I’m to be feared.
When your family is as much a friend as an enemy, there is no one to trust.
I am Javier Almanza.
No one can touch me.
No one can hurt me.
Mari Belle Dominguez.
As I am sitting here trying to type this review for Cartel Bitch by Chelsea Camaron I am struggling to find the words about how I felt while reading it. I am also going to keep it as spoiler free as always. There is a note in the beginning from the author stating this is not like her normal books, and it’s not, and while I love that she has sort of stepped out of her normal comfort zone by writing a book about a cartel, I don’t know if she truly succeeded or not. Maybe in the next book I will be able to say with a certainty that I am currently unable to do.
It took me a hard and long time to get into the book. It spans a period of years so while we are learning about Mari Belle and Javi’s past we don’t get much in terms of current time until close to the end of the book. This is a duet and it does end in a cliffhanger and that didn’t bother me, I just didn’t feel connected with the characters and I really tried to. Something was missing, something that would have moved it past just an okay read for me.
While I am a fan of Chelsea Camaron and her other books I am not sure if I loved or hated Cartel Bitch. I am hoping than when I read Cartel Queen that unknown missing something is found and the potential I saw in this duet lives to become true.
Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.