Tears of Tess – Pepper Winters

“A human is adaptable. A human heart is not.”

Goodreads Synopsis:Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark, #1)

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?


I’m still not really sure how I feel about this book on the one hand the first 20 percent or so of the book are a whirlwind and held such high promises for the rest of the book. The rest of the book however I didn’t really feel as if there was anything particularly special about it it just kind of was. It definitley was rather dark and twisted but given the story-line I felt that was a given. I think for this review it will be easier if I just split it into what I did and didn’t like.

What I did like..

 – Tess’s strength of character after she was taken, she does not give in for a second, constantly fighting back, there was no way she was going down without a fight. She also knows what she wants and is willing to go for it.

–  The beginning of the book really is quite explosive and from when she was kidnapped to when she was sold was very well written.

– The fact that it was able to portray the message that you shouldn’t care if something fits into what might be considered the social norm, you should always be true to who you are.

What I didn’t like..

– The characters, apart from Tess they had no real development, they all felt rather one dimensional.

– The relationship between both Brax and Tess and Q (her new owner) and Tess. Both didn’t really feel like they had any true connection it was always just about the sex.

– Although the ‘big reveal’ at the end was supposed to explain behaviours and events within the story I didn’t feel like it accomplished that, I felt like it explained some sure but definitely not all.

If you do like dark twisted romances, then this may be for you, however other then that I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Rating: 2.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes, but not to everyone

Would I read another book from this author: Maybe a different series


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