Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Monsters in the Dark #2
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Genre: Dark Romance, Erotic Romance
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Purchase: Amazon US
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“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right."
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.
Q moved suddenly, pushing off from the cage and striding toward the entrance of the aviary. He unlocked the deadbolt and entered the space. Birds chirped louder as Q stood in the centre of their world. He looked like a man robbed of his own wings. A fallen angel that had no place on earth and fought a daily battle to fit in.
I stepped forward. Should I say something? Comfort him? My heart twisted, needing to be there for him, but no longer able to. No matter how many kind words I spoke, Q would see I no longer lived inside.
My soul jangled with chains and locks, saving me but also ruining me. The longer I lived in my tower the more passion and connection faded.
I hated the numbing virus inside, spreading slowly, deleting all memory of who Tess had been. I was replaced with a carbon replica who would float away in the wind, robbed of her convictions and thoughts. All because I wasn’t strong enough to face what I’d done.
Q cursed under his breath, his chest pumping with emotion. “Why should I keep you when you don’t want to be here? You’re not here for me. You’re here because I lock you up. You’re my prisoners, my captives, my trophies.”
He hung his head before waving his arms. “Allez vous-en. Je ne veux plus de vous. Elle ne veut plus de plus alors ça sert à quoi, putain? ” Fly away. I no longer want you. She no longer wants me, so what’s the fucking point?
The birds went crazy, darting left and right, spying freedom through the open door. They exploded through the exit and into the conservatory, weaving through plants and water features.
Wings rustled as I ducked from a small flock of robins.
“Get out!” Q yelled; the birds flurried harder. “Get far away from me.”
I stepped backward, not wanting to see Q breakdown. I wanted it to hurt—to kill me with knowledge that I’d ripped out his heart—but all I felt was emptiness.
Q looked up and froze.
His eyes locked on mine, shining with rage and blackness. I prayed for some awakening, so I could put both of us out of our misery. I wanted to bring forth all my love for him and keep hiding from my guilt. I wanted to erase the darkness, the lostness and hate from his eyes, but I was useless.
Bowing my head, I dropped my gaze.
Q cursed, exiting the aviary, humming with anger and rage. He stalked toward me, stopping so close his body heat seared my skin.
I flinched, expecting him to lash out—to grab my hair, slap me—something to wake me up.
When he didn’t touch me, I looked up. Q murmured, “So low you must think of me.” He captured a curl, running it gently through his fingertips. “Fly away, esclave, if that is what you want. I won’t stop you.” His tone was bleak and derelict.
“I said I’d fight for you. That you deserved to be fought for. I didn’t know then, and I still don’t know what I need to finally get through to you, but I’ll never stop. I was right. You’re worth every right. Every argument and bump in the road. I’ll fight because I’m falling for you, Q.”
Reader beware: if you are looking for a hearts and flowers romance, stop right where you are. This is NOT that book. However, if you are looking for a complete mind-fuck all the while ripping your heart to shreds and falling in love with a monster, this is a story for you! But let’s be honest. If you are reading this book you’ve also read Tears of Tess and therefore have some inkling as to what you are getting into. Well, I am here to tell you. Throw away ANY and ALL preconceived notions you have about who you think Q is and where he and Tess’s journey is headed, because you are about to be turned clear on your head. Pepper eases you back into their world, but if I am being honest with myself, I never really left…
But she wasn’t my slave. She was the one who stole my heart, and I doubted I’d ever get it back.
Tears of Tess was a complete roller coaster from start to finish. Unlike ANY other book I’d read, and I hoped, oh how I HOPED, their story wasn’t over. Pepper writes dark, erotic romance like no other. While disgusted at the horrendous acts that take place, she allows you to envision yourself into their world. And the fucked up thing? It makes TOTAL sense! While I loved ToT, QQ brought me to new levels and back on my knees in one fell swoop. Pepper took me places I didn’t know existed, and when I thought I couldn’t possibly sink any lower, she proved me wrong. Into the pits of Hell, I traveled alongside Tess and Q. I felt the despair into my bones, into my soul, hell, even on a molecular level. I DID NOT see how the outcome could be anything other than devastation. I didn’t have a favorite character. I loved and hated them ALL equally at different points throughout the story. Even never having been through anything remotely similar myself, I understood them. I was easily able to empathize and see myself in her shoes. Would I be a fighter, or would I give in. I would like to say I would strive to stay alive at all costs, but until you are faced with those decisions, who can say for sure?
I fucking loved this woman. Not just for now. Not just for tomorrow. But always. Now and forever, I was hers.
Good and bad, and trust me, there are plenty of BOTH, Tess and Q came full circle this book. Together or apart, they are both better people for it. Many personal realizations were made, but that’s necessary in order to grow as a couple, and more importantly, as a person. You won’t know the outcome until the very end, and I reveled in all the angst. Give me dark. Give me erotic. Give me peril. Give me unthinkable acts and choices and repercussions. Give it ALL to me! Yes. Pepper does JUST that. Her books just keep getting better and better, and in case it is EVER any wonder, I’m a fan for life!
Other Books in the Series
Tears of Tess ~ Book One (only .99)
Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Goodreads
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Twisted Together ~ Book Three (Coming early 2014)
“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”
Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.