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When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man. Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray. With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.

Takes place six years before Sins & Needles. It can be read before or after Sins & Needles and may also be read as a standalone.

263 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 9, 2013

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Karina Halle

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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today bestselling author of River of Shadows, The Royals Next Door, and Black Sunshine, as well as 70 other wild and romantic reads, ranging from light & sexy rom coms to horror/paranormal romance and dark fantasy. Needless to say, whatever genre you're into, she's probably written a romance for it.

When she's not traveling, she and her husband split their time between a possibly haunted 120 year-old house in Victoria, BC, their sailboat the Norfinn, and their condo in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.authorkarinahalle.com

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Author 117 books16.5k followers
March 5, 2013
Why do people like reading books that rip your heart out? Writing this HURT. Hurt so BAD. Uuuuuugh. Anyway, I wrote this and it's Javier and Ellie's story when they were young bucks, and if you enjoy this, you're a masochist.

PS Javier's a sexy mofo

PPS damn right
88 reviews1,108 followers
August 10, 2016

“Come, my angel. Dance with me.”


“You know ,” he began, voice low and full, “if you were to ever leave me, I’d come looking for you, on every street.”


“I want to rub it in you, like this, until it’s a part of your
skin.I want to stain you, Eden.I want myself embedded in your skin, in your heart, in your soul.”


First he steals my heart. And then he shatters it.

I'm telling you,there should be a law against it!!




Readers,this story of theirs.....

He lied. I lied. Any love that starts out under a lie is bound to kill you.

.....is not a normal one.


In Sins and Needles we were introduced to the enigmatic character Javier.In Sins and Needles we saw Ellie Watt....the grifter,the con artist.

Here we come to know how and why she turns into one.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Here,in her quest for vengeance,Ellie Watt turns into Eden White.

Her plan is a simple one.To ruin the person who ruined her.To make him face everything she had to.

But,that person is a drug lord.So to go near him she needs to seduce one of his henchmen.

And so she selects her mark.A man compelling, arresting,and dangerous.

But everything changes when she meets with him.

She is drawn to him like a moth to a flame....

"You brought out the sunshine, I'm glad."

How can she not when he says things like this....

"You've gotten under my skin," he said. "I don't think I'll ever be able to shed you."

When he can make her burn like this....

"The sounds you make as you come," he explained,voice low and guttural. "Better than any symphony."

And yes,that infamous promise....

"I promise to kill anyone who hurts you."

But...can it survive?

Love? Lust? Obsession?

Whatever they have,can it survive?

Or is it all....


Those who have read Sins and Needles,already know the answer.But trust me when I say...it still hurts!!

And those who haven't....find it out!!


“I told you I’d follow you.”

Was that sweet? Or was that creepy? Or was that just Javier? “Why?” I whispered.

“Because of this,” he said, stroking the tattoo on my arm. “Because you belong to me. You’re my angel. You could change your hair color, your eye color, everything about you. But the tattoo will always remain. I will always remain. I am the ink in your blood.”

Last but not the least, Karina Halle has done an amazing job.Even though I knew the outcome, she sucked me right in and didn't let go.It's filled with twists and turns which will keep you on the edge.Readers, this is one wild ride.

Can be read as a sequel,prequel or standalone.

That's all for now,Readers.


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420 reviews1,119 followers
August 20, 2013
5 I'm-Destroyed STARS

♪♫ A three-chord symphony crashes into space
The moon is hanging upside down
I don't know why it is I'm still on the case
It's a ravenous town
And you still refuse to be traced
Seems to me such a waste
And every victory has a taste that's bittersweet
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street ♪♫


He lied. I lied. Any love that starts out under a lie is bound to kill you.

To love someone is to reveal your deepest and innermost thoughts. To lay yourself bare in front the other and let your souls recognize each other. Love has no room for lies, deceit, despair and vengeance because then it's not love. It's an obsession doomed to consume you.

Ellie Watt is a broken young woman, set on repeating her parents' mistakes. She becomes the con artist she accused them of being, to take vengeance for an horrible act of violence against her as a child. But one wrong can't right another.

"You want revenge. You want vindication. And I hope you get those things. But the relief will be fleeting. Because you can never right the external wrongs until you fix what’s wrong inside you.”


She becomes Eden White and she takes a chance.

"I never became the person I was meant to be. Instead I had to become someone else. And I didn’t know who she was yet."

A chance to forget, to live and love. But betrayal follows betrayal, obsession and possession are easily mistaken for love in the eyes of an innocent, the scars are hidden but always there, lurking in the background.


She makes a mistake. A rookie one at that.

She falls for her mark. She found a keeper, a lover, a tormentor, at last.

Javier Bernal is a dangerous man.


A criminal involved with the drug cartels, ruthless and seductive, sweeps Ellie of her feet and for the first time in her life, he shows her care and passion.

"I want to stain you, Eden. I want myself imbedded in your skin, in your heart, in your soul."


Is everything a facade or did she finally find her home? Has finally life repaid her a little?

Can love redeem you or did your heart trick you into the worst mistake of your life?


This is an amazing book in it's own right. Forget the Artists Trilogy, Sins & Needles, everything you think you know.


If you didn't care for Sins & Needles (I don't know how..:D) , it doesn't mean you should skip this book too. It's a dark and twisted story of passion and despair, sex and torment. It grabs you and never lets you go, leaving you feeling raw and wondering of your own emotions, falling for a smooth talking bastard.


Now, if you are like me, a Karina Halle fan, this the story you were waiting for and don't want to miss. The story that sheds a whole new light on Sins & Needles, that will make you crushing not on Javier or Camden, but on Ellie and understand all the injustice she faced in her short life. It's the backstory that gives a whole new meaning in what exactly did Ellie sacrifice in the end of Sins & Needles. Not only herself and her future but her soul, her sanity, her identity.


And witnessing the dark side and the million shades of grey in between, you will crave for more purity, love and sanctuary.


THERE IS NO EXCUSE! READ THIS BOOK! You will love it... Karina Halle's unique ability to make realistic characters who screw up and are left to pick up their lives piece by piece, her attention to detail and style will suck you right in and win you over!

*ARC courtesy of the author, Karina Halle, in exchange for an honest review*

My initial reaction to the news:



I won't like Javier.... I won't like Javier.... I won't like Javier....


This review can be found on my blog: infinity-of-time.blogspot.com also known as...

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474 reviews2,411 followers
March 17, 2013


"Do you believe in fate, Eden?"

"Sometimes I do," I managed to say, trying to keep the breeziness in my voice.

"I think it was fate that brought you to me today," he said.

Ellie Watt/Eden White --

Javier Bernal --

Was it really fate that brought Ellie and Javier together?

Actually it was not. It was a single girl's need for revenge that made these two people meet...

As a young girl, Ellie Watt's life was destroyed by a powerful man with no mercy. He hurt her both mentally and physically and drove her away from her parents. After that, the man moved on with his life like nothing ever happened, while Ellie was left broken and shattered, she was left by herself to pick up the pieces and try to put them back together. Now, as a twenty-year old woman, Ellie decides it is time for her to take matters into her own hands and to take revenge on the man who got away with destroying her.

"I want to hurt the man who hurt me. I want to destroy him for destroying me. And I won't be happy, I won't be free, until I do so."

Consumed with the need for vengeance, Ellie Watt decides to turn her world around and to become Eden White.

With her new identity, she chooses Javier as her mark, the person she will try to get close to and who will eventually lead her to her the man who destroyed her life. But what she didn't expect was that she would fall for her mark...

"It's just when I chose Javier as my mark, I never thought that my mark would choose me. Because that's what Javier had just done. I wanted to win over his heart so I could get what I wanted. But I had a feeling he was about to get to my heart first."

And how could she not fall for him?

The way he acted, the things he said...

Somewhere along the line, the need for vengeance starts to fade into the background as the urge to love begins to take its place...

"It's funny what love can do to a person. It strips them of everything, even their instincts. It creates a new reality for you to adhere to, a new world where you break the rules just to keep the love intact."

"Are you ready to give me everything?" he asked.
I said yes before I had a chance to take it back.

And so, she decides to move on and maybe she'll even be able to trust this man...

This man who can be so charming and sweet...

"Why am I good to you?" he repeated, his lips brushing against mine as he spoke. "Because I can see you are broken. And I want nothing more than to put you back together."

This man who can be so persuasive...

"Please, angel. Make me your home."

This man who can be so possessive...

