Review: Dirty Promises by Karina Halle

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in book review / 18 comments

Review: Dirty Promises by Karina HalleDirty Promises by Karina Halle
Series: Dirty Angels #3
Publisher: Self-Published on September 15, 2015
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Dark, Erotica
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars
Heat: four-half-flames

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.

I've been a bad bird. This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years old due to its use of sexual content, substance use, and/or violence. Come be a bad bird with me!

At A Glance

Jeeze, that was brutal, but good.

The Good

Damn, I am still messed up by this book, almost a week later. If I was going to sum up this book in two words, they would be Fucked Up. It has been a long time coming for Javier to get his ending. He’s an asshole, no doubt about it. He has his moments, I will admit, but in the end he is selfish and evil. But he’s Javier and we expect it. Luisa makes him less evil though.

Javier is falling apart after his sister’s death. He may be the top drug lord but his grasp on that is slipping, along with his marriage to Luisa. Javier finds other things to occupy his mind…mean, bad things. Things that only push Luisa farther away and into the hands of Esteban, Javier’s right hand man. As you can guess, shit goes even further downhill from there. I can’t say anything else because so much happens and it all would ruin the surprise. But I can say there was a lot of betrayal and a lot of torture.

Halle does not hold back. When she goes full force, it’s bloody and scary. I don’t know how anyone could get over what these characters go through. Even though it was rough I did like how everything turned out. It wasn’t perfect and the characters are extremely flawed but I was interested the whole time.

The Bad

Double fucking standards. How dare Javier be mad at Luisa for doing something he did first, multiple times. That pissed me off to no end. Plus, how can Luisa be so stupid? Annoying!

The Snuggly

The sex is all over the place. hot sex, brutal sex, angry sex, rape sex, just plain rape. It left me reeling, and a little sick. Read at your own risk.

Final Thoughts

A must read, but only for people who have read the first two books and don’t mind a very, very dark story. The Dirty Angels series won’t be for everyone but for the people who can handle it, your mind will be blown. Highly recommended.


“An anti-hero was still a hero in the end, but I would never be more than a villain.”

“I didn’t think I had it in me anymore. To feel. To bleed. More than that, I deserved this hurt. I knew I did. But it didn’t change a thing. It didn’t stop my heart from plummeting to its death.”

“When Javier was cruel he was brutal, but when he was tender, it was almost more disarming.”

“I hated her, yet I still loved her. And if I dwelled on it anymore, it was going to tear me apart. But maybe I needed to be torn apart, just for a minute, because I deserved shit just as much as she did.”

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18 Responses to “Review: Dirty Promises by Karina Halle”

  1. Braine

    Rape sex? LOL

    Okay not funny, but thanks for the warning. It fits the premise though, this series is perfectly unpretty it seems

  2. Nathan

    Immoral charterers? I think I could take a small sample of a book like this series but now a whole book worth. I need my charterers to have a moral compass, even if violence, other bad things happened to the MC. The MC doing violence, possibly rape, torture…
    Does Javier do all that?

  3. Olivia Roach

    Wow… this book sounds a little intense for me at the moment. I don’t think I need anything this dark at the moment… And it seems really hardcore. Wow. Thanks for the warning though, and glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Kristin

    This definitely sounds like an intense and dark read. I don’t know if I can get on board with rape. It’s a hard subject to read about, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that your review has me intrigued by the series and author. I will have to look up the first book.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I know, it was really hard for me to read in some parts too, so I understand.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I totally understand. even though I liked them, they were hard to read.

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