister is dead an

Javier Bernal is the bad guy I couldn't help but love in The Artists Trilogy, his ruthlessness, arrogance and complexity was enthralling - like a moth to a flame I was drawn to him.

An anti-hero was still a hero in the end, but I would never be more than a villain.

Dirty Angels furthered my infatuation with this man. He and Luisa became one of my favorite couples - flawed and passionate, I loved these two together. Going into Dirty Promises, with Karina's warning, I was worried. What was to
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-romance
4.5 Stars!!


'Dirty Promises' is the third and final installment in Karina Halle’s series entitled 'Dirty Angeles' and features the couple for the first installment in the series Javier Bernal and his wife, Luisa. This installment was without a doubt my favorite installment in the series. It was darker, more brutal, more disturbing and I devoured it in one sitting.

“An anti-hero was still a hero in the end, but I would never be more than a villain.”

Since one of his younger sister, Alan
Alex is The Romance Fox
Dirty Promises is the 3rd book in Karina Halle's Dirty Angels Trilogy and part of her The Artists Trilogy.

I've really enjoyed the two trilogies so far but Dirty Promises was .....hell to get fact, I nearly gave up halfway!!!!

The storyline was a total throbbing migraine..............
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The violence......after a while I gave up on how many rapes there were in this story.

I am not sure how I feel about Javier and Luisa right now!!! Sorry, but I can't continue with any further ran
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

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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 wors
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kim Bailey
LIVE early ->

Dirty Promises is a fictional ride into the cartel where you have to check your morals at the door. The world of the cartel is brutal and the characters lack morals. A romantic story won’t be found between the pages but instead one of love and fortitude.

The wife of a drug king. The queen of corruption.
Luisa’s world is crumbling around her after some tragic news in Dirty Deeds (book 2). The ability to cope with the bleak outcome has lead to amoral copy mec
Kim Bailey

Acutally, 6 stars won't be enough. This is Karina Halle at her best! I am in awe of her sick, twisted, lovely dark & dirty mind. Is it wrong that I love her depravity so damn much? Complete PERFECTION!

Is this a dark read? Yes.
Is it full of sexually graphic & violent scenes? Yes.
Does the corruption, greed and lust border on insanity? Yes, yes, yes.

Have you ever researched Mexican drug cartels? Even a basic internet search will confirm that Dirty Promises is completely realistic - and poss
Sophie's Reading Corner
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bad-boys, favorites
Full review now posted: Sept 24th

5 dirty stars

Luisa's life as wife to Javier Bernal, one of the greatest drug lords in Mexico, had been nice, until a tragic loss in Javier's family. Javier is now changing, becoming more cruel, more souless, but mostly what hurts the most is that he becomes distant.

She used to be his partner in crime, helping him with his business, but now Luisa feels lonely and betrayed by the man she loves and vowed to stay by his side for the rest of their lives.

MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 She Was Mine. Just Mine. Always Mine Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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In Dirty Promises Javier & Luisa are on top as King & Queen of one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico, but it takes sacrifice & hard work to be the Patron. Javier has suffered so much loss as a result of his success, & he is now slowly unraveling. He is consumed by anger & guilt and wants others to suffer as he is. Unfortunately his pain is affecting his relationship with Luisa. J
✰ Liz ✰
~5 Dirty Stars~


"Dedicated to the ones with the black hearts and dirty souls."-Halle

Dirty Promises is the third book in Karina Halle's Dirty Angels Series. This book has an intoxicating blend of action, passion, violence, romance, heartbreak, and brutality. It was ugly. It was raw. It was perfect! Readers should pay close attention to the NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR in the beginning of the book. Ms. Halle was not exaggerating!


"The two of us sat on our thrones, king and queen, with the kind of ease
Type: Book 3 of 3 from Dirty Angels series
POV: Shifting - Multiple

Javier Bernal was a broken man after losing his sister. He fueled his devastation by unleashing it to anyone and everyone. With his attention ruthlessly focused on expanding his empire, his relationship with his wife Luisa started to crack.

And that crack didn’t go unnoticed to his ever determined right hand man, Esteban Mendoza. With stakes high for both his professional and personal life, Javier had to fight for his ri
Natasha is a Book Junkie

“We were terrible people who did terrible things to each other. We were slaves to hate because hate was strong and we sacrificed love to fuel it.”

O. M. G. There are simply no words to describe this story and do it justice. A dark, gritty read start to finish, I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience for the most part because I found myself enjoying things I most definitely shouldn’t have, and I am now convinced that Karina Halle could make me jump
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
And BOOM that's how it's done.

Well shit.
Aye Dios Mio.
Get him! Get him!

That is the jist of what you'll be thinking when reading Dirty Promises. This book will push at your comfort zone. It's not easy. It's brutally honest on how the cartels work and with how the characters you've come to love or hate portray themselves.

Way back when Karina introduced us to Javier Bernal, we knew how his mind worked. He's conniving, vindictive and dramatic but he's also a lover, a fighter a
1.) Dirty Angels ★★★★★
2.) Dirty Deeds ★★

Well, this is the worst book I've read all year. I can't even believe Karina Halle would write this monster. She's trying to pretend it's dark and edgy, but it's disgusting and repulsive. She tried way too hard, and is way too over the top. This book was so bad, this is going to be a rant more than a review with everything I'm feeling right now.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holy hell, for everyone who said Javier was too soft…THINK AGAIN! I was in shock and yet I couldn’t look away. There were moments I was literally cringing at the cruelty and brutality in Dirty Promises. However, as I read I was captivated by the story and heart broken, well, I was just a complete mess of emotions.

