*received early review copy from publisher and Netgalley*
3.5 stars/Grade A-
Release Date: 8/20/13
As I write this review, Tainted Love by Soft Cell is playing:
“Sometimes I feel like I have to .. runaway … I got to …. I get away”
Lately the books I have been reading seem to have been written for movie production. Shooting Scars is one of those; it could be (should be?) a movie. The settings for the different scenes are beautiful – coastal California, the Southwest, coastal Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico, and Veracruz. Shooting Scars is non stop action, non stop passion, and non stop tension.
We all knew going into Shooting Scars that Ellie and Javier would happen again. But how? And why the hell would she do it? How would Halle explain the cheating? Javier is scary, psychotic, lacking in empathy and completely selfish. But Halle convinced me why Ellie would do it. And the cheating in the context of the story of Javier made complete sense (but it is horrific when described what he did). I have always wondered what the hell the women who are with powerful but scary ass men are thinking. And now I know. The power and the fear is part of the allure and the women who are with those men (Ellie included) must value life less than others. To sign on to Javier as a romantic interest, a reader (and a lover) has to accept his acts — murder, torture and all done in the name of Javier and for the benefit of Javier only. I just cannot get past what Javier does and who he is. He is not appealing to me at all. But he is a great character and he is an awesome third to a love triangle. He gives all new meaning to the “My ex-boyfriend is crazy” line. And that makes for a great story.
Shooting Scars revolves around Camden, Gus, Ellie and Javier. These are great characters and they make a fun team. I love Gus. Without Gus, Camden would have gotten nowhere. None of these characters are good or admirable, but to watch as a story unfolds — they make great characters. There are a few interesting twists, somewhat predictable but still interesting and they push the story forward. You may think you know what Shooting Scars is going to be about — but you don’t. I did find the story to be somewhat of a slow start, but still Shooting Scars is a solid and fun read. My one criticism is there are inaccuracies in the description of Mexico — but there are also many realities in what she described. I am guessing Halle decided to take some license without what she was writing to create a world that fit where Shooting Scars needed to go. It just slightly annoyed me since I know the setting so well. But if I can forgive what Jim Butcher does to Chicago in the first few books of the Dresden Files, then I can move past this.
Halle delivered so much of what I wanted in this book, hotness (freaking hotness), tension, dark characters trying to figure out their place and a story full of action. I cannot wait for #3, thank goodness it will be out in a few months!
Series Reading Order:
.5 On Every Street (prequel/novella)
1. Sins & Needles
2. Shooting Stars (Release Date 8/20/13)
3. Bold Tricks (Release Date not set yet, sometime in 2013)
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