Friday, July 22, 2016

Blog Tour & Review - Pennies by Pepper Winters


“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.”

Meet Elder in PENNIES,
Pepper Winters’ newest Dark Romance Series!

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“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 fulfil 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.

Our Review

Picture the scene......
I'm in a hotel room in Edinburgh when I get a message off my fellow blogger, who is manning the emails saying "Check your kindle" I was like, huh, what? The conversation went something like....
Lou: Check your kindle.
Me: What?
Lou: There is an email saying new Pepper has been sent, did you sign up, I wish I had, check your kindle. 
Me: Checking.
Me: Syncing.
Me: Damn hotel wifi.
Me: Holy shit lad, I have Pennies!
Lou: Im soooooooooo jealous
Me: Ok 
*Goes and reads*
*Basically ignores room mate all night*
*Randomly shouts OMG at said room mate who just looks at me*
Me: Lad, you need to read Pennies!!!

Needless to say, she entered every arc giveaway going and actually won one a few days later and has since read it. She too was not disappointed and without spoiling the story I'll tell you why, Pepper left this story of a cliffy, thats no secret, its a series however she left it in a way that as a reader you feel satisfied with that cliffy, that, somehow, that was exactly where it needed to end. No I've no idea what direction book two is going to take, but I can tell you, I'll be at the front of the queue for it.

Tough part, reviewing the actual book, man this is hard without giving anything away, there are SO MANY parts I just wanna scream and tell you, read this bit, no read this bit and oooh you'll never believe what he said here, but I cant! I will say I loved it. Every depraved page of it.

Tasmin is a girl unlike any other I've read in a long while, she is unique, the fact that she's a "m'lady" didnt ever bother me, because she was someone I just rooted for, all along, I was "No'One", I was with her every step of the way, and Elder? well, this is where i came a bit unstuck, coz lets not beat around the bush, he is a bad man, but god help me I liked him. What does that say about me?

A girl stuck in a world, so far from her own (not in a scifi way, but metaphorically speaking) finding a small amount of salvation in one of lifes b******s and toilet roll, whats not to love.

Pepper, for me, just continually smashes it out the park and Pennies, just cement that belief in her. Pennies is a story that will stick with me and it will top my list of recommendations for friends looking for a dark read.

For the sake of clarity, I will use this opportunity / platform to put across my opinion on dark reads, and how people review and perceive them. 
Dark does not mean "May contain anal, or foul language or a few trigger like scenarios" it means it can and will use every dark, depraved and deceptive thing the authors imagination allows. Learn this, know it, live it and for the love of god, dont read a dark read and leave a rubbish review stating "Its too dark, and we should be warned it contains xxx"
Warning you with a list of every single mildly murky thing in it, ruins it for the rest of us going in looking for an actual dark read.
So for the sake of everyone out there, those faint of heart and those of us who should probably seek psychiatric help. Please just assume if its a dark read, it means DARK!!!!!

Star Ratings:
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = n/a
Writing Style = 5/5
Overall Rating = 4/4

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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.”

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Pre-order the Entire Series HERE!
Dollars (Book Two)
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Hundreds (Book Three)
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Thousands (Book Four)
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Millions (Book Five)
Release date to be determined
About the Author

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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