I tiptoed down the hall toward the bedroom door. And heard him moan. ... came to a halt when I heard the sound following it.
I hate you, Javier. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. I love you.
I knew that was coming and it still tore my heart out. Despite all his flaws, I loved him and he’s done the unforgivable…
That’s what is fueling Ellie Watt. She needs to exact revenge on the drug lord who ruined her before she will be able to live a normal life. With her plan all thought out, she becomes Eden White and sets her sights on seducing Javier Bernal, one of the henchman. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with him. So, she has a chose to make… choose revenge or choose love.
to myself that I would not fall for Javier, said that there was no way
I’d fall for him… and now I’m a liar.
Javier was so sexy and romantic! It was hard no to like him. Sometimes he could be strong, and sometimes incredibly vulnerable and it all melted my heart. He always new what to do and what were the right things to say. “Isn’t that tiring? To hide it? To pretend?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Then how about you don’t pretend with me?”
I loved seeing this younger Ellie. She was much more inexperienced and less rough. There was a sweet innocence to her. The one thing I recognized was her determination. She needed that revenge to be able to let the past go, but as time went on, love began feed the fire that was once fed by vengeance. I wanted to win over his heart so I could get what I wanted. But I had a feeling he was about to get to my heart first.
All the sex was a nice bonus too. We were both insatiable, our physical need for each other overpowering everything we did. It was the catalyst for our thoughts, for our actions. We gave each other our bodies as if we’d die otherwise.
In [b:Sins & Needles|16029994|Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1)|Karina Halle|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347859611s/16029994.jpg|21799599], Javier was mentioned and even came up in a few scenes, but we really weren’t able to feel the history he and Ellie shared. Here, you get the full story and now you can better relate and understand Ellie’s feelings of pain and betrayal in book one. You really got to connect with him.
I still believe that Ellie and Camden are meant for each other, but if Camden was out of the picture, I could see myself on Javier’s side. I never felt like Javier’s feelings were anything less than genuine. You could feel his adoration through the pages. “I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside.”
And how could the armor around my heart not crack at this? “Please, angel. Make me your home.”
“You know,” he began, voice low and full, “if you were to ever leave me, I’d come looking for you, on every street.”
“Always.” And I knew he kept his promises.
The ending was painful
. I knew it was coming. I saw the signs. That did not stop it from ripping my heart out and throwing it off a cliff. I was so emotionally invested, that I felt that betrayal like I was right there. It broke Ellie and it broke me. I could sort of, maybe
(not really) understand why it happened. At first I was really hurt and angry. I just wanted to rip Javier’s balls of and throw ‘em in his face, but now I’m just hurt.
One thing I'm really happy about is that Ellie didn't stick around afterwards. She didn't make excuses for him or pretend it never happened. She packed her stuff up and got herself out of there.
Overall, I loved On Every Street
and do recommend reading it. It helped me better understand Sins & Needles
. I usually skip novellas but with this one, I say go for it!
____________________________________More of my Artist Trilogy reviews:
Sins & Needles (The Artist Trilogy, #1)