Review: Mating Theory by Skye Warren

Title:Mating Theory
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Dangerous Press 3/17/20
Length:  234 pages

Overview

Billionaire Sutton Mayfair has nothing left to lose…

My best friend is getting married to the woman I love. They say the nice guy finishes last. So what’s the point of being a goddamn gentleman?

Maybe I should take what I want.

Even that sexy little thing on the street corner.

She needs a hot meal and a place to sleep. Instead I’m taking her home to soothe the savage beast inside me. I was born a bastard, and for the first time in my life I act like one.

Except the more I use her, the more I need her.

I didn’t know I had someone left to lose.

For a single heartbeat, I had her.

My Thoughts

We all met and probably fell in love with Sutton when we dove into the story of Harper and Christopher. Now it’s time to see how his life has gone on (or paused) now that Harper has made her choice once and for all and has gone to Christopher. We knew that was always going to be the outcome, however there was a moment where it seemed like it would be a menage. Too bad that didn’t happen, and we get to see what Sutton’s life looks like after.

We learned a bit about where Sutton came from, how his background was a bit rough and how he struggled to survive, making him into the man that he is now. He’s got a varied family situation, knowing that his father fathered more kids than anyone should….and he’s able to recognize similar traits in others. That’s where the introduction of Ashleigh into his world takes new form.

we don’t know what brought her to the streets, but we know that she doesn’t belong there. (I mean, does anyone really?). She’s a mystery but clearly more damaged than a person on their own should be. She’s got a friend Ky that looks out for her and tries to steer her down a path to survival, but we learn throughout this story that he’s got his own demons.

Anyhow – watching the way that Ashleigh and Sutton come together is a story of someone who’s broken trying to survive using someone else who’s broken. Sutton sees things in Ashleigh that he wants to help, and at the same times, sees that she’s able to help him find himself again.

We watch how she makes him feel more than he has in a long time, for someone that he can perhaps have. We know that the love that he’s had for Harper and Christopher isn’t dead, but we see the sensitive, caring and passionate sides of him come to life with power when she gives herself to him…..although there’s the hitch of her age.

She helps him through the wedding

He helps her get off the streets

they save each other until he tells her that she needs to find herself without him, to live her life because now she’s got all the opportunity in the world. He walks away from something that he knows will be amazing if the circumstances were different, and she gets a new chance at life. What the future holds is anyone’s guess and I think that we can all safely say that we wish for happiness and passion, but I don’t know if that’s on the menu. Enjoy!

Review: The Evolution of Man (The Trust Fund Duet #2) by Skye Warren

Title:The Evolution of Man
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Dangerous Press 9/25/18
Length:  206 pages
Series: The Trust Fund Duet #2

Overview

Ambitious. Intense. Irresistible.

I never wanted to fall for a man.
And definitely not two men.

They tear me apart until I don’t know how I’ll ever be whole again. Until I’m not sure I want to be. How can I choose between two halves of myself?

My Thoughts

What a complicated place Harper has found herself, loving a man that’s not capable of it and being loved by a man that we’re not sure has her best interests in mind. Sutton and Christopher are mysteries, yet they are so overt in their intentions (sometimes)

In this second book, we are at a point where Harper’s life has changed because her mother is close to the end of her suffering, and Harper has decided that her life’s goal now is to make sure her mom has everything that she wants since so much was kept from her when Harper was growing up. They buy an amazing house where her mom can live out her last days, and at the same time, Harper finds a way to buy the library from the men since that’s something that she feels that she needs for closure.

While making the purchase, Christopher forces her to pay an ungodly amount of 2 BILLION dollars for the building, and from that we learn that Sutton has left the partnership with Christopher, and while he’s made his 50% of the profit, he’s no longer partners with Christopher and he’s separated himself from that mess. What we learn throughout the book though is that there’s so much more to the story and the dynamic there and it’s eye opening.

So instead, we focus on the dysfunctional relationship between Christopher and Harper. She’s come to the realization that the unhealthy love that she has for him is something that she’ll always hold onto even though it’s not healthy for her and she’s never going to get anywhere with it, but it also means that all men are going to be compared and that’s another flaw. The way their love hate, oil and water relationship evolves in this book is one that takes a really long time to see progress, and it’s not until the very end that we see the result of horrible moment bring things to a close.

