❝ I love her with my dark and dangerous heart. I love her with my wicked and dirty soul.❞
Synopsis via Goodreads: Violet McQueen has always been a sensitive soul. Troubled and misunderstood, she never realized her place in the world, nor her true potential…until she met Vicente Bernal.
From birth, Vicente Bernal has always known his place in the world – he’s been groomed to be a ruthless king. Yet for a man whose soul has become morally bankrupt, it’s only through Violet he’s realizing the worth of someone’s heart.
But at what cost?
With a deadly game set in motion taking them from the stark deserts of California to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Violet and Vicente’s forbidden relationship will be put to the test. Boundaries will be pushed, lines will be crossed and souls will get very, very dirty.
Because how do you choose between blood and love when both might get you killed?
Black Hearts ended with one hell of a cliffhanger and I was excited to get my hands on Dirty Souls to see how Vincente and Violet’s story end. I had my expectations set high, hoping that the sequel would answer all my questions and that it would also be just as dark and sexy as the previous installment. Unfortunately, I think I may have set my expectations a bit too high when it came to this sequel.
Dirty Souls picks up right where Black Hearts left off as Violet runs off with Vincente in order to find out more about her parents past and who they really are. But Vincente’s father, Javier, has other plans for the couple as he tracks them and eventually brings them back to Mexico where he plans to finally get the revenge he’s been waiting for. Will Violet and Vincente make it out of Mexico alive, or will a father’s need for revenge be the end of them both?
SECOND BOOK SYNDROME STRIKES AGAIN!
I still remember the high I felt after finishing Black Hearts and I longed for that same rush of emotions when I dived into Dirty Souls, but either the supply ran out or this was just a bad batch because Dirty Souls left me feeling underwhelmed. First, let’s talk about what I liked. Dirty Souls started off on a great note with lots of suspense that had me guessing to see which one of these characters were going to end up dead. Karina Halle turned things up a notch as Dirty Souls was a lot darker and more graphic than the previous book. There were some moments that made me cringe so hard, but I could not stop reading. The writing was definitely up to par and exactly what I was looking for when it comes to the darker romances
But the ultimate let down for me were THE CHARACTERS! Black Hearts was told from the POVs of Violet and Vincente, with inserts here and there of Ellie and Javier’s POV, and I didn’t mind this in the first installment, but it became an issue for me in the sequel. When it came to Dirty Souls, Violet and Vincente were no longer the main focus and instead the story becomes about Javier finally getting his revenge on Ellie. There was just too much of Javier and Ellie and just wasn’t feeling them. I hated Javier with a passion and was hoping that he would be the one who ended up dead. I still loved Violet and Vincente in this installment as much as I did in the previous one and just wished we had focused more on these two characters (and maybe even a bit more on their romance) because this should’ve been their story!
Dirty Souls left me feeling unsatisfied and slightly pissed off. The Sins Duet is still a good series if you’re in the mood for a darker read, but it may disappoint those who are looking for something with a bit more romance.