ARC Review: Black Hearts by Karina Halle

Release Date: February 19, 2017
Series: Sins Duet #1
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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And Deliciously Dirty.
Vicente Bernal is not your typical hero.

From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a BRAND NEW standalone duet that will get your pulse racing and your thighs clenching.

For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

NOTE: BLACK HEARTS is BOOK ONE of the SINS DUET, with the sequel & conclusion, DIRTY SOULS, releasing on March 17, 2017.

My KH dark romance cherry has been popped and wow this book was like a snake gripping me tighter, never letting me go until I was writhing in pain… uhm I meant nerves and excitement to know what would happen next to Vicente and Violet!

I’ve never read their parents’ books (Dirty Angels Trilogy and The Artists Trilogy) but I didn’t get that lost feeling that I was actually missing something. It’s a relief though to know both couples got their HEA. But the way they were portrayed here in Black Hearts was very intriguing that I kinda wanted to read their books as well.

Anyway! Back to the book. This is about Vicente and Violet, both of their parents had a thing in the past. Vicente is the prodigal son of Javier. He’s the next in command once Javier retires to being the drug lord in Mexico. Vicente found something about his father that got him travelling to the US. He’s relentless to his pursuit of the woman whom he thought his father loved. But only way to get close and find out the truth was through the daughter of the said woman–Violet.

Violet is a photography student. She’s sensitive, intuitive and a little bit shy. She had this feeling that she was being lied to by her parents. I am not really sure I liked her 100% because she seemed a bit weak to me. I think that was because she gave in too easily to Vicente’s advances? Though I think it’s more like because her previous relationships were nothing compared to the one she had with Vicente–always intense and straightforward. Also, she had a very strong feeling about things i.e. something’s wrong with her parents but she didn’t feel the same way about Vicente? She trusted way too easily. But her development on the story was impressive. She was finally standing up on her own (family issues) and learning to embrace her hidden tigress persona (with regards to her relationship with Vicente).

Vicente on the other hand was a tricky little shit. I couldn’t figure out his next move. He’s manipulative, goal-driven, lies like he breathes and definitely very intense. He wanted to unleash Violet’s inner beast and was doing really great at it. Though I know he was just using her, he moved very smoothly like you wouldn’t know he had that cruel intentions with Violet who trusted her.

Vicente and Violet’s chemistry was off the charts though I think Violet was too easy to give in to Vicente’s charms. It was almost too instantaneous. I liked that both of them really have no clue who’s lying to whom. And I am so excited how that shit will blow up on the final instalment.

The story was a huge web of lies, mystery, deceit AKA a huge pile of mindfuckery but it was also blended with sex scenes that are surefire to heat up your ereaders. Though honestly, the book was more of sex. It was like Karina put me in the bubble with Vicente and Violet, distracting me to the cliffhanger (not bad for a cliffy) and the conflict that only picked up when the book was about to end. However, it successfully kept me well and thoroughly puzzled that I was asking myself which piece fits what. Karina’s writing was truly passionate that you’d feel her love for writing these kind of stories. She was in her element and it showed stunningly.

Overall, Black Hearts is deliciously sinful and hot as hell dark romance with a storyline that is going to mindfuck you–hard. You’ve been warned.

Now can it please be March 17 now???

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