Series: The Artists Trilogy #1
Published by Metal Blonde Books
Published on January 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.
***The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it's so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).***
“We all make our own path in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”
I was so excited for this book. I was highly anticipating the release since I am such a huge fan Karina Halle’s other work. I don’t know how she does it, but the characters of her books are some of my favorite of all time, they feel so real to me. First with Dex & Perry of my absolute favorite series ever, Experiment in Terror, then Dawn & Sage of the The Devils Series, and now I can add Ellie & Camden to the ranks of best characters ever. I won’t go too deep into the plot, because the suspense of it is half the fun…:) But, Sins & Needles is a story told by Ellie. She is a con-artist bred from con-artists. She gets tired of running the same scams and after a close call, she heads back to her hometown to the only family member she’s in contact with, her Uncle Jim. She’s also running from someone in her past…
“Not many people had an ex that would probably shoot them in the head if they ever found them. And I meant that in the most literal sense.”
Immediately upon returning, she runs into an old friend from high school, enter Camden McQueen. I LOVE HIM!
“Tattoos, sign-making, painting; Camden was the epitome of an artist – complete with the occasional mood swing as well.”
“He was like a caring, hulking, nerd. And I wanted him.”
There is a lot of history between the two and their relationship has been very turbulent. The story alternates between “then” and “now” to reveal more about Camden and Ellie, which is filled with some highs and some very low lows. They are both wounded by their pasts and have the emotional scars to prove it. Ellie also bears some very brutal physical scars as a reminder of a con gone bad as a child.
“If I believed in God, I’d say you should be proud of the way he made you. You’re different, Ellie. Your scars, your injury, they make you who you are. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“You know how I feel about your scars. They only make you more beautiful.”
As Camden and Ellie reconnect, sparks fly and there are some very HOT scenes! Thanks for those Karina!
“Holy shit, did Camden just spank me?”
“But, hell, if a neighbor were to stick their head out their window and see a tattooed god ramming a chick in the neighbor’s backyard, all lit by romantic lights, they’d probably watch. I’d watch too.”
It’s not all roses for these two though, secrets are revealed. Feeling are hurt. Chaos ensues. It is one action packed ride that had me on the edge of my seat! Yup, that’s all you get. You’ll thank me later…
Sins & Needles has something for everyone. Filled with romance, suspense, action, and more. It is full of passion and emotion and some of the most raw characters you’ll ever see. Camden and Ellie embedded themselves into my heart. Every emotion they felt, I felt. The author does such a beautiful job of building the personalities of these fantastically flawed characters. They were so dynamic and shocked the hell out of me at times. I couldn’t get enough of them! This book was seriously flawless. I enjoyed every single second of reading it.
A MUST READ! I highly, highly recommend!
“You’re not bad, Ellie. The world is bad and you’re just trying to survive in it.”