Today is my tour stop day for the Sins & Needles Tour and I’m excited to share this book with all of you because its a gem that definitely held its sparkle in my eyes. SINS & NEEDLES is the first book in a debut Adult Contemporary Fiction Trilogy that you won’t want to miss out on. Below Karina Halle has supplied me with an excerpt as well as a review copy of her book so below you can read my gushing 5 star review below.
Sins & Needles Excerpt
After the antics at the thrift shop were over and we walked away with a hideous mix of materials, our next stop was to pop into the grocery store and stock up on our meal. Thankfully, we were only wearing our crazy outfits for dinner and didn’t have to go into the store looking like total lunatics.Camden had decided on filet mignon, which he wanted to grill on his new BBQ, with a side of asparagus. You couldn’t get a sexier meal than that, unless you threw in some oysters. To Camden’s brazen credit, he did check at the seafood department but they didn’t have any. I decided to supply the wine and picked up two bottles of deep, bold reds.
“Do we look like alcoholics if we have two bottles?” I asked him, holding them both up, one in each hand.
His eyes sparkled. “Hold on, stay like that.”
“Like, with wine in the air?”
He put down the grocery basket and came toward me while I stood frozen. I was like a statue of the world’s most enthusiastic wino.
He stopped right up against me, leaving barely any room between us, and with those searing baby blues trailing from my eyes down to my lips, he cupped my face with one hand. I closed my eyes, gripping the necks of the bottles extra hard, and felt his lips press against mine. They were soft, warm and sweet. It felt like I didn’t have a hard bone in my body, just this lightness and sunshine.
Then I felt the wet brush of his tongue among my inner rim and I almost dropped the bottles.
He pulled back before I could readjust my grip and attack him more voraciously. That was probably a good thing considering we were standing in the middle of Safeway.
“What was that for?” I asked breathlessly, finally lowering the bottles. My arms had been shaking but from the strain or the kiss, I didn’t know.
He picked up the basket and gave me a nonchalant look. “You looked cute. What can I say?”“I thought maybe I looked easy, with the wine and all,” I joked, hoping my cheeks would stop flaming.
“Oh. Well, that too!”
My 5 star spoiler free review below sums up my LOVE for Sins & Needles!!
Sins, Lies, Lust, Tattoos, A Bad Ass Chick, Fast Cars, and Faster Men!
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).**
“Fine,” I said, clearing my throat. “I’ll help you. I’ll help you get all of that. But I think I’m going to need some of your trust to make this happen.” He grinned at me before pushing back his chair and taking a dishtowel over to the mess by the wall. “Ellie Watt,” he said as he crouched down to clean, “I wouldn’t even trust you if you were dead.”
Ellie is a con artist. She has perfected the skill of changing her name, appearance and victim on short notice. When her luck runs out and she funds herself being pursued by a Russian drug lord determined to make her his bride. I know what your thinking this book sounds more like a scene from Fast and The Furious and The Hangover?! Well let’s just say if you crave the high paced action storyline, with an enormous amount of sexual tension and incredible debauchery well then YES this book will quench your desire.
“A world without you in it is a song without the music. You need both to make it whole.”
Ellie decides to go back to her “roots” and go back to a simpler life with her uncle in Coachella, Ca where she attended high school in hopes that she can make a new life for herself while going undiscovered. Now what kind of book would it be without the wild car chases, lies, deceit, sex, drugs, money and heartache?! Not a book as exciting and intoxicatingly dangerous as SINS & NEEDLES was for me. *Sigh* This was a roller coaster ride I didn’t want to get off.
“But, hell, if a neighbor were to stick their head out their window and see a tattooed god ramming a chick in the neighbor’s backyard, all lit by romantic lights, they’d probably watch. I’d watch too.”
Con artists, drug cartels, Maffia, gambling, fast cars and faster men. Oh and did I mention tattooed men?! Lots of tattoos? This book with the California and Vegas setting has all the debauchery for an exhilarating new series that I recommend for everyone.
“And so there I was, standing outside the house of a guy who knew me when I was still redeemable. Someone who had known me and my parents. Knew exactly what I was and where I came from. Someone who was asking me out on a date, to see his show. And I was thinking two things: 1) I can’t afford to befriend anyone, let alone someone I wouldn’t mind seeing naked and 2) how much cash could I take from him before I hated myself.”
Meet Camden McQueen the best friend that Ellie betrayed in high school, and immediately upon arriving back in town and the two of them pick up right where they left off. Oh and Camden once known to be a “Gothic, trench coat wearing freak” in high school has now grown into a gorgeous tattoo artist that oozes confidence and has sex appeal seeping out his pores. Meanwhile he has his own past and demons he’s running from while Ellie also has another ex after her named Javier that complicates the situation a whole lot more. This green eyed drug lord has his sights sets on Ellie and NOTHING with stop him from attaining his goal.
“Spite was the fuel to right all your wrongs. And like any fuel, it could consume you.”
Meanwhile she’s driving around in his fast 1970 GTO she calls “Jose” that she stole from him and never looked back. Not only does he want to find her, he wants to keep her forever. Let the magnetic story teller Karina Halle take you on an exhilarating thrill ride where your unsure who to trust, and there’s nowhere to run except back into the world of SIN also refereed to as the glamorously sinful Las Vegas!!! I read this book in one setting, I couldn’t put it down and based on the nail biting ending I’ll be reading the next book Shooting Scars immediately upon release this summer.
“So now it’s all making sense. You fell in love with one of the bad guys.”
“Don’t forget though, I’m one of the bad guys too.” He didn’t say anything, perhaps lost in thought. I settled into my bed and pressed my head into the pillow. My eyes closed, ready for sleep. As I was drifting off, I heard Camden say, soft as air,
“You’re not bad, Ellie. The world is bad and you’re just trying to survive in it.”
I’m such a huge fan of all the characters in this book. I can appreciate a good villain and the most fascinating element in Karina Halle‘s writing is that she has a wonderful talent to write not just one delicious villain but three! Ellie, Camden, and Javier are likable villains that I’m completely enthralled with their outcome. The villainous Ellie, Camden, and Javier are borderline crazy yet lovable with equally redeemable qualities. If you’re looking for a contemporary fictional thrill ride with non stop action and fun that will leave you begging for by the last page then SINS & NEEDLES is for you!!! Karina Halle is my latest auto buy author. An easy 5 stars!!!!
“That is what I thought of you, Ellie. Heartless, reckless, selfish and cruel.”
“Beautiful, sad, wounded and lost,” he continued. “A freak, a work of art, a liar and a lover.”
ARC provided for review by the Author
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