Bold Tricks [NOOK Book]

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The third and final installment in Karina Halle's USA Today bestselling Artists Trilogy, now available in mass market paperback.

The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .

Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who ...
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Overview

The third and final installment in Karina Halle's USA Today bestselling Artists Trilogy, now available in mass market paperback.

The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .

Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he's been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death . . .

One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who's made a permanent mark on Ellie's heart. The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who's busted more than a few heads in his time. From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust . . . or die.

Approx. 80,000 words.

Don't miss the other titles in this edgy, sexy, action-packed contemporary romance series:
Sins&Needles, Book 1
On Every Street, Book 1.5
Shooting Scars, Book 2
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/27/2014
Halle’s three-book tale of a tattoo artist and a former con artist concludes with this superlative installment (after Shooting Scars). Ex-scammer Ellie Watt is in Mexico trying to free her parents from the clutches of drug dealer Travis, with the help of Javier, a cartel leader, and her boyfriend, Camden McQueen. The journey across Mexico is fraught with danger; the three are constantly trying to elude Travis’s henchmen and must use deadly force to defend themselves. Death and destruction seem to follow Ellie everywhere she goes, and she is forced to employ her instincts for survival if she wants to save those she loves. Ellie also wants to convince Camden that she still loves him even though she and Javier were once lovers. The romance sizzles as Halle reveals Ellie’s tenacity and strength. This installment is the best of the three, with a plethora of twists and turns and betrayals that will take readers on a nail-biting ride of suspense. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"The author has an extraordinary ability to tell a story that just about jumps from the pages directly onto the big screen. Fans of suspense and twisted romance will be overjoyed with Halle's talent."—RT Book Reviews on Bold Tricks

"4 Stars! The trio of main characters will occupy readers' thoughts until the saga is completed...a brilliant follow-up to a wondrous debut. Book three, where are you?"—RT Book Reviews on SHOOTING SCARS

"I knew from the moment I began chapter one that Karina and I are kindred spirits. Fans of her Artists series will not be disappointed with this second installment and will no doubt be left panting for the third."—CJ Roberts, USA Today bestselling author on Shooting Scars

"Karina Halle has done it again with this violently beautiful tale of love, pain, revenge & loss that will rip you apart, piece by piece, and put you back together again."—New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author S.L. Jennings on Shooting Scars

"I'm officially addicted to Karina Halle's writing, but I don't plan on seeking a cure for this obsession anytime soon."—New York Times bestselling author Chelsea M. Cameron on On Every Street

"4 1/2 Stars! Sins & Needles is a hot and sexy, action-packed romance in a category all its own. The chemistry between Ellie and Camden sizzles and sparks on the page...Sins & Needles is unforgettable and will leave you begging Halle for more."—RT Book Reviews on Sins and Needles

CJ Roberts
"I knew from the moment I began chapter one that Karina and I are kindred spirits. Fans of her Artists series will not be disappointed with this second installment and will no doubt be left panting for the third."
New York Times bestselling author Chelsea M. Cameron on ON EVERY STREET
"I'm officially addicted to Karina Halle's writing, but I don't plan on seeking a cure for this obsession anytime soon."
RT Book Reviews on SINS AND NEEDLES

"4 1/2 Stars! Sins & Needles is a hot and sexy, action-packed romance in a category all its own. The chemistry between Ellie and Camden sizzles and sparks on the page...Sins & Needles is unforgettable and will leave you begging Halle for more."
RT Book Reviews on BOLD TRICKS
"This gripping conclusion to the Artists Trilogy may actually blow the socks off readers' feet...The author has an extraordinary ability to tell a story that just about jumps from the pages directly onto the big screen. Fans of suspense and twisted romance will be overjoyed with Halle's talent."
RT Book Reviews on SHOOTING SCARS
"4 Stars! The trio of main characters will occupy readers' thoughts until the saga is completed...a brilliant follow-up to a wondrous debut. Book three, where are you?"
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author S.L. Jennings on SHOOTING SCARS
"Karina Halle has done it again with this violently beautiful tale of love, pain, revenge & loss that will rip you apart, piece by piece, and put you back together again."
http://smexybooks.com/2013 on SHOOTING SCARS
"What I truly love about this series is the heroes and heroine are not nice people...[Karina] dares us fall in love with the bad."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455552214
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Artists Trilogy
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 41,824
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and the USA Today Bestselling author of Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920s farmhouse on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Learn more at:
AuthorKarinaHalle.com
Twitter, @MetalBlonde
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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    "On one side of me was Camden McQueen on the other was Javi

    "On one side of me was Camden McQueen on the other was Javier Bernal. One more light than dark, one more dark than light."

