Review: His Pawn by Willa Thorne

Author: Willa Thorne

Book: His Pawn (Manhattan Tales #1)

Other books in series:

Queen In Play (Manhattan Tales #2)
End Game (Manhattan Tales #3)

tl;dr recommendation: manipulation and sparks fill the pages as Mason & Jill contemplate their next move – 3.75 stars!

Book Summary:

The plan seemed simple. I’d use her every which way, and then send her back to her brother with a clear message: You had your fun, and I had mine. Little did I know that I’d fall for her…

Meet Mason Woodward, a British Billionaire, who manages his father’s company in Manhattan, New York. He’s handsome, wealthy, has a filthy mind, and knows how to get what he wants. At one time, he knew what it meant to care about other people- until he found his best friend, Travis Pryor, in bed with the woman he intended to marry. Now, Mason has a plan for payback that involves Jillian, the younger sister of Travis. He’ll hook and reel her in.

“If Travis can take the love of my life, then I’ll take his little sister.”
The plan seemed solid, until she got under his skin and began to challenge everything he was thinking…

Longer Review:

Ahhhh Willa! You slay me. That cliffy is killerrrrrr. Mason is the man I love to hate and hate that I love. And hated him I did. I had that something-terrible-is-going-to-happen-feeling in the pit of my stomach as the pages turned. This book made me nervous. If your’e looking for a caring and sweet Hero, Mason fails on every account. He’s selfish, egotistical, narcissistic and vengeful. Until Jill puts a crack in every piece of his armor.

Willa gives us just enough insight into the man that Mason used to be, back before his best friend (and Jill’s brother) slept with the woman he wanted to call his wife, to let us know that Mason is redeemable. Even though his relationship with Jill starts out as a plot for revenge against Travis for that unforgivable act, Mason quickly realizes that Jill is so much more to him than a pawn at his mercy. Lightness flows through her and he begins to suppress the demons that have haunted him all of his life.The sex is dominant and on fire. Even though Jill knows that their relationship is short-lived, she can’t help but feel the burn throughout her body every time she looks Mason’s way.

I struggled a bit with the writing in this book. The lack of contractions often made the story feel very formal – when there was no reason for formality. Additionally, the way certain scenes went from one to the other felt choppy. I loved the characters, but would have fallen at their feet if their dialogue and connection was a little easier. With a bit of editing, this could easily be a five star series.

Regardless, manipulation and sparks fill the pages as Mason & Jill contemplate their next move in this sexy dark romance. This debut from Willa will have you tied in knots, begging for so much more. 3.75 stars!

[I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review]

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