If you are fallowing my reviews, you already know how much I love my dark reads. Nothing keeps me at the edge of my seat more than a dark tale. And if it has a forbidden-ish enthralling romance, then I’m really a happy reader. I’ve read several books by this author, so trust me when I say this one is of her best she’d written so far. ‘Pawn’, the first installment in the series was intriguing, mysterious, erotic and so very gripping from the prologue. This captivating tale of revenge, power and control sucked me in from the start with its fascinating, twisted story line and fantastically portrayed characters. I couldn’t put it down for one moment. The engrossing, well developed plot for sure held me captive the entire time and I’m anxiously waiting for the next installment in the series.
“You could call me by my name.”
He dips his head, his mouth right by my ear, his voice just a breath. “There’s only one thing I’m going to call you. Mine.”
For seventeen years Avery’s life was pretty perfect growing up with money and spoiled by her father whom she idolizes very much. Now Avery is looking forward to make a life for herself, go to college and maybe marry her boyfriend, who like her, comes from a wealthy, respected family. Her life is turned upside down when her father makes a…mistake and they are left penniless. Avery is lost and lonely since they lost everything, except their house and her father needs special care. She is desperate and desperate situations call for desperate measures. She’s ready to do anything to save the house and care for her beloved father, even auction her virginity to the highest bidder for a month.
“You can run away, little virgin. But you’ll come back.”
Gabriel Miller is a dangerous man, an enigmatic man who makes sure Avery knows who and how he is from the moment he buys her. He has his own reasons for buying her, letting Avery know he owns her in every way that is, that she’s just a ‘little virgin’, a pawn in his masterful game of control…and not only.
Avery knows she should hate the one who bought her like a simple, useless object, she knows that he’s the enemy and should stay away from him, but she can’t deny how Gabriel makes her feel without even touching her.
“There’s something feral about this man, a fire that burns inside him, untamed.”
This first installment in the Skye’s newest series was the perfect blend of suspense and seduction. It was a thrilling read from start to finish, edgy and intense and held me captive the entire time. Fantastically written, this dark-ish story, full of twists and turns left me wanting more, more of captivating story line, more of the amazing chemistry between the two main characters and definitely more of Gabriel, our anti-hero that intrigued me from the moment he was introduced.
The two main characters were fantastically portrayed and so engaging. Avery was a strong, endearing heroine I liked from the very beginning. First and foremost I have to say I really sympathize with her. Her determination to save everything and also her father was admirable. She was maybe naïve and vulnerable at times, but there were times where she was stronger and capable that I had expected. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by her character.
“You don’t taste sweet,” he says, pausing. “You taste like I’m fucking dying and you’re the only water around. You taste like goddamn air.”
Gabriel was really well portrayed. Intelligent, intriguing and also intimidating, he was the perfect anti-hero – dark, yet intriguing and redeemable. You will not only be mesmerized by him, you will fell for him as well. He was sexy and possessive, but also sweet and considerate.
The chemistry between Avery and Gabriel was off the charts hot and so palpable. Their game of power and lust was addictive and well done and for sure left me wanting more.
“You hurt me, you know….Whenever I think about you, I hurt.”
He puts a hand to his chest. “Here.”
If you are looking for a dark and twisted read with an engaging story line and two fabulous, well developed characters, don’t hesitate and try this first installment in the series.
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.