Tuesday, October 8, 2013

[Review] Tears of Tess - Pepper Winters

Released: April 23rd, 2012

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 had 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?
"Don't stop living while you endure. And don't let the pain of your past stop you from being happy in this new life."

Tears of Tess is a deliciously dark, twisted, and gut-wrenching read. It includes mature themes such as slavery, trafficking and rape. Q is a sexy and complicated man, who seems to be, well, fifty shades of fucked up in a way, while Tess struggles to fight her own inner dark thoughts. Together, they find solace in each other, while seeking their true identities.

This book was absolutely beautiful in every aspect but, of course, it was also horrifying with the rape and how the girls were sold. I don't think that qualifies as a spoiler because that's in the beginning. But, anyway, it's scary as hell but then when Tess reaches her new master, the oh-God-someone-help-me sexy scenes are just mind-fucking-blowing.

It was terrifying when Tess got kidnapped and treated like a merchandise. She got branded and the more she tried to fight, the more she hurts. They would kick her and treat her like shit.
"If you behave you will be sold to a gentleman who will treat you like a prized possession. Lavish attention on you. Buy you whatever you want."
Shit, shit and then her new master, Q Mercer comes along. He is the image of a dominating alpha male who seeks control. Tess knows she should be scared shitless and should just fight back but with a presence like Q? You can't help but get aroused.

Especially with the fact that Q speaks fucking French. HOW SEXY IS THAT?!

No matter how much Tess tries to deny it, her body just responds instantly to Q.
"So wet, ma chérie. Your body doesn't lie. It likes it. It likes me." 

I can't even finish.

But Q harbors some dark secrets of his own and Tess tries hard to find out, but well Q is just as stubborn as she is. Tess is too caught up in her self-pity that she doesn't realize how much her new master is hurting as well.
"But he's the best man I know. Out of all of us, he's the one who's ruined."
I wanted to weep right then.

And while she tries to find out about Q's identity, she struggles to find herself as well. She's never felt normal with what she wants and so she tries to deny it. But finally, she realizes.
"I'm not a sweet, innocent girl who wants cotton candy and sonnets. I'm a fighter, a slut, a woman who needed to be taught her own body."
But dammit, when you have those depressing, romantic moments, you can't help but just melt.
"Je suis à toi. It means I am yours."

When I found out what Q was doing? I was just like: "AWWW." I wanted to hug him to pieces. Or kiss him. Or do him. Whichever sounds apt. I just want to take him home with me.
"A human is adaptable. A human heart is not." 
Minor Faults:
  • I get pissed with Tess' stubbornness sometimes but then when I put myself in her shoes, I realize that her behavior is pretty normal-ish.



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About The Author:

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. 

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