Author: Skye Warren
Series: Endgame #1
Publication: December 6th 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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"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
The price of survival...
Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl's college to take care of the only family I have left.
There's one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.
A forbidden auction...
Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he's the only kindness in a brutal underworld.
Except he's playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.
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THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It's the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.
I came very close to rating this book with four stars but I thought with the things bothering me in the book that I couldn't give it more than three, which of course is still a great rating. The start of the story was really good and promising. I was excited to see where it all would go because it was so supenseful.
I just couldn't like the main character, Avery. It may have something to do that the book I read before The Pawn had a really strong main character and compared to her Avery was sort of weak. I know I shouldn't compare characters like that but it might have been one of the reasons why I didn't care for Avery. She led a very sheltered life because of her father so she was very naive, which I can totally understand. I just wish she could've stood up against... well basically everyone.
I liked Gabriel more than Avery. I liked his intensity and that he bid on Avery when she got auctioned. Only the last part in the book made me think, what the actual hell Gabriel but I guess that was part of the cliffhanger there. As much as Avery annoyed me, I did like her with Gabriel but I wished there had been a little more passion. Just a tad.
Other things I liked other than Gabriel were Avery's best friend. She was so nice and a great friend to Avery so I would love to read more about her. I also loved the appearances of Candy and Ivan from the Stripped series (which is my favorite series by Skye Warren) and I also loved that Avery used to study mythology so she thinks about certain mythology a lot.
Overall I always usually enjoy Skye Warren's books and I was really excited when I found out she was releasing the pawn because the premise sounded amazing. Dark romance is my favorite type of romance and Skye is one of my favorite authors in that genre. And I did enjoy The Pawn for the most part but I just didn't completely love it. But I would still recommend it because it's a quick read and the start of a new series. I really want to read the next book because of where things ended.
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.