    GAH! What a crazy ride this series has been. I have to give Karina Halle credit here, how the hell has she released not one, two.. but 4 incredible books in such a short space of time? As well as all the other series she has written. Amazing.

    I have to just start off by saying this was by no means my favourite book out of the series. I did enjoy it, it did have me on the edge of my seat, but at the same time, I felt that parts of it were too much, a little unrealistic and often I found myself thinking who are these characters? Almost as if they had changed and transformed in to these strangers that I didn't know. That was my negative, they were the few issues that I had. Aside from that, I had no idea what to expect from Shooting Scars, after all, what we have already read in the series has been one crazy scenario after the other, and now all of a sudden Camden and Javier on the same team? How was this going to work? I wasn't sure.. would I still be Team Camden, or would I be swayed over to the dark side? I wasn't sure, but I knew I was freaking excited to find out for sure.

    As for the characters themselves, once again I was IN. LOVE. ♥ I am 100% Team Camden, BUT I can not deny the fact that I do also love Javier, just a tiny little smidge. There is just something about him and his filthy, dirty mouth that I love. On his own, away from Ellie.. I would totally be Team Javier, but for the purpose of this story and series? Nuhuh.. I am all for Camden. There's just no competition for me.

    "Oh angel, you forget. You're the only one who gave me a soul. If I don't have one anymore, it's not my fault."

    A lot of this book shocked and surprised me.. as well as some bits being a little predictable. The drama was off the charts. Every page there was something happening whether that be someone dying, secrets being revealed or Cam and Ellie rekindling their love. Oh yes those scenes were my favourites. Although I may have complained about there being too much drama at times, I have to say that not once whilst I was reading was I ever bored. I didn't ever want to put the book down, only when I had to.

    "I effin need you and I need you to forgive me. I need that more than anything in the world! I need you to make me good."

    I feel kind of.. um sad, dissatisfied? with the end of this book as series. Yes Ellie's story may be over, and she may have the ending I feel like she deserved after all the crap life has dealt her. But it felt to me like there was still many things left unfinished and I was left wondering what happened to certain characters. I just wanted more.

    "With glasses, covered in tattoos. A real effin work of art, a tortured soul with a heart of gold, who F's like an animal and will love me till my dying day."

    I have my own issues with the editing of this book but I appreciate that that is a publisher problem, not down to Karina. I find it really hard to believe that this book went through any kind of editing process, and I'm baffled as to how so many errors slipped through in to the final book. In the Amazon UK version anyway.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    "These violent delights have violent ends And in

    "These violent delights have violent ends

    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder..."

    -Romeo and Juliet


    What a thrilling conclusion to such a take-no-prisoners series. Bold Tricks takes place immediately following the stunning ending to Shooting Scars without a moments pause. There is danger. Sex. Love. And best of all, resolution to the nagging question of who will Ellie choose

    "On one side of me was Camden McQueen, on the other was Javier Bernal. One more light than dark. One more dark than light. Both men had come for me, both men had loved me, and both of them I had underestimated."


    Ellie, has once again, found herself between a rock (Camden) and a hard place (Javier); cue music.

    Between car chases, gun battles, and plenty of pissing contests, there were moments of intense emotion and clarity

    "But when you’re told over and over again about how immoral you are, how bad, how wicked, how unlikable how terrible you are, it’s hard to hear anyone say any different. I felt like a fraud being good just as I felt like a fraud being bad."


    And what was the focus of this torrid love story instead becomes a study of the human condition through the eyes of Ellie Watt.


    The growth of her character over the events that took place in On Every Street to now are worth the journey. There is a duality to her character: unbreakable yet fragile, right but SO wrong. For so long I was Team Javier (aka Team BatSh*tCrazy) and I still am, but I am Team Ellie all the way. Her narration and inner monologue throughout this series is heartbreaking.


    ....and Camden McQueen. Well, I wasn't always his biggest fan. It's hard to compete with Javier but there is something so endearing about his love and loyalty for Ellie

    " I don't want to love you, Ellie, but I do love you. I cant stop myself."

    But that doesn't mean you Team Camden people should count Javier out, because he might just surprise you...

    " Oh angel, you forget. You're the only one who gave me a soul. If I don't have one anymore, it's not my fault. "


    These characters are not innocent. They've each played a role as villain. But there is a humanity underlying between all of them (Javier too!) that leaves you second guessing, holding your breath, and praying for resolution.


    If you're looking for a series that sets the bar for other books in terms of character depth, emotion and plot,THIS, is the one.


