The Pawn (Endgame #1) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: December 6, 2016

Format:Free Digital Book

“Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!” – Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It’s the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.

Review –

Avery’s world is falling apart. Her father is very bad off after getting severely beaten over bad business dealings with a man named Gabriel. Gabriel  sells and buys things – things like guns and drugs. Avery goes to the “King of the Underworld” Damon Scott for hopes of a loan, but when she discovers Damon reports to Gabriel, she knows she is big trouble.

When Gabriel learns eighteen year old Avery is a virgin, he tells her that her virginity is the most valuable thing she owns and if it is sold, she would make enough money to help her father and keep his house. But she would be owned for a month. He will sell her body to the highest bidder at auction. After thinking on it, Avery feels as if she has no choice.

Of course, the night of the auction, Gabriel actually bids and wins Avery – and now she is his for one month in exchange for a million dollars.

Gabriel never forces Avery to have sex – you actually learn he has had a thing for her for quite some time and kind of arranged this entire thing so he could have a chance with her. While Avery is bought by him, she enjoys the pleasure he gives her. He saves her virginity for as long as he can – but does act out in other ways with her. Around the third or fourth day (at least that’s what it seemed like to me) he does take her virginity and none too gently. It seemed it was being cruel on purpose. Afterwards, he left her in the bedroom, alone, bloody and shaken. When she goes to him asking if he was coming back to his room, he tells her NO. He’d gotten what he’d paid for and now he wanted her GONE.

The housekeeper calls a car to take her home and once she there she finds out her father has had a heart attack after learning that the family home has been taken in criminal forfeiture by Gabriel’s company. Avery is livid. She sold her virginity so this wouldn’t happen but Gabriel made it happen anyway. END

Talk about cliffhanger!

I wanted to shake Gabriel by the shoulders for being such a bastard. He was so dark and you get the feeling he likes it just fine that way.

I’m looking for a free copy of the next book, The Knight, because I don’t feel like paying $4.99 for it and the others in there series, but who know, I might cave. 

 

 

The Prisoner(Criminal & Captives #1)by Annika Martin and Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: October 22, 2014

Format: E-Book

He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath.

Review –

This is definitely a dark, gritty romance. Grayson is in prison for killing a cop (he was framed) and Abigail is there working on a writing assignment for a college class. When Grayson figures out that she is intent on eventually publishing some of the inmates stories as part of an online journal it doesn’t take him long to bribe his way into her class. He needs to get word out to his crew in order to facilitate a break out. Abby is buttoned-up, all prim and proper, and also completely fascinated by the big, hardened prisoner. Grayson is dangerous and her attraction to him leaves her jumpy and confused. But she is determined to finish the assignment.

Predictably, during his prison break, Grayson takes Abby hostage.  She is terrified of what he is going to do to her, but their fascination for each other continues to build. If there isn’t a content warning, there should be because  there are several instances where Grayson’s sexual advances aren’t welcome and even one scene  where Abby has been drugged by Grayson so she can sleep and isn’t completely in control of all of her faculties. Regardless, Abby does slowly come to trust him as she learns of this history and the horror he lived through as  a child. And it is horrific. Her back story is also pretty terrible and in a way made me believe that these two scarred people might be made for each other.

There is a violent bloody beating where Grayson also loses himself and there are twists and turns and a huge change of heart from one of the supporting characters, Stone. It was dark, edgy and a true page turner.

I loved it. If you like DARK AND EDGY, this one is for you.

The sequel, Hostage, has just been released. It is Stone’s story and I can’t wait.

 

Fierce (Chicago Underground #3) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: May 29, 2015

“…they were fascinating, kept me completely engrossed, and had me dying to know what was going to happen next.” ~ Lori’s Book Blog

I’m torn between what I want and what I need. Between the men in my past and the man by my side. Colin has tried to control me, to use me. But he also guards me so fiercely my heart aches.

Raincheck. Business. Don’t wait up. —C

That’s the note he leaves for me, as if I could sit around while he fights my dragons. As if I could let himself get killed in some vain attempt to protect me.

There’s no protection left for me. No redemption either.

This is my battle, and I’ve already lost.

“Dark and edgy…but don’t be fooled. There’s a wonderful love story running through this book.” ~ Charlotte Stein, author of Sheltered

Review –

The author, Skye Warren, brought the arc centering on Allie and Colin  to a conclusion with a BANG!

Her characters are so tough and real.

 Some of the things Allie has endured will make you want to cry. But, she doesn’t let it stop her. Colin has been dealt a bad hand as well, and he does his best to keep them all going.

We find out more about Colin’s brother, Philip, and he is quite a character in his own right.  Shelly, Allie’s best friend, plays a big role in this story, she has a heart of gold and will do anything to help Allie and Bailey, even if it gets her hurt.

All the secrets Allie and Colin have been fighting hard to keep come to light and  a devastating betrayal may cost them everything they have been fighting for.

