Series: Endgame #1
on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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.
“Checkmate The word comes from ancient Persian. Some say it means the King is dead, but the translation is a little less dire–depending on how you look at it. The King is helpless. The King is defeated. When there are no moves left, the only option is surrender.”
There’s a reason why Skye Warren is one of my favorite Dark authors, it’s a genre she excels at. Ms. Warren’s a master storyteller, spinning an intricate, delicate web, always shocking and complex, that reels you in. The Pawn is no exception. For those of us that love this genre, The Pawn combines a double treat! Two words that will have us hooked, before the story begins: Virgin and Auction.
Avery James is her daddy’s only child. Her mother died when she was younger. A pampered and sheltered young girl, she attended an all girls Catholic school, an eighteen year old innocent virgin. Avery was her school’s Salutotorian, her major was classical studies with a focus on ancient mythology, and her graduation speech was about the way the things we do now are the myths of the future. Her future looked bright. With a handsome, future Senator boyfriend, Justin, Avery was looking forward to attending Smith College. Until, almost overnight, everything she knew and believed to be true was wiped away with her father’s deceit when he’s convicted of fraud. Disgraced, ostracized by their friends and the society they ruled, Avery’s desperate for money, not for her, but to help her father. So desperate, she goes to the Den, officially a gentleman’s club, looking for Tanglewood’s notorious loan shark, Damon Scott. The Den is unofficially where the most powerful criminals and dangerous men hang out. There she introduced to Gabriel Miller, a man who she fears but feels, inexplicably, protected by. The man, she finds out, who turned in evidence to the Attorney General, so that her father could be prosecuted for stealing from him.
“Gabriel Miller. The man your father stole from.” “The last man he stole from.”
“Oh, and he made sure my father could never steal again. Never do anything again.”
After being turned down by Damon for a loan (she has, after all, no collateral), she’s offered a chance to earn money. By auctioning her virginity, for a month, to the highest bidder. Desperate, Avery accepts.
“That’s excellent, trust me.” “Said the spider to the fly.” “This particular fly is going to get a very nice payday for her time in the web.”
Gabriel makes a final, winning bid, Avery is both scared and relieved. He repeatedly warns Avery “I’m not your friend”. Unfortunately, as we all know, words can be deceitful, so Avery is confused. Is he, or isn’t he? His actions seem to speak louder than words. There’s a reason Gabriel reminds Avery to the mythological Minotauer, a half-man, half-beast. Why she needs to be constantly reminded that he’s not her friend, despite his actions. Because actions are deceiving.
“Death would have made him a martyr, though. I wanted him alive. Alive and suffering, so that everyone in the city would see what happens to someone who f@&ks with Gabriel Miller.” “Is that why you brought me here?” “You play chess. Surely you know the many uses of a pawn.”
I won’t say any more about the story. I felt for Avery, for the life she should have had, and what she was forced to do for love; for her father and the memory of her mother. “Love is a game of war”. I was so desperately wishing that Gabriel was more man than beast, and I still don’t know what he is. I really do hate spoilers and don’t want to include any here. The Pawn is played out just as complex as a game of chess. Just when I had a theory about someone, it played out another way. One wrong move and it’s game over, checkmate. I will say this: I can’t wait for the game to continue, bwahahaha. Read into that what you will! I. Can’t. Wait.
THE KNIGHT is now available for preorder!