Review: Dark Bishop by Rachael Brownell & Casey L. Bond

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Dark Bishop
by Rachael Brownell & Casey L. Bond
Publication date: May 1st 2015
Category: New Adult
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Source: Received from author in
exchange for an honest review

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A dangerous game has begun.
Sydney. Her skin felt as soft as it looked. I shouldn’t have touched her, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve been to New Orleans dozens upon dozens of times. It’s a unique city, filled with tourists and superstition. And until tonight, I’d never been superstitious.
An old fortuneteller freak stopped me on the way to the diner and said I would make a decision that would change my path. She didn’t know that I’d walked the path to this very restaurant before. It had been a few years.
Who knew that the decision to return would be blessed with a beauty—five foot six with curves in all the right mouth-watering places. Clothed in cheap polyester, stained with God only knew what, Sydney was a vision. Blonde hair to her waist. Big brown doe eyes. I could almost taste her.
In his game, everyone’s a pawn…
I didn’t miss the rumble of her stomach when I asked her to dine with us. She was hungry. Something that flashed in those eyes told me it wasn’t because she just skipped lunch today. Maybe I could meet some of her needs. Forget that. I could definitely meet her needs, but it was up to her to let me. So, I left her my business card, my number.
Girls like Sydney, they’re afraid. They never make the first move. Most never even make the second. I doubt she’d call. I’d tipped her well, not because she was the best waitress I’d ever had, not even because she was within my sites. I tipped her so that when I came back to the diner, she would remember me. She would want to serve me.
And, oh, would she ever serve me. I just have to play my cards right.
…and he’s never lost a game.


~My Thoughts~

Dark Bishop is the perfect title for this twisted tale! I love the play on words, as Jake Bishop is certainly one dark character as well as a game player. If you like dark and gritty, this is definitely the book for you.

I have to say that while I do enjoy being left on the edge of my seat at the end of each episode of a serial (or television show), I’m so glad that I was able to devour the whole book at one time. I’m not so sure my heart could’ve taken the suspense with this one! It was impossible to put down, and there may have been tears and cussing if I had been forced to wait for each installment to be released.

You know, it wasn’t too long ago that I worried about reading any book that had been co-authored. I thought that following two different writing styles would hinder the enjoyment of reading. To my surprise, this is the second book I’ve read with two authors, and when it’s done right it’s even more entertaining. While the transitions here are seamless, I love getting the story from two points of view.

If you’re looking for a nail-biting, dark and twisted tale to dive into, I highly recommend reading Dark Bishop. The ending… wow. I’ve been looking for an ending like this for longer than I can tell you. It’s not at all traditional, and it may even piss some people off, but I totally dug it! I have a feeling this book hangover is going to haunt me for quite some time to come.


~About the Authors~

rachael brownell

Rachael Brownell was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she currently resides with her boyfriend and son. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Advertising and Public Relations.

When she’s not working, building Lego’s or writing her next book, Rachael enjoys scrapbooking, photography, is learning to golf and is an avid reader.

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casey bond

Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.
When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

In 2003, Bond graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University in the field of Criminal Justice.

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.