Pike (The Pawn Duet, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pike by T.M. Frazier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

**A King Series Spin-Off**

Born into chaos. Baptized in the gutter. 

I was raised by the violent laws of the streets, spilling blood without the hindrance of useless emotions or connections.

Unfeeling. Unloved. Alone.

My life was perfect.

Until her.

While on a manhunt for a mysterious enemy, one hellbent on taking both my business and my life, I find Mickey. She’s covered in mud, rambling nonsense, and clearly out of her mind. 

She’s also a distraction I don’t need.

That is until I discover a connection between the girl and my enemy.

Mickey isn’t a distraction anymore.

She’s the perfect weapon.

One I’ll use to exact my revenge.

The plan is an easy one, but there’s something about Mickey that’s making it more and more difficult. 

A familiarity I can’t place. A need I can’t explain.

A want I have to deny.

After all, she’s not mine to keep. She’s a tool. My pawn. 

My sacrifice.

Pike

The Logan’s Beach gang is getting bigger!

This book fits right in with the rest of the King series. Pike is best friends with N9ne and he is working with King on a large deal which includes a lot of money when a gang of thugs rips him off. That gang tells Pike and N9ne to tell King that there is a new King of the Causeway in town.

This book takes place during the same time period as the last book, King of the Causeway, which I read and loved also. That book was centered on the relationship between King and Rae as she was pregnant. There are some points in this book that intersect with this one (such as the one above) that appear in both books. Another is the Hurricane that blows through Logan’s Beach.

Before Pike bought his Pawn shop and prior the deal that goes bad, Pike is driving down the road and sees this girl stumbling along. He stops to help her and she seems a bit crazy, especially because she is talking to her family that she thinks is with her, though nobody else is there. Pike drives her to her house, but they get ambushed by guys that are shooting, so she gives herself up and they take her away.

Four years later after Pike’s drugs have been stolen, Pike is looking into who this new player could be when the same guys break in to his Pawn shop and steal more drugs from him. However, as they are leaving, Pike catches one of them and it turns out to be the same girl he met before. Her name is Michaela, or Mickey. Pike keeps her captive and tries to get her to talk about who she has been working with.

I am not going to give away what happens, but I will say that this book has some Preppy in it, which is almost an automatic 5 stars for me. I love him so much. He is absolutely crazy after his time in captivity but still as hilarious and lovable as ever. King appears a few times as well and he is the King of all bad boys, and as tough as can be. N9ne appears quite a few times as well. You just gotta love this group.

For a captive romance I thought this could be a bit steamier. There was a lot of sexual tension but Pike and Mickey were not intimate until late in the book. Though there is another book so I assume most of the hot and heavy stuff will happen then. Not that this book wasn’t spicy. It was and I really like Pike and Mic as a couple. I can’t wait for the next book!

One thing I thought was a bit odd, that was never mentioned in this book was how these thugs knew about the deal in order to stop it and steal the drugs. Pike and N9ne were on the highway at the time in a van with the product. Then when these guys broke into the pawn shop, they knew exactly where Pike kept his drugs (hidden in a painting). So where did these guys get the information? I hope that is answered in the next book.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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