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- Print Length: 246 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680580779
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (March 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U8ZYO1I
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Bargain (Vargas Cartel Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Genre: Mystery and Thrillers, Romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve found some real gems in this type of read, the captive/capturer one. Karina Halle’s Dirty Angels immediately springs to mind – possibly because of Javier Bernal...oh come on – who’s kidding, of course it’s because of Javier so I wondered how this one would work out. Its a tough task though, making a violent kidnapper and a drugs/crime background into a love story.
So did it work for me? Well...yes, and no. There were things that went well, and I really got into the story, but then sometimes I just couldn’t see either of the two main characters acting as they did. Whereas in DA it took some time for the relationship to go from hate to love, here its a bit too quick. Its clear Ryker is seriously attractive and Hattie’s really upset after Evan’s betrayal, so the first scene when she’s a bit drunk works well for me, and of course sets the kidnap up. Then she’s a captive, and in real danger if she doesn’t play along. The capture, her reactions and the escape attempts felt very real but.....and this is where it falls down for me, the time span is so short, and she’s still in the mix of hating Ryker and yet wanting him. I just can’t see why he would risk so much. I didn’t feel “the love” between them, certainly the lust on first meeting, but now she knows that was a set up why is she still so ready to let him do whatever he wants – and why does he want to, when he can get sex anywhere, any time? I needed to feel a bit more of a connection between them than just a searing, physical attraction – something that would explain why they both risked so much. In such a short time, just a couple of weeks I just can’t see that happening. If it was a couple of months I could understand more, even 4-6 weeks, there would be time to get to know each other, esp given their scenario where Hattie’s trapped and dependent on Ryker for everything. Here though Ryker gets pulled from the day to day stuff with her after another problem, when his dad decides enough is enough, so he has virtually no contact with her then.
I liked the way the characters were set out, with Hattie being a genuinely nice person, one who’s solid and loyal, and who was devastated by her boyfriend's infidelity. She’s clearly bright too, and with parents who’re ambitious for her, and I just couldn't see her throwing all her plans away for someone who she’d known just a couple of days, who’d tricked her, kidnapped her and lead her into real danger into the drugs underworld. Ryker, he’d had a tough upbringing, and yet clawed his way out into a role where he’s a kind of mercenary, a man for hire for what presumably are some dirty jobs. Now his drug lord father needs him for something, and as its a blood tie, he steps in as ever and helps. That brings Hattie into his eye line and he’s attracted. OK so far but....it’s hard to see why he’d take things further. At times he’s kind to her – well, relatively – given the circumstances, and then he’s promptly an ass, a real jerk, and that gives me the feeling he’s confused, and again with a longer build up that would all work well for me.
Oddly I’ve just reviewed another story, different scene but one where the action again covers a couple of weeks, and the mental turnaround of the main characters is so massive that I felt it too needed more time...maybe its just me, that I need a bit more believability before I can be convinced. Ah well....The end – a couple of real surprises there, that I hadn’t seen coming and that set up the next book nicely and despite my reservations I do want to read more.
Stars: Three and a half. It’s a mixed bag here but enough to make me want to read more.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
by Lisa Cardiff
Every predator has a secret weapon.
Lions hunt in packs, sharks can smell blood an ocean away…
Ryker Vargas has his charm.
Hattie Covington is nursing a broken heart on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Mexico. Following her best friends advice to find a rebound, she falls right into the arms of Ryker.
And right into a trap.
“After all, my dad was the Attorney General of the United States, which was a big deal. Interacting with the political elite was just another day on the playground for me, but none of them compared to this man. not even close. Power, control, and something intangible seeped from him in wicked abundance.”
After being drugged and kidnapped by who she thought was just a hot stranger, Hattie learns she’s the collateral in a deal to free Ryker’s brother…did I mention that dear ol’ dad is the head of the Vargas Cartel?
“I didn’t brush up against the masters of manipulation my entire life without learning more than i’d ever wanted to know about survival and deceit.”
I know what you’re thinking. Hot girl, falls in love with hot kidnapper.
Well, yea, you’d be thinking right…but it’s so much more!
It wasn’t one of those, “I’m so in love that he makes me talk stupid and forget my own name” type of romances. It was the, “ I absolutely hate that I like you and I want to simultaneously kiss and strangle you,” type of loves. And I absolutely loved it.
You absolutely want to hate hate Hattie’s situation. Loveless parents. A cheating arranged husband. A hot captor. You’re absolutely prepared to hate to love Ryker.
But what if the bad guys were really good guys doing bad things?
“Why don’t you let me decide what regrets I’m willing to live with.”
I was so prepared to predict how this story would turn out. I love that it didn’t! ((That last 5%??????)). Reading as much as I do, I sometimes find it hart to be surprised by twists and turns. This definitely was not the case! After finishing this first part, I almost had to walk away from kindle for a moment to absorb what the FRICK just happened.
I absolutely cannot wait to read the next installment!!
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