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Justine Melanson is a lover of books. She reads constantly. So when she told me she wanted to do a book review and have it on my blog I was tickled pink. When she told me it was Karina Halle's newest book I was even more excited. She is a favourite of mine too and after reading this review, I can't wait to read this new one. I think she should do a weekly review on my blog. If you agree leave her a comment. Help me convince her.
I’ve had the good fortune of finding several gifted authors who have ensnared me with their ability to tell a tale and weave characters into them. Karina Halle is one such, and actually very much at the top of the list. I have read and loved her Experiment in Terror series, in which she brought to life Perry and Dex, as well as Devils Metal (yet another book that I couldn’t put down). I had the opportunity to read her latest, Sins and Needles. It is extremely different from her other books, being that there are no paranormal components, also a few more sexy scenes to steal your breath away.
Karina Halle does with Sins and Needles (what she does with all of her books) and that is masterfully paint an in-depth landscape of the lead characters. With bold strokes she creates three dimensional personalities that she artfully supports by an original approach to back story. You gradually learn how each of the main characters got to where they were, right here right now. And then through their relationship evolution you get a glimpse of where they find themselves wanting to go. Ellie’s flashbacks, written in the third person are such a unique approach, and one that lets you experience her pain. Slowly as the flashbacks continue you learn what it takes to strip away the person you could be and leave in its place the person who was birthed from those experiences. The same can be said for Camden, who is now what those past experiences, told in depth, helped create. They are both flawed beyond belief, but capable of redemption.
The beginning of the book, before much of the back story and been filled in, I found myself not liking the main character. She was a thief, and opportunist, not capable of respecting her own moral compass. Although I knew that this was part of her story, I became invested early and I was rebelling against the inevitable. Now Camden, what’s not to like, smart enough to con a con, troubled enough that you want to kiss it and make it all better, and sexy enough to make that whole package worth reading. And by sexy enough I mean … Hot Freakin’ Damn!! You put these two damaged souls together, with a personal history fraught with above average teenage angst and deep emotional scars, sex (sexy sexy sex), plus an edgy story line and you have yourself a Karina Halle classic!
A must read for everyone, and I look forward to the next chapter in this story.