Review: Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Posted March 24th, 2016 in book review / 20 comments

Review: Bold Tricks by Karina HalleBold Tricks by Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #3
Publisher: Forever on October 15th 2013
Genres: Suspense, Romance, Dark, Adult
Pages: 226
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars
Heat: three-half-flames

With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.

At A Glance

Such a great ending to the trilogy.

The Good

That was effing intense! I felt like I could never relax because something was always going wrong or someone was always trying to screw over the other. And I loved it! The many betrayals and bloody, no holds barred action was simply superb. So much death, so much passion. It all worked so well.

Ellie is the same indecisive, insecure little spitfire we have come to love. She does grow as her deep love for Camden becomes undeniable. She wants to be a good person in Camden’s eyes and she will do anything to make that happen. Camden is still trying to get over Ellie’s betrayal, and boy is he dragging it out. But I get it; he feels extra hurt because he loved Ellie so much and he just wants that love undeniably reciprocated.

Javier is still Javier, most parts bad, some parts sexy, and all parts crazy. His bad/good meter is all fucked up. I never knew what to expect from him. I wasn’t surprised by his evil actions, those were a given, but the very small amounts of good made my head spin. I will say that how his story ends is fitting in my eyes.

I loved watching Ellie and Camden’s progression through the book. Lots of ups and downs, lots of drama, but it was all worth it in the end. I feel like we get a couple solid storylines that kept my interest the whole time and the ending left me smiling.

The Bad

I just didn’t believe Ellie and all her badassness. Just because she is a good con artist does not mean she’s a good sharpshooter.

The Snuggly

The sex was hot but it also made me giggle. It got a bit silly sometimes, but it worked. Mmmm, hot, jungle sex!

Final Thoughts

A great ending to the series. I liked the first and second book slightly better but not enough to change my rating. Bold Tricks deserves 4.5 stars. Very recommended.


“I don’t want to love you, Ellie, but I do love you. I can’t stop myself. I’ve been try to since the moment I saw you with him. You broke me, you broke my fucking heart. You broke me into so many pieces that I didn’t think I could find myself again. And I’m so damn scared, I’m scared just like you. You’ve always been my love, Ellie Watt, since the very beginning. Since the moment I saw your face, your beautiful, young face on that hot, dry day in Palm Valley. You were water for my soul, even in high school. You made me feel like I had another half, someone else who understood what it was like to be unwanted.”  

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20 Responses to “Review: Bold Tricks by Karina Halle”

  1. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I really need to try this series. I’ve seen it around for a while now. I do like those dark romantic stories. There aren’t a large number of writers who can write them well (or at least I haven’t found many of them yet). I need to try this one. I will move her up my TBR list.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I agree, dark romances are a hard one to tackle so I cherish the authors that can pull it off.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I would highly recommend it. You will know if you like this series by book 1.

  2. Christy LoveOfBooks

    Yay! Glad you loved the trilogy. Are you going to read the spin-off series? I forgot how it ended with Javier in this book, so I need to refresh before reading Dirty Angel.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      OMG, there is a spin-off series? Seriously, I need to do my research better!!!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      😀 I was nervous because not a lot of people liked the ending to this series.

  3. Olivia Roach

    It sounds like this one was the perfect ending to the trilogy and like you couldn’t get enough of it! Plenty of action to keep you satisfied, suspense and then the romance as well. I really want to read this series <3

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