March 19, 2014

Book Review: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Grey Romance)
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free. 

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't know how Pepper Winters keeps doing it, but once again she has created a book that will drag you to the deepest depths of hell, and then pull you back up into the sunshine for a breath of fresh air.  And no, I'm not exaggerating.  This book was that effing good.

In the interest of keeping this review as spoiler free as possible, I'm going to keep it really short and sweet.  The characters of Roan and Hazel that Pepper created are so complex, so flawed, and so utterly perfect for each other that it is chilling.  They are both so damaged in their own way, but yet they manage to inspire a small flame of hope in the other.  Nothing about their attraction or their relationship is easy or pretty, but god it is so worth the journey!

I ended up loving this book wholeheartedly.  I will admit that it took me about 50 to 75 pages to really sink into the mindset that I needed to be in, but then it just clicked.  At first, I thought there was no hope for Roan and that the entire thing was going to be one huge let down, but then I was able to find that small spark of hope that I was able to hold on to.  And that let me really connect with Hazel and follow her on her mission. 

This book will pull every emotion out of you from ugly crying sobs to happy tears, and if you don't feel emotionally drained by the time it's all over with, well then you obviously didn't "get" this book.  It's such an amazing story of redemption, and forgiveness, and hope, and ugliness, and pain, and I just can't possibly do it justice with my review.  All that's left to say is that you should 100% definitely read it for yourself, and then you'll know what I mean. 

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It was the best kiss I’d ever received, but also the worst. It sparked lust and need in every inch of me. My lips wanted more, my tongue wanted savagery. My skin wanted to bruise because he needed to touch me so badly.
All my thoughts disappeared as I nipped at his bottom lip. He flinched, but a second later he copied, his sharp canines piercing my oversensitive flesh.
I moaned. 
I couldn’t take it.
My hands flew up and gripped his shirt. Yanking him toward me, fireworks whizzed in my fingertips; my heart galloped toward exploding with lust. I’d never been so drunk on someone before.
Then I landed flat on my back.
The crack of my skull jangled my teeth. The thick carpet did little to cushion me. My eyes flared wide and I grunted in pain. Fear, hot and terrible, swamped my lust in a dampening wave.
“Top rule. Unbreakable rule. Don’t. Ever. Touch. Me.” Fox kneeled on one knee beside my head, breathing hard. His hand noosed my throat, pressing my spine into the carpet. His eyes were cold and lifeless, looking like a hunter intent on blood. –HAZEL

*About Pepper*
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 sexShe 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

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