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Dirty Angels by Karina Halle Review

Title: Dirty Angels

Author: Karina Halle

First published June 15, 2014

309 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 3.9


From the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Orange and Sins & Needles comes a thrilling enemies-to-lovers dark romance. Luisa Chavez has always dreamed of a better life, but her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas barely lets her make ends meet.

When Salvador Reyes, the brutal leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa sees an opportunity to exchange her freedom and body for a life of luxury. However, she soon discovers that there is no escape from the violence and ugliness of her marriage to Salvador.

Desperate for a way out, Luisa finds herself caught in the crosshairs of rival cartels, including the ruthless Javier Bernal. He wants her, he wants to ruin her, but Luisa is determined to take him down before he destroys her.

With numerous triggers, Dirty Angels is a dark mafia romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the first book in a series that includes Dirty Deeds and Dirty Promises.

Editoral Review

Dirty Angels by Karina Halle is a gritty and intense novel that is not for the faint of heart. Halle has established herself as a talented writer in the romance and suspense genres, and Dirty Angels demonstrates her mastery of both.

The novel follows the story of Javier Bernal, a drug lord in Mexico, and Luisa Chavez, a reporter who is investigating his criminal empire. The two are drawn to each other despite their vastly different worlds, and their relationship plays out against the backdrop of the violent drug war that is ravaging Mexico.

Halle’s writing is raw and visceral, and she pulls no punches in depicting the brutality and corruption of the drug trade. Her descriptions of the violence and danger that Luisa faces are harrowing, and she does an excellent job of conveying the sense of fear and desperation that permeates the world of the novel.

Despite the darkness of the subject matter, Halle infuses the story with a sense of hope and redemption. Luisa and Javier are complex and flawed characters, and their relationship is fraught with tension and danger, but Halle manages to make their connection feel genuine and powerful.

One of the strengths of Dirty Angels is Halle’s ability to create a vivid sense of place. The novel is set in Mexico, and Halle paints a rich and detailed picture of the country and its culture.

She also delves into the political and social issues that underlie the drug trade, and her insights into the causes and effects of the violence are illuminating.

At times, the pacing of the novel can feel uneven, and there are moments when the plot feels overly complicated. However, these flaws are minor compared to the overall strength of the story and the quality of Halle’s writing.

Dirty Angels is a book that will stay with readers long after they have finished it. Halle has crafted a gripping and powerful story that is both thrilling and thought-provoking.

It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys suspenseful and emotionally resonant fiction.

Overall, Dirty Angels is a compelling and well-crafted novel that is sure to satisfy fans of the romance and suspense genres. It is a testament to Halle’s skill as a writer and her ability to tackle difficult and complex subject matter with grace and sensitivity.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5/5