I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shooting Scars by Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Published by Grand Central on August 20th 2013
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense
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Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.
When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole.
Meanwhile, Camden’s new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that in order to get back the woman he loves, he may have to lose himself in the process. He might just turn into the very man he’s hunting.
Told in dual POV from Camden and Ellie.
Hope you all had a tremendous holiday, with lots of good food and good company. Somehow between all of the family time, dinner and post-dinner lounging, I still found the time to read a little bit. I chose Shooting Scars since Sins & Needles has been running through my head since I finished it.
While this book didn’t quite compare, it was still a stellar sequel. It started off a little slow, I think mostly because the story was now split between both Ellie’s and Camden’s POV. I would just get into one half of the story, then be dragged away to the other half. I loved hearing Camden’s inner voice, and especially enjoyed following his story, but the whole while, I was dying for their characters to reunite! I missed their chemistry!
Speaking of chemistry, we are now reintroduced to Javier. If you haven’t already read it, be sure to read On Every Street before starting this book. I wouldn’t have otherwise understood the past between Javier and Ellie, and seen the draw that already exists between them. It left me feeling uncomfortable. Sign of a good book? You bet! Be prepared to be emotionally conflicted!
Ellie has, right from the beginning, been a character who walks a fine line. I’m never sure which side of that line she’s going to fall on. Every time I feel her growing into something more, she gets pulled back into the shadows and shades of gray. There is still so much distance for her to cover before she can redeem herself. Camden has also been dipping deeper into the darkness, and I’m curious to see how far down he will fall, and if he will be able to pull himself out once again.
I am desperately looking forward to the conclusion!