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By: Skye Warren
Length: 314 pages
Publication: December 6, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance, Suspense
Reaching the ending of the book, my fingers gripped my e-reader so tight, I thought it was going to crack. I couldn’t believe I had gotten to Ms. Warren’s ending blurb, while my heart was free falling and trying to make sense of what had just happened between Gabriel and Avery.
Oh my GWAD!
To say this took my emotional stability and F*cked me right up, would be an understatement. Like, standing ovation to an awesome author. I love this woman.
Oh my, The Pawn was a brilliant, beautiful read that was so much more complex than just two people falling in love, through whatever circumstances. And that’s the thing, I assumed this book would be like another one of ‘those’ reads. Dark brooding alpha male. Heroine gets trapped in alpah’s web and then a hop, skip and jump later someone’s heart is on display. At the end of the day, I knew I was going to like this book on some level or another because I mean come on, it’s Skye, but I didn’t expect this book.
In the beginning, Avery’s father is throwing her an extravagant high school graduation party, inviting everyone in their rich society. The next chapter, a year or so has passed and Avery’s family has hit rock bottom. Avery’s father had been a dirty and dishonest business man, and those who had suffered by his cheating hands took their revenge on him in court and physically.
Everything was taken from Avery and her father, leaving them broke and her father unable to even bath, let alone feed himself. Bills are coming from everywhere, draining their accounts, to the point she has to sell everything in her house to attempt to keep up with the bill payments. Or let alone pay for her father’s health care. Avery has hit rock bottom with her father barely conscious and everyone leaving her side, including her boyfriend.
Who can she turn to? No one will help. Everyone she and her father thought were friends all bailed on them, the moment things got tough.
Seeing only one way out of the financial despair, Avery goes to the only loan shark in town that will have the substantial funds to keep her afloat. There she meets Gabriel Miller. A powerful man that her father had screwed over, and he made sure to make an example out of him. Which ultimately led to their accounts being bled dry.
Gabriel Miller was responsible for Avery’s father losing everything. He was responsible for Avery not being to afford her lavish lifestyle. And, most importantly, he was responsible for Avery having to bargain the only thing of worth that she had left- Her virginity.
The Pawn was raw, undeniably sexy and heart-wrenchingly enticing. It was hard for me to break away from this book, to tend to my daily responsibilities. Gabriel was a man of mystery and still is, especially after what Avery’s father did to him, his actions have you thinking and guessing. He’s being nice, but why? Avery is the daughter of the man who screwed him over, so why the pleasantries? Why the little actions, to play with the heart-strings? Why the small gestures of sympathy? He teased hope in front of Avery, showed her pieces of himself that made her believe. Is he that much of a monster?
“You need to keep your defenses up with someone like me. That means staying sober, for starters. Sleeping with a knife under your pillow won’t hurt.”
That was Gabriel’s warning to Avery. To let her know where she should stand, but then his actions show the complete opposite in the next few pages. Orchestrating her walls to decline. Was this all part of the game he was playing? Not only going after her Vcard but also something more dangerous, just to humiliate her and watch her fall even harder. Is he that much of a cold bastard? Is messing with Avery’s mind, body and soul his ultimate revenge?
There were parts in The Pawn, I literally felt Avery’s fear of the unknown, of the darkness that is Gabriel Miller. They seeped into my blood, and ran cold just like hers. Tears stung my eyes, feeling Avery’s anxious nerves, and I am no way a virgin, but Ms. Warren’s writing was beautifully crafted in such a way that had collided with that innocent part of myself. Every intense and intimate scene between Avery and Gabriel cut deep into my soul.
“I’m not a monster, despite what you think. I could have had you. Could have forced your hand even then. But I wanted you to come to me.”
And then Gabriel says stuff like this, and you don’t know what to think. Yet the one question remains, what does Gabriel Miller want from Avery. There is an unspoken overcast between the two of them, more so from Gabriel, but you don’t get those answers. Especially not in this book, which had me tapping away in serious denial, upon reaching the end.
The Pawn, what a suited name for this book and characters.
Impatiently waiting for the next installment.
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By: Stylo Fantome
Length: 358 pages
Publication: January 15, 2017
Genre: Erotic, Comedy, Suspense, Romance
What an amazing read. Like this author is talented beyond anything, I love her. I also hate her because she made me fall in love with both men.
In this second installment, Katya decides to switch the tables and play the boys like how they screwed with her. Every move Katya makes is to force the boys to feel the pain and hurt that they put her through. She wants them to understand her heartache. Talk about a giant ball of craziness, because Liam and Wulf decide that they will win her over, one way or another. Emotions are heated to the point of no return.
