Title: Sins & Needles
By: Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy
My Copy: Ebook from Author
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).**
What!?! Are we really ending it there? Sins and Needles is not your happy go lucky romance. Readers that crave some tarnished and dirty. This is your story! Ellie has had a terrible life. It is crippling to see the progression of this character from child to woman, and the never ending cycle of bad lucky that seems to follow this girl. Viewing her as a woman it is torturing to see the unstoppable tornado building with each awful decision that she makes. After years of criticism and bullying she had found herself no better than her horrible parents. With several close calls she has found herself visiting the past, and trying to hide in her old life. Only there is a small problem with skeletons in the close; they never seem to stay in the closet. I never anticipated the twist Halle takes this novel. The web of betrayals and secrets keep the readers guessing to the very last page. I think I just broke my neck on this story’s abrupt end. No doubt that some will find this to be an undesired cliff hanger, but I have to say that Halle has proven her incredible writing abilities in this debuting novel. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity, and I absolutely can not wait to see what is to come as we continue skating the fine line of love and hate.