Black Hearts by Karina Halle ~ Live & Review!

Also in this series: Dirty Souls (Sins Duet, #2)
Black Hearts by Karina Halle ~ Live & Review!Also by this author: Smut
Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) by Karina Halle
ASIN: B06WD7N296
Published by Indie on February 19, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance
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five-stars

For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

Black Hearts is a BRAND NEW STANDALONE DUET - the second book and conclusion, Dirty Souls, releases March 17th.

Review:

OMG!! This book was exactly what I needed. Let me first say that it can be read as a standalone. However, some of the characters are from her Artist Trilogy and Dirty Angels Series. Normally my OCD would make me tell you to read those first before you start this. However, I honestly think that if I read this without the others, it would have still made the same impact than if I had read them. With that said, you MUST read the others after this. Only because you do not want to miss out on my two favorite loves of all time. Camden McQueen and Javier Bernal.

“I would do anything to fan those flames, give her strength to burn the world to the ground and rise from it.”

Black Hearts completely sucked me in. I started reading it in the morning and had to pause to drive for two hours. I actually pulled out my phone while I was pumping gas so I could keep reading. I seriously couldn’t get enough of it.

Vicente Bernal is the son of one of the most powerful drug lords. His life has always been about drugs and violence. His first kill was when he was only fourteen years old. He knew that this was going to be his life growing up but he wanted to do it differently than his father. When he discovers a hidden past that his father has kept locked up, Vicente embarks on a journey to California to seek answers and ultimately find the one thing he thinks he can use to leverage against his father.

He has a very calculated plan but one look at Violet McQueen and that plan starts to change. She might actually be the new pawn in his plan. The set up is perfect. Use the girl and get her back to Mexico and hand her over to his father. A piece of that past that seems to haunt him. What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with Violet. He sees her for exactly who she is. While some think she is shy and sensitive, he sees just how strong and brilliant she is. He wants to set her free and he wants to show the world her strength. How will their love change the course of his plans? Will he continue to seek some hold over his father or will Violet become his new world?

This book has duel POV from Vicente and Violet but it also has third person POV from Javier (Vicente’s father) and Ellie (Violet’s mother.) For me, I needed those third person POVs because of my love of the past books but really, they help to set the scene. Even if I wasn’t just being greedy and dying for more Javier, I would think that they were needed in the story. It’s set in the future and actually has some slight political jabs that I appreciated.

One of my favorite things in this book is watching Vicente help Violet grow into the woman that she is destined to be. While others have held her back in her life, he try to nourish her and then there’s that one moment where she just might be darker than anyone expected. Maybe this innocent girl perfectly belongs in a much darker world.

Let’s not forget about the sexy times. Holy hell, Vicente doesn’t hold back. He’s deliciously scandalous and I couldn’t get enough it. From the beginning, Violet gives in to him. At least with her body. But he teaches her to let her overactive mind go when they are together and he has a fun time doing it.

Overall, I loved this book. As I said before, it was everything I needed and I didn’t even know I needed it. It’s dirty, raw and smoking hot. Just when you think you have everything figured out, BAM, Karina throws a twist at you. The story isn’t over and you are left with dying for the next part. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Dirty Souls. I seriously can’t say enough about this book. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this.

 

five-stars

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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