Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
***The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it's so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).
This is the 1st book in the trilogy. It is followed by the novella On Every Street (released in March 2013) and the sequel Shooting Scars (released in May 2013). The third and final book in the series will also be released in 2013.***
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: Purchased from Amazon.co.uk on kindle for only 77p!)
26-year-old Ellie scams people. It’s what her parents did, and it’s what she does; it’s also the reason that some very angry people are after her.
Ellie decides to return to her home town to lay low for a while, and once there bumps into a man who she went to school with – Camden.
Camder has changed a lot, and definitely for the better, and Ellie decides to use their attraction and friendship so that she can rob him and his tattoo parlour ‘Sins and Needles’.
Will Ellie really sink so low as to try and rob Camden? Does Camden really know the true Ellie? And what happened to Ellie in her past to leave her with the terrible scars on her leg?
This was quite a different story than what I’m used to reading, and I really could not believe just how cunning and deceitful a person can be!
Ellie seriously (as a friend said) made me want to slap her! I just couldn’t believe that she would not only rob a friend, but also a man that she was attracted to and wanted to have sex with. I just didn’t get how she could be so rotten, especially considering the friendship and trust that Camden had given her.
Ellie had obviously gone through quite a lot in her life, and to her Camden was just another con which was awful. I personally would hate to be that way, and to place so little worth in friendship. I would also hate to be constantly on the run the way that Ellie was.
The storyline in this book was certainly edgy, and I don’t know how anybody can live life the way Ellie did. To have so many people in her past who hated her, and to continue ripping people off was pretty shocking to me. I did like the storyline, but at the same time I hated what Ellie was actually doing which is a bit of an oxymoron! I was surprised at times how naïve Ellie seemed to be though, when Camden pointed things out to her that she hadn’t considered which was a bit sloppy from her.
I did have a couple of other questions with regards to the storyline, but they were minor, and I can’t really discuss them without spoilers. The ending was sort-of expected, and was also a massive cliff-hanger. I might read the next book, but I won’t be rushing to get it.
Overall; contemporary romance, meets hustlers.
7 out of 10.