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Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark Book 1) by [Winters, Pepper]
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6 Holy Wow This Author Took Me On A Ride I Never Saw Coming and Left Me Speechless Stars. 
I've never rated a book 6 stars before so this gives you an idea of just how good I believe this book to be. This story will take you by the hand and show you how both darkness and light exist within all of us. It will ultimately take you by the heart and you will be so glad that you read it. 
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Pepper Winters is a standout! An absolutely stunning debut!!! 
Lorie, Goodreads 

To all my followers and review readers, put this on the top of your to do list, and the second, the very moment at midnight on release day, you 'buy now with 1 click', forgo work the next day because you ain't sleeping that night, you are getting your mind blown and your world rocked off it's axis.Tears of Tess gets 5-WTFH THAT DEBUT BOOK IS THE DEBUT BOOK OF THE CENTURY!!!!!!-Kimmi stars★★★★★ 

Tears of Tess is everything that's missing from Fifty Shades of Grey. A man who manages to be unnerving in a sexy way? Check. A heroine with spunk? Check? Complex emotions? Double check. A believable emotional journey? Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! 
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3318 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Pepper Winters; 3 edition (August 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tess is living a quaint life with her boyfriend Brax. Brax is kind and loving. He is safe. He is everything Tess should want, but then why does she feel like something is missing? Tess struggles with unusual sexual desires. Desires she is not sure Brax can handle. Deciding to try and entice Brax from his from his vanilla ways while on vacation on Mexico, Tess has a plan to show Brax what she wants. What she needs. Quickly, Tess realizes that was a terrible idea. Brax isn't cut out to partake in the kinds of acts Tess proposes.

Pushing aside her embarrassment and disappointment Tess tries to enjoy the rest of their vacation. Brax decides it would be nice to see city. They set out on the back of a scooter to explore and do some sightseeing. Little did they know that this innocent excursion would change their lives forever. While stopped at a cafe for quick break from the sun Tess is taken. Kidnapped. Sucked into the unthinkable world of human trafficking.

Branded, but not broken, Tess is sold, like a piece of merchandise. In order to survive she buries old fragile Tess and forges ahead, into the unknown, a stronger more defiant Tess. Walking into the lion's den, she faces her new capture with her head held high, vowing, to herself, she wouldn't go down without a fight.

When Q watches, from the balcony, as Tess enters his home he is surprised. She isn't battered and broken as he expected. No, she is different. Tess's ferocity plays havoc on him. The fight she displays ignites his soul. Will he be able to keep his distance when everything about her calls to him?

Quickly, Tess and Q learn that no matter how hard they fight, there is some animistic magnetism drawing them together.
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This is the first book that I've signed up to receive an ARC for. I was little nervous, thinking, "What if I hate it, or can't finish it." With that being said, I LOVED this book!!! It was an intriguing, captivating, gut wrenching emotional roller coaster. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read more from Pepper.

Tess didn't have parents that loved and supported as she was growing up. Cue Brax, they have been together for the last two years. Brax is everything Tess thinks she wants and she will do anything to make him happy, even if that means putting her wants and desires aside. She feels very safe and secure with him but has been wanting more in the bedroom than Brax is comfortable with.

"I wanted a new label. One that said: girlfriend who will do anything to be tied, spanked, and f****d all over rather than adored."

Brax surprises Tess with a trip to Cancun Mexico where Tess really finds her sexual urges coming to light. She tries to make them known to Brax but he just kind of shrugs them away. One day while sight seeing Brax stops at a run down restaurant to get a drink. When they walk in Tess immediately feels like something is wrong and they shouldn't be there. She tries to convince Brax they need to leave, but he insists on going to the bathroom first. Brax is then beaten and left for dead. Tess is kidnapped by a human trafficking organization. They brand her with a barcode and get her "ready" to be sold. No matter how terrified Tess is she refuses to show it. She fights with every ounce of being she has.

"I would never give up. I would fight until I died; I'd teach the kidnappers they stole the wrong girl if they wanted meek and broken.
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I liked the cover. I thought it represented the book very well. Looks like this review is going to be one big spoiler.
I like books where the hero saves the heroine, but when
the hero is the one the heroine needs to be saved from, it just messes with my
Tess is kidnapped in Mexico while on vacation with her boyfriend. She continually fights the kidnappers. They decide she is too much trouble to sell . So they give her to (of course) a rich man who lives in a mansion and who treats her terrible. She won't tell him her name because she feels she has had everything else taken from her. So what does this poor excuse for a man call her? Slave! This is now her name. She fights being a captive every chance she gets. She is a survivor.
She manages to escape and is then 'rescued' by the bad guys who then rape her.
Oh yes, the rich man has a tracking bracelet on Slave, so now he is the hero and he saves her.
It turns out, he is a 'good guy' who buys slaves and rehabilitates them, then returns them to their homes. WWWWHHHHHAAAATTTT!
I can't tell you how mad this made me. He fixes broken women that have been enslaved and abused. So what happens when he gets a woman who is not broken????? He breaks her. WTH! If he had sent her home when she first arrived she would not have been beaten and raped. Actually, at one point she is strung up and tied to the ceiling, by the so called H, so the men that gave her to him could fondle her so she would be degraded and more submissive. Because he is a coward, he doesn't watch the results of his actions and she is raped with a knife handle. And THAT breaks her!!!
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