Finishing The Queen, I felt as if I left a world where I was a voyeur, and I wasn’t ready to abandon my watch. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
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The Queen by Skye Warren
Publishing Date: September 19th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
THE FINAL BOOK IN THE MASTERPIECE DUET
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 of his long-lost sister. 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.
I am not ready to leave Tanglewood or its cast of sinners and saints. Skye Warren paints a picture of a town so steeped in corruption and power, of inhabitants living by their own set of unwritten laws, that it is hard for me to believe it exists only in my kindle. Finishing The Queen, I felt as if I left a world where I was a voyeur, and I wasn’t ready to abandon my watch.
I loved Penny and Damon. I loved the differences between them and the way it made them the perfect foils for one another, and I especially enjoyed the way that The Queen made those differences even more apparent. Damon and Penny were the dark and the light. The fragile child with the spine of steel and the protector who felt he wasn’t worthy of love. The woman who thrived on intellect and the man who gloried in power. They were the balance each other needed, and I adored seeing Penny grow up and Damon’s love for her never changing. This story was sad and lovely and this series, complete with Gabriel and Avery’s story, ranks as one of my most favorite.
The only issues I had with The Queen which kept me from giving it 5-stars is the length and the amount of sex. While I adored the story, I felt as if this last installment could have just been the last portion of The King. It was a continuation of Penny growing up into the woman she was destined to become, both for herself and for Damon. And while it was immensely enjoyable, I’m not sure that it needed to be a book of its own.
And as for the sex, I wanted more! I waited a long time for Penny to grow up and be old enough for Damon. I wanted to see more between these two! The intimacy was there in their actions and in their deeds. The voyeur in me just wanted to read about it as well.
The entire Endgame/ Masterpiece Duet series is one that is not to be missed. The Queen was a fantastic finale and only serves to make me realize how much I’m going to miss all of these people.
“I’m looking for my dad. He works for you.”
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.
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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.
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