Title: The King
Series: The Masterpiece Duet #1
Author: Skye Warren
Release Date: June 27, 2017

The highest stakes...
My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I'm his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.
The players are politicians and mafia men, every kind of danger around a velvet-covered table. But it's only one man who makes me shake.
The man I once thought I loved.
The man who betrayed me.
His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his money, I know I'm going to lose more than my body. I'm going to lose everything.
THE KING is a spin-off novel of the USA Today bestselling Endgame series about Damon Scott.
Holy hell, Skye Warren... what have you done to me now?

I can't get enough. I can't. Skye Warren's writing is my drug. Her books offer euphoria, an addiction that, even in its darkness, its ugliness, its ability to pull you into the deep recesses of despair, it feels so lush going down. Warren's writing is nothing short of stunning in The King, her storytelling grows darker, smarter, more beautiful, the crafting more meticulous with each new storyline. Skye Warren demonstrates her genius in the first half of this duet, weaving a complex story of terror and treachery and unrequited longing,a story with a jaw-dropping ending that has left me starved for more, desperate for another hit.

I've decided that what I love most about Skye Warren's books, what I find so addictive about them, is the dynamic she creates with her characters, the juxtaposition of a vulnerable, broken female desperate for warmth with an impenetrable, hardened man who rarely shows softness toward her. It's an addiction, this need to see him brought down, to find the cracks in his armor, to see him show kindness and affection when it's so clearly against his nature to do so. Her stories often involve a remote, emotionally unattainable man whose only soft spot is a woman, but where the evidence of that truth we're so rarely allowed to see. That is true for Damon and Penny, and my need to see him succumb, to allow himself to be what she wants when it seems so impossible, that, along with this captivating, horrifying storyline, had me turning these pages hungrily.

Damon's world is one of darkness and sin, a war to survive amidst the most undesirable dregs of society. Somewhere along the way he met Penny and found in her something that he had to protect. Despite the fact that she's so young, despite the fact that he never showed her that he had any solid plans to be with her, never showed her any affection, there's no denying something was there. And that something drives this plot, holding me ensnared in a storyline that never felt good to read, as Warren's stories often don't, but that I couldn't look away from.

Children paying for the sins of the fathers with skin and sex and soul has been a recurring theme through many of Skye Warren's last few books. I was first introduced to Damon Scott in The Pawn, a story where a naive but privileged girl loses everything due to her father's reckless greed, so she reluctantly auctions off her virginity in order to save the only thing she has left. In The King, an equally naive but destitute girl finds herself in the harrowing position of being forced to pay her father's debts with the only thing she has to her name... her soul. I thought the dynamic between Gabriel Miller and Avery James (The Endgame Series) was a complicated one. The circumstances surrounding Damon Scott and Penny might be even more so. Their situation is just as complicated, woven together by a similar pain, by a war with a common villain, but in many ways it's even more insane. This story is so dark, so twisted, so gripping, I couldn't get enough. I'm DYING for The Queen, for some hope, for a chance at a happy ending in a world where they don't exist.

Jessica's Rating:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. 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, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.


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