The Pawn ( Endgame #1) – Skye Warren

Book Description

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. 

My Thoughts

I loved the title…I loved the tagline on the cover and I enjoyed the story.

It´s sexy, it´s dark, it´s…… sadly predictable.

It´s hard for me to give just one reason why I didn´t fall head over heels for `The Pawn` ( Endgame #1). Maybe it´s because I tried to relate to the Heroine and failed miserably. Or, maybe I´m not emotionally attached to a hymen anymore ( like the Heroine is / was ). It´s been a while since…. Well, you get the point, right? The importance of my virginity is long forgotten.

The story is basically about a young woman, Avery, who comes from a wealthy family and loses everything overnight due to her father´s crooked businesses. Having no other choice, Avery decides to give away her virginity to a man who knowingly destroyed her family´s name. Gabriel Miller.

This is where I heard an imaginary buzzer go off in my head.

She lost everything and the family name was ruined beyond means. Why not just leave town, grow some boobs and start new? Characters always have different life struggles to choose from * shoulder shrug *.

BUT, Avery decides to take the gritty route and auctions herself off in an exclusive gentlemen´s club to raise money so she can pay for her fathers medical care. 3…2…1 sold, to the lucky bastard, Gabriel Miller, a.k.a. the mysterious, dark, criminal / business man.

Yeah, no….maybe. * throws hands up in defeat * I´m having mixed feeling all over.

The idea of the story isn´t bad but it was kind of drastic, fast paced and predictable.

But then there were parts I loved. For one- the sex scenes are the bomb! The sub-characters were interesting as hell and the details were great.

I wish I could say more about the story but I can´t. Not without spoiling more than I already have.

What I can say is that I haven´t given up hope yet. The story ends with a cliffhanger and I´m really eager to find out how the story ends ( despite my complaints ).

The Cover – 5 stars ( Gorgeous!)

The Story – 3 stars (  I didn´t buy the „I have nothing to my name besides my virginity“ thing in this one)

The Characters – 3-4 stars ( I disliked Avery but loved everyone else. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Not completely satisfied but still eager to know how the story ends.

I´m giving `The Pawn` ( Endgame #1 ), by Skye Warren, 3 out of 5 stars

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Too Late – Colleen Hoover

Book Description

Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves. 
And she does, every single day. 
After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she’s able to find a way out. 
Nothing will get in her way. 
Nothing except Carter. 

Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he’d say he’s the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan’s disapproval of Asa’s sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business. He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan. 
Nothing will get in his way. 
Nothing except Carter. 

** Please note that the content of this book is more graphic than the content of other books written by this author, hence the distinction between the names. This title is recommended for mature audiences only due to extreme graphic content. Recommended for readers 18+.**

My Thoughts

Colleen Hoover. I´ve been a huge fan of hers since 2012 and have read everything that woman has ever published. From `Hopeless` ( which had me balling my eyes out like I´ve never done before in my life ) to her recent book `It Ends With Us` ( insert a million hearts ).. I´ve read them all. She´s been like the storytelling Goddess of romance for me. Her stories are a mixture of light and heavy, sending her readers ( in this case, me) on devastating, emotional rides that stick for a long time ( I have yet to recover from `Slammed`. That story drained the life out of me and had me in a funk for days.)

I read `Too Late` on Wattpad before it was taken down for publication purpose.

The warning above is justifiable. Even if this is a CoHo story it´s definitely different from the authors other works. Definitely written for a more mature audience.

`Too Late` was cool. It was dark, unforgiving, captivating, exciting, shocking and filled with tension. I love me some CoHo reads but this one is off the charts brilliant. Totally my kind of read!

2 undercover cops, 1 schizophrenic-obsessive-drug dealer boyfriend and a girl in between. WHAT A STORY and it´s told in true Colleen Hoover style!

I loved it.

I loved that the story had a 21 Jump Street vibe, I loved the twist of events that occured, I loved the heavy emotions, and above all…. I loved how the author was able to turn a normal thing like holding hands into something totally passionate ( The holding hands under the table was AWESOME) Oh. My. Lord. My heart was fluttering like crazy during that scene.

( Note: I´ve been trying to get my husband to recreate that scene with me but he´s doing it ALL WRONG! * sob *)

The end actually ended with a big ass BAM! Although it was a bit different from what I´m used to from the author I still loved it. Go big, or go home, right? Colleen Hoover left with a damn BAM!

`Too Late` is a mandatory read for any Colleen Hoover fan. For anyone who isn´t familiar with the authors work I´d advise you to start reading her stories because they´re definitely an experience no romance reader should miss out on. It´s romantic, it´s twisted, it´s kind and unmerciful, it´s powerful.

The Cover – 5 stars ( It fits with the story and THANKFULLY doesn´t give anything away. )

The Story – 5 stars ( Sheesh, gonna take a while to get that one out of my system)

The Characters – 5 stars ( I loved them all but felt the strongest towards Asa. He was, by far, the most twisted mofo I´ve ever came across in a book)

MY emotional state after finishing this read Recovery is going to be a mean bitch. Lol

I´m giving `Too Late` by Colleen Hoover 5 out of 5 stars

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