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On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy, #0.5)

On Every Street  - Karina Halle Live Now!!!Amazon: http://amzn.to/WD93bASee more reviews like this at Reading Books Like a BossNote: For those of you who haven't read Sins & Needles, read On Every Street first. You don't need to know anything about the characters before diving into this one. You won't regret it. I need a cigarette. I don't even smoke, but I feel like I need a cigarette after finishing this book. My mind feels sated after being thoroughly screwed. I couldn't sleep after I finished this because my mind was overloaded with emotions, feelings, and unadulterated awesomeness. Before I even started reading, I knew that I would end up liking Javier, despite my firm allegiance to Camden McQueen. Karina Halle is a word ninja and has ways of sneaking up on you with throwing stars of confusion. After reading all of her books, I should know this by now. You will not fool me next time, Karina!Six years before Ellie Watt decided she wanted to leave grifting behind and before she reunited with Camden, there was Javier, her first love, her first obsession, her first everything. Under the alias, Eden White, she set out to get revenge on the man who ruined her life, Travis. She chose Javier, Travis's right hand man, as her pawn in her plot for revenge. Naive, inexperienced, and completely captivated by Javier, Eden gets in way over head. She loses focus and, in the process, she loses her heart to this complicated man."It’s funny how quickly I had turned into someone that wanted to spend every minute with a guy. That had never happened to me before. I guess I could blame it on working the long con, but deep down, I knew that wasn’t it.""Some days I felt like Eden White. Other days I felt like Ellie Watt. But most days, I only knew one thing: I was a horrible con artist. And, against my better judgement, I was making peace with that."Javier, oh my Javier. I wanted to hate him. I tried, I really did, but he slithered his way into my heart and gradually took it over. A week later, I can't stop thinking about the book and good ole Javier. I can't pinpoint exactly when my hate switch turned off and the like switch turned on, but it happened. *shouts to the heavens* Damn you, Javier! Javier is a broken man. Despite his high rank in the world of drug trafficking, he is surprisingly vulnerable and open with Eden. He lets down his guard and shows her a softer and sensual side. It's this gentle side that melted my and Eden's heart."You can’t just hand over your virginity to me, Eden. I have to take it from you. I have to make you surrender to me, to everything, in every way possible. I want your heart, your soul, and your body. I want the you that you’re hiding deep inside. I must have her."“Why am I good to you? Because I can see you are broken. And I want nothing more than to put you back together.”I was blown away with how much Halle could pack into a small novella. On Every Street begins with Eden and Javier's first meeting and ends with the demise of their relationship. Their two-year love affair was intense and full of...love? obsession? I don't know which! What I do know is this novella came with a one-way ticket to Crazytown. I had to get a few drinks in me before I could finish this. I went from feeling sad to "awwwhh" to "whoa, man that's hot" in the span of a few pages. Halle has a gift when it comes to writing the steamy scenes. When I think back on the "moisturizer" scene, I am thankful no one can read my mind.Even though I was completely frustrated with Eden's decision-making skills, I can understand how she got wrapped in her emotions and lost sight of her endgame. Every book Karina Halle writes, I feel like I am right there in that moment with the character, whether it be extreme heartbreak or complete happiness. In this novella, I felt the gamut of emotions Eden went through from the beginning until the brutal end. At the end when Eden walks into their home and realizes what Javier is doing, I felt like I had been duped and cheated on. I wanted to throw something and punch Javier in his peas and carrots. Javier, man, what the hell?!?Now, I'm torn between two psychopaths (okay, maybe psychopaths is a bit harsh. Oh well, I'm going to go with it). Picture Javier and Camden in a boxing ring about to fight for Ellie's love. In one corner, we have the safe choice, Camden. Though he isn't perfect, he seems to be the lesser of two evils. He has loved/obsessed over Ellie since high school, and wants her to be herself. In the other corner, there's Javier, Ellie's first love/obsession. He is more dangerous, but the chemistry and passion between these two is off the charts. Who will win Ellie's heart? I suppose we'll find out in the next two installments. Now the wait begins...*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Grab the Button code on my blogHere: http://readingbookslikeaboss.blogspot.com/2013/03/giveaway-review-on-every-street-by.html----------