There are chains of lies and mis-truths throughout this story – and they’re not always to mislead, but instead to protect. Everyone wants to save and protect Harper, knowing what her motivation is with life and with the Library, but to what detriment. What is she going to lose in the long run with everyone who tells her things that aren’t necessarily what she needs to hear.

There’s love, there’s life and there’s death in this story. There is a lot of closure that happens but then some open ended new beginnings that we can hope for. Throughout this story too we see the re-emergence of the Avery/Gabriel saga that we know from the previous series, and we get to experience the sadness that Avery had all over again, at least knowing what the outcome will be.

So all in all, a finale that is warranted and a story that we’re sad to see end but hopeful to see what comes next for Sutton since his story is next. Enjoy!

Review: Survival of the Richest (The Trust Fund Duet #1) by S

Title:Survival of the Riches
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Dangerous Press 6/12/18
Length:  199 pages
Series: The Trust Fund Duet #1

Overview

Two billionaires determined to claim her.
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield–the heart.

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Massachusetts Bay. A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.

That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared–ruthless and seductive. He doesn’t care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he’s determined to win. No matter the cost.

It’s an impossible choice, but I can’t have them both.

My Thoughts

We’re taken back into the world of Tanglewood via Boston and New York. We meet Harper, our leading lady when she’s fifteen and spending another spring break week with her father and the latest new wife. She knows that it’s not worth building any bonds since these wives come and go, and when there are other children around, she knows that it’s even less worthwhile to try to make friends. Well, what happens on this particular break is something that changes her life forever.

She’s got a great relationship with her dad, even if she knows that she’s not living up to his expectations. But what she learns is that the son of the latest wife, a boy named Christopher is that perfect child – the heir so to speak that he always wished for. There’s an interesting dynamic that we see develop between Harper and Christopher on this trip and it’s one that stays with them for years. He’s dark and mysterious but mis reads her and that puts her on edge. Harper is a girl that can’t be tamed but has her own motivations for being wild. they’re never reckless or meaningless, that is until this night. She finds herself falling over the edge of the yacht and Christopher dives overboard to save her.

Fast foward through the years and we see that they’ve kept in touch even though their parents are no longer together. There’s an interesting friendship that’s grown even though they’ve never seen each other again since that one week on the boat. It’s not until Harper is nineteen and has her first exhibit that they cross paths and what they had years ago between them is definitely something of a spark that is about to explode.

The circumstances that end this weekend are not positive and we see a death change what their future could have been. The hold that her father had on her and what she was able to do for herself and her mother is now in the hands of Christopher and he’s as ruthless as we always imagined him to be. So the story takes us to Tanglewood, years later, when all Harper wants to do is save her mother, but the stipulations of her trust won’t allow that. Christopher is the only person who’s able to do anything and he refuses.

What readers have to remember is that Harper is the best friend of Avery, a main character from a previous series with Gabriel Miller and their story was a tormented one but one that gave us hope for the brooding men who had too much power. Avery comes up in the story through a series of events to help ground us and Harper on what the next best action should be.

We meet a new character in the form of Sutton Mayfair – a man who’s the opposite of Christopher in looks, but has the same animal chemistry and an eye on Harper. So when Harper goes hunting for Christopher, to get what’s rightfully hers, she finds herself in the cross hairs of two incredibly sexy and powerful men….who are competitors in all things, even though they are partners in business.

We essentially have a coming of age story here where we see Harper not only grow into womanhood but realize her power and strength. She knows her value and what she’s capable of ever since she was forced to stand on her own two feet and provide for herself and her mom, and now the power that she develops as a sensual woman comes to the forefront as she finds these two men enamored with her. She doesn’t know who she should pick since her heart is with one but wants another, and the way that the final chapters of this book play out, we’re left hating one man and wanting the best with another, yet we don’t know if that’s the right choice or the one that will be her downfall. So….on that note, we’re on a cliff of which man is her future, and what does that mean for her life….and her mother’s life. I’m searching out book 2 now, and I can’t wait to see where this one goes. Enjoy!

