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#BookReview Los Santos Cartel 1 & 2 by Melissa Jane #RomanticSuspense @MJane_Author

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.” 

I've got to say the blurb of this book got my attention and throw in the eye-catching cover and I knew I had to read it.

Nina Cross is an FBI agent who specializes in criminal fraud investigation. One night her partner is gunned down while on the phone to her giving her a warning to run. Well, she doesn't run. She's devastated by his death and feels that the department head isn't doing anything to investigate her partner's death.

In the meantime, she'd met a man at a party who intrigued her. There was an instant sexual connection between them and his 'bad boy' look excites her. She sees the man again at he funeral of her partner. he's just standing at a distance watching her. No one seems to know who he is or cares which adds to her frustration.

So when her investigations into her partner's death leads her to become the enemy of the state and the target of a drugs cartel, Mr Stranger comes to her rescue. The chemistry between them sizzles but he isn't all that he seems and he does warn her to not trust him. Things go from bad to worse when she ends up in the hands of the cartel she'd running from. Will mystery man be her saviour or will he be the one to pull the trigger aimed at her.

I enjoyed this story on the whole. It is well paced and sprinkled with suspense, action as well as steamy scenes. There were moments that had my heart racing and moments that had me sighing with pleasure.

There were, however, some things that niggled. Like Nina. I wanted her to be stronger, feistier. For example when she gets home and finds a stranger in her house, she should've at least struggled with him instead of giving in the minute he touched her and allowing him to have sex with her. I mean, seriously, where was her sense of self-preservation? And this pattern repeated itself on several other occasions, which was how she ended up in the hands of the cartel. I do understand lust at first sight but she was a little naive for an FBI agent.

This is still good. There's enough danger, intrigue, corrupt agents and dangerous drug lords to keep me turning the pages. I'm happy to recommend this to fans of romantic thrillers. But be aware that it ends in a cliff-hanger.

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"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.

The Perfect Stranger follows on from Never Trust a Saint as we follow the antics of the one of the most dangerous drug cartels in South America, the Los Santos cartel. Ms Jane upped the ante with this story--the action, the suspense and of course the romance.

What I loved most was that we were in Antonio's POV and we got to see how his journey with the cartel started and understood his conflict and motivations. These things were never clear in book 1 where he was always a mystery and kind of a stranger. I loved that we get to understand the origins of the cartel too and how they operate. For me, this was always the crucial part of the story, aside from the steamy encounters between Antonio and Nina, of course.

As I said already, the action and suspense is done well and I was at the edge of my seat, flipping the pages eagerly. The romance totally sizzled and I loved cheering for these two. Ms Jane certainly has a new fan. I loved every minute of this.

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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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