If you are looking for an action/adventure novel filled with mystery, intrigue, and romance, then Queen of Humboldt by Tagan Shepard is the book you want.
This story is nonstop action set in the dark and dangerous world of one of Chicago’s most formidable criminal elements. The two main characters are on opposite sides of this life. Marisol Soltero is known in Chicago as the head of a powerful gang, and is often called the Queen of Humboldt, the area where her gang rules. Marisol has another, even more shadowy life though, and when she hears that Governor Sabrina Sloane’s life is in danger, Marisol springs into action. Thus begins a journey that could end up deadly for both of them.
This is one of those stories that will barely let you take a breath as you go from one crisis to another. It is very well-written, with an intricate plot and with great setting and mood building. The romance works well in the conflict and seems almost like one of those love stories doomed to fail because of who they both are…but is it? You’ll have to read to find out.
This story doesn’t completely end with this novel. There’s a lot left unfinished at the end of the story, and I’m pretty sure there is more coming with this tale and these characters. I enjoyed this one and will be looking forward to more.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.