Dirty Angels

Dirty Angels

by Karina Halle

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BN ID: 2940045984744
Publisher: Karina Halle
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 329,260
File size: 364 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

From a rock music journalist to a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author for The Pact, Where Sea Meets Sky, The Artists Trilogy series, and over 20 other books, Karina Halle has seen a lot of the world. Luckily, all the years of dabbling in different careers and traversing the globe has given her the perfect background for her stories. Whether it's writing horror romance, romantic suspense or contemporary romance, Karina manages to combine very real people and relationships with very edgy circumstances. When she's not writing about flawed characters or chilling situations, you can find her on Salt Spring Island, BC, drinking wine in her 1920's farmhouse with her husband and their adopted pitbull.

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Dirty Angels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Susan_Lis More than 1 year ago
I seriously love Karina's books!!!! Ive read her romance (The Pact, The Offer) plus her EIT series and her Artist trilogy and she never disappoints. I was so excited to see Javier again from the Artist Trilogy but he's soon much darker. He's so much more broody and guarded than what he was in the other series. He kidnaps Luisa, who is the wife of a huge drug lord, in order to gain more access in the drug world but he gained so much more than what he bargained for. Luisa is probably one of the strongest female characters I have ever come across and I totally love her. They're journey to love isn't easy...in fact it's painful but it's an amazing story to read. Karina Halle never disappoints and I'm so ready for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book love that it is a stand alone but also that all the books have characters that are part of other books.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I've always liked Javier. If you didn't like Javier and just want to read this book because you think it's more about The Artist Trilogy, it's not and thus may not be for you. As written in the author's message with the blurb and at the in the front of the book, it contains dark elements. It isn't terribly graphic but does hint at unprotected sex, rape, torture, death, blood, etc. Louisa has always been poor, forever struggling just to make it. She works in a tourist restaurant bar, envious of the vacationing co-eds and dealing with a sexually harassing jerk of a boss. The only bright spot in her life is her parents, a father loosing the battle with Alzheimer's and a blind mother. She once was a beauty queen with opportunities, but now she's just another floundering laborer trying to support her family. One day the biggest drug lord in Mexico, Salvador Reyes, comes into her workplace with his sites set on her. She knows that if she refuses him, she'll probably be killed anyway. And by marrying him, she can afford to take care of her parents and stop working. Next thing you know, she's married and living in [...] being beaten, raped and tortured regularly. Her only solace is knowing her parents are being cared for. I closed my eyes and imagined, just for one moment, what it would be like not to live in fear. To actually feel happiness and love from a man. My heart practically shuddered from the realization that I'd never, ever have that for as long as Salvador Reyes lived. Javier's goal has always been to climb the leadership ladder in the world of narcotics. In the other series, we saw him rise from 2nd in command to leading a Mexican drug cartel. In this book, we find out that his cartel is not the most powerful so of course he wants to gain more control. He kidnaps Louisa in order to make a trade for jurisdiction over certain drug pipelines. The wife of the jackal is the greatest card you can play in this game. Javier's intentions toward Louisa become more hazy as time goes on. "Why do you want to break me so badly?" she asked quietly, just as my hand went to the doorknob. I paused and thought about the truth. Without looking back at her I said, "Because I want to destroy beautiful things before they can destroy me." Although he is not a good man, he is one of the few in his line of work that still lives by a certain honor code. This is a new Mexico. There is no code among men because there are no men anymore. Only monsters who sit behind their desks and give orders." Javier has loved before, in his way, but he's never loved anyone equal to his desire to rule the drug trade. He has never found a woman for whom he would want to change nor a woman who would never ask him to change. Is it possible? The morning light was streaming in through the window, illuminating her like an angel, but a dirty one. I think this story is amazing, very well written. It's exciting, sexy, dangerous, dirty. I've been waiting on the edge of my seat for more Javier as soon as I heard this book was coming. Dirty Angles is one of my top reads for 2014, and I will definitely read the rest of the series. Javier has got the biggest sex appeal of almost any character I can recall. The way he talks during a sexy scene so gets to me. Mmmmmm.
