Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Boyfriend of the Week: Camden McQueen from Sins and Needles by Karina Halle with Review

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This week my book boyfriend is Camden McQueen from Sins and Needles by Karina Halle.  
I think the way he is described in the synopsis is perfect:
"....too good-and too hot-to be true. His name is Camden McQueen... A master tattoo artist and a total inked stud.  owner of the wildly successful Sins & Needles, he's got tats to kill for, muscles to die for, and money to burn."

Sins and Needles 
(The Artists Trilogy #1)
by Karina Halle
Mass Market Paperback384 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Forever

There's a Fine Line Between Sin and Salvation . . . Ellie Watt is a woman on the run. Raised by a pair of thieves who taught her the art of the grift and pursued by a mobster who fell for her con-she hopes to find refuge at her uncle's farm in quiet Palm Valley, California. Ellie swears she's through with her life of crime. But before she knows it, she's right back in the game when she meets an easy mark who's too good-and too hot-to be true. His name is Camden McQueen. A master tattoo artist and a total inked stud, Camden is nothing like the awkward kid who crushed on Ellie back in high school. Now, as owner of the wildly successful Sins & Needles, he's got tats to kill for, muscles to die for, and money to burn. Ellie can't believe the transformation and can't resist pulling off one last con. But when Camden catches Ellie red-handed, the tables are turned. The mark becomes the master. And when the ultimate player gets played, you never know who's going to end up on top . . .

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Audiobook Review:  Sins & Needles was a refreshing and different type of read for me.  I've been reading a lot of contemporary romance, and this was romance, but the whole con artist theme mixed with the mafia and all that entails made for a edge of your seat type of read.  Ellie Watt has been on the run for quite a while, a master con artist she pretty much has it down to an art, but unfortunately some people don't forget, especially when they are neck deep in all things bad, causing Ellie to find herself in the situation she is now in and back in her home town she hadn't seen in years.  What she didn't expect was to see Camden McQueen, and boy has Camden McQueen changed from the last time they saw each other. The weird geeky guy she once knew has been replaced by a badass hot tattoo artist that is hotter than hot and also presents an opportunity that Ellie can't resist.  When things go all wrong, Ellie finds herself on the wrong end of the con, and when things don't seem like they can get any worse, the past catches up to her forcing her to make a choice that might just put her in a whole word of hurt.

I loved Camden's character.  He wasn't perfect, but that just made him more appealing.  He also didn't put up with Ellie's crap, and challenged her, and she challenged him, which made them a great pair.  The chemistry between them was off the charts, and despite the anger and hurt between them, Camden does something for Ellie that changes her perception of herself in a way she never imagined.  I had a little harder time really liking Ellie, but I did end up liking her and was really glad to see her make the choices she does by the end of the book, but I also can't wait to start the next book in the series.  If you are looking for something different that is filled with action, drama, danger, and steam, then Sins & Needles is something I would recommend checking out.
4.5 Hearts

“I love you,” he whispered. “From now until the end, under any name you choose.”

“That is what I thought of you, Ellie. Heartless, reckless, selfish, and cruel."
He was back to shooting me when my armor was down. I turned my face away from him, not wanting to let him see the hurt in my eyes. He reached up and put his fingers under my chin, bringing my face forward again, forcing me to look at him.
"Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost," he continued. "A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover."
His gaze was starting to eat away at my insides. Razor-blade butterflies whirled in my heart.
"I hate you, Ellie Watt," he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, "because I still love you after all these years.” 

“I can't ever lose what I just felt." He kissed my cheek. "I'm afraid if I did, I'd come looking for you too. I'm afraid I can him.” 

“Who was that?" he whispered.
"Who?" I asked, playing dumb.
"That Ellie Watt. I know the real Ellie Watt and she’s not that much of a people person."
"Which Ellie do you prefer?" I asked teasingly.
He stopped walking and pulled me closer to him,
staring down into my eyes.
"Whichever one I’ve got.” 

“I know what I know of you," he whispered into my ear, his breath hot. "And I want to know more.” 

“He was like a living, breathing painting on an all-male canvas.” 



  1. I know this series will probably give me an ulcer, but I really need to read it. So glad you enjoyed, Ellen!

  2. I read the prequel and loved it, I so need to read this one now. I just need to make time for it.

  3. I still haven't read this series. But it seems I need to. Nice.

  4. I loved this book! I need to read the next one.

    A great review, I might try this on audio.


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