Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!- Cartel (Cartel #1) by Lili St. Germain

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Title:  Cartel (Cartel #1)  
Author:  Lili St. Germain 
Publication Date:  January 27th 2015 by HarperCollins

Plot:  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...

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ! ☆

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I guess I had too many high expectations when it came to Cartel. I’m not prepping you readers into thinking it’s a bad read because it’s not, I just thought it would have a much edgier, grittier, and darker feeling much like Gypsy Brother’s series. It was more of a sugared- down version-prequel, I guess you could say.

Over all, I did like this first installment of the Cartel series. While I do not forgive Dornan or reprieve of what he did in his GB’s days, this novel did portray him in a different light.

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I’m not saying that Dornan was once a good guy, because deep down he was always vindictive and corrupt on the inside. But, it was one hell of a ride watching his character unfold into what he becomes!!

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As for Marianna, well, hmmm. She was an admirable character, I’ll admit. She had fire, tenacity, and man uped (or “woman uped”) to what was at fault. But as a whole, she kind of puzzled and exasperated me at times.

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So, my verdict? A good start!! I didn’t want to like Dornan after all of the inexcusable things he’s done in GB, but, as a reader I could see the beginning of the road on why his story turned out to be the way it did. Definitely one of the best anti-hero’s turned villains EVER!! Can’t wait for Kingpin!!


My Rating:


‘This isn’t a fairytale,’ Dornan said wryly, as he watched her bring the soup-soaked bread to her mouth.
She paused with the bread in her hand, looking around the room in mock surprise. ‘You mean, we’re not Beauty and the fucking Beast?’
He laughed.
‘Well, you’re certainly beautiful,’ he said.
‘And you’re definitely a beast,’ she countered, pushing her empty bowl away and resting back on the bed.
‘But there’s no happy ever after for you,’ Dornan added, his eyes trailing over the chains to reach the cuffs that were now permanent bracelets on her wrists.
‘No,’ she said evenly, matching his intense gaze. ‘Not for any of us. Not in this world.’

 Additional Books including these characters 

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Gypsy Brothers Series by Lili Saint Germain
Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers, Book One) FREE

Six Brothers (Gypsy Brother, Book Two) ONLY $0.99

Five Miles (Gypsy Brothers, Book Three) ONLY $0.99

 Four Score (Gypsy Brothers, Four) ONLY $0.99

Three Years (Gypsy Brothers, Book Five) ONLY $0.99

Two Roads (Gypsy Brothers, Book Six) ONLY $0.99

One Love (Gypsy Brothers, Book Seven)

View an amazing fan made trailer here:

The Cartel Trilogy Reading Order
Cartel #1
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Kingpin #2 (June 1st)
Empire #3 (October 1st)
 About the Author 

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Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. 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.

Author's Links:
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Want more Cartel?  Read Chapter One HERE:

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