Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

January 8, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 1

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper WintersTears of Tess by Pepper Winters
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
on August 28th 2013
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
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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?

First off, a huge thank you to the fab gals over at Forever Me Romance, whose giveaway I won! It was a Dark Romance giveaway, and this is most definitely dark! In fact, it was the single most disturbing romance I have ever read, but that doesn’t make it a bad thing. It just means I wouldn’t recommend the book to just anyone. This book is for adults, regardless of the fact that Goodreads users have labelled it as New Adult. NO! NO NO NO! This is an adult read, plain and simple.

It is BDSM in its most classic sense, with no holds barred. The sex scenes aren’t sweet. They are rough and violent, so much so that I was actually a little surprised. I hadn’t expected it to be as raw as it was. It most definitely will make some readers uncomfortable. Having said that, as brutal as the scenes are capable of being, they are also full and detailed, with a deep underlying sweetness. There isn’t any kind of repetition, and I wasn’t bored for a single second. Plus, the feels! So. Many. Feels. While there are a fair number of sexual scenes, they don’t take over the entire plot. Pepper took the time to develop the characters and set the scene. That is so important to me in the erotica genre.

There are two main characters; Tess and Q. Tess truly is the strongest character imaginable. No matter the position she’s in, she maintains a certain amount of power and control. Q, on the other hand, while he appears to the world to have all the power, he has a brutal internal struggle eating away at him. The secondary characters don’t play a large role, but it’s an important one. I really loved how Pepper didn’t have a lot of useless characters cluttering the scene. It gave the book an overall crisp, finished feel.

Highly recommend to people who are looking to take a walk through the darkest of shadows.



About Pepper Winters

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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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • Lori Parker

    I agree, it’s definitely not NA. At all. Loved this book. 🙂