Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pennies by Pepper Winters Blog Tour

“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold.
At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold.
At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found.
At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich.
At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch.
At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free.
At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfill and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.
He was rich.
Together…they were bankrupt.

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Fuck this.

I stalked forward.

My hand came up.

The urge to soothe her catapulted my fingers to her cheek. My skin erupted from her delicate heat. I’d already had my single touch when I’d petted her hair. I wasn’t permitted a second.

But it didn’t stop me.

One second, she stood close, arching her chin at the door.

The next, she was across the cage, flying into a stack of boxes that tumbled in a clatter of butcher knives, butter knives, and sharp forks.

Her eyes turned luminous in the gloom, locking on mine with rage.


I’d forgotten myself by feeling sorry for this beaten wraith, but she hadn’t forgotten her overwhelming hatred of men.

I didn’t look away. But I didn’t explain myself, either.

I’d borrowed her for the night. If I wanted to touch her, I could. The fact that she’d leapt away meant I could report her to her master and have her punished.

Or you could punish her instead.

The distance between us grew thicker as we breathed fast.

I waited…wanting to know just how deep her education in pleasure flowed. Tearing her gaze from mine, she swallowed hard. Piece by piece, she hid her loathing, replacing it with reluctant acceptance.

Inching closer, her toes nudged aside sharp blades as she made her way to me and fell to her knees on the cold concrete.

Half of me jolted with insane lust. Most of me shied away with repulsion as her straggly hair covered her face but not before I saw the twisted disgust and echoing despair.

“Get up,” I murmured. Even though my voice was low, the cavern of the garage amplified it, layering it with bite.

Instantly, she swooped up. The crackle of her joints and misused cartilage in her bones sounded like tiny gunfire.

“Don’t kneel. Not in here.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

**First let me say, this is a DARK Romance and is not for the faint at heart. If you do not like those kinds of stories, then please do not read this one. After all, it is written by Pepper Winters and she is not called the Queen of the Dark for nothing**

This story starts with Tasmin being kidnapped when she was 18 and she knew that no one was looking for her, and if they were, then they would not find her. She started writing on toilet paper to “No One” just to help herself, someone to talk to. After a few weeks in an old hotel, she was finally taken downstairs for an auction. There were other girls there and Tasmin was girl number 13, she knew the number was unlucky for her. She even tried to bid on herself, but she was outbid and taken away by her bidder and she knew her life would never be the same.

Master A took her on a plane and when Tasmin refused to talk, he didn’t seem to mind as long as she obeyed him. He renamed her Pimlico. He got a kick out of torturing her in any way he could. She would count the days until she finally gave up counting. She continued writing and hiding the paper from Master A, it was her only outlet. Master A would share her with his friends and they were just a cruel as he was. Pim just wanted for Master A to kill her so it would all end, she thought about killing herself but she knew he was always watching her.

When Mr. Prest shows up one night, he is a business associate of Master A, he takes an interest in Pimlico and she knows it will only anger Master A and she will pay later. She is still silent but Mr. Prest seems to read her mind and thoughts, he knows what she is thinking almost before she does.

Will this stranger be her savior or will he be just as bad a Master A? Can Pimlico trust Mr. Prest with her thoughts? Will Mr. Prest be able to leave her after he learns the truth about how she is really treated?

If you have read any of Pepper Winters other DARK stories, then you know this one is going to be dark, painful, and heartbreaking, but worth every tear you shed. Once I got started reading, I could not put it down and I cannot wait for more.

This book would have been 5 stars for me if there would have been more dialogue. A lot of the book is the main character talking to herself or writing her thoughts down. Most things were implied but never shown or talked about, I would have preferred to read about everything. I did love Elder and can’t wait to find out more about him. This book was dark, but I have read darker by the author. I am intrigued to find out what happens next, but not thrilled that the next book isn’t scheduled to be out until May next year. [NOTE FROM BLOG: Since this review was written, the author has announced that book 2 will be releasing September 2016.]

Characters: Well written
Sex: Non-consensual
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: Dark
Would I read more by this author: Yes

This book is another amazing dark read. There is a lot of pain and suffering that our main character has to go through, but it is so well written, I couldn't put it down. Then again, dark romance is absolutely my favorite genre to read. This book totally didn't let me down. It is everything I expect from a dark, twisted read. There are times when I hurt and want to cry for our main character, while at others I want to throw things and scream for the cruelty she is suffering through that she doesn't deserve. Then I feel the connection she makes and can't help but hope that the one person she has connected to will help her escape the monster’s clutches, even if he is a monster himself...he can't possibly be as bad as the one that has her currently.

I was fascinated by Elder and wanted more from him. I want to know every single thing we can about him, because while he isn't a good guy, there is still something good in him. There is. Somewhere.

When I finished the book I wanted to cry. It was a story that I never wanted to end. I want…no, NEED more!!!

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 puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters to read and review for this tour.

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