"I want to rub it in you, like this, until it's a part of your skin. I want to stain you, Eden. I want myself embedded in your skin, in your heart, in your soul."

"You are all mine, even if you run. I will find you because a soul needs its other half to truly live.

"You can scream, angel. I love the sound of my name coming form your lips, especially while I'm occupied with these ones."

"You know," he began, voice low and full, "if you were to ever leave me, I'd come looking for you on every street."

"You promise?"

"Always." And I knew he kept his promises.

But all this time, she had to remember that their love was based on lies...

"He lied. I lied. Any love that starts out under a lie is bound do kill you."

Or isn't it?


Admittedly, I tried not to fall for Javier, because I knew he would be bad news... But, around page 7 I already gave up that premise. It's basically impossible not to feel the least bit attracted to the smooth talking, suave bastard (and yes I say bastard, because he did some things that made me hate him too). So throughout, the entire book, as Eden was slowly but surely being seduced by him, so was I.

This novella was enticing, gripping, fact-paced and very hard to put down! From the moment I started reading it, I was immediately sucked in to the exciting and at times terrifying world of Ellie/Eden, that Karina Halle has so masterfully created. Personally, I liked Ellie's character better in Sins Needles because she's much more mature and sure of herself and what she wanted. But it was very interesting and captivating to read her entire journey in On Every Street. This is her story and it gave us a very clear insight on how and why she became the person she is today.

Needless to say, I'm already looking forward to Shooting Scars, the next part of this captivating and intriguing series!

And if you haven't read Sins & Needles, yet, you can either read that one first or after On Every Street, but I would highly recommend reading this series...it's a must read!


"Your pain is beautiful, Eden," he said. "Because it will fade."

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March 14, 2013
5+++ I-cant-breathe-need-a-CPR-right-now-just-call-Javier-or-Camden stars !!!!!

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“I’m going to teach you how to fuck me, Eden,” he said, his voice hoarse. He shuffled back until he was sitting just behind my ass. “But first I’m going to show you what it’s like to be fucked.”

Cue music : Angel - Massive Attack ...

I think my obsession with Karina Halle has just reached an all time high ... Can this woman get any better ? Apparently , yes ! Every time I ask myself that question I find myself giving me the same answer ! She just keeps getting better and better ! Its like she writes on a paper made out of platinum with a gold pen or something .. Oh wait , where did that come from ! Apologies , I'm just going gaga over this saga , that has my heart bleeding , my eyes tearing (up) and my panties soaking (wet) .. Sorry too much info there , but I cant help it !

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On Every street is suppose to be a prequel but can be read as a stand alone as well . You know what that means don't you ??? All those skeptics out there , who have been thinking about reading Sins and Needles , but actually haven't , yeah you guys need to check out On Every Street .. It'll probably give you a whole lot of reasons to finally get your hands on S&N !!

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Eden White has a mission on her mind . Make the man who made her life miserable pay for his sins . But getting what she wants isn't easy . So her plan is to seduce somebody real close to her target , and get to that target through him . Sounds pretty easy right ? Especially when she's counting on her conning abilities . But what she doesn't count on is her heart and her body which is already falling and sizzling out for the man who is just suppose to be a means to an end . The ... The ..... The ... Jesus , why is it soo hot all of a sudden .... The ... Javier Bernal ...

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What will be Eden's final step ? Will she carry out her original plan and get what she wants ? Or will love and lust take over and make Eden rethink her decisions pf revenge and hate ? Well , grab your copy and find out !!!!

“You have the face and the body of a twenty-one-year-old, I can see that very well. But your eyes. No, you have a story in your eyes. You lived in this world a hundred times over. You’ve seen some things that no one else should see.”

Oh dear god , reading this book leaves you feeling like a junkie with a hiked up adrenaline rush .. At the end of it , I couldn't figure out if I was sad , happy or distraught ! But one thing that was sure as fuck was I felt connected to Eden and her emotions .. I felt her feels , like I was the fucking one who went through it all ..... * Sigh * .. Why must you do that to us Karina .....

Now lets talk about the guy who turned me into a conflicting mess . I wasn't sure of my feelings for him . One moment I was all hot and panting , the next I just wanted to throttle him ..

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Now , you must be wondering why . I'll explain . Karina Halle has created a very rare and a sexy as hell specimen , a devil in a snakes clothing if I may add . Cool , calm and collected are masks he wears with great confidence ! People don't really get to see his dangerous crazy side , unless and until ... well , unless and until that side is directed at you . Oh and did I mention he is sexy as hell ..

“I won’t hurt you,” he said, reading my thoughts. “But you can’t just hand over your virginity to me, Eden. I have to take it from you. I have to make you surrender to me, to everything, in every way possible. I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside. I must have her.”

* excuse me while I restart my heart * ...

But , do I like him ???

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See , conflicting mess !!

Eden , according to me , was the real star of On Every Street ... Had I not been a absolute book boyfriend slut , I'd totally would've gone bi for her !!! She is sooo much stronger than she thinks ! Her sense of humor ... out of this world .. She's not intentionally funny .. but more of a the-occasion-calls-for-it funny ...

"I always thought I’d lose my virginity and there would be blood splattered all over the walls like an episode of Dexter, but I guess years of tampon use and masturbation took some of the edge off.

And its just that whatever she's been through in life has taught her to be the kind of person she is ... There is a saying that goes , ' The apple doesn't fall too far from its tree ' , right .. Well Eden is sort of a fine example for that . She may not have planned her life that way , you know to be a con artist and all , but her struggles and the truth of what she's been through make decisions for her .. But she changes she really does .. What starts off as a lie , soon becomes a whole lot of other things ..

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And that was just the beginning of my downhill journey of emotions ... And the ending , oh my god , couple that up with the ending of Sins & Needles ....

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Damn I need to meditate , thinking about what's in store for her fucked up heroes ( yes , that includes Ellie as well ) is giving me anxiety attacks ! Karina , hurry up will you !!!

Till then my fellow peeps , enjoy this book ! And heart the fuck out of these characters that the Her Awesomeness Karina Halle has created !!

Peace and love my peeps , peace and love ......

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A huge thank you to Karina Halle for the ARC !
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143 reviews920 followers
March 23, 2013
“Please, angel. Make me your home.”

I have so many feelings .


In this book Ellie is seeking revenge.
She wants to destroy that man who ruined her life so she asks help from an old good friend.
Gus helps her become one of the greatests cons and then she has to put her plan on work by approaching someone who will lead her to Travis.

I've never believed in love at first sight.


(I'm swooning so badly.)

Well , Javier has no idea the Eden is only approaching him in order to seduce him and he is simply falling in love with her.

“So, what would you like to drink?”
“Aside from you?”
I laughed anxiously. “You can’t drink me.”
He leaned forward, his eyes running up and down my body, causing my skin to heat. “Yes, I believe I can. And I believe I will. But for now, I’ll just have a Bombay and tonic.”

He has secrets that isnt willing to reveal but Eden is one step ahead.
She know everything.
When he is ready he tells her the truth and yet he is surprised that she is not leaving him.

I don’t deserve your love, Eden. You have my heart, but yours should remain in your chest. Save it for a better man. Save it for someone who’s worth it.” His eyes shimmered as tears threatened to spill over. “You need to leave me.”
“No,” I told him, grabbing his face. “I need to love you.”

However Eden has to face the real Javier.
The man that cant stand to be cheated.
The man who lives for vengeance.
She doesnt like that version of him and she decides to run away.

But Javier will always find you my dear Eden.

“You know,” he began, voice low and full, “if you were to ever leave me, I’d come looking for you, on every street.”
“You promise?”
“Always.” And I knew he kept his promises.”

In the hotel room he begs for forgiveness.
He loves her so much.

“Eden, angel. Please. Please forgive me. Please give me another chance. Please give me a reason to keep fighting, to be a better man. Redeem me. Only you can.”

Eden loves him more and more that she has almost forgotten her purpose.
They live together...
They love each other...

“Why am I good to you?” he repeated, his lips brushing against mine as he spoke.
“Because I can see you are broken. And I want nothing more than to put you back together.”

Why I loved Eden: Ellie , Eden she is the same person.
She is a unique book character and that the main reason that I like her.She seems strong but she is not.However , no matter what happens to her she manages to stand again on her feet.In this book is younger
but not immature.It's really nice to read about the first time that she was happy.

