Review: Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle

Posted August 15th, 2016 in book review / 11 comments

Review: Dirty Deeds by Karina HalleDirty Deeds by Karina Halle
Series: Dirty Angels #2
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books on February 16, 2015
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Adult
Pages: 269
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars
Heat: three-half-flames

“He’s fearless and ruthless. Soulless.”

As a flight attendant, Alana Bernal has had her share of suitors. She's also had more than her fair share of tragedy within her messed-up family. But what she hasn't had is love. Real, rip-your-heart-out, tear-your-clothes-off, all-consuming love.

At least that was the case until she met an American tourist, Derek Conway, a ripped ex-soldier with steely eyes and a commanding presence.

What started as a chance encounter between the two in Puerto Vallarta, a weekend full of hot sex and mindless passion, has led to something more.

Something deadly.

Because Derek isn't the type of man to fall in love. He's not a man who sticks around.

And he's definitely not in Mexico on vacation.

Derek is a mercenary, a killer-for-hire, a man who does the ugly jobs for the highest bidder.

Unfortunately for Alana and Derek, the highest bidder has the power to destroy whatever worlds they have created for themselves.

The highest bidder can destroy everything.

*This is a romantic suspense book, #2 in the Dirty Angels trilogy but can be read as a standalone novel*

At A Glance

A good romantic suspense.

The Good

Obviously the premise is awesome. Derek is hired to assassinate Alana. But when a car hits her before he can take the shot, his feelings start getting involved and soon he finds himself wanting to save her from the people who hired him.

Alana is Javier’s sister. Yeah, sucks to be her. People are out to kill her because of her association with her drug lord brother. Bound to happen. Luckily Derek, her would-be killer, felt bad for her and decided to grow a heart. I loved Alana. She was so spunky and tenacious. She likes sex and isn’t afraid to ask for it. Besides the stupid decision she makes at the end, she was a solid female lead. She went with the flow instead of screaming and shaking in the corner. A strong girl for a strong guy.

Derek is unemotional and calculated. He has been since The Artists Trilogy. But something about Alana makes him grow a heart, a little too fast but that’s okay. I get so excited when a character has all the right skills to lay the smack down on the bad guys. Derek does everything with precision and efficiency. Even Alana. Bwahaha!

These two are cute together but I was all about the action and suspense. I loved the firefights and constant running and barely surviving. Very exciting. Especially the ending. Wow, how scary. That was the perfect ending though. The only way it could end.

The Bad

Don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be dark or super sexy like Dirty Angels. It’s very toned down in comparison. Plus, Alana and Derek don’t have the same connection like Luisa and Javier. As a standalone book this is a great romantic suspense, but as the second book in an amazing series, I expected more. The slow beginning sucked too but the story picked up.

The Snuggly

We get a few good sex scenes but nothing super erotic or dark like the first book.

Final Thoughts

Though the first book of the series was good, as a standalone Dirty Deeds was a very good book. I can’t wait to read book 3. I know it’s going to be awesome. Highly recommended.


“Maybe money gets you killed in the end.” “No, no,” he said. “Money is what gets other people killed. By you.”  

“So much adrenaline, emotion and futility hung in the air, throttling our bones, stirring our blood, making us starved, wild animals. Death made sex feel much more alive.”

“You need fear to stay sharp. You need fear to keep your wildness in check. But just a little bit. Just enough to feel alive.”  


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11 Responses to “Review: Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle”

  1. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I remember Derek from the other trilogy, but can’t remember many details. Not surprised this is more toned down than Javier’s book, though. I mean, it was Javier. lol

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, all we have to say is Javier and we all know what that means.

  2. Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

    I always have a problem with the second book in a series. It’s rare that I actually follow a series to completion. I don’t know if it is because I expect it to follow the same plot and intensity as the previous book or what but I always tend to find myself losing interest by the third book. Glad to hear that although this slowed down for you and wasn’t as intense as the first, that you are still enjoying it and looking forward to continuing the series. This one definitely sounds like an interesting read.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Definitely a different feel from the first book but still good. I was happy. 🙂

  3. Leona

    I have this book and the first one on my kindle. I hadn’t found any reviews to let me know if either story would be worth reading any time soon and I’m so glad I found this review 🙂

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I would be very interested to see what you think of this series.

  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you liked this one overall, and it’s nice to hear that Alanna is a good heroine (for the most part). Sorry it left you wanting a bit “more” though compared to the first.


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