Review: One for the Money (One for the Money #1) by Skye Warren

Title:One for the Money
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Dangerous Press 5/27/22
Length:  294 pages
Series: One for the Money #1

Overview

inn Hughes knows about secrets. His family is as wealthy as the Rockefellers. And as powerful as the Kennedys. He runs the billion-dollar corporation. No one knows that he has a ticking time clock on his ability to lead.

Eva Morelli is the oldest daughter. The responsible one. The caring one. The one who doesn’t have time for her own interests.

Especially not her interest in the charismatic, mysterious Finn Hughes.

A fake relationship is the answer to both their problems.
It will keep the swarming society mothers from throwing their daughters at him.
And it will keep Eva’s mother from bothering her about marriage.

Then the fake relationship starts to feel real.

But there’s no chance for them. No hope for a woman who’s had her heart broken. And no future for a man whose fate was decided long ago.

My Thoughts

I love this family, and I love reading more about the Morellis. Reading this one though makes me wonder what i’ve missed in other series so i’m going to have to go back and see which ones I could have read since I don’t recall ALL the match ups that have happened before Eva got her time.

Anyhow, what we have in this story is watching our leading characters carry the weight of the world and their families on their shoulders, and realizing that it’s ok to let someone in, as long as it’s at arms length. Once that distance is compromised, things go up in smoke.

We start this story watching Eva, the default go to of the family, managing a gala with the utmost ease and beauty. She’s able to avert crisis, smile and make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves. All for the greater good right? That’s until her mother tries to match her with an older man who’s well off since that’s what’s expected. Eva is to marry someone who’s more wealthy and powerful than she and her family are to continue the line. What happens though is her saving by Finn. A playboy that no one expects to be what he is.

Finn Hughes comes from an equally powerful and wealthy family but his reputation is that of a playboy and someone who doesn’t take life seriously. If there’s anything that we know about stories like this, is that surface is not what it seems and there’s always something far more dark and sad under the surface. That’s exactly his story – he’s been forced to take on far more responsibility than any one should at a young age and carry the burden that the future is written already and he can’t avoid a curse that’s been smote on his family.

They come to an agreement to save each other. To keep the outside world from staking claims to them, and I hope that it means that they will start to be a bit more humane and relaxed to enjoy what they deserve rather than avoiding anything that could truly make them happy.

There’s a fake relationship that’s developed and it keeps them both safe. What happens though is that feelings are inevitable and when that happens, it’ll be no surprise to see who cuts bait first. There are so many factors at play when that happens, who’s family will suffer, and which of the two of them will see their demise first. I think that we’re left on an expected edge of things – knowing that there’s a path for the future that there’s no way to avoid, and yet it’s the path that no one wanted to go down to begin with. This is what happens when friendship turns into lust which turns into love, and neither is prepared to deal. So on that note, I now have to wait a month for the next book to come out and i’ll have to be patient with the directions my brain goes. Enjoy!

Review: Luke’s Touch (Walker Security: Lucifer’s Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Luke’s Touch
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Amazon Publishing 6/18/22
Length:  206 pages
Series: Walker Security: Lucifer’s Trilogy #2

Overview

She loved him. He betrayed her. Nothing is what it seems.

One touch can change everything though, and it did. The minute he showed back up in her life, all deals were off. He touched her and she melted. He promised her everything, and she wanted everything. The question is: is he her salvation or her destruction? Love. Hate. Passion. Danger. It’s about to get hot in here…

My Thoughts

I love Lucifer / Luke and I think being able to see what made him in to the man he is really helps add another layer to things. Add to that the story with Ana, well we have something intense, complex, and HOT.

We left off the first book with these two on the run, we know that many of the people around them are dirty and we don’t yet know who we can trust. There’s so much more of a mystery shrouding the whole situation with what it was that Ana’ brother was doing, as well as the resolution with her father, his business and everyone who’s connected to them. Walker is now involved and we know that they’ve got their back, but there’s always a question of who’s going to survive.

The chemistry between Luke and Ana is something that we have to struggle with. They are meant to be of course, but they fight each other on what the future holds since they both know that it’s not safe to be together. There’s really not future for them though that doesn’t include one another, so we get to watch how they combust, how they dance around each other and hopefully how they resolve to just be what they always were meant to be.

