Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Tears of Tess

Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters: 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.

“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?

Title: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters
Release Date: September 9th, 2013
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
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AL's thoughts:  Wow! Move aside Christian Grey, you choir boy of BDSM! Q is taking over the top spot as sexy BAD boy…and is he ever bad!! This is a sexy book, no doubt, with some seriously hot, kinky sexual escapades; however, underlying it all is a simple love story. Two people, broken beyond repair (or so they think), trying to find ways to cope with the fear, anger, and hurt they have had to live with, and learning to trust themselves and one another. There are some horribly graphic scenes dealing with kidnapping and the sex slave industry (and I will no longer be allowing my daughter to go on spring break trip to Mexico!), and some of the sex scenes pushed my comfort zone, which is exactly what I believe Ms. Winters was attempting to do. Mission accomplished! If you want a dark, no apologies, “this is who I am – deal with it” erotic escape – one-click this and be prepared to stay up all night!

Whairigail's Thoughts:  "Three little words.

"If anyone asked what I was most afraid of, what terrified me, stole my breath, and made my life flicker before my eyes, I would say three little words."

This is the hardest book I've ever had to review. It is the darkest, most depraved novel I've jumped head first into and I honestly don't know how to untangle my feelings about it to do a review justice.

I was asked to review this for a BlogTour (for the Lovely Lori at SheReadsNewAdults) - I didn't think I'd have time to fit it in my reading schedule but I decided to have a sneaky read at work meaning I had to find a novel I had on PDF format. That novel happened to be Tears of Tess.

We meet Tess right at the beginning of this book. Her partner Brax has surprised her with a trip to Mexico and she is thrilled at the prospect of spending time alone with him. Their sex life is somewhat lacking oomph and she plans on telling him exavtly what she wants from him.

"I blinked, putting the impossible together. I needed Brax to be rough because I needed to be claimed. Oh, my God, am I that screwed up?"

Brax is too Goody Goody for her in the bedroom but she loves him regardless. Their trip gets off to a rocky start. On their first day, they take a scooter ride around remote Cancun and stop at an isolated bar for some water.

Que your heart to be beating out of your chest because you can see, hear, feel and just sense the impending doom that lies ahead. Brax is beaten and Tess is kidnapped.

"His eyes fell on mine; I froze. It was like looking into a predators gaze: empty, hungry, black, and evil. It sucked my soul, amping my fear to a full forest fire."

She is beaten, left to starve, forced naked and "tagged" - all through pure brutality. It is horrible to read about because somewhere in the back of my head, I know it is happening for real somewhere.

Then she is sold.

"This was it. My new beginning. My new ending."

At first, she is unaware who she has been sold to. She was taken there under the cover of darkness. But she is determined to fight.

"I tried. I failed. I tried. I failed. It repeated, over and over. Don’t give up. Next time, you could win. Next time, it might work."

I can't go into much more of the story without giving too much away so, instead, I'll tell you what words spring to mind when I try to describe the story to someone.


I could go on and on but I'm guessing by now that you have got the picture.

This book tore me apart, and to be honest, didn't put me back together again. It was a Stunningly written novel, truly, I don't think I've read such a wonderful collection of words from the one person. If I was rating on the writing alone, it would get 5+++++ Hearts. Unfortunately as I have to rate on the story as well as the writing, I have to bring it down a bit.

It was just too dark for me. I had to take so many breaks reading this as it was just too much. Please, please take the warning seriously - this book made me feel sick on occasion. I have quite a strong stomach and can read most things but Tears of Tess made me feel like a little kid who needed comforted.

5++++++ Hearts Writing

4 Star Story

Levelling out at...

**4.5 Dark, Captivating, Erotic Hearts**

Writer, reader, sometimes wife. An avid devourer of sexy romance and angsty New Adult. Nothing beats lolling in a bubble bath with her array of book boyfriends, and plotting torturous stories to put her characters through.
Living Down Under means she writes in the Queen’s English, not Obama’s, and aims to have an entire catalogue of sexy books that keep you wanting more. Oh, and she may or may not be in love with Q from Tears of Tess.

Tour Wide Giveaway of an unsigned copy of Tears of Tess (International)

One (1) e-copy: Tears of Tess Giveaway: (International)

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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