December 27, 2013

Book Review: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

Title: Quintessentially Q
Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #2
Author: Pepper Winters     
Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  December 15, 2013
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

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“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right."
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark, #2)Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finished this book about two days ago and my brain has still not recovered enough to feel like I can write this review. Nevertheless, I am going to try.

Can I just say that Pepper Winters is amazing? She is a freaking fantastic writer that creates some of the most dark, twisted, horrifyingly beautiful stories that I have ever read. I LOVED Tears of Tess more than any other book that I had read this year, but Quintessentially Q blew Tess's book out of the water. No comparison - not even close. QQ just took Tess and Q's story to a whole other level.

Since this is one of those books that any kind of in-depth review or plot discussion will ruin the book for anyone that hasn't read it, I'll just stick to generalities. I loved Q Mercer by the end of ToT, but I still wasn't sure that he and Tess would ever really find a way to be together. But the transformation that he goes through in QQ is mind blowing. By the end of QQ, there was no doubt in my mind that Tess and Q belong to each other completely, 100%, without a doubt. There was also no doubt in my mind that Q Mercer is a one of a kind guy that loves Tess from the bottom of his dark, monstrous soul. The things he does for her....I was truly speechless and overwhelmed several times during this book at the lengths Q went for Tess.

Speaking of overwhelmed, I feel like I need to stress that this book is DARK. It is not pretty. It is not a happy read. It is hard to read a major portion of this book. It will make you cry, scream, fidget, feel sick to your stomach, doubt that any goodness exists in humanity. But then it pulls you out of that black abyss and gives you hope again, just when you think that all hope has been lost forever. It is an emotional roller coaster to say the least. Don't say that you weren't warned.

Overall, I can unequivocally say without a doubt that this is the absolute best book that I have read in a very long time. You definitely need to read Tears of Tess before you read this book, so if you haven't done that yet, go do it. You won't regret it!

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Deleted Snippets from Quintessentially Q:

Deleted Snippet #1

The more I opened the eyes where Tess was concerned the more I saw. I had an affinity with languages and slowly I grew to know Tess’s. That thought stopped me short. Had she come to read me as much as I grew to read her? Were we both screaming the truth and we just couldn’t understand each other?

Deleted Snippet #2

The urge to just touch her, not to inflict pain or consume her, grabbed me around the back of the throat. I looked over my shoulder. She stood not far away. Her hair whipping around her as the helicopter ascended into the sky and her skirt torn from my rough handling. If I looked closer, I saw the faint crinkle of where my hands had marred her blazer, and the redness of the tie burn around her wrists.


Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at


Tour wide giveaway:
Pepper is offering up (5) eBook copies of Tears of Tess (INTL) and (2) swag packs (INTL) up for grabs.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/30/2013.

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Title: Tears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #1
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2013

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A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. 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.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

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?

And, Coming Soon...... 

Title: Twisted Together
Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Early 2014

Twisted Together Synopsis:

“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.

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