Mar 11, 2016

Cartel by Lili St. Germain Review

Cartel #1
By: Lili St. Germain
Releasing January 27, 2015
Harper 360

The first full length Gypsy Brothers novel from the smash hit author Lili St. Germain.

How much is a life worth?

I grew up in Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy drug lord. I lived a life of extravagance, until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around us.

I was given away. A payment for a debt. The Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club became my new owners, and I did everything I could to survive.

But falling in love with the man who owned me wasn't part of the plan...

So I felt like reading something different, something that I was unlikely to normally read…so I went dark suspense! Something that I hadn't read before and I managed to find that in Cartel by Lili St.Germain, so let me tell you about it.

 Mariana (Ana) is the daughter of a drug lord; but Marco (Ana's Father) is very stupid, drunk and abusive drug lord. But this time he has screwed up beyond measure by allowing half a million dollars in drugs to be seized by the DEA and now he must pay! And the person that will make that happen is Emilio; the head of the cartel and a ruthless man who plans to kill all of Ana's family revenge for Marco's mistake and as a show of strength. But Ana talks him into taking her instead and leaving her family alive. 

Now Ana enters a world test, pain and blood at the hands of Emilio and Murphy the dirty Air Marshal that is on Emilio's payroll. When Ana thinks it can't get any worse, the Gypsy Motor cycle club buys her and now she belongs to them and you are left wondering if Ana will survive!

 As I said before dark suspense is not a normal sub-genre for me but the blurb on this story drew me in, even before I found out that it was a trilogy. I will honestly say that the story doesn't feel incomplete and there is no cliffhanger, it honestly just feels like you are just taking a breath…if that makes sense?!
The plot and writing was smooth, gripping and compelling! There were no sweet, loving moments in this book! It’s hot, dirty and bloody. With threats of rape and murder this book is truly not for the faint of heart and when it comes to the characters! There are no lovable characters here, not even when it comes to Ana! She is a hard and sarcastic women, who was made like that by the life and the losses that she was forced to have.

I give Cartel 5 stars and I can't wait to read book two in this trilogy!

Lili writes dark, disturbing romance. Her #1 bestselling Gypsy Brothers series was created in a serial format – quick, intense episodes released frequently with some wicked cliffhangers. The Gypsy Brothers series focuses on a morally bankrupt biker gang and the girl who seeks her vengeance upon them. The Cartel series is a prequel trilogy of full-length novels that explores the beginnings of the club, to be released in 2015 by HarperCollins.

Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.

She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

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