This is the final installment and when things begin I was immediately gutted at seeing Javier and Luisa and how their relationship was. Javier is devastated by his sisters death, he is

In Dirty Promises we are reunited with Javier Bernal! [applause, bows, kisses, blows …and anything else he may want me to do!! lol] Ok - now that I have that out of my system, let’s get serious and always dirty!

In the third and final book of the Dirty Angels series, Javier and Luisa are confronted with unexpected challenges. Javier is at the top of his game as El Patrón but is not prepared for death of his sister, Alana, and the betrayal of his wife. In his grief, Javier retreats to himself and

Damn! When Karina Halle said this was the darkest book she has ever written she wasn't joking!! Kidnapping, interrogation, torture, drugs, murder, rape, the taking off of body parts... yeah, it was intense. Ms. Halle went to dark places in this world of Mexican drug cartels and I will never again question why she took a time out and explored contemporary romance for a while. Dark is definitely where her true talent lies but Ms. Halle can't live there and after reading this I would never ask her
Aisha  ☠️☠️
For people looking for safety.

Well there is none

There helpless cheating h cheats with H right hand man

H lets his right man fuck his wife in front of him to get the truth out that h and right man are fucking

Rape/ gang rape

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

"He was the worst of us all. And I was going to rip him from limb to limb, tear him from ass to mouth, skin him alive and piss on his broken bones until I lost all traces of whatever humanity I had left. I was living, breathing wrath and I was never going to stop."


Bloody Fucking Brilliant!!!!! That's all I have to say about Dirty Promises by Karina Halle. Dirty Promises was everything I craved, wanted, and needed in a dark romance. Kari
Give this book all the fucked up, dirty, bloody stars!

Dirty Promises may be Halle's best writing since Sins & Needles. It's definitely the most exciting. The most brutal. The most uninhibited.

Javier was never a good guy, but he's moved beyond just a bad guy. He's vicious and focused so thoroughly on rage and revenge that he almost misses what is unraveling right in front of him. Almost.

Luisa is caught up in a marriage falling apart, a cartel on the brink of either exploding or imploding and a sp
Sandra Cortez
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I missed dark and gritty Karina. It's her best grit and gore to date. Leave your boundaries at the door, this isn't your mama's romance. The drug cartel world isn't full of rainbows or ponies but betrayal, blood and hunger. Full review to come!
4.5 Mexico's violent reality STARS

"They all died because I kept climbing. 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."

Honestamente no se como Karina logro tan gran reto, entrar en las mentes de personajes tan perversos y depravados como lo son Javier, Luisa y Esteban. Sin duda la prosa de Karina es lo mejor del libro, releo todas las frases que su
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Good god that was brutal, extremely ugly, unbecoming, and holy cow it was captivatingly epic. Again, why I put reading this series off so long, I'll never understand. Javier & Luisa are a force to be had. Yes I was forced to skim over some areas of this book, I had to, it was just that bad but I Absolutely loved this story. And if I could have been Luisa when she got her revenge, I would done exactly what she did to that jerk!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

A book that was definitely worth the pain of reading, I'd
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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"The real cartel life is not pretty, not easy and certainly NOT romantic and that is more than reflected in Dirty Promises."

You know, I kept coming back and looking at the Goodreads blurb while reading this book, and thinking about those words, "The real cartel life is not [...] romantic and that is more than reflected in [these books]." I asked myself, "Is it, though? Is it?" I mean, the Dirty Angels series are romances, they're tagged
Elfina Renee
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
(Dirty Promises)He wanted everything I had, he was always that way. When you combined that with the fact that I had been screwed by my partners and co-workers before in this business, I knew I always had to keep Este at arm’s length.
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All hail to Karina Halle in this epic conclusion to Dirty Angels! Dirty Promise picks up where Dirty Deeds left off. Same heart pounding action packed excitement, twice the amount of tear jerker drama and one riveting end that will leave your jaws punching holes
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
★★★★4.5 Bloody Stars★★★★

"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.You're soul will be the last".

What the hell was that?!! I truly believe that this author is crazy.A genius yes but straight up crazy.I had my hand over my mouth for the most part of this book and I gotta tell you I didn't know whether I wanted to throw up or just start chugging pepto bismol.

Javier Bernal is still g
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I might have to go back through and re-read this just for quotes on GR. But basically, I loved this book so much it made me a little concerned for my mental well being. This is NOT a sunshine and romance book. Not even a little. These people are FUCKED UP. And I loved every single horrible torturous minute.

I don't know where to begin ... ever since we met Javier in Sins & Needles or On Every Street (depending on the order you read them in) I have been in lust. Not in love; Javier is not a man y
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
...the brutality of our compound, the screams or the breaking hearts or the ending marriages or the lives full of bad choices...

There are no happy endings within the drug cartel wars of Mexico. There is only pain and violence and the thirst for power. Sometimes there is momentary peace before the bottom falls out and blood is shed once again, the cycle of pain and violence, the struggle to survive never-ending. Dirty Promises is a love story written in blood. It's that never-ending cycle of
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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, where they operate Raven Ri

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