Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.
This book… yeah… well… I don’t even know where, much less how to begin. It was like standing on the sidelines watching a catastrophe about to happen and not being able to do anything about it. Without the ability to help, you know you should look away, but you just can’t help yourself from taking it all in…. yeah, Sins & Needles was a lot like that.
I’ve only read one other book by Karina Halle, but I love her style. It’s unique and gives her characters a realistic edge. I loved that edge in Darkhouse, the first book in her Experiments in Terror series. Experiencing it again in Sins & Needles has planted her firmly on my TBR list.
Ellie was not your normal heroine. She would have actually made a pretty decent bad guy (or girl) because that’s exactly what she was. Without her back story, she would have been really easy to dislike. That back story though was heartbreaking. It was so easy to see how she could have been a totally different person if… But then readers wouldn’t have been introduced to the Ellie that was created from all that heartbreak. The more I got to know her, the more I liked her and the harder it was to watch…
And then there was Camden. He was no angel either. There were times that I both loved and hated him as well. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever read a story that kept me ping-ponging between love and hate for the main characters as much as Sins & Needles did.
To say that this book kept me on the edge of my seat would be an understatement. The connection between these two was explosive, electric, at time destructive and surprisingly beautiful. The story itself contained twists, turns, danger, revelations and ultimate choices that changed everything. And then there was the ending …. yeah, pretty much like the rest of the book. I’m both anxious and terrified to read Shooting Scars.