Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review ~ The Bargain (Vegas Cartel #1) by Lisa Cardiff

The Bargain (Vargas Cartel, #1)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 17th 2015

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Three weeks, twenty-one days, or five hundred and four hours…

That’s all it took to derail my life and twist it into something unrecognizable. One moment I had Evan, the man I thought I’d marry. The next moment shattered the illusion.

Now I have no one.

Except him. 

Ryker Vargas, and I don’t really have him. He’d never belong to any one but himself. He sucked me into a web of lies and now it’s too late. I took the bait. I’m a prisoner of the Vargas Cartel.

I never thought I’d be another statistic, another girl abducted in a foreign country, my entire future washed away by an impulsive, split second in time.

But it’s true. 

My name is Hattie Covington and I’m a statistic, but statistics never tell the whole story.

My Opinion

These types of reviews are always the hardest to write. When I love or dislike a book it's easy. However when a novel draws little emotion from me I always find it hard to write something.

I liked the idea behind the book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. For me it was underdeveloped in the creation of the cartel and I found it all rather hard to believe. I wanted to like this book, but it had me rolling my eyes and questioning what was written constantly. The members of the cartel revealed way too much information, they weren't cruel enough, their actions seemed odd, and they seemed rather disorganised. I mean, wouldn't the main villa be flooded with guards? How would one untrained woman escape so much?

Similarly, the action scenes weren't believable. How can one guy take out 3 armed men without one of them having a chance to shoot him? It was all a bit Hollywood rather than realistic, and with a backdrop of drug cartels it needed that ruthless brutality. These types of people don't mess around and it was all too hesitant.

Also, I didn't buy the romantic element. I understand Stockholm syndrome but it all seemed too quick. If someone drugged me, bound me, and kidnapped me, they'd have to do more than Ryker did before I was asking for sex. I didn't buy the time scale and the writing style felt repetitive, which made it hard to care or stay engaged.

Overall, although it wasn't a bad read, it just wasn't for me. I found it hard to believe in or connect with and thought it needed more development. I've read better books in this genre that have solid world building. Although it ends on a cliff hanger it hasn't really made me want to read more. It may be for you if you like simpler plots, but it didn't work for me.


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