The Pawn by Skye Warren
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Series: Endgame #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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.
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.
Not having read any other books by the author before, I was immediately pulled in after reading the synopsis, and I think Warren did a good job delivering a sizzling romance that will leave you wanting for more. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Avery, a wealthy girl whose future seemed to be bright and full of opportunities. Yet, that all came tumbling down the minute her father was accused of committing fraud. Now Avery found herself in the spotlight, and not for a very good reason. Everyone around her started to ignore her and her family, and it's then that when her father's health started to deteriorate she needed to find a way to support them no matter the cost. This all ultimately leads her to Gabriel Miller, a billionaire whose anger towards Avery's dad could cost her the only thing that she has left. It's gamble that she is willing to take when he offers to help, but at a cost, and it all came down to her virginity. But the minute these two start to get to know each other, a game of some sorts begins that could either end up uniting them or hurting them at the end.
While I was reading The Pawn, the story become addicting, and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The chemistry between the characters is intense and undeniable. From the very beginning we can see that Avery is willing to take risks for those that she loves, and she is willing to lose her virginity to the highest bidder all to protect her family. When she meets Gabriel, he seems overall protective of her right off the bat. He is attracted to her, and he will not stop at nothing until he gets to make her his. All in all the story itself was great, we can see how Avery is starting to figure out what she wants and transition into the next step in her life. While we get to find out more about the characters' pasts, it all felt a bit rushed for me towards the end. It all ends very abruptly, which I did not liked very much, but I'm hoping the next book is going to be even much better. I would still recommend it to those that like quick and romantic reads, especially one with hot and steamy scenes. It's totally worth reading. :)
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.****
“I need…” A thud against my ribs as I think about all the things I need—a rewind button. One person in the city who doesn’t hate me by name alone. “I need a loan.”
He gives me a slow perusal, from the nervous slide of my tongue along my lips to the high neckline of my dress. I tried to dress professionally—a black cowl-necked sweater and pencil skirt. His strange amber gaze unbuttons my coat, pulls away the expensive cotton, tears off the cotton fabric of my bra and panties. He sees right through me, and I shiver as a ripple of awareness runs over my skin.
I’ve met a million men in my life. Shaken hands. Smiled. I’ve never felt as seen through as I do right now. Never felt like someone has turned me inside out, every dark secret exposed to the harsh light. He sees my weaknesses, and from the cruel set of his mouth, he likes them.
His lids lower. “And what do you have for collateral?”
Nothing except my word. That wouldn’t be worth anything if he knew my name. I swallow past the lump in my throat. “I don’t know.”
He takes a step forward, and suddenly I’m crowded against the brick wall beside the door, his large body blocking out the warm light from inside. He feels like a furnace in front me, the heat of him in sharp contrast to the cold brick at my back. “What’s your name, girl?”
The word girl is a slap in the face. I force myself not to flinch, but it’s hard. Everything about him overwhelms me—his size, his low voice. “I’ll tell Mr. Scott my name.”
In the shadowed space between us, his smile spreads, white and taunting. The pleasure that lights his strange yellow eyes is almost sensual, as if I caressed him. “You’ll have to get past me.”
My heart thuds. He likes that I’m challenging him, and God, that’s even worse. What if I’ve already failed? I’m free-falling, tumbling, turning over without a single hope to anchor me. Where will I go if he turns me away? What will happen to my father?
“Let me go,” I whisper, but my hope fades fast.
His eyes flash with warning. “Little Avery James, all grown up.”
A small gasp resounds in the space between us. He already knows my name. That means he knows who my father is. He knows what he’s done. Denials rush to my throat, pleas for understanding. The hard set of his eyes, the broad strength of his shoulders tells me I won’t find any mercy here.
Skye Warren Bio:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.
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