Series: Endgame #3
on April 4th, 2017
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I’m safe in the ivory tower Gabriel Miller made for me. That’s what he says. Enemies lurk outside, waiting to strike. An army of enemies held back by these walls.
Except some animal instinct warns me the danger is much closer. It’s already here. Is Gabriel Miller my protector or my enemy? Is this house a castle or a cage?
There’s nowhere for me to go, no one left for me to trust.
No escape from a past determined to capture its prize.
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The Castle is the third and last book in the Endgame series. These books are not Standalones and must be read in order to fully appreciate the dark, twisted beauty that is the Endgames Series.
“Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.” –Emily Dickenson
The Castle starts off with that beautiful, foreshadowing quote. I absolutely loved this series, and while I loved the conclusion, I’m sorry to bid goodbye to Gabe and Avery. I’m a huge fan of the Dark genre and this series was amazing. Since Skye Warren’s based quite a few of her previous books in the city of Tanglewood we know that it’s ruled by Damon Scott, a dangerous Mafia-type crime boss, and his fellow cronies that include Gabriel Miller, the lead character in the Endgames.
In The Castle we get a little more background into Gabe and Avery’s twisted story. As we know from the first two books, Avery studied Greek Literature and Mythology, and there are many references that tie into the story. I think that’s the reason why Jonathan Scott, the very hated and hunted underground Crime boss, takes on an almost mythical reputation, a la Keyser Söse. He’s the bogeyman and monster under the bed, all together, in one evil man. Almost an urban legend that criminals tell others, and each other, to scare them at night. You would be very terrified if he were looking for you. Too bad he set his sights on Avery James.
Avery’s come a long way since the auction. The million dollars that Gabe paid for her virginity is in the bank, no longer needed to rescue her childhood home or pay for her father’s expensive medical care. She might be worse off than before, being guarded 24-hours a day, almost like a bird in a gilded cage. But it’s necessary to keep her safe from Jonathan Scott. Especially when you have a price on your head.
“Tell me, Gabriel. What would happen if I walked out the front door?”
“Try it,” he says softly, but it doesn’t sound like an invitation. It sounds like a warning.
“Am I your prisoner?”
“If you want something, only ask. If you dream of something, I’ll find it for you. There’s nothing I wouldn’t bring you.”
That means yes, which is disturbing. And strangely comforting. To have every wish granted as long as I don’t leave. What woman would leave that paradise? What woman would stay? Maybe that’s the curse my mother and I share—to bat our wings against the cage, relentless in the pursuit of freedom. Only, the true danger lies when we find a way out.
Avery and Gabe’s strange relationship seems like a complicated game, one that no one knows the rules to, rules that seem to be made up as they go along. The only game they both understand clearly is the game of Chess. And they play it both so well. For the game to end, one has to die so the other can win. But who will it be?
“You’re a queen, little virgin.”
“Then you’re my king.”
Aarghhh! I love a story that keeps me guessing the entire time. One that doesn’t wrap itself up in a pretty little bow. I loved that The Castle kept the punches coming, like a great boxing match. Until the last, good blow that knocks you out. Not going to lie, I’m going to miss Gabe and Avery. Their sharp comebacks, like little jabs that kept drawing blood, I was never sure who would come out the victor. Turns out, they both did!
Review by Dora
PRAISE FOR THE ENDGAME SERIES
“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
“Edgy, provocative and deeply erotic, The Pawn is one of my top reads of the year! Skye Warren brings you a sensual battle of wills guaranteed to leave you gasping by the end.” – Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author
“Positively sinful, and outrageously sexy! Emotions run high and readers will be left gasping.” – Lisa Renee Jones, New York Times bestselling author