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(Cartel #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,793 ratings  ·  232 reviews
The second scorching novel in the USA Today bestselling Cartel trilogy from the smash-hit author Lili St Germain.

They say love conquers all.

It's a lie.

Five days a week, I dressed in smart business clothes. I painted my face, and went to work as an accountant. But nothing about my life was normal.

For eight years I had been the property of the G/>It's
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 14th 2015 by HarperCollins
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Raw, Gritty and Darker

This second book in the 'Cartel' fast-forwards nine years into Mariana's captivity. Still trapped in the same apartment, unable to leave of her own volition, and spending her days cooking the books for the cartel, Mariana remains devoted to Dornan. She loves him, despite it all.

Regardless of her love for Dornan, Mariana spends most of her time alone, longing for his next weekly visit. She's come to realize that she will always have to settle for scraps where Do
NiCoLeTa E.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
***4 "Cholita!!!" stars***

As the pages are passing by, the story gets even more dark, brutal, savage and so damn fucked up!!!
Honestly, guys, this series is driving crazy my mortal compass, but it's so freakin' addictive!!!

You can't stop reading until you unravel anything fucked up shit that is hidden in there and of course, you're dying to see what will happen in the end, even though you can't see a light at the end of the dark tunel....
And damn, i don't t
Kaleigh ❤️
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
WHY?!!! I'm not sure I can keep reading! I'm not sure I'm brave enough to read the next book! I started to fall in love with Dornan in the first book! Yes, he had a dark side and was the villain in a sense but I felt he was redeemable! He didn't want to become a dark person or anything like his father. However, in this book Dornan is still fighting his demons and trying not to let the darkness consume him. Towards the end of Kingpin he starts loosing that battle and my heart is completely shatte ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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If you want the hearts, flowers, and one true love kind of romance that is all nicely packaged in a big red bow, then stop turn around because KINGPIN is not that kind of book. But instead this book is raw, bloody, gritty, and dangerous. It is in your face fourber
❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dark-erotic
Cartel #2
by Lili St. Germain

We fast forward Nine years after Mariana was taken, at first we find that nothing seem to have change between Mariana & Dornan… She still in love with Dornan- They are still lying to Emilio- but now Mariana come to realize that she will always have to settle for scraps where Dornan is concerned. He will never place her first. They will never get out of this life.

Mariana remains Dornan's dirty Lil secret. Dornan is starting to show some the soulless
Dornan, you bad, bad boy!

While I liked book one, this one was so much better! With a solid plot and fully developed characters, the writing was terrific. Kingpin held intrigue and mystery.

Nine years after she was taken, Mariana and Dornan are back with all their rough sex and secrets. They still face the problem of his father and his wife - the two people that keep them apart. Mariana remains Dornan's dirty little secret. Yet, that's not the only secret Mariana keeps, because chaos ensues and Mariana is
Dee Montoya
5 Explosive Stars*****

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

Ten years have passed since Mariana was taken from her home in Colombia, and away from her family. She is now the book-keeper for the biggest drug cartel in the world.

Secrets, sex, and blood are the terms of the dangerous game she plays. Everything is a stake, and even if she tried, she can't stop now. Mariana has become addicted to the beautiful pain she gets at the hands of the monster, who visits her at night.

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Mariana is Dornan'Stars*****
Elfina Renee
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Lili St. Germain has created the perfect villain. There are no adequate words to describe Dornan. He’s sex and sin rolled together on two legs. Charismatic and dominate, deeply passionate and protective of those he loves. But perfection has cracks and with those cracks harbors darkness. Over time that darkness grows becoming something twisted and evil, leeching all the goodness.
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Mariana knows first hand of those shadows, she’s experienced them first hand with Dornan’s father Emilio and Il Sa
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
Blood and bullets, all in a day's work...

I read Cartel before Gypsy Brothers. And then I read Gypsy Brothers before Kingpin. Now, my mind is a mess because I know what's coming... So, to be clear as mud. I hated him, then I liked him, then I hated him, then I saw something in him that surprised me and I kinda understood and I kinda liked him before I hated him again. Now I'm exhausted.