Why I loved Javier: Javier is the exotic and dangerous man with the haunting eyes . The fact that he has a Mexican accent makes me love him more.
He is a man that loves passionately and obsessivelly.He doesnt want Eden to be in danger and he always caring and sweet.

“I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone. More than I thought I was capable of. Eden, you’ve taken my heart by surprise from the day I first saw you. It hasn’t been my heart since.”

Ok I'll admit it , I ship Javier.
I know she will end up with Camden ,who I also really love but Javier captured me at a hello.
He cheated on her. D***move , huh?

And you might be wondering why I still ship him , right?
I have a theory.
Javier during the whole book is caring and adorable and all of a sudden
(actually when he learned that she was not pregnant) he becomes a different person and he seems so indefferent towards her.
My theory is that Javier may have discovered something about her real identity and because he loves her and he doesnt want to kill her he decides to cheat on her.
Well, that's what I think but still this is one theory which I hope is true.I really dont want to read that Javier cheated on her because he wanted to.
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All in all this book was perfect and I really enjoyed it.
The second book of the series is going to be very intense for all the readers and I cant wait to see what will happen.

I'm yours angel and you are mine.
My angel is mine
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735 reviews817 followers
February 10, 2017
My Javier:

I couldn't get past all the wrongs in my life, I couldn't accept them. To accept it, to live it, peacufully, that was like saying it was all okay." - Ellie

In this novella, Ellie is 20 years old, young, naive, unexperienced and stubborn. She is completely different person than Ellie I got to know in Sins & Needles and more importantly, she deals with completely different issues. She wants to truly start living her life, but firstly she needs to get even with person who scarred her mentally and physically. She has a plan. Plan for reveange. She is willing to do anything to get her reveange but one thing she did not include in her plan was falling in love with her mark, with Javier.
" It's funny what love can do to a person. It strips them of everything, even their instincts. It creates a new world for you to adhere to, a new world where you break the rules just to keep the love intact."

Javier is charismatic, smooth talker, "Latino heartthrob" and real charmer. But on the top of that he is ruthless criminal, rough, controlling and very dangerous man. I admit, there is much more to him than I thought, he almost fooled me into liking him and he definitely makes very intriguing character but he takes term bad boy to completely different level and I just cannot like him. He reminds me of pretty cover with rotten inside...
"I was naïve and young and caught in the spark that would create the flames." - Ellie

For me, this is story about Ellie/Eden and her turmoil of raw emotions and difficult lifechanging decisions. Yes, she was driving me crazy with her ignorance of facts and making excuses for her actions but I felt so much compassion for her! This is story about vengeance and about first love. So of course it was doomed to be emotional and heartbreaking. The style of writing in this novella will make you feel all emotions our young heroine was experiencing. You will be nervous, excited, lustful, happy, angry, devasted, heartbroken together with Ellie. It takes really talented author to be able to make readers feel everything that is happening in the book like it was real. That is exactly what Karina achieved in this novella.

On Every Street affirms the saying that love is blind. This story will emotionally drain you but it will help you to understand Ellie so much better.

* I received ARC by author as an exchange for honest review. *


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555 reviews1,532 followers
October 10, 2013

"I wanted to win over his heart so I could get what I wanted. But I had a feeling he was able to get to my heart first."


So here it is, I've finally read this novella after collecting dust on my must read shelf and I can honestly say that it has left me with all kinds of mixed up emotions. Since reading 'Sins and needles' I knew this author could put together a seriously well written and suspenseful story. I thought I had all my good guys, bad guys, i'm in love with you guys all in an orderly line, I thought I had all my feelings for these characters figured out and now that I've finished this mind blowing novella I'm not sure that I had it figured out after all. What a ride, every page and exchange was heart stopping and utterly engaging and here are my thoughts ...

What's it all about?
Ellie Watt is a damaged lonely twenty year old with nothing to keep her company but the taste for revenge, this scarred beauty has only one aim; go after the man who ruined her life. But along the way this impressionable girl learns more about love then she could ever have imagined and just when she believes she can let go of the past the man who holds the key to her heart fails her, but what happens when this man can't let her go? Javier Bernal is dangerously in love, nothing will keep him from his angel but there are secrets to unravel and this man will stop at nothing to keep the love of his life by his side. 'On Every Street' explores the beginning of a relationship that may or may not be the forever kind of love.

"Any love that starts under a lie is bound to kill you."

What did I love?
Well it goes without saying that this author is a talented writer but she is also a very clever one, her books scream originality and this novella is not exempt from that special touch. The book is so intreaging I couldn't help but fall for a character I had previously grown to dislike. I loved this further insight into the life of Ellie Watt I felt I was able to connect more and sympathise with this character. Some of the more intimate dialogue between the characters set my heart racing and questioning all I felt I had learned from the first book of the series. Any book that can invoke all the different kinds of emotions that this novella does most certainly deserves a high rating. Karina Hall delivers a fast paced wonderfully written story that is filled to the brim with love, possession, suspense, murder, regret, lies, secrets and a true mind mess of a relationship that is cunningly addictive and I loved it all.


Final thoughts ...
Why oh why has it taken me this long to pick up this story. This series is truly epic the author has obviously well thought out and treasured her story line, only question I'm left to ask myself is I am team Camden or team Javier? Don't miss out on this series you will be entertained and hanging on to your kindle for dear life. Go grab it readers, enjoy ... Kisses.

"I want myself embedded in your skin, in your heart, in your soul."
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362 reviews498 followers
March 10, 2013

"I want to hurt the man who hurt me. I want to destroy him for destroying me. And I won’t be happy, I won’t be free, until I do so.”


This was the plan... this is what Ellie had thought about all her life... Revenge..
Travis.. the man who hurt her when she was just a child.

"When the man found me trying to rob him, he retaliated by throwing acid on my leg. He scarred my leg for life, scarred me for life. He took away all the good in my past and he robbed me of a future. I never became the person I was meant to be. Instead I had to become someone else. And I didn’t know who she was yet."

She was now Eden... A new name.. To start the new Con, the Ultimate con of her life...

"I couldn’t get past all the wrongs in my life, I couldn’t accept them. To accept it, to live with it, peacefully, that was like saying it was all okay. And what was done to me…that can never be okay"

Eden gets a job at a local bar, rents a small apartment.. She needs to have a stable life to make the con more real.

Eden started watching Travis, staking out the front of his house. Looking out who was close to him... she would get close to that person, possibly seduce them... This would get her closer to Travis... closer to Revenge

After a few says she saw him... the man with the haunting eyes..

Eden knew he was the one. This man has such sex appeal, class and elegance... And breathtaking eyes...

One day she goes into his favorite coffee shop while he was there.. Doing herself up, wearing ass tight jeans, she knew she was Hot.. She wanted his attention.. Because he definitely had hers!

Siting across the room his presence was electrifying... Eden knew this was a problem for her..

"I’ve never believed in love at first sight. I barely believed in lust at first sight. I didn’t believe in anything except righting all the wrongs in my life. But at that moment, this man saw me. The real me underneath the bombshell mask. I felt like he must have seen everything."

He comes to talk to her... Javier..... the beautiful man's name..

"Do you believe in fate, Eden?”"
"I think it was fate that brought you to me today,”
"You do?"
"I think you’ll look back at this in a few years and you’ll know what I know.”

Javier ask's Eden out... and this is where it all begins....

They go out, have a good time, he kisses her with such passion.. On the beach standing on the sand... Eden feels things she cannot comprehend... She tells him she's a Virgin. He thinks she is pure and perfect.
She stays with him.. He asks about the scars.. And she tells the lie...

Javier will take her virginity...

"I won’t hurt you,” he said, reading my thoughts. “But you can’t just hand over your virginity to me, Eden. I have to take it from you. I have to make you surrender to me, to everything, in every way possible. I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside. I must have her.”"

Before Eden knows it she's living with Javier... Slowly the lines are fading... What exactly is she doing? What is she feeling?

All she wants is him... SHe is consumed...


Eden is drowning.... Drowning in her heart, Gasping for breath... She.Must.Not.Forget why she is here...

So many thoughts ...Questions...

"Had I actually been falling for Javier? Did I really love him or did I love the lust? Did I love the deception? Did I love the idea that I was getting closer to my goal, as much as I pretended it no longer existed?"

Love is a funny thing.. It makes you forget! And I DON'T blame Eden for forgetting!
Accepting the very same things that hurt you ...to be okay...