kwine More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's Javier in his element- the dark, dirty world of his Mexican cartel. You get to see him at his worst (or is it his best?) while he falls in love. And since he's Javier, he doesn't do it nicely, and he doesn't do it like you'd expect. I've read TAT, and this was a different side to Javier. Luisa is very different than Ellie, and it was fun and a little heart-wrenching to watch Luisa and Javier come into themselves. There's a lot of demons to be battled, a lot of scars to heal. I couldn't wait to get on to book two.
amarie76 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Karina Halle's, Sins & Needles series. I remember staying up late one week and reading all three books (plus, the novella) back-to-back. There's just something very intriguing about her writing, and her words leave me hanging on the edge of my seat, eagerly waiting to find out what will happens next. The images and characters that she creates just have a way of staying with you. Dirty Angels was no exception. I was extra excited when I found out that there was a spin-off about one of my favorite characters, Javier Bernal. I know, I know...Javier is a bad, bad boy. Yet, there is something fascinating and captivating about him. The man has charisma! At the same time, my heart breaks for the guy. I want him to find peace or whatever it is that will make him truly happy. Or at least find redemption in some way. Dirty Angels takes place after Bold Tricks, and he has been working his way up the cartel ladder. He's not the same Javier as he was before, and things have worn him down. In Dirty Angels, he meets Luisa, a former beauty queen who has lived in poverty and works hard each day to provide for her elderly parents. Wow! There were lots of sparks and chemistry in this book. No surprise, since this is Javi we are talking about. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to think about Luisa at first, but I have a feeling, as the series progresses, that I will grow to like her more and more. She definitely has the makings of a strong, yet devoted character. I just hope she does not lose the good in her heart. I did worry about Javier at times, as sometimes it seemed to lose a little of what I love about him. However, I did start to to see it come back. As it said in the synopsis, this book is not for the squeamish. There are some scenes that may make your stomach turn a little. I am not sure if Dirty Angels is considered a standalone, but I would definitely read the Sins & Needles series first. It just makes it that much better! :)
ILoveNookBooks More than 1 year ago
Wow am I glad I Bought this book!! This book took ahold of me and pulled me in.. I loved every minute of it!! The characters are raw and definitely DIRTY!! I didn't want to put it down!! This is not your normal romance with flowers and walks on the beach!! Although there is a beach Scene at the end!! It's a love so Wrong it's Right!! Now I'm diving into Dirty Deeds (Book 2 in the series)
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CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
Dirty Angels was a great read. Luisa gave up her dream of going to college to support her mother who is blind and her father who has Alzheimer’s to work in a place where her boss is as dirty as they come. Salvador Reyes is a known drug cartel leader and has set his sight on Luisa, she will go to him either willingly or by force. Salvador has something drug cartel Javier Bernal needs and in order to get what he wants he has to possess something Salvador treasures. Javier soon learns just how twisted Salvador is and Luisa is just a pawn in their game. Luisa is willing to risk everything to provide for her parents, but is it worth the price she has to pay. I read this book in one sitting and would recommend it to others who are looking for a good dark and dirty read. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
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Really loved this! Chock full of excitement on every page... looking forward to reading more from tjis author.
