Sins & Needles by Karina Halle
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Sins & Needles
Author: Karina Halle
Series: The Artist Trilogy #1
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Published: January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition, 437 pages
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.
**WARNING** This book contains graphic language, sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to sexual scenes, violence and a lot of cursing should refrain from reading this book.This is not YA or NA. 18 and above.
Sins & Needles brings a whole new meaning to the words pain is pleasure. Reading it is like getting a new tattoo where the needle is the words digging into your skin makes you hurt so good. It had me craving not only to find out what happens next, but also for Camden’s tantalizing body. Hearing the buzz words tattoos and bad boys had me instantly drawn to Sins & Needles and I am so delighted I read this lusciously dangerous book.
Ellie was a pretty kick ass strong character considering everything she had been through. I like that we get glimpses into Ellie’s past. It added build up to the story and more insight to how and why the characters acted the way they did now a day. Hearing about her past was rough and I felt for her. I honestly felt like at times she was to hard on herself. Ellie understood and made it through her past and I think she deserves happiness. Sure not everything she did in life was acceptable but she wanted away from the lifestyle even if it just seemed to not want to let her go.
Camden really proves that you can’t judge someone in high school. Everything he went through I feel like made him a better person, though it seemed sometimes he held on to the resentment. His story wasn’t as sad as Ellie but he had definitely been through a lot and seemed to still be going through some of it. Camden could scare me sometimes in the book. I can’t tell what is going on in his warped mind but there were some scenes I thought he was a complete bastard while others I loved and adored him.
I think my favorite scene in the whole book was the hotel in Las Vegas. What Camden does for Ellie was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. It was so sensual and soft and it had my heart completely melting. Not going to lie I would have like more sexy times in Sins & Needles. I am just being greedy but Camden’s body needs a book of its own. The scenes that were in the book were a nice tease and were completely appetizing to the eyes and mind. Camden could be rough and feral and I just wanted to say take me now to him. I’m glad that it wasn’t all rough sex though and we got to see some sensual sides.
Javier just seems like demented trouble to me. I feel like we didn’t see a lot of him but what we did it was enough to tangle you into his twisted web. I can see how Ellie got messed up with a guy like Javier and I just hope nothing horrible comes from it. There was something that stuck in my head after reading Sins & Needles. Javier said that he would do anything for Ellie and hurt anyone that hurt her. But if you think about it the person that hurt Ellie the most he never went after. If I was Ellie I would have told Javier to go after said person to once and for all get her vengeance, but I don’t think Javier would go against this person.
I would say that Sins & Needles was a solid four stars until I read the ending. It blew me away how things are left. I was screaming at my kindle and freaking out about what was happening. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book and see how things will turn out. I am honestly scared for some of the characters. I also am ecstatic to have it be a dual point of view and see in Camden’s twisted head.