"It's funny what love can do to a person. It strips them of everything, even their instincts. It creates a new world for you to adhere to, a new world where you break the rules just to keep the love intact"

"Because you belong to me. You’re my angel. You could change your hair color, your eye color, everything about you. But the tattoo will always remain. I will always remain. I am the ink in your blood."

On every street
there's gotta be a record of you some place
you gotta be on somebody's books
the low-down- a picture of your face
your injured looks

the sacred and profane
the pleasure and the pain
somewhere your fingerprints remain concrete
and its your face I'm looking for on every street...

"You are mine and will always be mine. I am going to fuck you so deeply you won’t be able to look at me without thinking of this, of the way I own you, of the way I’ll keep you.”

"He lied. I lied. Any love that starts out under a lie is bound to kill you"

This book will consume you right to your soul, to such a point where you start questing which is the love Ellie/Eden deserves.....?

And Javier this is for you...

Thank you very much to Karina Halle for sending me an ARC of this book!
I will be COUNTING down the days till the 3rd book!
April 18, 2015

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I need a cigarette. I don't even smoke, but I feel like I need a cigarette after finishing this book. My mind feels sated after being thoroughly screwed. I couldn't sleep after I finished this because my mind was overloaded with emotions, feelings, and unadulterated awesomeness. Before I even started reading, I knew that I would end up liking Javier, despite my firm allegiance to Camden McQueen. Karina Halle is a word ninja and has ways of sneaking up on you with throwing stars of confusion. After reading all of her books, I should know this by now. You will not fool me next time, Karina!

Six years before Ellie Watt decided she wanted to leave grifting behind and before she reunited with Camden, there was Javier, her first love, her first obsession, her first everything. Under the alias, Eden White, she set out to get revenge on the man who ruined her life, Travis. She chose Javier, Travis's right hand man, as her pawn in her plot for revenge. Naive, inexperienced, and completely captivated by Javier, Eden gets in way over head. She loses focus and, in the process, she loses her heart to this complicated man.
"It’s funny how quickly I had turned into someone that wanted to spend every minute with a guy. That had never happened to me before. I guess I could blame it on working the long con, but deep down, I knew that wasn’t it."

"Some days I felt like Eden White. Other days I felt like Ellie Watt. But most days, I only knew one thing: I was a horrible con artist. And, against my better judgement, I was making peace with that."

Javier, oh my Javier. I wanted to hate him. I tried, I really did, but he slithered his way into my heart and gradually took it over. A week later, I can't stop thinking about the book and good ole Javier. I can't pinpoint exactly when my hate switch turned off and the like switch turned on, but it happened. *shouts to the heavens* Damn you, Javier! Javier is a broken man. Despite his high rank in the world of drug trafficking, he is surprisingly vulnerable and open with Eden. He lets down his guard and shows her a softer and sensual side. It's this gentle side that melted my and Eden's heart.
"You can’t just hand over your virginity to me, Eden. I have to take it from you. I have to make you surrender to me, to everything, in every way possible. I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside. I must have her."

“Why am I good to you? Because I can see you are broken. And I want nothing more than to put you back together.”

I was blown away with how much Halle could pack into a small novella. On Every Street begins with Eden and Javier's first meeting and ends with the demise of their relationship. Their two-year love affair was intense and full of...love? obsession? I don't know which! What I do know is this novella came with a one-way ticket to Crazytown. I had to get a few drinks in me before I could finish this. I went from feeling sad to "awwwhh" to "whoa, man that's hot" in the span of a few pages. Halle has a gift when it comes to writing the steamy scenes. When I think back on the "moisturizer" scene, I am thankful no one can read my mind.

Even though I was completely frustrated with Eden's decision-making skills, I can understand how she got wrapped in her emotions and lost sight of her endgame. Every book Karina Halle writes, I feel like I am right there in that moment with the character, whether it be extreme heartbreak or complete happiness. In this novella, I felt the gamut of emotions Eden went through from the beginning until the brutal end. At the end when Eden walks into their home and realizes what Javier is doing, I felt like I had been duped and cheated on. I wanted to throw something and punch Javier in his peas and carrots. Javier, man, what the hell?!?

Now, I'm torn between two psychopaths (okay, maybe psychopaths is a bit harsh. Oh well, I'm going to go with it). Picture Javier and Camden in a boxing ring about to fight for Ellie's love. In one corner, we have the safe choice, Camden. Though he isn't perfect, he seems to be the lesser of two evils. He has loved/obsessed over Ellie since high school, and wants her to be herself. In the other corner, there's Javier, Ellie's first love/obsession. He is more dangerous, but the chemistry and passion between these two is off the charts. Who will win Ellie's heart? I suppose we'll find out in the next two installments. Now the wait begins...

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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1,993 reviews298k followers
March 12, 2013
"This little angel was definitely going to get her wings dirty."

I just can't get enough of these characters and this series. Ms Halle, what have you done to me? This little prequel of approximately a hundred pages packs a punch that I didn't think was possible. I'm trying to decide which tone was strongest in this story: the sexy or the sad. Because it is definitely both. This is an erotic, heart-breaking novella about first loves and first betrayals. And I highly recommend you do not read this prequel until you have read Sins & Needles - I personally think this is important because On Every Street makes you view things very differently.

This book takes us back to a time when Ellie Watt was Eden White - a name she had picked for herself as part of an undercover operation to get revenge on the drug lord who had stolen her self-confidence, who had given her the scars she constantly tried to hide. But to get to him, she must seduce one of his henchmen and worm her way into his circle. What she never expected was to fall for Javier Bernal. He was supposed to be the tool she used to get close to Travis, she was supposed to cast him aside without a thought when she was done. Looks like life never turns out the way you expected and sometimes you find things along the way that are stronger than hate and the desire for revenge.

When I read Sins & Needles, I loved Camden McQueen and Javier was the villain who attempted to come between Camden and Ellie, but reading this made me look at the story in an entirely different way and I'm no longer sure who I want Ellie to be with. How odd it is that I have often bitched and moaned about love triangles only to find myself right in the middle, torn between Camden and Javier. Ms Halle has stated that she doesn't believe you can be in love with more than one person at once and I'm glad to hear this - it means Ellie should make her decision and there won't be any of the usual angsting all over the place. Not from her, anyway. Me? Well, that's a whole different situation. I'm likely to be angsting about this right until the end.

This prequel is an absolute must for those who enjoyed Sins & Needles. It's very sexy, a little kinky and really quite sad. People tend to say that whatever happens, wherever you end up, whoever you end up with, you never forget your first love and they always hold a piece of your heart. I don't know if this is true but Ms Halle makes a very convincing case for it here.
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430 reviews169 followers
March 12, 2013
5++++ mind blowing stars!!!!

Karina Halle simply blows my mind with her writing. I become obsessed and perhaps possessed by her insanely amazing skills. She creates characters and weaves a story like no other; she truly is in a class of her own.

Long story short- I have been a fan-girl since Experiment in Terror book one-Darkhouse. I read the series book after book without stopping except she had not written the novellas or book 5 and 6, so I had to wait. FYI…. For all you lucky ducks just reading the series now, you get it all! Well… there is still more to the Dex and Perry saga (Thankfully)

Anyhoo… moving on. I fell in KH book love (once again) with Ellie and Camden’s story in Sins and Needles. I was like ‘Yay’ Ellie and Camden deserve each other, where’s their HEA, Boo hiss I sort of hate mean bad boy reptilian eyed Javier.

Hmmm… then comes On Every Street; Ellie (Eden) and Javier’s story six years prior to S&N. I freaking could not put the book down, read it straight through, was messaging other fortunate arc readers as I could not comprehend what I had just experienced and then I did something I never do and I messaged the author and begged for a proverbial pat on the head to let me know everything was going to be okay so I could go to sleep. Well… I did receive some consolation (Bless you Karina) but I only sleep for a few hours, as I could not clear Javier and Eden from my brain and heart.

Their story is raw, dangerous, beautiful, incredibly sensual, and also so devastating.

Going in I had my doubts, I was Team Camden for goodness sakes so how could I stomach this story, Eden and Javier’s- based on lies, deceit and seeking revenge. But damn if I didn’t fall hook line and sinker for that oh-so-sexy Mexican dude and when I read Ellie’s quick reference of Camden as “some weirdo boy I knew back in high school” I thought, ‘oh him’ okay… let me read more about Javier.

Javier knew he wanted Eden the minute he saw her “Because I don’t believe in accidents,” he said, licking his lips. “But I do believe you’ll say yes.”

