Review: Black Hearts by Karina Halle

Title: Black Hearts
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Sins Duet
POV: Shifting

Violet McQueen had a comfortable life. As a photography student, her passion was to see things from a different perspective, but when it came to her own family, it wasn’t as easy. Finding out she had been living in a lie was a hard blow to her, but someone new in her life could help her forget and move on.

Vicente Bernal grew up surrounded by power and violence. As the son of one of the most respected and feared Cartel boss, he was groomed to take over the reign, but he rather carve his own path. Finding his father’s secret past became his motivation for the future he envisioned. However with the history between their families, it could either make them stronger or completely break them apart.

Javier Bernal has been my top BBF since I first read The Artists Trilogy, so anything that came after, I would be excited and scared. And now with his son getting the spotlight, it got me curious.

I had always thought that having power meant having freedom, but I’m not sure if that’s true.

Being his father’s son, Vicente had the characteristics of what made Javi such a great character. He had the sexiness, the charm and the manipulative behavior – albeit only to a certain degree. But he also had something else that set them apart, which still to be proven as strength or a weakness.

She’s fragile but not weak, too much a part of the world and too much removed from it. A contradiction.

I find Violet to be annoying at times. She was ruled by her emotions and often acted irrationally/recklessly. However, she had something within and it would be interesting to see how she’ll explore that next.

I won’t say much about the story but it seems to be quite open and could go to either directions. On the surface, it looks like it’s going to the direction I’d be happy with. I want to be surprised but without it making me unsatisfied lol!

The funny thing about hurting someone that’s hurt you is that it never feels as good as you think it will. Because the only ones who can hurt you are those you love, and they in turn are the only ones you can hurt.

Black Hearts is a story of ambition and aspiration between a couple and their rivaling families. This is the first book in the duet and I’m looking forward to see how it will end next.


This review is also available on Goodreads.


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