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Never Trust a Saint

(Los Santos Cartel #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  86 reviews
A protector from evil. One who without fear will lead you safely through darkness.
Cold and ruthless. A CARTEL who cares only for revenge and glory.
My name is Nina Cross, and I’m the Los Santos’s newest prey. Determined to prove my partners innocence and avenge his violent death, I stumbled naively into the spider’s web. Tangled with lies and hunted fo
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Published (first published February 2016)
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Stacey is Sassy

A man with many names…

Well, that was a wee bit heart pumping. I just finished Never Trust a Saint in one day. I don’t get to read all day much anymore. You know the drill, life gets in the way, people to see, places to go, all the other stuff that gets put ahead of reading. But today, my little man went off to his first overnight camp. Of course, he’s not stressed at all. I hardly even got a goodbye hug from him. Bloody boys, don’t they realise it’s HARD. Mum’s worry. Anyways…I was a little bit
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is so amazing and unexpected! An FBI agent is hunted by an infamous drug cartel. A stranger that enters her life with only one purpose; to destroy her. When Nina's partner is murdered, the nightmare begins for her. On the run and in fear that someone is out to kill her as well, she has to make a choice; trust Jair Ruiz or not. Jair is a dark, tall and handsome man who is certain of one thing; Nina should not trust him.

...lips grazing my
Elfina Renee
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Hands down a five star read. The storyline is incredible and begins with the death of a beloved partner and friend. The streets, and shadows are paved in blood and guts as bullets starts flying. One lone FBI agent, on a mission to get to the truth, discovers she's next in line with a bulls eye on her head.
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Jair Ruiz is dangerous, he makes no attempt to hide he's not a man to be trusted, but which side of the fence is he really playing on? How far will the wolf lead a lamb to the slaughter?
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May 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I am America’s most wanted.

The number one suspect in my partners brutal murder.
My world as I know it has crumbled, revealing those who lurk in the dark shadows. They wait & watch for their moment to strike, ready to bring me down.

The FBI has turned its back on me, & Los Santos Cartel has placed a bounty on my capture.
I hold the truth & I’m a dead woman for it.

Until one man, both jaded & brutal, offers me protection when I need it most.
Louise Seraphim Reviews
Okay so although I'm kinda on a review break, and I'm kinda on a break from contemp reads, I knew I absolutely HAD to break all that to read Melissa Jane's new dark cartel story.
I have loved every single one of her darker books, and still have not found anything to compare to them. She manages to make a story absolutely compelling and gripping from as early as the first few pages, which is crazy unusual. So I was very excited to read this one.

Like I said before, this is a new Cartel story from
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know a story is going to be awesome when you read the prologue and your instantly sucked in, dinner is delayed and the outside world seizes to exist.I devoured the pages of Never Trust A Saint and I couldn't stop. It will be on my list of favourite books! The storyline was awesome it sucks you in and you can't stop reading. Ninas character was awesome no matter how much shit was thrown her way she kept fighting for what she believed in. So many twists and turns this book i felt like a druggi ...more
Romance Readers Retreat
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Nina Cross is an FBI agent, one night while attending an event with her partner Garcia, she meets a mysterious stranger. From across the room she feels his eyes on her in a physical way. When he approaches her he won't give his name, will only ominously tell her that he will be her ruin.
From that moment on her life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the Los Santos cartel. This book is gripping, violent and intense, and Jair will leave you salivating for me. He's dark
Action packed read

FBI agent's, cartel, mystery men, investigations, kidnapping, shootings it all goes down in never trust a saint.

Not a hot romance read, more action in other ways with twists and turns, danger, lies and deceit and Cartel action.

