Summary: 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?
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
by Pepper Winters
Publisher: Self Published
Released: 6th September 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance Erotica BDSM
Format: Kobo eBook
Source: My Shelf
I am totally at a loss for words to write in this review. I am absolutely in love with Ms Winter’s writing style, it is fabulously easy reading when the subject matter was horrifying at times. But I just couldn't put it down, gee whiz Tears of Tess certainly was emotional. All the characters were complex and reading the epilogue from Q’s point of view, WOW that gave me a glimpse into his tormented and wicked mind.
Twenty year old Tess Snow has the perfect life, the perfect boyfriend of two years and is almost finished University. Celebrating their anniversary, Brax Cliffingstone has booked a fabulous surprise holiday for Tess and together they head off to Mexico. Tess has had a safe relationship with Brax, her parents never wanted her and they hardly talk to her as it is; Brax lost his parents in a car accident and hasn't been able to get past his nightmares. Together they had the perfect support system and the only thing Tess thinks is lacking is in their intimacy. Tess wants to add a little spice into the night time fun and has purchased some lingerie.
After travelling for 24 hours, Tess is ready to get to the resort and strut her stuff. Arriving in the room, Tess starts talking to Brax about a surprise, but Brax just wants sleep. Feeling defeated, Tess is going to throw all her fantasies away, but Brax gives in with curiosity. Biting the bullet, Tess changes into her new outfit and comes out holding her toy. Brax is horrified and doesn't want anything to do with toys or kinky outfits. Tess feels humiliated and dirty, she should just love Brax for what he offers and for the love he gives her. Tess will have to try and forget about her fantasies…..
The next day, they go investigating on a scooter. Brax drives Tess around all day and after getting exhausted and hot, they find a dodgy run down café. Tess has a bad feeling about the place before they even step inside, but Brax just wants a cold drink. It’s even worse inside! Brax heads off to the restroom leaving Tess alone and she has the worst feeling of danger; suddenly four guys block the entrance and Tess screams for Brax. Finding Brax on the restroom floor covered in blood and unconscious, Tess doesn't know if he is alive.
Tess is beaten unconscious. Arriving at their destination she is dragged into a building and into a cell with other women. They are all scared to death and stolen. Having no idea what is ahead, Tess is determined to fight back, she will no longer be the shy quiet girl that Brax fell in love with. Nobody is going to rescue her, she has to escape on her own.
Fighting and violated, Tess is again beaten, but gets some of her own back. Now branded and tracked, Tess is being flown somewhere. Being carted from plane to car to house, Tess arrives in a mansion on a sprawling estate somewhere overseas. Tess is introduced to her new owner, Q and still she has the strength and courage to fight him. Not sure what will happen to her, she is still determined to escape.
Will Tess escape? What degradation and violations will she have to endure with her new owner? Is Brax really dead? Are there other women being held against their will in this massive house? What is the real story behind Q? Will Tess become broken and ruined?
The horror and soul changing that Tess endures was brutal and awe inspiring at the same time. This girl that was so innocent before is now changed for life. Living in the darkness and having to suffer from monsters, the never ending horror that Tess experiences, it was all so vivid and horrible. I was in tears with Tess and couldn't believe this could actually happen. I gifted this book to my sister because it was fantastic, but horrific at the same time. I highly recommend this to readers with a strong stomach and a hard heart because it is heart wrenching.
4 DARK BRUTAL BOOKS
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.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.