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).**
Wow.. Just WOW! Simply incredible.
I lost a few hours of sleep reading this book. I couldn't put it down. Never have I gone from completely hating the narrator of a book to.. well not really liking her, but understanding her. S&N crushed me in a way, glued the pieces back together, only to crush it again. Then, add in a thrilling cat and mouse chase and you Sins & Needles. This about sums up my expressions while reading..
Cover Love and Writing
The cover has to be one of my favourites as of late.. I love the razor blade necklace, the tattoo, the model. Its amazing! The writing was great. It was easy to read and relate to. The primary story is written in the Ellie Watts first person POV. Though there are other components, flashbacks that are written in the third person.
Ellie is easily the most hate-able character ever. She is selfish and narcissistic, she has no grip of reality.. only self-preservation. As her life's hole gets deeper, she uses the only people that she could turn to. As the story unfolds, though, you get a better understanding of her. She has built walls, coping mechanisms to deal with her terrible past. By the end she seems to have gained a shred of decency.
Swoonworthy Points: 7
Those are seven overall points.. sometimes it less swoon and more hate/disgust. I totally loved Camden, though he had his moments in my book.. I loved his passion and sincerity. There were some very touching moments (and not the physical kind) that made me want to hug Camden and cry. Speaking of physical.. holy hell! I love me a tattooed bad boy! There are some very hot.. hot scenes!
I wish he'd made his mark everywhere. I wish everyone could see how much he'd imprinted himself on my heart. (loc. 4700)
Overall, I really liked this book for several reasons (besides the smexy man and hot scenes). Not every story is a HEA.. this was a very true-life book. I felt like Halle wrote the book so well, that I could see it play out in front of me. I do have to warn that it's a bit cliffy, but for me I was okay with how it left off. I am dying to read the next book, but felt happy with the decisions that were made.
I freakin loved this book!!!
*ARC Provided by Karina Halle in exchange for an honest review.*
I was so impressed I wanted to share this amazing book with one lucky reader. Good luck and enjoy. If you don't happen to win.. still pick it up.. its awesome!!
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