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Blurred Red Lines

(Carrera Cartel #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  145 reviews

Nothing's deadlier than sleeping with the enemy


As the heir to the Carrera Cartel, my name is whispered in fear. I take no prisoners and leave no witnesses. Mercy doesn't exist in my world until one woman turns it upside down. I never meant to kidnap her, and I definitely never meant to cross a line between us.
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Paperback, 443 pages
Published April 4th 2017
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Ana O
This book ruined me. I haven’t been this shook since Eminem dropped Kamikaze.

Someone get me a chair and some cold water, this is not a drill.


Enjoying Blurred Red Lines means I can no longer make fun of my friends who like romantic suspense. I am sad, since I can no longer make fun of Astrid's TBR list, which brought me great joy.

(HA! you know I love you GR wifey)

If I had to describe the characters using only lyrics from a song

The heroine :

Oh, she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psych
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


descriptionThis is an OK cover. The guy featured is a pretty good representation of how "I" pictured the hero. Unfortunately, the typography and its placement throws off the compostion quite a bit.description

descriptionOh, man was this book SO SO good. It sucked me in from the first page and didn't let up until I read the last word. I was sad to see this one end. I hope we will see more of this couple as well as some of the secondary characters in books to come.


It was amazingly well written. Had an intricate and well paced plot
Elfina Renee
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I love the way Cora Kenborn didn't hold back on the violence and sinister acts. At times heartbreaking and I reach for the box of tissues, others I was screeching off with their heads. So full of action and romance, this author singed the sheets!

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This was no mistake. This was no joke. This was real, and the only person left to protect him hid in the corner crying for her own pathetic life. I willed my feet to move, but the signal from my brain to my feet short circuited, leaving me paralyzed.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The most delicious kind of twisted dark cartel romance! Absolutely loved it ❤❤❤ Valentin, or Val is a TOTAL boss, heir to the Carrera Cartel, with a past that has blackened his heart the man dominates, and is wild, dark, and a dangerous kind of sexy. He is ruthless and unstoppable, until he meets fiesty, mouthy leading lady Eden, a woman with a world of pain locked behind a fortress of sass, and his empire of control and solitude crumbles. Eden and val act upon a dangerous high stakes attraction ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling. Suspenseful. Fantastic. Those are just a few words to describe Blurred Red Lines. Only an author like Cora Kenborn could have made me switch to reading Cartel/Mafia novels because no one can write like she does by the way she draws you into her stories and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. She throws surprises at you right and left and she breaks your heart at other times. This is another of her books that I couldn’t put down because it was that good.

Eden was made int
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blurred Red Lines is the first book in a new Cartel Series by Author Cora Kenborn. This is the story of Valentin Carrera, a Drug Lord in line to inherit the Head of the Cartel and Eden Lachey a down on her luck barmaid.

Wow, I don't even know where to begin. I fell in love with Cora Kenborn's writing style with her first book Fame and Obsession so I was very excited to hear about her new series. I got my hands on this copy and it was EPIC.

This was an AMAZING book. I was captivated from the firs
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Cartel book packs a punch! The head of a Cartel. The relative of a victim of the Cartel. An explosive passion. Have you ever wondered about the line between love and hate? The line between pain and pleasure? It is a fine line, when blood and passion become involved, it becomes a Blurred Red Line! This book is so well written you can feel yourself in the story, the passion, the hate, the anguish,and the love, you are in the middle of it all! I was blown away by the intensity of this book. It ...more
Blurred Red Lines didn't work for me. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because I actually managed to finish it instead of giving up like I wanted to around 56%. To be honest it started pretty ok and I was actually excited because I just love organized crime romances. I just love those brutal bad boys and the woman who tame them. Unfortunately I never felt any connection between Val and Eden. I thought Val was ok he was definitely not boss material to me, I actually found him weak. Eden was a ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First rodeo with Cora and it definitely won't be the last! What a deliciously dark read!

I absolutely love the main characters. Two people from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum and their so called "thing" works!

Cora has quite the skill with words. She created a story that is realistic and mind-blowing! I could not put this story down. I love drama and this story has it in SPADES! I recommend this story if you're a lover of drama and darkness!

Five stars!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves those dark, angst filled reads
Have you ever read a book that just drew you in, so much so you completely lose track of time and realize that hours have passed? Yes, that's exactly what happened to me while reading author Cora Kenborn's book Blurred Red Lines. This book is the first in the Carrera Cartel Series and to say its amazing is a complete understatement! I will give fair warning, this review is much longer than my others BUT contains no spoilers. I have read 'dark' type books before but I've tended to stick with just ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Cheryl O'Harney (The Book Whisperer)
First time round I was extremely lucky enough to have beta read this book, that was back at the end of December 2016 going into the January of 2017 at the time I said to Cora that this was going the best book of 2017 and I still stand by that fact. Let me tell you I didn't just read this book I lived it, yip I lived and breathed it I was gripped I'm talking edge of the seat material I was even vocal whilst reading it, there were times my husband looked at me like he was questioning whether or no ...more
Meagan Kent
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Because I live in Houston, where this book is set, I had high expectations. Cora took my expectations and blew my mind! Every place described in this book was accurate and made me feel like I could jump in the car and drive to wherever they were to help them out. Not only that, but the whole story was amazing! Eden is an awesome chic that is done putting up with the make ego, until she meets Val. They are beyond explosive with each other in such an awesome kind of way! I was on the edge of my se ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!! I absolutely loved it. Eden is the kinda gal who is down to earth and you just love right from the get go. Val is dark mysterious and you know you should probably hate him because he's a bad guy but you can't help but fall in love with. This story is amazing and a must read, especially if you are a fan of Cora Kenborn. She has given you two characters that you will love, it is action packed, hot, steamy and even tugs at your heart strings with everything that is ...more
Heather Matlock
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dark and gritty this book had me at the edge from start to finish. I have a new favorite mafia romance author hands down. It is the perfect mix of danger and romance to keep you coming back. The betrayal and angst alone makes the anticipation almost unbearable I was sweating and shaking as I got closer to the end because i wanted to draw the story out for as long as possible.
Love Cora Kenborn! My favorite new favorite author for sure!
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first book from author Cora Kenborn and it definitely won't be the last! I don't usually read crime/ cartel books but I REALLY enjoyed this one. Suspense, intrigue, PASSION fantastic characters who could ask for anything more in a book!
Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
I received an ARC of this book from the author via Give Me Books. Thank you Cora Kenborn and Give Me Books!

