Blog Tour: “Twisted Together” (Monsters In The Dark #3) by Pepper Winters – My Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello, everyone!

So this is the final day of the blog tour of the final installment in The Monsters In The Dark Series…”Twisted Together” by Pepper Winters. It has been quite a whirlwind of emotions for me, reading these books, but I have loved every single moment – Miss Winters is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I am thrilled to participate in her tour!

Today, you will find my review, an excerpt from the book, and a fantastic giveaway for you all to enter.

Enjoy! ❤

 

 

Title: Twisted Together

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 3, 2014

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Synopsis

“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.

After surviving the darkness, a new dawn has begun. Twisted Together wades through black to grey, chasing the light of true love to banish the shadows forever.

Pain is a requirement, connection a necessity. But ultimately Q and Tess must face their demons, before they can embrace their future.

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review

I have many favorite authors. Each of them has their own, unique voices, of course, and it is particularly true when it concerns Miss Winters. I cannot say that I have a favorite sub-genre when it comes to romance novels, however: I have romantic suspense, love triangles, sweet romance, even a couple of chick lit novels on my book shelf. And let me not forget to add dark romance. And whenever I want something really dark and disturbing to read, I turn to Miss Winters.

I have started writing this review many times since I finished reading the final installment in the Monsters In The Dark Series…I must have deleted my words no less than 5 times because I felt that they were inadequate or because they felt lifeless or hollow. You all know how much I detest spoilers in reviews, but those have been a challenge to avoid this time, actually. I will try, nonetheless, to express my complete love and adoration of “Twisted Together”, and of the entire series in general, in this review.

After having experienced the worst kind of nightmare possible, Tess is back with her beloved Q, and they are trying to find their way back to living the life they want. But all is most definitely not well in Paradise: Tess suffers from horrible nightmares, and she carries a secret – a burden, really – she desperately wants and needs to keep from Q. How is she supposed to find a way back to herself when she no longer craves the same sort of release that Q does? How is she to free herself from the chains her very vivid dreams make her wear, even in the daylight, when she does not know how to do it? And how is she to ask her beloved Q for help when she fears that he will leave her once he learns her secret?

“Love suffocated my heart, stitching me up until I felt mummified with confusion. Bandages upon bandages held me hostage with no way out of the horrible prison I was in.” (Tess)

After everything Tess has endured, Q is trying his best to protect her this time. He, too, feels that he is a failure, after all, and he does not know how to help Tess getting back to her old self – or close to it, anyway. Q senses her lies every single day, and it angers, frustrates and saddens him. And a man as powerful as Q Mercer definitely does not do “helpless”. When he does unveil Tess’ secret, he feels completely crushed…but not for long. He conjures up a plan so frightening that I felt absolutely punched in my stomach when I read this particular scene. I had to take a deep breath as well, but then I could not help but keep reading, of course…

Now, I promised you no spoilers – so this is far as I will take it in terms of the story line. You will just have to read the book yourself.

Seeing Tess so damaged was very emotional for me to read. In the beginning, there are times when her old spark – her temper – shows itself, but it is dim and short-lived. I could feel her agony whenever she lied to Q, and I kept hoping that there would be a way for her to find herself and free her mind from her tormenting voices. But what I admire about her is the fact that, despite her fears, she is willing go through anything in order to stay with Q – he is her entire world, and I really felt her adoration for this intense, brooding, but also funny man.

“I’d been living a lie. A lie where I thought I only loved Q. I didn’t love him. I adored him. I worshipped him. I was alive because of him. Light and colour and effervescent joy gave me the strength to slap away my guilt and embrace what Q just showed me.” (Tess)

And yes, now onto Q…Be still, my beating heart! Reading the chapters told from his point of view was a real treat for me. He is a force all on his own: protector, beast, tender lover, and confidante…I am well aware of the fact that these words do not really seem to blend together that well, but he is all those things. And he is so much more, of course. Experiencing Q’s vulnerabilities made me feel both sadness and elation – the first, because you can truly feel his anguish, and that will tore your soul apart; and the latter because seeing this side of him makes him seem so real and human.

“For the first time in my life I’m vulnerable, all because I fell in love.” (Q)

Q may be a monster, but even monsters deserve and need love – and allow me to add: being protected by the women they adore…Q is no exception to this.

