Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

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Tears of Tess CoverTitle: Tears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic Romance – Dark

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?

Available at:
Amazon – Canada: Kindle
Amazon – US: Kindle

Favorite Quote:
“Three little words: I was sold.

Book Reviews By RatingMy Review:
For the first quarter of the book, Tears of Tess was intriguing, enjoyable, and alluring. Tess’ wishes and desires were clearly stated. Even though she already had an awesome boyfriend, Brax, she felt like there was something missing. Yes she felt safe, happy, and secure in their relationship, it was also easy, simple, and boring – especially their sex.

As soon as she arrived at Q’s house, it slowly lost it’s appeal. I was expecting Q and Tess’ relationship to be captor/captive. Don’t get me wrong, it was like that at times, but it wasn’t as distinct as I excepted a relationship like that to be.

Q was supposed to be the damaged, broken, captor type but all throughout the story, he had his one foot out the door. If you’re going to play the “master” part, go all out. I don’t know if he was holding back (or just telling himself that) or if he actually couldn’t back it up. He wasn’t as sadistic, as dominant, as strong, or as convincing as I would have liked him to be.

Tess, on the otherhand, was an okay character. Although, she was a bit shallow, in my opinion. I have nothing against that if that was intentional, but in this story, I just couldn’t really tell what the characters were really thinking. Unlike most I’ve read, I couldn’t get into her head and that meant I couldn’t feel for her.

In summary, Tears of Tess wasn’t what I expected it to be and wasn’t what I wanted it to be. Again, it could have just been me having read darker and more disturbing erotic books. It was still an entertaining read and it made me curious enough to want to read the next book in the series and see where these two characters take the story.


Books and Bindings was given a review copy of Tears of Tess by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence or alter the thoughts and opinions of this review in any way.

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