Series: Cartel #2
Author: Lili St. Germain
Released: 14th December, 2015
Genre: Dark Romance
They say love conquers all.
It’s a lie.
Five days a week, I dressed in smart business clothes. I painted my face, and went to work as an accountant. But nothing about my life was normal.
For eight years I had been the property of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club. I laundered their money so well they’d never let me leave. My only glimmer of light was the man I loved. The man who had saved me.
His love had been the only thing that kept the demons at bay. But he’d become so immersed in the cartel’s brutal business that I hardly knew him anymore.
Dornan had been my salvation, but he was also my undoing.
Would he pull me down into the darkness until he destroyed me? Could I save him?
Did I even want to?
‘Mariana,’ he’d whispered. He put his finger underneath my chin again and tilted it up, so I had no choice but to meet his cerulean gaze.
‘What?’ I asked.
‘If you change your mind—if you decide one day you need to leave—you tell me. And I’ll help you, okay?
I’ll make sure they can’t find you. Dornan’s my friend—my best friend.
But he’s also Emilio’s son, and there are things he cannot control.’
I burst into tears, covering my face with my hands. I’d been theirs for two years by then, two years where the only visitor I got was Dornan, and the only person I spoke to every day was myself, in the mirror, talking myself out of doing something crazy like killing myself. And I loved Dornan. But I hated my life.
‘You don’t understand,’ I said finally. ‘He loves me. He saved me.’
John looked at me sadly, the smile fading from his face.
‘You call this saved?’
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5 ★ Review by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
ARC received via Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review with many thanks.
Utterly sold once more! Having followed every heart-rending detail in Cartel which left me dangling on a precipice, not only was I crying out for more, but when given the chance to review the follow-up, I jumped for joy. The author’s style of writing is as always, explicit and crushingly crude, so I never doubted for a minute that I was going to be in for one hell of a ride. Kingpin was for me, the tip of the iceberg, the darkest point I could ever have imagined in book which I had hoped would clarify my many suspicions. The extremely complex love-hate relationship between all the protagonists whom I had learnt to invest in, only seemed to bring out even more conflicting feelings in me if that were ever possible.
Mariana Rodriguez was forced to sell her soul for the wrongdoings of another. Being imprisoned in a Catch 22 situation was not a matter of choice as many lives were in jeopardy. The leader of a cartel in Colombia has her life in his hands and that of her saviour, his son. My heroine is everything I bargained for in this series. Kick-ass, sassy and with more than a touch of dry wit and comebacks faster than lightening for her own good is mouthy by nature. However, she has to constantly bite her tongue for her own safety. Years have gone by and an erroneous decision and circumstances out of her control cause a catalyst of changes for the worst. Her secrets are like a time bomb waiting to go off at any moment and her dilemma as to whether or not wholly trust in one of the members of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club kept me on edge and had me talking to myself. No, I hadn’t lost it! I was simply grasping at straws for her.
I’d had very mixed feeling about Dornan in Cartel and more so in this read. His feelings for Ana were always made clear by him though. She’s knows she’s sleeping with her enemy, but loving him like she does wasn’t enough for me. He doesn’t freaking well deserve her! He keeps her in line in all aspects and I thought she deserved better treatment. I could have gladly leaped into my Kindle and strangled him with my bare hands at times.
Dornan ~ “Why would you be scared of me.”
John Portland troubled me no end. Despite this MC president’s relationship with his father which I disliked immensely, problems with the mother of his beautiful teenage daughter who at this age, needs comprehension and overlooking his drop-dead gorgeous physique, deep down there is a real softy to be discovered. Loved, just loved his intuition and his sensitivity. What I didn’t expect were a series of events which knocked me backwards and turned me inside out.
John ~ “I would never let anything happen to you.”
There are a few points I would like to make clear before summing up this read. Firstly, this is not a standalone. Cartel should be read first and to say there is a cliffy in Kingpin the size of the White Cliffs of Dover would be an understatement. Secondly, reading the Gypsy Brothers series beforehand was a must for me but not a necessity as the author has gone to great lengths to backtrack as much as is needed to understand the context. More importantly, I haven’t let on in this review. Spoiling it for the prospective reader is in my book, a no-no. For this reason, a synopsis is offered.
As in Cartel, there are a few characters which I hated with a passion and my opinion of them didn’t change at all in this book. Meeting up with Emilio and Murphy again put my hackles up on end and made me grit my teeth. The author’s descriptive development of all involved is without a doubt, amazing. Her storyline is solid and going to extremes, feasible. Ooh my, oh my. The bedroom scenes or wherever they happened to occur were so…. scorching. It was a question of what could I use for a fan! Passion abounds in most of them; nevertheless, my hairs stood on end when there is a unwilling connection.
Ana ~ “I can only see one fool now, and he’s right in front of me.”
What I was surprised to read was the structural writing. Ana tells her story in past tense from her point of view, John and Dornan’s stories are told separately in past and in third person. Unusual to say the least but it worked for me. What I would have liked to have seen is more banter in the first chapters. Notwithstanding, and after much reflection on my part, this was probably the best way for the reader to get back into the gist of a story overflowing with twists, turns, and unanswered questions. Please; pretty please, don’t make me wait too long for Empire. Ms. St.Germain, you have outdone yourself. Bravo to you for an unputdownable, page flipping, nail-biting read!
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Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.
She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.