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I liked this book a lot and was happy to get more Javier
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TDB005 More than 1 year ago
Just when you think that Javier couldn’t be any more bad ass than he already was in the Artist Trilogy, Karina Halle completely blows all your expectations out of the water with Dirty Angels. I love Javier. Hands down, he is the only “bad guy” that I’ve ever loved. You seriously can’t help but love this wicked man despite how dirty, malicious, and appalling he can be. Honestly, Dirty Angels managed to defy all of my preconceived notions of how evil Javier could truly be, but it also showed a side of this complex man that we caught a brief glimpse of right before Ellie broke his cold heart. To say that I completely enjoyed this wild ride would be a gross understatement. I couldn’t put this book down from start to finish and I crave more. In this story, Javier sets out to destroy his enemy Salvador Reyes by capturing the cartel leader’s new bride, Luisa. For Luisa, she never had a choice in her marriage to the depraved man, but she gives up her freedom and body to protect her family from the poor existence they have been struggling to survive. In her attempt to escape, she is captured by Javier’s men and used as ransom. You may call it Stockholm syndrome, but Luisa and Javier find themselves increasingly attracted to one another no matter what evil deed he enacts upon her body, mind, and soul. I have to hand it to Karina Halle for her ability to always exceed my expectations. I’ve said it before and I will continue to as well, but she is such an incredibly talented writer. I’m amazed at her ability to craft her stories, and even more so that she has me never wanting them to end. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out, because I eagerly anticipate what is going to happen with Javier’s sister and mercenary Derek Conway. Thank you Karina for another fantastic and wild ride!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog There is a certain appeal in reading a book about a hero that is bad but redeemable.  I know some people love reading about that lost cause bad boy because they want to see that hero grow and have redeeming qualities and maybe even change for the good.  And although it is true that sometimes I like that too, I also want the characters to stay true to themselves.  Some of those bad boy have redeeming qualities.  Some don’t. Javier Bernal falls in that second category.  He is bad to the bone and in no other terms he’s a psycho.  There was no way I could wrap my mind around the fact that he might turn good.  Sorry that wouldn’t work for me.  He’s bad, he should stay bad.  He’s not mushy, he shouldn’t turn mushy for a woman.  And that’s what Karina Halle delivered.  For that, I’m immensely happy! So let’s talk about the love story for a second.  Javier’s heroine has to be able to live in his world.  A good girl can’t cut it.  And although Luisa was good, she was broken.  By life, by circumstances, by her past and her present.  A woman who has had a rough life.  Seemed she fit the bill perfectly.  At times though, I wondered if she was just a little too broken.  Was there a point that she couldn’t quickly rebound from?  I thought that point was reached…several times, but she pushed through and came out strong. Javier and Luisa have a most unconventional relationship, but I expected that.  Javier is totally possessive and protective of her and although crazy at times, it was very hot to read.  There is something to be said about his explosive passion.  Javier definitely had me panting more than once in this book with his dirty talking and rough love making.  He’s intense, loves hard, lives hard. Their connection was pretty quick, almost instant.  No slow building to their attraction and almost head first into love even though this is not a lovey-dovey love at first sight.  Javier stays true to who he is until the end.  He doesn’t have to say I love you.  He knows how to show it.  In his own way. So you might ask me why this is a 3.5 star review?  That just means I enjoyed the book but I have some issues with things.  Mainly one big concept really.  And that is DETAILS.  I know Javier is bad.  I get that.  I don’t need the gruesome details of his badassness shoved down my throat.  I don’t need the goary details of torture and death.  I get that he needs to do those things.  It doesn’t even bother me that he’s the hero and he’s doing it.  I would’ve rather have a limit where after that was reached those scenes faded to black.  I guess that’s my own limit, but give me all the dirty details of a sex scene and don’t hold back on how dirty and descriptive you want to get.  But don’t apply that same concept to violence.  I felt like that was just adding violence into the book for the sake of shock to the reader.  And if you are into the story and into Javier’s mind you already know what he’s capable of.  I at least I did, I got him.  I didn’t care for all that extra blood. DIRTY ANGELS was a book I had to read straight through.  Karina Halle still holds the power of drawing me into a story with a pull so strong that no matter how much it may make me cringe, I have to see it through the end before I can come up for air.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In true Karina Halle fashion, Dirty Angels takes us to a place we have never - and hope to never - go, visit, vacation, or even hang out! Who knew very bad guys could be so compassionate and committed? Well, committed maybe... Honestly, just when I thought my heart couldn't take anymore... well... you will have to read the story and find out for yourself. Just remember to check out the warning about subject matter. This story isn't for everyone. But for those of us it is for, wow what a ride!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I must admit I hesitated to purchase this book(I am kind of a sissy)I am so very glad that I bought it! The darker content always stresses me out but when I opened this book I became transfixed! I was completely connected to the characters and experienced their emotions and environments. I have not read the TAT series but it is for sure going on my TBR list! Ms. Halle, you are amazing and I look forward to reading more from you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that through the entire Artist's Trilogy I was Team Javier! (Let's not get into what that says about me LOL) Needless to say I couldn't wait to get back into his sick and twisted head. And I'm oh-so-glad I did!! I hate reviews with spoilers so I will make this brief and cryptic.... ;) If you're a fan of Javier, like me you're probably hoping for some redemption from him. He is a bad, bad man but in the previous books we've seen a glimmer of humanity from time to time. This book is told in dual POV from Javier & Luisa's perspective. I LOVED getting more into Javi's head than we had been before and Luisa was an amazing, strong heroine. A survivor.  This novel has a lot of dark elements in it...I mean, we're smack in the middle of cartel business so how could it not? Though some scenes were difficult to read, I loved that Karina didn't dull it down and stayed true to the lives Javier & Luisa were living. Those scenes had me holding my breath, grimacing and panicking all in one! I will say this: I think Karina ended his story perfectly and how it was always supposed to be. If you're a fan of Karina's work you absolutely want to check this one out!!
