Review: The Scotch Royals (Scotch #3) by Penelope Sky

Title: The Scotch Royals
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createsapce Publishing 8/21/17
Length:  432 pages
Series:  Scotch #3

Overview

London is a lot more useful than I anticipated. She gets me what I need like a pro. 

With her by my side, I feel like I can do anything.

My need for revenge is dimmed. My anger is contained. 

But her brother is still a problem. She wants me to let him go.

I’m not sure if I can.

My Thoughts

There are so many directions that this finale of the series could go, and i think that we are really just holding our breath to figure out where everyone will end up. We know from the last installment that London and Crewe were falling in love. They had something that really seemed real, until Joseph came in and messed everything up. Storming the house and shooting Crewe. trying to take Ariel captive, and London losing everything that she held dear. The idea of happiness was impossible from here on out. or was it?

This installment makes everyone a bit more human, and when i say everyone, i mean everyone. Crewe shows that the heartbreak and embarrassment that he felt when Josephine left him was nothing compared to the pain and inability to live life now that London is gone. All the women in the world, including his regulars like Sasha aren’t enough to make him whole again. London gets back to her life in New York, be it a bit behind since she can’t enroll back into medical school for a year.. but she tries to make things work, with an apartment, a job, and trying to find a man who will take her mind off of Crewe.

The mantra out of sight out of mind isn’t possible and the effort that they each put forth at various times in the story to get the other back is something to be commended. London goes to Scotland to try to win him back. When that doesn’t work, He goes to New York to try to win her back. The problem that we learn though is that love isn’t enough and that there are unbreakable things that they are not willing to compromise on that make things all that much more difficult. When they think they’ve made progress, they find that they are still no better off. Someone will be miserable and it’s just a matter of who that will be each chapter.

Ariel takes center stage at different points in this book and to be honest, i’ve begun to question her motives and wonder if she’s working for/with Crewe or against him. Throughout this series she’s gong out of her way to make sure that London isn’t seen as a long term option and she’s gotten into both Crewe and London’s head about what can be their reality. She goes so far as to issue Crewe an ultimatum which results in her leaving the company, and when London sees that Crewe can’t function without Ariel, she ultimately has to make a deal with the devil to get Ariel back.

This of course results in even more heartbreak, another attempt at death, and well, no one is happy. Joseph tries to be the good big brother to help London survive, he tried to ‘not hate’ Crewe and in turn, they found common ground and things were looking up. Until Ariel stepped in. And that’s when Joseph had to step back in to help things along.

There were always these underlying bits of the story that Crewe needed to marry someone royal. That Ariel had this need to force him to build his business in excess. That Crewe needed revenge against the man who killed his family. That London lost her freedom and her life as a professional. There are so many things that it’s impossible to imagine how they will resolve, but some how our author does it. seamlessly.

And…with amazing chemistry and passion between our leads. Their dynamic is different from that of the leads on the other adjacent stories that she’s written and I don’t understand how that’s possible. All these men are so similar in their underworld dealings, but they are so different in compassion, demeanor and ability to change. It’s hot, romantic and steamy all at the same time. Now i have to find a new series to jump into since i need another fix – so enjoy!

Review: The Scotch Queen (Scotch #2) by Penelope Sky

Title: The Scotch Queen
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createsapce Publishing 8/15/17
Length:  382 pages
Series:  Scotch #2

Overview

I wasn’t sure what changed my mind about giving London to Bones, but something did.

Now London is officially mine. She’s sassy, feisty, and she still tells me off when I have her under my thumb.

I love it.

Now I have a deal with the Barsetti brothers, Josephine is still pining for me, and revenge is heavy on my mind. I’m not sure what to do with London now that I’ve decided not to kill her.

But I’m certainly not going to fall in love with her.

My Thoughts

The path that this second book takes us on is one that’s not unexpected, but one that makes you question how things can possibly turn out. We spent most of book 1 watching London fight Crewe to get her freedom, and at the same time realizing that there’s more to him than meets the eye and softening towards him just a bit. On the flip side, Crewe also started to realize that he had growing feelings towards London, but that there were so many circumstances from his past and future that wouldn’t allow something to really happen.

