Series: The Artists Trilogy #1
on January 25th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
I’m fairly new to the contemporary genre, having only discovered it last year. After shying away from the genre for so long, I was really excited to find that I actually LIKE the books. Having said that, I find that a lot of them tend to blend together. I forget the characters names, the book titles, the plots. There is ZERO risk of that happening with this series! Karina Halle has a way of keeping me enthralled, and I was heartbroken that this story had to end when it did. I will most definitely be continuing with the series as soon as possible!
I read On Every Street first, and while it wasn’t my favorite book, I fell in love with Eden (Ellie’s pseudonym). I was glad that I had that background story coming into this. I felt like I had the inside track to all her secrets. Camden is the one with the mystery. I could practically see the mischievous glint behind his eyes, and I knew that he was up to something. He is working his way up to the top spot in my book boyfriend list! Just like Ellie, I love that he isn’t perfect. There is just something about a tattooed bad boy, who isn’t all that bad, that just gets my heart pounding. The chemistry between the two of them is electric, and it caused physical pain to watch Ellie sabotaging her love life. I may or may have shouted NOOOOOOOO!!!! …perhaps more than once…
I wish I could pinpoint what it was about Halle’s writing style that draws me in. She is undoubtedly a seasoned author, and the more books of hers that I read, the more I fall head over heels! The characters are complex, there is a constant stream of drama, and the sex is creative and HOT! What more can I possibly ask for?!