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Shooting Scars

(The Artists Trilogy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  11,971 ratings  ·  1,526 reviews
The USA Today Bestseller!!

A Dangerous Kind of Love . . .

When Ellie Watt offered herself to her thuggish former lover Javier to save Camden's life, she never imagined the twisted game Javier had planned for her. Trapped by him and his entourage of killers, Ellie is forced to commit a dangerous, heinous crime-or Javier will kill Camden. Now ex-con artist Ellie must find a wa
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Karina Halle
Feb 06, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I haven't actually read it yet...I just wrote it in a flurry of energy drinks and Halo 4 and Bourne Supremacy soundtracks. But the first draft is done.

Yay. What a fucking ride.

I hope to read it once I have some space between me and the book and then me and the publishers can work on making it

*cough* Someone's about to go all Liam Neeson.
Georgia ♥
08/20/2013: LIVE ON AMAZON! -->

5 (and probably more) Incredible, INK & BLOOD Stars

"She was mine. And I was hers. Until the bitter end."


When the scars scab over and over again, bleeding and oozing poison, no healing is possible. Shoot them away and grow a new body part healthy and whole. Become a new person, molded in the fire that shaped you but not burned. Embrace the memories and let them empower you. Don't become slave to addictions. Admit your feelings and screw over w
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

I'm really not going to bother saying what team I am on because it is pretty evident!!
Let's keep this short and sweet because I so do not want to ruin or give away any spoilers for this!

Holy Fcuking shit!!!
Let me just say that this was probably my most anticipated read of 2013 and it was Amazzzzzzzzzing!!!

Karina Halle, woman you are my hero!!!

Shooting Scars was everything I expected and then some....

Ill start of by saying that I KNEW that the minute Ellie got into that car with Javier that at s
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Shooting Scars is raw, emotional and intense story. Emotions in this book hit me pretty hard and I was a mess when reading it. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time, feeling hopeful, feeling depressed, feeling all kinds of emotions. Perfect continutation to Sins & Needles!

I really like Ellie. So after her character transition in Sins & Needles I was extremely curious to see what would happen with her in this sequel. Will she be able to get over her past or will she give in? I was really
Emily May
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do the words "sexy", "dark" and "twisted" pique your interest?
Do you secretly love romance but find yourself steering clear of it because of the cheese, the cliches and the recycled characters?
Have you been immersing yourself in the current New Adult trend only to keep meeting with disappointment after disappointment?
Do you wish you could read a book about a hot, sweet and complicated relationship (or two) without the usual misogyny or annoyances?

Well, have no fear, for Karina Halle is here.
I no
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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After that crazy ending of Sins & Needles, I have been waiting and waiting to read Shooting Scars. It was well worth the wait. An intense, emotional, amazing read that will have your heart beating out of your chest just waiting to see what is going to happen next...

We have Ellie... at the end of Sins & Needles, Ellie had a huge decision to make. She chooses. It’s a sacrifice she is willing to make. (view spoiler)
"That's All" Ash
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This book murdered my heartbeat.
And taught my pulse how to dance.

Built with mindstorming characters, everyone’s the villain in this series.


Javier is a sociopathic killer.
Ellie’s a con-artist.
And Camden’s the guy who wants to kill the sociopath and steal the con-artist.

And I love it!


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Javier is…

A Russian roulette of a guy; and he’s absolutely my favorite because he’s uncatchable, inescapable, and menacingly sexy. At one point in this series, I truly believe he was in love
5 I-think-its-getting-hot-in-here Stars !!!

Ummm .... HOLY FUCK !!!!

My first reaction after reading Shooting Scars was something like this ....

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I mean , man does Karina Halle know how to put a brake to her awesome story telling technique for an interval of sorts !!!

I usually begin my review with a quote , or more like my favorite quote from the book and damn it all to hell I couldn't decide what my favorite quote was , so I'll just use this ...

“You always have a choice, Ellie. Always.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"We evolved, Ellie," he whispered, sending shivers down my back. "And we'll keep evolving."

There we go. I threw in the obligatory "made her shiver" mention. The romance quota has been fulfilled. Moving on.

As always, I can't help but focus on random crap which no one else cares about - like the fact that SOMEONE GOT BLOWN UP WITH NON-DAIRY CREAMER.

Okay, maybe not quite blown up, but there was some burning involved. At least I didn't put in the gif of someone walking away from an expl
What do we have here ???????