This book was face paced, suspenseful,dramatic and tender all at the same time. I love these characters and I’m so glad they got their HEA at the end.

The next books in the series deal with Shelly and I haven’t decided if I will continue now or take a break from the Chicago Underground and let my brain cool off.

Fantastic series!!!!! 

 

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Hard (Chicago Underground #2) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: May 29, 2015

It’s so well written that you feel like you are watching this story as it’s playing out, which considering the content is quite an emotional, scary and thought provoking ride!!” ~ TotallyBooked Blog

What Colin doesn’t know can’t hurt him.

At least that’s what I tell myself about the secrets I keep. I don’t have a choice, not if I want to keep my daughter safe. And keep him Colin safe too. There are enemies in the shadows waiting to strike from all sides. I’m holding them out with my bare hands, but it’s hard not to get crushed in the process.

And the truth has a way of coming out.

If I’m not careful, the past I’ve been working so hard to hide, the pain I’ve been fighting so long to outrun, will wipe out the man I love.

Review –

Moving in with Collin has made Allie feel safe and  Colin is still working to keep Bailey away from her biological father but he is still a person of  mystery.  With Allie’s baggage from the past and Colin being so secretive it’s easy  to see why there is trust issues on both sides.   Then the police come knocking on Colin’s door and begin questioning Allie about Colin and his business practices  and just what it is that he does.  The police give Allie some information and she wants to do her best to protect Collin so now she has trust issues not only with him but with just about everybody in general including the police. She’s in a very tough spot.

The love scenes between Allie and Colin are filled with sexually tension because  Colin wants to give Allie the pain she needs but he also wants to pleasure her. In  his heart he wants to be tender but feels he has to give her what she craves.

I love this series and will report on the third book dealing with Colin and Allie very soon.
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Rough (Chicago Underground #1) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: May 24, 2015

Rough is a sexy new adult romantic suspense with a strong-and-silent-type hero…

I’m a cautionary tale. A statistic. A victim. A single teenage mother from the poor part of town. Most of the time I’m too busy working and struggling to care what people think. Survival doesn’t come easy.

I have a dark secret, a pressure valve, a rare moment just for myself. On these nights I visit a club. There I find men who give me what I need. Men who aren’t afraid to take what they want.

Men like Colin.

But he takes more than a few stolen hours. He demands more than my body. He wants my heart and soul–my happily ever after. I never thought I’d be Cinderella. I never thought a man that rough could be my prince.

“This is a book you MUST read if you like gritty, edgier romance that makes you think as well as turns you on.” ~ Cari Quinn, USA Today Bestselling Author

Author’s Note: ROUGH is a dark new adult romantic suspense novel in the Chicago Underground series.

Review –

I have discovered another great series –Chicago Underground and it sizzles with sexual tension.

Alli doesn’t trust men and with good reason. She was raped by someone she grew up with and thought of a  best friend and this caused the birth of her now two old daughter, whom she loves more than anything.  She doesn’t really feel the next for sex but when she does she wants it rough.

She thinks she’s found a man, Colin Murphy, who can give her what she needs and he does but sometimes he likes to be gentle too. He has his own baggage, he has a temper and his work involves illegal activity but is closed lipped about it. We wants to protect Alli and possess her. When the man who raped Allie comes back into the picture, Colin, does his best with the help of his brother and lawyer to keep the baby in her custody.

I really like this series and have read the other two follow-up  books  and will report on them soon.

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Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: March 6, 2015

A prequel about the sacrifices we make for love…I sneak out of my room every night. My father’s guards don’t see me.No one sees me, except him.

He’s the son of a foot soldier. My father is his boss. The boss. I shouldn’t even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn’t kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won’t stop me from being with him.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.

Review –
This is a very short (40 pages) prequel to LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE and tells the story of Clara and they reason she had to escape her father’s compound and go into hiding.
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Love the Way You Lie (Stripped #1) by Skye Warren

Book Description:

Published: March 12, 2015

A dark romance about the lies that lead us down…

I’ll do anything to get safe, even if that means working at the scariest club in town.

I’ll do anything to stay hidden, even if it means taking off my clothes for strangers.

I’ll do anything to be free. Except give him up. When he looks at me, I forget why I can’t have him. He’s beautiful and scarred. His body fits mine, filling the places where I’m hollow, rough where I am soft.

He’s the one man who wants to help, but he has his own agenda. He has questions I can’t answer. Like, What are you afraid of? — You.

Review –

Good story line about  a woman trying to hide from an abusive boyfriend and a father she thought didn’t love her. She  takes a job as a stripper in a seedy club and one night a dark and dangerous man asks her for a private session. She’s warned to stay away from him but can’t. Something is drawing her to him.  Later she finds out he was hired by her ex-boyfriend to find her and bring her back. He said he almost did but then he fell in love with her. All of this revolves around numerous explicit sex scene that are very HOT.

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