Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Gray Romance)

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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4 Damaged Stars

Oh Fox, you are a very brutal, cold-hearted, unpredictable, and deathly man. Your mind often didn’t make sense. Your words were as deadly as your hands. Your actions are the ‘cause of a ‘silly’ reaction. Your composure is stoic, cold, distant – unreachable. An accidental touch could mean the death for another person because your off-switch is dysfunctional just like you. You suffered more than any other book character I have come to know and love. Your traumatic past sliced me open; your tortured flashbacks made me shudder; your hidden sorrow made me pity you but also like you.

She thought she could help him, could make him feel. She thought she could even love him, make him love her by reaching deep into his soul, searching for the broken pieces, trying to fix them back together, fixing him. Little did she know how close she came to death by being close to him. She was afraid of him but couldn’t stay away. She knew a touch could trigger and death is lingering around the corner; however, she couldn’t resist. And she paid the price several times but nevertheless, Hazel came to love and fear Fox to the same time. 

Man, these two are two very dysfunctional people, Fox being the most broken one. Both are hiding secretes from the other while exploring an unusual arrangement. Spending 1month with Fox in exchange for $100,000 doesn’t sound so bad huh?…ha yeah until you live with him. 

He hid his past because of the amount of blood he has on his hands, and she lied about the reasons why she needs his money/help and her past. This relationship, if you can call it like that, was destined to fail and yeah it wasn’t easy but is anything easy nowadays?? I can honestly say I wouldn’t have come back; not for his adonis body or the spark Hazel felt when she laid her eyes on him for the first time…nope. I love my life and his hands around my throat wouldn’t fit into the picture.

With Destroyed, Pepper wrote another great book with a dark plot describing characters that went through hell, back and forth. I’ve to say the first half of the book was a bit slow – I liked it but wasn’t 100% hooked. I was waiting for the actions, twists and turns, and to learn more about Hazel, testing Fox in every way possible. I wished the book would have explored her character more. I felt often sorry for her because Fox was a big jerk and hurt her deeply; not only with words but with his actions, too. This unusual pair meets at his fight club and as soon their eyes cross they feel ‘the pull’. I’m always a bit critical about such statements and ask myself ‘How can this be true…happening’ Anyhow, after their first encounter Fox feels theneed to explore this so-called pull a bit further. He wants to get to know this female, something he has never had the desire to do: Getting to know someone, being social. Such things weren’t in his vocabulary. 

Their story has some major up and downs, heartbreaking moments, some steam and of course a sweet ending. At the 80% mark I was tearing up a bit because Pepper pushed with certain quotes/flashbacks the right buttons and in general I could better connect with the characters in the second half of the book. 

Her writing was as usual flawless and if the first half had some minor changes I’d have been totally hooked. For a standalone it was great but I think I’m a bit spoiled after reading her Monsters in the Dark series, which are FREAKING AWESOME, knowing how much she really can mesmerize me with her writing, thus my 4 star rating. 
I definitely recommend it though; not everyone liked super dark romance books and this grayish version might be the right fit for you.

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