I’m Skye Warren, author of dark contemporary romance such as the USA Today bestseller THE PAWN! I get to hang out with you today talking about my favorite things: books, of course! And I’m going to share some of my personal favorite dark and taboo novels with you…
STABLED by Penny Lam
This series seduced me slowly and completely, with a lost girl heroine who can’t quite suppress her dark desires and a gruff mysterious cowboy who can fulfill them. The hard-grind and straightforward setting on a ranch contrasts with the endless series and very surprising twists. I devoured this trilogy! And then went on to read even more by this author – Trashy is a great sexy standalone with two rough-around-the-edges men.
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Patricia Gaffney
I don’t want to oversell it, but this is quite literally the best dark romance I’ve ever read. The heroine is so desperate, the hero so capricious and cruel. The setting so full of dread that it seems impossible I could laugh until it happens. Impossible I could fall in love until I do. The writing is truly a delight, and it’s Gaffney’s skill that transforms the tale from mere survival to one of indomitable strength.
DARK NOTES by Pam Godwin
A student teacher romance is one of my favorite tropes, and Pam Godwin does it justice with Emeric and Ivory. The world of music school competition and corruption is drawn so real I feel like I’ve lived it. The sexy scenes begin quickly and get hotter from there, but it’s the romance that blooms that kept me glued to the pages.
THE ISLAND by Lisa Henry
The only M/M on this list! Lisa Henry’s words spin such a beautiful web that you don’t even mind when you’re caught. This book is one of the most mind bending in my reading experience. But the twists don’t diminish on re-reads. This is one I’ve gone through so many times. Each one is a delight.
SAVAGE MAFIA PRINCE by Annika Martin
I love the different, the strange, the surprising, and who delivers that better than Kiro? He’s a wild man, quite literally. Strapped down in an insane asylum when he meets the heroine who’s working as a nurse. They’re a romance that should never, ever be possible, and that’s what makes it so sweet.
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I absolutely adore such dark romance classics as Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas, Mercy by Annabel Joseph, and Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts. These books were incredibly and formative to the dark romance sub-genre. But I also wanted to highlight some books where maybe established dark romance readers can find a new book to love!
THANK YOU so much for letting me crash Under the Covers today!
I hope you try out one of these AMAZING books!!
If you finish them all, you can check out THE PAWN, my virgin auction book, which is FREE on all retailers!
“Wickedly brilliant, dark and addictive!” – Jodi Ellen Malpas, #1 New York Times bestselling author
by Skye Warren
Released: December 6th 2016
Series: Endgame #1
Published by Self Published
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.
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.
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.
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