What a wild, wild ride this was. I'm a sucker for cartel and organized crime books, and this one did not disappoint!

This book features the feud between the Mexican and Columbian cartel. It demonstrates their conniving-ness and their reach. This book was filled with blood, betrayal, and carnal desires. What the author did extremely well, was surprise me at every turn. I am usually good at p
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an INCREDIBLE book!!! This story was one heck of a roller coaster but one I didn't mind riding with Eden and Valentin. These characters are incredibly well written, they pull you into their world, grip you until you're right there along with them. This is definitely one of my top reads for 2017!

If you like your romance dark, if you love your alpha scorching hot, and your heroine strong and beautiful then you NEED to one click this book. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat a
Jamie Speck
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just wow!! I have read several other books by Cora Kenborn, that I loved, but i was not sure what to expect knowing that this was being billed as a dark romance. I was sucked right in from the first words and what a wild ride it was. We have all the crazed drama of a drug cartel war, mixed in with a relationship that by all means should not happen, yet it does. The characters and plot development was spot on , bringing us into this crazy dangerous world. I can't wait for more from this series. A ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The mafia part of the story was really good. It was the romance that didn't do it for me. Val and Eden were good for each other, but their feelings developed way too fast especially considering the circumstances.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.4 stars

I love it when I find a new Mafia stile romance. I hope that this is the first of many in this series. Eden and Val were hotter than hot together.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although this is not a genre that I typically read, I read this book because I have loved every book written by Cora Kenborn so far that I of course thought I should check it out. I wasn't disappointed! I absolutely loved this book so much that I have now read it twice!
The lives of bartender Eden Lachey and up and coming cartel boss, Val Carrera collide during one horrible night. She has seen him before, she should hate him, but there's this crazy attraction where clearly the lines between love
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cora Kenborn – Blurred Red Lines

A mesmeric read which had me on a rollacoaster of emotions. Valentin, head of the Carrera drug cartel and Eden, an unwitting witness but a wonderful character with spirit and fire. Their paths meet and entwine on an explosive journey of murder, passion, fireworks, suspense, grit and determination.

Cora Kenborn has taken me on my first read into Cartel novels with Blurred Red Lines. I was far from disappointed. From the Title right through to the very end I was hoo
Jennifer Wadkins
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a Mafia Romance before and I really have to confess.....I LOVED IT!!!! It is nothing like what I thought it would be and I'm very happy for that fact. There are great plot twists in this awesome read and the characters will forever live in you mind. From the saucy heroine to the no nonsense hero, it's really fun and exciting!!! I loved it so much it's definitely on my reread list, I never want to forget this story. Just when you think you have it figured out there is another twis ...more
☆Tweety ☆
This is the 3rd book by author Cora Kenborn that I read and it was different from her previous series, Lords of Lyre (which you should totally read if you like rock star romances with lots of suspense and high sexual tension, BTW!). This book is towards the dark romance genre more than new adult, but perhaps it's just me being used to action, gritty and violent scenes, that I am not shocked anymore. XD Anyway, you decide. I don't like to put books into categories.

Blurred Red Lines is the story o
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of blood

Lots of violence..dang blood everywhere, vengeance galore, sex, plotting, and twists/turns. This book had it all so be prepared when reading!
Kelly C
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well holy moly where do I start. Blurred Red Lines is an awesome read and Cora did an amazing job of sucking me in with the suspense, the danger and the steamy romance that builds between Val and Eden. I was left guessing the whole way through this book with what is going to happen next. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Bonnie Mancuso
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This is the first book by Cora Kenborn that I've read. It definitely won't be my last. Blurred Red Lines was amazing. Full of danger, tragedy and heartache as well as passion and romance. Cora keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. I absolutely loved it and I'm looking forward to reading more of Cora's work.
Sabrina Thompson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and I absolutely loved this book. It has just the right amount of darkness and grit. I loved Eden, she is foul mouthed and feisty. She takes not crap and is blunt. I thought the characters were well developed and complex. I liked the relationship progression between Val and Eden. It didn’t feel rushed nor did it take a while to develop. The chemistry was just there from day one. The story moved at a pace that was consistent with the characters. There was jus ...more
Holy cow!! Serve me up some Val Carrera. This is the first book I’ve read by the author, Cora Kenborn and I highly recommend it to fans of alpha males and strong heroines. If you think you know what to expect from this mafia/cartel story you are going to be shockingly surprised. I was not expecting the twist and turns of Val and Eden’s relationship throughout the book especially the ending. I would never have thought, with the unfortunate way Eden finally learns who Val is that there was any hop ...more
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