    5 stars*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    Instead of recapping this story, all I want to do is get right t

    Instead of recapping this story, all I want to do is get right to the point and BOAST ABOUT HOW UNBELIEVABLE THIS END TO THE TRILOGY IS! These characters ripped my heart out, completely changed how it beat, and put it back in my chest to make me feel everything that they felt. I cannot even begin to describe the roller coaster of emotions and events that took place in this book. 




    If you haven't read the first two books, you NEED to! If you have, all I can say is Bold Tricks starts out with Ellie, Camden and Javier on the road/run together, each having different motives and agendas. Will they come together to ultimately take care of the business they wish to finish, or will they all crumble, crash and burn along the way? And most importantly, how will they each come to see their end? You will definitely find out, of course, after ripping your hair out, screaming, crying and saying plenty of "OH GODs". Yes, you will get there. 




    "I don't think you and I can ever go back to being the people we were before."




    The action. OH MAN THE ACTION! Being on the road together, between two men that hate each other but love her, Ellie is forced to confront her feelings as well as theirs. In the midst of trying to reclaim one of their very own, Ellie must deal with her fears and where she stands with both Javier and Camden. The scenes between these three are filled with tension, uncertainty, regret and straight up craziness. Camden/Ellie on one edge with unspoken words and pain dividing them, and then Ellie/Javier on another edge with spite and anger filling the space between, makes for one messed up trifecta. 




    "You know I'm doing all of this for you, my angel. I wouldn't do this for anyone else, not ever."




    Ellie has grown so much. She's come to terms with the lies she's told, the bad decisions she's made and the decisions she HAD to make to save herself and the one person she truly loves. Revenge was everything she wanted since she was a little girl, but can she put that aside and choose a better way, a better life? Can she right all of the wrongs she's made along the way and if not, at least make up for them? Her love for Camden is astounding and the actions she takes in Bold Tricks really show her coming full circle with many in her life, accepting them for who they truly are and giving their place in her life rightful meaning.  I love Ellie. This book is her story and she truly owns it.




    "I f***ing need you and I need you to forgive me. I need that more than anything in the world! I need you to make me good."




    "Then the sun rose and his lips lightened my soul and his heart set me free. And I was able to move on."




    My heart belongs to Camden. No matter how much I love Javier, Camden has a way of seeping into your soul and healing any cracks that might exist. In Bold Tricks, Camden is destroyed. He's trying his best to deal with the past mistakes both he and Ellie made in the name of their turbulent situations, in the name of others and in the name of love. He's broken and trying to put his emotions aside and do what's right for Ellie and for himself. But, can he keep his love for her out of it and look past her one downfall, Javier? Karina made me feel Camden to the core. His devotion to Ellie is unwavering and the lengths he goes to in this book to prove that to her is heart stopping. 




    "You broke me, you broke my f***ing heart."




    "Ellie Watt, you're more beautiful than you've ever been."




    Just when you think you get and understand Javier, he surprises you all over again. This bad guy is awful to the core, but there's still a part of me that lives for him, lives for his wicked yet dangerous persona and his messed up, obsessive love. Every move he makes throughout this book is carefully calculated and without revealing too much, he keeps your heart painfully situated in your throat. At every turn I second guessed him. Can I trust him? Is he going to turn on Ellie/Camden? What is his ulterior motive or does he not have one? I was sick with confusion. I wanted him to be bad but good, and show that soft side again that he once showed to Ellie. But there was too much..too much that happened in the past and too much that was still affecting his state of mind to allow any sliver of his goodness to show through. 




    "That's what I hated most about Javier, that there was always a kernel of truth to his words, a truth that made you fall for the lies."




    "Believe me, angel, you don't want to see what comes out in the dark."
     
    Bold Tricks was suspense on steroids; a stand up roller coaster with a faulty safety chest restraint and one bad a** mother of a time! Karina Halle has got IT. She knows how to plot out every single twist and turn in a series, knows how to write deep and complicated characters and knows how to BLEED the feelings out of her readers. She also has a fantastic way of making raw, hot, passionate sex and sobering betrayal taste so sweet and gritty at the same time. 




