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Kingpin (Cartel Trilogy) Paperback – June 7, 2016
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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.
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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. She finds comfort in the arms of his best friend and begins to look for a way out.
This book was far more gritty and raw than the first book in the 'Cartel' series. Even though I know where this story is headed, I cannot pull myself away from it. I have loved every minute of this story. Even knowing that this will end horribly, I am dying to get my hands on the next book.
Mariana has spent the last 9 years a prisoner in her apartment. She goes to work 5 days a week for the Cartel, and on Sunday she waits for Dornan's visits which have become sporadic at best. Mariana knows this is all she will ever have in exchange for the protection Dornan gave her 9 years ago. Now however she watches as the darkness slowly invades Dornan, as well as herself, and she does two things she thought in her wildest dreams she would never do.
On top of this, she is always alone, never getting anything but Dornan's little scraps of time. Unfortunately Murphy has been coming in her life to threaten her to do certain things for him, he needs her help, and tries to get it by threatening the lives of her family and son. Mariana is forced to make a choice, and involves John, when Dornan is too busy to help. This makes her know even more she will never be first, and at the same time the dynamics between her and John change as well.
Mariana loses any hope after Dornan creates the ultimate sin in her eyes, not once but twice, which makes her afraid of him forever. Mariana loses something precious to her, and she just shuts down.
This book is filled with death, violence, blood, and so much killing, and at the same time there is also glances of a love that is slowly dying. The plot twists in and around adding so much angst and uncertainty and it is bringing everything into focus for the final book in this series.
Mariana knows that her Dornan, the man she thought she loved all these years, has been slowly turning into his father, and there is nothing she can do anymore. Will Mariana run? Will she lose the nerve to take off and stay, living this life? What will happen to all of them?
I gave this book 5 stars, and can't wait to read the conclusion of this series!
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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Book two in the cartel series picks up years after book one ends.
Mariana has spent years laundering money for the cartel in exchange for her life.Read more