I thought my heart broke when I read “Tears Of Tess” for the first time…but then came book number two, “Quintessentially Q”, and my heart shattered. Again: or so I thought. This final book of the series, “Twisted Together” tore me apart, piece by piece, and there were times when I did not think that I could go on – but, as ever with Miss Winters’ books, I could not help myself: I persevered and I am absolutely thrilled that I did! I felt as if Miss Winters ensnared me with her written words, putting me under a spell…and, although horrific at times, I was really sad when I reached the last page of the book. That is what this author does to me: her words are magical.

“If I had sent you away, my life would’ve remained the same. Empty. Lonely. So then I can’t regret falling for you even though my need for you almost killed you.” (Q)

The journey these characters have gone through has been filled with terror, heartache, and pain – but Miss Winters has also allowed her readers to see the gentler, tender moments Tess and Q share. Yes, this may be a dark romance, filled with drama and terror, but this author also knows how to make me chuckle and laugh. I loved how you continue to see Tess and Q grow – both as a couple, but also separately – and how they, though their hardships, come out stronger than ever. Ultimately, this is a love story, and a very powerful one at that, which is why I give “Twisted Together”, and the entire Monsters InThe Dark series, my highest rating.

“Intertwined, tangled, knotted forever, our souls will always be twisted together, our demons, our monsters belong to the other,

Bow to me, I bow to thee, now we are free”

One final note before I stop: if you are prepared to get your heart torn to pieces, I would definitely recommend this series to any lover of romance. Yes, there are very disturbing scenes, and yes, you may have to take a small break from reading the book once or twice…but I am certain that you will fall for these characters as I have, and I am confident enough to promise you that you will fall under Miss Winters’ spell. If you are skeptical about these statements…Well…just try. And then come back and tell me if I were right or wrong.

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Twisted Together – Excerpt



I shook my head. I didn’t understand. All I understood was his voice had the power to make me come. The deep tenor vibrated through my heart, sending tiny orgasms exploding in my veins.



I needed to be touched. I needed to be kissed.



Kiss him. Let him know.



Launching upright, I splashed a wave over the tub. Q jerked back, but wasn’t fast enough. Wrapping my arms around his neck, I dragged him down toward me. His hand slipped on the rim, plunging his arms into the water, landing on either side of my body.



His mouth opened to curse, but I swallowed whatever he said. My lips stole his, and the moment I tasted him, I went a little mad.



My core squeezed with delirium, demanding to be filled. My eyes rolled back at the sheer bliss of kissing.



He tasted like freedom and violence and pain.



Esclave…wait…” Q tried to speak, but he only gave me the opportunity to slink my tongue into his mouth. Joy bounced and fizzed in my heart, demanding more.



I moaned, dragging him closer. My hands dug into his hair, tugging with sharp-laced desire. His mouth opened, either in shock or passion—I didn’t hesitate. I thrust my tongue deeper into his mouth, willingly drowning myself in all things Q.

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Monsters in the Dark, #1

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Synopsis



“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?

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Monsters in the Dark, #2

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Synopsis

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… screwed 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 do 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.

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

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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: http://bit.ly/1huXDNu

Enjoy!

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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

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Blurb

“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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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 pepperwinters@gmail.com

SOCIAL LINKS

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pepperwinters/boards/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepper-Winters/539976006062848

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Blog: http://pepperwinters.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7151973.Pepper_Winters

Here are the amazing book trailers, ladies.

Quintessentially Q – Fan Made Book Trailers

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Tears of Tess – Book Trailer

Here is the excerpt, ladies.

Enjoy!

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.

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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!

 

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Title: Tears of Tess

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #1

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 18, 2013

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Blurb

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?

BUY LINKS

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00EV9LSJI

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EV9LSJI

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

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Title: Twisted Together

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Early 2014

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Blurb

“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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Book Blitz: “Monsters In The Dark Series” by Pepper Winters

Hello, my lovelies!

You know how much I love Pepper Winters and her writing, and I am so happy to be a part of this cover reveal for the last book in the Monsters In The Dark series, “Twisted Together”! It is, quite simply, absolutely stunning.

I am a part of the tour for #QQ and my review will be up on 24th December.

Be sure to check out the book trailer of #QQ as well.

Enjoy!

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We are thrilled to present to you International Best Selling Author Pepper Winters and the Monsters in the Dark series.

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Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)

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DARK AND HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL….IT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS!!!! ~Lorie, Goodreads

Words CAN.NOT describe what a beautiful, emotional, gut-wrenching, soul-searching kind of read Tears of Tess was for me. ~ Jacqueline’s Reads

Synopsis

“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?