    I hid in the bathroom and read the end of this book. I cannot say what transpired but there was calmness, screams, smiles and tears. In which order? Of course you have to read to find out. It was an amazing end to an equally amazing series and I've been in a TAT hangover since I finished. Thrilling yet enticing and emotional, Bold Tricks along with the entire Artists Trilogy Series, brands you and makes you care deeply about a world and characters that you forget are not real, but in the pages of these books, are as real as real gets! 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where to sta

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Where to start? At the end of Shooting Scars our three main characters are forced to work together—and awkward doesn’t begin to cover it.
    Javier quickly proves he can’t be trusted (shocking, I know) and violence and pain ensue.
    Ellie—oh Ellie, she just can’t catch a break. Her past won’t let her go, her present is all pain, and her future doesn’t look much better.
    Camden—I need a moment—I love Camden. Even after On Every Street, Javi was unable to sway my affection. With everything that comes at Camden, he rises to the occasion. Most men would react or lash out (hola Javier) and don’t get me wrong, Camden has his moments, but ultimately he’s exactly who he has always been: the one man who loves Ellie exactly as she is. He wants her happy, whole, and his. And he will stop at nothing to help her get everything she needs.
    Karina tells the story brilliantly. There are a lies and violence galore, but would you expect less? This is Ellie’s life, and it’s been filled with crap. The way Karina writes Ellie’s story and her climb from the depths she has sunk is brilliant. Is Ellie perfect? No. But she’s dedicated to finding her way back to something good—whatever that may be.
    I absolutely loved that Javier got his due. If he had died or been killed, Ellie’s choice would have been moot. By actually making a decision and following through, we see Ellie’s strength once again.
    Am I happy she chose Camden? Hell yes! Their good and bad balance each other. They get the true HEA that they deserve. What more can we expect from such a high intensity story? All Ellie has ever wanted is someone who knows all of her and still loved her, a family, a life she could be proud of. Karina gives her all of it—just perfect.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    What an ending! Bold Tricks had me on the edge of my seat, gripp

    What an ending! Bold Tricks had me on the edge of my seat, gripping the blankets, hyperventilating, crying, throwing my kindle, picking it back up (glad it was not injured!), and cuddling with it at the end. Yes, all those emotions. And more. So let's try and dissect that a little shall we?

    It is no secret that I love me some Javier. No, it really doesn't make sense. Yes I know he is a drug lord and kills people for fun. No I haven't had my head checked recently, why do you ask? That being said, I was never sure he was the right one for Ellie. I always described my love for Javier as - vacation boyfriend. You know, the guy you meet on vacation, that you have a steamy week or so with, you do things together, you get to be someone else for a time, and then you go home to your life. He is a bit unstable for a long term relationship.

    Poor Ellie is certainly put through the ringer in this last installment of The Artist Trilogy. She learns some things, looses some things, and is not sure where things stand between her and the two men in her life. Even though she sometimes sees herself as weak and not worthy of love, we really see her pull up her bootstraps and face down some things I hope none of us ever have to deal with. She turns out in the end to be the strongest character in the series.

    And Camden, sweet sexy tattoo covered Camden ... well, after some of the things that went down in Shooting Scars he isn't so sweet and innocent anymore. But I still hurt for him. After everything he went through to get back to Ellie, and then the things he saw ... well let's just say he starts off a bit confused and shaken. He doesn't know where things stand, where he wants things to stand, with him and Ellie.

    And then everything goes to hell in the ways you and I have come to expect from reading Halle's books. Does it end in an HEA? Who does Ellie end up with? Does everyone even survive? You will have to read it to find out. Perfect ending to a fabulous trilogy. Well done!

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    After unique and exciting Sins & Needles and after intense a

    After unique and exciting Sins & Needles and after intense and emotional Shooting Scars believe me that THIS is going to be the most phenomenal and mind-blowing instalment in the series!

    The unthinkable has happened - Ellie, Camden and Javier have to unite to dig themselves out of the mess they created in previous book. But is it even possible for the three of them to cooperate after everything that had happened? Everyone wants to do things their own way and so the wildest ride of their lives begins. Will Ellie get her long-sought revenge? And will she ever be able to find peace and happiness?

    Ellie's state of mind is not at good place at the beginning of this book. She made various mistakes she deeply regrets and she is a different woman than the one we used to know in previous instalments. Seeing everything through Ellie's eyes made me dizzy. All that raw passion and her desperation to feel loved, to feel alive... Karina Halle definitely did not make it easy for her readers, but I have to love her for her ability to make me feel completely engrossed in her story no matter what is happening!

    Another thing that is most definitely worth of mentioning are sex scenes. Written by Karina Halle, they are never robotic or meaningless. They are always raw, emotional and memorable! I loved how action-packed this book was from the very beginning. Full of adrenalin, excitement and constant present of danger. The moment things calmed down a little bit, something else happened. Believe me, this book will blow your mind and Camden will steal your heart!

