“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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Title: Tears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Romance | Erotica | BDSM
Publication Date: 30 August 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
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