So the bulk of Book 2, is enjoying the journey that this duo go through now that their life is made of the new normal of being together from odd causes. Crewe opens up to London throughout this installment and we get to learn more about what made him into the man that he is. He’s been hurt from his family – the death of his parents is what motivates his revenge. He’s been hurt by a woman, and every time Josephine comes into the picture, he has a whole renewed sense of fury.

London on the other hand warms up to him, rather their encounters are beyond HOT. When she’s afraid, like when they fly to Italy, he calms her. When she needs to have more freedom, he tries to give it to her. When she needs protecting, especially from his men, Crewe makes sure London feels more comfortable.

All this leads in a bad direction because we know that London’s end game is to get free. For her brother Joseph to come up with a way to get her away from Crewe and his men. Ariel and Dunbar, two of Crewe’s most trusted people see right through all that London’s doing, but what we end up seeing is that London’s able to make Crewe fall in love with her, and she proclaims the same, and well, that will cause a catostrophic rift in this story.

Pacts are broken, someone’s shot in the chest and is on the edge of life. Trust is broken, across so many levels, but what we know is that whatever occurs doesn’t make anyone happy, but will absolutely make everyone harder. So, it’s on that note that we finish this second book and i can’t wait to see how things resolve….and see who’s still alive since there’s NO chance that they will all be. Enjoy!

Review: The Scotch King (Scotch #1) by Penelope Sky

Title: The Scotch King
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createsapce Publishing 8/15/17
Length:  167 ages
Series:  Scotch #1

Overview

Joseph Ingram made the mistake of stealing from me-four million dollars. He took my intelligence without paying for it. And thought he could get away with it.

Think again.

Now I’ll take something from him-something irreplaceable.

His sister.

Collateral.

But even when Joseph doubles the amount of money he owes me, I don’t give her up.

Nope. I have an image to maintain.

So I keep her.

And I’m not giving her up.

My Thoughts

I really do enjoy the worlds that our author Penelope Sky creates for us. They’re intertwined at times, but still quite unique and really dark, seedy and hot. What a great combination right?

In this story we have Crewe, our leading man, a powerful man – who runs a scotch empire sure, but who trades intelligence for a price. As all powerful semi illegal men are in these stories, if you cross him, then you pay with your life or that of someone close to you. Joseph should have known that trying to pay with counterfeit money wouldn’t go over well, and now London, his sister pays the price for it.

Crewe we learn throughout this story is a man with a dark dark past – it takes most of the story to get to the crux of it, but essentially, he feels that his revenge is worth being so hard. He’s got an army of men who protect him, and woman who is his partner, and that term is strictly business. Ariel. She’s tough on the outside and clearly harbors no love lost or even emotion towards Crewe for reasons that we don’t yet know. But we come to really dislike her because she hates London on site. (mind you, she really hates that London is american but there has to be more to it than that)

London is the slave here – the one taken captive and she’s got her whole life ahead of her. She’s studying at NYU to become a doctor and loves her work. She’s kidnapped from all that she knows, knowing that she’ll never get to go back. Never get to see her friends again, and hopefully though figure out how to escape to get to her brother.

We go on a roller coaster with these two throughout this first installment. We spend much of our time hoping that London’s strong will and personality will help her figure out how to get free from Crewe. We also spend much of the book hoping that Crewe has a bit of humanity left in him to make London as comfortable as possible.

There are moments when they admit attraction to one another, and moments when crewe does horrible things like try to sell her off to the most disgusting horrible man in the world. It’s a story full of whiplash and fear, but also one of attraction and chemistry.

We spend a lot of time wondering if London will ever be free, if her brother will manage to stay alive (because i forgot to mention that Crewe is really dispicable here with what he’s done), if Crewe is human and what the true back story is to get us to where we are. A point of hope and hopelessness. Attraction and hate. And where we are left off, we see that the future is as bleak as ever.

True to form in the other series that i’ve read by Ms Sky, the scenes when they happen are HOT. The chemistry is amazing, the way that everything’s told makes you feel like your’e right in the moment with themand you need the same release just as they do. I need more and i’m happy to say that i’m cruising right into book 2! enjoy!