Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Posted May 25, 2014 | 44 Comments

Bold Tricks by Karina HalleBold Tricks
Author: Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #3
Published by: Forever
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

I finished! Oh boy, was I ever eager to jump into Bold Tricks. My mind took me to some pretty dark places when I tried to imagine what was going to happen it this book. It’s the final book in The Artists Trilogy, so I was preparing myself for the worst. I don’t know if it’s warranted or not, but I don’t fully trust Karina. That sounds bad, but it’s actually a damn good thing. She keeps me on my toes, and situations can go bad really fast. The woman is good! I’m not going to get into many details since this is the third book, but I will say that it was a kick-ass ender!

Ah, these characters! I wasn’t much of a Javier fan in the previous books because I saw him more on the cheesy side. I know I’m in the minority on that, but I can’t help it. However, he stepped up his game in this book. Dude is loco! Oh, but he’s the cold and cunning kind of loco, so do not ever underestimate the guy. He definitely turned into a character I loved to hate.

Of course I still love my Ellie and Camden no matter what. I loved how Ellie went through so much, especially in Bold Tricks. She went on quite the effed up journey, but the person she became made it worth it, I think. What can I say about Camden? Who wouldn’t want a guy like that? One who is willing to go to the end of the earth for you no matter the cost. That’s right, everyone!

Bold Tricks was definitely a wild ride and a perfect ending for all of these characters. Seriously, the entire trilogy rocked through and through. If you haven’t read these yet, then shame on you! 😉


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 seriously underestimated.
“You are so fucked-up,” Camden muttered, his hand tightening on my back.

Javier merely grinned at that, his teeth white in the darkness, taking no offense at all.
“He cupped my face in his hands and my eyes closed at his touch. “My Ellie. My beautiful girl. I will burn for you. I will die for you.”
Fucking Mexican pirate.

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44 responses to “Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

    • Christy

      Lol – Yeah, I didn’t really see any images until after I finished this book. I tried to limit my exposure to anything regarding these books while reading them. I had the 1st book from awhile back and all I really knew was people were gaga over Javier and Camden. Yes, I’m very satisfied with the ending. 😀

  1. PurpleBook

    Glad you liked it Christy. I still haven’t read this one, because Ellie disappointed me big time in the last one :/

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    • Christy

      How did she disappoint you? If it’s because of what she did with J, then you really should read the third book.

    • Christy

      LOL – well, Camden is a tattoo artist and Ellie is an ex-con artist … or trying to get away from it, anyway. That’s too funny, though.

    • Christy

      I want to read her paranormal series too. I already have the first one… I think it’s free on Amazon.

  2. I seriously need to read Karina Halle’s books ASAP! I have book 1 of her Experiment in Terror series and I think I would start from there. I think I am missing out on some great books and a great author 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this final book in the series Christy! That doesn’t always happen!

    • Christy

      Are you going to read Dirty Angel? And did you see who the second book in that new series is about? I can’t wait.

  3. I have really enjoyed the couple of Karina’s books that I have read, but I haven’t had a chance to read this series yet.

    Maybe once I can get my current TBR pile under control I will buy this one and give it a shot. It looks like a great read, and I know Karina is such a talented writer.

    Great review Christy!

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