My rating: 4 of 5 stars
SINS & NEEDLES is officially the first book in The Artists Trilogy, but I would highly recommend reading ON EVERY STREET first – I personally think it will help you as a reader better connect with the characters AND I believe ON EVERY STREET provides insight as to why some of the characters are the way they are – specifically Ellie and Javier.
❝When in doubt, just go. My parents had taught me that, along with “never underestimate your mark” and “emotions don’t win the game. ❞
Ellie is a con artist and not a very good one at that. I think she is just doing what she *thinks* she has to do to survive, but deep down, I can see that she is really a good person.
SINS & NEEDLES alternates between the past and the present, providing valuable information about the history between Ellie and Camden and the trials and tribulations they experienced in the cruel, cruel world of high school as well as their different, but equally troubled home lives.
After reading ON EVERY STREET, which I thought took off like a rocket, SINS & NEEDLES was a little slow to start. In hindsight, there was a lot of information to uncover and it just would not have done the story justice to have glossed over those pivotal moments in their lives. About half way through is when I really got sucked into the story and couldn’t wait to find out what the heck was going to happen next! The story was engaging and exciting and the romance was gritty and raw and I would definitely give those elements a solid A+.
There were a few times where I had to suspend reality a bit because there were a couple of things that just didn’t add up in my mind and I actually went back to see if I missed something. There were two points that really bothered me – and NO, they won’t spoil anything for you… First, Ellie and Camden were on the run for their lives and they had only a few minutes to gather up the necessities and what does Camden grab? His tattooing equipment and ink? I’m sorry, WTF? No, I don’t buy that. I thought that was totally ludicrous and if that IS what he grabbed, then he really needs a priority check. The second thing that kind of made me go hmmmmmm…. was the windshield… Yes, the windshield. Did anyone else wonder how that miraculously got fixed after it was blown to smithereens? Yeah, well, unless I missed it, they forgot to fix it and the windshield fairy worked some magic and *POOF* they now have a windshield again. Ok, so those are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things and I still quite enjoyed the story, but those kinds of things really bug me!
The Artists Trilogy is one of those “must reads” if you enjoy mystery, back-stabbing, rocky romance and damaged characters – it’s chocked full of all of the above!
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On Every Street - I suggest reading this first :-)