Bold Tricksby Karina Halle (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: The Artists Trilogy #3
Published by Forever on October 15, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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USA Today bestselling author, Karina Halle, brings you the final installment in her sexy, action-packed, Artists Trilogy contemporary romance series.
The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .
Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he's been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death . . .
One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who's made a permanent mark on Ellie's heart. The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who's busted more than a few heads in his time. From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust . . . or die.
I was eagerly awaiting the third and final book in the Artists Trilogy by Karina Halle, and Bold Tricks did not disappoint. Picking up right where Shooting Scars left off, con artist Ellie has formed a bizarre partnership with Camden and Javier in order to get her mother and her father figure Gus back from sadistic drug kingpin Travis, who also happens to be the same man who disfigured her with acid when she was young. She knows that she can’t trust her ex-boyfriend Javier, who has his mind set on expanding his own drug cartel, and he’s proven to be deadly and twisted in his quest for power. Javier will stop at nothing, and his good looks and smooth, double-talking menace gets him far with everyone he encounters–including Ellie.
Tattoo artist Camden is another story for Ellie. She’s known him since high school, and Ellie knows that she can trust him completely. He’s already gone through hell and done unspeakable things just to rescue her from Javier, but now their future together isn’t so certain. Camden thinks that Ellie chose to be with Javier again, and their relationship is up in the air.
Ellie is stuck in the middle between two men who love her. One is good for her and only wants her to be good, and one wants her to be the queen of his dirty empire. Will she get the revenge that she’s dreamed of over the man who scarred her leg when she was a child? Can she choose between the two men that would kill for her, and will these same men make the journey through the South American jungle without killing each other or Ellie? Who’s ulterior motives will remain hidden until it’s too late?
I give Bold Tricks a five out of five. This final installment was fast paced and action packed. The gritty atmosphere of Mexico and South America really amped up the story as the trio fought their way toward their goal. Ellie is a kick ass heroine who steps up and makes her own fate in this book, while Camden is right there fighting beside her. Javier helps in his own way too, of course, but his tactics are deliciously dark and self-centered. Excellent writing, great fight scenes and shoot outs, and sexy rendezvous in the wild make this a must read.