Dirty Deeds (Dirty Angels #2) Kindle Edition
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My favorite quote:
"The past was brutal and the future was unclear, but the present was brilliant."
Note: Dirty Deeds fits into Karina Halle's world of dark romance in the following order:
The Artists Trilogy (published 2013)
#0.5-On Every Street
#1-Sins & Needles
Dirty Angels Trilogy (Spin-off, published 2014-2015)
Sins Duet (Spin-off, published 2017)
Karina Halle's suspenseful romance, Dirty Deeds, follows sicario, Derek Conway, and Alana Bernal, the sister of cartel king Javier Bernal, as they evade death on the dangerous streets of Mexico. While both characters have small presences in both The Artist's Trilogy and Dirty Angels, Dirty Deeds can be read as a standalone. Halle provides enough information to the reader that anyone who hasn't read previous books is never lost on the details, but those details never feel redundant to those who are well versed in this series and these characters. Dirty Deeds is a fast-paced thrill ride of danger and sex. There's something so spicy and hot about Karina Halle's crime-ridden escapades on the Mexican streets. Her stories surrounding drug cartels, guns and death feel dangerous, frightening and filthy, yet still hold such an intense sex appeal and an alluring quality. It's impossible not to step into this world of drugs, money and greed and not feel immediately consumed.
Karina Halle captures the ambiguity of her Dirty leading men in such a paradoxical way that you're not exactly sure whether you're falling in love with a bad guy with a good heart, or a good guy that's drifted over to the dark side. Or maybe he's both. Maybe he once was a truly decent human being before life dirtied him up and made him the truly bad guy he is. Make no bones about it, the men in this series don't even blink before pulling the trigger. They act. They kill. Forget about a skewed moral compass, their's doesn't even exist. Which is why Derek Conway is such an anomaly. Known mostly as The American, he's a hired hit man. In Dirty Deeds, he's hired to take out Alana Bernal, but something tells him this is a situation he wants no part of. First she was a mark, then a curiosity, then someone to protect.... but she very rapidly became something else entirely.
I felt completely drawn to Derek immediately in this book. He clearly has a dark past, secrets, a tragic story that I was dying to know every single facet of. He's admittedly gorgeous. But there's just something else about him. His thoughts seem like an open book, he's completely honest about the fact that he has no clue why he's so drawn to Alana, he just is. And I think I loved that he didn't run from that. In his line of work, I'd expect him to not care. She was a target, now she's not. But he still couldn't just cut and run. There was something there and he felt compelled to see it through. I just felt utterly consumed by him. He's a very enigmatic character, and I lapped up every single drop of him I could get.
Alana is quite similar to Derek in that I'd expect her to be a certain type of personality and she's not. Just like Derek, Alana doesn't fall neatly into the box I initially felt she should fit in. She's Javier Bernal's sister. She's seen more than her fair share of tragedy and loss. Her parents, her sisters, all gone. She's one of the only living relatives of a brutal cartel leader. Atrocities follow her around like a shadow. And yet... she's full of life. She loves her friends, she loves doting on them and having fun. She doesn't let the bad things that have plagued her life determine how she lives. And I loved that. Derek is inexplicably drawn to her and I totally understand why. They're both magnetic in their own right and I was simmering with anticipation for when the two would finally collide. I knew it'd be explosive, dangerous, delicious... but I had no idea how intense and crazy it would truly get.
Dirty Deeds made me both love and hate Javier Bernal even more than I had, which was already a whole hell of a lot. There's something special about seeing a man through the eyes of his sister, an insight that you just don't get anywhere else. Alana's memories of him, her stories about him in their childhood make me appreciate his character even more. It's also his absence that has molded Alana into the person she is. At the end of the day, regardless of age or time or the fact that your older brother is a cartel leader and known criminal, Alana still needs her brother. And his selfishness, his self-serving response to her call for help makes me hate him a little more. But even when he's trying to mask it, his love for her comes through, if not in a backwards way only Javier can get away with. Javier perfectly demonstrates the distinction between what it means to be a bad guy versus what it means to be a bad ass. Derek is a bad ass, he wouldn't hesitate to kill anyone, but his innate instinct is to protect, using his skills to protect Alana. Javier's only concern is protecting himself, even at the expense of his own sister. Or so it seems.
Mariachi music and margaritas under the hot Mexican sun, high speed chases through the crime-ridden streets, guns and drugs and sex... Dirty Deeds has all the makings for a spicy, suspenseful romance, wrought with crime, danger and sensuality. The reader is taken on an unpredictable ride of fear, love, loss and redemption. The heat and brutality and violence of Mexico is a tangible thing within these pages. The brutally heinous dirty deeds are a stark contrast to the stunningly beautiful prose crafted by Karina Halle. Dirty Deeds is another refreshing, unputdownable read in this addictively Dirty series.
It started out with excellent potential, but it's fizzling fast. The premise of the story and the cover is what drew me in,but then everything changed after Alana was hit by a car. Derek went from an assassin to a protective boyfriend. Even the idea of Alana being in danger is not enough to maintain my interest.
The story is cliche. Assassin assigned to kill but does not and instead falls hard for her. Too many stereotypes directed towards Mexico, tourists, military men, crime, drug lords, and cab drivers.
Time to change the pace of the story and start skimming. Too much drama.
The insta-love thing is not working for me. Hard to believe a person can run away from people shooting at her after being hit by a car. Especially since she has a cast on her leg. Not to mention the number of times people shot at her and have missed.
I realize my review will not please many readers but keep in mind this is my opinion and while you may not agree with my review it is unnecessary to state that my review is unhelpful. I put many factors into my review to back up my opinions therefore it is unjust to say it was not helpful.
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