Series: The Artists Trilogy #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Published on January 25th 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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There's a Fine Line Between Sin and Salvation . . .
Ellie Watt is a woman on the run. Raised by a pair of thieves who taught her the art of the grift-and pursued by a mobster who fell for her con-she hopes to find refuge at her uncle's farm in quiet Palm Valley, California. Ellie swears she's through with her life of crime. But before she knows it, she's right back in the game when she meets an easy mark who's too good-and too hot-to be true.
His name is Camden McQueen. A master tattoo artist and a total inked stud, Camden is nothing like the awkward kid who crushed on Ellie back in high school. Now, as owner of the wildly successful Sins & Needles, he's got tats to kill for, muscles to die for, and money to burn. Ellie can't believe the transformation-and can't resist pulling off one last con. But when Camden catches Ellie red-handed, the tables are turned. The mark becomes the master. And when the ultimate player gets played, you never know who's going to end up on top . . .
In honor of the paperback release of Karina Halle’s Sins & Needles, we are throwin’ it back to 2013 with Brenna’s review of this first installment of The Artists Trilogy! Also, cause we are HUGE fans of this series and it’s characters, we are also giving away a paperback ARC of this book as well! LUCKY YOU! So, check out the review & GIVEAWAY below!
“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.”
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