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If you want to read My Review of “Tears Of Tess”, just click HERE!

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Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

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Wrenching,emotional,terrifying and triumphanta dark and suspenseful page turner! ~Jona, Goodreads

I have simply fallen in love with these characters, and their beautifully tragic story. ~Lauren, Goodreads

Synopsis

“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

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Coming Soon in early 2014 – The conclusion to Quincy and Tess’ Story

Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3)

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Synopsis

“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.

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About the Author

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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 is followed by Quintessentially Q and Twisted Together. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.

Connect with Pepper

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Release Day Blitz: “Quintessentially Q” (Monsters In The Dark #2) by Pepper Winters – Synopsis, Teaser & Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. And what better way to spend it than with an AMAZING book? You all know that I love Pepper Winters and the prequel to #QQ, “Tears Of Tess”, and now you get more! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Enjoy!

Blurb
 
“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.
 
Series: Monsters in the Dark, #2
Genre: Erotic/Dark Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2013
 
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QQ – Teaser

“You need me like I need you. I get it,” she murmured.

I ducked and nuzzled her throat, teeth aching to break her skin and lick. “And why is that?” My hand reached to cup her neck, not

squeezing—just a gentle coax, reminding her she was in my power.

Her mouth opened and her body melted against mine. “Because…”

My body burned for her; my ears strained for her answer. “Because…” I licked her lips, begging her to finish her sentence. I had to hear why she cared. It meant the world to me.

I would never have cared about another person loving me before. Now, I needed it more than anything.

Tess kissed me back, whispering into my mouth. “Because you’re my monster in the dark, and I’m yours.”

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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. 
 
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Quintessentially Q – Cover reveal, synopsis & teaser!

Now, you didn’t really think the story of Tess & Q was over, did you?

Cover reveal, synopsis & teaser

Quintessentially Q

By

Pepper Winters

 

Expected release date:

Late 2013

 

Blurb:

“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.


 

Sneak Peak into Quintessentially Q…

Enjoy!

 

*Prologue*

 

I thought I would be her nightmare—her terror and darkness. I wanted to be. I needed her more than food or sunlight. Only when she came into my life did I start to live—intoxicated by her taste, screams, and joy.

But our fucked up fairytale didn’t exactly have a happy ending.

Tess.

My Tess.

My esclave—so strong and fierce and sexually feral—wasn’t strong enough for what happened.

Her cage wasn’t me anymore.

It was them.

*Chapter One*

All I could think was—she’s dead. She had to be. All that blood, so bright with a coppery tang, almost sweet.

Her snowy skin was extra frosty, grey-blue eyes closed to me.

Rage and terror strangled as I fell to my knees in the warm puddle of crimson. The whip in my hands was slippery with sweat, and I hurled it away in disgust. I did this. I let myself go and showed my true self. The monster inside ruined the only brightness in my life.

“Tess?” I pulled her into my arms, dragging her cold, lifeless form closer. Blood smeared over us, and her red-welted body oozed with damnation.

“Wake up, esclave,” I growled, hoping an order would force those dove-blue eyes open. No response.

I bent, pressing my cheek against her mouth, waiting endlessly for a small puff of breath, a signal I hadn’t gone too far.

Nothing.

Fear stopped my heart, and all I wanted to do was rewind time. Rewind to a simpler place where I lived with needs and urges, but never let myself believe I could be free. Rewind to the day when Tess arrived, and I promptly sent her back to her silly boyfriend Brax. At least if I did, she would be safe and my life wouldn’t have ended.

At least then, Tess would be alive.

My demons killed her.

I killed her.

I threw my head back and howled.

***

“Q. Q!”

Something sharp bit my shoulder and I flinched. Rolling away, I tried to ignore the call. I deserved to stay in this endless hell. The hell I created for killing the one woman who stole my life and showed me an emotion I never dared dream for: love.

My cheek smarted as if someone slapped me, blazing through the darkness with a bite of pain.

Eyes snapped open to a wild-eyed, blonde goddess on top of me. The debilitating terror wouldn’t leave, even though she was alive, and glaring at me with passion I grew to know so well.

“What the hell, Q. That’s the third time this week. You going to tell me what you’re dreaming about to warrant howling like a werewolf?” Tess pinned my shoulders to the mattress and I couldn’t stop muscles from tensing. I liked her on top, but didn’t like her holding me as if she was in control. It wasn’t how I worked.

