Black Hearts (Sins Duet Book 1) Kindle Edition
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If you've previously read The Artist's Trilogy and the Dirty Angels series, you're familiar with the twisted, violent nature of the world you're about to step back in to. If Black Hearts is your first Karina Halle book, I'll tell you that you're about to be absorbed into a world of treachery and lust where criminals fall in love and lie and betray and kill, where loyalties are tested and bullets speak louder than words. Either way, brace, because you're in for a brutally delicious little treat with Black Hearts, a darkly intoxicating story that bridges generations when the children of former lovers meet for their own story of love and betrayal.
I'm over the moon that Karina Halle has introduced us to these characters in such an unexpectedly brilliant way. I mean, is this really happening right now? In some sick twist of fate, could a Bernal and a Watt FINALLY find true love amidst lies and violence and secrets and betrayal? Is history repeating itself, or righting itself by uniting a violent, power hungry cartel leader with a strong, feisty young woman unknowingly brought into the fold of debauchery and deceit by the lies of her parents? I could die a happy death if this plays out the way I'm hoping. (Because Team Javier FOREVER!) But I know Karina Halle, she's done this to me before. I know nothing is certain. I know these characters are inherently bad. I know money and lust and power and greed always trump love. So what will come of these characters is anyone's guess.
Despite the depravity and the despicable behavior in these pages, I found myself giggling hard in certain scenes. The first time Mama McQueen meets the man in her daughter's life was especially hilarious, a sudden, sharp reminder of what a versatile writer Karina Halle is. This book is peppered with humor, layered with unexpected eroticism, woven with violence and deceit, and charged with romance. It's a delicious, thrilling romantic storyline that will consume both seasoned Halle fans and brand new readers. This story will piece together history while simultaneously breaking trusts and breaking hearts. Black Hearts is a brilliantly complex web that will ensnare the reader whether you're privy to their history or not. No matter what you know, or think you know, Black Hearts is a fresh new, untold story that will satisfy every reader and leave you ravenous for more.
Anyhow, now that I got that off my chest, on to the rest of the book. Vicente is predictably swoon-worthy but unpredictable in every other way. You've gotta keep your eye on that one. The romance and steam was just right, the curves in the story kept you flipping the pages. It's dark, but not overly so. More suspenseful. I could see it playing like a movie in my mind, and that is my favorite thing about KH's writing.
You don't have to read the The Artists Trilogy or Dirty Angels series beforehand (but you should because they're awesome). There will be a second book coming in March, but it doesn't leave you on a crazy cliffhanger. Go forth and one-click now! You won't regret it.
"And as far ahead in the future as you might be, the past is never far behind."
Unofficial review: I loved the sh** out of this book. Black Hearts reminds me of the gritty and bold Karina Halle that I first fell for. From the moment I heard about this new series and who it was about, I knew I had to get my hands on this. Karina didn't disappoint. Black Hearts was an intense, sexy, and action packed story.
Yes, Black Hearts is a spin off of Karina's The Artist Trilogy and Dirty Angels. Vicente Bernal is the son of Javier Bernal and Violet McQueen is the daughter of Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen. Yes, Ellie, Camden, and Javier all make appearances in this novel but YOU DO NOT, need to read the other series to appreciate this one. Though, I will say for T.A.T fans like me, their appearances made this story much more fun.
"If Helen of Troy’s face could launch a thousand ships, Violet McQueen’s face could launch a thousand stories, all filled with lust, heartache, and death."
Vicente Bernal and Violet Queen are two people from completely different backgrounds. While their lives are completely different, it is their parents pasts that have them unknowingly connected. Vicente is a the son of a Mexican drug lord. He's set to take over his father's business, but Vicente wants to do things in his own way. Vicente and Javier, were alike in many ways. Both were ladies men, and both could be ruthless, cunning, and persuasive. Yet, Vicente had a somewhat softer side to him. Something that felt a bit more real and caring then Javier's own personality. Though he has seen the world, Vicente has been somewhat sheltered in his life. When he comes across a few secrets from his father's past, it leads him to San Francisco and to Violet.
Violet is a college student in San Francisco, studying photography. It's her passion, her love, but she's still finding her way. Her mom is a popular photographer and her dad is a tattoo artist. Growing up her parents were a bit unconventional and bit overprotective. Violet was a character that took me a bit to warm up to. She was young and sheltered in some ways. She could also be a bit naive at times. Yet, I liked her. She was just a normal girl trying to figure out her life. Meeting Vincente was an unexpected adventure in her otherwise normal life.
"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. I don’t see how my life can possibly go back to normal after this."
There is a definite spark between Violet and Vicente. Their relationship happens quickly and it's so intense. They had some scorching hot moments together. Vicente pushed her boundaries and gave her the chance to explore new things. Even though his initial intentions were not pure, he does have true feelings for Violet. Violet doesn't want anything from Vicente, other than himself. She easily captured his heart. They don't have the most conventional relationship but they were so good together.
I am excited to see what will come of their relationship. This story blended both the good deeds with the bad and the lies with the truth. I loved the mix of action and suspense. I was so wrapped up in this story that I didn't want to put it down. This story left me needing more. Thankfully, Dirty Souls will be out next month and I can not wait to see how this will all play out.