*REVIEW* ~ Dirty Dealings, A Zeta Cartel novel, Book 3, by A J Adams

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Blurb

Warm-hearted Natalia Truelove will do anything for family, so when her ex-father-in-law is sent to prison, she shelves her restaurant plans and manages the family pub. But when she runs foul of a local gangster, and her niece is targeted, the gloves are off. As the police won’t help, Nats embarks on a lethal game: blackmailing the Zeta Cartel’s top hit man to do her bidding.

Enrique ‘Quique’ Ramas is having a bad time. Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock by cheating on him. Now he’s in London and out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. To make things worse, Natalia Truelove, a chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.

Dirty Dealings is an enthralling tale of deceit, murder, cartel violence and finding love in the darkest of times. It is the third Zeta Cartel novel, and can be read as a standalone.

My Review

One crazy cartel read – loved it! 5 stars

I just inhaled this crazy cartel read and I found it impossible to put down. If you are a fan of this genre and alpha heroes who develop a soft spot for strong and feisty heroines with a vulnerable side, than you too will love this enemies to lovers romance. It has oodles of suspense and action, great banter and sexual tension between the main couple and some super sexy scenes. Although it does contain reference to adult themes, it is not as dark as the preceding books in the author’s Zeta cartel series (a series I thoroughly recommend) and can be read as a standalone.

Still reeling after his wife’s antics back home in Mexico, Quique does not need a woman complicating his life, especially one such as Natalia who has the cheek to blackmail him. I really felt for him at what he had been through with his marriage, although he is certainly no pushover and is a man who is not to be messed with when it comes to Cartel business. As for Natalia, I adored her feisty nature and that she is not afraid to stand toe to toe with (or anyone else) to protect her dysfunctional family.

The couple are just so perfect for each other, although Natalia sees her future very much in London and Quique in Mexico. I hugely enjoyed their journey an also getting the chance to meet others from previous books such as Arturo and Kyle. The read is full of British slang and humour which gives it a fantastic sense of place and amidst the ensuing violence and general mayhem there are also some humorous moments.

Recommended to readers of the genre.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

Please note, I received a copy of this book from the author and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

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AJ Adams’ Zeta Cartel Collection (Boxed Set)

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Romance, violence, murder, and mayhem, all twisted together in off-beat, action-packed stories featuring the Zeta Cartel in Mexico. 

I definitely recommend getting your mitts on this fabulous collection from AJ Adams – I’ve read Songbird and it is a top read! I can’t wait to read the others in this series! Tina 🙂

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The Zeta Cartel Collection

By AJ Adams 

This collection bundles together three complete novels: The Bonus, Songbird and Dirty Dealings. 

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  Inside The Zeta Cartel Collection 

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#1 The Bonus 

Chloe is a seasoned drug courier who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facing a lingering and painful death at the hands of the Zetas, Mexico’s most brutal cartel, she persuades their enforcer to claim her. Has Chloe made a huge mistake, or will her choice prove her salvation – and his?

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#2 Songbird 

When cartel boss Arturo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire

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  #3 Dirty Dealings 

Quique is having a bad time. Back in Mexico his marriage has fallen apart and his wife has made him a laughing stock. Now he’s in London and out of his depth with a complex commercial deal. Worse, Natalia Truelove, chef and pub manager, is blackmailing him. Quique is ready to commit murder and he’s pretty sure who his first victim will be.

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 The Bonus: “O.M.G.!!! Love this book! It is messed up, really adult subject matter and content, but HOLY COW I loved it! I have read Chloe and Kyle’s story several times and dang…it leaves me reeling every time! AJ Adams does a wonderful job with these characters!!” Swensgirlon

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  Songbird: “I liked the way the 2 main characters talked to the reader as if they were present. The darkness lures you in from the start, and holds you till the last few pages. AJ doesn’t shy away from the really vengeful reactions to betrayal and understands the need to not show weakness. Part of me thinks I shouldn’t enjoy books about being on the wrong side of the law but there’s no stopping who you love right?” Cuckfield Carol

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Dirty Dealings: “Such a fabulous book! It is hard to find a book with the perfect mix of violence and romance but this hit a perfect balance for me. I started reading this morning. I thought I would read for a short time before starting my day! My plans definitely went out the window because I could not put this book down! Natalia is such a fabulous and brave heroine even if a bit foolhardy! Of course, I loved the one-man-army, Quique. Adams has not written a miss yet in my opinion! Can’t wait for the next one!” Helen

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