Book Review + Excerpt + Giveaway – Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) – Karina Halle

Today is the release day for one of my most anticipated books, Bold Tricks! Read on for my spoiler free review, an excerpt, and an amazing giveaway which includes an Ipad Mini!



Ugh. Sharing a room with Javier would be a nightmare at this point, but Camden did have a point. I didn’t trust Javier and knew he was capable of screwing us over at the first opportunity. Staying in separate bedrooms this early in the game would be the perfect opportunity for him to up and leave us. Javier’s alliance only extended to his sister, not to Gus, and the fact that he was even agreeing to help us at all said a lot. Unfortunately, I didn’t know exactly what it said.

“I’m staying with you,” I quickly said to Javier. I didn’t bother putting on an act, smiling or acting coy. He’d see straight through me anyway. He always did.

He raised his brow. “Is that right, angel? And to what do I owe your angelic company?”

“Because you’re both the same,” Camden filled in. He stepped forward and quickly swiped a key out of Javier’s hand. “You’re meant for each other.” He took off for his room, his back straight and proud. My heart both lurched and ached at his words, how badly he was brushing me off, how I’ll he thought of me.

Javier was surprised and loving it. He turned to me, mouth slightly agape. “Wow. Something tells me he was trying to be insulting.”

I couldn’t even fake a smile. “Which one is our room?” I asked, feeling sick as the words came out.

He grinned at me, all snake, no conscience. “Whichever one I choose, angel. Have you got all your belongings?”

Normally I would have brought out everything from the trunk, but there were an awful lot of lives in there, an awful lot of stuff. With me keeping an eye on Javier all night, it was probably safe.

I shook my head. “It’s fine.”

He smiled again, especially as Camden shut the door to room number one.

“Let’s take numero tres, sí?” Javier asked. “More privacy.” He grabbed my hand and led me toward it, though there was nothing gentle or warm in his touch. Just like that, those days were over. I was back to dealing with the spurned Javier, the hunter and the sadist.

He opened the door and flicked on the lights. A few cockroaches skittered underneath the bed, and moths darted to the threadbare light fixture hanging from the ceiling. The room was as run-down as I’d ever seen, and for one twisted second I was glad I wasn’t sleeping there alone. In the next second, though, I was reminded that the company of insects was preferable to his.

He closed the door behind us and put his hand at my neck, holding me there, and leaned into my ear. “Do you want top or bottom?”

I stiffened for a moment then rammed my elbow back into his gut. “Fuck you.”

He let go of me and coughed loudly, still trying to smile. “You should be glad I’m giving you the option, angel.”

“You’re a sick pig.”

He straightened up and shrugged. “It’s what you liked until about, oh, twelve hours ago. Tell me, angel, what is it about that boy that makes you forget who you really are? Is it the tattoos, because you know I have those.” He quickly shed his linen shirt and stood bare-chested before me, the tattoo of his mother’s name on his inner arm. He turned around slowly, making sure I saw the large cross going down his spine. “Or is it those horrible glasses of his? You know, I can look like a fucking idiot if I really wanted to.”

I narrowed my eyes, keeping far away from him like wary prey. “He sees the good in me.”

He laughed. “The good. Of course. The good. So, is that why you’re spending the night with me? Because I looked into that boy’s eyes tonight and there was no good in there left for you.”

My gaze locked with his, a war without further words. His eyes shone yellow-green in the light, looking more inhuman by the moment. Deep in his insanity, he was making some sense. That’s what I hated most about Javier, that there was always a kernel of truth to his words, a truth that made you fall for the lies.

I sucked back my breath and nodded at the sagging bed. “You better get a good night’s sleep.” Then I grabbed one of the pillows and the top sheet and brought it over to the thin Mexican rug that ran along the foot of it.

“You’re serious?” he asked as I started making my bed on the floor.

“Good night,” I told him, lying down on top of the sheet. I didn’t trust the cleanliness of the floor and it was too hot to have a sheet on top of me anyway. I rolled over so I was facing away from him. He was still standing near the bed.

“Come now,” Javier said. “Sharing a bed with me isn’t that bad. You’ve been doing it for the last week. Is the inevitable sex too distracting?”

I ground my teeth together but didn’t say a word.

Suddenly he dropped to the ground on top of me, flipping me over so I was on my back, pinning both of my arms to the ground, his face just inches from mine. Wild strands of his hair partially obscured his feverish eyes.

“I’ll scream,” I said hoarsely, fear pulsing through my veins.

He grinned. “You know I love that.”



