For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.
What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?
Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.
But it’s a love with tragic consequences.
Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.
Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.
And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.
NOTE: Black Hearts is book one of the Sins Duet, with the sequel, Dirty Souls, releasing in March 2017. These books can be read as a standalone – though they are a spinoff of the Sins & Needles and Dirty Angels trilogies, Black Hearts & Dirty Souls are set 20 years in the future and follow new characters. You do NOT need to read TAT or DA to enjoy or understand this duet
*Please note, you do NOT have to read The Artists Trilogy or Dirty Angels to enjoy this book.*
Sins and Needles is the book that started my obsession with Karina Halle. When she announced plans for a spinoff duet featuring the son of my favorite villain and the daughter of one of my favorite couples, to say I was excited is an understatement. I was completely immersed from the beginning and devoured this book in a matter of hours. I missed this dark and gritty world of cartels and con artists, and while twenty years have passed, some things never change.
Love gets you killed.
From the first moments, I found myself constantly questioning everyones’ actions and motives. Javier is back and devious as ever. Vicente Bernal is Javier’s son, but it is obvious from the beginning, that he is not his father. He is a complicated man whose life has been shaped by death and violence, but there are little rays of light that shine in him from time to time. I loved being inside his head and found his inner dialogue and thoughts fascinating.
I don’t think she suspects a thing. And now I suspect everything.
Violet seems to be questioning everything in her life and my heart ached for her. I was thrilled to see Ellie and Cameron but was sad at the current state of their family. It became the perfect storm for Vicente to make a move. Violet and Vicente have an instant connection and their chemistry is steamy and intense. On the surface, Vicente is monster but he has these moments with Violet that made me question how dark he really is. In fact, the entire book made question my own morals, and it’s one of the things Halle does to perfection.
I cannot wait for Dirty Souls to see what awaits Violet and Vicente. Things will doubt be dirty. I have a few theories, but learned long ago to never predict what will happen in this dark and twisted world. I just enjoy wild ride!
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