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.
This 50K word (100+ pages) novella takes place six years before Sins & Needles (book #1 of The Artists Trilogy) and tells the story of Ellie and Javier’s passionate yet torrid affair. It can be read before or after Sins & Needles.
You do not need to have read Sins & Needles to enjoy this book and can be read as a standalone.
***Contains graphic sexual scenes, language and violence***
This is the prequel to Sins & Needles, delving into the life of Ellie as she meets Javier. I’m glad Karina Halle decided to write this prequel-it gives a lot to the background for Sins & Needles in regards to Javier and Ellie.
Ellie decides she needs revenge on a drug lord who scarred her leg when she was just a child, caught trying to steal from him per her parents’ order. She figures the best way to the man she is looking for is to get close to one of his associates. Enter Javier. But what she doesn’t expect is to actually fall in love with him.
This story takes you through their relationship-the ups and downs. It includes love, lust, and extreme heartbreak. On Every Street did help me to get into Ellie’s head easier, so her character development was mainly built in this story. I would highly recommend reading this if you choose to read The Artists Trilogy.
While Javier doesn’t have the ideal occupation, you actually do feel something for him. He shows a human side that you wouldn’t think for a seasoned killer. This is not a typical romance-it’s messed up and messy. I do recommend reading it!
I give it 5 out of 5!