But will this foil Eden’s plan for the revenge she has been plotting for ten years? “It’s just when I choose Javier as my mark, I never thought my mark would choose me.”

Okay folks.. I must stop here as I do not want to piss off Karina by going on and on with scene after scene.

Just know that this book is brilliant, it will mark you and you will be stained, the characters will be imbedded in your skin, your heart and perhaps even your soul….

“My angel will always come before me.”

“This little angel was definitely going to get her wings dirty.”


Ready to hit On Every Street and hang with Javier for the evening!


Got an ARC, baby!!!


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239 reviews501 followers
August 18, 2013
I tiptoed down the hall toward the bedroom door.

And heard him moan.

... came to a halt when I heard the sound following it.

I hate you, Javier. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. I love you. I knew that was coming and it still tore my heart out. Despite all his flaws, I loved him and he’s done the unforgivable…

That’s what is fueling Ellie Watt. She needs to exact revenge on the drug lord who ruined her before she will be able to live a normal life. With her plan all thought out, she becomes Eden White and sets her sights on seducing Javier Bernal, one of the henchman. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with him. So, she has a chose to make… choose revenge or choose love.

I swore to myself that I would not fall for Javier, said that there was no way I’d fall for him… and now I’m a liar.

Javier was so sexy and romantic! It was hard no to like him. Sometimes he could be strong, and sometimes incredibly vulnerable and it all melted my heart. He always new what to do and what were the right things to say.

“Isn’t that tiring? To hide it? To pretend?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Then how about you don’t pretend with me?”

I loved seeing this younger Ellie. She was much more inexperienced and less rough. There was a sweet innocence to her. The one thing I recognized was her determination. She needed that revenge to be able to let the past go, but as time went on, love began feed the fire that was once fed by vengeance.

I wanted to win over his heart so I could get what I wanted. But I had a feeling he was about to get to my heart first.

All the sex was a nice bonus too.

We were both insatiable, our physical need for each other overpowering everything we did. It was the catalyst for our thoughts, for our actions. We gave each other our bodies as if we’d die otherwise.

In Sins & Needles, Javier was mentioned and even came up in a few scenes, but we really weren’t able to feel the history he and Ellie shared. Here, you get the full story and now you can better relate and understand Ellie’s feelings of pain and betrayal in book one. You really got to connect with him.
I still believe that Ellie and Camden are meant for each other, but if Camden was out of the picture, I could see myself on Javier’s side. I never felt like Javier’s feelings were anything less than genuine. You could feel his adoration through the pages.

“I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside.”

And how could the armor around my heart not crack at this?

“Please, angel. Make me your home.”

“You know,” he began, voice low and full, “if you were to ever leave me, I’d come looking for you, on every street.”
“You promise?”
“Always.” And I knew he kept his promises.

The ending was painful . I knew it was coming. I saw the signs. That did not stop it from ripping my heart out and throwing it off a cliff. I was so emotionally invested, that I felt that betrayal like I was right there. It broke Ellie and it broke me. I could sort of, maybe (not really) understand why it happened. At first I was really hurt and angry. I just wanted to rip Javier’s balls of and throw ‘em in his face, but now I’m just hurt.

One thing I'm really happy about is that Ellie didn't stick around afterwards. She didn't make excuses for him or pretend it never happened. She packed her stuff up and got herself out of there.

Overall, I loved On Every Street and do recommend reading it. It helped me better understand Sins & Needles. I usually skip novellas but with this one, I say go for it!

More of my Artist Trilogy reviews:
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2,415 reviews4,661 followers
March 12, 2013

Damn you Javier! I kept repeating to myself the whole book that I will not fall for your swag and charm but you made it impossible! Did I mention that this guy is hotter than Haatis?

"Submissive? I'm sorry to disappoint you my angel, but I don't run with that crowd. Perhaps you'll submit to me tonight, but after that, I'll be the one submitting to you."~ Javier

Ellie Watt has one thing in mind when she makes this heart throb her mark...revenge against Travis. Travis is Javier's boss the head of a drug cartel. Ellie changes her name to Eden White and sets her plan of getting close to one of Travis' men to gain access and retribution in motion.

Ellie had no idea what she was in store for when she put her con into action. Javier swept her off her feet and believe me I was right along for the ride. He is tough, protective, tender and definitely in love with Eden White. I even had to remind myself of Cam...yeah remember him.

I knew what was coming in the end because of Sins and Needles but it didn't lessen the blow or my heart break.

My only complaint would be that I wanted a chapter of Javier's pov at the end. Maybe the wonderful Karina Halle will indulge me!!

I am so anxious to get my hands on Shooting Scars and at this point may the best man win!!

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3,919 reviews33.1k followers
March 14, 2013
5 STARS!!!

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Ellie Watts is on a mission. She is out for revenge. She wants the man who gave her the scars on her legs to pay. To do this, she will have to be someone else, Eden White. After being near Travis’s place for about a month, she knows what she has to do. She will get close to him by seducing one of his right hand men...

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It’s just when I chose Javier as my mark, I never thought my mark would chose me.

She meets Javier, and it doesn’t take long to get his attention. He asks her out immediately.

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Shit. I was supposed to be seducing him, wasn’t I? Not the other way around.

After spending time with Javier, and giving him all of herself- Eden runs into a problem...

My body was his and it was just a matter of time before he had my heart.

I wanted to hate Javier... I did. But most of the book, I couldn’t resist his charms. I really don’t think he is as bad of a guy as I originally thought. He eventually tells Eden of his work, and warns her away.

“I don’t deserve your love, Eden. You have my heart, but yours should remain in your chest. Save it for a better man. Save it for someone who’s worth it.” his eyes shimmered as tears spilled over. “You need to leave me.”

And Javier was really smooth, and so sweet most of the time....

“Why am I good to you?” he repeated, his lips brushing against mine as he spoke. “Because I can see you are broken. And I want nothing more than to put you back together.”

“Care to dance?”
“On the dock?” I asked. “Right now?”
He cocked his head. “Come, my angel. Dance with me.”

“I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone. More that I thought I was capable of. Eden, you’ve taken my heart by surprise from the day I first saw you. It hasn’t been my heart since.”

“I am yours, angel.” he said determinedly. “And you are mine.”

Plus he was HOT!!!
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Eden had a huge decison to make-

I knew I’d have to make a choice. Did I want Javier? Or did I want revenge?

I feel like she made the right choice at the time for her. I was really rooting for Javier. Then- it happened. What we all knew was going to happen... and I found my self shouting
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I mean- seriously

At the end we realize...
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Now that I’ve read this... I really need to read book 2 in the Sins and Needles series!

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This one was just so good! I had mixed feelings about Ellie in the first book, now I love her! Javier made me love him, then he broke my heart. :( Oh boy... This one was just fantastic! Amazing!!! If you haven’t read these books, you are really missing out!!!!

My favorite line...
“You are all mine, even if you run. I will find you because a soul needs its other half to truly live.”

I will leave you with this.....

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197 reviews123 followers
April 1, 2013
5 Soul Shattering Stars!!!!

I’m officially gutted and heartbroken, but on the other hand, I’m so head over heels in love with Javier....

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But then in the next moment, I want to cut off his nuts for all the pain I feel right now…

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Hmmmmmmm Decisions Decisions....

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Just kidding….. I would never hurt my Javier! Well not in a bad way at least “wink wink”

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58 reviews45 followers
March 12, 2013
Once upon a time, there was a con artist named Ellie Watts.

But this isn't her story.

Here in this standalone book, we will meet Eden White.

I believe I had nothing to fear.
I believe I only had something to lose

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is her revenge story.

But in her disguise, she fell in love. HARD.

With a Mexican drug lord named Javier Bernal.

"How does he look at me?" -Ellie/Eden

"Like he's been searching for you his whole life."

This book is their story.


Any love that starts out under a lie is bound to kill you.

And so, even as she run far away from him, he'll always find her.


"I need you my angel. And I'll do anything and everything to keep you."


Let me start first by saying that..well, that kind of obsession normally turns me off. I usually steer clear from this type of male leads. But in this case, I can't help it. I was hooked.

I know it's wrong to cheer for an obviously evil person but Javier's two extreme personas are really effective.

I don't know exactly how KH made me fall for the bad guy from the very start, but I did. He may frighten me sometimes; but he was also able to charm me and sweep me off my feet. Because of that, I've stayed on his side ever since.

BUT I should have listen to the warning signs too. That guy undid me.

My goodness, for a while, I thought I died.

