Saturday, July 6, 2013

Coffee Pot Reviews: Sins & Needles by Karina Halle and Pretty When They Collide by Rhiannon Frater


 Coffee Pot Reviews
Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! I have two adult books to share with you today. Adult books contain mature content and are not intended for readers under 18 years of age. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! 


Sins & Needles
by Karina Halle
Series: Artists Trilogy
Publisher: Metal Blond Books
Publication date: January 18, 2013
Genre: Adult Dark Contemporary Romance
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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
I am in love with this author! For me it was love at first read, first character, first emotion, first realization that this was brilliant  From her totally fleshed out and beautifully flawed characters Sins and Needles made me deliriously happy as a reader. I adored the character growth we witness and Halle sets the standard so high I am actually afraid to read and review anything at the moment. I completely immersed myself into the world she created, and loved everything from the quirky characters to the flash-backs. I was one hundred percent emotionally invested in the characters and ya all know that high I chase as a reader *nods head* Major buzz here!! 

Five cups of Ethiopian coffee out of five
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Pretty When They Collide
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: Pretty When She Dies # 0.5
Publication date: March 13, 2013
Genre: Paranormal
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An exciting new novella set in the world of Pretty When She Dies... Cassandra is a dhamphir-the offspring of a vampire and mortal woman-and a thief of occult relics. Aimee is a full-blood witch that is bound to a powerful vampire who traffics in the slavery of supernatural beings. Both are powerful, lonely, and trapped in the dangerous world of the vampires. When Cassandra steals a relic from Aimee’s vampire master, he targets her as his next acquisition. What he doesn’t realize is that a chance encounter between Cassandra and Aimee ignited a spark between them that they cannot deny. To survive, the women must find a way to band together and fight against the ruthless evil that conspires to enslave them forever.
We met Aimee and Cass at the end of Pretty When She Kills and they immediately captured my interest, so I was delighted when Frater gave them their own tale. Cassandra is a dhamphir which means she has a vampire father and human mother. She is a thief and steals important relics using her gifts. Aimee is a full-blooded witch, who is enslaved by the blood bond with Frank the vampire master. This tale shares how they met and it is a must read for fans of the Pretty When She Dies series. The characters are fleshed out and I enjoyed everything from their interaction to their darker sides. In typical Frater nail-biting suspense the tale immediately drew me in and wouldn't release me until the final page. I am so glad she gave us this novella and cannot wait for the final book Pretty When She Destroys due out August 27, 2013.

Four and half cups of iced cappuccino out of five 
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45 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

she does Dark House which is free on Amazon I think:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

Hmm I have never heard about Karina Halle before. Going to check it out!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I want one too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have her Dark House book and need to read that one. Thanks Lisa:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I still haven't had a chance to start S&N but I'm looking forward to it. I read the OES#0.5 and was blown away by Karina's writing.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

Both of these sound wonderful! I've had Sins & Needles in my TBR for too long—I need to read it finally! Oh someone give me a time turner... :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks hope you enjoy them

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM , Anonymous emaginette said...

Both sound great. Can hardly wait. hehehe

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome..i love introducing new books to ya all!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

Great reviews for two books I haven't heard of before. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome about the Frater book and I have Darkhouse so I cannot wait!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have Darkhouse on my nook and I am anxious to try it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

book two is due out soon

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thank you, I started coffee pot reviews to review novella and books that I read during the month to fit in reviews to the schedule when it was already full and peeps enjoy them:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Tonyalee said...

To be honest, Sins and Needles is my least favorite Karina book. I enjoyed it but.. not as much I wanted to or as her Darkhouse series.


I am actually going to be reading Pretty When She Dies for a tour coming up! Excited!


Great reviews!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Holly @ Words Fueled by Love said...

I can't wait to read Sins & Needles! Everyone seems to love it. I also just got another of Karina Halle's books called Darkhouse a week or so ago. It was an Amazon freebie. Must bump up reading both of those!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous karina said...

I really need to read this series by Karina Halle! Everyone is liking her so much... I'm adding it to my wishlist, K.!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Belle Read said...

I love the shorter reviews. Very handy and to the point. Thanks!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

sweet!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*faints* ugh..I still can't wait and I updated my post:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Rhiannon Frater said...

PRETTY WHEN SHE DESTROYS has a new publication date. August 27, 2013. A month later than we had planned for, but sometimes life just gets messy.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Loupe Duffy said...

Yay! That's good to know! Thanks! I wrote a letter to the publishers about Sins and Needles and how they need to publish it on audio ASAP...LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Loupe Duffy said...

Thanks Kimba! Looks I'll be checking it out on audio (Pretty When...)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I did see the cover and look forward to it! Gads yes we need to get you reading Frater. I am doing another Fraterfest read-a-thon in October..so we need to wet your feet!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

well you just ROCK!! Loupe has an awesome audio only book review blog:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

I enjoyed Sins & Needles as well Kimba & I need to pick up a Rhiannon Frater book - I really need more
reading hours! :)

Did you see the cover of the next book in The Artists trilogy, Shooting Scars? smexy!! thank goodness we don't have long to wait ;)

Wonderful reviews!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Rhiannon Frater said...

It's available in audio! The same narrator who did the first two books in the series also did the novella. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-When-They-Collide-Universe/dp/1482663112/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1373149721&sr=8-12&keywords=Rhiannon+Frater

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yeah Heather over at Bewitching Bookworms loves all of her books and convince me!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Pabkins said...

OH oh that sounds like fun - Since I plan on finally reading the first book to review it in August! LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Pabkins said...

I need to check out Sins and Needles - totally didn't hit my radar.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

Oh, yes! That's awesome. I need some time dedicated to just reading Frater! :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Toni and I agree Frater rocks! In October I have a read-a-thon called Fraterfest look for deets in September:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

Ooh, I'm so excited to hear about how much you loved Sins & Needles! Of course, Frater rocks. I loved Pretty When They Collide. I've loved everything I've read by her. Great reviews!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Final book is coming soon:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Frater's series rocks, I do not know if it is on audio.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I feel you, I try to squeeze my own reads in whenever I can!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have mad love for Frater...it had zombies and the dead..but the romance is hot too:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

I love Karina's writing too, and cannot believe I haven't read Sins & Needles yet!
I haven't read any of Frater's books, b/c I tend to avoid zombies & horror, but I hear this series is great.

I'm glad you enjoyed both!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I have Sin & Needles, and I wish I could get caught enough to read it. Fraters series is one that I would get too. Awesome reviews for both. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Loupe Duffy said...

I love Sins and Needles! I totally agree with your review :) I also think the author is brilliant.
I have to check Pretty When They Collide.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Oh they fall in love? The last book? Cool

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

Sins and Needles sounds AWESOME. I have that one but never got around to it. That cover is gorge too.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It is so hard..I know you have read books that I want to read and haven't yet...we need more time!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

Crap! I have both of these in my TBR pile. Will I ever be able to catch up?
Awesome reviews Kim, I seriously want to read both of these now. I have heard nothing but great things about them both, which is why I bought them. Gah! So many books...so few hours in the day!

 

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