Drawn Blue Lines is the 3rd book in Cora’s Carrera Cartel series. I haven’t read the first 2, but I had no problems understanding what was going on. There was enough backstory in the book that I knew what had come before, but not so much that it would’ve annoyed me if I had read the other two books.
So, here’s our story. Adrianna Carrera was brought up as Marisol Munoz. That wouldn’t be such a huge problem, except the Muonzes and the Carreras are rival cartels, and they want to pretty much want to totally destroy each other. And they damned near succeed too. At the opening of the book, Adrianna is the only Munoz, or quasi-Munoz, left standing. Well, she’s not actually standing so much as she is being tortured by someone who is trying to reorganize the Munoz cartel. She doesn’t know who they are, just that they don’t really like her, not at all.
Then we have Brody Harcourt. He used to be a DA in Houston TX, but things happened and now he’s a top lieutenant in the Carrera cartel. He also has a really tense and strained relationship with Valentin Carrera, the head of the cartel, and, oh yeah, Adrianna’s older brother. He’s the one who outed Marisol as Adrianna, which petty much destroyed her life. So, now she’s out for revenge. She’s going to force Brody to take her to Valentin, and if he won’t do it willingly, she’s got info that would probably get him killed that she will blackmail him with.
Brody and Adrianna are combustible. I can’t even say that they are like oil and water, because they are much more like nitro and glycerin because when they get together, things are quite likely to go boom. Or, you know, Adrianna is likely to punch Brody. They are very passionate people, and I don’t mean passion as in hot and filthy sex, although that is there too, but they are full of this wild energy and emotion. And when you get two passionate people together, they aren’t going to have a smooth road, not at all.
Adrianna is tough as nails and as strong as steel. She is incredibly determined and resolute. She knows what needs to be done and she’s going to do it, no matter what. But for all that strength and grit, I think that she’s also really fragile. There’s something deep in her that hurts, a lot, all the time, and it drives her. I think that sometimes that hurt makes her make decisions that aren’t the smartest things at the time.
Brody is smart, but I don’t think he is nearly as smart as Adrianna. Maybe savvy would be a better word. She knows how to navigate a world that Brody is still trying to figure out. Of course, she’s been in it all her life, so that helps. But, I still think that she’s smarter than him, intelligence wise too. He’s kind of an idiot at times, mostly because he is kind of trapped in place and he’s wallowing. He’s willing to wallow too. He doesn’t seem to want to change. He’d rather sit and drink. A lot. He really needs a swift kick in the butt or a punch to the jaw, or someone walking in on him when he’s wanking it.
The book is pretty fast paced, and Cora has made sure that you know where and when each section is happening, which can be helpful. I’m going to have to go back and read the other 2 so that I can see what happened to this point.
I didn’t trust Cris from the beginning. He just seemed kinda slimy.
OK, that’s all for this one! Go check it out! Happy reading!