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Sins & Needles

(The Artists Trilogy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  22,253 ratings  ·  2,698 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 438 pages
Published January 25th 2013 by Metal Blonde Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kelliann Gomez I believe there were only two sex scenes in the book, so I wouldn't call it erotica, even though the sex scenes are explicit.
Kelliann Gomez There's a major cliffhanger, but if you read it as a standalone, you could just be left wondering what happened and thinking up endings.

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Steph Sinclair
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like the dynamics of a dysfunctional relationship
Before we even get this par-TAY started, I'm going to throw something out there: This was not a bad book. I'm saying this now because I know I'm about to be the black sheep when it comes to Sins & Needles. So before everyone in my Goodreads friends list comes out with their torches and pitch forks, guys, I can totally see why you all love this book.

Alright, now that we've got the basics out of the way, strap in because I'm about to light it up. BTW, yeah, spoilers 'cause that's how I roll.

Sins &




I need to think and calm down before I ....


A big thank you to Karina Halle for providing me an ARC for an honest review !!!

“I hate you Ellie Watt,” he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, “because I still love you after all these years.”
Shock seized me first, the butterflies shredding me to pieces. Then he gr
Emily May
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

4 1/2 stars

Sorry for using such a cheap trick to drag you in but this is the picture Halle used as inspiration for Camden. And I know many people have used that image in their reviews but, come on, do you really ever get tired of looking at that?

This book came as a complete shock to me. It's one of those where I have no idea why I read it, it must be some sort of masochistic curiosity that makes me pick up books I'm almost certain I won't like. For one thing, it's an indie novel and my luck
ETA: downgraded to 3 stars. September 20, 2015

Review completed February 1, 2013

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"Nope. This is about taking control. It's about controlling yourself, getting into that tiny moment in which you can make things happen. (…)"

After a scam gone awry and being on the road for two months, Ellie Watts decides to return home because she ran short of money. Because of her criminal lifestyle Ellie does not have a lot of friends. As it is, friends are dangerous liabilities when you're a grifte



This book was just BRILLIANT!!! I swear, it was like watching one of my favorite Tarantino movies, except it wasn't a movie, it was a book and it's the very first time a book has ever made me feel that way. The story kept me enthralled the entire time, and I loved every minute of it.

From shady drug lords to sexy tattoo artists to the maffia and visits to a casino, this book had everything in it to earn itself a place on my "favorites
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you need to bury yourself so deep in fiction that you forget that the real world exists. Sins & Needles is a story about drug lords, con artists, the Mafia, and a sexy tattoo artist. It's a story about redemption...justification. It's a story that perhaps seems a little unbelievable. But isn't that what makes fiction so amazing? There's no rules, anything can happen, anything goes. It's like Quentin Tarantino & Martin Scorsese wrote a book and had Kristen Ashley and M. Leighton edit. A ...more
Georgia ♥

"We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”


"Don't try and con a con man"


A-helluva-lot STARS!!!

Brilliant, inspired, unique, refreshing, mysterious. Dark, gothic, gritty, sexy, a Tarantino movie in the making. A story of a girl and a boy, names that aren't defining, criminals, use and abuse.


♪♫The sacred and profane
The pleasure and the pain
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Sometimes when you finish a book, you loved it so completely, so thoroughly, that you don't even want to give it a 5-star rating. Because then you start thinking of all the other 5-stars you've given, and it just doesn't compare. You don't want it to be compared. This was one of them. Having read a copy the minute it was made available, there were no reviews or feedback yet, giving me absolutely zero expectations, and I. Was. Blown. Away! (!!) I have both been dying to, and dreading, reviewing t ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

Welcome Readers,this golden tale is about Ellie and Camden....

She is a con artist and he is a tattoo-artist.

She is someone who has visible scars and his are deeply hidden.

She has the SINS and he has the NEEDLES.

  Watch her surrender her sins to his needles.

"Jesus," he whispered, gaze lingering everywhere. "I keep forgetting that you're art already."

"So what are you going to tattoo on me?"

"Whatever your scars tell me to," he said.....

After a few minutes,the needle buzzed,alive and waiting t
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

She is a con artist...


