Wednesday, September 23, 2015

REVIEW: Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle

“He’s fearless and ruthless. Soulless.”

As a flight attendant, Alana Bernal has had her share of suitors. She's also had more than her fair share of tragedy within her messed-up family. But what she hasn't had is love. Real, rip-your-heart-out, tear-your-clothes-off, all-consuming love.

At least that was the case until she met an American tourist, Derek Conway, a ripped ex-soldier with steely eyes and a commanding presence.

What started as a chance encounter between the two in Puerto Vallarta, a weekend full of hot sex and mindless passion, has led to something more.

Something deadly.

Because Derek isn't the type of man to fall in love. He's not a man who sticks around.

And he's definitely not in Mexico on vacation.

Derek is a mercenary, a killer-for-hire, a man who does the ugly jobs for the highest bidder.

Unfortunately for Alana and Derek, the highest bidder has the power to destroy whatever worlds they have created for themselves.

The highest bidder can destroy everything.

*This is a romantic suspense book, #2 in the Dirty Angels trilogy but can be read as a standalone novel*

Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published February 16th 2015 by Metal Blonde Books
Source: Purchased
Purchase a copy: Goodreads | Amazon
 


Shel: Today's review is what I like to call the "hot, fast, and cheap" version of a review....it's my lame attempt to not be so dang wordy--we'll see if it works. Court: Haha

Shel: So, I got hooked into this series because of Ellie and Javier and then Javier and Luisa's unconventional (understatement of the year) romance had me very curious about what the rest of this series would be about. Court: Right, and as of this publication, we've already reviewed the others, and even read this one first, but I somewhat feel like it is outside of the wildness of the other two so I feel completely okay with reviewing it this way. And I might've ran out of time. I'll leave you to speculate on that. 

Shel: In Dirty Deeds I'd say it's about Derek's second chance at life, love, and a peaceful existence and for Alana she has a chance at feeling loved, protected, and secure. Will lies, bad guys, and one poor decision undo the foundation of love that this assassin and flight attendant were beginning to build? You're going to have to read to find out. Court: What she said times a million, but also that if you think this love story is easy and wrapped up with a bow you don't know Karina Halle very well. And, I think we do. Her writing anyways, and I liked what we had seen of Derek before, and these poor Bernal sisters probably *should* be at the top of the list to torture their brother for everything he has put them through in the name of family and Mexico and drugs. 

Shel: In this second book in the series, not only do you get Derek and Alana's story, you also will see the return of some of the characters from
Dirty Angels. Court: Right...except like I said I thought it was somewhat of an outlier, because those events don't affect these events if you will. Though, you should read them all, or at least this one before reading Dirty Promises

Shel: This book was entertaining and sexy and action packed; it was character and plot driven. For those used to Halle's Where Sea Meets Sky, I'd that in this series you'll find it gritter, faster and not as emotional and slow building. It's stylistically different and yet totally fitting for what I think the characters and setting need. Court: It is, but I did struggle some in the 20-30% range, because the slow burn we were experiencing was almost pond still, which was a testament to how balls to the wall the beginning was I think, and the other parts of this series so I think that is what surprised me. But it picks back up, and packs huge punches which is what I came for! 

Keep your eyes out because book 3 of this series is out now! 

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