    So much has happened in Bold Tricks! I was shocked, I was mesmerized and I was constantly on my toes. It was one hell of a ride and fabulous conclusion to the trilogy. To say I loved it would be understatement. I devoured every single word and I'm sad it is over. Thank you Karina for sharing Ellie's story with us. This series will stay with me forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Ever read a book, or a series, and feel the need to climb a moun

    Ever read a book, or a series, and feel the need to climb a mountain or a rooftop and just yell "I LOVE THIS BOOK!"? Well this series, as all Karina Halle series, has given me that feeling. I don't even think I can do this book (or the series for that matter) justice in a review. Because I'm afraid it would mostly be me gushing about how much I loved it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Its action-packed, sexy, and emotional. It takes the reader through a range of emotions... I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat, and I was petrified for Ellie in the course of 226 pages. There were moments where I wanted to throw my Kindle, and moments where I just wanted to hug the characters. There were times when I felt frustrated and happy and sad all at the same time. That is not something that happens with every book I read, much less with every book in a series. The Artists Trilogy is a wild ride, and I wouldn't have changed a thing about the final installment. I thought it wrapped up perfectly and left me satisfied with what happened to the characters. And considering I was really emotionally invested in them, I think that was a pretty tough feat to accomplish.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    This is a fantastic finish to a FANTASTIC, MUST READ, NOT LIKE A

    This is a fantastic finish to a FANTASTIC, MUST READ, NOT LIKE ANYTHING OUT THERE SERIES!

    It's no secret that I love Karina Halle's writing and this series is no different. BUT I also love reading in general. I read A LOT, all kinds of genres and I can honestly say that I love this book as a BOOK LOVER. Bold Tricks wasn't an easy ride, but I think it finishes the series nicely.
    These are not the characters we met in Sins & Needles and they SHOULD NOT be. This series is so action packed, edgy and unpredictable. Each book evolved with a series of events and character developments that lead us to the new Javier, Camden and Ellie. And, how could I not LOVE the new Camden and Ellie? They are a result of all of the things I enjoyed about this series- the intensity, suspense, unpredictability and yes, the raw heartache. This book, along with every other of the series, took me on an emotional roller coster. I was scared, pissed, excited, ecstatic, murderous and more than anything, I LOVED the ride.

    I strongly recommend this to anyone who loves excellent writing and books that draw you in and evoke every emotion imaginable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Loved it

    This was an amazing group of books. Very hot and always kept me guessing. Couldnt put it down..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    ¿On one side of me was Camden McQueen, on the other Javier Berna

    “On one side of me was Camden McQueen, on the other Javier Bernal. One more light than dark, one more dark than light. Both men had come for me. Both men had loved me. And both of them I had seriously underestimated.”

    If I could I would rate this 5+ stars… this book is the perfect ending of an amazing, epic, and one-in-a-kind book series. I highlighted on every page just to hold on to this awesomeness. I can’t even describe how sad I am having to say goodbye to my dear Ellie, loveable Camden, and favorite psychopath Javier – I’ll truly miss them. Bold Tricks was entertaining, gritty, steamy, heart wrenching, heart stopping, and simply perfect. If I could fall more in love with Karina’s writing then I’d have after reading Bolt Tricks. She developed the story’s ending in such great way that you can only love it. Her writing had spice and she didn’t disappoint in keeping me on edge throughout the book. Her writing is sharp, edgy, addictive – she hooks you with having no attention to let you go.

    Did I hate Javier while reading Bold Tricks? Oh yes I certainly did hate him on many occasions but I also felt utterly sorry for him. I want to believe –despite finishing BT- that deep down he cared and truly loved Ellie all along. Yeah he has weird way of showing it –in a psycho way, to be clear- but he was still loveable in BT. He was still the master of manipulation and played his mind-tricks pretty well. He was the drug lord we came to know and love, and his hunger for power never lessened throughout the book. Many things made me gasp in shock, ‘cause after all, you never mess with Javier; he will come for you… and oh boy he did. I was literally yelling at my kindle cause in the last 30percent Karina put some serious stuff in it. My heart was feeling like on an effing roller-coaster: one minute I was all happy, sitting on my cloud nine, then BAM in the next minute it felt like someone ripped my heart out and put in on a platter. Brilliant, but my poor heart… nevertheless, I will miss Javier and his special way of showing Ellie, his Angel, how much he loved her.

    You want to know my feelings toward Camden now? No words, really none that could describe my deep adoration toward him. He’s effing perfect!! He’s hot, caring, kinky, all man, and just yummy. Who wouldn’t want him *hehe* He was my hero in BT and I adored his determination. He never stopped trying or thinking about giving up –he fought until the bitter end. He knew what he wanted and he didn’t give up until he had it. Of course my lil heart hurt for him when reading about his pain; the memories which haunted him after seeing Ellie get a bit too cozy with Javier on the balcony. But, he was so strong in BT and tried to focus on the here and now. All he had left was the now, the past didn’t exist and he knew he had to move on. Geez, he was awesome…so awesome that I envy Ellie.

