Blog Tour: “Quintessentially Q” (Monsters In The Dark #2) by Pepper Winters – My Review, Book Trailers, Excerpt & Giveaway


Hello, my lovelies!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! And to those of you who do not celebrate it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! I hope that you will have a wonderful day with your loved ones.

It has now become my turn to participate in the “Quintessesentially Q” blog tour – in this post, you will find my review, book trailers of both “QQ” and “Tears Of Tess” + there is also a tour wide giveaway.

If you would like to follow the tour, here is the link to do so:



Title: Quintessentially Q

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #2

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  December 15, 2013

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn



“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.

My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

I do believe that this is only the second time in my (albeit short) career as a book blogger that I have wished that I was able to give a book more than 5 stars. I honestly believe that Pepper Winters has outdone herself with this book.

This is a very difficult review for me to write. Please do not misunderstand me: I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! The difficulty lies in the fact that I hate the language barrier more than usual as I will never be able to do the book justice. But I will do my very best. Further, I will not give a synopsis of the story as such for two reasons:

1) the blurb says so much already, and 2) I fear that I will spoil it for you if I write too much. This also means that my review will be shorter than others I have written, and I hope that you will not be disappointed.

QQ begins just where “Tears Of Tess” left us. Tess has returned to Q of her own free will, but even though Q knows that she says that they belong together, he is still hesitant, constantly afraid of unleashing the sadist within for fear of Tess running away from him.

“You’re worth every fight. Every argument and bump in the road. I’ll fight because I’m falling for you, Q.” (Tess)

His relentless torment is heartbreaking to read and you really FEEL it when you read the chapters written from Q’s viewpoint.

“What monster wanted to capture the blood of the woman he’d given his life to?” (Q)

The couple is not allowed to be together for long, though: Tess is brutally taken from Q, kidnapped by the same barbaric men who stole her in Mexico and this time, they intend to break her completely.

As with the first book in the series, I have only admiration for Tess: she is so strong, willing to fight but so vulnerable at the same time. No human being should go through all the horrible things she is forced to endure and reading certain scenes made me want to throw up – yes, they are that vile, sick and cruel.

As for Quincy Mercer – Q…I hardly know where to begin! This truly is his story. He longs to unleash the beast within and he (literally) craves Tess’ blood – his need to possess her completely and utterly is described in such a way that you cannot help but feel compassion towards him. His search for Tess is relentless, and his guilt for not keeping her safe is palpable: his torment and anguish are heartbreaking. Getting inside this tormented hero’s head, learning his thoughts and fears, is written with such passion, and I now understand Q so much better than before.

The journey these two characters go through is filled with horror, but they do find their way back together. It does, however, take out so much strength of them both and I was biting my nails and almost pulling out my hair while reading all the hardships they both go through.

“You’re my obsession, I’m your possession – You own the deepest part of me – You crawled into the darkness, set my monster free – So scream, bleed, call out to me – But never say stop, never flee.” (Q)

Is this book dark? Yes. Disturbing? Absolutely. Delicious? Oh, there is no doubt about that! Honestly, although I have never read a dark romance as dark as this, it does not bother me one tiny bit. I believe I have previously described this author’s writing as “magical” and QQ truly is a wonderfully raw, painful, yet uplifting book. I am more than thrilled to learn that there will be one more book in the series as I am far from ready to say goodbye to Tess and Q yet. Miss Winters, you have once again written a masterpiece and I applaud you – AGAIN – for giving us such amazingly dark, yet beautiful, characters.




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 speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at







Here are the amazing book trailers, ladies.

Quintessentially Q – Fan Made Book Trailers

Trailer #1

Trailer #2

Tears of Tess – Book Trailer

Here is the excerpt, ladies.


With nerves lodged in my throat, I pulled out ropes, cuffs, bondage of all types.

Tess watched remotely as I piled my arms full of things and headed back to the bed. Placing them on the towel at the foot of the four poster, I looked at Tess. “Tie me up.”

I never thought I’d ever say those words. But I needed her to bind me. I wouldn’t be able to go through with this if she didn’t. I’d run like a fucking coward, or lash out and hurt her.

She picked up the leather cuffs, the buckles clinking. “Where?”

Trying to curb the terror and anger and so many fucking things, I forced myself to sit on the mattress and lie down.

My heart was a fucking crazy thing going a billion miles an hour; I couldn’t look at Tess. I couldn’t look anywhere but at the large canopy above my head. The four posters were sturdy—half a fucking tree sturdy—once she bound me, I wouldn’t be able to get free.

My stomach rolled and I swore I would be sick. Shit. Oh, shit. What the fuck am I doing?

Tess glided closer to the bed, looking like a malnourished ghost. She eyed the cuff, then my limbs. My fists pressed against my thighs, every muscle locked tight.

I hadn’t undressed. The element of having jeans and a T-shirt on was my only armament; I wanted to keep it that way.

I gritted my teeth, spreading my legs for her.

She swallowed and obediently looped the soft leather around my ankle.

Black spots appeared in my vision as she tightened the buckle around the bedpost. She fastened it and I wriggled.

“You need to do it tighter. I can get free.” I hated every word. I wanted to chop out my tongue for being such a traitor, but I wasn’t doing this for me. I was doing this for Tess. To somehow break the barrier she’d fortified. If it took dynamite in the form of making me shatter, then so be it.

Tess nodded, tightening the buckle until it bit into my skin. Heat travelled up my leg, causing me to shiver with helplessness.

Torturing me with fluttering touches and slowness, Tess secured my other ankle before sighing heavily. She looked at me with a thousand wishes in her eyes and no hope. Moving toward the head of the bed, she chose a length of silk rope.

Our eyes never left each other as she bent and captured my hand with hers. The moment her delicate fingers touched my trembling skin, I bucked. My cock roared to life and all I wanted to do was kiss her, fuck her, never let her fucking go again.

She bit her lip, her eyes darkening just a little.

“Embrasse moi!” Kiss me, I demanded, capturing her hand with mine.

We stared so long, so hard, I wondered if I’d die waiting for her to obey. Finally, she bent in half, lowering herself toward me. My legs might be bound, but my arms and torso weren’t. The moment she was in grabbing distance, I wrapped my arms around her, dragging her hard against me.



Amazon UK:




Do not forget that the first book in the Monsters In The Dark series, “Tears Of Tess”, is ON SALE on Amazon for a limited time!



Title: Tears of Tess

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #1

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 18, 2013



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?



Amazon UK:






 Do not forget that the conclusion to Tess and Q’s story will be released in 2014!

 Twisted Together Cover

Title: Twisted Together

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 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. 

Before you go, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Pepper is offering up (5) eBook copies of Tears of Tess (INTL) and (2) swag packs (INTL) up for grabs.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/30/2013.

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