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(Cartel #3)

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The breathtaking finale to the USA Today bestselling Cartel trilogy.

I should have known it would always come down to this, from the very moment I laid eyes on him in that motel.

I should have known his salvation was too good to be true.

Because it's all gone now, the impossible, secret love I had for him bleeding away in the darkness that came afterwards.

Now there's only hat
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 19th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Wow! This book blew me away! I am still trying to wrap my mind around everything that transpired between the covers of this book. It was brilliant, dark, gory...and I loved every damn minute!

After finishing 'The Gypsy Brothers' series, I was not ready to let go of the characters that I had grown to love or those that I had grown to hate. I wanted more. I needed answers.

Dornan, especially, was intriguing. How did he get to be such a sadistic
❤️ Paulette
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dark-erotic
Cartel #3
By Lili St. Germain

Wow just wow amazing book- I highly recommend both series especially if you are a fan of a dark romance.
As I wrote this review I tried my best not to give away too much info.
These two had a unique relationship it's a miracle that lasted as long as they did.. At least from her part due to the fact that he was the jailer with the key to everything, her cage at home- you name it…He saved her from his father who was going sell as slave, or did he? We knew the end
Kaleigh ❤️
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This was an awesome ending to this series and I can't wait to FINALLY dive into the Gypsy Brothers! I'm really not sure of all my feelings right now! Lili takes us on quite a gritty and crazy roller coaster that's for sure! She has me all kinds of confused on if I love or hate certain characters. If I want them to have a HEA or if they are even redeemable. For some reason after all the gruesome things that Dornan has done in this series (ESPECIALLY THIS BOOK) I'm still rooting for him. Which mak ...more
NiCoLeTa E.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
***4,5 "Brutal and unjustly" stars***

"People aren't born monsters. They're made that way."

If i'll say that this story didn't broke something inside of me, it will be a total lie!!!
Damn!!! The last thirty pages wrecked my heart... even some tears slipped down on my cheeks!!!

This ending was devestating and not so much for Mariana and John because they made their bed on their own, but for this poor girl, Juliette!!!!
She was the ultimate innocent person in here!!! She and Jase!!! And she had the w
Dee Montoya

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

I'm sweating, I'm panting, my heart feels like it's beating out of my chest. Empire was the perfect ending for this thrilling trilogy, and the perfect set up for the reader to get excited about the Gypsy Brothers books. I can't wait to read every single book... so here I come!!!!

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On this third and last book of the Cartel trilogy, Mariana finally has an escape plan in place. It is getting harder, and harde
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**


"People aren't born monsters. They're made that way."

I had mixed feelings while I was reading this book because I knew what would happen at the end. People who read the Gypsy Brothers series know what I'm talking about. Nevertheless I was also excited to be reunited with the amazing characters. Mariana, Dornan and John are one of the most intriguing characters I had the pleasure of meeting. Their relationship was very intense and complic
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I haven’t read Cartel or Kingpin yet. But I started this book for a graphics project and once I got over the fear of reading more about Dornan, I was really going to start it. So I felt like reading Gypsy Bros. at least prepared me and it really didn’t spoil the series at all. If anything, I want to read the two prior books even MORE now.

Having read the GB first, I didn’t go into this story with hopes that Dornan could give me a case of the warm and fuzzies. BUT. A huge, giant B
Violent. Brutal. Empire will take its toll on your mental well-being.
❝As if on cue, a tiny crab crawled out of a neat hole in Allie's chest and darted along her collarbone before disappearing underneath her ragged red hair.❞

This is the third book in the Cartel series by Lili St. Germain. I had this marked on my calendar for release this past June. As they do, release dates get moved and in this case, it was moved so far from when I read Kingpin (Cartel, #2), I forgot major portions of the pr
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2016, mafia
I struggle with giving this 5 stars. You see, I'm all about the romance in my books and if I had to rate this for romance, I hated it. Take the romance out, it deserves all 5 stars. I'm kind of stunned with what I just read. I've said in other "cartel" book reviews how real it felt. I was so wrong. This one was real. This book was so real it hurt to read about some of the things that happened. In fact, I'm kinda horrified and yet all I can think about is how it was brilliantly written. I don't e ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark, favorites
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"Why can't we ever turn back the fucking clock?"

This series has been a total #MindFu@kAlert. I read the Gypsy Brothers Series first, so I had prior knowledge about what was coming. I was afraid to read it, but I couldn't help myself. I was intrigued. I hated him, and I was afraid the author would make me like him, and I didn't want to. But I did... It was like being in a car crash, in slow motion, waiting for the impact. It wrecked me. And I loved it.

I had such mixed emotions about these
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher HarperCollins Publishers Australia, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

In the first 2 books I didn’t really knew if I should hate or love Dornan but now ... I really hate him and it hurts because more than once he showed that he can be good, he has a conscience, ...

Love and hate ... there is such a thin line between them! Poor Marianna! How much can a woman suffer... She is such a strong woman and deserved happiness

What I did like about th
Patrixia Lansangan
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I honestly have no idea what just happened....

i swept through this book and it was so hard not to read that you just had to finish it.

This series felt like it was going on for so long.

There were some loose ends to the ending of this book and i absolutely didn't get it.

This story was phenomenon and i loved it so much. But there was so much loose ends that it just drove me crazy!

This was an epic story and i don't think I'll ever forget it's characters. John, Dornan and Marianna will be unforget
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read the last word, I've never empty. Wounded. Sorrowful.