That’s what Ellie Watt,with the thousands of other names,is..
After a fake bride scam goes wrong she goes back to her childhood town to rebuild her life legitimately....
When she hits her hometown she runs into a blast from the past...


Camden McQueen used to be the freak who dressed all in Goth.At one time he was her only friend until she let peer pressure destroy their relationship...

"I'm not bad. The world is bad and I'm just trying to survive in it.”

This is a new Camden
~ Becs ~
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This is your Soundtrack to this review – please open it in a new window and listen while you read!  It is relevant to the story.

“I’m not bad. The world is bad and I’m just trying to survive in it.”

This was SUCH a good book – absolutely compelling from the first page right through to the end with an ending to leave you positively salivating for the next part.

This is the story of Ellie, Eden, whatever she is calling herself the day you meet her. She is a liar, a con artist, a fake virgin b
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Sins & Needles… I guess the title says it all, right?

Are you going to read about Sins? Oh yeah!
Are you going to read about Needles? Si!

Ok, I know there are GREAT reviews about this book so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet. Oh well, sweet is not a word I should use in my review…

I always try to learn something from the books I read. Yes, also from the porn ones I read! Back to S&N, I learnt you can’t steal things that are not yours be
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in reading about physically or emotionally scarred characters
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Michelle
Revenge never felt so good.

In this game of deception and lies will anyone come out a winner?

4.5 stars. This is the brand of drama I can subscribe to. By now, you all know that I loathe drama for the sole purpose of shock value. But when you add drama into a story which has some teeth to it, I'll be up front and center waiting to see what happens next.

There's something about the vibe of this book which reminds me of how I felt when I read Tiffanie DeBartolo's - How to Kill a Rock Sta
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2018
4 dark brooding stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

SO my blog partner V and I have decided to do a Sunday swap.... we each recommended a book to one another that was a little out of our comfort zone this was my pic from Miss V.... this was not so much out of my comfort zone, but out of my current zone.... it was a dark romance and as of late I have not read as much romance as I used to.... I’m really on a huge thriller kick.... however I still love the love! And this book definitely had a dark edge to it, so I got my th
Karina Halle
Dec 18, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
THIS...this book. Preparing for a wild ride :)
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

Thank you Karina Halle for giving me the opportunity to read Sins & Needles.

”Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost,” he continued. “A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover.”

This is the well written story of Ellie Watt who is a twenty-six year old con artist. When Ellie’s latest scam falls apart, she packs up her latest identity and heads back home to her Uncle Jim in Palm Springs CA. Ellie Watt wears different names and looks since her departure from Palm Springs and is hoping that her uncle
Alex is The Romance Fox
Sins & Needles, the 1st book in Karina Halle’s The Artists Trilogy and it’s the first time I have ever read anything written by this author.

Gosh, why did I take so long to discover Karina Halle??

What a fantastic beginning to the series! A sexy, gritty, action-packed romance filled with the most unforgettable characters. Characters that you would never imagine liking!!!

A beautiful con artist, liar, manipulative, thief, pill popping on the run heroine!!!! Ellie Watt is all that but also so much m
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


”We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”

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I loved this book so freaking much!!! It was so amazing!! This is not your typical love story where everyone lives happily ever after. Its an extremely unique, thrilling, fast paced story that will have yo
Aestas Book Blog
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

Woah – what a wild ride!

It was just such a “different” read! It was quite refreshing to read something that you really can’t compare to anything else.

It was edgy and gritty, at times heart breaking and others steamy, along with a touch of snark.

I’m finding this book hard to review despite really liking it because for most of the book you really don’t know which end is up. Usually when I write my reviews, there are some constants to base it off of but with this one the ground was constantly
Lise *friends don't flag*
Revised 7/29/13 *Spoiler Free*
“This will be the last time. I’ve said that before. I’ve said it a lot. I’ve said it while talking to myself in a mirror, like some Tarantino cliché.”

