Review: Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle

Title: Dirty Deeds (Dirty Angels #2)
Author: Karina Halle

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books

Pub Date: February 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...

Passionate ~ Intense ~ Action-packed

I love how Karina Halle writes suspenseful stories. Not only does she have a knack for writing scenes that make you feel like you’re watching a movie, she also sucks you in with the action and danger until your heart races. Dirty Deeds does all of that. 
This is the second book of the Dirty Angels series but can be read as a standalone. It also ties in with The Artists Trilogy (check out my Flashback of that series) but that isn’t required, either. Dirty Deeds centers around a mercenary named Derek and Alana, the sister of a Mexican drug lord (the villain we love to hate and hate to love, Javier Bernal). Together they try to outrun death and lies. 

Here’s where Halle’s amazing suspense-creating skills come into play. There are several intense scenes that will have you on edge. I kept being interrupted during one scene in particular and, needless to say, it was not pretty. With that being said, there were one or two parts where I felt things got a little wordy (monologue-type moments) but they really aren’t anything big. I think they stand out to me because things move so quickly throughout the book and then there are these longer introspective moments that threw me off pace just a little. They aren’t crazy long or even pointless but a speedbump nonetheless. I think that and the occasional missing word is what kept me from rating this 5 stars. 

I loved Derek and Alana separately and definitely together. Their fiery intensity and passion are compelling and their feelings are real and believable (another Halle trait). They are not perfect, especially Derek, but they do the best they can in life and fight even harder. The action is exciting and the passion intense. This was definitely a fun read.

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