Dirty Blue

Dirty Justice Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Charley Ongel
Series: Dirty Justice Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
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An oath. A badge. A life. A promise to walk the thin blue line clean. Nowhere in the academy was I prepared for the consequences of falling for the enemy.

Drago Acerbi. I've known his name a long time. You'd have to live under a rock not to know of the heartless and cruel reputation the Acerbi family has established. They are monsters cloaked in suits and ties, or so my colleagues in blue have said. Being on the job, you quickly learn to watch your back, trust no one, and as much as I hate to admit this, sometimes that includes a fellow badge. 

But to want to kill your own child for being born? Now that's monstrous. Unjust. And something I will not stand for. I'll take him down before I allow an innocent to be harmed. 

Even if that means not only taking on the most dangerous family in Southern California, but bringing down the drug lord they're in bed with, too. 

From author N. E. Henderson comes a contemporary, emotionally captivating, and thrilling romantic suspense trilogy. Start Bri and Drago's intense story today! 

This is not a stand-alone, and the saga does not conclude until the third book.

©2018 Nancy Henderson (P)2019 Nancy Henderson

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⭐️JUST ABOUT BINGE-LISTENED TO WHOLE TRILOGY ⭐️

This was my first book by N,E, Henderson but, before I’d even finished listening to this unpredictable addictive suspense-ridden book, I was already downloading books 2 and 3 in the trilogy because I was absolutely hooked into Bri’s life as a Detective trying to take down the drugs criminal Drago Acerbi. However, not everything in this well-written three part layered trilogy goes to plan, nothing is black and white and not everyone is who they seem to be. There are revelations and secrets round every corner, the mystery and suspense grows and, when Bri meets the infamous handsome bad-boy, the sexual chemistry and relationship blurs lines. And that continues throughout the other two books with a few very weighty twists thrown in the mix too as Drago and Bri clash, quaiver, combust, compel, consort, harmonize, come clean and finally fight together for what they want.. to bring down a monster.. and to love. However, it isn’t going to be easy, it won’t be without it’s heartbreaking consequences and the stakes will be high at times because the pitfalls, pit bulls and roadblocks will be never-ending.. but eventually the HEA will be so worth the fight.

Detective Brianna Andrews is looking after a tiny baby that isn’t hers yet she’s sworn to love and protect him with her life.. and it just might come down to that. Drago Acerbi screams ruthless bad-boy business owner and swears the baby’s not his, swears he’s not working for his evil Drug Lord Father and swears he wants absolutely nothing to do with Bri.. or the family she carefully protects in her arms. But who is manipulating who? Who is really pulling the strings? Who, out of all the characters are telling the truth and who is lying? Who is good and who is bad? Who will rise and who will fall? What are the secondary characters doing in the shadows?.. And who will be left standing when the last bullet has been fired?

Worth a credit? Yes definitely for all three books. The action-packed unpredictable plot had depth, detail, chills and thrills, smouldering sex, passion and romance, highs and tragic lows, great secondary characters, a strong-willed determined heroine and a drool-worthy sexy misunderstood hero. The narration by Ms Ongel was good but it was breathy and kept reminding me of Marilyn Monroe.. however, Tor Thom’s narration in book 3 finally gives a dual PoV perspective which was good and together they easily brought the scenes to life.

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WORTH THE PURCHASE!!

Could not quit listening to this book!! It had me hooked from the beginning!! cant wait to listen to the next book!!

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Great!

What a great book!!! so many twists and turns along the way! Can't wait for the next book!

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OMG is this intense

Brianna is undercover to take down a drug ring. But she is thrown a baby to care for in the mix. Imagine going from zero to 100 in seconds. That is how Brianna's life is once she takes the baby home. There is nothing simple about this story. It is full of suspense and drama from the first chapter until the last. Drago seems to have different hats to wear and it is so hard to tell which side he could be on. I felt just as confused as Brianna did as she worked with Drago. The twists in this story kept me on my toes. and that ending, made me gasp out loud and load up book two immediately.

Charley Ongel brought this book to life. Ms. Ongel gave each character a different voice and brought out their personality with ease. There are so many characters, but Ms. Ongel kept them all distinct and easy to follow. I found myself lost in the narration and this story became a movie in my mind.

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forbidden love

The one person off limits for Detective Brianna Anderson is the person she is supposed to be investigating. but how could she resist the intriguing, handsome, sexy Draco Acerbi. Their connection is electrifying, the sex steamy. This story is very interesting but ends in a cliffhanger!
Charley Ongel narration is very good. Giving each character their own voice and personality. 🎧audiobookobsessionreveiwer🎧

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Ready for book 2!!!

I am on a romantic suspense kick, and when this trilogy came across my phone I thought, let's give it a try. And then I was sucked in! From the very beginning, we have intrigue and suspense. Brianna is a police officer, given a case to go undercover to expose a drug ring. She is also handed a baby to care for who's father, Drago, is part of said ring. Now there are many thoughts that went through my mind, but as the plot unfolds, it's nothing as I expect. Brianna is such a tough woman, wanting no help from anyone, able to take care of herself and is on a mission to take this ring down. Drago is a little harder to pin down. He appears to be a good guy, nothing coming to light to show wrong doing and is just so incredibly attractive. But I can feel the secrets and so does Brianna. This is a fast paced, sexy, fun and intriguing listen, ending on a cliffhanger. I have book 2 queued up and ready to go to see where it all leads!

Charley Ongel brings is all to life. She continually amazes me with her masterful voicing. She finds the perfect voice for each character and lets their personality out. I enjoy her performances and this one is no exception!