Oh hell yesssss !! Finally....I felt like I waited forever for this installment of The Artist Trilogy...

So I go into this book 100% ....


He made me feel safe, whether I was in his arms or at his side or just in his presence. For the first time, I had a protector.

Look at those eyes.....tall, black hair, tattoos, glasses. Like a hot muscly nerd. Did someone say nerd???
I freakin LOVE nerds especially ones with a heart of gold and have the capaci
Lise *friends don't flag*

Seven months, people- I have been waiting Seven. Long. Months. to read this book.
I was so wrapped up in the story of Ellie, Javier and Camden and was team Camden all through S&N, then KH had to make me switch teams with OES and destroyed me at the end of that novella…. now GAH…. I just don’t know.

Javier is leaner and meaner and so selfish and ruthless, but still so focused and confident and yes, still so sexy-

“Tell me you’re mine,” he grunted, mouth at my ear, tongue flicking my lob
5 Amazing cherry-blossom stars!!!


Okay… I need a minute here!! I need to get myself together in order to write this review.

No, on the other hand I basically just need to say only one thing: THIS WAS AWESOME!!!


So, basically after the cliffhanger in the first book (really, don’t keep reading this if you haven’t read the first one yet!!!), Ellie’s gone with Javier in order to save Camden.
But although Javier has is own sick plans and isn’t done with Ellie, Camden is set on finding her and give h
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. It had love, it had action, it had some hot Hot HOT sex scenes, it had guns, death, and blood. That equals one bad ass book!

Me when I found out Karina was giving me an ARC:
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Me while reading:

Me when I realized it was over:
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Some of my favorite quotes:

"I had no past. There was only now."

"Such an angry little angel. Your wings are certainly dirty. They’re black."

"Revenge over love”

"You chose to be with me. Now own it."

"Love isn't about keeping score. or what one doe
• Lisa •
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to • Lisa • by: Anna
Shelves: favourite-series


What a ride, after experiencing an all out different reading challenge with 'sins and needles' and a five star change of heart with 'on every street' I finally got my reading act together and finished this part two of the trilogy. Filled to the brim with twists, turns and shocks I find myself ready to complete the series and grab some answers from book three, but before that here are my 'shooting scars' book thoughts ...

What's it all about?
Ellie Watts con woman and mixed up heroi
☆ Sammy ☆彡
ARC generously provided by the author, Karina Halle! Thank you soooooooo much!

As with any Karina Halle novel I have read, Shooting Scars deserves so much more than the measley five stars you can rate it. I read this book in one day, with very few interruptions, and when I wasn't able to read it, I could not stop thinking about it. IT IS THAT GOOD!

WARNING- THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SINS & NEEDLES! If you have not read the first book, I encourage you to stop here and go read it!

The first b
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs

As you can imagine, I was so excited that Karina Halle had given me another opportunity to have an arc for this action packed series. I would like to thank her because like so many readers, I’m totally addicted.

This story picks up exactly where Sins and Needles left off. Ellie has sacrificed herself to Javier for Camden’s ex-wife and son. I was under the impression that for six years Javier was hunting Ellie down and had just recently found her but looking back that was pretty naïve. Javier mak
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I loved Sins & Needles and On Every Street so the bar was set pretty high when I picked up Shooting Scars. It did NOT disappoint! Shooting Scars was just as riveting if not more so than the first books. Karina Halle’s writing was brilliant and addictive. Danger, simmering chemistry, twists and turns kept me glued to the pages. I read it in one day!

Shooting Scars picks up right where Sins & Needles left off. Camden and Ellie are on their own paths with the story in their alternating POVs. It was

"I was being yanked in different directions and it was tearing me up inside."

That quote pretty perfectly sums up how I felt 99% of the time while reading this book. After months of letting it soak in and doing a reread… and I’m still having a hard time finding my words. This book did not disappoint one bit.

Sins & Needles ends with so much yet to be resolved. The amount of possibilities to where Shooting Scars would take Ellie, Javier, and Camden are
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm a pretty happy garbage can right now because this was just the trash I needed to fill me up. Starting a second book is always hard because at that point, you, as a reader, already have some expectations about how the story and character development are going to go, and the temptation for some authors is to stall for time and use book 2 as a means to pad the story with filler. To its credit, SHOOTING SCARS doesn't do that - it jumps r
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars*
Shooting Scars is intense. Gritty. Fucking insane. Buckle up kids, this is going to be a wild ride.
Full review to come in August.

