Review: Dollars by Pepper Winters

DollarsTitle: Dollars (Dollar #2)
Author: Pepper Winters
Release Date: November 18th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Dark Romance
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 300
Rating: 5 stars

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

“I should never have asked for a night with you. This would never have happened if I’d had more willpower.” 

A thief met a possession and did what he did best.
Now, he has to live with the consequences. 
Including the girl he claimed. 

Pimlico was stolen and sold all before her twenty-first birthday. 
Two years with a master who almost killed her is over. 
She has a new master now. 
A master who demands everything, expects everything, and requires ultimate access to her mind. 

Elder broke countless rules when he took the girl who wasn’t his. 
She confuses and bewitches him, but his fascination won’t save her from his desires. 

He wants to know her.
She wants to forget. 
Together…they’re doomed.

OH. MY. GOD.

DOLLARS. IS. LITERALLY. PERFECTION.

Pepper Winters, best known for her dark romance novels, whose characters’ souls and personalities are wrecked inside out, have once again surprised me with her latest novel.

Her characters have a distinct style, where her male protagonists are constantly trying to outrun the demons of their past, and her female protagonists are usually ones who gets kidnapped but emerge stronger than before when they manage to break their broken shell.

The love between the characters are twisted. Or at least, it is in the world of Pepper Winters. This is part of the reason why I love dark romance, and specifically, this particular author’s novels. The only word strong enough to describe this love between the characters, is passionate.

I would suggest clearing one’s schedule for the next hour or two because once you start on Dollars, there is no stopping. Dollars will have you turning the pages and leave you hungry for more. Dollars really surprised me. It is quite different and stands out from the Monsters in the Dark and Debt Inheritance series.

I have never wished so hard upon the recovery of her mind of this author’s female protagonist as I ever had for Pim. It was literally torture, going through what Pim feels. The inner struggle between the shell she was, and the girl she used to be before her kidnapping. Pimlico against Tasmin.

Also, something unexpected was the combination between Elder Prest and his cello. I have never read a character with such musical inclination and the love he has for his music. I believe this character is one who can love passionately, but fall to the deepest bottom when the people he loves despise him.

He is surprisingly gentle, and often, his words and thoughts contradicts each other. Even till the end, when his last ounce of self-control seems to be gone, he regrets what he had done and intends to do the very thing he had promised he will never do. Just for Pim.

There is only one thing I can say about Dollars. It is a perfect read, that will leave you wanting for more, and one highly recommended for dark romance readers!

 

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Cover Reveal: Tormentor Mine by Anna Zaires (Excerpt + Pre-order!)

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Title: Tormentor Mine
Author: Anna Zaires
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

A new dark romance from New York Times bestseller Anna Zaires

He came to me in the night, a cruel, darkly handsome stranger from the most dangerous corners of Russia. He tormented me and destroyed me, ripping apart my world in his quest for vengeance.

Now he’s back, but he’s no longer after my secrets.

The man who stars in my nightmares wants me.

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EXCERPT (Peter’s POV)

“Are you going to kill me?”

She’s trying—and failing—to keep her voice steady. Still, I admire her attempt at composure. I approached her in public to make her feel safer, but she’s too smart to fall for that. If they’ve told her anything about my background, she must realize I can snap her neck faster than she can scream for help.

“No,” I answer, leaning closer as a louder song comes on. “I’m not going to kill you.”

“Then what do you want from me?”

She’s shaking in my hold, and something about that both intrigues and disturbs me. I don’t want her to be afraid of me, but at the same time, I like having her at my mercy. Her fear calls to the predator within me, turning my desire for her into something darker.

She’s captured prey, soft and sweet and mine to devour.

Bending my head, I bury my nose in her fragrant hair and murmur into her ear, “Meet me at the Starbucks near your house at noon tomorrow, and we’ll talk there. I’ll tell you whatever you want to know.”

I pull back, and she stares at me, her eyes huge in her pale face. I know what she’s thinking, so I lean in again, dipping my head so my mouth is next to her ear.

“If you contact the FBI, they’ll try to hide you from me. Just like they tried to hide your husband and the others on my list. They’ll uproot you, take you away from your parents and your career, and it will all be for nothing. I’ll find you, no matter where you go, Sara… no matter what they do to keep you from me.” My lips brush against the rim of her ear, and I feel her breath hitch. “Alternatively, they might want to use you as bait. If that’s the case—if they set a trap for me—I’ll know, and our next meeting won’t be over coffee.”

She shudders, and I drag in a deep breath, inhaling her delicate scent one last time before releasing her.

Stepping back, I melt into the crowd and message Anton to get the crew into positions.

I have to make sure she gets home safe and sound, unmolested by anyone but me.

 

About the author:

Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

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Review: Pennies by Pepper Winters

Pennies CoverTitle: Pennies (Dollar #1)
Author: Pepper Winters
Release Date: July 11th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Dark Romance/Erotica
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Rating: 5 stars

“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfill and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.
He was rich.
Together…they were bankrupt.

This might just be the best novel Miss Pepper Winters has ever written!

