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Book Review: Tears of Tess





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


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?

TeriLyn's thoughts: I absolutely love when a book leaves me reeling and I have no idea how to write a review in fear of not doing the writing justice. Tears of Tess proved to be that book. The two thoughts immediately swirling around my head are I stayed up half the night because I could not tear my eyes from the gripping pages and why the hell did I wait so long to read this compelling story. Tears of Tess surprised me; it’s not as dark as I was expecting but hauntingly beautiful all the same – the tale of two broken souls who find in each other the will be monsters in the dark together without shame or guilt, a perfect love story.

Tess is a young woman on holiday with her boyfriend of two years in Mexico. We learn pretty quickly that Tess is fighting an inner battle over her relationship. The comfort her and Brax provide each other keeps her grounded and in love. However, that comfort lacks passion and an intimacy Tess craves. In Mexico, Tess finds herself kidnapped and trafficked. She is sold. After this dark period in the story, Tess meets her new master, Q. Q proves to be an enigma; both a predator and a protector. The cloud of mystery surrounding him is just as confusing as it alluring. And like Tess, he’s hiding a monster, content on hunting his prey. Ironically, they both have the heart of the lamb but roar with conviction like the lion. Q immediately recognizes darkness in Tess that he’s only ever recognized in himself. She lifts him from the dregs of his conscious and he lifts her from the depths of sexual despair. There time together is an awakening of souls, a gift of acceptance and submission they both never intended to receive.

Pepper Winters, right from the prologue, enchants the reader by sucking you into an intricately woven web of the monsters that lurk in the dark. There are some monsters to fear and there are some monsters that morph fear into passion unveiling latent desires that have been dormant for far too long. Ms. Winters story of passion, fear, redemption, and acceptance will you leave breathless. The writing is concise and appeals to the reader who loves to get lost in a book. Told from Tess’ POV until the epilogue, we see a dangerous and alluring side of human sexual nature. The mysterious and intriguing plot, the depth of character in the H/h, and the moving love story woven through the text will leave you as powerless against the story as Tess with Q. Tears of Tess completely swept me away; brilliant debut. I look forward to reading more from Pepper Winters.









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