I knew what was coming but to say I was heartbroken was a major understatement. Javier gutted me open. I'd rooted for him since the very beginning of the series but this just killed me.

I needed an explanation. Not since Caleb from The Opportunist have I felt so betrayed by a fictional character. (And that's saying a lot about this book since TO was an earlier GR favorite of mine.)

When I reached that part of OES , I wanted to throw my reader across the room. I wanted to throw a fit and just cry.

This book touched me and never let go. I am seriously in awe of Karina Halle's writing. It goes without saying that even already published and all, KH deserves more fanbase. I'll not rest until people read this series. So far, I've read just two books from her, and she already made a lifelong fan in me.

"You are all mine, even if you run. I will find you because a soul needs its other half to truly live." -Javier

*Quotes taken from ARC, subject to change.

UPDATE 3/11/2013:

On Every Street is LIVE on Amazon and Smashwords!

**Release week sale! 0.99 cents until March 18th!**

Prepare to be charmed by our very own Mexican drug cartel hottie, Javier.

Review to come.

UPDATE 3/6/2013:

Who can say no to this Javier?


~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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269 reviews668 followers
August 13, 2016
So apparently I was supposed to read this AFTER Sins and Needles but call me a rebel. Just finished this quick one and my emotions ran from one end of the scale to the other end once I was done.

Me for the most portion of the read:

My feelings for Javier for 90%:

My feelings for Javier in the last 10%:

THE AMOUNT OF RAGE I HAVE RIGHT NOW!!! There better be some good explanation for this!! *rage airfist*

Moving onwards with my Karina Halle binge-reading! Onto Sins and Needles now :D
March 12, 2013

This is my second book by Karina Halle and OMG I love this author!!!!!

I think I broke Goodreads with all my status updates haha. Damn GR, I wanted to make another million updates of this book.


1. Please give Ellie / Eden / Elaine and Javier a HEA!!! Please….
2. I choose Javier over Cam. I believe E (That is just much easier) needs to be with Javier
3. Cam needs a second chance with is ex wife and child. How can you take a child from his parent a second time bwahahaha! I’m going straight to hell I know.
4. I hope Cam never finds ELLIE bwahaha! (See hell STRAIGHT to hell) LOL.
5. Damn you for making me fall in LOVE with Javier!

I rarely do casting but this was my Javier, isn’t he just a hottie!!!!

I’ve read Sins and Needles and loved the book. Since then I kinda liked Javier more than Cam. Don’t get me wrong I loved Cam as well but Javier in this book just confirmed it. I LOVE JAVIER more than Cam. Cam and Javier are both screwed up, but I think Javier is a bit better off than Cam bwahahaha!

I went into this book and I knew how this was going to end… didn’t exactly know HOW it was going to down but I knew WHY she left. Well if you’ve read Sins and Needles you will know why LOL.

I fell inlove with Javier in this book and I cannot believe he broke her heart. She gave up everything for him , yes she still had her lies but he told him some of his secrets. And I really thought he loved her.

I felt he didn’t do right with the Miguel situation, why did he have to bring it into their home??? She knew what he did for a living but to bring it home. NOT ON Javier…

Do I forgive Javier… I still love him but I think we need a one on one chat to find out why he broke my *(&%^&% heart into millions of little pieces. And then we can maybe talk about a reconciliation hahahahahaha.

I really do want a HEA for Javier and E but I’m starting to think that will NOT be possible. Because of what happened in this book, E running away (6 years ago), and what he did to her uncle….

I freaking cannot wait for the second book, is it MAY yet. Karina if you want to forward me a copy before the time I’m all for it hahahaha! Ok a girl can dream

Thank you very much Karina Halle for an awesome book. It was really really awesome. Never stop writing please.

Over and out. xxx




Is it the 12th of March yet?? I cannot WAIT for this book!
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577 reviews449 followers
September 21, 2013
On Every Street is a prequel novella to Sins & Needles (book #1 in the series), which came out in January. What is awesome about On Every Street, is that you DO NOT have to read Sins & Needles first. According to the author, “It can be read before or after Sins & Needles and may also be read as a standalone.” That being said, I DID read Sins & Needles first and I can confidently say that you could read them in either order and no matter what, you will love them and they will no doubt completely wreck you! In the best way possible way, of course… If you DID read S&N beforehand, you were probably all swoony-pants over Camden McQueen the hot, tattooed, “hulking nerd” just like I was. But, there is also another man in the mix. We learn a little bit about Javier, the very bad, criminal, (maybe crazy?) ex from Ellie’s past. I don’t know about you, but despite the crazy things we learned about him, I was beyond intrigued by him, so going into this novella, I couldn’t be more psyched to learn about their history and backstory.

This book takes place six years prior to Sins & Needles and it follows a young, inexperienced Ellie Watt (or Eden White as she comes to be known) through her attempt at her first major con. She is determined to get revenge against Travis, a drug lord and the man you scarred her in so many ways as a child.

”I was twenty years old and waiting to live my life. Until I got my revenge, until justice was served for what was done to me, I’d have to keep waiting. I couldn’t get past all the wrongs in my life, I couldn’t accept them. To accept it, to live with it, peacefully, that was like saying it was all okay. And what was done to me…that can never be okay."

On her quest for revenge, she decides that her best option is to get in good with one of Travis’s men. Eden sets her sights on Javier Bernal. This guy... *deep breath* The description of him in the beginning is so vivid. Every look, every expression, every movement is so purposeful that you cannot help but be immediately intrigued by him. I have never been so completely, confusingly taken over by a character as I was by him. I wanted so badly to hate him for the things we learn, but I just couldn't. And even after everything I know now, I still don't. I kinda love him... *hides face*

Team Camden

“Again I was struck by how gorgeous Javier was. Not in that conventional, hunky way, but mesmerizing all the same. He was very bad and very, very beautiful."

The tension, the chemistry, the connection between these two characters is palpable and I could feel it in my bones. Immediately I was sucked into this intense, whirlwind, disaster-waiting-to-happen romance. Javier completely enamors Eden and by extension, I felt the same way. The things he would do and say, even in the very beginning, completely shocked the hell out of me.

“So, what would you like to drink?” “Aside from you?” I laughed anxiously. “You can’t drink me.” He leaned forward, his eyes running up and down my body, causing my skin to heat. “Yes, I believe I can. And I believe I will. But for now, I’ll just have a Bombay and tonic.”

Be forewarned, there are some seriously HOT scenes in this because Javier is ”a kinky motherfucker.” You may need to stop and take a cold shower (or have your man on hand... ehh just saying). There were more moments than I can count where my jaw would drop, I would blush, get chills, and think, “Did that really just happen?” Even though this book is a novella, it took me a while to read it. I found myself reading parts, then re-reading them over and over. I could not get enough of it.

"I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside. I must have her.”

“Why am I good to you?” he repeated, his lips brushing against mine as he spoke. “Because I can see you are broken. And I want nothing more than to put you back together.”

What really reached out and grabbed me, was how much I connected to Ellie/Eden. She is really struggling throughout the book with her growing love for Javier and her deep need for vengeance. She knows exactly what she needs to do and what kind of a man Javier is, but that doesn’t make her decisions any easier. I could feel her pain and desperation and how hard she was fighting within herself.

"Did I want Javier? Or did I want revenge?"

Even though this is a novella, it is definitely one of my favorite books. The length by no means lessens the worth of this magnificent work. I am in such awe of the amount of emotion I felt and the reaction that this got out of me. When every logical part of my brain was saying I should be feeling one way, I felt the opposite. I was caught in this intoxicating, mesmerizing, heart wrenching story and I loved every second of the love, pain, anger, shock, fear and confusion that I felt along the way.
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August 24, 2013

I am FEELING so much right now. Beautiful. Perfection. Grief. Broken.

This…this is how I feel right now.

The story begins with Ellie. She is a con artist, seeking revenge, which is a central theme to this book. She is seeking revenge on a man who ruined her as a child. Ellie is determined to get close to this man by conning his second in command, Javier. To Ellie’s surprise, Javier ends up pursuing her. There is attraction (the coffee house scene in the prologue was so yum! I was grinning from ear to ear before the first chapter!).

I could never forget your voice. You sound like an angel who’s gotten her wings dirty.

My Javier:

Hector Chavez - Rock Chick series - Jacob Neely Thomas

I have to make you surrender to me, to everything, in every way possible. I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding keep inside. I must have her.

