Skye Warren
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Release Date
February 2019
Book 1 of North Security
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Forbidden fruit never tasted this sweet…

"Swoon-worthy, forbidden, and sexy, Liam North is my new obsession." – New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras

The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire she harbors for her guardian.

Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She's all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.

No matter how bad he aches for one taste.

Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier's defenses, but there's more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret.

She's one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away from leaving him forever.

"Overture is a beautiful composition of forbidden love and undeniable desire. Skye has crafted a gripping, sensual, and intense story that left me breathless. Get ready to be hooked!" – USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Mar 03, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
42 people found the following review helpful
Losing her family at a young age, violin prodigy Samantha Brooks, is taken in by Liam North, head of North Security. As Samantha's skills as a violinist increase, so does her infatuation with Liam, which grows during their six years together. But there are secrets and then there are secrets. And as their feelings for each other continue to grow, Liam will do anything to keep her from finding out his darkest secret.

Likes: The chapter headers with facts and quotes were fantastic chapter starters and helped to set the tone each time. The references to the different music pieces were intriguing enough that I would stop to look some of them up. If you are one of those readers who enjoys listening to music while you read, combining the referenced piece with the relevant chapter greatly enhances the story. That bachelor party idea sounded amazing and exhilarating.

Dislikes: For me, the story moved way too slow for much of it and didn't pick up its pace until the last quarter. Given the length of the novel, there are some elements of backstory that are missing that I would have appreciated. For those of you who don't like cliffhangers, fair warning; while the ending doesn't toss you off a sheer cliff, there is one and Ms. Warren leaves you with enough of a hook that you will want to read the next book.

Tackling a few different genres in this contemporary romance, Skye Warren introduces us to a bit of the taboo in this guardian/ward, older man/younger woman, former-military-turned-security, romantic suspense story.

OVERTURE is Book 1 of the North Security series and it looks like it will be a compelling series.
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Book Review by LizDavDon (reviewer)
Mar 13, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
44 people found the following review helpful
OVERTURE, the premier novel in Skye Warren's North Security series, captivates with complex characters and taboo eroticism. Ms. Warren combines the worlds of classical musicians and ex-military mercenaries to create a seductive story that is as suspenseful as it is deeply emotional.

Violin prodigy Samantha Brooks is months away from turning eighteen, graduating from high school, and joining a classical music world tour. Although Samantha is excited to advance her music career beyond the hill country of Texas, the orphaned young woman is apprehensive about leaving her legal guardian, Liam North. A former soldier and the head of a private security contracting firm, Liam is overprotective and limits Samantha's existence to school and violin practice. Despite his controlling ways, Liam provides his ward with the stability and care that she craves.

As their guardianship agreement nears its end, Liam and Samantha are awakened to the stirrings of desire for each other. Liam staunchly resists his urges; Samantha is eager to explore her burgeoning sexuality with the only man she trusts. The couple struggles with their complicated feelings while facing painful pasts, long-held secrets, and threats to Samantha's life.

Admittedly, I found it difficult at times to accept Samantha and Liam's age difference. It isn't their 16-year age gap that is problematic. The issue is that Samantha is 17 going on 18, and Liam is 44. This begs two questions: 1) Does Samantha possess the maturity and life experience to truly want a romantic relationship with Liam? 2) Why is Liam attracted to a young woman in the vulnerable position of being under his "parental" control? Those are heavy questions to tackle in an erotic romance.

I found it easier to accept the lovers' pseudo-familial connection. Ms. Warren skillfully employs dual first-person narrative to explain that even though Liam has been Samantha's legal guardian for the past 6 years, neither views the other in the context of a father-daughter relationship. Also, Liam's thoughts often revolve around how hard he must resist his ward because his yearning is wrong. He feels shame, which shows that he isn't an unconscionable pervert. Their POVs reveal traumatic backstories and authentic emotions that enabled me to reconcile their palpable attraction and buy into their unlikely romance.

Aside from the suspense created by rampant sexual tension and "will they/won't they" moments, the mystery of Liam's guardianship over Samantha and the lurking dangers compromising her safety are highly intriguing. I was fully engaged and interested in the outcome, which is only partially resolved by the novel's end.

OVERTURE is a juicy read for those who applaud May-September romances, are open-minded to questionably appropriate relations, and enjoy cliffhangers with shocking revelations. (Book #2 in Skye Warren's North Security erotic romance series, CONCERTO, releases in May 2019.)
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Mar 27, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
42 people found the following review helpful
Skye Warren's daring forbidden themes have been my catnip for a while and I jumped on OVERTURE for this very reason. A warning caveat about the edginess of this story: Ms. Warren respects the consensual age limit, though the age-gap between guardian and ward along with the barely-legal, forbidden but very erotic vibe here however, would be a no-go for some.

Security-firm owner Liam North's and music-prodigy Samantha Brooks' slowly changing relationship is where OVERTURE begins--during a transition point that has established norms getting flipped on their ends, leaving both Liam and Samantha at a loss when it comes to behaving around each other.

Liam is understandably conflicted and resistant (perhaps rightly so, considering his position) about desiring and seeing Samantha other than as a ward to protect, though his lack of staying power, his blowing hot and cold to the very end got incredibly frustrating. Yet their smouldering connection, built up slowly through a careful interplay of push and pull and several stunning, near-erotic encounters, was one that I found myself enthralled by and left wanting more than just the accidental, hurried sexual encounter at the end.

There's an inkling early on however, that OVERTURE isn't simply a forbidden romance where 2 people try to bridge the age-gap. What threw me off was the somewhat divergent plotline of Liam's security business, the insertion of his brothers and their activities and the mysterious history surrounding Samantha's early childhood years that intruded in separation that came at the end. So clearly, the under-developed plot and the unhappy, unfinished ending were the story's biggest downer, even with the promise of more to come.

I do like Ms. Warren's writing however, and the use of music and the multiple metaphors that you can draw from it as the bridging device drew me in from the start. Being left unsatisfied with the lack of a veritable HEA is how I finished this read nonetheless, though I'm counting on the sequel to rectify this.
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