Dirty Promises, by Karina Halle

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Grade: A

Doing it at: 8%

Catnip: Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Marriage on the Rocks, Revenge, Mexican Drug Cartels, Hate To Love You, He’s Basically A Criminal, Dangerous Criminal Villain, A Lot Of Blood, Adultery

Shame Scale: I can’t even rate this.

Fantasy Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, young Penelope Cruise

Book Description:

Dirty Promises is the final book in The Dirty Angels Trilogy. While the first two books can be read as standalones, Dirty Promises can not. Reading Dirty Angels and Dirty Deeds beforehand is HIGHLY recommended.

Also, people sensitive to violence and immoral characters who make questionable decisions should refrain from reading this book. The real cartel life is not pretty, not easy and certainly NOT romantic and that is more than reflected in Dirty Promises.

Blood. Sex. Revenge.
It ain’t easy being king.
Drug lord Javier Bernal has sliced and diced his way to the top of the Mexican drug trade, presiding over the country’s largest cartel. But his rise to power comes at a brutal price: the death of his sister, Alana. Devastated and wracked with guilt, he turns away from his new wife, Luisa, forcing their marriage into a steady decline. But it isn’t until she’s pushed into the waiting arms of Esteban Mendoza, his right-hand man, that Javier realizes everything he’s lost.
And it isn’t until he learns the truth about Alana, that he realizes everything there is to gain.
Blood will spill.
Cities will burn.
Heads will roll.
Because Javier will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
And what he wants is raw, ruthless revenge.
The most dangerous man is the one with nothing left to lose.

Mary: We were having an important Blog Meeting.

drunk alec

drunk amy

drunk lucy

Cleone: We are a PROFESSIONAL blog, so of course our meetings have cocktails! And we were drinking Old Fashioned’s, like Don Draper.

M: We were watching Too Wong Foo and discussing Karina Halle’s upcoming release, Dirty Promises (the sequel to Dirty Angels and Dirty Deeds), and how we needed to get our hands on a copy of the ARC at any cost. So that’s when we decided to drunk message one of our very favorite authors. Cleone wrote a very appropriate and polite request for an ARC. But then I left the room, and she went rogue and closed it with:

 P.S. The original draft of this message was, “Whose dick do we have to suck to get an ARC?”

C: I can’t be trusted, but I’m funny, right? Right!

M: Karina Halle never responded, which, duh, means our hilarious message went to her spam folder, and not that she decided to ignore our way-too-informal-for-a-stranger, totally tasteless email. Please don’t try and convince us otherwise, we live in this place called Denial with #noregrets.

C: It’s pretty here, all of our bad decision bar hook-ups look like Tom Hardy in Denial.

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Heights of Desire, by Mara White

Heights of Desire

Grade: A

Doing it at: 19%

Catnip: Cougars, Adultery, Tragic Love, Star Crossed Lovers, Boy Next Door, Spanish Pillow Talk

Shame Scale: Low Shame, this is a Real Book, only the lingering shame of our morals being destroyed

Fantasy Cast: A young Jesse Williams or one of the oh so pretty Dominicans we’ve sprinkled throughout the review, plus Jennifer Connelly, actual age.

Book Description:

A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart?
Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after a chance encounter at a neighborhood playground.
Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them.
Her life of privilege is no match for the code of the streets he navigates with ease. When a crime of the heart leads to a crime in the flesh, how far will she go to redeem him? Can she risk all in her life that is golden for the love of her golden-eyed man?

**Warning** Heights of Desire contains descriptions of: gang activity, graphic sex, violence, dubious consent, unprotected sex, infidelity, infidelity and more infidelity, questionable parenting and some dialogue in Spanish without translation.

Disclaimer: We received Heights of Desire as an ARC from the author, however all the nice things we are about to say are our actual thoughts. We can not be bought! 

Cleone: Oh Mara White, you’re like our author best friend, and you’re super in to breaking our hearts.

Mary: I don’t know how she does this to us. I mean, I didn’t even kid myself going into this book the way I did with the cousins in Maldeamores. I knew I was going to be super into the ‘desperate housewife meets hot young thang‘ relationship (we all have our fantasies…), and yet it was still an emotional roller coaster.

C: I am never a fan of cheating as a plot device, Mary likes it sometimes, but for me cheating by the book protagonist, who we are supposed to root for, usually results in a book being a Do Not Finish (DNF). However, just like she made us totes cool with kissing cousins, White made me team cheat on your husband Kate in about ten pages. She’s magical. And maybe evil. I can’t decide.

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C: Kate is a the 42 year old mother of two girls who lives in a restored brownstone in Washington Heights, she’s married to a lawyer, comes from money, and has full time help even though she’s a stay at home mom. She’s the picture of upper class privilege. She meets Jaylee while walking her young daughters to their dance class.

He’s a 22 year old Dominican who makes us old lady bloggers (relatively old) swoon. He enhanced our google and tumblr searches.

M: For example:

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C: He follows Kate to the girl’s dance class, and when she comes out the door from dropping them off, he’s waiting there. Their eyes meet and they have epic book insta-lust. Jaylee is like come with me, and Kate is all sure, but I only have an hour. At no point does she hesitate. Kate’s not the best at self control.

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