Tears of Tess - Pepper Winters

#Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters @PepperWinters


“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?
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and 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.


There is one thing you have to do when you start reading this book, that’s to open your mind, wide. The concept of this book is more than a little terrifying, the outcome of this book is a wonderful idea but honestly more than a little fantastical. I had more than a few moments of “Really?” “That would never happen.” and similar. Then I took a moment, and told myself to just enjoy the story, to let myself get swept up in it.

Tess and Brax leave Australia for a holiday in Mexico. Their relationship is comfortable and Tess is hoping to spice things up while they are away. Brax finds the idea uncomfortable though, preferring their sexual relationship to be straight with nothing unusual to complicate things.

While out exploring they are attacked and Tess is kidnapped, their future ripped from them and Tess’ life ripped from her as she is whisked into a terrifying ordeal as a sex slave. Sent to France, to a mansion, and an owner named Q.

Tess is woman with a lot of strength, she refuses to give in to her situation without giving Q a good fight at every turn. But she finds herself drawn to him, wanting to get to know this man who seems to have a kindness behind his abruptness (see I said you would need an open mind here).

Q is intrigued by her fight, but it also pulls at something deep and dark inside of him. You see him pushing and pulling from her, trying not to turn into the thing he fears most.

There is far more to Q’s story, which we don’t learn until later in the book which helps us to understand his motives, and what Tess is sensing in him and why she is drawn to him. They are an odd match but as their relationship grows it’s a beautiful and erotic story to read.

I loved Brax but he was clearly not a good fit for Tess and even as we revisit him he doesn’t suit her at all and they are more like childhood friends than lovers.

This book contains a lot of sensitive subjects, kidnapping, slavery, violence, rape etc. But it is very well handled, and despite it being a little fantastical it is a wonderfully written novel and a fantastic erotic romance. I’m so glad this is a series because I was so not ready to leave the characters and will definitely be reading more.


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TitleTears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Romance | Erotica | BDSM
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 August 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 382
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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I'm BrizzleLass, I am a bookworm and my book blog BrizzleLass Books is where I share my love of books by writing reviews, sharing guest posts from authors, interviews and even the odd bookish giveaway! I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. My personal blog BrizzleLass.co.uk is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me.

17 thoughts on “#Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters @PepperWinters”

    1. It’s a tough read and given my own history with a few of the themes I almost gave up on it myself. Very well written though and I’m glad I saw it through although I was quite emotionally spent by the end.

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      1. That’s what’s putting me off these types of books at the moment. Feel like life is tough enough at the moment. Not sure I can face any more emotional draining through the books I read. On that note, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Christmas books this month. Far too early to be reading them. I normally ban myself reading them until November, but reviewing for blog tours, so need to get the reading in early. Now, promise me you’ll read a happy fuzzy feel-good book soon 😉 xxx

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  1. Hmmm… probably not for me as the whole bdsm thing doesn’t appeal- I am totes vanilla … gosh, that reminds me.. I used to share a house with a bunch of strangers and most of us became friends, but there was this lad who moved in and he was a bloody nightmare… short, hairy and 24/7 naked and it was not great… I usually called out from my room door if anyone was in the kitchen because he had the habit of sitting there bollocknaked, happy out… and tbh, this was not a great way to start a day! ugh! oh, how he preached naturalism and bdsm.. maybe that’s what turned me vanilla bc I was 18/19 back then and behind the curve, if you know what I mean… 😀

    going back to your review, the premise and the darkness sound good though… so even though tough for you in places, glad you enjoyed it in the end enough to continue the series. 🙂

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    1. Oh wow he would have freaked me out completely!! My intro to BDSM was much more pleasant than that! Haha! Not a fan of the naturalism thing though, there is a time and place for nudity and it’s not over your cornflakes! 😂
      I once had a housemate who always listened to Johnny Cash when having sex, I swear I can’t hear any Johnny Cash music at all any more without my toes curling!


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