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Black Hearts

(Sins Duet #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,165 ratings  ·  345 reviews
For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to fin ...more
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published February 19th 2017
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-2017

4 Stars!!

I’ve read several books by this author and I’m a big fan of her stories, but my favorite ones are, without a doubt, her darker ones. She always manages to keep me at the edge of my seat with her dark and gritty stories, her intriguing heroes/anti-heroes and some interesting, captivating twists. 'Black Hearts', the first installment in Karina’s 'Sin Duet Series' is awesome, enthralling and sucked me in from the start. If you love dark-ish stories and you are looking for a great mix of ac

Ever since reading 'On Every Street', I have been a huge fan of Karina Halle's work. Admittedly, I'm still a little bitter over the fact that Ellie and Javier didn't end up together. Being a "glass half full" kind of lady, I see this spin-off series as Ms. Halle's chance to give those of us on team Javi a little something. After all, if we can't have Javier and Ellie then we can at least have Vicente and Violet. (Take that Camden!)

If you haven't read 'The Artists Trilogy' followed by the 'Dirty
3.5 stars

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'The Bernals aren't good people. The McQueens aren't either.'

Fans of Halle's The Artists Trilogy and Dirty Angels trilogy rejoice! We have a book about Violet McQueen and Vicente Bernal!  For those of you who haven't read either of the trilogies, have no fear. This can 100% be read as a stand alone, though there is a second book coming out. When I first heard this book was being released, I was so flipping excited. Javier's son and Camden & Ellie's daughter... I couldn't wait
4 stars

Another. Effing. CLIFFHANGER. But I’m not even mad. Bring on the next book.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Hero: 4/5
Heroine: 4/5
Secondary characters: 4/5
Hotness/chemistry: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Angst: 3.5/5
Darkness level: 4/5
Humor: 2/5
Depth of the book: 4/5
POV: multiple, 1st and 3rd person
Triggers: (view spoiler)
Similar books: Dirty Angels series by Karina Halle, The Artists Trilogy by Karina Halle,
Monster in His Eyes series
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I was thoroughly fucked by Vicente.
Over and over and over again.
In a way I never imagined.
He made me step away from myself. He pulled me out of that prison. He opened my eyes to a reality I didn’t think I could be a part of.
He made my weaknesses my strengths.
He made it raw and beautiful.

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BLACK HEARTS is a spin-off of The Artist Trilogy and Dirty Angels series but can definitely be read as a standalone. The main characters in this story are
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“Didn’t your father ever teach you that love is what gets you killed?”

Just want to say first off, Black Hearts can be read without having read The Artists trilogy or the Dirty Angels trilogy. I myself (shamefully) have not read the Dirty Angels books or completed TAT and can honestly say I was able to read and enjoy this book just fine.

Black Hearts is the story of Violet McQueen, a young woman in her second year of photography school who is beginning to discover her family is
✰ Liz ✰
"Love is a funny thing. It can cause all our demons to go away."


Black Hearts is the first book in the Sins Duet. Anyone who has read The Artists Trilogy is going to want to pick up this bad boy right now! Javier is the KING, and now his son Vicente is ready to rise and take the throne. But does he have what it takes?
"Everything I know is a lie."
Violet McQueen has been living happily in a house of lies. Her parents have always showered her with love and given her the freedom to express
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

Violet McQueen is a sensitive soul, but underneath lurk unfamiliar feelings that she can't quite put her finger on, until that is, she finds out that her parents have been lying to her since she was a little girl and her curiosity causes her to dig deeper.

When she meets a dark, handsome stranger, she feels like she has finally met someone who understands her, and not only does he make her feel special, but he teaches her to follow her instincts and be who she needs to be.

MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!

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Vicente Bernal grew up in Mexico as the prodigal son of a drug lord. He was raised to one day take over the cartel & had everything he wants in life except freedom. He grew up sheltered & often isolated for his safety in a world full of power, respect and money. He was born to follow in his fathers footsteps, & lost his innocence at a young age.

Vicente learns about a mystery woman from his fathers past & wants to learn more about the man his father used to be. He wanted proof that hi
Alex is The Romance Fox
After reading the last book by this author, Dirty Promises, which was the only one I have totally disliked by Karina Halle, I had extremely high hopes for Black Hearts, which is part of a duet and a spinoff of the other 3 Trilogies.

Well, to be honest - I more than disliked this book!!!!

I'm going to keep this short......why did I hate it!!

The main characters:

Vincent Bernal:
Javier Bernal's son. What a horrible creature. So, his life has been pretty so not as the son of a drug c
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

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“You’re everything I’ve ever needed,” he says through a lustful groan. He bites his lip, the corded muscles of his neck straining. “I was famished, starved, for you. For this.”

So...I have had The Artists Trilogy and Dirty Angels on my Kindle what seems like forever. Picture me hanging my head in shame for not having read them yet. I'll remedy that ASAP, because, let me tell you - this is the story of Javier and Louisa Bernal's son and Ellie and
Lo Bookfrantic

Genre: Dark Romance
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Sins Duet
POV: First Person – Dual

“The Bernals aren’t good people. The McQueens aren’t either.”

Violet McQueen has been sheltered by her family and is now trying to find her way in life studying as a photographer. One day she meets a man that caught her attention. He was mysterious extremely hot and she found herself trusting him more than she should any other stranger.

“But I’m sure you of all people would know that sometimes you can connect wi
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
5 Brilliant stars <3

"I'm afraid for a million reasons.And I know that he's the man who will take my fear away.By replacing it with another fear.A good fear.Anticipation."

This book was one of my most anticipated for two reasons!First of all because it's Karina's and she is one of my top favorite authors and secondly because it's about Vicente, Javier's son.So you can imagine my excitement when I started reading it!


