Thursday, September 12, 2013

Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m in love with one aspect of this book: how it’s not a straight bad girl turns good tale, but of one of a bad girl trying to be less bad and often times failing.

Beyond that, it gets pretty typical: him saving her or wanting to save her. And him wondering at the notion of her “being a different sort of woman” a notion that’s cut short by his realization that she’s exactly like all the other women in his life… out to screw him over. It’s so bitter sweet… how he loves her and he thinks he’s screwed him over. Actually no, it’s totally bitter.

I’m intrigued by one thing: Javier. Not a new thing I am sure. Who else gets a kick out of the bad guy being The Bad Guy?  Who else loved there being no redeeming thing in the guy: he isn’t actually mobster but all softy goo inside. The things he does and the thing she has her do all make that plain…yet there’s something that begs a closer look. His why… it’s all in her. And yet another aspect that begs a closer look! She’s bad girl, scarred past, doing all manner of things… but is she just?

The strength of these books is that not one of them is simple…that not one of them is just the good guy or the bad guy.

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