Sunday, February 2, 2020

Review - Bishop's Endgame by Katie Reus

Bishop's Endgame
by Katie Reus
Series: Endgame Trilogy, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 28, 2020

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 final book in the Endgame Trilogy was fast-paced and came to an action-packed conclusion with a story a really enjoyed, but there was just a little something missing between the two main characters that had the romance falling a little bit short for me.

We’ve had glimpses of Ellis in the first two books and finally learn more about what has happened to him. Even though he wants to clear his name you can tell he isn’t happy about having to kidnap Arianna to do it. Arianna was not your normal type of heroine at first glance. Issues from her past have shaped who she is now. It was nice to see her regain her old self and strength throughout the book and I loved seeing her stand up to Ellis as he continued to treat her as if she might break. I had a bit of an issue with the romance between these two in that it developed a bit too quickly for me to feel that it was genuine from the start and not just the instant attraction that was evident between the two. The relationship jumped right into an emotional level that I just didn’t feel at first reflected their circumstance and personalities, but I did eventually get there and in the end I think Ellis and Arianna made a great pairing.
Reaching up, he gently cupped her face, struggling to find a way to convey all the feelings inside him. “I wish I’d met you under different circumstances,” he murmured.

“Yeah, kidnapping me wasn’t exactly a meet-cute.”
As the third and final book in the trilogy it was great to see things settled for the entire Bishop family. I loved getting to see prior characters and some cross-over characters from the Red Stone Security series help Ellis along the way to clear his name. I thought the epilogue was perfect to give me that happy sigh as things tied up and we are given a glimpse of what live is like for the family now that the drama is over.

Although this wasn’t my favorite book in this trilogy, it still had so many things I love about a Katie Reus book – easy to read, great characters, suspense and action, and some great banter between characters – and I will definitely continue reading more from her.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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