Friday, October 28, 2016

Book Blitz: Los Santos Cartel by Melissa Jane (Teasers, Review + Link to Giveaway)

Series: Los Santos Cartel
Never Trust a Saint (Los Santos Cartel #1) - On Sale Now
The Perfect Stranger (Los Santos Cartel #2) - Available Now
Author: Melissa Jane
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Cartel)
A SAINT. A protector from evil. One who without fear will lead you safely through darkness.  LOS SANTOS.  Cold and ruthless. A CARTEL who cares only for revenge and glory.  My name is Nina Cross, and I’m the Los Santos’s newest prey. Determined to prove my partners innocence and avenge his violent death, I stumbled naively into the spider’s web. Tangled with lies and hunted for truth I was shadowed with each step I took. That was until one man, relentless in his touch and his desire threatened to bring me to my knees in ways I both craved and feared. 

Jair Ruiz. Powerful, brooding and confident and not at all who he seems. He has me in his sights and has every intention of toying with his newest target while fighting to keep us both alive. 
When the FBI turns it back on you and Los Santos cartel have already dug your grave, who is there left to trust? Only one man. A saviour. But if I look my saint in the eye and all I see is the devil…do I run?

“I’m not entirely good. I’m not entirely bad. But I’m enough of a little of each to ruin you.” 

"WOW what a drama filled, fast paced , action packed steamy hot read! This book is a big page turner." - The British Book Addict
"I Would Like to give this Book 5+ STARS for the Amazing Character execution and Brilliant Author Writing." - Amazon Customer
"Never Trust A Saint is by far the BEST book I have read this year!" - Amazon Customer
The Devil is like a shadow.
It follows.
It waits.
Gabriel Nicholas Santos. Born with a name belonging to saints, yet evil to the core. When he smiled, people would die. When he lost control, hell would open up its fiery gates. He was nothing more than a malevolent puppet to his elusive uncle.
Together they were LOS SANTOS cartel, rulers of South America’s most feared and powerful drug empire. The price on their heads was high. The price of becoming one of them? Even higher.
Both were my targets who knew the game well. While one kept me close, the other became a myth. But I would wait. I would watch. I would become just like them in order to finish them both.
But it was never going to be that easy. Not now. Not with… her.
Gabriel had his sights fixed on FBI Agent Nina Cross. Strong. Beautiful. And none-the-wiser of those who shadowed her every move. She held the answers he had killed so many for. She was the one thing stopping LOS SANTOS from taking full control.
And I had one job. To both save and destroy Nina Cross. But that was only the beginning.
Only when you cover your enemies with dirt are they truly gone.

“Dam babe another Dam good read. I love this.” - Amazon Customer

Never Trust A Saint (Los Santos Cartel #1) While this book gripped me from the very first page and I was utterly enthralled with it, I realized I kept asking myself the same question over and over. "Why is she (Nina) so stupid?" I mean come on, woman, you get a frantic phone call with your partner giving you the code for Danger! Danger! Get as far away as you can. Followed by you hearing him being murdered and what do you do? You run straight over to his house. Then because you have the intelligence of a gnat you go against your boss and start an investigation into your partner's death even though you've been warned not to. You let a complete stranger who, I might add, is scary as F*ck have sex with you (hopefully, those three orgasms were worth it) while handcuffed to your bed, let's not forget there was no mention of a condom (hope your doc can squeeze you in). Then, yep there's more. Then you go meet a man who is known to have connections with a drug cartel and was suspended from his job because of most likely being dirty. All after various people have given you warnings. Now maybe it's just me, but personally, my butt would have been on the first plane to Alaska without a backward glance. Call me a coward but my idea of fun is not having my face and head blown to smithereens by my own service weapon *bangs head against the table*. Okay, so this book has a lot going on making it a bit complicated (which, honestly, is what made it so exciting). It had lots of suspense and intrigue. There are many different players in the story making you wonder who's good and who's bad. Which side are they on, who can Nina trust? There is not a single character in this book who doesn't make you wonder if they are good or bad. Nina seems to trust everyone without a second thought, even herself. Personally, I felt she was so far out of her depth she needed to stop trusting people (a warning she gets from someone in the very beginning of the story). She also needs to admit to herself she doesn't know what she's doing. Why the heck she would trust Ruiz I have no clue. Ugh, it's disgusting. I hate to say it, but no man, I don't care how sexy or how great his d*ck is would make me trust him with my life in a situation like Nina is in. And then when things go bad she actually acts as if she is surprised that he broke her heart. Geez Louise, Nina! He told you he wasn't a good guy. Alas, it all comes down to being complicated. Nothing is as it seems and if you blink you'll end up missing something. But like an addiction to crack (I'm just guessing, I've never tried crack, I promise) I just couldn't put it down. The writing is so well done, the story thoroughly thought out, the characters well developed and multidimensional, and while I might not be the biggest fan of Nina, I am definitely a fan of Never Trust A Stranger. 4.5 Stars! *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

The Perfect Stranger (Los Santos Cartel #2)

***Graphic, violent and hard to read***
5 Stars! So in book two we get a look at the things we weren't privy to in book one along with a whole slew of new information. And wow, just wow, some of it is really hard to read. The author did not pull any punches with this one. We meet Antonio Suárez, Special Forces as he and his best friend Jace are mid-mission, things not going to plan. Afterward, when his commanding officer orders Antonio and Jace on leave and to turn in their weapons it becomes clear things aren't as the seem. Later Antonio is visited by two men from his father's village and in asking for help they tell Antonio a story. A story of a village in Colombia where they farm Coca plants. And this is a story that had me wanting to cry for the people there. It's sad, it's graphic and horrifying. It doesn't get easier after that. Instead, we see Antonio and Jace infiltrate the Village and learn about Antonio's family and the things he's seen. And from there we see how it all began and eventually will end. This book was so much more intense to read, vivid in detail and so much more personal than book one. This changes everything, the way I saw the events from book one, the way I felt about the characters. While Never Trust A Saint had me wanting to shake sense into Nina, The Perfect Stranger had me going "aha, that's why Antonio did that!" Everything just pulled together so well. I definitely recommend this series. I am now going to be on the lookout for more stories from this author. *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Lover of dark, fast-paced stories with a dash of romance, Melissa Jane’s books are a ruthless combination of dangerous cartel Kingpins and beautiful strong heroines. No one is safe within the pages she writes and the underdog is always favored to win… most times.  
When not writing, Melissa loves relaxing with her family and a good glass of wine.


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