Series: Endgame Trilogy #3
Published by KR Press, LLC on 28th January 2020
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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?
When it turns out that the mafia princess that Ellis Bishop has kidnapped was really just an elementary school teacher, clearing his tainted name becomes a lot more interesting and exciting.
‘Bishop’s Endgame’ is classic Katie Reus at her suspense-storytelling best, or at the very least, it’s familiar and safe ground especially if you’re well-acquainted with the RS series she normally produces. The story is so much more than the blurb of course and I definitely loved the element of the unknown the moment I got past the point (and that came early on) where Reus really started to paint Ellis as the heart-achingly good guy just trying to do the right thing.
Far from following the direction that Stockholm Syndrome seems to call for when it comes to a victim falling for his/her kidnapper, Reus turns the situation around quickly and has both protagonists working together while growing their mutual attraction while at it. And that frankly adds a more enjoyable angle to a relationship that isn’t fractious the whole time when the protagonists only have all their cards in place during a grovelling conclusion.
Finishing a Katie Reus book is also no hardship, though I was more than surprised when I flew through this full-length one in the space of a few uninterrupted hours – a rare luxury these days – because it’s simply one that keeps the pacing fairly tight and fast, but also more or less smooth. The only uncharitable gripe I have really, is the quick way things developed between Ellis/Arianna, which went even quicker at the end that gave their relationship more of an instalove sheen that I found hard to swallow.
That said, ‘Bishop’s Endgame’ is a solid standalone and right now, I’m just going to revel in the fact that I regret nothing about picking this one up.