Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Posted April 18, 2014 | 27 Comments

Shooting Scars by Karina HalleShooting Scars
Author: Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Published by: Forever
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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!


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27 responses to “Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

  1. Is Bold Tricks that last book? I picked up book one and two when these first came out because of all the greatness I heard about them, I am so happy to hear they are living up to your expectations too Christy. I know this will be a series I am going to love as well.

    Great reviews!! I hope you have a nice weekend!!

  2. This definitely sounds like a dark, gritty series, and I feel like my heart is going to take a beating for sure Christy! That kind of makes me want to read it though, I’m a glutton for punishment and love when books push me to my emotional limits. Obviously Ellie’s relationship with Janvier is a complicated one (though I can’t help but be on Team Camden for the moment), and I just can’t wait to meet all these characters!

  3. I wasn’t exactly happy with this book, mostly because of the further development of the love triangle. I hate love triangles! I probably wouldn’t even read the 1st three books if the story and the writing style weren’t so good, but I still have the last one to read.

    I agree with you about Javier. I couldn’t see his appeal until On Every Street, but even then he was acting cheesy from time to time, but I’m excited to read his upcoming spin-off book Dirty Angel 🙂

    • Christy

      What … I didn’t know Dirty Angel is about Javier. Damn, that means he lives. I was hoping he died in Bold Tricks. lol.

      • PurpleBook

        Haha…Sorry for accidentally spoiling it for you Christy ;).

        If that had happened, you would probably have known it so far, because his death would probably have caused World War 3 among his fans and there are a lot of them 😀

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        • Christy

          lol – no, no it’s okay. It was just wishful thinking, but I figured he wouldn’t. I’m just surprised he’s in the new series, it kind of makes me hesitant to read that one. I’m GLAD you told me. 🙂

  4. I think you and I bought the first book at the same time and I still havent’ read it. I need to get after it. I am glad you are loving this series and it is nice to see you reading more books like you normally do. Have a wonderful Easter Weekend. I hope you don’t choke on all the sunshine you will get.

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  5. I’ve read Halle’s Experiment in Terror series (well, up to book 3 at least), and I do have taken a liking to her writing there. If Sins and Needles, as well as Shooting Scars, have been great for you, then I’m pretty certain they will prove the same to me. I just hope the characters won’t be as infuriating! Dex and whatever-her-name-is heroine in ExpeTerror books were damn frustrating 😛

  6. Oh yes I heard great things about book 1, I remember it! I haven’t seen a lot of reviews for this one but I’m so happy to see it’s always really good. Sometimes it’s a bit tricky with sequels. But it sounds perfect and I love the cover.

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