El Malo- K. Webster

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Javier Estrada is the king of Mexico.
Evil. Twisted. Psychopathic.
A cruel madman with a killer smile.
And he is my boss.

My duty is to blend in, clean his home, and not make a peep.
I’ve done my job well for years.
Imbedded myself so deep in his world, he’s never going to get me out.

But I am this king’s worst nightmare.
Bad men like him took everything away from me.
I will never forget.
He will pay for the sins of many.
I’ll just bide my time—watching, waiting, calculating—until the time is right.

When I strike, he won’t know what hit him.
The monster who rules Mexico with an iron fist may not bow to anyone…
But I’m not just anyone.

He will bow to me.

Release Date: 26th April, 2018.

3-star

What I think?

NOTE: Bitchy, spoilery review ahead.

I loved this book. I really did. I don’t think there’s any book of Kristy’s that I don’t absolutely adore. But having said that, there were some issues in this one that I found glaringly obvious which kept me from giving it a higher rating.

So do you want me to give you the good or the bad first?

You’re right. I should give you the good first.

The only good thing about this book was that it was a K Webster book, and that’s about it. That is the literal only reason I even gave this any stars to begin with. And I guess Javier. I can give Javier some points, I’m not that cruel.

And the sex. The sex was off the charts hawt, like almost every single Webster book is. So I guess that has added points as well.

Now let’s get on with the bad. Because I really cannot wait to bitch.

Okay, so when I say bad, I don’t mean bad bad. I just mean that there were somethings that kept nagging at me.

They went just like that- nag nag nag. 

And I COULDN’T IGNORE IT!

What are they you ask? Allow me to tell you.

You see the main motivation of this chick- Rosa- for hating the “bad guys” is the fact that they went and did some bad guys stuff which ended up with her innocent mother dead on the ground. That’s a good motivation I say, if a little overused at this point; but I’ll overlook that.

Reading that blurb this is what I imagined Rosa to be like—

Reading the book this is what Rosa was like—

I am very disappointed right now. I’m sorry if this offends any Webster fans. I love her people, but even with my overflowing love for her I cannot excuse this book. I just can’t.

Rosa was a maid in the Estrada house, but surprise surprise! She wasn’t really a maid but CIA! 😱😱😱 Whaaaaaaaat?! I had never even thought of that even though we were just a chapter into the book. A CIA? On and undercover mission in the evil but hot boss guy’s house?😱 How has that happened?!

Seriously, keep something for the later story babe?

Rosa annoyed me at best, and pissed me off at worst, because this is a trained CIA officer sent to infiltrate the biggest baddest man in all of eastern coast (I may be wrong on the eastern part because my geography sucks and I don’t care enough to recheck it), and you’re telling me she couldn’t fight back another over-weight man, half drunk and attempting to rape her?! You’re telling me that all she does is lie down quietly and fucking takes it?! Well bitches, you’re wrong! And I say that because she straight stabbed and killed the man who followed her and tried to mug her, but then she spares her rapist?! Why? Sentiments?

OK, so can you tell that I don’t particularly like Rosa? Too much inconsistencies in her character.

Well there were other reasons I did not like this book either, and one of them was the convenient ending. Now now, I am all for plot conveniences, but seriously how convenient is it that Rosa’s only contact to the outer world had already declared her dead to the CIA years ago, and they just never bothered checking it again because fuck protocols when the HEA of our two protagonists is at stake, and when especially the moral compass of the female lead is at stake- does she choose love or does she choose duty?! Oh the dilemma!

I honestly would’ve liked it better if Webster would’ve had the guts to say “fuck duty” and choose love despite the complications and guilt Rosa might have to live with as a result. Sorry babe, but you pussied out and I don’t like that one of my bravest writers did that; I would’ve literally taken it from anyone else, but Webster being Webster- I. Could. Not. Not when she wrote characters like Benny and Viktor.

And my final problem is (and I swear I’m just being nit-picky at this point for the sake of being nit-picky), do you really think- and ask yourself this- that if Javier- the big bad man- came to know his lover was a CIA agent, he wouldn’t have straight up walked up to her and killed her? Do you think he would’ve waited for her explanation? That doesn’t sound like the Javier the book wants to portray. Does that sound like an El Malo to you?

I’m sorry, this review got way more sarcastic and bitchy than I had initially intended for it to be. Reading it wasn’t that bad, but now that I am sitting down to write this review and analyzing the book I am realizing how ridiculous it really was. And for that, I went back and re-rated this book to give it 3 stars instead of the 3 1/2 I initially gave it lol.

Do I think this book could have been better thought out? Definitely. But you could probably give it a try and let me know if any of my complaints have any traction.

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About the author:

K Webster is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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5 thoughts on “El Malo- K. Webster

    • She has a lot of really good books. And then there are books like these. Sometimes I’m like just take a breather woman. Breathe and build this book rather than already working on another. Lately her books feel lackluster for the lack of a better word tho.

      Do read Dirty Ugly Toy or Whisper and the Roars if you ever get the time. They’re really good. Also her dark romances are so good. For example her Pretty Broken Dolls is literally one of the most fucked up stories I’ve ever read. In fact that entire series is fucked up and so so good. If you’re a fellow fan of dark romance then definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

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