This book did remind me of a Quentin Tarantino film; with the use of music, satirical subject matter and damaged characters. Uh huh good book, and would be a good movie… And as Rebecca Espinosa stated in her review:
“The situations they were placed in and the way the story unfurled, it reminded me of a mov
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“I have to live with my mistakes, but I don’t have to regret them. I regret my actions, but I can’t regret the consequences. We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”

One word to describe this book...
Sins and Needles

YES! This book was fanfuckingtastic! Could not put it down! A definite must read!!!

Ellie Watt is a con artist. She is 26, and ever since she was 19, she
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-read
Mafia, drug lords, con artist and sexy tattoo artist...this was one hell of dangerous and exciting ride! Get yourself ready, this is a MUST READ!

Ellie Watt is 26 years old con artist with very hectic life. Always different names, different places and different enemies. Now after 7 years she is coming back to town where she spent her teenage years determined to leave her grifting lifestyle behind. With unusual and difficult childhood, we can say that Ellie is not your typical heroine. She lives d
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I knew Sins and Needles was going to be great. I mean, knowing that her inspiration for Camden McQueen was this guy, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this! My expectations were high because Halle's "Experiment in Terror" series is my favorite adult series, hands down. With Sins & Needles, Halle did not disappoint. I was floored and blown away with how fantastically addictive it was. I absolutely loved it. I'm officially obsessed with The
• Lisa •
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to • Lisa • by: Anna
Shelves: favourite-series

“You know how I feel about your scars. They only make you more beautiful.”


Wow what a Refreshingly different story; moving, heart breaking and totally Unpredictable. The story of Ellie and Camden had me sold from chapter one, however this is not your typical sunshine and lollipops love story, it is dark, sometimes painful and moving. karina Halle has produced an outright gorgeously written book with interesting characters.

What's it all about?
Where do I even start to describe thi
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The girl needs a ….

The girls needs a

The girl cannot understand the

The girl remembers the date (this should be 2013 and not 2010)

That was the date that The girl started another

The girl loved the other book and all the other books in the


The girl feels she will never


The girl wanted to


The girl is saying a

to her

The girl hopes this affliction ends in the near

Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars

To be honest I was really hesitant about picking up this book, because I don’t usually like con stories. I hate people trying to cheat others out of their hard earned money, and take things the easy way. There are of course exceptions to this for me:

*The reason for the con is to defraud a defrauder, someone who “deserves” it in some way.

*The con is to serve up some much deserved revenge.

I guess I’m not a turn-the-other-cheek sort of girl, well in fiction anyways. If someone’s got

This is how I looked at the end of this book:

Wow wow wow, I didn’t expect this.

This book was awesome, it was like a mixture between action and romance. Sometimes it felt like I was watching a tennis match… Just when you think, what else can go wrong BAM it hits you. Who is conning who?? Who is running from who??

The first 41% I thought, Ellie you BIATCH. How can you do that?? And then I was like WTF just happened here??? I didn’t see that coming, yes I’ve read there are twists in
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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"We all make our own path in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we're lucky, we're given the chance to make things right again."

I was so excited to win an ARC of Sins & Needles from Karina. I was highly anticipating the release since I am such a huge fan of all her other works. I don't know how she does it, but the characters of her books are some of my favorite of all time, they feel so re
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

This book was SO good !!

A tattoo artist

A con artist

They used to be best friends...
They used to support each other but as it turned out Ellie was always weak.

Even though Camden was her best friend , she humiliated him so as to fit somewhere.
He was hurt..

And then she left...

Years later Ellie decided to go back to the town where she grew up.However she never thought that her ex-freak best friend would have turned into a HOTTIE.

Camden , on the other hand , believed in her and he was trying to p
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really liked this book. "Sins & Needles" was interesting, gripping and very well written. It was also very different from how I expected it to be. I mean, I knew what a con job was but I never really thought about what people who pull them actually do. I also don't know if the book is completely accurate when it comes to these things but I must say I found it really interesting to read a little more about robbing people and getting yourself a new identity (which doesn't mean I want to ...more
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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ri

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“You're a bad person, Ellie," he said without a trace of irony.

"I'm not bad. The world is bad and I'm just trying to survive in it.”
“You know how I feel about your scars. They only make you more beautiful.” 177 likes
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