Cartel (Cartel Trilogy Series #1)

Cartel (Cartel Trilogy Series #1)

by Lili St Germain

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ISBN-13: 9781460704288
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: Cartel Trilogy Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 60,975
File size: 645 KB

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 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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Cartel (Cartel Trilogy Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Jana5262 More than 1 year ago
I was pretty disappointed in this book! I read a lot of romance and erotica that are suspenseful and have a lot of mystery but this book was just too dark for me. There was no light in the main male character. Way too much abuse as well as objectifying women. Honestly I wanted to quit reading it after the 4th chapter but I paid for it and I finished it.... Barely! Wish I could get my money back from that one. I would not recommend this book at all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read a book by this author before, and I am always trying to find new "favorites"...but if all the books are like this one, St. Germain Lili won't be on my favorites list. This book, first of all leaves you hanging at the end, and I HATE that, but I also hated pretty much every male character! My heart hurts for Ana, but about the only way I would read another book in this series is if she manages to kill ALL the men and take control of her life back. Totally can't understand how she could come to love the male lead, as he spends most of his time abusing her and generally being a horrible person. Classic case of Stockholm Syndrome perhaps?? The only man in the book that I might want to see survive in the sequel is John, he might just be redeemable....this book went straight to archive from my library and won't be coming back out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is different. I am not sure I understand this relationship and I am not sure I want to. Their "relationship" is so messed up; the concept of "love" was so twisted and unhealthy; it was hard to read
Rebecca1RS More than 1 year ago
Cartel feels like a guilty pleasure. A seriously f***ed up, hide it from the world pleasure. I shouldn’t like it. I know I shouldn’t like it. The majority of the men are a$$holes. The women are treated as property or commodities for sale or trade. The whole story is so far from what’s considered a sane, normal existence it’s not even funny, plus with more than a smattering of rape, torture and death (not necessarily in that order) it’s raw, rough, savage and harsh. So why the hell did I like it? I have no f***ing clue. But I did. I devoured it… Cartel felt like a novella I read it that fast yet it’s 336 pages of angst and heartache. Having only read one other book of the Gypsy Brothers so far (because I detest instalments and prefer the whole book) I came into this new spin off series relatively blind, and with little knowledge of Dornan Ross, therefore I turned each page with an almost innocent naiveté waiting for the fairytale to begin but instead Ms St Germain wove a depraved tale with no rainbows, unicorns or glitter, just a cruel world with cruel greedy men who have no compassion, no honour and, you would believe, no soul. Mariana is nothing but a pawn played on the chessboard, she ends up in the hands of the Gypsy Brothers where the VP (Dornan) takes an interest in her as he feels a connection and attraction. The relationship (and I use the term loosely) that follows is like a train wreck that you can’t turn away from. You know it will end in disaster, you know there will be casualties and possible fatalities, you know it will hurt to watch but you cannot turn away. I turned every single page in a state of total disbelief that Mariana could feel these emotions for a man who has and would continue to do evil and heinous acts or that they could develop any type of relationship given the circumstances that threw them together and who his father is. The whole pack of cards is built on blood and pain, nothing about them together makes any sense yet they are like magnets drawn to each other, unable to resist. It’s so dysfunctional and wrong, fascinating and captivating, f***ed up and sad. I was so involved I nearly threw my kindle when I reached the end and I’m looking forward to Kingpin. Is my perspective different than the readers who know the outcome of the Gypsy Brothers books? Probably, but this is a good standalone and leaves you wanting more of both the story and the author - having said that, I will finish these stories before I return to Seven Brothers and complete those.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg. Omg. Wow. This book gave me the feels. I knew I had to read this book and I'm so glad I did. Its not for the faint of heart. Soooo. Damn. Good.
MissRaeRae More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to read this book. I read the Gypsy Brothers series and loved it. I hated Dornan through the whole series. I was afraid if I read Cartel, it would make me see him in a different light. I don't want to like him. Please don't make me like Dornan! The first series was SOOOO good I had to pick up Cartel. Darn you Lili St Germain! You did it, exactly what I didn't want to happen, you made me like him! Another great book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading mixed reviews I was unsure if I wanted to read this book. I am so glad I did. It was thought provoking and an indepth look at the life in a drug cartel. Disturbing, violent, and scary, it brings out a lot of powerful emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Can't wait for the next one. Sure, its not for the faint of heart, but you're reading about a motorcycle gang and a drug cartel. The story line is fantastic and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you glued to your Nook!
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
