USA TODAY Bestselling Author Katie Reus’s Endgame Trilogy comes to an end with BISHOP’S ENDGAME. Lovers of romantic suspense won’t want to miss this thrilling conclusion — read my review + a little teaser & don’t forget to grab your copy today!
Read the final book in the Endgame trilogy where blood is thick, but passion is thicker…
He kidnapped a princess to exact revenge.
Set up for a crime he didn’t commit, Ellis Bishop takes the law into his own hands to exact justice and clear his name. Unfortunately, that means he has to kidnap a crime boss’s daughter—a perfect mafia princess, set to become queen of a dirty empire. What he didn’t count on was falling for his mortal enemy’s daughter.
He wasn’t supposed to fall for her.
Arianna hates the man who kidnapped her, but soon she realizes that things aren’t what they seem. Ellis was framed by her stepfather and is trying to clear his name. If she helps him, it means betraying her family. But how can she turn her back on him when he’s innocent… when her stepfather turns out to be a monster she never really knew at all?
The Bishop Siblings have had my attention right from the first book in the Trilogy – Bishop’s Knight (Read My Review) and then my intrigue racketed up with Bishop’s Queen (Read My Review) – but I had of course been waiting for the finale/conclusion to this trilogy for I NEEDED to know the answers to the mystery!
Ellis Bishop has been on the run for a while now, from the law and from his own agency, the DEA when he is accused of killing his partner while undercover – he is trying his best to actually prove his innocence without any blowback on his own siblings or family and at the same time trying to bring the real killers as well as some very corrupt officials in DEA to justice.
He kidnaps the stepdaughter of his nemesis, Arianna, to prove EXACTLY that – for who does she think she is fooling by the third grade teacher cover while taking vacation time in Cayman Islands? Pfft!
However, it doesn’t take long for Ellis to figure out he has been played for a fool and that someone; most probably the drug lord he is trying to take down is responsible for trying to set up his own stepdaughter.
Ellis is an amazing hero – he was steadfast, loyal and oh so protective; his alpha male tendencies reared their head out, even when he thought the Ariana was involved in the illegal activities.
Arianna, on the other hand, is a recovering alcoholic with a traumatic past that she hasn’t yet fully recovered from; but she is of course trying so hard. While she isn’t exactly close to her stepfather; she doesn’t really believe that he would ever wish her ill will. So the fact that she has been kidnapped by a man who thinks that she is involved with whatever nefarious activities that her stepfather is involved in; is the last straw for her.
She is strong, intelligent and enough sass, for even her kidnapper to sit up and take notice – and it made me sit up & notice her when she used her brains instead of being a simpering heroine who falls for her kidnapper. Not that she wasn’t attracted to him, she was but I am glad she used her presence of mind to ask for evidence before falling in love 😉
Well this was quite the conclusion to a trilogy that I had definitely enjoyed from the start – and while I am a bit sad to say goodbye to these characters, I am, however glad that they found their happiness and contentment.
Arianna jumped to her feet when there was a sharp rap on the stateroom door. They’d stopped not too long ago and had been waiting for the go-ahead that they could disembark.
Ellis stood as well, his movements liquid grace. “We’ve got a few minutes.”
He’d warned her that when they docked, their boat might be checked, so the two of them were going to hide in a secret cubby in the closet. She was curious why it even existed, though could more or less gauge the reason. To hide stuff.
She wasn’t sure who was helping them, just that one of his friends was apparently super rich. Yeah she knew his family was wealthy, but owning a yacht was a totally different kind of wealth.
Like one-percent crazy money.
Ellis opened the closet door, his broad shoulders filling up the sleek, teakwood frame. When he stepped farther inside, she followed after him. It was already cramped but then he pressed something on the wall—a button of some kind she couldn’t see—and the panel slid back to reveal a small, carpeted space that would fit two standing people. Barely.
He stepped in first and pressed back against the wall.
She moved in after him, plastering her body to his because there was no other choice. He was rock-hard against her, all lean muscles and raw strength. And good God, the man was tall and built. She’d known it, but being in the enclosed space really drove home that point.
“It’s going to get dark in here, but it won’t be for long.” His deep voice was all soothing and gentle. Very different from when he’d first kidnapped her. Just the sound of his voice did strange things to her insides—things she was going to ignore. “And if things go sideways, just act like you’re here against your will.”
“Okay,” she said quietly, trying to ignore how good he smelled. It was hard when her face was right up against his chest. That masculine, dark scent she was coming to associate with him wrapped around her, making her light-headed, and she leaned even closer against him.
He pressed a section of a small double hook that looked as if it could be used for hanging hats or robes. As soon as he did, the wall slid back into place with a faint swishing sound.
The architecture of this was incredible, and if he hadn’t told her about the buttons earlier, she never would have seen either one. She wondered if this storage area was for smuggling cigars or something.
As she shifted against him, she tried really hard not to be aware of all of his sleek muscles and rock-hard body against her. She thought the sexual part of her had not only died, but withered away years ago. Around Ellis it was coming to life with a vengeance. Which was so inappropriate, and really, the worst timing ever.
She hadn’t been with anybody since she’d gotten completely sober, had turned down so many dates she couldn’t count. It was as if men knew she wasn’t interested so they came out in droves or something.
She simply didn’t want to get to know anybody because eventually it would lead to getting naked. And she was terrified of what that entailed.
She wasn’t sure she could have sex sober. Or good sex. Ugh.
Closing her eyes even though it was dark, she laid her cheek against his chest and took a steadying breath. He smelled spicy, something masculine that she was still trying to pin down. Whatever it was, she liked it as much as she liked the feel of his hard chest against her. The man might have kidnapped her originally, but right now she felt strangely safe with him. Bonded, almost. And when he’d kidnapped her, he’d gone out of his way to be gentle with her, even when he’d thought she was a monster. He could have done anything he wanted, but when she’d brought up rape, he’d been so disgusted and horrified.
He shifted slightly, moving a fraction as he settled his big hands on her hips. And oh, wow, she liked the feel of his hands on her—way too much.
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.
However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.