I could’ve fucking strangled her. She knew it too because she stepped away quickly. “Touch me and I’ll have you!” she snarled.
“Bruja mala leche! What the fuck do you think you’re playing at! You can’t push me around!”
“Sure I can.” Her eyes were slate grey, the same colour as the sky, and just as cold. “I need help, and you’re going to give it.”
“What the hell are you talking about?”
“I’ve got a situation. I need someone who isn’t afraid of murder and mayhem.”
I should have charmed her, offered to help and maybe it would have settled it, but I was too mad to even consider it. “Help you? Over my dead fucking body!”
She shrugged. “We can do it that way, too.” She took out her phone. “I’ll call you soon, hopefully within the hour. If you still refuse, I call Smith.” The eyes were hard. “I’d rather not shop you, because I hate that bastard, but I will if you make me.”
I gave her my number. I mean, I wanted to kill her, but in London they notice things like bodies in the street. Especially if you’re careless enough to do it in broad daylight next to a cop shop.
Quique 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 finding himself 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.
Warning: Dirty Dealings contains strong adult language and themes as well as graphic violence and fully depicted love scenes.
Who doesn’t love a Mafia/Mexican Cartel story? Dirty Dealings is a Trans-Atlantic story about Quique, the head of the Zetas, a Mexican Cartel, who is sent to London to handle some Zeta business after the Jorge, the man in charge, is shot. While Quique is handling business like the bad ass boss that he is, he gets tangled with a no-nonsense bruja, a.k.a. Natalia, after punching her out. Despite his deadly reputation, Quique takes an unnatural shine to Natalia. Whether it be dodging the dirty plods, taking out rival gangs, saving kids from pedophiles, taking beatings, thwarting robberies, or helping him boost his rep, Quique sees that Natalia is his equal and worth her weight in gold.
Dirty Dealings gives us not only the budding affair between Quique and Natalia that is great entertainment. It also gives us some good mystery and action. The supporting characters are great. The Zetas characters are written with such personality that you don’t see them as just thugs. I actually liked each of the Zeta clan. They came across as smart, loyal, and dedicated to their Zeta family. It made you overlook all of their dirty dealings.
You will not be disappointed in picking up this gem.
Reviewed by Shannon
LLEP Review Team