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"Possessive. Protective. Territorial. Philip Murphy is exactly what I want in an alpha-male!" - Lynda Chance, New York Times bestselling author

Dark. Powerful. Dangerous.

Philip Murphy has all of Chicago under his thumb. Except her.

Ella met him in a perfect storm of violence and lust. He saved her and then disappeared from her life.

Now she pretends she never knew that kind of darkness. Midterms and campus parties, that’s her focus, and she applies herself with the hope they can wipe the slate clean.

Then Philip turns up outside her dorm room—wounded and barely conscious. He's the head of a criminal empire, a powerful man, but he needs her now. There are traitors in his midst.

She can help him, but she can't fall for him.

Not again.

DEEP is a 75,000 word novel of seductive and dangerous romance. It can be read as a STANDALONE and ends with a happily ever after.

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"Wickedly brilliant, dark and addictive!" - Jodi Ellen Malpas, #1 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 captivating ENDGAME trilogy.

"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

"Smart, dark, deeply sensual read with characters I fell in love with from the minute they walked onto the page!" - Carly Phillips, 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

"Skye Warren's THE PAWN is a triumph of intrigue, angst, and sensual drama. I was clenching everything. Gabriel and Avery sucked me in from the first few paragraphs and never let go." - Annabel Joseph, New York Times bestselling author

"With the precision of a high-stakes game of Chess, THE PAWN is dark, sexy, and deliciously calculated. Gabriel is the perfect alpha, leaving you reeling as his dominance, power, and unexpected tenderness creates the ideal mixture.Five glowing stars." - Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author

"A stealthy, sensual, twisted game of cat and mouse that sucked me in completely and had me turning the pages faster and faster. Cunning and brilliant." - K.L. Kreig, USA Today bestselling author 

