Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: On Every Street by Karina Halle

Title: On Every Street (The Artist's Trilogy #0.5)
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: New Adult Erotic Contemporary

Goodreads rating: 4.76 out of 5.00 (290+ ratings)
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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.

This 50K word (100+ pages) novella takes place six years before Sins & Needles. It can be read before or after Sins & Needles and may also be read as a standalone.

Review by Chantelle

This novella needed to be longer!!! The hottest 100+ pages of the year, and dare I say it, even better than Sins & Needles?

On Every Street had all the intense emotions, passionate romance and addictive characters that I've been looking for all year. My god, it was only supposed to be a novella to explain Ellie Watt's time pre-Camden, why she ran, and why she couldn't exact revenge but hot daaaaamn if I'm not nearly converted to Team Javier! 

Taking place six years before Sins & Needles, Karina Halle is back with her signature high stakes style writing full of suspense and danger. With Javier running a drug cartel, Ellie Watt bites off more than she can chew when she tries to "mark" Javier as part of a long con to exact revenge on his boss Travis. Instead she falls prey to his commanding pursuit, this is her story. 

Javier is a breathing contradiction. He's passionate, he's loving, he's dangerous, he's murderous. In Sins & Needles, he's this scary-as-shit, terrifying stalker who won't stop tracking Ellie, he'll follow her "on every street". In this novella, we see how that passion escalated, we see Ellie's first love and oh lordy, the amount of 'feels' and damn tingles I got from this should be illegal, 'cept not because I loved every sentence. It almost makes me want to ignore his tendency for killing ruthlessly, almost, but not quite, so you can see where Ellie is coming from. 

Besides leaving me extremely torn, On Every Street has made me ridiculously excited for the second installment in 'The Artist's Trilogy' Shooting Scars. Javier knows Ellie as "Eden White", loves her as "Eden White"...

"What do you think he’d do to you if he discovered Ellie Watt? Would he love her? Or would he kill her?”

Consider me addicted - hook, line and sinker! Shooting Scars come at me!

Overall: 10/10
Plot: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 3/5