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No more

There's a true craft in developing a cliffhanger, a story arc, & leaving the reader wanting to know where the story goes in future books.... and it is not found here. Instead we're left as if someone tore away pages in the middle of a scene & forced into buying book 2 to learn what happens.

Aside from the "cliffhanger", I have a serious problem with entire storyline involving the baby. Does CPS ever actually refuse to take care of an abandoned baby? Is it really protective custody when the cop never has the baby & constantly dumps the him off on the neighbor? When a baby is abandoned & the cop gets DNA proof of the father, do they really have the right not to reveal it?

Narration is good. Scenes between Bri & Drago are always fun & hot. But as a reader & listener, I want more... and better.

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Gripping

N E Henderson is a new author to me although I have listened to narrator Charley Ongel before. This is a trilogy and NOT a stand alone, so be prepared for it to end on a cliffhanger. You will need to also listen or read book two Dirty War and book three Dirty Sin to get the conclusion.

Drago Acerbi, just his name sounds dangerous to be honest. Detective Brianna Andrews is determined to bring down his father, a notorious drug lord and save the innocents.

This is a raw, gritty romantic suspense story that will keep you on the edge of your seats from the first to the last chapter. Not everything is as it seems as the story, twists and turns. Secrets and lies are all around and Bri has no idea who can be trusted. When Bri meets Drago, the chemistry between them is intense and lines will be blurred.

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Loved It

I received a copy of this book from Audiobook Obsession to review.

I've known Drago Acerbi's name a long time. You'd have to live under a rock not to know of the heartless and cruel reputation the Acerbi family has established. They are monsters cloaked in suits and ties, or so my colleagues in blue have said. Being on the job, you quickly learn to watch your back, trust on one, and as much as I hate to admit this, sometimes that includes a fellow badge. But to want to kill your own child for being born? Now that is monstrous. And something I will not stand for. I will take him down before I allow an innocent to be harmed. Even if that means not only taking on the most dangerous family in Southern California but bringing down the drug lord they're in bed with too.

This book is absolutely amazing!!! Your going to be on the edge of your seat trying your hardest to guess what is going to happen and never figure it out. This is the story of Detective Brianna Andrews and how she came to have a baby that isn't hers and how this assignment just might be her last. The child is Gabe and the father is Drago. On of the baddest men on the planet and he just so happens to want his child dead. Or does he?? Your going to have to read to find out but I will warn you there is a cliffhanger and the second and third book are out now. So yay no waiting. I thought the narrator did an amazing job with this book I loved listening to it and can't wait of the other two.

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awesome trilogy

I am so glad I listened to this. awesome storyline. loaded with surprise twists .

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  • Delia Chavez
  • 03-25-20

Forbidden Love!!!

I loved this book so much. I'm always down to read or listen to a forbidden romance and this book did not disappoint. I loved the characters they were well developed and their chemistry was amazing. I have to get my hands on book two. 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Jaime Reynolds
  • 03-21-20

Great listen

This story kept me on my toes and I enjoyed every minute of it. It had a bit of everything and Charley did a great job of being the characters to life and keeping me entertained throughout. I look forward to more.

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  • Toula eliopoulos
  • 03-01-20

A heart warming story

Book 1 in the series . This story is a roller coaster of a story, lots of mystery , drama and there is a lot going on. It’s about a police officer Brianna that needs to find out how bad Drago is and if he’s really who just gave up on his new born baby .
Drago is a drug lord , but Brianna doesn’t believe he’s as bad as people think . Brianna needs to go undercover to get answers . Grab it and see what is unearthed by Brianna. Does Drago find out she’s undercover , what happens to the baby. Does Drago find out he might be the father

Charley performance was great. She always does an excellent performance. Her voice is strong , smooth and strong

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  • Izzybear1
  • 01-16-20

“Darkness doesn’t always equate to evil & Light doesn’t always equate to good”

I finished Dirty Blue and immediately wanted more. It’s the perfect combination of suspense, action, mystery and romance. The story was well written and moved at a good steady pace. I loved Drago and Bri. I’m glad I decided to give Mrs. Henderson’s book a try.

Drago is a man born into a family known for violent crimes and drug dealings. He is the Eldest son of Vincent Acerbi, a man who’s name is known throughout the country inciting fear in the hearts of some and arousing anger in others.
When his father returned to Italy he left Drago in charge of their operations in America.
Now with his father out of the country a target has been placed upon Drago and it looks as though the police will stop at nothing to take him down. The problem is that things are not always what they seem and sometimes the apple just might fall far from the tree.

Brianna is a detective who finds herself in a sticky situation. She was suppose to just take a statement from a woman and ends up leaving with more than she asked for...a baby to be exact.
Now she’ll have to protect this child and follow her leads to find evidence to bring down the monster(s) who threatens this child’s life.
A case that started one way is quickly evolving into something completely different and Brianna is finding things are not adding up.
When lines are blurred and it’s hard tell who to trust the only thing you can do is follow your gut instincts and hope you come out on top. (4.5⭐️)

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 01-09-20

I can’t believe it ended there!!!

I wasn’t sure about this book at first.... but it was very good! N.E. Henderson did a wonderful job with the characters and the story line. There was so much happening throughout the book!

I wasn’t expecting what happened towards the end of the story!! It left me with my mouth hanging open!!!

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  • Ginger
  • 11-20-19

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This was an exciting roller coaster storyline with interesting characters and some edge of your seat action.
Looking forward to Dirty War next book in the trilogy.
Charley did a fabulous job narrating.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 11-13-19

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this storyline. Good strong characters and enough action to keep you entertained throughout. Charley gives a great performance.
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  • Keisha
  • 09-01-19

Great story and narration

I loved everything about this story. I was drawn right in and need more. Great writing, characters and story. This book is full of suspense and I can't wait to see what happens next.