Review: TEAR OF TESS (Monsters In the Dark #1) by Pepper Winters
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?
Abby’s Review 5 freaking holy hawt stars!!!
Whoa, I have seen people posting about this book and then a reader posted about Q. So I did it, I one clicked. I also have to admit that I rarely read a synopsis. I judge a book by others reaction to it and then I one click the heck out of it.
This is Dark. And by dark I mean really, really dark. There is murder, rape, more rape, sexual abuse, slavery, pain, torture, and that is just the surface.
Besides this book being totally crazy and intense, its not what you think. Just when you think you know everything, bamn you don’t total surprises. It also is the type of book you need to sit down for and be prepared to forego house work because you will want to do nothing else.
Here is the kicker…. This may be one of the hottest books I have ever read. I have to admit I felt a little bad thinking somethings were hot because it was so wrong and thankfully in the end Winters basically says here now don’t feel as bad as she throws out a few twists. Still maybe the craziest and sexiest book I have ever read.
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
“This was it. My new beginning. My new ending.
‘Bon soir, esclave.’ “
What an intense, dark, sensual read! Pepper Winters takes you deep into the dark desires of Tess and Q and tosses you in to their lives to discover what drives them. Tears of Tess isn’t a light and fluffy read – it includes kidnapping, human trafficking situations, and rape. Even with those intense and potentially disturbing parts of the storyline, I found myself glued to the story and unwilling to put it down until the end.
Tess finds herself in a completely unexpected situation after traveling to Mexico for a fun trip with her boyfriend. I found Tess’s strength and fortitude and downright kick ass persona to be one I rooted for. She also faces some extreme situations that test her and her vulnerabilities are also well-drawn.
“Breathing hard, my entire body wanted to weep, but my eyes remained dry. These men didn’t deserve my tears.”
Q…how to describe and understand Q…I don’t know if that’s entirely possible. And even more so without giving potential spoilers. He is captivating and mysterious with this magnetism that is impossible to ignore. The moments between him and Tess had my head feeling like I had whiplash and my heart in my throat.
“You may not be mine, but I’m fast becoming yours.”
Pepper Winters delivers a very hot, erotic, painful-at-times story that had me wondering what was going to happen next. I was completely caught up in it and highly recommend it. It may push some boundaries for you, so heed the warnings about what is in the story. But if you can go beyond those, it is well-worth the read!
About the Author
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.
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