Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My thoughts straight after I finished reading:
I have to say this was so so good! The high recommendations of this book really did it justice. It wasn’t a read that led me to possess any disappointments once finished, but a book that gained even higher praises from me in the end. I know Karina Halle is loved by many and this is my very first time reading her work so you can imagine the expectations I had while reading this particular piece.
The story line goes a little like this: Ellie is a girl who as been running for most of her adult life, skipping from identity to identity, hiding behind masks all so she can escape from the monsters who are after her due to her life choices. Yeah so she’s a con artist. Nothing of the ‘good girl’ scenery here, she’s tough as nails. Then one day she finds herself in a situation where it becomes impossible for her not to return to her original identity, to the place where her only family resides. So she knocks on her uncles door asking for help as she’s desperate for his solace with nowhere else to turn to. Then she meets Camden Mcqueen, a blast from the past. He’s managed to remain in his home town after all these years but he’s completely changed. No more black lipstick or eye liner, he’s now rocking tattoos and giving tattoos to other people for a living. Will the two of them be able to carry on from where they left things on a not so good note in the past or will the situation just become too awkward and something past the point of resolving? Oh and there’s also an ex boyfriend of Ellie’s,Javier, to make things a little more spicier. He’s bad, he’s back and there’s something he wants.
Okay so I know many people loved and admired Ellie’s character but I’m from the few who didn’t really find her persona appealing. She was annoying mostly, unable to see past her betrayals, not realising that they were only the consequence on her doings. I really cannot find it in me to sympathise with people like that, who can only see their point, who fail to learn from their mistakes and just constantly see themselves as the victim. Keeping this review spoiler free so it’s a little hard to expand further but she happens to blame Camden for some things when in fact his reaction was due to get betrayal first and her lies. I mean toughen up cookie you’re not the only girl who’s had a tough past and a tough life. You can’t really blame your decisions on you’re upbringing (well in her case anyway). I honestly feel she had the chance to be something other than a con artist, but when she realised the job market wasn’t as easy as she’d like, it’s “oh fuck it, let’s rob the man I fancy”. GIRRRL. You need to take a seat and think about what you are doing!
Regardless if her obnoxious behaviour I happened to like this book to a great extent. Why? It simply had an aura surrounding it that compelled me to read it and there was no way I would end up not loving it. There was a sort of humour hidden within the lines. It wasn’t really out there in the sense that ‘Oh look I’m trying to be funny’ but it was still there as there are many phrases that will make you let out a little laugh or a giggle. With that being said the writing style is one that’s not boring, there are no words of wisdom, no cheesy lines, it’s just slam packed with new twists and turns and the writer doesn’t stop delivering something that will keep your attention glued. Action is something that I admire in stories. With well projected action, you can be certain that there will be no scenes where you wish for the story to hurry up or pages where you want to skip ahead to a good part. Every scene counts. This whole ‘on the run’ theme thrills me.
I am absolutely torn between Javier and Camden. Camden displays the sorts of characteristics that I wish everyone possessed to some level. He’s not ashamed of who he is, even if the whole world would be ready to turn against him he will carry on being himself, doing exactly what he wants. He’s strong but he’s really gifted in his thoughts as well and what’s better than that? However, with Javier, he’s the type of man that droops power everywhere he goes, he can be a complete gentleman, or a ruthless bastard depending on what the situation requires. And because I am a complete sucker for these men in books, is the reason why Javier is a character which I find appealing.
There are just some books that must be experienced, whether the end result is that you don’t particularly like it. This is one of those books. There are just so many appealing sides to it, drama, adventure all of which make this a great story. The only reason I am not giving this four stars is because of the issues I had with Ellie’s thought process but regardless, it’s not enough to make me not enjoy this. So basically to sum it up in five words: ‘YOU HAVE TO READ THIS’. Yeah, I’m done. Adiós.
“You’re a con artist. A liar. A thief. An unredeemable soul. You can’t be reformed. You can’t be saved. You’ll die trying to make the world pay for what it did to you. And you’ll die alone.”