When Ellie Watt offered herself to her thuggish former lover Javier to save Camden’s life, she never imagined the twisted game Javier had planned for her. Trapped by him and his entourage of killers, Ellie is forced to commit a dangerous, heinous crime-or Javier will kill Camden. Now ex-con artist Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game . . . before it destroys her and the only man she ever loved.
Camden McQueen can’t forget Ellie Watt. Seeking revenge and pursued by the authorities for a crime he didn’t commit, the talented tattoo artist does things he never thought himself capable of to save Ellie. As Camden straddles the line between love and retribution, he vows to do everything in his power to get her back.
But if Camden unleashes his dark side, will Ellie still love him?
Following Sins & Needles, I was hooked because of the amazing ending and ready to read Shooting Scars by Karina Halle. I really wanted to know what happens to Ellie and Camden. I am a little less enthusiastic about this one. Basically it will be my commitment to the story to pick up Bold Tricks which is due out in October. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good book. It has great qualities, and it written well, but I just am not as connected to the series as I am with others. I’m not obsessed with it like I have been with others. It wouldn’t be one that I’d pick up and read for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. time.
Story Line : 4/5 Stars
It’s a good continuation of Sins & Needles. It picks up where it was immediately left off. No time jumps. Camden has Sophia and Ben and Ellie is alone with Javier. You are torn between whether you want Camden to stay with Sophia and raise there son and or go after Ellie. You are scared for Ellie and what it means being trapped with Javier. I think Halle did a good job of keeping readers on their toes about what will happen next.
Heroine Likability : 4/5 Stars
I like Javier-influenced Ellie more than I like Camden-influenced Ellie. I know it’s wrong. Javier is the bad guy, but I never really truly felt like Camden and Ellie meshed. I guess I like rooting for the bad guy. I feel a little close with Ellie now seeing this new side of her and I really like seeing what I feel like is a less-cheesy attempt at conning someone.
Hero Likability (Javier) 5/5 Stars
I like Javier. I’m probably in the minority, but I like him. Even despite the fact that he is ruthless, is a murderer and is blackmailing Ellie, I really feel his character is genuine. Not that I have any knowledge, but if I was wrapped up with a mobster, I feel like the experience would be similar. He’s hot though. Something about those bad boys that are actually bad boys. Not just the kind that drink, do some drugs or have a lot of tattoos. Javier is a real bad boy.
Hero Likability (Camden) 4/5 Stars
I like Camden a little more in this one. I guess when you start shooting people up and are a wanted criminal, you just can’t help but be a little more attracted to him. I feel like you get a little more of his character here that was hiding before.
Sex Scenes: 4/5 Stars
Javier and Ellie sex. And it’s hot. Like I felt it was 10-times hotter than what transpired between Ellie and Camden. The girl has obviously got a thing with having sex outdoors. (That is the only tidbit I’ll give away)
The Roller Coaster : 4/5 Stars
I think the one improvement in Shooting Scars over Sins and Needles is that while the story line has more up’s and downs, it feels like a smooth ride. You aren’t so torn up over what has already happened to distract from what is currently happening.
Writing Style: 4/5 Stars
I think there was a big improvement in writing style in this book. There was still some awkward writing like Sins & Needles, but not as many. I think the way the 1st person POV for both Camden and Ellie is presented is much smoother.
Happily Ever After : 4/5 Stars
I honestly got to the end and was a little like ‘WTF is going on?” I still am a little “WTF is going on”. So much of it happens so fast. All I know is that it will be interesting to see Ellie, Camden and Javier as a trio in Bold Tricks.
“I’ve wanted this for so long, this retribution for myself. That if I kill him, I’ll be free of everything that’s held me down and told me where to fit in this world. Told me what I am. That if I kill him, the man who made me bad, I’ll be good. Sometimes… Sometimes I’d do anything to be good.”
“…in saving her, I might lose myself, lose any morals or convictions I once had had. Camden McQueen might end up a stranger to even me when it was all said and done.”
Title: Shooting Scars
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever: Hachette Book Group
Release Date: August 20th, 2013
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