Throughout this second installment we fly all over the place, uncovering more secrets, questioning the motivations and motives around all the actions of the past, and really wondering if people who are said to be dead are dead. You know in these types of books, just like in all good soap operas, if you haven’t seen a body, the person isn’t dead, and even if you have, the person’s not dead. So that’s what we encounter after there are shoot outs, huntings and lies. Someone who’ deemed dead isn’t, and someone that we thought was on our side flips.

So, that means that we’re on the edge of a cliff again. Guns being pointed at everyone’s heads, and there’s a big question mark on who’s going to come out alive. There’s tension, heat and hatred, all wrapped up in the last few chapters here. So on that note, i’m now waiting for book three to come out and I hope you enjoy!

Review: Sonata (North Security #3) by Skye Warren

TitleSonata
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Skye Warren 8/6/19
Length:  280 pages
Series: North Security #3

Overview

Who is Samantha Brooks without her violin? Fear lives in the silent spaces. Love does, too. There’s a battle being waged in her heart, and Liam North is determined to win. He’ll use every weapon in his arsenal. His body. His heart. Except the spotlight puts her in the crosshairs of dangerous men.

Samantha fights to compose her own ending, even as the final notes rise to a heartbreaking crescendo.

My Thoughts

We needed to have this final installment to see how the story not only continued but completed. There’s so much uncertainty in the relationship between Samantha and Liam, as well as in her future as a musician and on top of that, there’s chaos around her father and his motives. We left them with Samantha giving up the violin and going on the run essentially with Liam and we don’t know what that means.

Throughout this final installment we see a few things happen. We see Samantha grow up. you have to remember that she’s only 18, so she’s really not very experienced with the world even though she had quite the untraditional upbringing. When she’s faced with suitors other than Liam and she’s not sure how to read those situations or the motives behind actions, we are once again reminded of Liam’s need and the rationale behind his need to protect her.

Bethany comes back into the fold in this story and we see the bond that she creates with Samantha. It’s a good set up to see what will happen in her own story since she’s about due one. We watch how Samantha’s relationship with the man who’s now backing a new tour that she’ll headline changes the dynamic of the entire story and all the characters within.

The question continues to rise, whether she’s good enough to headline, whether she’s strong enough to risk her life and Liam’s life to go back on stage and what that means in general. She has passion on top of passion for not only music but for her relationship with Liam, and we watch all of that play out in a deep and angsty way.

So on that note, we get a resolution that does this story justice – of course with a lot of tension, fear, and lies. But regardless, it was worthy of this series finale. So, on that note – enjoy!

Review: Concerto (North Security #2) by Skye Warren

TitleConcerto
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Skye Warren 5/14/19
Length:  290 pages
Series: North Security #2

Overview

Samantha Brooks stands onstage as the curtain rises. Her dreams are coming true. She doesn’t know her nightmare is coming too.

The spotlight lands on Samantha Brooks. Years of practice build to the opening night of a global tour. She plays her heart out, but there are darker forces underneath the stage.

There are eyes watching from the wings.

Liam North fights to keep her safe with every weapon he owns. She’s his greatest pride—and his greatest weakness. The danger comes from somewhere no one expected. Betrayal threatens to destroy everything he’s build. His business. His family. His life.

When the curtain falls, only one of them will be left standing.

My Thoughts

We left the first installment with Samantha becoming an adult, free from Liam’s guardianship, and making the decision that the only way to truly figure out what she needs and who she is was to leave him. She moves out of the house and goes to the first tour stop in Tanglewood early. What she quickly learns though is that her protection will continue – Josh is there, watching her back while they try to suss out where the danger is coming from before it gets too close.

This second story takes us to the tour, where we see a new cast of characters which brings new levels of intrigue. We know that there’s a lot of fanfair around Harry March who’s the headliner of the tour and what we learn throughout this story is that there’s so much more under the surface of what drives him, what keeps him going and as a result, what haunts him. The role that he played in making this story come together is one that as a reader we should have suspected, but we focused elsewhere which left us with a bit of a surprise.

