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Kingpin: Book 2 (Cartel) 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 in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee and Tarantino movies. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.


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  • File Size: 947 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KHHEZZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A subtitle for this book could be the devolution of Dornan Ross. I can't believe I actually felt bad for him in Cartel, believing he had some redeeming qualities. In Kingpin it's easy to see the guy we know from the Gypsy Brothers series. He is heartless, ruthless, with little no regard for human life unless it's his boys.

Mariana is the most patient, badass, imprisoned woman. In the 9 years since she gave her life to Emilio Ross in return for him sparing her family, she has endured. She lives locked away under constant surveillance of Emilio, Dornan and her bodyguard and babysitter Guillermo. She's a bookkeeper for the Il Sangue cartel and launders blood and drug money. She only gets Sunday with Dornan and even after all these year, she still believes she's in love. He delivers his version of pain and pleasure mix and she believes him her savior.

"I had been somebody's mother, once upon a time. And now, I was nothing. A piece of property. A mistress. A money launderer. A whore."

But, a person can only take so much. When her straw breaks, Mariana's life turns into a mess of blood, regret and chaos. After 9 years of relative peace, knowing her debt will never be paid, it's time for action. The second half of this book is wild ride.

I do recommend the Gypsy Brothers series be read before Cartel series. Although we know how this Dornan and Mariana "love story" ends, it's the journey that matters. I can't wait for Empire!!
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This second book in the 'Cartel' fast-forwards nine years into Mariana's captivity. Still trapped in the same apartment, unable to leave of her own volition, and spending her days cooking the books for the cartel, Mariana remains devoted to Dornan. She loves him, despite it all.

Regardless of her love for Dornan, Mariana spends most of her time alone, longing for his next weekly visit. She's come to realize that she will always have to settle for scraps where Dornan is concerned. He will never place her first. They will never get out of this life. They are never going to be together in any meaningful way, beyond the stolen moments that she treasures each Sunday.

As Mariana comes to terms with her life circumstances, she commits to stay the course. However, Murphy has a need for her particular skill set. With her family again threatened, she is forced to undergo drastic measures to ensure the safety of her son. Her actions will change everything.

Finding herself in a really bad spot, Mariana calls on Dornan, only to be reminded of her place in line behind his wife, family, and business. Desperate, she calls on John to help her fix the mess she's made, changing the dynamics of their relationship forever. Now, this man knows all of her most dangerous secrets, things that Dornan doesn't even know.

As this story progresses, we have a front row seat to the decline of Dornan. Little by little, the darkness of his daily business has seeped into his soul, leaving a cold, callous man in it's wake. He cannot un-see the things that he's seen, and it is slowly killing the humane side of him.

Eventually, Mariana has to face the fact that the man she loves, no longer exists.
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The story of Dornan Ross, Vice President of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle club, his father Emilio Ross, Kingpin of the Il Sangue Cartel, John Portland, President of the motorcycle club, and Mariana Rodriquez, slave to Emilio and mistress to Dornan because she was taken as payment for money owed by her father. Mariana has been protected so far by Dornan and is currently bookkeeping for the Cartel and money laundering and is very very good at what she does. Mariana has secrets that they do not know and one especially big secret that she tries to keep unfortunately Christopher Murphy, a psychopath that wants to rape her and is truly a monster and is also a very evil DEA agent on the take for the Cartel knows it and blackmails her. So much happens in this book including murder, rape, betrayal, a lot of consensual and non consensual sex, human trafficking, drug smuggling, torture, beatings, kidnappings, and so much more. Many secrets are being kept and many are being revealed. Emilio is a complete monster, Murphy is the same, there was hope for Dornan in the first book but as you read this book things change. Mariana has come to love Dornan but so much happens and things have a way of changing because sometimes the darkness wins out and there is so much darkness in this story. This story ends on a cliffhanger and we must await the third installment wondering how things will turn out.
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“Dornan was an enigma, a combination of brutality and tenderness, wrapped up in one man.”

5 love to hate Dornan stars!!! D@mn it as much as I want to hate that man, he’s sexy as f@ck and you can’t help but lust after him!

Mariana is still being held captive by Dornan, and not only does he have her, he has her heart! But she’s noticed he’s changing, changing into something she can’t quite put her finger on. We meet John in this book finally and ugh God, where Dornan is the darkness in Mariana’s life, John would be the light. And what a beautiful light he is! He’s been pining after Mariana from a distance, but he too has secrets that start bubbling to the surface. We all know what happens between these three, but it’s nice to have John’s point of view now.

This book takes you on a trip of gut busting emotions. It’s gritty, dark and sexy. You hate Dornan one minute but you love his sexy bad@ss behavior in the next!! Ugh and John, where do I even go with him. He’s just as sexy too. It’s a struggle I tell you…..now I know how Mariana feels!! Lili is one of my favorite authors and every book she writes is phenomenal!!
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