✭Book Review✭ Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle
“He’s fearless and ruthless. Soulless.”
I live and breathe Karina Halle books. I never even bother to read the synopses anymore because her writing triggers instant gratification straight away. however, I’m sad to say I felt a bit let down with this book.
The first half of this book was a just a tad too slow. I struggled from the get go with the validity of Derek’s emotions. He started of as this emotionless, yet highly-skilled mercenary and with one look at Alana, transformed into the complete opposite. It was so far-fetched for him to switch his emotions on and suddenly feel so strongly for this stranger. Perhaps that part was catering to the likes of “love at first sight” enthusiasts? I would have liked to have seen more of a struggle and inner turmoil on Derek’s behalf or at least some sort of major trigger to offset his newfound protectiveness towards Alana. I would have liked that struggle to be drawn out more.
Individually, I thought the main characters were decent, but the fiery chemistry I was hoping for was seriously lacking. I think a lot of that stemmed from the abrupt change from Derek at the start of the novel. I really wasn’t even betting on them living happily ever after. Which I was okay with. Their romance
After finding a semblance of like towards Javier Bernal in the previous book, I went back to hating him in this book. Which tends to happen when talking about this particular drug lord. Yet, in this case it was due to his character being so bland and superficial.
There was this ominous build up as to who had set this grand scheme up and hired to Derek to kill Alana. As the reveal got closer, I had a feeling as to who it was and when I was proven right, I had neither a shocking or disappointed reaction. It was what it was. End of story.
Speaking of the end of the story… What!? I’m obviously not about to give away the finale of the book, but I will say it left me unsettled despite the HEA.
It took a while for the story to pick up in chemistry and plot, but it eventually got there. I started flipping pages a lot faster about halfway through.
Overall, I did like the book, it just didn’t meet my usual Karina Halle expectations. Fair warning, this story is pretty tame in both sexual content and violence. It is not a dark story. If you’re wanting to read this, don’t go in expecting an intensely
dark—and at times disturbing—like the first book in the trilogy. Instead dive in thinking this is simply a romantic suspense.