Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters
Monsters in the Dark Series
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.
When I picked up Tears of Tess, I was deep in a book rut. Nothing appealed and it all seemed the same story over and over.
This book was dark and cavernous. Pepper Winters nailed the plot theme. Her writing was exceptional and filled with raw emotion. Reading Tears of Tess was both traumatic and yet I was drawn to the darkness. Instinct and survival.
The character development was phenomenal but left me wanting more. The characters were complex and I am still not sure if I understand the depth of their brokenness. But together they were able to become accepting of their different desires.
Tess was filled with fight for her life rage, which is how a character dealing with this subject theme should be written. Tess fought at every opportunity and she never gave up her will for freedom.
The descriptions of the places in the story were vivid leaving a sense of feeling that I could visually see the scene. Some scenes were brutal, disturbing and so real!
Q – I can’t even describe him, but he makes the book. He is an enigma and he is so layered and unexpected.
The pace of this story kept me on the edge of my seat and I fought hard against putting this book down. Again, if you are looking for something simple and romantic, keep looking. But if you want a unique, fascinating story that will have your emotions blasting off and plummeting at break neck speed while having you cringe and your heart racing this is a book you have to try. Thankfully there is a sequel Quintessentially Q because I’m sure most readers will need more! 5.0 Stars