Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark Book 1) by Pepper Winters

I don’t even know where to begin with this novel. I honestly cannot believe I read it. I am in absolute denial over how highly rated this novel is, not because the writer is lackluster, just the opposite. This writer is phenomenal with the story she created, the scenes she conjures within your mind, and dragging you kicking and screaming through every page.

But that’s just it. There is so much kicking and screaming, this novel was hard to read.

I have many followers that I like to keep in tune with on various social media platforms, this one in specific was on Instagram, as they always offer such amazing content. One in particular shared her newest tattoo, a beautiful script on her forearm saying, “Je suis a toi,” or “I am yours” in French. Curiously, I searched for the novel on Amazon and found that it was the fourth and final book of a series. The graphic on the cover was beautiful for each novel in the series, and my follower recommended it heavily based on her tattoo, so I found the first book in the series and ordered it for free on Amazon.

Dummy me. I didn’t even read the description! My fault entirely!

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 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?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to hard to read subjects. 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.

See that bold disclaimer up there? It is no joke! I found myself cringing as I read some of the scenes, but I have never not finished a book. It’s just some compulsion I have to finish a story, to know the ending, regardless of whether I like it or not. I have to know! So there I was, trying my damnedest to finish the darn thing. She is a phenomenal writer, and I do not regret becoming acquainted with her work. Looking back on it now, if Pepper Winters ever came out with something tamer (I hate to sound square), then I would be all for it!

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