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The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .

Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he’s been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death . . .

One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who’s made a permanent mark on Ellie’s heart.

The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who’s busted more than a few heads in his time.

From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust . . . or die.

BOOK REVIEW: Bold Tricks

Karina Halle

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“You own my heart. Please let me have yours.”

There have not been many series out there that have constantly delivered such high quality content and continually exceeded my expectations instalment after instalment, but to me The Artist Trilogy has been a journey of a lifetime and I can honestly say that this last book has simply blown my mind. In the most perfect conclusion imaginable, our beloved heroine finally finds what she’s been looking for all along, but it is a bumpy ride from start to finish, with twists and turns at every corner, and more than one heavy price to pay.

“My Ellie. My beautiful girl. I will burn for you. I will die for you.”

The story resumes where the previous book ended, in Mexico, with Ellie, Camden and Javier having formed a shaky alliance revolving around a common enemy – Travis. They have agreed to help each other achieve their goals, but as trust levels are at an all time low, they are constantly wary of one another, their volatile emotions only further complicating the situation.

“I don’t think there are good guys and bad guys anymore. I don’t even know what I am.”

Ellie’s heart has finally found its home, it knows what it wants, but her past weaknesses have fractured an already uncertain relationship that never got a chance to flourish properly. She desperately aches for the man who risked his life for hers, but he no longer trusts her or himself to love her. He is still willing to endanger his life to help her, but his pain won’t allow him to give her his heart.

“How could I ever explain that my body got what it needed at the time but my heart was fooled?”

As they set off on an almost hopeless adventure of rescue, revenge and takeover, we watch them navigate through the perils of Central America, with Travis’ men constantly at their heels, shady characters joining the show as they recruit the cavalry, but trusting no one and least of all, each other. By living now in Javier’s world and seeing him in his element, every one of Ellie’s doubts about the man dissipates as he shows her his true colours. His priorities are no longer in question and her feelings for him only get clearer and easier to accept as he gets closer to his true destiny.

“Oh, angel, you forget. You’re the only one who gave me a soul. If I don’t have one anymore, it’s not my fault.”

Camden is her rock. His unwavering loyalty and devotion ground her, give her hope even when there’s no hope in sight, and the slimmer their chances of surviving become, the more desperate she becomes not to waste any more time without him knowing how she feels. It’s a journey of self-discovery, a fast-paced race against time and against all odds. We see our heroine as a changed person, one more at peace with who she is and with her past. This is as much of an internal quest for Ellie as it is a quest to save her loved ones, and while I always believed this would ultimately be a story of redemption, I believe now that it more one of self-acceptance and learning that life is not about being good or bad, a hero or a villain, but embracing all the shades in between and being true to yourself, your conscience, and those you love the most.

“… when you’re told over and over again about how immoral you are, how bad, how wicked, how unlikeable, how terrible you are, it’s hard to hear anyone say any different. I felt like a fraud being good just as I felt like a fraud being bad.”

I am on such a high from reading this book, the unexpected twists and all the emotionally charged scenes making this one roller-coaster ride I never wanted to get off from. Superb writing style, meticulously developed characters whose constant tip-toeing on the precipice of immorality makes us forever torn over them, an engaging and utterly addictive storyline like no other I’ve ever come across – this is a series that needs to be on everyone’s reading list. I am giving this book and the series as a whole my honorary six stars of excellence for never letting me down and for pushing the boundaries at every corner. Bravo, Ms Halle, you left me speechless!

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“… there are some things in this world more important than love. Some things that last longer. Empires. You build something great, something large, something that gets people’s attention, and you’re remembered forever. You love a girl, give her your heart, and you won’t be remembered six years later. Love doesn’t last. But empires do. They go on. And on. Even if just in history books.”

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Team Camden!!! I don’t know which is my favorite out of the three books cause I loved them all. And def both on the glasses and tattoos!!

I don’t have a favorite book out of the series. They all equally tell an amazing story. Team Camden! I really fell in love with him in the last book! Best series out there

I have the other books in this series on my kindle ready to read. I wanted to wait to have them all before I started it. Can’t wait to read them all! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

Team Camden from the beginning, Tho Javier started to get to me in Shooting Scars. Camden is sexiest Dumb Ape in book land, and that’s down to the tattoos AND hipster glasses

Haven’t read this yet so not sure on the questions. I do have this on my TBR list … just need more hours in a day to read!

All the books are on my TBR list but I haven’t gotten a chance to get them so I do not have a specific favorite. Also from discussions and the book descriptions I feel like I am going to be #TeamCamden. Tattoos are thr sexiest!

I sail on TeamCamden! My favorite novel is, of course, Sins & Needles. That was the book that first drew me into the madness. And everything that Camden wears is sexy!

I haven’t had the privilege of reading any of the books, however I can tell you that I prefer a mixture of bad boys with tattoo’s and the square hipster glasses. Now if only someone with both would show up at my door.

Awesome review! I’m starting this one today, FINALLY! I can’t say which one is my favorite since I haven’t read BoldTricks yet but until now Shooting Scars is my favorite. #TeamCamden … Damn, both things are sexy as well but today I’ll choose nerdy black, square hipster glasses.

Sorry, I haven’t read these books but I would love to start – they sound great! Thank you for the giveaway!!

I haven’t read them so I can’t choose a team or a book but I think tattoos are sexier than hipster glasses!

Absolutely Team Camden!! Who wouldn’t love a sinfully sexy Artist with a tortured soul? Sins & Needles was My favorite, Shooting Scars was a close second. Hipster glasses and Tattoos are equally sexy but a combo is swoon worthy. <3

Team Camden! Sins and Needles was my favorite but On Every Street is a close second because it helped me understand Ellie’s feelings for Javier cause he is such a snake! Black, square hipster glasses AND tattoos !! Loved the series can’t wait to read the next book you write. :)

Black, square hipster glasses OR tattoos? Delete the “or”, I’d say both, together! ;)
Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)

always #teamcamden. I loved the first book, i broke apart in the second, the steam was turned up in the third. The series has to be a whole to get the experience! Camden makes Clark Kent glasses and tattoos friggin sexy

team camden from start to finish and my favorite book in the series is “bold tricks”. ^.^ i’ve always had a thing for guys in glasses (and you can definitely never say “no” to black, square hipster frames!). camden = ♥!!! ^.^

I am new to this author, so I haven’t read any of these books yet. I can answer the second question though: both are sexy. I wear glasses, but have no tattoos. They are sexy on a guy though.

I am so totally #TeamCamden! If anything I’m more Team
Camden than I am Team Ellie/Camden :) I loved Sins and Needles the
best, by far. And I love both glasses and tattoos.

Well I am team Camden! Might have been team Javier for a
little while I am not sure what my fav book is yet I am leaning
toward book one but I am only half way through the third one going
to finish it tonight! And I would have to say both tattoos and the
glasses :)

Great ending to the trilogy. I would recommend this book to someone who isn’t a fan of romance but loves a good action story. Great to see a female lead who kicks ass but still needs a sexy man. Team Camden all the way! Tatto’d nerds are hot and sexy!

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