And trust me this is another awesome story from Karina!!Karina delivers a brillian
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of suspense, cartel/mafia, TAT series
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Sins Duet
POV: Shifting

Violet McQueen had a comfortable life. As a photography student, her passion was to see things from a different perspective, but when it came to her own family, it wasn't as easy. Finding out she had been living in a lie was a hard blow to her, but someone new in her life could help her forget and move on.

Vicente Bernal grew up surrounded by power and violence. As the son of one of the most respected and feared Cartel
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Stars
Amy | Foxy Blogs
YES!!! This book was everything I had hoped for when I found out the children of two of my favorite series were going to hook up for their own mayhem.

"I was raised in a house of lies." -Violet

Violet has grown up knowing something seemed off with her parents. She's always felt they were hiding their past from her and her brother. Her parents sheltered her from their sins by letting her believe lies about their past.

"Off to a new land. Where I am no longer Javier Bernal’s son. Where the prince c
4,5 stars. There is no way to not want to read the next part after that. You will definitely like it if you enjoy dark hot romances.

About the plot: Violet McQueen felt her whole life, that things aren't quite what they seem in her family. She has a good life, but the secrets are hanging in their house like a dark cloud. When she meets Vicente in front of her school, not even suspected that their meeting is not accidental.

Vicente Bernal is a son of infamous cartel's king. He wants to take over f
4.5 Stars!


Violet McQueen is a photography student who always felt like all wasn’t what it seemed within her family. Having been labeled as a sensitive person, it was easy to feel self-conscience and she learned to distrust her instincts. It isn’t until she meets a mysterious man when all she’s been wondering about comes into question.

“Your not just rebellious, you’re part of the rebellion.”

Vicente Bernal is the second in command in his father's drug cartel. Determined to get his answers t
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Didn't your father ever teach you that love is what gets you killed?"


So I haven't read Karina Halle's Artist's Trilogy and Dirty Angels Series (which I understand Black Hearts is a spin off of). But after reading Black Hearts this is what I've gathered:

1. Vincente is the son of Javier - who runs a drug cartel in Mexico - and is next in line to take over. Vincente and Javier don't really get along and Vincente wants to separate himself from his father and his ways. He wants to be fr
Jay Crownover
Feb 19, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017
this is pretty much the sexiest book I've read in forever. Karina at her best...and she's always great. read it! ...more
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BLACK HEARTS: This is spoken in ‘Multiple Perspectives’
(Elle & Violet -MOTHER/DAUGHTER)
(Vicente & Javier - FATHER/SON)

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers. And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

At an early age Violet has always had an odd feeling that something is off about her parents, something doesn’t add up. Feeling that she was raised in a house shrouded in lies. Now at the age of twenty that feeling still lingers in her mind.

They say curiosity
S.M. West
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alpha, arc
I was beyond thrilled when I learned that we were getting a story about the offspring from my two favourite series - TAT and DA - from this author!

TAT was my first read of Karina's and I feel in love with her. So, visiting Ellie and Camden, as well Javier - YES!!

And of course, Vicente and Violet were amazing! This story sucked me right in and never let go. With Vicente, Karina gave us just enough of Javi to love son like father, but also made him his own man. And damn, he was dark and sexy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"You're everything I've ever needed, I was famished, starved, for you. For this."

I love Karina Halle's books. The Dirty Angels Trilogy is one of my favorite dark romance series, so I was SUPER excited to get my hands on Black Hearts, which is focusing on Javier & Luisa's son Vicente. I was excited because I also wanted to see what my favorite villain Javier was up to. From the moment I saw the cover, I was in lust with Vicente. People who know me
Black Hearts is the first installment in Karina Halle's dark romance duology: Sins Duet. This duology is the second spin-off of Ms. Halle's The Artists Trilogy, and the romance features the children of The Artists Trilogy main characters. Confused? Let me lay it out for you...

The Artists Trilogy (published 2013)
#0.5-On Every Street
#1-Sins & Needles
#2-Shooting Scars
#3-Bold Tricks
Main characters: Ellie Watt, Camden McQueen, Javier Bernal

Dirty Angels Trilogy (Spin-off, published 2014-2015)
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

4.5 STARS!!!

"The Bernals aren't good people. The McQueens aren't ether."

Two Families.
A son.
A daughter.

She was raised in a house of LIES.
He was born in a house of SIN.

He wanted to become a KING. She just wanted to be FREE.

In a tortured world, coincidences are just an explanation used by fools and liars, and Vicente Bernal is no fool. With a plan set to win his father's respect, Vicente sets out to California to find a woman from his father's past. A woman he thinks wil
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked Black Hearts!
Karina Halle did it again!!! She created a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned! This time, instead of Ellie and Camden McQueen, or Javier Bernal and his woman....we get to meet their children....Well, grown up children!!! This book is about Vicente and Violet...

At first, I had a hard time picturing the kids being adult, so I was struggling with them being involved in sexy times, and in Vincente's case...violence...but I got over that real quick and got into this story full heartedly. I don't wan
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I'll preface by telling you that Black Hearts is 100% a standalone novel. (Well, sort of... it's the beginning of a duet. But you DO NOT need any backstory before you start reading.) Vicente Bernal and Violet McQueen take the reader on their journey of uncovering their family history and unearthing all the ways their parents were connected in another life. If you've never read a single book by Karina Halle before, you can start here without missing a thing because you'll come to know the truth r ...more
Stacey is Sassy
DNF - 41%

Not rating this one because I did not finish it.

Each to their own and all that jazz, but I really struggle with New Adult Romance. In this case, my struggle was with the heroine.

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I just don’t get it. I know reading can be an escape from the real world but I
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy Shiiiit! That End!

Can't wait to read 2nd book...

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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 during the summer, and in Lo

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