Dirty Angels - Karina Halle

Dirty Angels

By Karina Halle

  • Release Date: 2014-06-15
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 33 Ratings


From the USA Today Bestselling author of Love, in English and The Artists Trilogy, comes a dark romance about a good girl and a very, very bad man. It’s a deliciously twisted take on forbidden love, set among the drug cartels of hot, steamy Mexico and is not for the faint of heart. It contains triggers for some people, including those sensitive to explicit sex, violence, abuse, rape, drug use, torture, and bad language.

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.

That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.

Unless she ruins him first.

Some men were born to create empires, some women were meant to be queen.

**Dirty Angels is the first standalone novel in the Dirty Angels Trilogy, in which all books feature or involve different characters. The character of Javier Bernal is from The Artists Trilogy, and while reading TAT is recommended if you want additional insight into this twisted character, it is not required.**


  • An in depth look inside the mind of a monster.

    By Annmric8
    Female character: trapped as a slave wife to drug cartel lord. She is Courageous, brave, and feisty. She is stubborn and out spoken and defiant. She Makes sacrifices for her family at the expense of her own happiness. Javier Kidnapped her to seek revenge against Salvador's cartel. She has Suffered pain, torture, rape, and abuse. She is valuable. Her beauty is her curse. Luisa is just a piece of property used by the cartel. She is an object and not treated as a human being. She is determined to not be broken by Javier. She is selfless. Storyline:two men pining for Luisa's attention. Salvador marries her but she escapes only to be caught by another who wants her more. Luisa trades her life of prison for another life of prison. While she thought she was not happy being poor and taking care of her parents she certainly did not expect to be this unhappy with Salvador. She thought money and power could bring her happiness. Be careful what you wish for because the grass is not always greener on the other side. The story is told from Luisa's POV and Javier's POV. Salvador is a drug lord with power, but blinded by his lust for Luisa. There is always someone more powerful than the other who can take what is yours. Javier is another drug lord who wants dictatorship over Mexico. Javier already killed one drug lord and is going to break Salvador by damaging his Luisa. He is a ruthless man. He is a pig. He uses women. He has no respect for human beings. Javier is feeling flustered. He is a compassionate man. He is a fair man. He is a monster. He is confident. He is conflicted and torn about the torture he is supposed to inflict upon Luisa. He does not want her face or even her body beaten. He only wants to deface her back with his name engraved in her skin to humiliate Salvador. He is cunning, manipulative, and prideful. He is intelligent. He has charm and good looks. Luisa is his weakness. Yet, he is a coward. A man willing to sacrifice a life he worked hard to achieve for a woman he is in love with.