Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

Sigh.  Finally a book about a bad girl instead of a bad boy.  Don’t get me wrong bad boys are my favorites but this was another nice change of pace.

Ellie, Eden, whatever in the hell her name was was a con artist, scammer, and bad, bad, girl.  After a scam gone wrong she finds herself back home.  Well at least what was her home for a while in high school.  Camden McQueen was such a geek in high school but he was her only friend for most of it – and double damn look at him now all geekyness is gone.  Ride along with Ellie and Camden as they deal with one hair raising experience after another.

I obviously enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.  A few holy shit moments in there – it was great.  So fun in fact that I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series which comes out in May 2013.  There is a prequel out now.

Product Details

From Amazon.com

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.

**WARNING** This book contains graphic language, sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to sexual scenes, violence and a lot of cursing should refrain from reading this book.This is not YA or NA. 18 and above.
Look for On Every Street – Ellie and Javier’s story, out March 12th 2013

Look for Shooting Scars (TAT #2) coming May 2013.
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The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this book.  But I really, really enjoyed it.  Both of the main characters have a lot of demons and a tragic accident years before brings them together in a way that could tear them apart.

I love the interesting combination of fashion designer and symphony director.  Definitely something different – which we know I love.  Not that I don’t love them, but this was a nice change of pace from the multi-billionaire business men and their employee story lines.

Erin’s content to just be by herself.  She’s not looking for a relationship and she quite literally stumbles into one with sexy Maestro Alek Dostov.  The supporting characters are really well written and have a variety of great personalities.  One of my favorite parts of the story is when Erin and Alek’s mother finally come to an understanding.  I won’t say more but once you read the book you’ll get what I mean.  Total “Coyote Ugly” moment right there 🙂

I read the book in a day because I didn’t want to put it down – I needed to know how it ended.  I love watching Erin come into her own and release the demons one-by-one.  I’d recommend it!

From Amazon.com

**This novel contains intense sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for an audience at 18+ years of age.**

“The Prelude is the part of a song that pulls you in, hypnotizing you with beauty.”

After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.

Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He’s successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms…or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless.

Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

I’m an addict

Okay so you know how they say the first step is to admit your problems?  I’m going to say it….deep breath…I’m an addict.  I crave my next book just like a junkie craves their next score.  Fortunately for me my addiction won’t someday cause me permanent brain damage.  At least I don’t think it will.  There is a definite lack of sleep and my bank account takes a hit almost daily.   I can’t quit and quite frankly I don’t want to.

I love to read.  No seriously I LOVE to read.  I read 4 books between last Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. I’ve read 17 books since January 1st. I know I’m a bit obsessive. I laugh, I cry, I feel joy and I feel anguish.  I love, I hate, I sigh and I’m transported somewhere else, I forget where I am and just somehow warp into the world the author has created for me.  It’s sometimes a sickness.  I seriously have to blink myself back into reality when it’s over.

I can, have, and will probably read almost anything.  My current addictions lie within the young-adult and contemporary genres.  I’ve also been known to read Amish fiction, a few thrillers, and historical fiction.  Gone With The Wind and Little Women will always be books I return to and I will always be slightly scared of clowns after reading Stephen King’s IT.  I was the most prolific reader in 8th grade and I am known to devour a book in a few hours.  Unless it’s terrible, and even a book lover such as myself has sadly encountered a few really sucky books over time, I usually finish the books I read very quickly.  This is where the addict notion comes from.  I. can’t. put. them. down.  I have to know what’s going to happen.  Is he cheating on her?  Is she attracted to someone else?  Will they break-up will they stay together… is it happily ever after?  Heaven forbid if there is a next book that’s not been released yet.  Book hangover doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I’m Shannon and I’m a addict and I can’t wait to share my habit with you 🙂