Are you ready for Mariana’s story in this heart-wrenching NEW series!?
Author: Lili St. Germain
Series: Cartel #1
Genre: Biker Erotica
Release Date: 27th January 2015
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...
“Of All the things in life, love is the most confusing. The most all-consuming. The reason we breathe, the light in our darkness”
I’m not going to go into the story, but I will say it’s intense, raw, gritty, and violent with a dark and suspense aspect. It’s about loss, love, heartache, revenge, fear, hope, secrets and survival, and with the drugs and sex trafficking all thrown in for good measure. So its safe to say was an intensely captivating read.
“They say every girl want to marry her father, but I wanted mind to vanish”
I love Mariana, and my heart went out to her, her story was filled with sadness, she tries to be strong, she is feisty at times, says what she thinks, regardless of the consequences but underneath there is such as vulnerability about her. I could feel her desperation as she attempts to come to terms with the reality of her devastating the situation. I think knowing what I know, and about how it all ultimately for her made it more heartbreaking.
“I had never felt so alone in my life, and shit was going to get a whole lot worse before it got any better”
When it came to the crazy sick psychopath monster sorry, I mean Dornan. I liked that his point of view was in third person, as I so didn’t want to be inside his head. Lili doesn't take us for fools she knows we won't fall in love with him, after all that we now know about him, so she hasn't even tried to make us.
“He was a bad motherfucker, as bad as they come, he was merciless…. There was something about Dornan, something different I was afraid if him but not in the same way”
What she does do is makes us see a different side to him; make us understand where he came from. Learn about his life, with the Gypsy Brother, the Cartel, his relationship with his psychopath father and also John (Jules dad). There were times that I felt sorry for him, and I did get to see that softer side of him, so although I’m never going to like or love Dornan I may understand a little more.
“The darkness that flowed through his veins disgusted him, but trying to resist it had only ever made things worse. When tried to control the darkness inside him it didn’t abate, but stored up in increments, until it inevitably bubbled up like poison rendering his violence uncontrollable”
However, when I think about what he did in the end what he did to Jules, the words “Fuck You Dornan! Always came to mind.
Mariana and Dornan's relationship was an interesting and intense one, which left me with mixed feelings as it was developing. I kept thinking this is not right, but yet I could understand Mariana's feelings and Dornan also in someways. It was one of necessity, love, hate, pain and passion.
“Something burned between us, something powerful. Something that frighten me, because I liked it I liked him. And I didn’t want to”
“It was a dangerous proposition, to be falling in love with a woman who is owned by the Cartel”
For anyone who doesn't want to read it because of a hate for Dornan, I would say fine, don't read it for him read it for Mariana. As it’s her story, and that is what without a doubt is what pull me from the start. I was doubtful as to if I would like Cartel, and I can honestly say I did. Lili St. Germain has hooked me again with her amazing storytelling and writing. I loved intensely, and the emotions I felt while reading this one, and that shows in the many quotes highlights. As the story is far from over, I’m sure there is a lot more to come, plenty of twists and turn, and so much more to learn. Therefore it’s safe to say I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Kingpin.
She paused with the bread in her hand, looking around the room in mock surprise. ‘You mean, we’re not Beauty and the fucking Beast?’
‘Well, you’re certainly beautiful,’ he said.
‘And you’re definitely a beast,’ she countered, pushing her empty bowl away and resting back on the bed.
‘But there’s no happy ever after for you,’ Dornan added, his eyes trailing over the chains to reach the cuffs that were now permanent bracelets on her wrists.
‘No,’ she said evenly, matching his intense gaze. ‘Not for any of us. Not in this world.’
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Six Brothers (Gypsy Brother, Book Two)
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Five Miles (Gypsy Brothers, Book Three)
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Four Score (Gypsy Brothers, Four)
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Three Years (Gypsy Brothers, Book Five)
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Two Roads (Gypsy Brothers, Book Six)
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One Love (Gypsy Brothers, Book Seven)
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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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My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.
Including my innocence.
When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.
Before my father died, Dornan and his sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.
I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I'm out for revenge.
But I didn't expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.
I didn't expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.
Now, I'm faced with an impossible choice - Jase, or avenging my fathers death?
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Dornan pulls me from the shower, wraps me in a towel and walks me to his bed, where he sits me down.
“Do you understand how much I care about you now?” Dornan asks with a throat full of gravel. His hands are all over me, feverish, and I don’t fight back when he presses me down onto the bed and unbuckles his belt.
I just lay there, in shock, his lips at my throat and his hands roving every inch of my shell-shocked body.
“Do you know why I did that?” he breathes in my ear as he grips my hips and slides inside me.
My breath hitches in my throat as he begins to thrust into me, and I feel a single tear roll down the side of my face.
“Because I’m yours,” I whisper into the darkness.
I have lied.
I have cheated.
I have given my body and my life to the man who destroyed my family and left me for dead.
I have killed, I have sinned, and worst of all, I have enjoyed the misery of others.
I have licked the salty tears of a father mourning his firstborn son, and nothing has ever tasted so sweet.
I have died, and I have been resurrected, a phoenix from the ashes.
I know I’m going to hell. I’ll burn in the fiery pits alongside Dornan and his sons for the things I’ve done, and for the things I’m about to do.
But I don’t care. It will be worth every lick of the devil's flames on my guilty flesh to destroy Dornan Ross.
One down. Six to go.
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My father taught me the importance of an eye for an eye—a cardinal rule, ingrained in every club member.
A life for a life.
Seven lives in payment for an unimaginable list of sins.
People might wonder why I’m doing this. If this vengeance is borne from some noble cause, that I’m trying to prevent others from suffering at the hands of Dornan Ross and his sons.
But I’m no vigilante.
I’m doing it for me. I’m doing it because I want to. Because the look on Maxi and Chad’s faces when I killed them was a balm to my soul.
This is the fate they have earned. The penance for their crimes.
Two down, five to go.
Time to send some of these brothers off with a bang.
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Love and hate aren’t all that different.
Two sides of the same coin, the yin and the yang.
Once upon a time, Jason Ross loved me. And now that he's in danger of figuring out what I've done, I see the love and the hate warring within him.
I see the way he looks at me.
The way he wonders how I could do the things I’ve done.
I hear it in the way he begs me to stop, to leave his father and this life and never look back.
But there’s only one way I’m leaving LA.
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Every day for six years, I used to pray that I would find my way back to the boy I loved.
Until finally, one day, I did.
But that’s the funny thing about life. Nothing good ever lasts, not for me, anyway. You think you’re the one with the power, at least I did, but then I got careless. One tiny mistake, and now I am powerless to stop what comes next.
People think money equals power, but all the money in my bank account, the dirty notes laundered clean that my father left for me, are useless.
Money does not equal power. Power is held by the one with the knife in his hand, tracing shallow cuts into your skin.
Power is held by the one who owns you.
I had power once.
Now, I have nothing.
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