LittleReadRidingHood More than 1 year ago
It is no secret (heck, I even have a shirt) that I love Javier and have ever since On Every Street came out last year. So you can bet I was chomping at the bit when I found out he was FINALLY getting his own book. Now, with Javier and Halle writing his story, I had no clue if there was going to be an HEA for him, and I am certainly not going to tell you. I wouldn't do that. But what I will say is ... HOLY HELL. Put me on the Javier train and let me ride into the station at full speed ahead. I was honestly nervous about Luisa being a good match for my boy. I mean, she is all sweet and innocent, loves her parents, works hard, keeps her nose clean, and all that wholesome goodness that Javier, well, just isn't. But after spending some time with that bastard Salvador, she gets a thick skin, and fast, and learns that maybe she wasn't being true to herself after-all, she just didn't know who her true self was until Javier comes into her life. "“You’re so complicit,” I heard him moan from behind me, his voice low, rough, caught up in his own passion. “So good. Why do I feel there’s a bad girl in you that needs to come out?” Javier is the kind of guy that pushes your limits, crosses the line, learns what you can handle, and knows without asking what you need. And then gives it to you, in spades. On top of all the drama with Luisa, he is trying to recapture his empire after what happened at the end of Bold Tricks (again, no spoilers) so his hold on his men and his cartel is still tenuous at best. Unstable at worst. His right hand man, Esteban, is his best ally and I have a feeling also his worst enemy. Some of the other guys he has in his circle are creepy as hell and I certainly wouldn't want to be on their bad side. So my poor dear Javier has to walk a tight rope in holding onto his empire and yet getting what he wants, no what he NEEDS, with Luisa and his heart. “Luisa,” I said carefully, looking into her shining, desperate eyes. “You can’t save me.” She smiled, letting out a caustic laugh. “I don’t want to save you,” she said, bringing her face closer to mine. “I want to join you.” While you don't have to have read The Artists Trilogy by Halle, I do suggest it. I am not sure if you would love Javier like I do if you don't know what he has gone through to get where he is now. And I do hope to see more of him, sooner rather than later. Please and thank you.
indiansgirl9 More than 1 year ago
Dark, and dirty five star read!  If you are looking for a lovey, Dovey, happily ever after romance this is not the book for you!  If your triggers are rape, abuse, sex, bad language, and violence this book is not for you! If you are looking for a dark, lust filled story with a badass, dangerous man and a heroine that loves to talk back and refuses to be broken then this IS the book for you! "Luisa was on her knees on the bed, naked, my 9mmin her hands and aimed right at me.  I automatically had my gun pointed back at her. The sexiest Mexican standoff I'd ever been involved in." Luisa Chavez is a 23 year old waitress who works to support her blind mother and father who is sick with Alzheimer's . She ends up marrying Salvador Reyes, leader of a drug cartel, for his money. After months of abuse amoung other things she tries to escape and ends up kidnapped by Javier Bernal, leader of a rival drug cartel. "I didn't have to see to know who had taken me. The man I'd heard so much about. The man I was taught to fear" Javier is from the artist trilogy. You do not need to read it before you read this book but if you plan on it at any point I think you should start with the artist trilogy because there are some spoilers in this book and it will give you some more background on Javier. In the artist trilogy I didn't hate Javier but I was never team Javier either. In dirty angels I ended up loving him! You get a look at his mind and why he does what he does. If you hated him before you will probably find yourself at least liking him in this book!  "No," I told him "this is your revenge on woman." He paused at that his hands gripping my skin. "Because a woman broke you" I've read all of Karina's books and just like all the others this one does not disappoint!