I can’t believe it’s over! The love triangle that I’ve enjoyed so much. The one where I love the bad guy while somewhat rooting for the good guy. From the amazing beginning that was Sins and Needles, to the action that was Shooting Scars and now to the explosive finish that is Bold Tricks.Yes, it’s come to an end. And what a way to end!

Bold Tricks begins right where Shooting Scars left off. Javier, Camden and Ellie have just escaped from Travis’ house. And you know the three of them together can’t lead to any good. But they’re stuck together. See, Javier has to find his sister and warn her about the threat that is Travis, and Camden and Ellie… well they have a laundry list of things they must do, but first and foremost? Find Gus. And so they were trapped together. The Good vs. The Bad… with Ellie caught in between 🙂

If you thought Shooting Scars was action parked, then wait until you read Bold Tricks! It was insane! From helicopter chases, to bombs exploding to shootouts, it had it all. And set in one of the most dangerous countries, Mexico. But while all this was going on, we still have the love triangle. And the question on everyone’s mouth; who will Ellie choose?

From the beginning, I’ve been one ball of confusion. I love dark erotica so for sure I liked Javier. Insanely hot and just plain insane Javier. The head of a Cartel and Ellie’s first love. And then we have Camden. If ever there were two contrasts, it was these two. In Shooting Scars, the lines blurred, and in this one, the choice became clear as day… yes, both Ellie and I made our choice 😉

There was only one problem. I did feel as though the choice came too easy for her. See, the beauty of the love triangle from the beginning was that while we rooted for the one, we couldn’t help but like the other or at least feel for him. Having read the other books in the series, I was very confused as to who I’d pick for Ellie. But then in Bold Tricks, it all became easy. For the reader and for Ellie :/

While Sins and Needles is my favorite in the series, I enjoyed this installment. Expect the same banter, wit and sarcasm we’ve come to know from this series and this author… and to top it off? A beautiful ending. One that will have everyone grabbing for their tissues.

3.5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link – Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

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I’d like to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing this ARC for my review.



1  WINNER: iPad mini pre-loaded with all three digital Artist Trilogy books (SINS & NEEDELES, SHOOTING SCARS, & BOLD TRICKS) preloaded, and ON EVERY STREET novella included!

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18 Responses to Book Review + Excerpt + Giveaway – Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) – Karina Halle

  1. Carolyn J says:

    Awesome giveaway cant wait to win 🙂

  2. Carolyn J says:

    Havent read yet but would love to

  3. Fantastic giveaway my favourite book was bold tricks I fell in love with javier and I love men with tattoos 🙂

  4. #TeamJavier
    Favorite book: Sins & Needles
    Both black, square hipster glasses and tattoos!

  5. Vedrana Matak says:

    I really like this series, but just as you, I hate when they make decision easy for HER… love triangle must end with her decision. I was so looking forward to this one, but now, thanks for heads up….I hoped that she will be thorned beetwen the 2 guys…I remember that Camden was not so good in the first book. He had dark moments so Javier was bad but Camden was going there….now it seems that Javier represents bad and Camden good so to brainer there.
    Stil I am going to enjoy good banter, action adn hopefully some good and steamy scenes.

    *oh, iPad-mini…want one form my daughter..I made a promise for her birthday 😛

  6. Michelle says:

    arghhh I have to choose! I’d go for both for differing reasons so I’m sticking with that #TeamCamden AND #TeamJavier! That’s like asking us to choose TeamJacob or TeamEdward – too darn difficult. Both deserve to be chosen.
    Again to choose! arghhhh – Shooting scars just pips it at the post! Can’t vote for Bold Tricks haven’t read it yet…….
    Both of course! Glasses and tattoos = sexy as hell!

  7. Brandy Gibson says:

    I have not read and yet so i am looking forward to it. They are next after I finish my current read.

  8. kgagnon2013 says:

    I think I will have to go with #TeamCamden and also both tattoos and glasses can be very sexy!

  9. jessiel62 says:

    I’ve been reading a lot in the past year & I haven’t gotten to this series yet. It seems like as fast as I try to get thru my TBRs, just as many more books are released. Yikes. I will be getting to this series soon, so I don’t have a fav at the moment. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Laurie says:

    Thanks for the chance, I’ve been wanting to read this series! I think tattoos are sexy!

  11. kp says:

    Team Camden!

  12. Mary Mooney says:

    I have not read any of these but they are on my TBR list and I can’t wait to read them. Great giveaway!

  13. wyndwhisper says:

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i can hardly wait to start reading. 🙂

    tammy ramey

  14. Lorie Glowania says:

    Team Camden but I haven’t read all of them yet

  15. Gwen Jacobs says:

    Team Camden , Sins and Needles oh my tattoos definitely !!!! Awesome Giveaway !!!

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