Katya starts a destructive game, in which slowly she begins to lose control. Eventually, everyone grows tired of the back and forth, and nothing is going anywhere. The men try to show Katya how sorry they are and Katya refuses to acknowledge them trying. She’s blinded by the pain. She’s holding onto such resentment and inner turmoil, it’s no good for health. Her best friend gives her some horrible advice. Just do you and have fun. I’m sorry, you can’t do that. Not when Liam’s smile weakens her, or just being in Wulf’s presence unnerves her to the heavens and beyond. That was stupid advice.
And Katya, poor girl. She led everyone down a very dark, and emotional path. By the near end of the book, I was wondering if the author was going to leave it without Katya being in a relationship. Holy drama. The men weren’t winning and neither was Katya. Emotions exploded and words were bitterly unleashed. I think Katya being alone would have been a good ending. She needed space from men and sex, to find peace within herself.
Nevertheless, the ending was utterly perfect. Katya followed her heart and honestly, for me, I kinda knew who she was going to pick. Her heart has always been with a certain man.(I don’t wanna giveaway any spoilers).
I hated how the author spoon feeds you all their insecurities with the characters and you start to understand all their pains and why they act a certain way. AGH. But, in the end I admire Katya, Wulf and Liam because, despite everything, they’ve still somehow managed to stay friends.
This story was painfully ah-mazing.
I feel horrible. My emails are supposed to be sent 10 days apart for my VIP Subs, but I realized that two of my planned newsletters went out at the same time.
LIKE WTF. To realize that the second one was set to go off ‘zero’ days after the previous email. So they got this week and next weeks email. Granted the Gif with the guy and gun, is a little over the top, but it’s how i’m feeling. I want to send an apology email, but then that’s friggn THREE emails in one night.
I’ll post my sorry here, if anyone happens to stop by.
From the bottom of my heart </3
The sun was setting and above me was an assorted colorful strokes of purple, pinks, oranges and yellow; all carefully placed to bid farewell to the burning ball of fire up yonder. I stare at the huge, luminous apricot sphere, descending and a sense of placidity caressed my face and body. I took in the mise en scène before me, breathing in and out easily as a soft cry whispered from behind me and I cocked my head to the side, gazing at the human.
I said, “Isn’t this such a glorious inception to the twilight that will follow?”
Two female humans huddled together, beside a carriage not attached to any horse. It was on an angle and the long wooden bridge, that they attached to the horse to pull, was up in the air. I knew that they would be my target because they lived far in the country, miles and miles away from civilization. Too far for anyone to notice or for anyone to hear.
They both didn’t answer me, the humans only let out another whimper of a sound, and turned their teary faces away from my own. Disgruntled, I dropped the bloody spleen in my hands and with a grunt, I narrowed my eyes on them. “I don’t understand why you two are being boorish? It’s beautiful tonight and you ladies are being selfish.” When neither of them replied, I sighed. “I’ll just be on my way, but not before gathering my parting gift.” I walk back into their home and passed the bloody body of one of their husbands laying face down. A pool of blood had now formed under his face, and I walked straight through this shack they called a home and found a little girl huddled in a corner.
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No, seriously though, Why I Love vampires? Why the paranormal? Why did I choose to write about
vampires vampyres over all other creatures that go bump in the night?
There are so many books and movies, covering all kinds of mythologies surrounding these immortal creatures. I love them. I absolutely adored them from the moment, I first watched Buffy The Vampire Slayer with my mom. Most importantly I love all the different ideas surrounding them. I love how you can brand this species in any way an author see’s fit. It all excites and interests me, and I don’t bash any particular idea, to what one person may feel a Vampyre should be like. Every author, every book has it’s own ideas to the fictional characters. I can’t hate and nor will I ever.
I love how almost every vampyre movie or book I’ve read, vampyre’s seem to radiate confidence. I mean come on, who wouldn’t envy someone with that unyielding level of awesome. It’s almost blinding, and on a human level, wouldn’t you admire someone who is sure of themselves in every way? Sure, if it was in your face ‘Im better than you‘, that most vampyre’s in Hollywood tend to have, then maybe not. But nope, that is not what I’m talking. I admire confident individuals, just saying.
Their teeth, they fascinate me. The idea behind a ‘person’ that looks drop dead gorgeous but can ultimately reveal their true nature and ravage you in the next second, and I’m not talking sexually- Is very interesting, to at least me. Think of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, those vampires looked normal. Then in the next second, the fangs pop out and they look like demons. I was reading an article that the producer of the show said that he didn’t want Buffy going around and killing vampires that looked like humans. He was afraid that at the time, it would have been sending the wrong message. He wanted to show a difference, hence why the faces are so screwed up.