The thing that's not confusing is that the author is amazing. She just manipulates me like a puppet on a stri
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Good lord, this series... this book... these characters.... they are seriously playing all sorts of havoc with my emotions, my feelings, my nerves and my anxiety levels. I don't think I can take any more but in the same breath I'm addicted to the world of the Cartel and the Gypsy Brothers MC and I cannot step away until the final book has been read. I won't allow myself to. "Blood in, blood out" isn't that what they say? Well let's just say I have
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher HarperCollins, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Damn you Dornan! You made me like you a little bit after book 1. I know what happened in the ‘Gypsy Brothers’ series but putting that into the very back of my mind, I did see your better side but now I hate you again …

Poor Mariana, what more do you have to go through before you finally get ‘rest’! I admire her strength! This author really knows how to create strong
Hooker Heels Book Blog
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Kingpin and OOMMGG! Talk about a big kick to the lady raisins. Book 2 was so freaking amazing that I am left at a loss for words right now. This is one of those books that makes you want to fist bump the literary gods and leaves you salivating for the next installment.

So many feels happening right now that I can’t figure out if I want to punch Dornan or coddle him. And John…wow! What can I say? I knew something was up with him but didn’t see that coming.

I am definitely on major
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Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★

Overall rating: 5.0

The second book in the Cartel Series was even better than the first! I could not put this book down, I'm not sure why I haven't read this book before now, but damn sure happy that I have!

Kingpin picks up 9 years later and we find Mariana is now the "Accountant" for the Gypsy Brothers/El Sangue Cartel. For 9 years she's lived on the knife's edge of life, nev
FMR Book Grind
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

OMG!!! Just when you think the story can't possibly get any better, the next book comes along. BAM! A story that punches you in the gut, but leaves you addicted to the pain. I finished Cartel and immediately started this book. I am totally hooked on these characters and the road their lives have taken. I couldn't put the book down. You think you know how things will go, but you will be left reeling just as I was. I could never have predicted the journey thes
Suzanne (Lily)
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dark, ruthless and unforgiving…another great suspenseful story from Lili St Germain.

We were a match made in hell.

It’s been eight long years since Dornan set eyes on Mariana and managed to keep her for himself. Mariana has become a valuable asset to Emilio and his associates with her talented book keeping skills. It’s a simple life, if she doesn’t step out of line. Complying with what is expected of her keeps her and her family alive and sustains her desire to survive. Cautiously guar/>We
Romance Readers Retreat
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 OMG that was amazing stars

Well just when I thought I knew the story of Mariana and Dornan, Lili Saint Germain goes and turns it all on it's head. My head is seriously overwhelmed with it all.

This book, which is told in Mariana, Dornan and John's point of view, takes place pretty much 9 years on from Mariana's capture. I loved Mariana in Cartel, but in this book she just goes that one step further for me as a character. Her nurturing personality really takes a hold and k
April Symes
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, psychotic , thrilling, chilling, erotic, dangerous read of a book that you will have. KINGPIN is not a book that has romance with a HEA at this junction, NO, it is not lovey dovey hearts with a hero –NO, there is really none of that here. There is blood, and dangerous people with raw, emotional pain that comes thru. Nothing is set in stone. Everything is up in the air, everything is fluid –hearts get broken and loyalties are tested to the point of being broken. The only thing yo ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book series is my first with this author so I went in completely blind. I had no idea that this was born from the Gypsy series. I have since found out that the intent from the author was to give you a background story on some very important players in that series.

First, just let me confess that I made the mistake of reading book 3 first so I know how this ends. While I could have just read book 3 and be done, I was also missing more in depth details of a very important character change in
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
That was different, definitely dark. I wish the next one was already out would like to see how her story ends. Have the first of the Gypsy Brothers series ' Seven Sons' wanted to start reading it but this trilogy is a prequel to that one. Did enjoy this one though but am afraid that the third is now going to end so well for our heroine.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tragic. One simple word describes the entire mood of this book. All of the questions I had reading Cartel, all the "Why?s" about how Dornan became what he did, were answered. Those reasons didn't make me hate for his cruelty and brutality though. No, they just made me sad and brokenhearted. Did he ever have a chance? I asked that in the last book before I had any answers, and it's still a question I can't help but wonder about.
I'm going to try and avoid any spoilers from the Gypsy Brothers
Patrixia Lansangan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was so GOOD!

