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Monday, September 9, 2013

BLOG TOUR - Review & Promo Giveaway Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

Release Date: September 9th, 2013
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
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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?

Author Bio:
Writer, reader, sometimes wife. An avid devourer of sexy romance and angsty New Adult. Nothing beats lolling in a bubble bath with her array of book boyfriends, and plotting torturous stories to put her characters through.
Living Down Under means she writes in the Queen’s English, not Obama’s, and aims to have an entire catalogue of sexy books that keep you wanting more. Oh, and she may or may not be in love with Q from Tears of Tess.

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My Review:
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Spoiler-free 3.50-4.00 painful stars!

“If you didn’t know yet, this book has sex. Lots of it. It dances with grief, slavery, and has a whole bunch of mind-fuckery. If you’re looking for a sweet, Young Adult romance, delete immediately, this will make your eyeballs bleed.” Pepper Winters. I love Pepper Winters.  She puts it all out there.

My first impression after finishing Tears of Tess:
Wow...there is effed up...and then there is Q and Tess's story in Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters. I just finished reading an arc of this soon to be released dark infused, crazy, super twisted love story. Tess & Q are two uber dysfunctional whackadoos who need pleasure and pain like I crave books, wine, coffee and chocolate. Its daughter will never go to Cancun. My full review to follow closer to publication date :)

I let TOT marinate in my head for a while - Final review:
A few weeks after I digested this story I found myself thinking about all of the ONWTF (Oh No What The Fuck) moments I had while reading this book.   Tears of Tess has been stirring up a little controversy. The author is 100% upfront about the subject matter. She doesn’t sugar coat what this book is about.  I know many people have compared TOT to CJ Roberts Captive series – it’s nothing like it.  TOT is a different kind of dark/captive/romance story.  Holy shit…when did I start reading so many taboo/Stockholm/captive/romance stories that I can compare? Ha.

Here is my TOT 101 breakdown without spoiling it for you:
-Tess yearns for something different than the vanilla sex she has been having with her adoring boyfriend. He isn't into doing anything adventurous with her sexually.
-Tess is kidnapped while on a vacation in Cancun, raped, drugged, beaten and forced into slavery. She is a fighter and she isn’t backing down. She won’t let them take her spirit.
-She is sold off to some rich guy and she learns her Master has some deep-seeded super-sized issues.  These two fractured souls come together and find themselves.  Their once suppressed desires are finally able to come to life. He wants to inflict pain and Tess wants it. Different strokes for different folks?  Win Win situation for them?  Not so much.  She is a kidnapped and her boyfriend is still looking for her.
-Tess’ freaky French slave Master really isn’t a heartless monster.
-His name is Q and this is all I am going to tell you.

TOT is not for everyone – really, it’s not. This story is disturbing on so many levels. There were so many times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and smack the crap out of the heroine. There would be no point…she would like it to much ;)   Pepper’s writing style was great.  This story was insane.  Tears of Tess held me hostage. I couldn’t put this book down if I tried. Pepper’s next book Quintessentially Q (Tears of Tess #2) should be out soon and I can’t wait to read it.  If you want to read some twisted Kindle Crack - this book is for you. Four Painful Stars.  Enjoy.

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