The Queen, the stunning conclusion of the Masterpiece Duet from Skye Warren is available NOW!
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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.
That earns me a small smile, his lids low. “He does more than work for me. Does he tell you about his day when he calls me? About threatening people for money? About following through?”
Acid burns my throat, because Daddy never mentions that. And I’m not naïve enough to think it hasn’t happened. When I’m in at one of the best colleges in the country, while I live in that dreamworld of numbers and Greek symbols, he’s doing dirty work for a dangerous criminal king.
“So where is he now?”
An indolent shrug of one shoulder. “I haven’t seen him. Though I did hear through the grapevine that he started gambling again.” He makes a tsk sound. “That’s never a good thing. Once debts start to pile up, how can I trust him to be loyal? I can’t.”
My blood runs cold. “Did you do something to him?”
“Let’s be clear, sweetheart. Whatever happened to him, he did it to himself.” The cold silver of his eyes tells me Damon’s conscious would not ache for even one second over my father’s death.
“You asshole,” I hiss, unable to hide my anger any longer.
A man steps forward, someone I’ve never seen before. He’s wearing a suit that’s been undone in most of the ways it can be, rumpled and pushed aside. I barely have time to register his aggression, his instinctive response to my insult. How does a man obtain that kind of blind loyalty?
The man reaches for me, his fingers brushing my wrist.
That’s how close he gets before everything shatters. Damon moves so fast he’s a blur. When he stills, he has the man pressed against the wall, arm twisted at a strange angle.
“No one touches her.” Damon’s voice is quiet but it carries through the crowded hall.
A rustle moves through the crowd, half awareness, half movement. The way they look at me has changes, the hostility faded away, replaced by something else. Maybe deference. Or fear.
I’m under Damon Scott’s protection now.
The Queen by Skye Warren is Damon and Penny’s story, and it is a rich and complex one. When Penny’s father and best friend disappear she is forced to return home, to Tanglewood, to the town she escaped, to Damon Scott. The boy who saved her and the man who enraptures her. There is so much going on in The Queen that it is hard to pinpoint. There is a dirty underbelly of society, a rich haughtiness, and a tragic brutality. Damon is so broken, inside and out that you don’t know what you are going to get from him, the dominant aggressor, or the man that needs a purpose beyond his empire. The overall plot thrust of The Queen is directed by Damon’s father’s dark past and how it reaches out to influence Damon and Penny even years later. The twists that are buried in this story allow it to develop on its own, not necessarily along the path you would expect, but very much the one that these characters were meant to take.
Overall this was a complex, powerful, erotic and romantic story that blended all sorts of dynamics and feelings into a layered and progressing story. Very much recommend, and like where it ended up.
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