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The Castle by Skye Warren


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Safe in the ivory tower…

Gabriel Miller swears he’ll keep me safe. Enemies lurk outside, waiting to strike. An army held back by these walls.

Except some animal instinct warns me the danger is much closer. It’s already here. Is Gabriel my protector or my enemy? Is this house a castle or a cage?

There’s nowhere for me to go, no one left for me to trust.

No escape from a past determined to capture its prize.


Bel’s Review: The Castle by Skye Warren

Sinful, sexy and pushing all of those boundaries….

Oh gosh, where to start! Gabriel, Avery and their intense love story has been a wild ride of emotions. A tale woven through times of despair, desperation and violence, The Castle and the rest of this series is NOT for the faint hearted. Gabriel and Avery’s relationship will push every boundary you have of right and wrong. The lines will blur. Everything you thought you understood, will be tested. And just like the previous instalments, The Castle unfolded with a fast paced unique plot, well developed characters and answers to mysteries you wouldn’t see coming. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series from the beginning. The Pawn captured me from the very first page to the very last. Each book has followed through with such uniqueness and beautiful writing that it reminded why Skye Warren is ALWAYS an auto buy author for me. 

But I’d like to point out why I didn’t LOVE this series like I have loved her others. And it will be the unpopular opinion of my review. 

I adored Avery.

I also love anti heros. Love love love them. The more assholey, the better.

BUT….I did not like Gabriel. I didn’t like him when we first met him in The Pawn and as much as it pains me to say it because I do love everything Skye Warren writes –I had grown to seriously dislike him in The Castle.

Let me explain why.

Gabriel was an anti hero. Or at least he was supposed to be. To me, he was mostly a villain. This was because of the way he was written and portrayed to me as a reader. I love anti hero’s for a reason. They have that hard brooding exterior and most of the time they’ll cold hearted on the inside as well. But there is a reason for it, or multiple reasons and those reasons are why I can love them and why them getting a happily ever after is so satisfying. You can empathise with these men, still fall for them when you understand why they are the way they are. Now yes, Gabriel had an incredibly horrible childhood, so I should have been able to empathise with him, right? 

I couldn’t for the most part. Yes I hated the awful past he had endured and at such a young age. But for me, it could NOT excuse his behaviour and all around attitude as an adult, towards Avery. I had sincerely hoped I would grow to love him. To feel something for him other than frustration and disdain, but The Castle only solidified my reasoning for not finding him any kind of hero at all. Was it his fault? I won’t say completely. He was raised to show women no love, kindness or respect so I can understand why so much of that imprinted on him and contributes to him as the man he is today. But still, it wasn’t enough for me.

Gabriel was emotionally and mentally abusive. And unfortunately, in some sexual instances in The Castle, due to the way some sentences were written, it felt as though he was physically abusive towards Avery when she did NOT really want it. I did not find this to be an issue for me in the previous books, but it was extremely easy to pick up on in The Castle.

I know, I know. You hate me now. But while you may disagree I’ll also add here, I love taboo stories. I love stories that push moral boundaries. I LOVE dark romance. So it is not that this series was not for me as I read many like this often. 

Had some sentences been worded differently, had Gabriel not said certain things he did, had he not been quite so cold the entire series, I would have felt differently. I truly would have. What tipped me off the most though? It was AVERY. It was her inner monologue that made me feel it was abuse over Gabriel’s own way of expressing love. Avery would say she didn’t want it, it didn’t matter, Gabriel would do whatever he wanted anyway. She felt she was a prisoner. Her voice was never heard over his domineering one. What she wanted, did not matter. This came from her. Not Gabriel. 

I wish I could have loved the final piece to this intriguing series but I couldn’t. My emotional frustration and turmoil over Gabriel and Avery’s relationship dynamics took over the enjoyment I found in the rest of the story and the amazing mysteries that unfolded. But this is just my opinion, and if you enjoy taboo, sexy sinful stories with lots of heat, this series 


Praise for the Endgame series:

“Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!” – Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

“Edgy, provocative and deeply erotic, The Pawn is one of my top reads of the year! Skye Warren brings you a sensual battle of wills guaranteed to leave you gasping by the end.” – Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author

“Positively sinful, and outrageously sexy! Emotions run high and readers will be left gasping.” – Lisa Renee Jones, New York Times bestselling author

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“Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!” – Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

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THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It’s the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.

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Grab THE KNIGHT now!


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 KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.


About the Author:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. 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, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

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