    My dear Ellie, the strongest female character ever… again she got fooled by the man she ones loved and trusted… again she hurt by the man that always had her back, never gave up on her, and always loved her…. again she tried to see the good in him until she saw right through him…until she saw what she should have seen all along… finally she saw the things Camden always saw in her and finally accepted them.
    She suffered in BT; both mentally as physically and it made me sad to feel her disappointment throughout so many situations. She lost so many people in BT that I asked myself how can she still be so strong and move on? Love was and is the answer… Ellie loves and she does everything for the people she loves. I loved reading the book in her pov –feeling her happiness, confusion, as well as sorrow. She had it tough, sitting between two men that would and did kill for her wasn’t easy…but eventually she made her choice, a choice she knew would bring her joy in life. Joy she finally deserved!

    In BT a lot of sad things happened, you read how some ugly truths come out but also read about many blissful, life-changing events. It holds some surprises and makes you hold your breath. It never gets boring and it keeps you on edge most of the same… I can’t say that I disliked anything; furthermore, I was the happiest person when I finished. The epilogue is just aaww and EPIC. I would have loved and given an arm or leg to switch position with Ellie at the end… that’s all I’m saying to the HEA ;)

    Really if you haven’t started this series you truly miss out on one of the best books/series ever!

    Some of my favorite quotes:

    “That’s what I hated most about Javier, that there was always a kernel of truth to his words, a truth that made you fall for the lies.”

    “You know what you mean to me, angel. You know the length that I’ll go to, all to make sure you get justice.”

    “The us that was is gone. This is the new us.”

    “He was a loose cannon, a wild card, and it was the moment I underestimated him that he’d totally pull the rug out from under us.”

    “I’m nearsighted. … But at least I can see you clearly. The things up close. The things that matter.”

    “I know now what I didn’t know then, that for some people love is never enough.”

    >>>>ARC given by publisher<<<< Review by Nadine ~Hook Me Up Book Blog

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    Omg this story had me chewing off my fingernails!! Ellie Watt is

    Omg this story had me chewing off my fingernails!! Ellie Watt is a beautiful broken creature! What a book hangover Karina gas given me!! I'm in love with Camden!!! Omg how can I sleep now????? This series is a must read!!!!

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿ Elli Watt feels like she is stu





    My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿








    Elli Watt feels like she is stuck between a rock and a hard place.......literally. So much has happened she can barely keep her head on straight, and now she is stuck between two men who have all but torn her heart to pieces. Javier is her past, she can no longer trust him. He has used her once too many times and whatever soul he may have once possessed, has long since disappeared. Camden is her future, he was all goodness, but she is afraid she may have brought darkness and damage to his heart. So much so, she isn't sure he will recover. Here she is, between these two men, the three of them still chasing down the monster who started it all.




    Travis Raines has disappeared into South America, protected by his cartel and taking with him Ellie's mother and her good friend Gus. Javier has the connections to find out where he is hiding and Ellie and Camden have no choice but to go along if they want to get Ellie's loved ones back. That doesn't mean they have to trust Javier. Surviving several cartel attacks, the trio plus a handful of enforcements end up trudging through jungle to get to Travis' hiding place, when once again the rug is pulled out from under. And both Camden and Ellie are forced to make choices that could have a permanent impact.




    In the end, it all comes down to one final showdown, where faith, trust and love are tested and tried, and redemption can be found.




    ****




    It was a GRAND finale!!!! OMG.... so friggin exciting from beginning to end!!! You have to read every single book of this series in sequence...... I'm gonna do it again in a few months, but then back to back......and it'll be orgasmic!!!!




    I thought Javier was completely gone. Lost to the dark side in this final episode. His was such a tragic decline, but the sick darkness that was there from the beginning just grew like a cancer when there was no light in his life to balance it. No morals, no ethics, and any residue feelings were easily shoved aside in favour of the dark and vengeful lunacy that ruled him. In the end, however, a surprising moment of lucidity, an instant of humanity where a just moral choice was his. And he took it.




    Amazing Camden. I hurt for someone who is forced by circumstance to darken his soul by stepping so far outside of his comfort zone, he is crossing every one of his moral boundaries. But Camden gives it all for love, because for him life without Ellie or his son would be meaningless. His transformation over the course of this trilogy is dramatic. He becomes a true 'protector' of what is his, his woman, his family.......at any and all cost. The heart of an artist, the soul of a warrior.




    From an angry, bitter and vengeful scrap of a con-artist, Elli went through a confused phase when dark and light battled inside her, to eventually morph into a woman who craved light and happiness, willing to let go demons of her past. But when those demons weren't willing to let go of her and hers, she was strong enough to fight back and stand for the future she now wanted to believe in with all her heart. Even if that future was not guaranteed, she was willing to put all of herself out there, just to have a chance. 