Javier. My love. My heart. This man is climbing the charts on my Master’s Thesis of Book Boyfriends, and it’s pretty difficult to knock one of those guys down (if you want to see this list, go to my profile). I don’t have much to say about him except….I love him.

My Eden:


My Ellie:

Eden/Ellie. She is so...real. Which is ironic because she is a con artist. She has been hurt and broken and is out for blood, literally. I had to choose two pictures for her because I felt like there were two sides of her, and Ms. Halle executed those two sides with perfection. Javier completely takes Eden by surprise, and I was with her every step of the way. I grinned when she grinned. I cried when she cried. I hurt when she hurt. I was broken when she broke.

There is chemistry.

There is hot, steamy, bossy, sex.

The sounds you make as you come….Better than any symphony.

There is love.

…as if he were unzipping my heart.

There is action, blood, betrayal.

There are tears.

it's ok to cry

The love between Javier and Eden is out of this universe, in the stars. They have rocked me, wrecked me. It’s so real...even though it was under false pretenses.

“I want to come on every inch of your body,” he whispered, and somehow it didn’t sound dirty at all. It sounded clean, pure, like rainwater. “I want to rub it in you, like this, until it’s a part of your skin. I want to stain you, Eden. I want myself embedded in your skin, in your heart, in your soul.”

I am the ink in your blood.

Any love that starts under a lie is bound to kill you.

This book left me with so many questions, and I cannot/will not stop until I have more Javier.

Note to the author: Ms. Halle, you writing is beautiful and brilliant. Can I have your babies Ms. Halle? Too weird? This is my first book of yours. I am in love. You have a fan for life.

Thanks for the buddy read, Rae (bestie)!
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April 26, 2013
Karina Halle simply blows my mind with her writing!!I could not put the book down!!


I absolutely loved On Every Street.It sucked me in completely!
This is the story of how young Ellie goes back to Mississippi for revenge, but falls in love instead. Before heading to her revenge mission, she goes to Gus first.He's an ex-LAPD and a family friend and he trains her in becoming a good con artist.
He teaches her everything he knows. You can tell that he loves her like his own daughter.
I loved that Ellie had a father figure she could always count on apart from Uncle Jim. Gus gave her the best advises and I loved the scenes where she would turn to him.
After her training with Gus, young Ellie sets out to con in the real world.

She's very inexperienced and young, but vengeance is a great motivator. To take revenge, she decides to seduce a man who can get her close to the person she's after and this quy is Javier..
Javier and Ellie have this insta-lust/insta-love thing going on. Javier immediately feels possessive over Ellie and claims her as his woman the second time they go on a date.

At first I like Javier a lot...he was sexy and very nice...but in the middle of the book I find him obsessed and I think he is psycho... I didnt like him...
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709 reviews2,138 followers
April 9, 2013
I completely loved Sins & Needles and, before embarking on this one, I hated Javier. We know that Ellie has ran from him and there’s no way on earth I’m going to end up with any affection for Javier. Right?


Javier and Ellie are birds of a feather – they’re both lying and cheating and they’re both hellbent on revenge. Javier is Ellie’s ticket to vengeance – she chooses him as her mark to get close to Travis, his boss and the man that so viciously scarred her legs when she was just a child.

BUT, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray and there is no way that Ellie could have forseen falling in love with Javier. In any other circumstances, in any other novel, without that knowledge that is to come in Sins & Needles, Javier would totally have been a new book boyfriend but I was constantly on edge, constantly waiting for him to fuck up and fuck up he truly does. What I still don’t get is why – why he did what he did and why his behaviour changed. I guess that’s all yet to come in Shooting Scars.

This is a great prequel to Sins & Needles, really fills in the gaps well and is a great novella to tide you over. Before I read this I was Team Camden, all the way – now I’m undecided and have a foot in both camps. No one in these books is behaving well = at the end of the day, is our hero going to end up being the one that is the lesser of two evils. Time will tell.

4 stars

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Sometimes I look at my Kindle and wonder if it's an e-reader or a trash can because of all the garbage I put on there. I will literally read anything if it shows up for free or ninety-nine cents, and if you don't believe me, yes I was one of those fools who read the promotional romance novel Kentucky Fried Chicken put out into the world as a publicity stunt that was in fact a real thing. Why? Because it was a romance novel, and because it was free.*

*P.S. It was called TENDER WINGS OF DESIRE. And before you ask, no, not a single golden crispy pun to be had. I'm still sore about that. Talk about your missed opportunities.

Karina Halle is one of those authors with a cultish fanbase whose works I never really got into while they were still at critical mass. I read and enjoyed the first two books in The Artists trilogy years ago - in fact, I got them both as ARCs - and I've read DARKHOUSE, which I did not enjoy at all. I've also tried one of her contemporary new adult novels, I think it was THE PACT (also received as an ARC) and that was a DNF. That is the extent of my experience with Halle's work, but I've read enough to know she's one of those hit-or-miss authors for me. But man, when she gets it right, she gets it right, in a fun, trashy way that makes her works a perfect addition to the bottomless garbage can that is my Kindle. #LiveLongAndTrashper*

*Trashper is a new word I have just made up. It means to prosper trashily. To trashper. As in, Nenia is trashpering happily, thanks to the books she has just obtained as part of today's Kindle Daily Deal.**

**True story

Halle has a lot of good ideas, and sometimes they work. The Artists works because it came out at a time when most new adult books were mostly just copying each other and playing at being edgy, whereas The Artists was actually edgy and raw. The problem is her style, which is very distinctive and resembles, I imagine, the way Halle herself talks. Meg Cabot has the same issue, where all of her characters sound kind of the same (I'm assuming that they all sound like Meg Cabot). I've only read three different samples of her current franchises, but the narrative voices were all pretty similar.

Her characters also like to go on weird tangents, which is more problematic in the Darkhouse series than it is in The Artists series, which results in weird statements like Eden saying that she felt like she was "offering up my vagina on a wooden platter" to Javier during sex, or Javier cooking a truly strange and eclectic meal for Eden consisting of the traditional Mexican dish of taquitos and "verde salsa" which his mother taught him how to make in Mexico, lol. There are also some typos in here, which pulled me out of the story, including an unfortunately placed interrobang.

ON EVERY STREET has been recommended to me as a standout among Halle's current backlist because it's a romance in which the villain gets the girl (although unfortunately, he doesn't keep her). I'm a huge sucker for villain romances, and Javier is smooth AF. I also liked the contrasts between his passionate, romantic side and the cold-blooded killer scenes that make Eden realize (very, very slowly, stupid girl) how toxic their relationship is. That was something hard for me to come to terms with, Eden's poor choices. I get that she's damaged, and that the nefarious part of abusive relationships is that sometimes you don't even realize that they're toxic until you're out, but it was really hard to read about someone who was on such a destructive warpath, and so filled with anger.

On the other hand, that anger and toxicity is part of what makes The Artists such a compelling read. Even if Halle sometimes doesn't tell a story as adequately as she could, she gets human emotion and portrays it in an interesting and unflattering way that reflects a reality many of us would rather not confront, said reality being, "Sometimes the world is an ugly place." I'm glad I picked this up because it provides insight into Eden's actions in the two latter books, which I plan on picking up for a reread soon. I seem to remember them being more polished than this was, probably because they were picked up by a major publishing house whereas this, I believe, was a self-published expansion.

Anyway, The Artists is a fun, edgy series and I did enjoy the wild, reckless ride of it. If you enjoy Tarryn Fisher's work, especially her Love Me With Lies series, you will probably enjoy this.

Traspher, and rejoice.

3 stars
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990 reviews6,355 followers
March 14, 2013
Note that this novella can easily be read as a stand-alone, and you do not need to have read Sins & Needles first (more on this below).

Having already met Ellie in Sins & Needles, I was excited to get the before: What happened to make her run away, and how she fell in love with Javier to begin with. I must say, I feel very torn after this. In Sins & Needles, Ellie meets Camden with whom she develops a very chemistry filled, eccentric relationship that takes the reader by storm. Then she makes Javier out to be someone she fears, someone she must stay away from at all costs. He's the villain no one wants to see swoop in. In On Every Street, however, we see what made her fall in love with Javier. Knowing their unfortunate downfall doesn't make their romance, nor Javier himself, any less enticing, either. I didn't think I would like him at all no matter what I read in this book, but Karina worked her magic and proved me oh so very wrong! He's a very… fascinating character. He's got infinite charm that would sweep anyone off their feet, and even after all is set and done, Javier is a really sweet guy--which makes the ending all the worst. I don't blame Ellie one minute for the choices she made in this book, even when they weren't always the smartest ones.

