Review: The King by Skye Warren (Masterpiece #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via L. Woods PR in exchange for an honest review.

“I hope one day I’m the man you deserve.”
 “And until then?” I ask, the knot in my throat so thick and so rough.
 “Until then I’ll make this right the only way I know how.”

When Damon Scott first meets a little girl named Penny, he could never have imagined how much of a catalyst of change she would be in his life. She was shiny and new, filled with an innocence that was already slowly becoming tarnished, no thanks to their respective fathers. When they meet again almost a decade later, it feels as if not much has changed. Damon still refuses to have anything to do with the father he abhors, and Penny is still doing everything she can to keep her and her father above water rather than drown in his ocean of debts. Some of those debts, however, were made with the King and the Prince--Jonathan and Damon Scott. When it comes time to pay, they make Penny offers that may have her selling her body and soul. But only one of them lays claim to her heart.

Endgame is one of my all-time favorite series and any spin-off that would follow was guaranteed to have one hell of a mountain of expectations to climb. Damon and Penny's story was begging to be told, what with everything that happened to them in The Castle, the final novel in the Endgame books. The Masterpiece duology is their tale of tragedy that I hope and am admittedly expecting to end in triumph. It begins with The Prince, a free prequel novella available through e-retailers, but it's also included in The King, so you can choose to go either route. There's some overlapping between The Castle and The King, so if you've yet to read the former, don't worry because the latter will bring you up to speed. Though you seriously need to read the Endgame novels. Like today.

Damon Scott isn't the antihero that Gabriel Miller was and I'm actually glad. Yes, they're both very dominant men who have a take-no-prisoners kind of approach to their personal and professional lives, and they have pasts with the women they fall for, but there's this...thing...this intangible, inexplicable thing that sets them apart from each other. Damon's protectiveness over Penny was so damn endearing. He knew exactly what kind of man his father was and what lengths he would go to in order to bring his wayward son to heel. Penny was both Damon's strength and weakness, but while Penny may have started this book as innocent and somewhat naive, she was far from weak. And even though the shine wore off and Damon may have wanted to deny it with all his might, she was still his Penny. September can't come soon enough for The Queen, but for right now, I'm giving The King five-plus stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Masterpiece series:


The Prince (prequel) - five-plus stars - My Review

The King (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 27 June 2017

Date Read: 26 June 2017

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