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Tears of Tess Paperback – September 1, 2013
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Tears of Tess held my interested from the get go. Tess, the heroine who was interested to explore her sexuality with something kinky had a very vanilla boyfriend, Brax. Oh, they love each other, but Tess can't help feeling unsatisfied. The way she tried to jump his bone was hilarious.
When they went for a trip to Mexico, the nightmare begins and Tess might just regret what she had been fantasizing all along.
Tess ended up at the hands of her new master, a French billionaire named Quincy Mercer. She can finally live out her fantasy, but reality can be such a bitch. Will Tess survive it and gain freedom?
Q was indeed a really interesting anti-hero. Told entirely from Tess's POV, he was quite an enigma. I don't know what is going through his mind with his stoic persona. Is he the villain or the good guy? I very much enjoyed seeing his truth colors being revealed bits by bits. With him being French, definitely add up to his sexiness.
“Je suis a toi, je suis votre esclave.”
When I finally learned about his true motive, I'm in awe with him. He was such a walking contradiction for being who he is, a man who was constantly fighting his own inner beast. There is so much more about Q that I can't label him as just another rich hero with a sadistic streak.
The passion between Tess and Q was intense and overwhelming. I've read Pepper Winter's Destroyed and knew she had a knack of writing some OTT intensity, but it very much match the theme of the book.
To me, Tears of Tess is like an intro to BDSM, with Tess finally exposed to what she crave and Q freeing himself to indulge in his passion. Their love might be wrong and unconventional, but this is their love story.
“Q was no longer the devil.
He was my master and I belonged to him.”
By the way, those songs that were played by Q. How I wish there were really such songs that capture all those his emotions and struggles. I would gladly listen to them over and over again.
"My freedom is in your captivity, Q. I fly when I'm with you."
Drawn to the twisty, heartbreaking journey Tess is thown into, I couldn't put this book down. So, I bought the audio book to keep it going even when I couldn't read. I was magical. The dual narration fit the story perfectly. The story was good, but the narrative kept me enraptured. My heart broke wide open for every main and side character in this story. I wept for them, I pumped my fist for them, and I grew angry at them for all the wrong-doings in their world. And at the end of it all, I felt content over knowing all the turmoil, all the angst, was worth it all.
For those readers with strong trigger points from reading about rape, kidnapping, and violence - this may not be the book for you. BUT those who can handle it, I urge you to taje a. hance and read or listen to this one. I did, and I am so thankful for it.
While the writing could get a bit too melodramatic with some questionable word usage, overall it wasn’t that bad. Winters managed to set up who the main character, Tess, was and her background without taking too long to get to the beginning of the book’s plot. I appreciated that there weren’t many lulls in the story. Since this book is the first in the series, I understand the delicate balance of giving enough information to establish the storyline without revealing too much that will (probably) be explained in the subsequent books.
But while reading, I couldn’t help but feel an erratic nature to the story. There were times when I felt as if the main players, Tess and Q, couldn’t make up what it is they are feeling. I understand that they both have issue (which I appreciated how Winters established Tess’ s issues in the beginning so it wouldn’t seem that her subsequent behaviors and decisions came out of left field; that her own emotional/psychological hang-ups played a part at her eventual outcome) so some indecisions and doubts would come into play. However, the quickness of these turnarounds, primarily on Tess’s part, would leave me feeling confused about her state of mind and intentions. Perhaps, it’s the situation she’s forced to be in that plays a part in her behavior, but I think it could’ve been written in such a way where Tess doesn’t come away looking like a kid who is doesn’t know what she wants and so constantly changes her mind. It just made it hard for me to understand her and her decisions. I can say the same with Q but it’s more understated and considering he is meant to be mysterious and unknowable (for a time at least), the erratic tone plays into his role.
While I didn’t love it, I didn’t completely hated it either. It tapped into that naughty fantasy of being taken away and finding yourself being held captive by an alluring, brooding, sexy captor with whom you end up falling for (let’s face it, in the real world we all know what this would be called…). The book also walked on a tightrope regarding some of its story elements: human trafficking, slavery, rape, and rape fantasy (that last one is especially delicate and pushed the line as far as it can without going into full-blown offensive territory) which at times can test a reader’s mettle. But in the end I can see that at the core, this is a story about a woman finally realizing and accepting her nature and a couple finding another person who can fulfill their needs and be themselves around (I’m really hoping that the subsequent books - which I’m not sure I’ll be reading - will address the fact of Tess’s and Q’s masochistic and sadistic natures, respectively; frankly, by the end of the book I was getting tired/irritated with having them refer themselves as “monster” or “freak” for enjoying receiving/inflicting pain during sex).