Some things I struggled with, for example, a man appears in your room, you don't know him you're scared but yet you have sex with him because you're drawn to him?.
If there was a build up to this union I would of got it but she had briefly seen him twice
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cliffhanger, loved-it
This is a brilliantly written fast paced story. I was gripped in from the start and read it in one sitting.
Nina is an FBI agent who is on the run from a drug cartel after her partner is killed. Jair seems to keep popping into her life but can he be trusted? She needs to find out who killed her partner and keep safe.
Would have loved Nina to have more balls but I still loved the book.
This is a really great gritty and twisty story. Glad I waited until book two is out before reading so I can jump st
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I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 “I am your ruin.” Stars!

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This read was definitely an unexpected and pleasant surprise. When the author contacted me and asked me to review her book, I was sucked in right away by the blurb. It sounded like something I could get on board with and I wasn’t wrong. I really enjoyed this read. It had action, romance, intrigue, suspense and it was well written with a fl
Kaylene Osborn
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read from Melissa Jane...

Never Trust a Saint is the first in the LOS SANTOS Cartel series from Melissa Jane who has authored another winner.

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Melissa has returned to her darker side and I for one love these books.

Nina, a rookie FBI agent is on the run from the Cartel and she has little choice but to entrust her life to Jair Ruiz. Due to story-line spoilers, I would rather not say much more except that the story takes twists and turns you will not see coming and will have you on
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Never Trust a Saint was an unexpected surprise for me. I have been wanting to give this author’s work a try but I keep forgetting I have her books on my tbr. I am glad that I took a chance on this book it hooked me immediately and kept me there. I will definitely be diving into her other series soon.

Nina is a rookie FBI agent on the run from a drug cartel after her partner is killed. Nina doesn't know who to trust because everyone is turning on her. She thought things were just fine and doesn't
Leann Frantz
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT READ! this is another great book of meliisa janes. Nina and Hunter good through so much together. I will be buying this in paperback also. I need to for my collection. Melissa is a great writer and I can't wait for the next book. I am glad melissa got me started on reading her books
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yass! This was so good. I loved everything and more. I can’t even, with it being the last day of 2018 another 5 star read for the year. I’m excited to dive into the next one, I’m curious to see what will unfold next.
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Christina Concus (Moonlight Novels)
How do I even start this review except HOLY S**# this book was amazing!!!!

This was the first book by Melissa Jane that I have read and couldn't put it down, the first day I had half of it read because I had to read/see what was going to happen next. Never Trust a Saint (NTAS) will grab you right from the Prologue which is short but really catches your attention. This is how it is throughout the whole book because the author has many twists that you really want to find out what is going to happe
Love Africa Book Club
I've got to say the blurb of this book got my attention and throw in the eye-catching cover and I knew I had to read it.

Nina Cross is an FBI agent who specializes in criminal fraud investigation. One night her partner is gunned down while on the phone to her giving her a warning to run. Well, she doesn't run. She's devastated by his death and feels that the department head isn't doing anything to investigate her partner's death.

In the meantime, she'd met a man at a party who intrigued her. There
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5 Go Wide Stars
*Received an arc from the lovely Melissa Jane for an honest review*
*There is a few spoilers in the review.*

This book I can't tell you how much I treasured it. From the beginning to end it was a phenomenal story. The cover is drool worthy, hot handsome man, with sexy tattoos, me likey. The story takes place where Nina Cross a former FBI agent is at a party with her partner in crime Thomas Garcia and sees a man that is her down fall. In the middle of the night she gets a phone cal
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
"Four words that ignited a fear deep within.
Four words that left me breathless as he turned his back and disappeared into the crowd.
Four words.
I am your ruin."

The man has no name and his motivation is unknown yet he is there at every turn. Her body responds to him whilst her heart instantly matches his whenever he is near battling her mind that knows he is a predator...she the prey. Nina Cross is a rookie with a dead father and a recently murdered partner. Left with the ominous warning to "Go
Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stars: 4!

