February 27, 2017

Black Hearts by Karina Halle *REVIEW*

Black Hearts (Sins Duet Book 1)

by Karina Halle

Release Date: February 18, 2017

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Dark, devious and deliciously dirty. Vicente Bernal is not your typical hero. And he never expected to fall in love…
From a New York Times bestselling author comes a BRAND NEW darkly romantic suspense that will get your pulse racing, your thighs clenching and the pages turning.

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

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.
NOTE: The conclusion of the SINS DUET, DIRTY SOULS, releases March 17, 2017.


To Me a snowflake is precious and beautiful. Not fragile, not weak. You have enough of them you create an avalanche.

I wasn’t expecting the political tone with this read.

I haven’t yet read the books leading up to this one (though Black Hearts can be read as a standalone) so I’m not sure if the prequels have the same underlying political theme. This book takes place in the “not so distant future”. A world where future battles have been fought and the divide in our country is stronger than ever. (At least that’s the feeling I got. I could be way off…)


Whatever the case may be, I did enjoy the little political references in this read. It made it feel like I was reading something deeper than just a steamy romance novel…though there is SO MUCH steam in this one y’all!

Our heroine is a 20 year old photography student. She’s “hyper sensitive” and has just found out that her parents have been lying to her for her entire life about their past. That would be hard for anyone to deal with but it’s especially difficult for our beautiful snowflake, Violet.

Enter Vicente Bernal.

Okay. I need to pause here.

I’m going to confess that I spent the ENTIRE book battling in my head on how to pronounce Vicente. That isn’t the authors fault, but it did pull me out of the story many times. I’ve finished the book and I’m STILL fighting with myself on the pronunciation.

So, Vicente enters the picture none the less. Haha!

He’s dark, exotic, and sexy. He’s also the son of a drug lord so… that’s fun…


Vicente and Violet get down and dirty pretty quickly. And when I say dirty, I mean diiiirty. The love scenes in this book are crazy hot. They have a slight BDSM feel without being totally over the top.

I feel like this is a good book. There are a few things that kept it being an “omgee #MUSTREAD” for me though.

Although the author does a great job and feeding us the backstory, I found myself going back and forth in my head trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. That is usually a good thing when reading suspense, but when you factor in that I was already battling in my head on how to pronounce the book boyfriend’s name, it became a bit too much for me.

I’m looking forward to reading the second book of this duet though. I’m pretty sure that when all the pieces are put together and I can see the whole story I’ll be able to enjoy it a lot more.

I give Black Hearts 3.5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars.

The second book, Dirty Souls, will release on March 17, 2017.





*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.


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