"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?
©2013 Pepper Winters (P)2016 Pepper Winters
Holy Moly Guacamole! This had me gripped from the first page! Intense doesn't even begin to describe this book. From the get go I had my ideas as to how this book should pan out, I had so many theories. I literally had no clue, everything I presumed, guessed, thought I knew was all so far from the actual plot that I found it completely and utterly refreshing. I always pride myself on seeing the outcome of books, I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is dark and deals with some extremely sensitive issues, (kidnapping, sex slaves, drugs, rape to name but a few), any bad thing you can think of, it happens. That being said it has to go down as one of my favourite reads this year. The synopsis gives you all the plot details, I just want to say, if you like dark this is a must read, the characters are perfection, the story beautifully written. Full five stars.
It is a topic covering one of the darkest, worst sides of humanity but here is also a dark love story of accepting deep desires, fighting yet coming to terms with wants and needs that humiliate, cause shame whilst at the same time allow the lead roles to live life in full colour for the very first time. It is not twisted to love such a story even though the socially acceptable response is probably to be disgusted by it, there is a little darkness in all of us!
I adore both the main characters. Tess struggles with her dark feelings and Q is burdened with guilt. Both are steeped in shame yet find acceptance in each other in addition to a deep connection that has always been lacking from their lives.
The narrators are amazing!!!!! The accent provided by Q (Jacob Morgan) is so wonderfully sexy, wow...wet pants all round; sorry to be crude but to have a lover speak to you with that voice and accent would be enough to ignite anyone's knickers!!!! It is not often that I comment on the narrators but I really feel that the two in this case helped make this story the success in audio format that it is. Without being patronizing...you both did an incredible job. Thank you.
There were many reactions to this book, all powerful. The hope and despair sweep you along as do Q and Tess's feeling of shame and guilt. It is an exceptional story.
I have read all of the books to start with and thought that they were incredible but to see them in audio format...well, I had to buy. The rest of her books are equally as enjoyable. All are dark in nature but Pepper Winters is a truly gifted author. You will not be disappointed.Please invest but don't be sorry if you miss appointments as you are too caught up in their story!!! Be warned!!! :)
"Hot and Twisty and Depraved Oh MY!"
WOW...what an Dark and Depraved read. Lets just say 50 shades doesn't have nothing on this! I couldn't believe the depth and detail in this story. I love how Pepper stories are all narrated. No spoilers here, but some advice..... DO NOT read close to bedtime, you will be up all night!!
not much depth"
I was hoping for a twist that Brax was behind the kidnapping. too much back and forth with emotional shifts. Narration was disappointing in that the accents rarely reflected characters except a bit of French
"Not everyone's cup of tea."
The narration is excellent. But I could not connect to the story in any way, shape or form. Thank goodness for that. This book is very dark and deals with a terrible theme of human traffic and slavery. I didn't like the characters and the the justification for their behaviors was weak. I understand why the story was done the way it was but I either rolled eyes or cringed the entire time. For those who like dark stories, this book will please you.
"AhhhMazing! So dark, So complex, Twisted and Good! A must read!"
Pepper Winters is an excellent author. This story draws you in, and at the same time, dares you to test your limits because at times, it can be difficult to hear the struggles that Tess and Q endure.
The narrators are beyond Good, they're Great! You can't help but feel the emotion they are able to convey with their performance! Hanna Belle and Jacob Morgan are two of the best narrators I've heard, quickly ranked in my list of favorites.
I don't know how this book could get lower than 5 stars! I listen to several books a week, as I work from home, it allows me this luxury. I only write reviews on the books I consider to be the cream of the crop... This series deserves a review!
If you want erotica, intrigue, twisted love, and resolution, this series will not disappoint!
So well written, you can't help but be captivated and entertained by the story of Tess and Q.
I hope you enjoy these two books as much as I did. The second book is even deeper, darker, and more descriptive... so be prepared, you'll want to know what's in store for these characters, and Pepper Winters delivers in a Big way!
"Tears of Tess"
This is absolutely the most outstanding book I have ever read in the BDSM genre. I loved Tess' strength. No matter what was dished out she was up for it. As intense as was the pain and pleasure the search to understand was even better.
I loved this book.
"Dark & Twisty!"
I'm on the fence on this one, parts were 4 stars and parts were 3 stars so I'm giving 3.5 stars.
I liked the beginning of this book a lot. I was glued to it in the beginning but then about 1/2 though I started to lose interest then towards the end I was back glued to it again. I liked the characters and their background and history. This is one of those books that I'm having a hard time reviewing without giving spoilers and It's weird to say I liked specific things because of the non-consent thing but I will say that Q, when he lost himself, was hot! The narration was good but the main character was from Australia and didn't have an accent. I think accent should have been used.
"What a Trip..."
Pepper Winters takes the reader on one woman's horrific journey. While her experiences tests every bit of her inner strength, they also allow her to actualize her deepest desires. The man whom she perceives as a monster, who twists her mind, and wrecks her sanity causes her to question everything she knows about herself.
