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Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) [Kindle Edition]

Karina Halle
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"This book completely captivated me." - USA TODAY

"Raw and Racy. Wanna go for a ride?" - Maryse's Book Blog

"It's like Quentin Tarantino & Martin Scorsese wrote a book and had Kristen Ashley and M. Leighton edit. A hot, sexy, romantic, action packed book." - Tough Critic Book Reviews 

"Dark, gritty, and sexy as hell, Sins & Needles is pure perfection for fans of contemporary novels with a dangerous edge." - Xpresso Reads

"This book takes the reader on a fast-paced ride, through twists and turns that will leave you begging for more." - Addicted to Heroines

"If you're looking for a story that's sexy, full of tension and suspense and that often makes you swoon at the romantic bits then this is the book for you." - L.H. Cosway, author of Painted Faces

"One thing that I love about Halle's sex scenes is that they are not sweet and sensual, they are rough and steamy, but oh so hot through and through." - Alluring Reads
Packed with action, lies, backstabbing, sexual tension that leaves you breathless, hot scenes and so much love. Unconditional but messed-up love." - Claire Contreras, author of There is No Light in Darkness

From the Author

The Artists Trilogy
- Sins & Needles
- Shooting Scars
- Bold Tricks
Prequel novella - On Every Street

Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479359084
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5O7LAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! A little something for everyone :) January 25, 2013
By Brenna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"We all make our own path in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we're lucky, we're given the chance to make things right again."

I was SO EXCITED to start Sins & Needles!!! I was highly anticipating the release since I am such a huge fan of all her other works. I don't know how she does it, but the characters of her books are some of my favorite of all time, they feel so real to me. First with Dex & Perry of my absolute favorite series ever, Experiment in Terror, then Dawn & Sage of the The Devils Series, and now I can add Ellie & Camden to the ranks of best characters ever.

I won't go too deep into the plot, because the suspense of it is half the fun...:) But, Sins & Needles is a story told by Ellie. She is a con-artist bred from con-artists. She gets tired of running the same scams and after a close call, she heads back to her hometown to the only family member she's in contact with, her Uncle Jim. She's also running from someone in her past...

"Not many people had an ex that would probably shoot them in the head if they ever found them. And I meant that in the most literal sense."

Immediately upon returning, she runs into an old friend from high school, enter Camden McQueen. I LOVE HIM!

"Tattoos, sign-making, painting; Camden was the epitome of an artist - complete with the occasional mood swing as well."

"He was like a caring, hulking, nerd. And I wanted him."

There is a lot of history between the two and their relationship has been very turbulent. The story alternates between "then" and "now" to reveal more about Camden and Ellie, which is filled with some highs and some very low lows.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Gritty - Leaves you begging for more! January 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"There was no fun in the truth."

I don't read a lot of strictly adult contemporary fiction, but when I found out Karina Halle was writing this book, I just knew I had to give it a shot. I am so thrilled that I did. I was completely blown away by Sins & Needles.

Sins & Needles is a dark and gritty romp through California tattoo shops and Vegas casinos. There are mobsters and drug lords, grifters and gambling. Ellie Watts begins this book on the run from a Ukranian mobster. She is a con artist - a self-proclaimed grifter, just as her parents were before her. She makes a living by conning people out of money and is constantly changing her name and appearance to stay one step ahead of those she is stealing from. Ellie has a dark past filled with selfish parents and an unfortunate accident that has not only scarred her physically for life, but mentally as well. She is attempting to run far enough away to begin her life over again, without the threat of her ex-boyfriend, Javier, finding her. Javier is tied into a drug cartel and Ellie ran off on him with his money and car.

"I've always been afraid of you, little Hellie. You've got something dark inside you, you always have. I don't want to be around when it comes out."

When Ellie returns to her quasi-hometown in California, she tries to go straight. She attempts to find a real job, but is thwarted when she runs into an old friend from high school. Camden had changed his appearance drastically since they were kids. Where in high school he was all goth and into black clothes and blacker make-up, now he's a charmingly sexy tattoo artist with a mighty fine body. While Ellie genuinely likes Camden, he is not free from her conniving ways.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ January 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished Sins and Needles and can not say enough how much I loved it! This was the first book by Karina that I ever read and I can't believe I left it so long to start. She is a brilliant author and I am so glad I read this book.

Sins and Needles has two main characters in it - Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen.

Ellie is a con artist by profession, learning all her tricks of the trade from her parents, she lives her life running from one grifting job to the next. She takes massive risks, scams people for all they are worth and nine times out of ten gets away with it, quite often by the skin of her teeth. Ellie is a brilliant character for me. She isn't a whingey, irritating girl who doesn't know what she wants. She knows exactly what she wants and goes right for it. Ellie may be a beauty but she isn't perfect - thanks to a horrific attack years ago, caused by her parents, she has been left with huge scars, not just on the outside, but internal ones too.

This book throws you right in to the action from the very beginning. The opening scene is Ellie fleeing from a man she has been trying to con. She finally realises that, at the age of 26, maybe it's time to quit the grifting world and move on to something more 'normal'. Whatever that may be. So with her new plans she decides to head home to Palm Valley, California. Her hope is that nobody recognises her and she can go back to being just plain old Ellie Watt - no more changing identities. What she hadn't planned on was running in to her sexy ex-best friend, Camden.

Camden McQueen is, for me, the epitome of gorgeous man. He is wonderfully tattooed, muscly in all the right places, beautiful inside and out AND he plays the guitar. Perfect, right? Nope..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! I Love This Series!!
LOVE! I loved this book as well as the rest of them in this series. Karina Halle can really tell a story and I was hooked from the get go. I love Camden! Read more
Published 7 days ago by syvchick
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to like her but couldn't help it
I really like the story. it wasn't a normal love story. liked that they were flawed but the ending was nerve racking.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS AND YOU WILL LOVE IT
This is an amazing series!!!!!!!! If you buy the first you will be hooked and wont ever want it to end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shane Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this series!
I am loving this so much going on and it keeps me very entertained. I do not want to stop reading this series. I'm also hoping it all works out for Camden... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
So good! I can't decide if I want Ellie and Camden to end up together. They are both so messed up- I don't see how they could ever trust one another- one will always be wondering-... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MTR1970
4.0 out of 5 stars Great heroine and alpha males! Fantastic story would make a super...
I am giving this trilogy 4.5 starts. These were the first books that I have read by this author and I have to say I will be looking for more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NsgInfomatix
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series, a must read!!
Great book! I bought this e-book for a friend and she had to get the series after reading the first book. It's a must read!
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
Karina Halle is my favorite author right now. After reading her Love, in English book, I fell in love with her lyrical writing. Her voice pulls you in and the story is captivating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori L. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Sins and Needles is definitely one of the most interesting and...
I admit to not being entirely impressed with this book. I had high expectations and while reading it I wasn’t entirely thrilled. I WAS SO WRONG. Read more
Published 2 months ago by akiiKOMORI reading
4.0 out of 5 stars Achingly Painful, Humorous, Bitter, and Beautiful
<blockquote>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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by the_goddess_isis
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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 1920's 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.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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