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Cartel: Book 1 by [St Germain, Lili]
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About the Author

Lili St Germain is a phenomenon. The first of her seven serialised dark romance novellas, SEVEN SONS, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series released in quick succession and selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and is loving every minute of it. Her other loves include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee and Tarantino movies. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

Product Details

  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KHHF03I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Erica L. Chilson on January 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 stars.

I am going to preface this review with a statement, and try as I may, I’m trying to not have it affect my rating. I was drawn into the book quickly, yet I can’t help feeling bittersweet. To me, reading Cartel is like reading the last book in a long-standing series first (Gypsy Brothers), and then going back to read the prequel (Cartel). It doesn’t matter how well-written the story is, you already know the final outcome. With this series, the outcome is as final as it could possibly be, with no room for interpretation and absolutely nowhere to go.

So, with an open mind, I read Cartel, pretending I didn’t know the finite outcome, and tried to become emotionally invested without feeling heartbroken. I’d always wanted to know more about Marianna, and I’ve always been a HUGE Dornan fan. I basically pretended this was a new story, one I was eager to read.

How best to describe Cartel? Fast-paced. Thrilling. Violent. Dark. Raw. Ruthless. As frustrating as it is gripping. From the first page, I was sucked in and engrossed with this brutal book, even with the fact that I knew what was coming. I felt empowered reading Marianna, as she used strength and intelligence to endure, instead of lying down and acting pitiful. The heroine has a strong constitution, written in a way that shows a depth of emotion, making her lifelike to the readers. Loyal, she sacrificed herself even knowing what it meant, and I appreciated Marianna’s thoughts on her father as a result.

Even with the villains in this story, the reader can empathize, understand what makes them tick and why they react as they do, even when it’s with horrific consequences.
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Many characters to keep track of, it's a little overwhelming at first. So we go from the kingpin drug lord to the VP biker club. Well this story is covering all elements. Also kidnapping, killing, drug trafficking, and sex slaves. I'm not understanding the appeal these men have for Mariana. They keep moving her from one person to the other and nothing is progressing. So far these tough and important men have yet to do anything remotely dangerous to her. These men are pathetic always having a hard on because a woman licks her lips or is defyingly them.
The story in revolving around in circles. It's become stagnant and not moving forward as if they are stalling. Dornan's obsession with Mariana is a distraction to the original story line of Emilio.
It's a long and arduous story. I'm not convinced by the use of words chosen for this story. It's not compelling. The characters have confused emotions.
I feel the author was trashing women unnecessarily throughout this story yet trying to set Mariana apart from these other women because she was Columbian. Why is she so set on degrading women?
Does Dornan think drugs make him feel powerful or using women? The author is over doing the tough guy act with Dornan. Not sure why she chose to tell Dornan's POV from the third person. It's weird considering Mariana's POV is her own thoughts. Dornan taints and teases Mariana trying to break her, but it's unclear why.
Stockholm syndrome is the term constantly thrust in your face to describe the feelings of confusion Mariana has for Dornan. It did not work for me. I love taboo dark stories, but this one was a stretch.
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Cartel by Lili Saint Germain is book 1 of 3 in her new Cartel series. It's set 16 years before the Gypsy Brother series, so you need not have read those beforehand to enjoy this new saga. I guarantee you'll be hooked by page 1 in this tale of revenge, vengeance and lust.

Cartel's opening is one of guns, drugs, passion and money. Vengeance for mistakes and family as payment. You soon learn you never, ever mess with Emilio Ross: Kingpin of the II Sangue Cartel and Marco Rodriguez has done just that by loosing a shipment of coke. This action leads the Sangue Cartel to Columbia Andi. Turn to Marco's daughter Marianna; 19, a woman who has frequently bailed her father out of his epic mistakes. She dreams of leaving her troubled, dirty and controlled existence behind to escape to America and freedom, but it all changes in one evening. Her life is irrevocably altered in an instant and she makes the ultimate sacrifice for her family: becoming a possession.

Marianna is one tough, feisty and fearless female. She's intelligent and strong. These traits impress Emilio and she's not sure how to interpret that.... He's far from kind. The polar opposite in fact and he and his minion Murphy make your skin crawl in every scene their in.Vile, malevolent and cruel are not adequate words for those two. They love to taunt, torture and terrorise people Marianna copes with all she endures by keeping focussed on surviving and protecting what she loves. She's far from broken and submissive, she's damaged, but stubbornly determined.

Emilio's son Dornan also plays a pivotal role in Marianna's time with the Cartel as he is VP of the Gypsy Brothers MC which is also controlled by Emilio. Those familiar with the Gypsy Brothers series know this notorious character well. Will your opinion change...
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