Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Publication Date:  08/20/2013

Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Rating:  4 Stars

Official Blurb:

The USA Today Bestseller!! 
A Dangerous Kind of Love . . . 
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?

Shooting Scars is a wickedly intense and emotional read. Ellie has sacrificed herself to give Camden a second chance. Choosing Javier means Camden has a chance at happiness while she is subjected to a life of torture. Javier has no middle volume setting, it’s either love Ellie or kill her.

Ellie is a very strong and resilient female character. She has her own flaws which makes her the perfect strong female lead. I found myself at times actually shutting off my Nook with frustration at her choices only to turn it back on to realize why she chose the way she did. I think that deep down there’s still a sliver of hope she’ll find her HEA.

Camden is for a lack of better terms pissed at Ellie for her choice. He is completely devoted and loyal to Ellie and she has slapped him in his face. Her choice has no effect on his need to find her and show her what she’s missing. Camden by his own nature is a protector of those that he loves and he’s willingly to fight for her. Gus tags along on Cam’s quest to find Ellie. Gus knows that Ellie isn’t rotten to the core like she thinks and knows how much of the good in her Cam brings out. Damn I love Gus for that!

Javier is like the son of Satan and wrapped up in a very sinfully delicious exterior. I know I should hate him for his deceitful ways, but my female hormones go into overdrive in his scenes in Shooting Scars. Why must I always have a thing for the bad boys of fiction?!?!

All in All, this book literally has it all. Sacrifice, Love, Betrayal, etc. This book was sinfully addicting and a serious emotional rollercoaster. Halle has managed to create an unpredictable fiction world that will leave you on the brink of a nervous breakdown until you get your hands on the next book. I will warn you that there is a cliffhanger at the end of Shooting Scars that will leave you wondering… how long until book 3?!?!?!?


  1. Introduced to your work and this site on the Facebook book party! Can't wait to read the book & leave you a review. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


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