I did not realize that "Cartel" was a continuing story. This is my first read by this author and I really liked what I have read so far. The story is really dark and very violent, but once I started reading it, I was drawn in. Mariana's (Ana) experiences in this book are so heartbreaking that it is beyond comprehension how someone could survive it. Dornan for me, was both good and bad. Although he is VP of Gypsy Brothers MC, his father is in charge due to being kingpin of the cartel. Mariana must tiptoe each step that is taken, while Dornan must help her place each step to avoid disaster and death. This series may not be for everyone, but I found that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would given the subject matter. I may continue the series and check out the Gypsy Brothers MC books. I would like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins AU for gifting me "Cartel". My opinion is my own. This is mine. 3 Stars due to the cliffhanger ending.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Emilio is a kingpin in a drug Cartel. Mariana is nineteen and volunteers herself to pay her father’s debt or her family will be killed. Mariana is sent to San Diego to the Gypsy Brothers MC. The V P of the MC is Emilio’s son Dornan and he is to use her until Mariana is sold as a sex slave. Dornan is known to be cruel yet he lets Mariana know how things work in his world. As time goes on Dornan doesn’t want Mariana sold and goes to his father about this and Dornan is allowed to keep her. Dornan is dangerous and cruel but does have a softer side that Mariana gets to see. Dornan tried to protect Mariana. I don’t hate this story but I don’t love it either. Probably a little too dark for me. But I have 2 more stories in this series to read so I will see how they go. I have to say I am very glad that Dornan had some heart left and showed it to Mariana even though he struggled with love. I think Mariana fell too quickly for Dornan but kinda works with the story as he did prevent her from being sold. This story was definitely full of twists and turns and I did Basically like that. There was a lot in this story: bad bikers, drug cartel, family, sacrifice, corrupt cops, drugs- of course- , dark secrets, violence, domination, enjoyment of pain to a degree, and so much more. Just didn’t love it but that is me.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I have not read the Gypsy series but it seems this series, while written after Gypsy, the events take place before that series. From someone who has not read the Gypsy series, I did not feel like I need to read it first. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting what I got in Cartel! This is not a fairy tale book where the bad boy rescues the girl and they live happily ever after. This is a dark read about what life would be like for a woman taken in the Cartel. The writing is amazing and the author did a great job but you do have to have the stomach for a darker read. This is not the type of book I normally gravitate towards but I can appreciate a well written story and that is what Cartel is. This is the first book in a 3 book series. ARC provided by NetGalley.
DorisB More than 1 year ago
This is what you get when you mix the drug cartel world with the biker world…a dark but fantastic book that has a strong female character in Marianna. What she did to save her family is selfless but does she even know what she is stepping into? Sure this is a dark read but that’s what I loved about it. Its murder, deceit, sex, and a whole lot of fast page turning. With all the darkness there romance that will have your head spinning with Dornan. What a great book and a big cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next in this series. I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley for a freely given honest review.
iamslim More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. Lord knows I can't stand Dornan father Amelio (or whatever how you spell that old fu*** name. And Moonshine (aka Murray) I'm glad that Dornan is there for Miranda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read but not very engaging
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left you hanging but was a fairly good book. would recommend the read.
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Although the novel seems incomplete, reading it is a compulsive act. As I read my eyes would bug out at the next brutal moment inside a drug cartel . What a compelling read! Cruel to the readers to end so suddenly. Cannot wait for the second of the series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my god love this book, at first I had mixed feelings abt this book especially with the reviews but then I clossed my eyes n bought this book n I don't regret it. Can't wait for pt 2 , this book was well written n kept me on my toes, awesome book is this the next phemonal book turn movie by 2017???!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
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MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Cartel: Book 1 by Lili St Germain 3.5 out of 5 Stats Wow, I have no clue what else to say.  Twisted, dark, sexy, immoral, hard to connect to but viscerally intriguing at the same time. Mariana is a beautiful Colombian Kingpin's daughter who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her family.  Her life and freedom in exchange for theirs.  Becoming the slave and property of the Italian Cartel leader so her abusive, thieving, cheating father can be free is never the life Ana had planned while she was away at University in America.  But when the bosses son vouches for her accounting skills and decides to keep her for his own, trading one master for another becomes a true education into her heart and soul. I'm not personally a huge fan of the biker club scene, especially when it involves so much violence, forced sex, and deviant behavior, but St. Germain truly does this genre justice and should be very proud of her book. Pippa, My Secret Book Spot * A complimentary copy was given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't like not knowing when second book is due! Does anyone know the release date for kingpin?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a great book. Can't wait for the next one. Hopefully it comes out soon !