Book Review: The Pawn by Skye Warren

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Title: The Pawn (Endgame #1)
Author: @skye_warren
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance
Length: 190 pages
Rating: 4 Stars


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.

My virginity.

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.

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.

Grace Review

As a reader of dark/erotic books, the overall theme of this book was something I was familiar with, however, the approach to it, was very new.  In this case, the story is more about the fall to rags from riches, and revenge.

How much will one sacrifice to save their family?
How far will one go for vengeance?

On one side, you have Avery, whose family has lost everything when her father’s shady dealings catch up with him.  But rather than walk away and distance herself from the destruction, she remains loyal, Daddy’s little girl.  With her innocence running to the core (yes, this has a virgin theme), it becomes her biggest asset.

“All you have to give them is your body.  Your mind, your soul – that’s your leverage.”

On the other side, you have Gabriel Miller, a man who feels wronged by Avery’s father.  The ultimate question is, how far will he go to get that revenge.

For Avery, there appears to be an attraction to Gabriel, which she tries to fight, knowing it is not right.

. . . pain would be easy to hate.  Pleasure is a strange concept to a girl who’s lost everything, far too tempting.

For Gabriel, the attraction seems to run deeper.  I had the sense that he was a bit obsessed with her.  His need to possess her had no limits, financially.  Emotionally, he tried to hide his feelings, but it was obvious with comments along the way.  So here you have a guy that wants to destroy someone, and the way he can best do that, is destroying the one thing he doesn’t want to let go.

Quite the struggle.  I wished we got Gabriel’s POV, so we could understand that struggle better.  However, this story is told solely from Avery’s POV.

As this is book one in a series, I fully expected the cliffhanger.  All that happened before the cliffhanger, I did NOT expect.  Particularly the person who cause the last minute drama.  NOT COOL!  They are gonna have to have a good reason for doing what they did, to get any redemption, in my opinion.  Grrrr . . .  and so I wait for book two . . .

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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