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Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

Tears of TessTears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark, #1) by Pepper Winters

Published August 30th 2013 by Pepper Winters.

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“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? (Goodreads)

This book got added to my wishlist so long ago. I received this in a book swap/gift exchange. As a warning it is clearly stated on the back:

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and non-consensual 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.

And if you are sensitive to those things I would definitely not bother with this book. More than a “New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance” it’s a Dark Erotica. I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey (although the trilogy sits on my shelf) yet so this was my first official erotica book, and it was really crazy. Not only was it erotic but it was seriously dark and twisted in ways I couldn’t even imagine from the synopsis on the back.

I ended up loving this book and feeling quite guilty for loving it as much as I did. The story follows Tess as her and her boyfriend (Brax) take a vacation to Mexico. On their first full day Tess gets kidnapped. Tess is a fighter determined to escape and return to her life. She kicks, screams, punches, and scratches her captors. After a short time in Mexico with Leather Jacket and other grisly characters she is sold to a man in France. Once again Tess is determined not to be broken. Tess ends up with her new owner, Q who is dark and sexy and mysterious. He makes it very clear that he owns her by referring to her as his esclave, but he also doesn’t treat her anything like she was expecting.  Q and Tess have really strong sexual chemistry, and despite the fact that Tess is terrified over what might happen to her, she can’t help but feel turned on by Q and the things he does to her. It becomes a battle of escaping and returning to her perfect boyfriend, who is a good guy, sweet, caring, and loves her, or dealing with the abuse and torment of Q for a more rewarding sexual relationship – something she lacked with Brax.

I won’t spoil the ending, as it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but it’s safe to say everything isn’t what it seems with this one.

Characters-5     Setting-5     Plot-5     Conflict-5     Resolution-5

5 stars!

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