4 dark brooding stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen.
Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.
SO my blog partner V and I have decided to do a Sunday swap…. we each recommended a book to one another that was a little out of our comfort zone this was my pick from Miss V…. this was not so much out of my comfort zone, but out of my current zone…. it was a dark romance and as of late I have not read as much romance as I used to…. I’m really on a huge thriller kick…. however I still love the love! And this book definitely had a dark edge to it, so I got my thriller needs met….
Ellie returns to the only home she has ever really known….. determined to live an honest law abiding life…. Ellie was raised by grifters and that is really the only way she really knows….. Ellie is carrying around a lot of scars both inside and outside from this life…. and really wants to go legit….. after returning home Ellie runs into Camden, the boy who had a mad crush on her in high school, the boy she would not give the time of day….. of course he is now super hot and super successful…. I’m sure you see where this is going? Or maybe not…. because things go sideways real quick!
This book definitely kept me entertained throughout…. I listened late into the night and never wanted to press the pause button….. don’t really want to say too much… but these characters took me on a crazy ride….
I felt as though this book was the perfect blend of romance and thrills…. however if you are not a romance fan I’d stay away…. on a steam scale of 1-10 I’d give it a Six!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
My only problem with this book was Ellie herself…. the girl came home to get on the straight and narrow and within a day she was off that road… I just really couldn’t get a handle on her… I didn’t understand a lot of her past actions either, like why did she hunt down Javier? I never understood how that was going to hurt anybody…. she unquestionably has a lot of room for some character growth…. fortunately she did redeem herself a bit in the end….
I would recommend this book for people who enjoy romance with a Darkside and some thrills mixed in💗
PS: this book ends on a huge cliffhanger, apparently there are two more books in this series that I will need to get to sooner than later, so many books so little time!
🎧🎧🎧 Audiobook narration also owns 4 stars …. Veronica Den did a wonderful job with all her female voices, however the male voices were a bit goofy at best …. kind of tough to swoon over a guy when his voice makes him sound like a big goofball!