The others on the tour all have their own interesting and complicated backstories, some of which I can expect will intertwine with our existing characters. There’s a dynamic shift and odd chemistry that we see developing among a few, that it makes you want to dig in more and see what’s next.

Back to Samantha and Liam though. What we saw in the first book is that they have this bond that’s keeping them tethered together in a way that distance won’t break. They cannot be apart, and when they are, it’s damaging for them. They have this physical attraction that’s hot but they have something that’s so much more, and yet it’s enough to continue to keep them pushing each other away. That results in someone getting shot and being on the edge of death.

It’s true – Samantha’s father is still alive, and now he’s trying to get to her for reasons unknown. Everyone is at risk, and following your heart can put you directly in the line of fire. That’s the lesson that we learn in this second book, and what we find out is that there’s no such thing as trust, loyalty and being safe. So, onto the next book in this series to see how this plays out since we know there’s not meant to be a happy ending for everyone. Enjoy!

Review: Overture (North Security #1) by Skye Warren

TitleOverture
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Skye Warren 2/14/19
Length:  302 pages
Series: North Security #1

Overview

Forbidden fruit never tasted this sweet…

The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire she harbors for her guardian.

Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She’s all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.

No matter how bad he aches for one taste.

Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier’s defenses, but there’s more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret. She’s one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family.

One step away from leaving him forever.

My Thoughts

I love anything that Skye Warren writes and this series is no different. We’re introduced to this world of music and lies – a combination of the two swirling around our leading lady Samantha. She grew up in a world where it wasn’t safe – her father was a diplomat, but we learn that he wasn’t always a clean one, taking money from people, doing the wrong deals etc and that meant that they were often living under extreme circumstances – which we learned included Samantha being left on her own, often without food or money, and at time forgotten. That’s transformed her into not only a strong woman, but added to the allure of her unparalleled talent.

Enter Liam – a man who knew Samantha’s father but was not friends with him. He was in the same orbit as her father and when he ‘passed away from a heart attack’, Liam requested guardianship over Samantha. Her own brother didn’t want to care for her, so it was lucky that Liam took that over. He’s established, owns a security firm and clearly has connections with the ability to protect which we soon learn are necessary.

There’s a lot of character growth in this first installment of the series. We’re at the precipice for Samantha where her life is about to change – the moment she turns 18. She’s no longer the ward of Liam and she’s going to go on an international tour. She’s finding out more about herself and what she wants and she learns how to go after it. In this case – part of that is Liam.

Through the trials and tribulations with two of her friends, Samantha ends up in situations where Liam doesn’t believe she’s safe or frankly is a bit jealous and that brings out a side of him that we were all hoping to see. There’s a mutual attraction here but given that she was underage, that was part of the barrier. The notion that he’s not right for her and capable of being what she needs and deserves is the other aspect of things.

The story progresses with us watching Liam battle internally with what he wants and what is right. His brothers even see through him and warn him from breaking Samantha’s heart and still that’s a battle that he can’t win. Sadly we know that there is going to be no way to come back from whatever it is that they’re going to do.

There’s an attempt on Samantha’s life, and there’s a reporter that’s probing too hard into her past. Liam uncovers that the reporter wasn’t who she said she is, and that means that there’s an uncertain future and risk around Samantha that makes everyone nervous. She doesn’t quite know where it’s coming from, but Liam is pretty sure given some inside information that he’s heard through the wires.

We close this first book with the discovery of passion and chemistry, the loss of the past and innocence and the fear for the future. Samantha has spread her wings since that’s the only way that she can survive and Liam now has to deal with a broken heart and hope that he can protect her from afar. So, what does that mean? on to the next installment to see how this plays out. Enjoy!

Review: The Queen (Masterpiece Duet #2) by Skye Warren

TitleThe Queen
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Amber Shah 9/15/17
Length:  294 pages
Series: Masterpiece Duet #2

Overview

I have one chance at a new life. A college education. A future outside of Tanglewood’s dark walls. For a breathless moment it seems like I might actually escape.

Then I get a phone call from home.

Damon Scott is my own personal dragon, the fight I’ve always lost, the secret hope of my heart. And he needs my help right now. Only my mind can solve the puzzle. Only my presence can keep him sane as the city fights against him.

