Author: Karina Halle
Series: Prequel to the Artists Trilogy
Published By: Metal Blond Books (March 9, 2013)
Genre: NA Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommended to be read AFTER Sins & Needles (book #1).
When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man. Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray. With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.
It took me a few days after finishing this before I could even think about starting a review for it. I needed to gather my thoughts first and sort through them. I am still not even sure I know what I want to say, what I want to express about how I feel about this book.
This isn't a black and white read. Things aren't always how they seem and trying to judge everything that happened, everything that took place, just isn't something you do with a read like this. You can't judge it because you aren't in their shoes. You haven't felt what they felt and even if you have, well then maybe you could but would you really want to?
This is about a girl who wanted revenge. A girl very much broken. A girl that falls in love for the very first time and in the process loses just a little bit of herself along the way but she also gains something too.
Their love is possessive and dangerous. Exciting and obsessive. But it is also real and raw and even sweet at times. You can't help but feel their passion. Feel their mistakes and just plain and simply feel for them.
I don't want to go into any specifics but I will say this, this story drew me in. It called to me and even though I was disgusted at times and wanted to tell Ellie to run, run fast and run far, I couldn't help but like Javier as well. I couldn't help but see the very broken and damaged man that just wanted redemption.
I am not going to lie, this was a really hard, even cringe worthy read for me. Their relationship isn't healthy or normal and even right most of the time but it worked for them. It is what they both needed at the time and believe it or not, they both helped each other, it just wasn't enough. Sometimes love isn't enough.
Do I want to continue this series even though I am sure I will be heartbroken and even fed up and disgusted at times? I do. I can't even explain why, but I do and so I will.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*