Book Review: Dirty Souls by Karina Halle


Title: Dirty Souls (Sins Duet #2)
Author: Karina Halle @MetalBlonde
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 stars

From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes DIRTY SOULS the much-anticipated, nail-biting conclusion to Black Hearts…

Violet McQueen has always been a sensitive soul. Troubled and misunderstood, she never realized her place in the world, nor her true potential…until she met Vicente Bernal.

From birth, Vicente Bernal has always known his place in the world – he’s been groomed to be a ruthless king. Yet for a man whose soul has become morally bankrupt, it’s only through Violet he’s realizing the worth of someone’s heart.

But at what cost?

With a deadly game set in motion taking them from the stark deserts of California to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Violet and Vicente’s forbidden relationship will be put to the test. Boundaries will be pushed, lines will be crossed and souls will get very, very dirty.

Because how do you choose between blood and love when both might get you killed?

Warning: To avoid spoilers, do not read this review if you have not read book one, Black Hearts.

If you read my review for book one, you know that I had mixed feelings on it.  But I’ll skip to the good part and that was the last half of that book – which had my super excited for this release.  And I will tell you . . . this book DID NOT disappoint.  Everything I was looking for in this duet, everything I felt while reading the Artist Trilogy, came back full force.

Make no mistake, this is a high energy, action packed ride.  Like the first installment, it is told from two POVs, Violet and Vicente, with third person accounts for Ellie and Javier – because this story is just about them, as it is about their children.  And as I mentioned in my other review, you don’t need to have read the Artist Trilogy (or the Dirty Angels series) to follow along here, but there are certainly spoilers for that series if you haven’t read it.  On top of that, it is an amazing series, which I’d highly recommend.

Anywho, back to this story.

This second half of the duet picks up with some serious deception.  I really had no idea what Vicente’s plan was, and at times, I’m not sure he was sure either.  What you do know if that some of his decisions are going to catch up with him.  Initially, this book was about discovery.  Finally Violet was getting some answers about her family, how left her in the dark for far too long.  But as the saying goes, sometimes it’s not good to poke the bear, because they awaken a beast you can’t run from.

Like the Artist Trilogy, I loved the pace in this story.  Something big seemed to happen in every chapter, keeping my heart rate high.  Just what I wanted.  That anxious feeling is kicked up a notch when Javier enters the picture.

“I love you with every inch of my black heart and dirty soul and I will do everything I can to keep you.”

This guy!
Always planning.  Always seeking power and revenge.
While I love a good anti-hero, there are moments in this book when I think he took things too far.
And he pays for it.

Javier was determined to teach his son about loss, but he thought he had control over his son.  He thought of his son as weak.  Although Vicente does make some mistakes along the way that do cause harm, particularly to Violet, I think Javier underestimated his passion and pushed him too hard.  So I don’t spoil anything, I’ll leave it at that.

I will be ruthless.
I will be relentless.
Until she is free.

I thought this duet did a great job of merging storylines and answering some questions about the past.  This isn’t a series with unicorns and rainbows.  It is dark, dirty and ruthless until the bitter end, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I found something inside you I never thought I could find anywhere.”
I take in a deep breath and lick my lips. “And what is that?”

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Book one, Black Hearts: Amazon US –  Amazon UK
Book 2, Dirty Souls: Amazon USAmazon UK <= 99 cents with pre-order, releases March 20th

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