Only my heart can unlock a man with such a tragic past.

This is my final gamble, with everything at stake. One last game to win a future for both of us.

And a love strong enough to break the city apart.

My Thoughts

It’s nice to see how this story resolves itself, especially know that the dynamic between Penny and Damon is so intense, and the mystery behind where Jonathan is, is quite compelling. There’s so much fear and worry about what else is going to happen in order for everyone to have a happy ending.

What happens in this book is that there’s a lot of collateral damage. We think that things are moving ahead in their lives, that Penny is able to find her footing, but what happens instead os that she’s being watched, she’s being taunted, and she’s being used as bait. We want to believe the best in the people around her, yet what we know and what we’re seeing makes us second guess everyone, and their motives and their actions.

Penny is living her life at school, trying to live her best Mathematics grounded life, but the attention from her teacher makes us itch, and the fear that Jonathan is still out there and that means that no one is safe makes our skin crawl. What is nice though is the relationship that Penny has developed with Avery. They spend a lot of time together, realizing that their shared experiences with the loves of their lives puts them in a unique space that no one else can understand.

It’s that friendship though that takes this story on a wicked ride – watching Avery go missing, along with Penny’s father and now its a race to see if they can be found before it’s too late. We saw Penny and Damon separate at the end of the first book for her own safety (of course) yet we see that he’s really the one that can help – so back to him she runs.

Penny is protected by Damon in a way that speaks volumes, but he’s still keeping her at a distance, not allowing himself to feel what he does for her, and not allowing Penny to discover what it is to be loved and desired. What happens though is that they work together to solve the puzzles of where everyone is and where Jonathan is, and that takes us to the culmination of things.

The future that we once hoped for is within reach, and the hope that there’s safety and protection is something that we can truly believe in. I think that what’s always nice about books by our author is that we watch a struggle that seems to difficult to overcome, so painful to watch that we really want to hope for the best but would be ok if it’s not sparkly and clean. That’s what we get here, and the epilogue puts things into a new perspective. So on that note, off to find another story to read and i hope you guys enjoy!

Review: The King (The Masterpiece Duet #1) by Skye Warren

TitleThe King
Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year:  Amber Shah 6/27/17
Length:  308 pages
Series: Masterpiece Duet #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I love this continuation of things from the Castle series, seeing the story around Penny since we met her in the final bit of the last installment. We know that these men, the Scotts are an interesting bunch, with Jonathan being deranged and Damon being exactly what you don’t expect of him given his upbringing. We met him through Gabriel, and we saw the dark side of him but when he saved Penny, we realized that there was so much more.

This first installment of the duet takes us back in time with a young Damon and a young Penny met under difficult circumstances, Penny needed to survive the life that she was forced to live, and Damon needed to survive his father. In order to protect penny from his father, he had to go back into the grasp of the devil.

We watch as the years progress, how there was clearly something between these two even though Penny was just a little child when they met, and how over time, there’s this connection that wasn’t severed. When their paths cross again, and when we know that Penny truly is in danger, it’s Damon who wants to protect her but is afraid to knowing that if he does, she will once again be on his father’s radar.

This series is a story of poverty, gambling, trying to hide the abilities that you have because you know that they will draw the wrong attention, survival and then hope. Each of the characters in this story have some element of each, and the way that they manifest are unique. The nuance in this story though is that Penny is still quite young, even when we get through this first book, but the power that she yields, what she’s able to do and what she’s able to compel is more powerful than women twice her age.

What’s nice though is that we have the overlap from Castle – we see how Avery’s relationship with her started and how it manifests into something necessary. It allows Penny to see things through a different lens and that’s also what propels this story forward. There’s a security and safety that is brought to the forefront, and yet there’s a danger that their friendship creates since both are in a position where they feel trapped, stifled, and they want to take control back of their lives.

We’re left in an interesting place at the end of the first book where we see a power shift, we see eyes open, but we don’t know what it’s going to take to push each over the edge. There’s something brewing and we’re not sure the details and the implications, but there’s this rumble of passion and something more that keeps us engaged and intrigued as readers. So on that note, i’m off to read The Queen and see how this duet ends. Enjoy!