“None of your business.” I rolled, grabbing her hips to pin her beneath me. I risked a small smile. With her under me, my world righted again. I ran hands over her waist, up her throat, to her lips. Her breath fluttered, coming faster and the rest of my panic receded.

She was still breathing.

I hadn’t killed her.

Yet.

“Tears Of Tess” by Pepper Winters

 

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Blurb:

 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?



Warning: If you do not enjoy reading somewhat dark romance/erotica, this book is not for you. However, if you have not read these types of books before, and you are curious about them, I HIGHLY recommend reading Tears Of Tess! 


My review

As I think the blurb gives a good introduction to the story, I won’t add so much to it.

When I finished the book, I had to wait a bit before starting this review…I needed to gather my thoughts as they were running amok in my mind!

First of all, I LOVED THE BOOK! I loved our heroine, Tess, right from the beginning: she is passionate, strong, yet vulnerable because of her situation, and instead of breaking down, she never stops fighting. I liked the fact that she seemed so real: I mean, which 20-year-old woman would not be confused about her dark, sexual urges? Especially seeing as her very sweet boyfriend seems to not understand or share them? No wonder her self-confidence is in tatters! You sense her discontent in her relationship from the beginning:

“I wanted a new label. One that said: girlfriend who will do anything to

be tied, spanked, and fucked all over rather than adored.”

But because of her background, she thinks these thoughts are abnormal, twisted, sick. My heart literally broke for Tess in the beginning and I wanted to comfort her (well, if she was a real person, of course! 😉)

The whole scene when Tess is taken and abused by her captors made me quite nauseous – the author described everything in such vivid detail it, it almost felt as if you were there! This is when we first get to see how strong Tess really is, and she only gets stronger and stronger as the story unfolds. She refuses to be a victim:

“What did they see when they looked at me?

A feral woman who signed her own death sentence, 

or a fierce warrior who saved herself from rape?”

I very much enjoyed Tess’ journey of finding out who she really is – the pace of the story is just right, it never seems forced, just happens gradually…A big plus in my world. I liked the fact that it was not until you reach 50% of the book that you start to see how Tess’ feelings really start to change toward her captor:

“In that moment, in my fragile and broken state,

my feelings for Q changed. He morphed from monster to saviour.

He did what Brax hadn’t done in Mexico: he found me, killed for me.

He rescued me from horror and protected me from the bastards who hurt.

Q was no longer the devil.

He was my master and I belonged to him.”

Now, let me introduce you to our VERY anti-hero: Q Mercer…*sigh* It feels completely wrong to be swooning over a character such as his, but that’s Miss Winters’ force: her way with words captivates you, and her descriptions of certain situations are almost magical: they make you want to believe everything will turn out alright. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself here.

When we first see Q:

“A man in a grey chequered suit, complete with black shirt,

silver tie, and short dark hair watched from the landing. […]

Everything about him screamed ruthlessness and power.

He held himself proud and regal as if this was his castle

and I was his latest subject.”

Sinister, right?

Well, the complexities of Q are many and as you read the book, you will feel many things about this character. Q is dominant, mysterious, yet compassionate and vulnerable in his own way. The author does a fantastic job of keeping you interested in him, you yearn, like Tess does, to get to know him properly. He is quite the mystery. And I have to say that the songs the author has written herself – both in English and in French – are a big factor as to why I ended up actually loving him as much as Tess even though it, many times, felt so wrong to do so:

“He froze, nostrils flaring. We stood, silently glaring,

before he fisted my hair. “You don’t know anything, esclave.

I want this. I’ve wanted this for too damn long, and you’re wrong that it hurts.”

Chest strained in his immaculate suit as he leaned in, kissing the shell of my ear. He whispered,

“I’m not afraid of hurting you. I’m afraid of how far I’m willing to go.””

I am trying really hard not to give too much away about the story in this review, because I feel you have to read the book yourself and make up your own mind about it. I know that many probably won’t agree with my feelings…But that’s the beauty about books: you’re allowed to feel and think exactly what you want! And although the ending leaves the reader very satisfied, you’ll miss the characters immediately and instantly hope for more.

My last comment will be this: I absolutely love the fact that the epilogue is written in Q’s point of view! You truly end up getting to know him and his reactions to many things – thus, somehow getting to understand him. That’s what makes the story even more incredible to me: ending up loving a character you probably should not…Therein lies the power of Miss Winters’ storytelling.

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