I was given an ARC of Never Trust A Saint by Melissa Jane for a honest review. Never Trust A Saint was written well and I loved the story. It was great to see a book that had a little bit of suspense/mystery as well as a love story. Melissa knows how to spin a story and keep you guessing as to what is happening and what will happen next. I have never read anything written by Melissa Jane before and I wish I had been reading her stuff a long. Never Trust A Saint is Nina Cross's story. Th
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nina Cross is a rookie FBI agent, that somehow is put the crosshairs of Los Santos, as their newest target. What she didn't count on was the FBI turning their backs on her when she spoke up about her partner's brutal murder being more serious than a home invasion. She has to go on the run to stay alive, and there she comes in contact with the man who has her world turned inside out. Nina is simultaneous scared, and seriously attracted to him, and he uses it to his advantage. Jair Ruiz's touch ne ...more
Sara Miller
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review over on my blog Pretty Little Book Blog.

Just when Nina Cross thinks she is at the top of her game career wise as one of the top agents in the F.B.I's Money Laundering and Fraud division along with her partner they both attend a charity gala and from the minute they enter the room something triggers her response that something is not quite right. Their boss says they have a new case to work, her partner is acting kind of shifty and jus
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Never Trust a Saint: Los Santos Cartel #1
Melissa Jane
4 stars

Nina Cross is being hunted by the Los Santos Cartel. Her partner gave her the signal to get out of town; to flee before he was murdered but she cant because her department is signing off on his death as a robbery gone wrong; a breaking an entering … not with the same crime scene she witnessed and certainly not when he gave her their secret code right before the line went dead. FBI agents don’t go down by way of a break in – Nina plans t
Jennifer Guffey
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2016, cartel, cop
Never Trust a Saint (Los Santos Cartel #1)
By: Melissa Jane
5/5 stars

Nina Cross is a rookie FBI agent in the fraud division with an experienced partner. They have a fun, teasing relationship that has never crossed the lines. But she knows that her partner is keeping something from her, but she thinks that it must have to do with the Chief and their upcoming assignment.

But trouble comes their way and circumstances drastically change in the span of a few hours. The FBI turns their backs on Nina and
KC  -- Reading Is My Superpower
Say WHAT??? Why did I wait so long to read this one???

This one started out a little slow but picked up and didnt stop. I loved the mystery surrounding the story. I had my suspicions about who done it, but in the end it played out a little different than I was thinking. I love when I can't figure it out.

The story behind the mystery was fantastic. I loved the high speed chases and twists and turns. It kept me on my toes. And the ending??? Im glad I waited to read it when the 2nd book was availabl
Erin McFarland
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Melissa's Bittersweet Duet and wasn't sure she was able to top it, but I think Never Trust A Saint has come close.

We are thrust back in to the world of the Mexican drug cartels, this time with an FBI agent that is way out of her league. Nina Cross is fresh out of the academy and on a noble mission, honor the work of her deceased father. Little did she know there was more to his death, and that of her partner than she could ever imagine. From the beginning you are sucked in to Nina's worl
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was both exciting and suspenseful.

Nina Cross, rookie FBI agent is just doing her job the best she can until...
she becomes public enemy number one, her partner dies and is hunted by not one but two feuding cartels. She meets one person who seems like he can help her..

I am your ruin.

Then things get really interesting, in a world where no one knows who is good and who is evil, Nina must learn to fly all by herself. With people after her and no good answers to what in the world is happening sh
Michelle Austin
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Melissa Jane has done it again with Never Trust a Saint, Book #1 in the Los Santos Cartel series.

We meet Nina who is a rookie FBi agent on the run after her partner dies. She isn't quite sure who she can trust. She meets Jair Ruiz, she has a steamy encounter with him and than he disappears to only reappear again. Can she trust him?
There is so much more I would love to share but I don't want to spoil it for the readers.

This is a fast paced action packed rea
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
Getting my thoughts together on this story is harder then I thought not because it's a bad read really the opposite, I loved every single letter that formed a word, along with every space, period or comma. I was totally hooked within the first 5 chapters I couldn't place it down. I couldn't form words for my thoughts on it, I was utterly amazed by this story. My first book ever by this author and I could scream at myself for waiting so long to read any of her work It's amazing. The 1 person POV ...more
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