Author: Karina Halle
Series: The Artist Trilogy #2
Publisher by: Hachette Book Group
Published on: August 20, 2013
Genres: Crime, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 412
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?
#TBT: I originally I read this book on release day in August 2013. I had already blazed my way through half the Experiment In Terror Series. Shooting Scars, was the tenth KH book I had read. I had already in love with her writing and her stories just kept getting better and better.
WOW! Shooting Scars was the equivalent of Quentin Tarantino directing an episode of Revenge. There were so much action and intense moments. I enjoyed the action, the characters, and the drama.
Shooting Scars picks up right where Sins & Needles left off. Ellie basically sacrificed herself to Javier in order to keep Camden and his family protected. Javier has a plan to get revenge and plans on using Ellie as a ploy. She decides to go along with it. To her it seems the only way to keep Camden protected. Ellie is a tough girl but she wants to redeem herself for all that bad things that she’s done. To her, it not only seems that she’s done bad things but that she herself is a bad person.
“Sometimes I’d do anything to be good” – Ellie
Javier, Ellie, and his crew have to head down to Mexico to put his plan into effect. Javier wants Ellie; he wants her love, her submission,….he wants it all but Ellie still holds anger and resentment over how their relationship ended. Yet the more time they spend together, the more she realizes that the intense chemistry between them is still there. Ellie is emotionally broken and this leads her to make some bad decisions in this story. She loved Javier but she also felt she she deserved someone bad like him. Yes, she has done messed up things but deep down she’s a good person that has just made the wrong choices. I was a bit upset with some of her decisions in this book but with the state her mind was in, I could understand why she did certain things.
“Camden is your past. I am your future.” – Javier
“You’re my past. Camden is my future.” – Ellie
Camden, my poor sweet Camden. He was badass in this book. Yet, no matter how much bigger and stronger he is now, he is still the sweet, vulnerable guy, that world seems to shit on, and it’s just not fair. Soon after reuniting with Sophia and Ben, things go from bad to worse. He becomes a wanted man and he has to set off to find the one man that can help him and Ellie, Gus. With Gus’s help they set off to go get their girl. There was lot of action in their search for Ellie. To me Gus was awesome because he truly wanted to help Ellie and Camden. Camden had to do some questionable things, while also trying not to succumb to the anger he holds inside. He fought through so much in this story.
“This is a different world now. You’re not Camden McQueen. You’re Connor Malloy. In this world, you will have to do things you have never thought you’d do, things you’ll wish you never did.”
Let me say I’m Team Confused aka Jamden. I love both men. I hated Javier in Sins & Needles but fell in love with him in On Every Street. There is something so enticing about him. Javier isn’t the same guy he was 6 years earlier. He is even more ruthless, cold, manipulative, and intense. I despised the things that he did in the name of revenge and the things he wanted Ellie to do. He kept a lot of secrets too but despite his many, many, flaws he does seem to still care for Ellie is his own perverse way.
There was so much that went on in this book and I loved every insane minute of it. The last 20% of the book had me on edge. I didn’t know how things would turn but I nervous and completely spent after I finished reading. Karina has such a fabulous way of writing. She takes these unique stories and instantly draws you in. I loved this book.
Books In The Artist Trilogy
On Every Street (TAT #0.5) – can be read before or after Sins & Needles
Sins & Needles ( TAT #1)
Bold Tricks (TAT #3)