Review: Dirty Angels by Karina Halle

Title: Dirty Angels
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Erotica
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Published: March 9th 2015
Page Number: 352
Rating: 1/5
For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.

When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.

Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.

As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
I can honestly say that I didn't have high expectations for this book. I checked up the reviews on Goodreads, and while Karina has some popular books with her audience this series is one that's received a lot of mixed reviews.
Erotica isn't a genre I normally read. I have read the 50 Shades Trilogy by E L James and the Bared to You series by Sylvia Day, and I somewhat enjoyed those, but Dirty Angels left me feeling angry and uncomfortable. I understand that Karina was portraying what life is like in a Mexican Drug Cartel, but I couldn't get past the desperation of it all. It felt like most scenes were there to shock readers rather than it actually fitting in.
I'm honestly so annoyed with this book and if anything, I don't think the Drug Cartel thing was the worst part of the book. Our main character, Luisa was. She was so naïve and childish, she had no voice. One minute she'd be arguing with Javier and the next he's masturbating over her back and "marking" her.
It made me physically sick. Literally.
I'd love to have at least one positive thing to say about this book, but I have nothing. Zero. Zilch. Dirty Angels had everything that I hated in a book, and I definitely will not be reading anything else from this author.
Physical copy provided by Headline Eternal for a honest review


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