Series: Masterpiece Duet #1
on June 27th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The highest stakes...
My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I'm his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.
Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble.
A trailer park princess.
The son of a criminal king.
We don't belong together, but I'm caught in a twisted game.
His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I'm going to lose more than my body. I'm going to lose everything.
The King by Skye Warren is NOW AVAILABLE
long live the king…
This is the first book of the “Masterpiece Duet”. There is a prequel, The Prince, that I highly recommend you read before The King.
Just a note to all the faithful readers of the Endgame series: this book is Penny and Damon’s story. These characters are crossovers from the “Endgame Series”. Damon was a key player in them, and Penny was introduced to us in The Castle. In The Prince we learn about her sad childhood, and The King is really Penny’s POV.
Damon, 25, is the Overlord of Tanglewood. As the owner of the exclusive high stakes gambling club (not to mention strip clubs) he and his cronies run all the illegal activities that go on in crime infested Tanglewood. He took over after his father, Jonathon Scott, had gone into hiding and became an elusive, scary figure. He still rules Tanglewood, and since he hasn’t given up his crown, he’s still its King. I compare Jonathon to the mythical Keyser Söze character from The Usual Suspects movie. He’s the very definition of a psychopath. And poor Damon was raised by him. It’s a wonder that he’s not his father’s replica.
Penny is 15 years old now and lives with her father. Her mother died of a drug overdose when she was 4 years old. Her father isn’t much better; his gambling habit has left them in debt to loan sharks and hungry far too often. Suddenly, she finds out that he owes money he can’t repay. He wants to enter a high stakes game to win enough to pay everyone back. The buy in is a lot. Money he doesn’t have. When Penny asks him how he’s going to pay that much money, or what he’s going to use as collateral; she doesn’t need an answer, she kinda already knows what it is. Maybe Penny should make a deal with the Devil himself and go directly to Damon to settle the debt. Because as Penny will soon find out, if Damon’s the Devil, then Jonathon is the Father of all Evil. So Damon’s the lesser of two evils, so to say.
“There has to be another way. Anything. The cops.”
“They serve and protect the king.”
The man who owns everyone. Jonathan Scott. “Then who is Damon in this analogy?”
“I don’t know, but I wouldn’t want him for an enemy.”
He’s the prince, of course.
Not quite as powerful as his father, but close. Close enough to be a danger to me. They’re really two sides of the same coin. Either way I’m a peasant girl in a kingdom of gilt and glamour.
Whatever daddy did, whoever he tried to betray, the Scott family would destroy us.
“What if I don’t survive?” I whisper.
“Oh honey, that’s not the problem. The question you need to worry about is, what if you do?”
It might be too late. Damon’s been looking for him. He doesn’t want a warm homecoming, either.
“I’ve been looking for him for years. Didn’t you know that? Trying to trap him. To hunt him down like the fucking animal that he is.”
“For what he did to you?”
“For what he did to everyone.”
We find out what happened to Penny, when she was introduced, in The Castle. No one should ever have to live through such a horrible, traumatic event. One which will change the lives of so many. My only consolation is the King is dead, long live the King.
I love this author, her words are so powerful, her narrative so haunting. She knows how to spin a tale so masterful, it draws you into its web of intrigue, lies and cunning surprises. I’m always stunned to find myself rooting for the supposed villain in the story, The Bad Guy that always has some redeeming qualities at the end of the story. And The King doesn’t disappoint! Long live The King.
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