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The Skull King

Written by: Penelope Sky
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins

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My husband is cruel, ruthless, and despicable.

I hate him with every fiber of my being.

The only reason I haven't killed him or tried to run away is because of the promise I made. I sold myself to save someone I loved...and this is the price I have to pay.

I was sitting alone in a bar when the most handsome man walked inside. Striking blue eyes, cheekbones as sharp as glass, and a muscular body fit for a war. He was gorgeous. I couldn't take my eyes off him. When he bought me a drink, I didn't say no. I'd been unfulfilled for so long, and I wanted a real man for the night. My husband had his affairs so why couldn't I?

I noticed the peculiar ring on his right hand, a diamond carved into a skull. If only I'd known what that meant, I would have known who this man was.

The Skull King.

A man more cruel and ruthless than my own husband.

©2019 Penelope Sky (P)2019 Penelope Sky

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 2019-06-06

A RIVETING JOURNEY.. AND A CLIFFHANGER ENDING

Oh Penelope, it’s a really good job I love your books so much.. because, as much as I do love them, I’m equally frustrated by them when they end in a CLIFFHANGER ending as this one did. I’ve been riveted by your Buttons, Banker and Lingerie series so know of the Skull Kings.. the merciless underworld gang who ran the slave auction where Buttons was sold - and I also knew that they were heavily into all things criminal. However, I didn’t know you were going to set your new suspenseful series around their fearless handsome leader.. and, that this sexy af man was going to start a no strings hot relationship that would deliciously build, intensify, demand, change characters.. and eventually start a war.

Beautiful 25 yr old Cassini was blackmailed into marriage to a dangerous, powerful, ruthless, violent criminal to save the life of another.. but regretted her decision every day.. and every day that her cheating husband demanded more from her, her heart and spirits sank further. Her gilded mansion was actually a cold and very dangerous prison.. so, when temptation rears it’s handsome face in a Bar one evening, Cassini thinks why not have one night for herself. Just one night to feel lust, one night to get lost in a stranger’s touch, one night with no names and then back to reality.. what could possibly go wrong? Well, Cassini wasn’t quite prepared for the sizzling chemistry between herself and 35 yr old Belto, for how skilful his sensual touches were.. and his passion, dirty words and sexuality during their secret rendezvous made her come alive. And Cassini definitely wasn’t prepared for what followed.. when secrets were spilled, when lines were crossed, when the skies darkened, when the Kings, pawns and players chose their sides.. and when the first battle cry of war was sounded.

Worth a credit? Yes absolutely, I always love her dark dual POV stories.. this one, like her others, has a powerful, possessive and dangerous alpha hero, a strong yet trapped heroine and a drama-filled hot as f’k plot. Great narration brought the drama and feels to life.. and built my anticipation, enjoyment and excitement levels right up as it drew in it’s breath ready for the poop hitting the fan climactic ending. But when it cliffhanger ended.. well, I mentally screamed every swear word I’d ever learned, invented a few new ones.. and then randomly paired them together for twice the dramatic mental impact.. but I’ll still have to wait for the King to become worthy of his Queen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-06

Natalie Eaton's Narration

I have come to associate Michael and Natalie's voices for Penelope's books but, sometimes her voice could sound whiny and make the characters sound a little pathetic. Especially during the sex scenes. Otherwise, GREAT book. Hot sex. Still in keeping with the woman being a possession mentality. I do like the BOSS mentality or dynamic of the lead Male roles.

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  • Niaboo2000
  • 2019-06-17

Skip It......

Choose Irrevocable if you want a well written dark explicit romance. This aint it. A good dark romance but the key word is GOOD. I'm sorry but Penelope does not know how to write successfully in between dialogue to move the story logically and seamlessy forward. It's stagnant and repetitive. How many times can you big d**k or I'm a powerful man. The writing was sloppy. Show us through describing scenes and incidents instead having the main characters say it every other sentence. Some characters are complete hypocrites and not in a "great plot design" kind of way. The main lead advised she decided to openly submit to a man she hates with no fight but then states later she never submits. It's worse because she says these things to the reader like she didn't just say the opposite. The dialogue between characters was really bizarre. I don't mind the explicit language but it was cringey. Natural responses don't sound like that even from bad guys.

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  • lil_mf
  • 2019-07-05

good book... but!

Iloved the book, Icould not listen to it. I had to read it or I'd never have finished it and given it a chance. These narrators should not narrate this genre.... ever

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  • Karin Engebretsen
  • 2019-07-04

The female narrator.

The only reason why I give this a two star for performances is because Natalie Eaton makes the female character sound like a panicky, desperate, out of breath annoying woman when the character is written well. She’s actually destroying the female character totally by reading like she’s in a rush. I’ve listened to the book for two hours and I cannot finish it just because of the female narrator. Pity!
Ferraiuolo is as always amazing.

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  • nadia
  • 2019-06-17

What a twist

I was not ready for the ending..i was like omg wtf!I still can't believe it ended like that.

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  • brenda Hodges
  • 2019-06-16

I love it

Hope that it is a book to coming up, I can’t wait, I love the whole story