I didn't expect this at all. Not this ending. I thought more deaths and blood would be shed. Boy, was I wrong.

Dornan Ross. The first man who opened my eyes, proved, men weren't what they were. I loved him from the beginning and I still do. I knew the darkness in him was growing and eating him.

But I didn't know he would embrace it. I was hoping for better.

John. Fudge! He didn't deserve that. After everything he'd done an
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series gutted me....chewed me up and spit me out.
Kasie Sullivan
Jul 19, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biker-mc-series
Have no idea what these are about but Added them anyway as will read anything by this author :)
Ten years ago, the Gypsy Brothers took me.

It started with blood.

It was always going to end the same way.

The question was – whose blood? Who got to live, and who had to die?

If you think you know how my story ends – you have no idea.

Wow absolutely blown away by this trilogy of angst,danger,pain and corruption.

At 19 love saved me, a dangerous man with a heart that was determined to own mine.
At twenty nine love almost freed me....But in the end, love broke me.

Empire is a gripping and explo
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Gah! my heart was bleeding! Shattered! I haven't read Gypsy Brothers yet so I didn't know that the ending would end up like that...
This book was so BRUTAL and TRAGIC! and will f@ck up your mind! So, beware...


Anyway, if you're fans of dark and bloody romance, you might like this one.
Romance Readers Retreat
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Nail biting stars
This is the third and what I assume is the final book of the Cartel Trilogy. It was also the one I was so scared to read (I even had a nightmare about Dornan), but oh boy was it worth it.
Mariana's story was briefly explained in the Gypsy Brothers series and anyone who has read that will know how things work out for Mariana and other characters, so the fact that I knew these things only made this an incredibly tense read for me.
This series has literally sucked me in and made me
Carla Bulian
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
3,8. A série é maravilhosa! Mas achei que ficaram algumas questões obscuras e mal resolvidas no último livro da série, que foram mostradas no início. A mente do personagem principal é um tumulto de emoções, e achei que sua evolução não condiz com o que foi mostrado no primeiro livro. A trama desenvolvida é excelente, porém no desenrolar da história foi se tornando meio nublada....
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lili-st-germain
I'm going to mainline some Valium.
Then I'll write a review.
After that's done I'll be in counseling.
Until I remember how to breathe again.
Lissy Liz
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well... so many things happened that I was not expecting here, that now I have to read Gypsy Brothers to satisfy my curiosity.
"People aren't born monsters. They're made that way."
Of that I'm no longer certain.

Holy ever loving hell.
Going in knowing this is the end, knowing I've read the Gypsy Brothers series so I know what I'm looking at still did not prepare me for just how black Dornan Ross' soul truly is.
As much as I despised him before a part of me understood that he was who he was due to his upbringing but now that doesn't even matter.
He is the most sadistic, horrifying man I've had the pleasure of reading about. T
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect ending to the Cartel series and it gives you everything that you had hoped for. It’s been quite a ride with Mariana, Dornan and John and it been everything I could have hoped for. I had not read the Gypsy Brothers series yet but I definitely will now because if the writing is anything like it has been for this series it won’t leave me disappointed that’s for sure! Do yourself a favor and grab every book in this series and be ready for some dark and delicious reading.

I receive
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The epic conclusion to Mariana's story. This was heart-wrenching, brutal and not for the faint of heart.

I kind of knew going in how things would go in the end, but the journey to get there was captivating. I spend most of this book with my heart in my throat knowing that no matter the outcome things were not going to be sunshine and roses. Dornan who I struggled with as a character chooses his path. His love for Ana was terrifying and electric. He loves her in a way that others cannot comprehen
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series really hate to see it come to an end, but can't wait to see what's next for this fabulously dark minded author. When reading this I felt like I already knew the story, but it was delivered with such feeling that it still seemed new.

Maria is stuck in such an awful position. I was still rooting for her until the very end. Dothan is such a wild card, sadistic awful person, but there were still tiny bouts of light shining through that you just wanted him to grab on to and turn t
Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this whole trilogy and it was so sad for me to have to say goodbye to these intense sad brilliant books, but it was time and the author ended it so perfectly. I was so lucky to receive Empire by Lili St.Germain in an ARC in exchange for a honest review. I am giving this amazing book 5 stars because even though it sucked to have my favorite series end. The writer did such a wonderful job helping us understanding why it all worked out this way and why it was for the best. I don't want to g ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, mc-bikers
OMG. OMG. OMG. What a thrilling end to this series. Although I see that there is an off shoot to this series, which I shall be buying shortly. That ending was so unexpected and so well written. What a monster and the ultimate betrayal of friendship and child naivity.
A.J. Reads
"Why can't we ever turn back the fucking clock?"

I had to sit on this review for a bit to take it all in. When I read the first two books in this trilogy, Empire hadn't been released yet. Naturally I had to get my Dornan fix so I hopped on over and read the Gypsy Brothers series (which is set after this trilogy) while I waited for this. Imagine my surprise! In any event, I had assumed I had a pretty good idea what would happen in Empire based on that series, but I was so very wrong. I was on the
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Lili writes dark, disturbing romance. Her #1 bestselling Gypsy Brothers series was created in a serial format – quick, intense episodes released frequently with some wicked cliffhangers. The Gypsy Brothers series focuses on a morally bankrupt biker gang and the girl who seeks her vengeance upon them. The Cartel series is a prequel trilogy of full-length novels that explores the beginnings of the c ...more

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