Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Cartel by Lili Saint Germain

~ Synopsis~ 

How much is a life worth?

Mariana Rodriguez is the eldest daughter of a Colombian drug lord. Growing up in Villanueva, Colombia, she has never wanted for anything. Private schools, a lavish lifestyle, and the safety of the Cartel that her father works for.
At nineteen, she's got her entire life mapped out, and what a good life it's going to be: graduate from college, move to America, and finally be free from the stifling grip of the Cartel.

Only, her father messes up. A shipment of cocaine - a very large, very valuable shipment - is seized by the authorities whilst under his care and he becomes liable for the debt. Half a million dollars worth of cocaine.
Half a million dollars he does not have.

But he has a daughter, a very smart one, a daughter who would give up her very existence and offer herself as payment for her father's sins, to ensure her family survives.

But falling in love with the man who owned her wasn't part of the plan ...

Are you ready for Mariana's story in this heart-wrenching NEW series!?
RELEASE DATE:  January 27th

Read Chapter One HERE

~ Review ~
4 Stars 

I'm going to start off saying that this book wasn't really what I was thinking.  Though I'm not sure how any positive could come out of this book with Dornan being the main character.  I hated him in the Gypsy Brothers books.  But I wanted to read this book and see what it was going to be about and what would happen.

I have to say I really respected Mariana.  Not may people male or female would do what she did to save their family.  She stood up for what she believed and offered herself for her families lives.  But once she is taken she is really wishy washy.  Maybe that is normal.  I've haven't ever experienced what she is going through.  She starts out strong and giving lip to her kidnapper, but she learns really quick that if she continues her sacrifice will all be for nothing.  She never expected Dornan to come storming into her life.  Is he trying to save her?  Or make her feel safe so he can destroy her?   But is there hope for her?  Can she be saved?

Dornan is suppose to be this big, bad, scary man that is evil.  I see it in some places, but he has a soft side.  There is something in him that is save able, but will he be saved or is he damned?  Will he save Mariana?  Or will he lead her to the slaughter house?

I really had a hard time getting into this book.  I'm not sure if reading Gypsy Brothers first tainted me to liking Dornan or not.  Though Dornan is different in this book.  We are beginning to see what caused Dornan to turn dark.  I would recommend everyone read this book and make their own opinions!!

~ Excerpt ~

‘You do this a lot?’ I asked abruptly.
He took a step closer. I took a step back. It was timed so well, it was almost as if we were dancing some sort of macabre waltz.
He laughed when we moved in unison.
‘Depends,’ he replied, ‘on what this is.’
 ‘Pick up pretty girls for your daddy?’ I shot back.
Something passed over his face for a moment and settled in his eyes. Something hard. And then, I blinked, and it was gone again.
‘Sure,’ he said, and his voice had changed somehow. Become more reserved, more guarded. Damn. The only person who’d shown me the tiniest bit of normality, and I had just alienated him. As usual, I was running off at the mouth before I thought about what I was actually saying.

‘None as pretty as you, though,’ he added.

The Cartel Trilogy Reading Order
Cartel #1

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Kingpin #2 (June 1st)

Empire #3 (October 1st)

Additional Books including these characters

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)

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~ Author Bio ~

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.
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