Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ The King (Masterpiece Duet #1) by Skye Warren

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The King by Skye Warren is NOW AVAILABLE long live the king...

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Book Description:

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.

Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble.

A trailer park princess.

The son of a criminal king.

We don't belong together, but I'm caught in a twisted game.

His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I'm going to lose more than my body. I'm going to lose everything.

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THE KING is the first book in the new Masterpiece duet about risking your heart and finding yourself. It's a spin-off from the USA Today bestselling trilogy but can be read separately.

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Buy Links:

 ♚ Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2sj90Gr
 ♚ Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2rm36F4
 ♚ iBooks: http://apple.co/2oR5Bxe

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“Because Damon Scott traded himself for me. He’s the only reason I’m safe. And I’m the reason he’s not.”


The Endgame series has been one intriguing, suspenseful, angst filled ride and in this spin off Skye Warren regales you with the back story behind two characters introduced in The Castle. Damon and Penny were intriguing then and my interest was automatically piqued as to what brought these two characters together and although I had my theories, nothing could have prepared me for the truth.


“My pride is about controlling my own fate. And that’s what I’m doing here – setting the terms. This is what dignity looks like for me. Owning my own body. Deciding how it’s used.”


This book is dark and disturbing but extremely honest in its delivery. There is very little to smile about, very little to laugh about and no ray of light to lighten the emotional burden, but the stage has been set for that to happen in the next one. Although their story is a sad one, it is this in depth reveal of their back story that cements these characters into your heart and soul and leaves you on the precipice of desperation for them to get their happily ever after. With two such broken characters though, is this even a remote possibility?

In the first instance in The Prince (which is at the start of The King if you did not download the freebie) we are taken back to when Damon and Penny first meet when they are children and this is way before The End Game series. Penny is a child genius living in poverty with a gambling addict for a father. A father that would rather line the pockets of poker players than put food on the table for his only child. While her father makes all the right noises, his addiction has completely overtaken him and Penny is left to her own devices. Penny’s total recall memory though is a weapon that could be used by many and while people try to use this little girl for their own end game it is Damon that saves her from the wolves.


“Because who am I to bet my father’s life? Then again, who was he to bet mine? If I do this, I’ll become just as bad as him. Maybe that’s the point.”


Damon is the son of Jonathan Scott, one of the most feared, ruthless and psychopathic criminals that has everyone in his pocket. Jonathan is unstoppable and no-one, not even his own son, is beyond his wrath. Prying himself away from his father’s grip he goes against him in competition but with scruples. While Damon is feared in his own right as soon as this story jumps to the present the stark differences between father and son are extremely evident.


“It’s a form of justice, a balance to the equation. But it will turn Damon into the same monster he’s hunting. It will break this man as surely his father broke me.”


This is an age gap book, for the majority of this book Penny is fifteen and turns sixteen towards the end, Damon is ten years older. There is no sex in this book at all, Damon is extremely resistant and there are lines he simply will not cross. While the age gap is huge, considering Penny’s young years, for some reason it worked. These two connected when they were young and desperate, and while that first meeting was fleeting in time, it left its mark. Another thing to bear in mind is that Penny does not come across as a fifteen/sixteen-year-old. Because of the life she has lived she has had to grow up young and because of her extreme intelligence she acts and converses like a young adult.


“I dreamed of you and I watched you and I wanted you. Even though I knew it was wrong, I couldn’t stop. It isn’t about how old you are – it’s you. It’s only ever been you.”


The stage has definitely been set for their story and I cannot wait for their conclusion. Will Damon still refrain and push Penny away or will the connection that these two share eventually wear him down? With their back story told in all its warts and all glory, if any two deserve a happy ever after, it is them.

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About the Author:

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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