Sunday, December 22, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

Title: Quintessentially Q
Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #2
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

“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.

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6- Best book/Best Series of 2013- ★ 

Since I’ve started reading/reviewing books, I’ve never actually surpassed the five star rating, until Pepper came along with her sequel QQ! Ladies, this book made me FEEL. Not many books that are labeled as Dark Romance make me feel so deeply, and touch my very core, as QQ did. Reading the sequel of Tears of Tess, QQ made me hold my breath, made me sweat,and my heart and pulse race; it was gut-wrenching thrilling that I thought I’m going to lose it any minute because the dark elements utterly shocked me that I was afraid about Pepper's characters. This book was not just shocking, cruel and dark – much darker than Tears of Tess- but it was also so deep on an emotional level that my heart was melting-twisted perfection. Pepper’s vivid style of writing, the way she developed Q was just amazing. We learn so much about Q in book 2 and get a good deep look into his soul that it wasn't hard to fall for him even more. 

Many times, especially from 35%- 60%, it felt as if someone put a dagger in my heart, and slowly, very slowly kept poking and mocking my suffering heart. It was like a bad accident, you couldn’t look away from it; so even though I was on the brink and nearly suffered from a heart attack I couldn’t stop reading. When the dagger wasn’t enough anymore, it felt as if someone grabbed me by the throat and squeezed… that I was suffering, is mildly an understatement, but it was sooo worthy. You have to live through darkness before you can appreciate the light… -yeah, that’s exactly how this book was. Pepper catapulted herself with this book, for me, into the top notch of authors. 

This book makes you feel in all the right and wrong places. Your emotions will be all over the place… you laugh, swoon, hate, and fearBUT when you finish you see it was necessary. Pepper had to guide us through the darkness, making us see and understand the complexity of her character(s). Step by step, Pepper walks us through the depths of her characters minds, especially Q’s, representing the darkest places his mind travels to, where his monster is hidden and waiting to be released.

“I needed her more than food or sunlight. Only when she came into my life did I start to live – intoxicated by her taste, screams, and joy” 

Q was fighting long and hard to not fall for his saved slave; after sending her home to continue her happy life with her picture boyfriend Q thought he had done the right thing- making her happy. But Tess wasn’t happy and she returned; she returned to Q and his darkness. 

QQ starts off where Tears of Tess ended and Q is struggling to keep his inner desires in control because he’s haunted by dark, very dark nightmares. Tess’ return was the best thing that could happen to him, even if he didn’t know it by then.

Naked and restrained, this darkness cannot be contained you, my esclave have been claimed

And she was soo claimed… Q fell for her fast and hard, just like Tess did. But unlike her, he couldn’t express all his thoughts, fears, and desires. But what he knew, Tess had Q in a very tight grip

…the moment Tess stalked into my life I lost my balls to her.

Giving up authority, power is hard for Q.. but bit by bit, Tess was cracking Q open. She made him feel and allowed him to be the person he truly was. By giving him the trust he needed, these two created a bond that was deeper than anything I’ve ever read before. Tess let Q possess, obsess and consume her, because she knew he needed it… he needs her as air to breath. And he also knew what Tess needed to do, to set Q free: "…I need to break you to make you mine.” ~Tess

”You’ll never be free of me. I’ll never be free of you.”Je vous garde pour toujours ~ I’m keeping you forever.

Trusting Q, giving herself completely to him came with a risk...Q was all my nightmares, fantasies, and needs rolled into one bestial package. Letting this beast free, held something terrifying but also mystical to it and Tess knew she couldn’t restrain this monster inside of Q for long.

Day by day, Tess and Q’s bond grew stronger and deeper… something he never would have dreamed off. He gave her wings but she, she’s his gravity. Tess “accepted, wanted, and made him feel wrorthy”; everything he never experienced before.

Tess became his world; without her, it wouldn’t spin right, and his life had no meaning… When he finally made himself aware of his feelings and desires, what could be, how it should be, how he wanted it to be…

………Tess is gone, ripped out of his life, leaving a broken, maddening Q behind. She is his light in the darkness, his darkness, and now she’s gone

The journey he’s about to take, will break him open, will tear him up, as well as Tess…but it was necessary to break him, to make him completely hers. 

”I was nothing more than a creature with the urge to bath in his enemy’s blood”~Q

”I’ve fallen in love only for it to end…” ~Q

Only sweet thoughts kept him going…

”In my embrace I held the moon and the stars…” ~Q

Their love isn’t for the faint heart, nor does it need to be understood by others. In QQ we see how to lost souls finally found in each other what they were looking for all this time. Their journey gut-wrenching and painful but both come out stronger than ever before.

Sometimes you have to break something in million pieces to make it whole again. 
Sometimes you have to scarifies and do what you have never done before to hold on to the love of your life…

”She was the one who stole my heart, and I doubted I’d ever get it back.” ~Q 

More of my fave quotes:

”You crawled into the darkness, set my monster free
so scream, bleed, call out to me,
but never say stop, never flee”

”You’re my esclave, my soul mate,
each other we own,
you’re mine forever, my bird flew home”

”You told me you were strong enough.
You told me you were brave.
Yet now you lie next to me and all I can do is save.”

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review


  1. I just finished Tears of Tess and loved it! I can't wait to reead QQ! :D

  2. After I read tears of Tess, I was shocked, as I had never read anything this dark before, but reading these reviews today made me think differently about the book and I can't wait to read QQ. Thanks Tamara and Nadine for your wonderful reviews I can't wait to one click this new book!!!

  3. Awesome!! Have Tears of Tess awaiting in my kindle to be read and need to purchase QQ. Can't wait to start reading this series :)


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