Pennies has touched me in ways I have never felt from reading any dark romance novels before, and something about Tasmin and Elder Prest draws me into them so deeply, just like how I felt for Q and Tess!

Pepper Winters is an author whose novels gets better with each novel she writes!

To me, she is one of the best dark romance writer whose level of darkness (combined with unbreakably-strong female characters, and hot-alphas who exudes confidence by standing in a corner), raised the bar for many dark romance reads out there. Yet with each novel and series she writes, she breaks her own bar!

I have read almost all of the books written by this author, and I love all of them! I do have to say that my favourite is definitely the Monsters in the Dark series, but this new series might just be my favourite too!

Pennies is not the darkest novel written by our dear Queen of Darkness just yet, since it is the first in the series, but emotional and complexity of characters wise? Oh yeah, it has reached way past that stage!

Each character written by an author will always be different. Yet, in Pennies, the level of uniqueness is completely different! Tasmin and Elder Prest are two very intriguing characters, whom I would definitely want to find out more!

Did I also mentioned that the Queen of the dark romance genres, Miss Pepper Winters, is also the Queen of…no wait, make that the God! Yes, the God of Cliff-hangers?!

Seriously, every time when the story is getting really, really good, IT STOPS!

I see myself crying over the Dollar series and its cliffhangers until all the novels in the series has been released!

Highly recommended for all dark romance readers to read Pennies! Be warned! Tasmin and Elder Prest are not your typical dark romance protagonists!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

Review: Je suis à toi by Pepper Winters

Je suis à toi CoverTitle: Je suis à toi
Author: Pepper Winters
Release Date: May 29th 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Adult/Dark Romance/Erotica
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 223
Rating: 5 stars (and way more if it’s possible!)

“Life taught me an eternal love will demand the worst sacrifices. A transcendent love will split your soul, cleaving you into pieces. A love this strong doesn’t grant you sweetness—it grants you pain. And in that pain is the greatest pleasure of all.”

Q made me the happiest esclave in the world. He gave me his heart, his empire, his ruthless unforgiving love. And life finally left us in peace.

A man like my maître has special needs though, growing stronger as our lives intertwine. The only way to survive his monster is to agree to all his desires.

Including his latest wish.

I’m his.

And I won’t refuse. 

Ever read a book series that gets you even more addicted to the series with each book? Ever read most of an author’s books and the story in her books gets even better than the previous ones?

Pepper Winters and her Monsters in the Dark series will do both to you!

I have read most of Pepper’s books and with each book, her story, her characters and her writing comes even more alive. I have no idea it was even possible for me to be even more addicted to her books than I already am! Or the fact that her writing gets even better with each book!

Monsters in the Dark was my first dark romance series and needless to say, I have been irrevocably in love with Tess and Q, and of course, the author’s writing since then!

Yes, I have been waiting for Je suis à toi for a long time.

I thought Twisted Together was one of the memorable and emotionally powerful conclusion to a book series. So powerful, that I was satisfied with the series ending the way it did.

I was, obviously and painfully, wrong.

Je suis à toi is definitely one of the most powerful novel to be written by Pepper Winters, and in my opinion, the best novel she had written so far.

I never knew that I needed to know so much more about Tess and Q’s life after Twisted Together. For those who are in love, they are afraid to lose each other. Yet for Q and Tess, losing each other and conforming to the norms were not just something that they are afraid of, it was something they fear.

Losing each other is like losing not just a part of them, but their minds and souls.

At least, that was what I had imagine how Tess and Q would have felt if it happened to them.

Of course, if that happens, I will be screaming my head off and crying for days.

In Je suis à toi, Q is infuriating and stubborn as ever, just like Tess. They ruined each other, but they are also the glue that holds each other together and not break into pieces.

One thing about this author, is that her books will ALWAYS have a twist. Something really surprising and unexpected, and it happened in this novel. I honestly never knew it was possible for Q to actually…do what he thought was the only way to have a family with Tess.

Thank god, or probably the author is a better person to actually convey my gratitude to, for creating Tess Mercer. The one person who could break Q out of his stupor and for him to give in.

Now that I have read this story, I want more. If by any chance, the author decides to write a continuation, or any short stories on Tess and Q, I am definitely going to get my hands on them!

This novel is definitely not for those who can only stomach vanilla sex…

Oh, did I mentioned about the sex? *fans self*

Best be prepared because the scenes are not just steamy and sexy, but it is the epitome of steamy and sexy!

Pepper Winters is a master in writing the steamiest sex scenes!

As I was saying, this novel is not for the faint or weak-hearted, but rather for someone who enjoys reading novels that could invoke extremely powerful emotions!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.

Cover Reveal: His Only Salvation by Skye Turner (Teaser!)

Hey bookies! Welcome to the cover reveal for HIS ONLY SALVATION!

Title: His Only Salvation
Author: Skye Turner
Genre: Dark Romance
Cover Design: Kari Ayasha, Cover to Cover Designs
Release Date: February 28th 2016

My name is Hope Layne.

I’ve known Gabrial DeLucca my entire life.

