Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

I have been waiting for this book for weeks. Ever since I saw the first teaser on Facebook, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Here’s the blurp for Tears of Tess.

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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?

 

My Thoughts:

I’m not usually one to read something so dark. I love rainbows and butterflies. This was leaning more towards tornadoes and snakes. Terrifying, yet oddly fascinating. As soon as Pepper emailed the ARCs out, I downloaded it to my kindle and made the kids go to bed. Then I stayed up until 4am reading it. Oh. My. Freaking. Heck. It was so deliciously twisted that I questioned my own sanity and choices between right and wrong.

Tess starts off sort of shy and wanting to please her boyfriend, Brax. She’s willing to do anything to keep him and their relationship happy, even if it doesn’t completely satisfy her. While on a romantic romp to Mexico, Tess’s life is forever turned upside-down. She’s kidnapped and sold into slavery. Instead of giving in and giving up, Tess becomes a fighter. She is totally bad A.

Q is handsome, mysterious, and rich. Tess hates him on sight, yet is still intrigued by him. While I longed to hate him for who he was, a slave owner, I was in Tess’s head the whole time and couldn’t help but want a taste of him if I had a chance to bite him. Just when you begin to think you understand him, he does something unexpected and you’re left reeling. Then you think you get him again, and wham!

There were so many twists and turns in this story. It was an emotional roller coaster ride. I loved every minute of it. I felt as twisted at Tess and Q by the time I was done. All I can say is, great job Pepper Winters!

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