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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Review and Book Blitz: Playing for Keeps by Emma Hart

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I’m back with another review for a book from the wonderful Emma Hart! Last week, I reviewed The Love Game. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Playing for Keeps, the second book in the series. (And my favorite!) But first, here’s the info on Playing for Keeps:

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She’s in love with him.
He’s trying not to love her.
One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realizing she was doing it.

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.

Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.

What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.

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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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MY THOUGHTS:

I loved The Love Game. It was a fun, sweet, sexy read. But, I’ve got to say, Playing for Keeps is my favorite out of the two. Aston and Megan have a chemistry that wants to combust, but they struggle to keep it under wraps. Aston is sexy, damaged, and has a gooey heart underneath his rock hard muscles. Megan, well, Aston’s grandpa describes her best:

“You come across as a total romantic, but you have a kick-ass, hard edge to you.”

She’s searching for Mr. Darcy and Aston can quote him. Match made in literary heaven right there! Where The Love Game was light-hearted and funny, Playing for Keeps was deep and enthralling. I couldn’t help but want to push Megan out of the way and comfort Aston myself. Although, Megan probably would’ve went ten kinds of crazy on me. It started out as just sex, but quickly grew to more than that.

Not only could you see the love between Aston and Megan, but between their entire group of friends. I love when you get to know all the players (pun intended) in a novel and get to see their stories blossom. Emma Hart has done an amazing job of giving each of her characters well-rounded, individual personalities and making them mesh. I can’t wait for the next book! I’m hoping it’s about Kay, the sassy, female-playboy of the group. 😉

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Review: The Love Game by Emma Hart

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review not one, but two books by Emma Hart! I first heard about Emma because she did a Q&A with New Adult Book Club on Goodreads. I read the synopsis for The Love Game and started stalking following Emma on Twitter, FB, etc. I love how real and down to earth she is. And her books are awesome! Which is the point of this post, so without further ado…

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His challenge? Make her fall in love with him.
Her challenge? Play the player.
Until life changes the rules of the game.

Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he’s everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn’t she say no? She doesn’t know either.

Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her – and he’d do anything to have her, hence why he’s agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it’s the only way he’ll get what he wants. Sex.

But, as Braden discovers, there’s more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined – and he can’t help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes.

Maddie finds Braden isn’t just a walking erection – he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don’t exactly hurt. That means trouble – but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren’t so alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they’re exactly what each other needs.

My Thoughts:

If you liked How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, you will love The Love Game.

The story opens with Maddie contradicting herself as she talks about Braden. She hates him, but can’t help but notice how hot he is.  I related with her right away as I can certainly remember disliking certain guys because they were too hot for their own good and knew it. Each character has their own quirks that make the whole story fun from beginning to end.

It was hilarious to read about Braden trying to learn how to date a girl and Maddie having to constantly remind herself why she hates him. I was rooting for them as they slowly began to fall for each other, yelling at them to realize it, and ready to smack them when they got mad at each other. It’s a sweet, romantic story, and one I will definitely read again.

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