He means so much to me, but he shouldn’t. He can’t. I can’t let him in.

He is darkness personified.

Everything I believe in and stand for is everything he hates.

Nothing matters to him. He loves nothing and no one… Except me.

I hate who he is and what he does, but I can’t hate him.

He is my curse.

He says I’m his salvation.

Am I strong enough to follow my heart when my head screams at me to do the opposite?

What price am I willing to pay to save Gabrial DeLucca from everyone, including himself?

 

About the author:

Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned International Bestselling Author of the Sexy Adult Romance series Bayou Stix, the Romantic Suspense series James Black, and the Erotic Romance Short Story Serial, Dear Diary/

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately, life intervened and she never finished her studies

She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, two children, and six fur babies.

When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing ‘Supermom’, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, cooking, baking, crafting, or spending time with those most important to her.

She loves to incorporate pieces of her home state of Louisiana into her writing

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Cover Reveal: Saved By Her by Michelle Horst (Teaser!)

Hey bookies! Welcome to the cover reveal for SAVED BY HER by Michelle Horst!

This is one novel I can’t wait for so check out the cover below!

Saved By Her Cover

Title: SAVED BY HER (A Monster Novel)
Author: Michelle Horst
Genre: Standalone Dark Romance
Release Date: November 2nd 2015

Jack

I F**K.
That’s all I do, all I’m good for.
People pay thousands just to have a taste of me.
It’s the only life I’ve ever known.
…until her.

River

I work.
That’s all I do, it’s my safe zone.
I get paid well because I’m good at my job.
It’s the only place I feel in control.
…until him.

Authors Note and WARNING: Monster is a work of fiction intended for adult readers above 18. It contains dark and sensitive subject matter that may make readers uncomfortable.
Contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual situations.

*** Standalone ***
*** No Cliffhanger ***
*** HEA ***

This book is not for everyone. Please only read it if you can handle the subject matter and are able to keep an open mind whilst reading. If you want a perfect love story, this is not it.

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TEASER

Saved By Her Teaser 1

Saved By Her Full Cover

 

About the author:

Michelle Horst is thirty seven years old and is from South Africa.

She’s been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for all things books, but she has an ultimate soft spot for nature and animals.

She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey.

One filled with joy. One filled with passion and heart stopping moments.

But most of all, it’s filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. There is nothing as satisfying as that.

Thank you for each and every story you share with me.

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Release Blitz: Twisted Boundaries by Michelle Horst (Book Trailer + Teasers!)

Hey bookies! Twisted Boundaries by Michelle Horst is now LIVE!

Check out the book trailers and teasers below!

Twisted Boundaries Cover

Title: Twisted Boundaries
Author: Michelle Horst
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: September 30th 2015

I live a life of darkness.

They sold my brother for money.
I was kept to make money for them.

I thought I escaped it all, but the monster is back.
I’m not worth anything to him anymore, so now he’s going after my brother.

There are only two things I fear; the darkness and water.
I’m not scared of pain.
I’m not scared of death.

I’m prepared to die and to make sure that monster goes with me.

Authors Note and WARNING: Twisted Boundaries is a work of fiction intended for adult readers above 18. It contains dark and sensitive subject matter that may make readers uncomfortable.
Contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual situations.

*** Standalone ***
*** No Cliffhanger ***
*** HEA ***

This book is not for everyone. Please only read it if you can handle the subject matter and are able to keep an open mind whilst reading. If you want a perfect love story, this is not it.

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~~~ OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES ~~~

Dark Boundaries Cover

He stole me. He broke me. I’m being auctioned for Fifty thousand dollars. Now, I don’t belong to anyone but strangely enough I wanted to belong to him. It’s his eyes … I lost myself in them

Authors Note and WARNING: Dark Boundaries is a work of fiction intended for adult readers above 18. It contains dark and sensitive subject matter that may make readers uncomfortable. Contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual situations. *** Standalone *** *** No Cliffhanger *** *** HEA *** This book is not for everyone. Please only read it if you can handle the subject matter and are able to keep an open mind whilst reading. If you want a perfect love story, this is not it.

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He’s my cousin and I love to hate him.
He bullies me.
He tries to break me every chance he gets
I remind him constantly that he’s adopted. It’s the only weapon I have against him.Authors Note and WARNING: Cruel Boundaries is a work of fiction intended for adult readers above 18. It contains dark and sensitive subject matter that may make readers uncomfortable.
Contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual situations.*** Standalone ***
*** No Cliffhanger ***
*** HEA ***This book is not for everyone. Please only read it if you can handle the subject matter and are able to keep an open mind whilst reading. If you want a perfect love story, this is not it.

Purchase LinksAmazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

 

About the author:

Michelle Horst is thirty seven years old and is from the land of milk and honey. She’s been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for other cultures, but she has an ultimate soft spot for nature and animals. She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. One filled with joy. One filled with passion and heart stopping moments. But most of all, it’s filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. There is nothing as satisfying as that. Thank you for each and every story you share with me. Sunshine Smiles from around the world and back, Michelle ;).

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