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text 2016-01-11 20:21
Book Sale!
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle
Shooting Scars - Karina Halle
Bold Tricks - Karina Halle

Karina Halle's The Artist Trilogy is currently on sale for $0.99 each.  That's a steal for these romantic suspense books! If you haven't been introduced to Javier (and Ellie & Camden), here is your chance. 

 

 

http://amzn.com/B00CWKL12M  ---- Sins and Needles

http://amzn.com/B00DG8ZY7W ----- Shooting Scars

http://amzn.com/B00DG8ZYA4 ----- Bold Tricks

 

 

 

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review 2014-11-05 00:00
Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy)
Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy) - Karina Halle **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5


REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read books in a series one right after the other. This is perhaps the 2nd time I do that since I have been reading and there is a good reason behind it. The Artists Trilogy is one of those series that leaves you craving for more. I wasn’t 100% sold on the trilogy when I read the first book (Sins & Needles), but now that I have read the 2nd book I am happy to see how much this trilogy has to offer.

Shooting Scars is book 2 in the trilogy and this time around I was overwhelmed by the quality of this installment. This series has turned out to be exquisitely addictive. The story as well as the characters have develop greatly this time around, the plot and the characters’ voice and presence feel stronger and with more purpose. The drama, angst and conflicts are non stop.

While I wasn’t entirely supportive of Ellie Watt on the first book, now I am enamored with her as a character. In her attempt to redeem herself after all the things she has done as a con artist and after having hurt Camden so deeply – Ellie goes back with Javier thinking that her sacrifice will give Camden a chance to reunite with his son and ex-wife. One can’t exactly say that Ellie is the selfless heroine who has put everyone else’s needs before her, not at all. She has been selfish & reckless. I think the author depicts Ellie exactly as her characters requires it. She doesn’t take away from the crude reality of Ellie’s life, she emphasizes the connection and history that exist between her and Javier and also explores the dark and deep needs that exist between them. It brings out the what if of life, making her question her true motives behind her selfless act to give up on her love for Camden. What I enjoyed the most on this installment is how well we get to know her emotions, not because she still suffers and hurts for Camden but because we also get to explore how her mind works.

The attraction between Ellie and Javier & Ellie and Camden isn’t necessarily an attraction made from love, but an attraction that seem to exist in the deepest and darkest part of the heart, one that requires more than just love. The confessions and actions that follow the capture of Ellie help us understand the close connection and the thin line that exist between love and hate & between need and obsession. The author manages to create a contrast between these characters while clearly exposing the derailed & dysfunctional passion that exist between them, showing us that their need for each other can only be measured by the intensity of their desired.

Shooting Scars has it all, passion, deceit, sex, love and never ending action, with a roller-coaster of emotions that add amazing twist and turns to a story that seems to catch every aspect of human nature. This story is captivating, there is so much more to it than a story one redemption and second chances. The complexity and always evolving characters add to the story the necessary suspense to make this a page turner. If you love anti-heroes & villains, then you are going to love Javier. I am a fan of anti-heroes & villains, for me Javier deserves happiness as much as any other character. I think we have yet to see to what extend his love and need for Ellie goes, and for Camden to demonstrate how far is he willing to go for the woman he loves.
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review 2014-02-03 18:27
The Artists Trilogy by Karina Halle
On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy, #0.5) - Karina Halle
Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) - Karina Halle
Shooting Scars - 'Karina Halle'
Bold Tricks - Karina Halle

Sins & Needles ✰✰✰✰
On Every Street ✰✰✰✰✰
Shooting Scars ✰✰✰✰
Bold Tricks ✰✰✰✰✰

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review 2013-11-14 00:49
Didn't do it for me like the first book did
Shooting Scars - 'Karina Halle'

Opening Line: “You wanted me to catch you, didn’t you?”

 

Shooting Scars picks up right where SINS & NEEDLES left me hanging over the cliff; with Ellie taking a step backwards with her life and giving Camden a second chance at his. Ellie has of course just given herself over to her ex-boyfriend Javier, the man she’s been on the run from for 6 long years. She’s now his prisoner and her running days have officially come to a close. In her words she’s “trapped with a man who would either love me or kill me.”

Karina Halle once again drops us into the thick of things from the onset, as Camden’s little family reunion with his wife doesn’t go exactly as planned and Ellie finds herself on a yacht heading for Mexico after agreeing to assist bad boy Javier in murder. The excitement continues with car chases, gun fights, the shocking, anguished and unexpected.

One of the things I really liked about Shooting Scars (preferred actually) is that it’s been written using a dual POV. That’s right ladies we finally get into Camden’s head. Now I’m assuming she had to write it this way because Ellie and Camden actually spend most of the book apart. With Ellie slowly falling back under Javier’s spell and Camden chasing her down in a fixated rescue attempt.

I’m going to be completely honest now folks, that was the only thing I preferred about this book. Unlike Sins & Needles which I found fresh, exciting and unputdownable the magic was just missing for me here and the whole story fell flat.

Unlike tons of other reviewers I just don’t get the whole team Javier thing, I mean this is the man who cheated on her and killed her Uncle Jim in front of her plus I’m pretty sure he’s certifiably psycho. How is this suitable love triangle material? I was left stunned at the things Ellie did with him and not in a good way either. Quite honestly her whole character just confused me here and I never understood her emotions or reasoning.
Camden also lost me a bit. Gone was the mysterious, double crossing, and sexy antihero from the first book. This new Camden was living on one track (see obsessed) must find Ellie, need more pain killers, must get to Ellie, going to Kill Javier, I love Ellie. Truthfully he began to annoy me after a while maybe that’s why I liked his travelling companion Gus so much. (Pretty sure I’m team Gus.)

I really wanted to love this as much as I did the first book and I’m in the minority with my rating so don’t take my word for it, this is super popular trilogy and it will probably work for you. Cheers.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) who provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2013-11-11 00:00
Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)
Shooting Scars - Karina Halle Well then… torn about this. Most of it has nothing to do with book but with me (it’s not you, it’s me) just being burned out with the romance trend out right now of fucked up people who are broken and looking to make their fucked up decisions right. It’s exhausting to read.

Javier, I won’t lie. I like Javier. He’s manipulative and knows just what Ellie buttons to push. He also gave the lamest reasons EVER for cheating. Which leads me to Ellie. I’m really trying to like Ellie. I just wish she’d think for once. Just stop and think and stop the pity party and use your brain.

Camden is by far the better man here. LOVE his new alliance. I actually feel bad for him because he does deserve someone better than Ellie. I almost wish he would flee to Canada and start a new life. BUT, the fact that he won’t do any of that endears him to me.

That ending was awesome and worth the slow flow of the book.
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