Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing on August 20, 2013
Genres: Suspense, Romance, Dark, Adult
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A Dangerous Kind of Love . . .
When Ellie Watt offered herself to her thuggish former lover Javier to save Camden's life, she never imagined the twisted game Javier had planned for her. Trapped by him and his entourage of killers, Ellie is forced to commit a dangerous, heinous crime-or Javier will kill Camden. Now ex-con artist Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game . . . before it destroys her and the only man she ever loved.
Camden McQueen can't forget Ellie Watt. Seeking revenge and pursued by the authorities for a crime he didn't commit, the talented tattoo artist does things he never thought himself capable of to save Ellie. As Camden straddles the line between love and retribution, he vows to do everything in his power to get her back. But if Camden unleashes his dark side, will Ellie still love him?
At A Glance
I didn’t think this series could get anymore disturbing, but Halle pulled it off. Sins & Needles ended on a cliffhanger so I dived into Shooting Scars right away. I wasn’t even letting a second go by. I wasn’t even going to let a sneeze stop me from reading Shooting Scars right effing now! And it was as awesome as I hoped.
First, we get Camden and Ellie’s POV in this book. Oh how my heart could barely handle it. Camden is just so damn interesting. His feelings for Ellie are so strong and sometimes scary. Camden really tests his limits in this one, in that we learn he doesn’t really have any. He will and did do anything to get Ellie back. Even when Ellie kept ripping his heart out.
How Ellie became even more effed up boggles my mind. It’s crazy how easily manipulated she is. I get it though, her past (*cough* Javier *cough*) has messed her up beyond repair. She does things that seriously made me a little sick. She even knows how bad she is but she can’t help herself. And I love her for it…most of the time. I honestly don’t know if Ellie can ever be any semblance of normal.
Javier. I… What can I say? If Halle ever wrote a book in Janier’s POV, I don’t know if I would want to read it. He’s too far gone. Coo coo for Cocoa Puffs kind of crazy and twisted. I still don’t know what he is up to. Does he love Ellie or does we want to play with her intestines while eating ice cream? It could go either way really. Oh Javier, how you keep things interesting.
Halle takes our characters through dangerous parts of Mexico as Javier uses Ellie to gain power; Ellie uses Javier to hide from the person she wants to be; and Camden runs after the girl who can never be fixed. What a tangle web we weave.
We get action, suspense, romance, and that damn cliffhanger once again. And I loved every minute of it.
Again, the choices made by Ellie, although entertaining and surprising, were hard for me to understand. I’m getting tired of her constant pity party and self-loathing. Fight, dammit! And grow up.
There is sex and it is hot, but it’s also disturbing and I can’t say why because it would ruin the nasty surprise you all have coming! hehe, I’m evil.
Seriously, just read this series. I could say a million more awesome things about this book but it all comes down to that everyone should give this series a chance. There is just something about it. Highly recommended.
“True love doesn’t have a sick desperation to it, and undercurrent of doom. People who burn that brightly still get burned in the end.”
“I’d be there no matter what she chose, even if she wanted another lover, another life, I would still be there when she fell. When she wanted to run. When she wanted to come home.”
“Even at her worst, she made me want to be a better man. To be good enough for the both of us.”
“He shut the door behind him and set about locking many dead bolts before finally sliding the chain across.
“Tough neighborhood ?” I asked. “I saw a girl on a My Little Pony bike outside ; she looked kind of nasty.”