Cartel (Cartel, #1)
by Lili St. Germain
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...
Kelly - 5 Crowns
"Sensational, shocking, compelling and totally addictive. Cartel really substantiates the Gypsy Brothers MC, and puts it right up there with the best when it comes to dark, brooding and bloody romance." Kelly - Perusing Princesses
I could drown in this series and these characters. I love that I connected with Dornan Ross in this story, while hating it at the same time. How... how did she do it? Lili St. Germain is an evil genius and Cartel, in all its twisted glory, was absolutely sensational! If you enjoyed the Gypsy Brothers MC set of 7 novellas, then you are going to love this! Dornan Ross may be a ruthless cold-blooded killer, but as far as villains go, Daddy Emilio just took the crown.
A part of me doesn’t want to go into a full plot overview, because fans of the Gypsy Brothers MC know of Mariana and her relationship with Dornan Ross, and what was to become of her. That’s why, I think it is so important to go into this book completely blind because you will be absolutely bowed over by the events that unfold, and the connection that Mariana and Dornan start to share. Although... this isn't going to stop me writing my review, because I cannot emphasise enough how damn good this series is! If you don't want to know any more, then stop reading NOW!
I wanted to erase everything I knew about Dornan Ross. He is my ultimate villain. Out of all the books I’ve read, he scares me the most. His actions later on speak of the devil. He is the devil, lets not pussyfoot around it, he is a ruthless, dangerous, scary bastard, but it still doesn’t stop the fact that in this book, you will see another side to him that you would never believe existed.
Cartel tells the story of Mariana, the daughter of an Il Sangue drug runner. When his shipment gets sieged by the American authorities, he not only pulls the wrath of the cartel down on his head, but that of his family.
Emilio Ross is the Cartel king. He is ruthless, unforgiving, and a stone cold-blooded killer. The only thing that speaks his language is money, everything else is secondary.
He has a score to settle, and the unspoken rule of keeping the family ‘untouched,’ is about to be broken when Mariana becomes collateral damage for her Father’s many mistakes.
I read this whole book with my heart in my throat! Some scenes are incredibly tense, and you just want to rescue the sweet girl who loses not only the love of her young life, but her dreams, her freedom, her self-control when she starts to fall for a monster. A dreamy monster, who keeps her safe and out of the clutches of his Father.
That monster is the Vice President of the Gypsy Brothers MC, who are notorious for their business in drugs, prostitution and murder. With the President, John having to deal with a young Daughter and a junkie wife, the club exists day by day due to Dornan's connection to the Il Sangue - their main source of income.
It was so good to meet John, Juliette’s Father, and experience that close brotherly relationship that he and Dornan shared. I guess it is safe to say, Dornan may be the beginning of the end for Mariana, but she really is the death of him.
Sensational, shocking, compelling and totally addictive. Cartel really substantiates the Gypsy Brothers MC, and puts it right up there with the best when it comes to dark, brooding and bloody romance.
You do not need to read the Gypsy Brothers MC series to fully appreciate Cartel, although from a readers perspective I am so pleased I did because it shines a whole new light on the past, which makes for real eye-opening experience.
Can’t wait for King Pin!
Emma - 5 Crowns
This is a prequel to the hugely successful Gypsy Brothers series. To be told over three full length instalments, you do not need to have read the Gypsy Brothers series to enjoy Cartel. Be warned that this book includes violence that some readers may find offensive - I however LOVED it!
Mariana Rodriquez is 19 and living in Villaneueva, Columbia. When she finds herself taken and her beloved boyfriend Este shot dead in front of her, she knows that her fathers shady dealings have finally caught up with them. Marco has long been a minion for the Il Sangue Cartel; a deadly organisation headed up by the abhorrently evil Emilio Ross. To save the lives of her family she offers herself in exchange. Little does she know that she is entering into a deal with the devil incarnate.
Dornan Ross hates his father Emilio but sickly he also craves his approval. VP of the Gypsy Brothers, the club he set up with his best friend John, the ideals they once had for their club have been overtaken by Emilio and the Cartel's dealings in drugs, guns and women. When he is sent to pick up his fathers latest acquisition, he meets a young woman that will have a huge impact on his life. Saving her from a life of prostitution may make him look like a hero but Dornan is far from a white knight. Dornan is a dangerous man keeping his darkness and thirst for violence tightly held down. He has his own reasons for wanting to keep Mariana to himself and he doesn't plan on ever letting her go.
OMFG... What a bloody ride! I was a little apprehensive going in. I have read the Gypsy Brothers series and so I know the destinies of all the main protagonists involved. I wasn't sure how this would effect my experience of this book and in all honesty whether it would make the reading redundant to a degree. I was so wrong. Who knew that the start of the truly fucked up Gypsy Brothers would be so freaking EPIC!!
Anyone that knows the character of Dornan knows that he is a disgusting, despicable and truly evil man. This story takes you back to the beginning and all though he is still a bad man, he certainly wasn't the character I expected. It felt wrong liking him. I felt like one of those women that falls in love with a serial killer; but man it made this book such a riveting read. Emilio, well I only have 2 words... sick fuck!! He is the lowest of the low and ultimately you will be reminded of the saying: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Reading about Mariana was heartbreaking. You feel her loneliness and understand her need for the closeness that only Dornan can provide. They are like 2 star crossed lovers but this story doesn't contain any hearts and flowers. The obsession she develops for Dornan is equally requited and it will tie your stomach up in knots.
This is a brilliant and much needed addition to story of the Gypsy Brothers. A man isn't born evil, what happens to him moulds him into the person he becomes. I look forward to continuing the path with Dornan and Mariana as they go further on their journey into the depths of hell.
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
Ok...This is MindF***ery to its most extreme scale!
What the Hell, Lili??? In the Gypsy Brother series, Dornan Ross is portayed as the DEVIL, there is no one worse than him! How evil are you for making us despise him with all our might? Wanting him to die a thousand torturous deaths, only then you come and write a book that tells his story, one that shows him in a completely different light? Make our cold dead frozen hearts start to melt... just a bit... FOR F***KING DORNAN ROSS!!!!!!!
I have a small list of truly evil authors in this world, the ones that can twist and plot and turn your insides to acid towards characters only then to slam you with a mack truck, making you start to feel warm fuzzy feels for those despicable characters, and yes...Lili St Germain, you just entered that Realm! Congratulations! I sort of hate you a little bit now!
This story is insanely good! I literally feel like someone went in my brain and shifted things around. I feel bad for Dornan but don't get me wrong, he is still NOT a nice man, but holy hell, you seriously want to be on his side...
NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! (falls to floor in mental anguish for feeling this way...)