Title: Bishop’s Queen
Series: Endgame Trilogy #2
Author: Katie Reus
Format: Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published: October 22nd 2019 by KR Press, LLC
ISBN: ASIN B07WFQ5TS5
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Return to the Endgame trilogy where blood is thick, but passion is thicker…
He doesn’t believe in fairy-tale endings…
They used to call Evan Bishop the golden boy. He had it all and was about to close the business deal of a lifetime, then marry the woman of his dreams. But everything goes to hell when a faceless enemy wants to destroy his family’s empire and see him dead. Except the bomb meant to kill him fails. He wakes up from a coma to find his face scarred and his brother missing and wanted for murder. Now that he’s damaged, he hides away from the world—including the woman he loves. He refuses to be a burden to her, so even though it destroys him, he sets her free.
She’s about to prove him wrong…
Isla MacDonald isn’t walking away from Evan just because he’s decided to shut her out of his life. He blames himself for the bombing that got her father killed and nearly killed him—but he’s wrong. After all attempts to see him fail, with a broken heart she tries to resume her life and take over her father’s firm. Though it’s not her dream, she wants to honor his legacy and finish the deal that will save thousands of jobs. But when someone tries to kill her—twice—she needs a bodyguard. To her surprise Evan steps up and insists on protecting her, putting on a show as the caring fiancé. But he won’t let her back into his life or into his heart. To have any chance at a future together, they’ll have to resurrect the past and stay alive long enough to expose the man determined to see them both dead.
“She wasn't sure how much he was capable of giving her or how much she was capable of letting go.
But right now she needed him like she needed her next breath.”
Bishop’s Queen is the second gripping installment in Katie Reus’ fantastic Endgame Trilogy. Bishop’s Queen picks up where Bishop’s Knight left us and can be fully enjoyed as a standalone if that is your wish. However, for a full understanding of the series’ arc, it would be preferable to read this trilogy in order. Bishop’s Queen offers a potential reconnection-at-romance for Evan Bishop and Isla MacDonald after Evan abruptly ended their relationship without a word.
In the previous book, Evan was nearly killed in a bombing. Left permanently scarred, Evan pushed his fiancé, Isla, away. He was in a bad place mentally and couldn’t fathom that it was possible for her to still love him looking like he does. In addition, Evan feels guilty for surviving the accident that killed Isla’s father on Evan’s watch.
Isla has finally accepted Evan’s rejection and is attempting to move on with her life by focusing on completing her father’s mission. But, while doing so, she finds that her own life is being threatened by an unknown assailant. As soon as Evan finds out, he assumes the task of protecting her as he is still devoted to her and believes no one can protect her as well as he can. It doesn’t take Evan long to realize that he made a terrible mistake when he let her go. The chemistry between them is still sizzling hot.
Honestly, at the end of the first book, I was so sad for Evan’s and Isla’s relationship and was convinced that Evan was a jerk of the highest order. I’m glad that Katie featured their story in the next book as their relationship begged to be fixed. Evan, especially, needed help. It was obvious that Evan had retreated into himself and was badly scarred inside-and-out after the accident. It was sad that he elected to suffer alone rather than leaning on Isla, the love of his life, but he was mentally in a terrible place. Isla never stopped loving Evan – but what could she do when he wouldn’t even talk to her? Will Isla be able to forgive him and trust him with her heart again? How low can Evan grovel? Will they find her stalker before it’s too late?
Following please find a few of my favorite lines from Bishop’s Queen:
“If I could go back, I would do things differently. I would do a lot of things differently.”
“Please stay," he managed to get out. "Just... don't go.”
“I was in a dark mental place and I'm still coming out of it. I’ve been trying to show you with action, not just words that I’m here for good…
I will not walk away or push you away ever again… Not unless you tell me to go.”
Bishop’s Queen is an action-packed tale of romantic suspense. I really liked this couple and their second-chance-at-romance. The villain in this story was not obvious and I remained on-the-edge-of-my-seat guessing who it was until the very end. Katie never fails to spin a great tale and she does it again with Bishop’s Queen.
Bishop’s Endgame is slated to mark the conclusion of this fantastic series. I can’t wait to read Ellis’ story. He’s the sibling who has been on the run throughout this series for a murder we are led to believe he didn’t commit. So, there’ll be a murder to solve, a villain or villains to expose and bring to justice and a name to clear… hopefully with a sexy romance too! I can’t wait!
Suggested Reading Order:
Bishop’s Knight, #1
Bishop’s Queen, #2
Bishop’s Endgame, #3