Although it's essentially a novella, it's on the long side with just as much character and story development as any full-sized prequel. We get to know Ellie before she becomes the Ellie we know; when she was young and gullible, when her only goal was to get revenge from the man who ruined her life. As much as her character is one of the best developed I've read already, she becomes even more substantial when we get to understand yet another side of her. For those who haven't read Sins & Needles, this is the Ellie you'll be introduced to, and then you'll get to see her in a new light when you do read S&N. It will also make you read S&N with a different angle. Having gone through her relationship with Javier, having felt the amount of love she has for this man prior to reading it will make for a different reading experience that's for sure. I wonder which one I'd actually prefer!

On Every Street is very romantic, more about the love story than anything else, it's also quite hot and steamy which I expected from having read Sins & Needles, though it surpasses that one easily. While this novella is not necessary to enjoy the series, I find it to be a considerably valuable installment as we get to know a very real and very important character in Ellie's life--someone who plays a big part in carving her into the person she becomes. Additionally, having an idea where the sequel is going, this novella opens up many doors in our hearts and minds for us to be able to go into that sequel full of already set emotion towards the events and characters involved. Instead of being one sided, all for Camden, her and Javier's romance becomes just as inviting. It definitely makes for an extensive and well rounded story.

It makes you fall in love, only to crush you to pieces, (which is all your fault, really, if you read S&N. *hangs head in shame*) On Every Street is for every romantic at heart who doesn't mind a little dangerous twist to their love stories!

An advance copy was provided by the author for review.

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441 reviews525 followers
March 11, 2013
“You know,” he began, voice low and full, “if you were to ever leave me, I’d come looking for you, on every street.”
“You promise?”
“Always.” And I knew he kept his promises.”

Remember The Police's eternal anthem for creepy stalkers everywhere, "Every Breath You Take"? When taken with enough alcohol proof, that song will start to sound romantic. I kid you not, I once went to a wedding, and that was the couple's first dance. So this book maybe a tragedy for some, but i'm choosing to see it for the hopeful love story that it is (I am so in the minority, I know) in my Javier-buzzed brain.

This is the story of con artist Ellie Watt's state of prolonged inebriation, as Eden White, and her drug of choice, Sexican extraordinaire, Javier Bernal. Set six years prior to the events of Sins & Needles, this was Ellie and Javier's Lost Weekend of All-Consuming Love and Revenge, told through a near-frenetic pace of passion, love and obsession. If you've read Sins & Needles, you know this is going to hurt, but you also just have to see how good it was to know how much it will destroy you after. Then what's left of you will try to string words together and write a review.

And it was REALLY good.

And now here we are.

This book hurts like a mother, mostly because I loved Javier in S&N and maybe a small part of me wants to see him get the girl. Almost as much as I want a crocodile Birkin. Oh but why is it always the insanely impossible things that we yearn for? A smooth almost reptilian charmer of a bad guy that was also all grit and sexy intensity, Javier was mostly the invisible ghost haunting Ellie in S&N but here, we get to see a snippet of their time together... And it's still not enough. I'm so taken by this character, I fully empathize with Eden's blind state.

“The boat was on autopilot but he still liked to look like he was steering.”

That little nuance, that small detail and my mind goes haywire speculating if that was a small look into Javier's psyche (yes, I'm crossing over to crazy woman territory). At this point, I don't think I can ever get enough of Javier. There's enough crazed, kinetic energy in the character to keep me interested for a completely different series where he's just intensely making taquitos .

Okay maybe make taquitos and bang someone. Or two. Because lord knows that boy has talent! The sex talk went a bit too far to riduculous-ville towards the latter parts but I'm not really complaining. Especially since this short novella packed depth, plot and character-wise, more than some full-length books I've had to power through in the past few weeks. I even thought for sure this book would answer all my questions about Ellie and Javier, but it just left me wanting for more. I think a part of me wishes to see Javier redeemed but a greater part just refuses to take him as he is, no questions asked, because the bigger picture, supposedly, doesn't need it. .

Then I remember this is a trilogy, and a weed of hope persists in me that maybe it's still okay to want the impossible.

ARC provided by the author for an honest review
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1,258 reviews1,547 followers
October 11, 2013
"Any love that starts under a lie is bound to kill you."

I just feel...shattered and broken and so confused. Why, Javier? What is happening?

I'm not sure in what universe any reader could read this as a stand alone...that was the biggest cliffie ever aside from the one on Sins and Needles. And oh, boy, did this affect me waaaay more than I thought it would. I read Sins and Needles first, just fyi, so I had a vague idea of Javier and Ellie's (errr, Eden's) past.

I expected Javier to have some more than redeeming qualities, and now that it's over, I'm more confused than ever. I think putting this down, I just have this super sad feeling, sort of hopeless. I know that I really do understand where Ellie's lack of bonding and emotion comes from...so if there's one thing for me to pick as the major focal point of On Every Street, that would be it for me.
"You know," he began, voice low and full, " if you were to ever leave me, I'd come looking for you, on every street."

Honestly, Javier and Ellie are just so messed up together. Javier is nothing short of psycho obsessed with Ellie...the man is crazy! And Ellie seems to LOVE it...she lives for this unhealthy possessiveness that he feels for her, and in fact their "love" seems to thrive on it. And what really got to me is how much he really, really seemed to care about her, despite his weirdness. He sees her as his savior, his one chance at goodness:
"I'm a very bad man who has done too many bad things to deserve a pardon. I shouldn't be waling this earth as I do, I shouldn't have the money I have, I shouldn't have the love of a woman who is so far above me she should have wings."

A huge, massive cloud hanging over this Javier obsession:
"You want revenge. You want vindication. And I hope you get those things. But the relief will be fleeting. Because you can never right the external wrongs until you fix what's wrong inside you."

This is my thing: I don't have any idea how to categorize this hot mess of a story. But I CAN say that for every single second of this book, I was completely and utterly captivated...in a train wreck kind of way. I mean, it was AWESOME.

So...no, I'm not team Javier...I'm not team Camden.

I'm team No One. Still.

No! I take that back. I'm Team Dex Foray, baby.
March 16, 2013
Having read Sins & Needles when it first came out, well, it left me prejudice against Javier. That didn't mean I wasn't curious about how Ellie and Javier met and how she could actually fall for him. And most importantly....W-H-Y he did what he did!

I definitely am Team Camden....all the way baby! But I do have to say that I did soften for Javier even though he's a "tad" possessive and plain ol' loco!

Here's My Javier. **WARNING...only click on this if you really, really want to see him! You've been warned!!**

Okay...well maybe not exactly but all the suave stuff had me singing that the whole time I was reading the book. I do have to say that Javier was very romantic...and very suave. I almost wished that I would have read this book first just so I could appreciate him more. It still wouldn't matter because of what he did. But...I am going to withhold judgment until I hear W-H-Y. (I actually went back through Sins & Needles just to reread all the Javier parts!)

I enjoyed seeing Ellie's vulnerable side. I never would've gotten that from the first book. What a difference six years can make! It really killed me to read more of the details of what happened..."And heard him moan." I think that was one of the worse...and best scenes I've ever read! So emotional and heart breaking! But I think she made the right choice! Like Marda said, " Would you be able to forgive him even with the best excuses?” No Way Jose...oops, I mean Javier! ;)

I Can. Not. Wait. Till. May!!

and Okay...one last peek!

Favorite quotes:

♥ "He was a kinky motherf*cker, that’s for sure." (amen sista!)

♦ “Mistaking obsession for love is one of the greatest mistakes you’ll ever make.”

♥ “You are all mine, even if you run. I will find you because a soul needs its other half to truly live.”
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July 2, 2018
I really liked this book but overall, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed "Sins & Needles". I've seen many people say that this book changed their opinion on Javier and that they began liking him after reading this but it just didn't do anything about my opinion. I still can't stand that guy and I think that also highly influenced my reading experience.
Something that I thought was really interesting to see though was the development of Ellie Watt/Eden White (I don't know if the names are spelled correctly but I'm just way too lazy to get up to grab the books now.). Y0u really got to see how different and how innocent she was before all those things with Javier happened and that she's pretty much a different woman in Sins & Needles.

Soo overall, "On Every Street" was a great book but it couldn't compete with the actual first book in the trilogy which is why I decided to give it three out of five stars.

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