My rating: ❤❤❤of 5!
Length: 312 pages
Published: the 31st of January 2017.
Written by: Skye Warren
Source: Purchased via Amazon UK.
The power of pleasure…
Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.
He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.
And the game has only just begun.
The second installment in Skye’s Endgame series picks up right where we left Avery & Gabriel, at the end of Pawn. Avery has left everything she had. Her pride. Her house. Her innocence. All at the hands of the same person: Gabriel Miller. After all the turmoil and mind games Avery desperately wants to never see Gabriel again. Or does she? Because she doesn’t actually get to spend much time on her own, before she misses the man she knows she should stay clear of.
We’ve all been in situations where knowing something, doesn’t mean you make wise choices. Which to me seems to be the theme of this book. Avery is like a moth drawn to the flame, and she can’t turn her back on Gabriel for good. As the story progresses we, as readers learn, that there’s a lot going on underneath the surface. And I have a feeling we’ve barely scratched said surface so far.
Just as with the first book, for every new thing Skye reveals, there’s at least just as many things that we do not know yet.
Overall I’d say that I did enjoy this second book. But I missed the many references to Greek Mythology, that Skye used in Pawn. There’s still some in this book, but not as many which means it does seem a bit like they’re just there to keep the theme going. As opposed to being as clever and awesome, as they were in the first book. The biggest reference we get here, is that Avery’s mom, Helen, was a beautiful as Helen of Troy. I mean, that part is just so overused by now. How many women are casually mentioned to be as beautiful as the woman that launched a thousand ships? This year alone, I think I’ve read at least 5 books where that’s used as a description of someones beauty. And personally, I think I’m just over it. Mostly because that kind of beauty should be unique. But it really isn’t anymore.
However, the real reason that the book has lost 1 heart rating, is because of the lack of originality and because of Avery. The more I read this book, the more it seemed like its inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I know that the alpha male and innocent virgin concept isn’t exactly new, and I know it’ll be used many times again in the future. And I’m okay with that! But when there’s first a scene of Avery kneeling for Gabriel, after he commands her. And later on, where he kneels for her, after she commands him… well I just about thought I was reading about Christian Grey instead of Gabriel Miller.
I know there’s symbolism to be found in the surrender you display by kneeling, but still! The way it was done was a little too close for me to find it original, new or even different. But that’s not even the worst part. To me Avery becomes more of an indecisive cry baby in this book. She keeps blaming Gabriel for just about any and every ailment in the world. Even when she learns that there’s so much more going on, in her head she keeps reverting back to blaming him. For me that became too much and I felt like screaming: “make up your bloody mind”. Because all her backwards and forwards made me so impatient!
I know it by now must sound like I disliked the book. But I didn’t! And I’m still going to continue with the series!
So now that you’ve my review, I’d love to hear from YOU. Have you read this book? Or anything by Skye Warren? Does this seem like a book you’d enjoy to read? Or do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share? If so, let’s chat in the comments!
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