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


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 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?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to hard to read subjects. 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.


Human compassion is equal to human cruelty, and it is up to each of us to tip the balance. –Alice Walker

Holy cow! I’ve just gone down the proverbial rabbit hole. My warning to you is that this extremely dark romance is not for the faint of heart. It’s about the need for love and acceptance. The need to awaken the blackest part of your lustful soul with the monster who owns it.

Tess Snow has always reined in her true self from her sweet loving boyfriend Brax. She wants passion and adventure in the bedroom and out and he wants vanilla. Brax’s surprise trip to Cancun gives Tess hope that they can everything up, but Tess’s life becomes a nightmare from hell.  She is kidnapped, beaten, barcoded, and tagged like a cow and sold to the highest bidder. Blindfolded and flown to a mansion in France, she is forced to become a slave for a monster named Q. But there is more to this man with his beautiful and disturbing tattoos and his struggles to maintain control and Tess loves the power she holds over him. Will she be able to break him before he ruins her?

There is a lot of horrible triggering things that happen to Tess who tenaciously stays strong and learns to fight to keep sane. The intense lust and fight for dominance with Tess and Q kept me reading well into the night following Tess’s depraved descent into BDSM and trying to piece together Q’s past and the reason he has taken Tess in. Let’s just say Q’s upbringing was twisted at best making him the confused and barely controlled man Tess is dead set on unleashing. When they finally let go it’s a hot spiral into a depraved world beyond this reader’s comprehension. 

This dark romance is sometimes hard to watch like a trainwreck where you just can’t stop reading. The plot is non-stop action, the lust is deliciously dark, and the characters are twisted and wicked.  This book ends with a HEA, but there are three more books in this series that I plan to add to my TBR pile.


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Pepper WintersPepper currently has close to 40 books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) almost 40 times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestseller.

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