Author: Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Published by: Forever
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
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.
Daaaamn, Shooting Scars was definitely a worthy follow-up to Sins & Needles. I was completely taken with Sins & Needles, so I was beyond eager to read this book. I’m glad I didn’t waste much time between the two, because it was nice having the story and feelings fresh in my mind when I did.
We jump right back in where Sins & Needles left us. This time though, we get Camden’s POV in addition to Ellie’s. And what a great POV it is! Camden is the type of guy I hate to love, and man, do I love him. He’s sexy as hell with his tats, dimples, and glasses. Not to mention the fact that he is willing to go to the end of the earth to get Ellie back, no matter the cost. We got a glimpse of his rage in the first book, but in this one we see how dark he can get and what he’s willing to do to reach Ellie.
We are taken on one crazy ride in Shooting Scars. After six years, Ellie is back with Javier, but not by choice. Or is it? It depends on which one you ask. He has plans for her that are more treacherous than anything she has ever done. Plans that may end with her demise. Javier is a different man than he was when Ellie knew him, but then again, she’s a different woman. The dynamic between these two was interesting in and exciting, dangerous way. I really liked it. To be honest, though, I wasn’t impressed much with Javier in the first book, he came across as a bit cheesy. He felt that way for a good portion of this book, as well. I think it mostly has to do with my own personal experiences that make me see him that way. I don’t find him sexy or alluring, except when they were in the orchard. Wow – that’s all I’m saying. I know there is a whole #TeamJavier out there, so don’t put a hit out on me, okay?
Shooting Scars had me flying through the pages and on the edge of my seat. So yeah, you can say I love it. Part of me even loves it more than the first book. There is another cliffhanger-ish ending that had me needing more, so I plan to read Bold Tricks very soon!