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

July 5th, 2013 Kimberly Review 45 Comments

5th Jul

Coffee Pot ReviewsWelcome 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!


Coffee Pot Reviews: Sins & Needles by Karina Halle and Pretty When They Collide by Rhiannon Frater
Sins and Needles
by Karina Halle
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

There's a Fine Line Between Sin and Salvation . . .Ellie Watt is a woman on the run. Raised by a pair of thieves who taught her the art of the grift-and pursued by a mobster who fell for her con-she hopes to find refuge at her uncle's farm in quiet Palm Valley, California. Ellie swears she's through with her life of crime. But before she knows it, she's right back in the game when she meets an easy mark who's too good-and too hot-to be true.His name is Camden McQueen. A master tattoo artist and a total inked stud, Camden is nothing like the awkward kid who crushed on Ellie back in high school. Now, as owner of the wildly successful Sins & Needles, he's got tats to kill for, muscles to die for, and money to burn. Ellie can't believe the transformation-and can't resist pulling off one last con. But when Camden catches Ellie red-handed, the tables are turned. The mark becomes the master. And when the ultimate player gets played, you never know who's going to end up on top . . .Approx. 100,000 words.

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!!

Coffee Pot Reviews: Sins & Needles by Karina Halle and Pretty When They Collide by Rhiannon Frater
Pretty When They Collide
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: Pretty When She Dies, #0.5
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

An exciting new short novel 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.

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About Karina Halle

Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…

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45 Responses to “Coffee Pot Reviews: Sins & Needles by Karina Halle and Pretty When They Collide by Rhiannon Frater”

  1. Belle Read

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

  2. Aurian

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

  3. Pnrurbfantasyreviews

    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.

  4. Lauren

    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… 🙂

  5. Danielle Chapman

    Great reviews for two books I haven’t heard of before. 🙂

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    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:)

  7. Tonyalee

    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!

  8. Holly

    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!

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  9. karina

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

  10. Rhiannon Frater

    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.

  11. Loupe Duffy

    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

  12. kimbacaffeinate

    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 we need to wet your feet!!

  13. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    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!

  14. Pabkins

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

  15. Pabkins

    I need to check out Sins and Needles – totally didn’t hit my radar.

  16. Toni

    Oh, yes! That’s awesome. I need some time dedicated to just reading Frater! 😀

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  17. Toni

    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!

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  18. Andrea

    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!

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  19. Jenea Whittington

    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. 🙂

  20. Loupe Duffy

    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.

  21. kindlemom1

    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!