Angela Richardson
4.5 stars ****

Have you seen my goodreads profile?? If you have then you would know CAMDEN MQUEEN is my favorite book boyfriend of all time


Screw billionaires, rock stars, bikers, blah blah blah...
Give me a goth type, soulful, artistic, tattooed, glasses wearing nerd, who is really a dark super-hero, ready to fucking risk his life for love - AND I WILL GET ON THAT! that is my type of guy!!! through and through!! that's my ty
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

*** I've added bolded paragraphs to this review because I didn't think it was long enough [*kidding*] ... after I slept on it ...

WARNING: if you haven't read this book, this review may contain MINOR spoilers.

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Yep ... this pretty much sums up a [big] part of the story ...

Not many books make me drink and chain smoke in the process ... this one definitely did! I started at the end of Sins & Needles and just couldn't stop! In true Javier fashion, it was tequila with "no lime or salt because that'
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
*Spoiler free for the series!*

I don't think I could ever tire of this series. Shooting Scars is an epic sequel and an impressively satisfying follow up to Sins & Needles, which I would have thought impossible.

Sins & Needles ended on an intense note that made the wait for this sequel brutally long. It felt like I'd been holding my breath ever since, and it was an amazing relief to finally be back into this world of scams and betrayals! In the voice of both Ellie and Camden, this book is thrilling
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Ellie's always been torn over who she really is and what she really is. Her disfigurement has brought her untold suffering and she has molded that into a deep hate with one final outcome. In pursuit of that outcome, she meets Javier and decides to take a chance, but he only proved she was wrong to do that and she lived with that for six years. Until she met back up with her high school friend, Camden. Even though they both hurt each other when they were young, there was still something there...s ...more
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One helluva ride!

Holy. Freaking. Hell.

That's pretty much my default reaction to anything written by Karina Halle. Every book of hers that I have read has rocked my socks off, and Shooting Scars is no exception to that rule.

The story picks up right where book one (Sins and Needles) ended. Ellie has made the ultimate sacrifice and is now back in Javier's clutches, and Camden is left trying to pick up the shattered pieces of his life. Happ

"I want to break every part of you!" I exclaimed but gave up and collapsed on him. "I want you to break," I whispered, my head on his chest, my eyes focused absently on an orange tree.
"You have," he said softly, his hand stroking the back of my head. "I told you that you broke me when you left. And you did. I'm not lying to you."
"You always lie."
"Not now."

So ... the book starts where Sins & Needles ended. Javier has Ellie, and Camden has his son, ex-wife and a briefcase full of money.

~ Becs ~

Win a copy of Sins & Needles at Sinfully Sexy today!

I was the angel of death, walking arm in arm with Lucifer.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts, you’re in for a bumpy ride! Wow!! This was fantastic – a breath-taking sequel to Sins & Needles – an absolute roller-coaster of a ride as we head from suburban California right into the dangerous and murky world of the drug-cartel ridden streets of Mexico. If you enjoyed Sins & Needles, I can, hand on heart, assure you that you




Shooting Scars, the second in the Artist's Trilogy was exactly what I wanted, expected and dreamed of. I LOVED it.

We literally pick up from where Sins&Needles left off. Ellie has left with Javier, seeing no other option in front of her and for once putting her wants and needs behind those of the man she leaves behind. The man sh
Natasha is a Book Junkie

“I was rage and I was wrath and I was twenty-six years of hell.”

I have one piece of advice for you before you start reading this book: fasten your seat belts!! There is not one second you won’t feel the awesome full-body sensation of the roller-coaster ride this next instalment in The Artists Trilogy will take you on – the butterflies, the stomach drops, the exhilaration and the skipped heartbeats. This is one adrenaline rush you will quickly become addicted to. And you won’t want to
Alex is The Romance Fox
Shooting Scars, 2nd book in Karina Halle’s The Artist's Trilogy, continues the incredible story of a con artist, tattooed artist and a killer….
Ellie Watt, the con artist…
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Camden McQueen, small town local tattoe artist and guitar player, who has been in love with Ellie for many years…
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And then, there’s Javier….
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A man from Ellie’s past. They have a history together – despite the way Ellie left Javier, he has always loved her in his own strange way…. weird how I co
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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 during the summer, and in Lo

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