Published by Self Published on 9/19/17
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
THE QUEEN is the final novel in the bestselling Masterpiece duet, about a game of lies and loyalty, of betrayal and power, and ascension to the city's throne.
Does anyone write pleasure pain better than Skye Warren? Absolutely not. This author guts her readers with how masterfully she crafts attraction laced in cruelty, sensuality edged in pain, and she does it again and again but it’s always new and fresh and unpredictable. Warren does that here with The Queen and I devoured it hungrily. I couldn’t get enough of the lush romance layered exquisitely with Damon’s mocking, his toying, his reluctance.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE.” Stars.
“I can walk away from Damon Scott because he wants me to, but I can’t stop loving him. It’s part of who I am, the logic as simple and undeniably sad as that.”
I stand by my opinion that there’s nothing more addictive in romance than a reluctant hero, a brooding alpha male who is cruel and detached, unreachable to the woman he secretly longs for because his brokenness allows him to believe he’s not worthy. Damon Scott is the epitome of broken. Ruined. Hardened. The push and pull, the ruthless games he plays with Penny, are deliciously heartbreaking and as much as it hurts, it’s like crack for a reader like me. I live for the heart tugs, the aches in my stomach whenever he deliberately cuts her with his words. It only makes me ravenous for what’s to come, for the moment he folds and succumbs to everything he tries to deny.
The Queen is a book I’ve been dying for since The King first sent her away. Truthfully, my need for this story began even earlier than that, back when Penny was brought home broken and alone, ruined at the hands of the monster who set this entire dynamic in motion. One could argue that no one deserves a happy ending more than Damon and Penny. One could also argue that a happy ending has never felt more impossible. This course of events has been horrific, tragic, gut wrenching. The pain these characters have endured throughout this duet is on another level and I needed to see how this would play out for them, if they’d ever find their way beyond where they’ve been.
Does anyone write pleasure pain better than Skye Warren? Absolutely not. This author guts her readers with how masterfully she crafts attraction laced in cruelty, sensuality edged in pain, and she does it again and again but it’s always new and fresh and unpredictable. Warren does that here with The Queen and I devoured it hungrily. I couldn’t get enough of the lush romance layered exquisitely with Damon’s mocking, his toying, his reluctance. The Queen is this chaotic marriage between soul-searing need and soul-crushing despair, the perfect sequel to this addictive duet. I reread entire passages twice because I couldn’t get over how much it hurt, how good it felt. This story is brutally beautiful, blissfully romantic, sweet and sexy and disturbingly painful all at once. It’s all the things I needed for these characters, all the things I needed to feel before it was over. I savored every word of every page and my only regret is that it’s over.
About the Author
Skye Warren writes unapologetic erotica, including power play or erotic pain and sometimes dubious consent. There’s struggle in the sex. There’s pain in the relationships. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.