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DESCRIPTION As a virgin bargirl, Jasmin has passed all the tests of humiliation and shame required for her job. Being barely legal, Jasmin hopes winning the affections of an older man will come easy. Working at an adult bar though requires shattering Jasmin’s virgin innocence. Learning all the kinky, seductive, and sensual ways to please her customers, Jasmin might soon the foreigner of her hottest dreams. EXCERPT “May I ask you a question about Andy, the foreigner you were with when you saw me a few nights ago?” Jasmin asked with a steady, composed voice. “Oh wow!” Melissa exclaimed with big eyes. “You like him?” Jasmin felt herself blushing as she lowered her head in embarrassment. “Don’t feel shy, he’s a nice customer. He was very kind to me when we were together in his room. He tips big, too.” Melissa revealed openly. Although Jasmin wanted to know, she was also much too embarrassed to ask Melissa about the romantic details of her night with Andy. “So what do you want to know about him?” “Well, is he someone special to you? I mean, is he like a boyfriend?” Jasmin inquired awkwardly. “Oh no,” Melissa replied with a smile. “It’s nothing like that. He’s just a customer. I take his barfine the one time only, and Beverly took it the night before. He’s just a butterfly. All of his friends are the same, too.” Melissa divulged easily. “Girl to girl, Sis, why do you ask? Do you like him?” “Well, yes, to be honest. I kind of do, I guess.” Jasmin confessed hesitantly. “Does he come here often?” “Mmmmm....before, yes.” Melissa explained. But I haven’t seen him here since he took me out a few nights ago. Not even his three friends.” “Oh, I see,” Jasmin said with disappointment at the unfortunate news. “I don’t think he’s leaving Cebu until the end of the week. So maybe he will come here again.” Melissa added. “What is today, Tuesday?” “Is he leaving the Philippines?” Jasmin inquired. “No, I think only to Moalboal for a week or two.” Melissa replied. “That’s what he told me in the morning when he barfined me. He plans to come back to Cebu before returning to the U.S.” “So he’s American?” Jasmin asked with a spark of excitement. “Yes, he’s a writer. He lives in California. He and his friends are all taking a long vacation here in the Philippines.” Melissa shared openly. “If he comes here again, I would really like to meet him.” Jasmin said, making no secret of her insatiable interest in Andy. “Damn,” Melissa said a bit coarsely. “You really have a crush on him.” “I really like him,” Jasmin confessed shamelessly. “He has such beautiful blue eyes and that nice smile.” “Yes, he does,” Melissa agreed with a smile and lift of her eyebrows. “So what will you say to him when you meet him? What will you do if he pays your barfine?” “Oh my God...” Jasmin uttered with a gasp as she covered her mouth like a little schoolgirl. “I can’t imagine...”
DESCRIPTION Jasmin, a native to the Philippines, dreams of escaping the harsh realities of life. Growing up in a cross cultural shock, Jasmin dreams of falling in love. Like so many young Filipinas, Jasmin’s quick to dream of starting an innocent romance with one of many American tourists. Jasmin’s colorfully expressed tale of teenage romance is unlike any before it. EXCERPT Jasmin was starving. She felt hungrier than she could ever remember as she looked furtively upon the rows of fresh, tempting mangoes on the table in the Carbon Market in Cebu. “How I wish I had five pesos to buy one honestly,” she thought to herself as she dug into the empty pockets of her disheveled clothes. She dreaded the daunting prospect of having to do three hours’ worth of laundry to earn the simple five-peso coin, and only if she could actually find someone who needed laundry done. She contemplated the shameful prospect of stealing a mango or two, despite the reservations of her conscious. “It would be easy,” she thought to herself, watching the bustling throng of people clustering about the narrow aisles “The market is so busy, no one will notice.” Compelled by the inescapable hunger which drove her, Jasmin set her plan to action, and cautiously emerged from her place of hiding. She walked tentatively towards the table of mangoes, keeping out view of the store-keepers, who were a brother and sister tending busily to customers. She discreetly hid behind one of the customers, a slender woman toting several plastic bags of fish and vegetables, so she could maneuver in reach of the fruit she so desperately wanted. She carefully extended her hand and grasped a mango, quickly pulling it close to her chest. Realizing she had been undetected, she grew bolder, and decided to purloin another fruit. Again, she grasped one of the mangoes, but as she pulled it from the table, the lady whom she was hiding behind accidentally bumped into her. “Oh, excuse me dear.” The lady said to Jasmin before turning and walking away. Jasmin said nothing in reply, the pair of ill-gotten mangoes in her hands in clear view of the two shop-keepers. “Are you planning to pay for those?” the woman asked. Jasmin was quiet, unsure of what to say or do. “They’re not free.” the woman continued. “I’m hungry,” Jasmin said softly at length, throwing herself upon the tender mercies of the shop-keepers. The young woman’s glare softened, replaced by a look of pity. Jasmin’s hopes began to rise as she saw the woman’s face, believing she could keep the precious fruit she held. But the bitter scowl on the face of the woman’s brother told a different story. “It’s okay, big brother. Let her keep them.” The woman said sympathetically as she turned to tend to another customer who had approached the table. “Look at her, she hasn’t bathed in a week and she’s obviously hungry.
DESCRIPTION With her older lover gone, Jasmin must try and make it on her own. Try as she might, Jasmin cannot forget Andy’s intimate memory. Unable to cool the passionate desires between them, Jasmin and Andy are soon reunited. This time, Andy doesn’t want to leave Jasmin in the Philippines. What secret island customs will Andy discover when he visits Jasmin’s family? EXCERPT Sitting down in the common room with the other girls as they watched a popular Korean telenovela on the TV, Jasmin was overcome with despair. In the morning, she would take what few belongings she had and go the airport and return to Cebu. Her wild endeavors at the disco-bar and the passionate love-affair with Andy had only deferred the inevitable from happening, at the costly expense of her virginal innocence. She had become momentarily absorbed in the story of the telenovela, when she heard a loud knocking on the front door. One of the girls cautiously opened the door, leaving the safety chain secured on the door. Two other girls stood vigilantly behind the first, in the event of some unforeseen danger. Then to Jasmin’s disbelief, she heard a surprisingly familiar voice at the door. “I’m looking for Jasmin. Is she here?” the voice said politely. Filled with an exhilarating rush of excitement, Jasmin sprang up from her and sprinted towards the entrance, pushing the other girls out of the way, and throwing open the door. In the doorway, standing tall handsome with his broad shoulders, his golden blonde hair, and his warm smile and enchanting blue eyes, stood her dearly beloved Andy. “Oh my God, it’s you. It’s really you.” Jasmin cried with tears of joy and disbelief as she rushed forward and embraced her foreign lover. “I’ve missed you so much.” “I’ve miss you too,” Andy replied warmly, holding her close and kissing her on the head. “I’m here now. And I’m so happy to see you.” Following a minute of embracing, Jasmin welcomed her handsome foreigner into the house, the other girls plainly stunned by his presence with Jasmin, who was so simple and unassuming compared to themselves. “It’s the foreigner in Jasmin’s pictures,” one of the girls discerned with surprise. “Gago, he’s so handsome,” she whispered to one of her girlfriends. “Why don’t you tell me you’re coming,” Jasmin asked in a flustered voice. “I wanted to surprise you!” Andy replied ecstatically. “I got an assigment last month from the publisher who bought my articles from Moalboal and Boracay. I’m doing a series of six articles over the next nine months. They gave me a list of fifteen destinations, and I’m supposed to investigate them and submit articles on at least six of them. And I’m also going to write a six-part adventure serial for a teen magazine. So I’m going to be here in the islands for a while.” “Fuck, I can’t believe,” Jasmin said gushing with joy.

“Dark, perverse, and unbearably erotic, Pretty When You Cry is Skye Warren at her gritty best.”

~ Anna Zaires, USA Today bestselling author of Twist Me


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I came from a place of dirt floors and holy scriptures. They told me the world outside was full of sin, and the first night I escape, I find out it’s true. Ivan saves me, but he does more than that. He takes me. He makes me his own girl.


My conditioning runs too deep. Ivan sees what I am.


That’s the thing about showing a mouse to a cat. He wants to play. And it’s terrifying, even for me. Because the only thing darker than my past is his.




Author’s Note: Pretty When You Cry is a STANDALONE dark romance novel. It's set in the sexy Stripped series world but can be read alone. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.


Praise for Pretty When You Cry:


“5 deliciously dark stars! I love how dark and twisted this book is. It’s so dirty and dark and well it’s so me!!!” – Alpha Book Club


“Skye Warren you keep leaving me speechless and my mind blank with the worst book hangover ever.” – Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews


“When you sit down to write a review and get chills, that’s when you know a story is going to stay with you… Gritty, raw, powerful and most of all beautiful.” – The Book Sirens


“The writing is so incredibly fluid, the characters so intriguing, and the story so captivating. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It’s as emotional as it is sexy, and beautiful as it is dark. Absolutely flawless.” – Sammy, Just Let Me Read



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