This rollercoaster story will cause you to question. The narrators convey the story beautifully. I especially liked the French singing.
"TRULY A TWISTED LOVE AFFAIR!"
IDK....This is a sick and twisted story...I am curious for book 2 though...
WOW...I dont know that this is a story you can say you like...its a bit overwhelming...its very dark...and well written...and the concept is just brutal..did I like this story? NO..do I like the book and the performance? YES!
I felt for Tess the whole time...she is very strong willed...and I probably would have really hated this dom/sub relationship if it wouldn't have been Tess who really wanted this...and that is how true dom/sub relationships work.
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This book was a struggle for me emotionally...I have a hard time with dom/sub forced relationships...this is a brutal story of human trafficking and forced slavery....and if you can not wrap your mind around how some people like pain, crave pain and want pain in there sex lives, and that that is the only way they are satisfied, you do not need to listen to this book!
Tess has always been missing something, she has dark fantasies and is not truly happy with her sweet boyfriend Brax, she also has parental issues and has never really felt good enough, or truly loved. Her and Brax take a vacation in Mexico and it all goes to hell, I mean literal hell...Tess is kidnapped and sold like property...she just so happens to end up in France with the dark and very sinister Q! Both these people are really messed up...he sees the fight in her, her intelligence, her passion and it is on!
I had to review my feelings on this book several times, and although I really did like this book, and I want #2 asap...I dont like stories like this on the norm..I know a lot about this lifestyle...the extreme BDSM lifestyle and I probably would not have finished this book if I could not have clearly saw that Tess wanted this, needed this...she was actually more in control of this situation than Q ever really was, and this is what it took for both of them to be set free somehow...it is definitely a sick sick sick and twisted world out there...and don't just think this kind of stuff happens only in fiction, because you are sadly mistaken if you do!
On the narration I think Hannah was ok, but the wrong choice for this book, and why didn't she have an Australian accent, if Tess was from Australia? Jacob was awesome!
THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR WIMPS, DON'T EVEN TRY IT IF YOU CANT HANDLE EXTREME BDSM, IF SO...GO FOR IT YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!
WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT, I AM TRULY BLOWN AWAY!
"Dark and erotic"
Warning: there are triggers in this audiobook that some with history of abuse may not be able to handle. That being said, this was a very dark story about a woman kidnapped into slavery while on vacation to Cancun with her boyfriend. Sold and delivered to a mysterious Frenchman, she discovers what it means to find her darkest desires and to be what a lost, miserable man needed to be whole. Love no book, but never boring. One of the darkest books I've ever listened to.
"Nearly ruined by narration..."
Oh how it pains me to register a so-so review for this book. This is one of those stories that I think is best left to be enjoyed in print form.
This is the first book I've read by author Pepper Winters. And fair warning - it is only book one in a series that is 3.5 books long. Tears of Tess doesn't end with a dramatic cliffhanger. The epilogue provides enough closure that you could be satisfied reading only the first book. As the other books aren't yet available on Audible, I'm not sure whether I will continue the series especially if more of the same narration continues in the subsequent books.
So the narration. I like Jacob Morgan. I am convinced he is actually Zachary Webber (who is my favorite narrator). I've never had a problem with his narration until this book and it isn't wholly his fault. My issue is with Brax' (minor character) non-existent Australian accent and bad sound editing. Hannah Belle however is the narrator that made this listening experience AWFUL. She didn't provide an Australian accent for Tess (the main character), and her attempts at French accents and repeated mispronunciation of French dialog made me so mad at times that I just wanted to stop listening altogether. Going back to the sound editing - this book is told from Tess' POV, but all female dialog is handled by Hannah, and male dialog is read by Jacob. While in my experience this format is less common, when done right it makes for an enjoyable listen as it is hard for most narrators to pull off convincing voices of the opposite sex. It is painfully clear that Jacob and Hannah recorded separately. Volume problems were prevalent. Sometimes Jacob's dialog was very quiet compared to Hannah and also had a "tinny" quality. It was such a distraction - imagine an intimate sex scene where it literally sounds as though the couple isn't even in the same room together.
Back to the book itself. This is not my first rodeo in the genre of dark erotica/Stolkholm syndrome love. However, Winters came away with a bit of a different twist that set it apart from others in the genre. Q was a good romantic lead as Tess' master. He was dark and mysterious and deliciously damaged. I just wish that the author had held back on more of the hints along the way as to Q's story and intentions. By the end of the book, I was actually a bit frustrated by Tess' stupidity and obliviousness. Also, I must gripe about one thing that drove me a bit batty. The word pelt. It was used over and over and over again to describe Q's hair. Please, for the love of all that is holy use some other word to describe Q's hair or better yet, don't describe it beyond a time or two. I've got the visual, thanks.
As for whether this book is credit worthy, I'm on the fence. It was a solid story, but as stated in my review headline, it was nearly ruined by the narration. Such a shame.
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