    I have loved these characters so much.... Karina Halle has managed to create three completely different people and allow them to evolve around each other, each keeping their own integrity, but influenced by each of the others. The plot and suspence where once again so intense, I was unable to find an appropriate spot to put the book down, so I just kept reading until I was done. Absolutely phenomenal read!!!








    ¿Exceptional, edgy, stimulating and emotional thrillride!!¿








    * On Every Street (# 0.5)
    * Sins and Needles (# 1)
    * Shooting Scars (# 2)




    **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing, in return for an honest review.**

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    Talk about a gut wrenching finale! This book concludes the Artis

    Talk about a gut wrenching finale! This book concludes the Artist’s Trilogy nicely and ties up pretty much every loose end. However, the way things pan out, of course there is a love triangle to resolve and it gets resolved in more ways than one, though I can definitely tell, some people will be rioting from the end result.

    This book starts off right after book 2 “Shooting Scars”. I absolutely love that it was written this way because it reads like one really long suspenseful novel. We find Javier, Camden and Ellie stuck together unwillingly, but with similar goals in mind still. Mainly ‘Kill Travis’. And that’s if they don’t kill each other first. I can’t help but think of ‘Kill Bill’ throughout this quest of theirs as it turns into one deadly ride after another, all across Mexico and Central America. The Cartels are still a huge threat for the trio as they saddle up to rescue Gus, Ellie’s old friend and possibly now, Ellie’s Con Artist mother, but they don’t dominate the scenery as they did in book 2. We get to see another side of each character. Like it or not, it’s time to swallow the hard truths about Ellie that she didn’t even know about herself. Though I did find some plot lines were predictable, but still, some were not.

    The sex in this one, whoooaaaa! Yes there was plenty of it and it was hot! Several scenes were made up of just sex so be ready to steam it up.

    Okay, I admit…the guy I was rooting for, the one I really wanted to win Ellie’s heart…well, it’s devastatingly sad that it turns out the way it did but, I have to say, the best man for Ellie pans out. This book is so chock full of action, chase scenes and bombings galore, it did begin to feel like I was watching a Michael Bay movie playing out before my eyes. This is okay for me but some can cause some fatigue for a reader not into that much action.
     
    The story unfolds slowly at first with Ellie’s thoughts and musings dominating the chapters but, once you get past that part, wow, there’s A LOT of action! Just when you think the story is over, another twist happens and then yet another comes slamming in. The amount of back stabbing in this one was atrocious and I really was wondering how Ellie was going to pull herself out of each mucky situation and come out alive. She’s definitely grown from the first novel in the series, turning into one tough chica, without remorse and hardened to the core. It made me wonder how she could really come out the other end emotionally and mentally intact, but that’s for readers to read and find out for themselves if she does or doesn’t

    An epic conclusion to a very fast paced trilogy that leaves you saddened that it’s really over. A definite must read to your list this year. What are you waiting for? Just beware, when you're done, here comes the withdrawals! 
    5 Stars!!!!

    I received an ARC of this ebook from the author for an honest review. Thank you :)

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  • Posted February 16, 2015

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    Drug Cartels, Con Artists, and The People Who Get Caught in Thei

    Drug Cartels, Con Artists, and The People Who Get Caught in Their Crosshairs

    The ultimate love triangle is forced to work together in the final installment in The Artists Trilogy. Ellie, Cameron, and Javier join forces in an attempt to bring down Travis and rescue Gus despite mistrust all-around. 

    After getting to know Javier intimately in SHOOTING SCARS, I no longer had any misguided feelings of love for him. Karina Halle did the unthinkable in converting this reader from Team Javier to Team Cameron once I saw how far Cameron would go to rescue Ellie. And okay, Cameron’s well-hidden abilities to shoot down snipers and beat up drug leaders didn’t hurt either. In BOLD TRICKS, I have to admit I still kept thinking Javier was going to reveal his inner soul and have some hidden good intentions somewhere in his bag of tricks, but I never had any false hopes that he’d win back Ellie’s heart. He didn’t deserve it after all he’d done. And I would have lost a lot of respect for Ellie if she’d chosen Javier over Cameron. Still, I have to respect Ms. Halle’s efforts to write her characters honestly rather than just tie everything up in a pretty bow. 

    BOLD TRICKS combines action, suspense, romance, and angst in a fast-moving story of drug cartels, con artists, and the people who get caught in their crosshairs.

