New Release and Review: Dark Bishop Part 1- Pawn by Casey L. Bond and Rachael Brownell

New Release and Review:  Dark Bishop Part 1- Pawn by Casey L. Bond and Rachael BrownellPawn by Casey L Bond, Rachael Brownell
Series: Dark Bishop #1
Publication Date: April, 29, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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A dangerous game has begun.

“Sydney, order up for table two!”
Who knew the road to Hollywood would be so glamorous. I’ve been working in this diner for months. My feet hurt. My arms ache. But slowly, I’m putting money away. I’ll get to California. I refuse to wind up like my mother.
Head down. Work hard. Save money. It’s all going according to plan, until Jake Bishop walks in to the diner…

In his game, everyone’s a pawn…

“Can I get you anything else, gentlemen?” she asked with a smile.
I had to touch her. I had to have her. Girls like Sydney are rare. And I will make her mine—whatever the cost. No one will get in my way.

…and he’s never lost a game.

Dark Bishop is unsuitable for those under the age of eighteen due to adult language and situations. It is part of serial series, which means that each part consists of approximately 15-20,000 words. Each part will build upon the last, much like the episodes of a television series. It is important to read the parts in order.

I received this book for free from Authors in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sydney. Her skin felt as soft as it looked. I shouldn’t have touched her, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve been to New Orleans dozens upon dozens of times. It’s a unique city, filled with tourists and superstition. And until tonight, I’d never been superstitious.

An old fortuneteller freak stopped me on my way to the shit-hole diner and said I would make a decision that would change my path. She didn’t know that I’d walked the path to this very restaurant before. It had been a few years.

Who knew that the decision to return would be blessed with a beauty—five foot six with curves in all the right mouth-watering places. Clothed in cheap polyester, stained with God knows what, Sydney was a fucking vision.

Blonde hair to her waist. Big brown doe eyes. Tits that were way more than a fucking mouth full. I could almost taste her.

I didn’t miss the rumble of her stomach when I asked her to dine with us. She was hungry. Something that flashed in those eyes told me it wasn’t because she just skipped lunch today. Maybe I could meet some of her needs. Fuck that. I could definitely meet all of her needs, but it was up to her to let me. So, I left her my business card, my number.

Girls like Sydney. They’re afraid. They never make the first move. Most never even make the second. I doubted she would call. I’d tipped her well, not because she was the best waitress I’d ever had, not even because she was within my sites. I tipped her so that when I came back to the diner, she would remember me. She would want to serve me.

And, oh, would she ever serve me. I just had to play my cards right.

Guest Review by Melody Dawn

Parts 1-4

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So, I am just going to get right into it. This book totally messed with my head. What I thought it was going to be and what it turned out to be was so far from each other that I feel a little dumb. I have to confess that when I started reading this novel, I thought that the Hero (and that is a very loose term, in this case) was a Dom that was looking for his next submissive. I think I have read too many novels lately with a BDSM theme because that’s right where my mind went to. The way Dark Bishop starts out is you have Sydney, a sweet Southern girl from Mississippi, that is on her way to California to achieve her dream as an actress. She gets as far as New Orleans and begins working in a diner to save up money to keep going and eventually reach Hollywood. A man, by the name of Jake Bishop, comes into her diner and flirts with her, but you can tell from the beginning, he is very controlled and is looking for a new plaything. That is why my mind went right to a BDSM theme where there is a D/s relationship and they fall in love. Oh my god, I’m laughing at myself now because this is so far from the truth and I apologize to anyone in the BDSM lifestyle for even thinking it. You will find out what I mean once you read for yourself.
Jacob Bishop is a psychopath, a sociopath, narcissist, and all those psychological terms I can’t remember from my abnormal psychology class. He is a very rich and very successful attorney in the state of Louisiana. He is also married with two children, but I don’t think faithful is even in his vocabulary. In addition, he is a very dangerous man because he has the appearance of gentility, of success, and he can turn on the charm at the drop of a hat. That’s all I am going to say about that. Jake and Sydney develop a romantic relationship at a warp speed and even though she has a few misgivings and has received warnings from friends, she proceeds. Just from reading the book, I think Sydney knew Jake had a dark side to him, but she was too naïve to ever fully understand his darkness until she was faced head on with it. There are a lot of deaths in this book and I have to say that from page 1, I had a feeling that lasted as I read to the last page. I didn’t stop to really examine it, but now I know what it is. It was dread…I knew something bad was going to happen…and I was praying I was wrong. That is as far as I am going to go in reference to content because if I keep going, I am going to just tell you the whole story word for word!
The authors, Casey L. Bond and Rachel Brownell, really wrote a great book. Yes, it scared the dickens out of me (I’m from the south too lol), but I was captivated from page 1 until the very last page. Usually, in most stories, there is a dark male character or a bad boy as we call them in the romance world, but there is something redeeming in them. This makes us want to keep reading and find it. Yes, at the beginning of the story I was hoping this was the case, but this is not a book based on redemption. The authors make you think one thing at the beginning, another thing in the middle, and then just freak you the hell out at the end. So, you are probably thinking, “does she like this book or not?” And the answer is yes, wholeheartedly! It was well-written, suspenseful, and if my husband was here, he would say “a mind f***k! Since I’m a southern lady, I will leave that part to him, lol, but you get what I mean. I usually don’t use language like that in my reviews, but I think the spirit of the book calls for it and I only mean that in the most positive sense of the word. One last thing, there is no sex scenes in this book. I didn’t realize it at first because I was so engrossed in the story, but I soon realized that It was all alluded to, but never described. Honestly, the story doesn’t even need it. In my opinion, the authors were right to not include them…it would have taken away from the story. Shocking! Never thought I would say that about a book. I enjoyed reading this book, even if I feel a little weird saying that, but I think if you like suspense, you will definitely like this book.
4 Stars

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