Monday, November 11, 2013


Day 11 is continuing with my review of Tears Of Tess by Pepper Winters. I really liked what Pepper did with her dark tale. Grab yourself a copy of this one and be ready for Quintessentially Q to be released 15th December 2013. 

By: Pepper Winters
Published By: Pepper Winters
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle, 347 Pages


Blurb: 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?

*A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Newest addition to my 'favorites' list!!!*
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*6 out of 5 BRANDING stars!!! THE BEST BOOK OF 2013!* Prima Donna

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This is my new future. Fate threw me to the bastards of Hades.

I love reading a book that challenges me in parts. Tears Of Tess is one of those reads.

Q is a complicated character. He is at war with himself, tormented by his needs.

"That's what you are. Painful." He thumped his chest. "Painful to me."

He is a confusing character at times as we are trying to understand is he playing the role of good guy or bad guy or a little of both.

"You are mine. Through circumstances I will not discuss with you, you have come into my possession, and therefore must obey me in all things."

There are some scenes that had me peeking out from behind my pillow. Going all vampire is a bit scary for me. That was a bit of a challenge to read. But hey, two consenting people were involved. 

Whatever floats your boat.

When I got to be in Q’s head for a brief time in the book, I think it helped cement his character further in my mind. I want more from Q’s pov because he is a complicated character, he is tormented by what gets him off and I want to understand him more. He is an exciting character to read, but he is also a little frightening.

My heart split into fragments. Q's voice filled my head. "Smell so good. So fucking good. Like rain... no, no like frost. Sharp and fresh and icy and cold and ... and painful." He closed his eyes, voice trailing into a whisper. "You love c-causing pain."

At the moment Q isn’t a character I totally understand. He is an out-side-the-box type character that I enjoy reading from time to time. I like seeing what an author can do with a man that has a past, and his present is a war zone on his mind and body.

When is enough going to be enough to satisfy that dark side? Q says it himself.

He whispered, "I'm not afraid of hurting you. I'm afraid of how far I'm willing to go."

Tess is a fighter, a survivor and she won't go down without letting those around her know it.

"I'm the only one who owns my fate. Not you. Not your guards. Not your sick operation. No one."

The tracker in Tess’s neck. I did have questions about it. When you have a vendetta on your mind , it is a good idea to cut that sucker out. ASAP.

In the movies, it is the first thing to get removed when freedom presents itself. It is not something you carry about as a souvenir. It isn’t called a tracker for no reason.

I also questioned Tess’s reappearance. I understand her parents for whatever reason didn’t care she was even missing. Her reappearance isn’t met with an interrogation by FBI or CIA or any other governing letters of the alphabet. This is a girl who has come out the other end alive. Her information would be valuable. Brax went to somebody to get her found. She was a missing person. Her physical appearance wasn’t altered to hide her.

These are my only plot questions. I understand where Tess will be taking things herself, but...

Tess is a character that can be taken a couple ways. Readers can be somewhat confused by her behavior or we can understand her behavior. I chose to understand her. I put myself in her place and I felt like it was realistic. She has that Stockholm Syndrome thing going on, but also ... Tess lets us know her desires before she is stolen, so she is drawn.

I gotta admit, I am not sure about ol’ Brax. I think any dude confronted with a woman dressed provocatively and brandishing a toy, that is quite a normal acceptable toy, would behave a bit differently. I would probably have believed his character more if he was studying the bible. He is only twenty three years old, still in his smexual manly prime.

I kissed harder, pressing against him with an urgency growing out of control. I was too hot. I needed him too much, for far too long. I should've spoken sooner - told him how badly I needed to be possessed. For months, I felt cast adrift, like he was no longer my anchor. I needed him to remind me I belonged to him, just like he belonged to me. 

I loved the chapter titles which are bird species. I was wondering about them as I read them. I love how the birds are used in the story. It was different and clever. Thought provoking as you are reading the titles.

There are graphic traumatic scenes that make this story more realistic with trafficking of humans. It is happening every day and we forget that young loved ones are stolen from families and the cruelty of it. You come into the world free and then through no fault of your own a price is on your body and your rights have been stripped from you. You have lost all of yourself to these creatures who feel it is their right to degrade and terrorize you , until you are no more. 

I understand Pepper had to bring the terror and graphic scenes to sell her story. I think she did it very well.

He didn't make my soul sing. He made it weep, and scream, and tear itself into pieces.

I totally give this book five stars because it is a story with characters that really do leap off the page. Q is a very confronting character. An Alpha character who has so much deep inner emotional shiz going on. I really do want that explored. The taste I got from this book, I want to know more. He is a character you don’t forget easily. I love how Pepper has written him. 

When the glass is only half full, it is understandable how Tess behaves. She only has her own information and what she does with it inside her head. She was stolen, abused, raped, she is only twenty years old, hardly a worldly personality. She has her own inner sexual urges that hadn't been acted upon. She is a lost girl in a world that has a very ugly face. A face where those in charge think it is their right to claim a human and receive money. No conscience for the harm or death of the individual.

Tess meets a man that stirs things inside her but who is he to her? What role is he playing. Her body has been abused . She has a strong will to fight but what is she fighting against? There is an enormous amount of emotional upheaval that is swamping her. She has come from a family that has shown her no real interest or support. How should she react to everything that gets thrown at her? Who should she trust? 

The man never broke eye contact, ensnaring me in his gaze. Slowly, he pushed off the banister and moved toward the stairs.
I gulped.
He was smooth water - effortless in refinement but just like still water, dangerous if you couldn't swim. Deadly rips and currents lurked deep below the surface. I eyed him, trying to figure out what sick pleasures he indulged in that normal, willing women were hard to come by.

Suzette holds back information she could have given Tess to soothe her ordeal of winding up in Q's mansion after being terrorized and assaulted by the evil that took her. She calls her friend , but Tess is in the dark about her new Maitre. 

Tess and Q together are quite explosive with how far they will go with each other. I think it is hard to find a partner that is willing to tread that line with you and to submit so completely. 

Without fear. 

With so much trust. 

"Monsters find each other in the dark."

I don’t understand the depths of Q’s carnal pleasure, but that is why I find him intriguing to read. He isn’t the norm. He is a contradiction to his cause. 

"You are mine. I can do what I want with you. I can dress you. Fuck you. Send you away. Loan you to others. You belong to me. And you've finally realized it isn't romantic, it isn't sexy, or fun. It's something no one should want or desire. You're a captive."

"You're mine, esclave. And it isn't a fucking happy ever after."

Pepper writes a convincing tale of two people's world's colliding, brought together via a terrifying ordeal and the need to find who they really are and who they want to be.

"Recognise me. See me. I am your master."

... I glared . "See me. I am not yours to torment."

Is this a chance meeting of two kindred souls from across the globe? 

Tonight he changed my life. Q may make my soul weep and tear itself into pieces but he made it operatic with joy, too. My soul didn't just sing, it rejoiced.
I finally found a place where my twistedness belonged.

A meeting that should never have happened.  

But it did.

"Everyone knows, after captivity, a pet doesn't survive in the wild."

Bring. On . Quintessentially Q.



Tomorrow on the Aussie Author Road Trip I am visiting with Kasey Millstead.

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