    **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

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  • Posted January 9, 2015

    Amazing

    This entire series is absolutely amazing. karina Halle molds an amazing world full of hate, tragedy, deception, conning and above all love. I highly recommend this series as this is the last book. Don't miss out!

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  • Posted December 23, 2014

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    Just when you think things can't get more exiting in this series

    Just when you think things can't get more exiting in this series, get ready for Karina Halle to blow your socks off with Bold Tricks.  Ellie, Camden, and Javier's journey comes full circle in this epic, heart-pounding, action-packed finale to a series that totally rocks.  They face insurmountable danger around every turn and aren't sure who they can trust.  Love is tested on every level and in every way imaginable, as is trust, especially between Ellie and Camden.  You'll be on the edge of  your seat as you turn the pages to see who survives, and who ends up with whom when it's all said and done. 




    I honestly didn't think that Camden McQueen could get any hotter after Shooting Scars, but let me tell you this man takes it to a whole new level in Bold Tricks.  I am totally swooning after him in all his hot, badass glory.  Javier even had his moments when I couldn't help but like him to.  In the midst of all the danger and turmoil, he manages to add a bit of humor with some of the things he says, but he really ticked me off in this novel with some of the things he does also and definitely deserved everything he had coming to him.  Ellie, despite her bad choices, steps up her level of badass in Bold Tricks also and is quite the heroine. 




    I was very happy with the conclusion of the series and with who Ellie ends up with, as well as the way Karina Halle ended the story.  If you are looking for something different that will get your blood pumping in more than one way, capture your attention, and have you biting your nails as you turn the pages, then Bold Tricks and the entire Artists Trilogy is something you will definitely want to check out. 

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  • Posted December 17, 2014

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    4.5 thrilling, steamy, intense, fascinating stars! Oh, Yeah!!!

    4.5 thrilling, steamy, intense, fascinating stars!


    Oh, Yeah!!!!!!!

    The conclusion to the fantastic Artist trilogy, by Karina Halle, was AMAZING!!!

    I really loved the two previous books in this trilogy, and I could not wait to see what kind of reading escape this was going to be! The other books in this series left me on the edge of my seat a couple of times, and I was positive that this last installment was going to be intense and emotional. This third book picks up where Shooting Scars ended. Javier, Ellie and Camden are running towards danger. To save her good friend Gus, and her mother, Ellie will do whatever it takes to get to them on time and to obtain her revenge on Travis, the man who destroyed her life. What she did not expect was to embark on this heart-pumping journey with Camden and Javier by her side. Both these man have drastically changed her life. Will she be able to get her revenge without losing the people that she loves?

    It's really hard to talk about this last installment without giving anything away from the previous two books or how it's going to end. What I will say is that Karina Halle did an amazing job at writing the conclusion of this fantastic trilogy! Javier, Ellie and Camden form an alliance that is hard to resist. I am not a fan of love triangles and my mind was made up at the end of Shooting Scars who I wanted Ellie to end up with. I love both Camden and Javier. They have a je-ne-sais-quoi about them that pulled me in and they never let me go! I enjoyed every single scene that they had with Ellie and I'm extremely happy about how their story ended. I have to admit that I was an emotional mess in some parts. Some of the stuff that happened was unexpected and my heart was hurting for these characters.

    What I loved the most about this trilogy is that Javier, Ellie and Camden are characters that felt so REAL. They always said what they were feeling and they all grew has individuals along the way. This story was action-packed and an absolute page-turning reading journey! I want more, more, moreeeeee!

    I give Bold Tricks, by Karina Halle, 4.5 thrilling, steamy, intense, fascinating stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

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    Enjoyed this series so much. Well written, loved the characters and the storyline. Very action packed with just enough yummy sex with an extremely yummy good guy and the bad guy was pretty yummy too.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    What a fantastic series..

    This book, like the previous 2, is full of action, romance, good things and bad things. Ellie and Camden are great together, I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the whole series (any my goodness why haven't you), but Javier is one of those love to hate kind of characters, I wish the incident between him and Ellie didn't get to the point that it did, but it worked out. I'm definitely looking for more from Karina Halle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Wow.....

    It's over...I can't believe it's over! This has been one of the most action packed, gut wrenching, tear jerking, sexily written trilogies I've ever had the pleasure of reading! I'm so bummed that its over but I guess their stories have been told and now they can get put to bed but man what a wild ride!

    I can't even say a lot so as to not give away the plot of this last amazing book, but whatever you thought you knew was happening, throw it out the window, then pick it back up and just put it in the incinerator to burn because there is so much mystery and betrayal up until the very end, you never see it coming! I'm glad that Ellie comes into her own, she deserves to find herself after all the crap she goes through, but please read on to see how this war finally comes to an end...

    SR

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