‘The Knight’ is the second installment in Skye Warren’s newest series entitled ‘End Game’ and like the previous installment held me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Gripping, fantastically written with some interesting angst and suspense, this second book was enthralling, captivating, erotic and deliciously mysterious.
“…why did you let me go?” “Ah, little virgin,” he says gently. “So that I could chase you.”
This second installment picks up exactly where the previous one ended. Avery had lost everything is a very short amount of time – her reputation, her friends, her virginity, her pride and now her house, the last thing she has from her mother. She’s broke and heartbroken, alone and lonely, living in a run-down motel and trying to find a solution for everything that had changed in her life in such a short time. She knows that Gabriel is the enemy, but she can’t stop the feelings she has towards him. She knows that she should hate him, so why she’s in lust with him when he’s nothing but cruel and ruthless?
“I want to own every inch of your skin, to be the only man who touches you, who tastes you. You think I wouldn’t bid on a woman? That I shouldn’t bid on you, of all people? I’ll spend every cent I have, break every goddamn law to keep you.”
While Avery does everything in her power to get her house back, Gabriel toys with her like never before. His twisted game confuses Avery, Gabriel trying to break her spirit, humiliating her and treating her worse than ever.
While Gabriel is more than cruel with Avery in the beginning, as the story unfolds and the game is changing, Avery gets to know another side of him. Everything gets complicated when hidden secrets are revealed and “the game” becomes more intriguing when it seems that are more than two players.
“A puzzle needs to be solved. A game needs to be played. A house of cards needs to come crashing down.”
‘The Knight’, like the first installment in the series, ‘The Pawn’ was intriguing, filled with suspense and steam and sucked me in from the very first chapter. The story-line was engaging, the plot intricate with some interesting twists that held me captive the entire time and left me wanting more.
Once again, the two main characters were fantastically portrayed. I liked Avery’s determination and also her strength, but I have to say I would have liked for her to stand up for herself a little more. Gabriel was the same enigmatic hero/anti-hero we met in the first installment – cold and ruthless for a good part of the story. I must admit I was confused by his behavior as much as Avery. As the story unfolds, we get to see a different Gabriel – sweet and attentive, considerate, tender and I totally enjoyed this new side of him.
Personally, I would have wanted more interactions between Avery and Gabriel, but I have to say that I really enjoyed what I got. The chemistry between these two was off the charts and so palpable at times and the sexual tension – simply delicious. The seduction, the submission and of course, the sexy times between them…Oh, my…were so hot! Needless to say, the push and pull between these two was fantastically done. Loved it!
“Neither of us can escape. Neither of us wants to.”
All in all, ‘The Knight’ was a well written story, filled with intrigue, suspense, steam and angst, interesting characters and a well-developed plot.
About the author:
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.