Katiebird reviews Black Hearts by Karina Halle


Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) by Karina Halle

For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

I was worried that because I haven’t read Sins & Needles, before starting this new series, that I wouldn’t be able to follow the characters or the storyline, but I was wrong. Vincent and Violet are perfect all on their own. It’s kind of like a kinky, sexy Romeo and Juliet.

If their parents had any idea that they were talking to each other, let along getting naked, they would not be happy. In fact, I think things are going to get really violent, really fast.

First, Vincente. He is bound and determined to not become his father, but in order to do that, he has to go find out about his father’s past. That was his original goal, but then he met Violet, and all thoughts of revenge and secrets went out the window.

God, his voice does something to me, like taking a bath in milk and honey. “Let it all go. All of it. Every single thought and worry that’s going through your head right now. You need to be in the moment, with me. That’s all there needs to be. The world won’t disappear the moment you stop holding onto it.” – Violet

Violet. Honestly, I still want to know more about her. I know she likes to take pictures. But her mom is a photographer. She likes to get tattoos. Her dad is a tattoo artist. What does she really want to do with her life that is her own thought? It’s when she connects with Vincente, and gets a small glimpse of her parents’ past, that she is just now becoming her own person.

Violet, on the other hand, has been raised to believe that something is off about her life. She’s been sheltered from who her parents truly are. And because of that, she doesn’t know what she truly is. 

The Bernals aren’t good people. The McQueens aren’t either.

The sooner Violet knows this, realizes it, the better off she’ll be. That sensitivity she has will be her strongest asset once she learns to let go of who she thinks she is. She could be whatever she’s been afraid to be. 

The only problem, of course, and it’s a big problem, is that when she does see, and she will, she’ll see me for every lie that I am. -Vincente


Josh Bowman in my Vincente


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I loved everything about the characters, the storyline, and the setting, so I am definitely giving this book, 5 outstanding stars.  I put it on my “favorite” and “top shelf outstanding reads” shelves on Goodreads.


My favorite Beatles song….

*****I was given an ARC of Black Hearts by the publisher to read for an honest review. The excerpts and quotes are from that version.****

Good news!! The second book in the Sins Duet, Dirty Souls, will be out on March 17th. We don’t have to wait too long to see how Vincente and Violet’s love story ends. Later today, the cover will be revealed!!


About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

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