on January 31, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The power of pleasure...
Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what's mine.
He thinks he's beaten me. He thinks he's won. What he doesn't realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.
And the game has only just begun.
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THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.
This is NOT a standalone novel. If you haven’t read The Pawn first, you’re going to be lost! Otherwise, this review would be filled with spoilers, and no one likes that. For those of you that have read it, you are free to proceed.
The Knight picks up with Avery St James living in a rundown motel. She left Gabriel Miller after he took what he paid for at the auction. She also discovered that the one thing that mattered to her, the ONE thing she had sacrificed, her virginity and her standing in society, was lost. Her castle, the home her father built for her mother, Helen that had been in a trust for her, had been foreclosed and was in possession of Miller Industries, Gabriel’s company. She lost everything, after her trusted family advisor, her “Uncle Landon” made some bad investments. She doesn’t have access to the money promised her from the auction as it’s still in a trust until the thirty days end. Gabriel’s paying for her father’s care in an expensive nursing home so she’s not worried about her father, yet. How’s she going to explain that Helen’s house is gone?
As before, there are references to the Greek mythology Avery so dearly loves, this time in the story of Helen of Troy. Reading Helen’s story out loud to her father while he recovers, Avery feels closer to her mother. So many thing similar to her mother’s short life. Both beautiful women, with men vying for their love. When Avery discovers that her house is going to be auctioned off to pay Miller Industries the debt owed, she knows that without a guarantee of payment, and Gabriel being the guarantor, she will have no chance of buying her beloved castle back. She has to get his signature. As always, nothing in life is free. As the auction nears, Avery goes to her house, possibly for the last time, and finds something that will reveal so many mysteries of the past. As before, there’s the game of chess. While Avery excelled in the game, Gabriel loves to play as much as she does. She learned that lesson well in The Pawn. We learn that the Knight is an unusual piece. It alternates between white and black squares with each move, therefore, engaging the head and heart in each action. Only a knight or a pawn can initiate the first move of the game. The knight can make a move that even the Queen cannot make. Not the most powerful, but the most dangerous in closed positions.
“Some people think the point of chess is to kill the king. You know the truth.” “Checkmate. It comes from the Persian verb for to remain. It means he’s helpless. Trapped. Is that what you wanted to do to my father?”
Gabriel knows that Avery would do, and has done, everything for her father. The Knight kept me on the edge of my seat. One minute I’m torn between loving and hating Gabriel, he keeps us guessing all the time. Is he a ruthless villain, like so many of the characters that reside in Tanglewood? Or, is he one of the good guys? His actions are so confusing, I can only imagine how Avery must feel! And, as we’re drawn deeper and deeper in the story, we’re kept in the dark, until the very end. Or is it?