KatieGTBC More than 1 year ago
I don’t think it is any secret that I am quite the fan of Karina Halle’s work. I enjoy tales of the grittier side of life. Stories where the good guy has a little bit of bad in him and the bad guy has a little bit of good in him. Human beings are rarely so cut and dry. Every scoundrel has love in his heart for someone and every hero has hate in his for someone right? Ms. Halle has an innate way of pulling affection from me for the one I fight hard to distain and I love every minute of it. Louisa Chavez is beautiful and tormented. She was raised in a happy yet poor home where her parents worked hard to make sure she was always provided for. They loved her and she loved them fiercely. She had a bright future, winning pageants to acquire monies for college. Then her father fell ill and with her mother’s disability the responsibility to provide for her family fell solely on her shoulders. A responsibility she did not begrudge. She loved them and wanted to make sure they had all they needed and were happy. Even if she had to work for a disgusting and lecherous man to make a meager wage in order to do so. It was a joyless and bleak existence but she had her family and she was free. That is until she caught the interest of Salvador Reyes one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel leaders. He wanted her and no one ever says no to Sal. No one. While she loathed the thought of being married to the vile man she took solace in knowing her parents would have all the comforts and care they needed for the rest of their days. She had no idea the horrors that awaited her in her new life as Louisa Reyes. Sal’s cruelty and monstrous ways knew no bounds. Desperate to escape him she took her chance one day and fled only to end up in the arms of yet another devil. Javier Bernal is the devil. He scratched, clawed and slithered his way up the ladder to become head of his own cartel. Full of ambition and drive he masterminds a plan to grow his empire but he needs something from Salvador Reyes. So he takes something of Sal’s and if he wants it back unharmed he will make a deal with Javi. It is almost too easy when the object of trade runs right out of Sal’s compound for his taking.  It’s a shame. Sal has a treasure in Louisa that he doesn’t appreciate. She is innocent, passionate, and loyal. All things that would make a great queen. Too bad she is a pawn that must be disposed of in one way or another. Javi must stay away from her. His track record with woman being what it is… he doesn’t want or need the distraction from his goal. Affection is weakness and he will never make that mistake again. Running a cartel sure is a sticky business. You never know who to trust… even your own men are a hairs breath away from putting a knife in your back. A man must be cunning, stealthy and precise at all times. Weakness or the appearance of it is something that you can not afford. But is having all the power worth it if you are all alone at the top? Man oh man did I LOVE this book! Louisa was a surprising heroine. She was selfless which had a perception of weakness but was in actuality a strength. She drew from her love of her parents to make hard choices and to pull herself through the awful things she had to live through. Her love gave her power. Acceptance gave her power. She accepted her circumstances and worked with them rather than against them. So different from Ellie but so similar.  While Ellie started out bad with horrible parents Louisa was the flip side of the coin. She started out good and melded into the life she was dealt. Then we have Javier… Oh Javi… he is one of “those” characters. The ones who frustrate you to no end. You love and hate him so fiercely you can feel yourself being ripped in two as you read.  He is so power hungry and devious and yet through his love of his sisters and his strange code of “honor” (for lack of a better word) you can’t help but root for him to win. I was so torn between him and Cam in the Artist Trilogy I was literally Team hopping every other chapter. This book did not ease that struggle. He is ruthless and cunning and handsome and sexy and he takes what he wants and does not apologize for who or what he is and there is just something mesmerizing about that. So masculine and hot. Makes a woman want to be bad, really really bad.  I think I am going to take a trip to Mexico and see if I can find a little trouble ;) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Keeps you hooked! I have to say that I fell for Javier. Great story...must read!