It confused the fuck outta me and I LOVED IT!!

The story picked up and went sideways to a more raw, gritty and a darker path, it was so interesting.

Marianna and Dornan was in love but was love really enough in this cruel world? Marianna realizes that Dornan was not getting them out of their lives and she was just another dirty secret. She realizes that the man she loved was getting sucked further down into darkness and oblivion.

Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lili St. Germain book Kingpin 2 was given to me in an ARC in exchanged for an honest review. I am giving this book 5 stars because wow this book deserves everyone of those stars. I mean the Author really out did herself in this second part to her Cartel trilogy. This book opened up so many new doors for Mariana and while she starting to see who she can finally trust she is also losing the man she thought she loved and once thought she would die without, but as one man is leaving her heart anothe ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

Kingpin was one of those awaited books where once you see it, you are clearly transfixed on what will happen next.

As usual Lili St. Germain style, there is a lot of blood, violence, sex and mayhem; along with, a lot more substantial new inside looks and twists that will have you grasping for more.

Like most readers, I did not know what to expect in this~~ as I do still carry the impressions of Dornan from the Gypsy Brothers series and☆
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biker, arc, net-gallery
You know when a book is well written when the author can take you from one place to another and then back again which will have your head spinning. That’s what I feel about Dornan; I have a love/hate thing going for him right now. Then if you factor in the darkness that comes from the biker and cartel world you then have a book that you can’t put down. This is the second book in a series that will pull you in keep you up turning pages because you are trying to figure out who you want to root for ...more
I was a little worried about half way through that it wasn't going to be as good as the rest of the series, but then it was like a switch and things just stared falling into place. From the point I couldn't put it down.

I keep having flipping feelings for Doornan, at the end of this book I'm back to not liking him.

I also have a growing fondness for John. I just want to pluck him away from the ugly world of the Cartel.

Ended with a major cliffhanger, but in a way I feel I already know
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks

I didn't even know I finish this book so fast like God. I need part 3 lol. I want to know what will happen next. I was so hoping for John and Mariana to do the do and they finally did. Lmao I so want her with John, but I don't I mean I hope he's nothing like Dornan because I want her with him he's definitely the book babe in the book series. Lol, Dornan is becoming like his dad, and it's sicking. I bet going to run away and poor Jason I bet he is going to hate h
Michelle Krystel
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm torn between Dornan and John all tho I think John is winning in my eyes. I can tell he has a true heart and hes an amazing father. Ya I think it's Him I would choose. Dornan is just to damn dark, he's monster as Marianna said the things he has done is unforgivable. Marianna my heart is in peices for this girl she's been through way to much I feel so bad for her. I pray she gets her Revenge. Amazing job @lili_stgermain again you have proved to us that your work is outstanding way beyond 5 sta ...more
Paperback Princess
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omfg ..I've never wanted so many people in one book to die!!! I was actually really liking Dornan for a minute but he can go straight to hell like right now..ughh Mariana I'm so over her because she just did something that's gonna get the only somewhat innocent man in all this cluster fuck killed. Man oh man was this book good and now worst of all I have to wait until November for Empire!!!!
Jan 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
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according to this book is going to cost 14,06 €! for an ebook? seriously?
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dornan. My Dornan wasn't whom I remembered and the saddest part is, I would stay with him.

Mariana. I understood her. John was someone whom Dornan could never be. The affection, attention and his tenderness caught me as well. Mariana did the right and wrong thing.

She shouldn't have had it with John. She knew the consequences.

Damn fudging well written. I'm still rooting for Dornan Ross.

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Lili is a USA Today bestselling hybrid author who has sold over a million books since January 2014. She writes stories about vengeful girls and villainous men, with readers crowning her "The Queen of Darkness" and "The best when it comes to dark, brooding and bloody romance."

Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life in

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