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WHAT DID I THINK: 10 out of 5 Stars:
Spoiler Free Review.
I pointed out pepercentage points in my review since I did not want to give anything away, but wanted to explain my feelings at certain parts of the book.
“Because you’re my monster in the dark, and I’m yours.”
This book starts 4 days after Tess returns to Q after he released her and she went back to home to Brax. It starts out with Q feeling conflicted since he wants to do so many thing to Tess, but he is afraid that the beast within him will scare her away. So there are some very steamy moments filled with Q taking out his toys to play with Tess. These scenes were steamy, etc., but I got worried and thought “great the sequel was going to be all about sex.”
“I both loved and hated Q with an ever burning passion.”
And that pretty much how I felt at Q when I started reading this book.
I was at 17 percent and Tess and Q were still talking and and having sex. I was worried I was going to have to skim. Too many sex scenes can become redundant with a story and I thought it was going to be one of those sequels. Then the characters were driving me nuts with their misunderstandings about how one another feels , etc. I was rolling my eyes through certain scenes.
BUT I KEPT reading and then all the sudden something happened and I thought it was just a dream, a hallucination, but NO it was not.
“Q…I’m so sorry.”
Those scenes were hard to read. I found myself cringing and praying. I think I stopped breathing at certain scenes. Then something else happened at 55% and I could not stop reading. I was up until 2AM. I had to know what was going to happen. How it was all going to close.
Those scenes at 55% written perfectly. Pepper Winters you made me cry. My heart felt crushed. The switch in POVs between Q and Tess were timed perfectly. I did not know what was going to happen even though I knew each of these characters’ thoughts and feelings.
“You crawled into the darkness, set my monster free, so scream, bleed, call out to me, but never stop, never flee…”
Q was amazing. I was leery of his love in the beginning, but all that changed. Actions spoke louder than words.
There are so many great words written in this book, but I do not want to add them to my review. I do not want to give anything anyway. What happened in this book, I did not see coming.
“You stole my loneliness. I may have given you wings, but you’ve become my gravity. I’ll never be free of your force.”
The epilogue is not really an epilogue but a note from the author and Pepper Winters could not have said it perfectly. There is no way you can wrap up those last minutes between Tess and Q in one chapter. You do need a whole book.
Teasers for Quintessentially Q
Goddammit, she said I scarred her soul… would she let me scar her skin?
Tess stood in front of me. Her toned legs splayed, hands on her hips. So proud and regal in her own body. I couldn’t tear my eyes away. My mouth went dry as the beast inside prowled and hurled itself against the cage, trying so hard to get at her. To rip her. Ravage her.
“I understand you want me to show you what my fantasies are, but you have to give me time, esclave.” My heart raced at the word. For four days, I refused to call her anything but Tess. She wasn’t my slave. She wasn’t my possession. Never had been and never would be. I hated how even though I knew she was there on her own accord, I still wanted ultimate ownership. I wanted her chained and completely dependent on me. I wanted to feed her and bathe her. I wanted to be the very reason she stayed alive.
Fuck, I should get a pet.
“Now is not the time to talk about hearts and falling, esclave. Now is the time for pain and fucking. See how the two don’t mix?”
The world didn’t matter. This was us. This was our fuckedupness learning how to live.
Every shallow breath was a hardship as Q slowly cut off my air supply. When I grew lightheaded, Q licked his lips and bent to kiss me. The rough dominance of his fingers didn’t match the soft sensual kiss he bestowed.
He didn’t kiss me. He worshiped me.
Q&A with Pepper Winters
Would you tell something to us about your book?
Tears of Tess is my debut and I like to think it’s a story about redemption and finding the perfect other, even if fate sometimes seems to have a sick way of bringing you together. Tess is a very strong heroine, and Q, well I don’t know how to describe Q. He’s delicious, he’s dark, he isn’t quite human in his desires.
How did you come up with the story?
Tess came to me very strongly. I just went along with the ride. I didn’t really come up with it. Q evolved from a horrid anti-hero with no redeeming qualities to someone who is deserving of a women like Tess. I like to think they belong together.
When did you start writing?
I started writing Tess in July 2013, but I started writing a bunch of other stories which completely sucked four years ago. I can still remember the moment I woke up one morning and turned to hubby and said, I’m going to write a book. It was random, but I’m so glad I chased my dream.
Who or what inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Travel. Food. Music. Watching people. I have a notepad with me at all times and jot things down. I’ve just come back from a trip away in Thailand and I came away with a perfect story line for a new book I’m working on called Last Shadow.
Which is your favourite book series or book?Why?
I don’t really have a favourite as I have such diverse tastes. But I would probably have to say my favourite writer would be Laini Taylor and her series Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Her writing is gorgeous.
Which is your favorite movie?
Princess bride is an all time love, and I also really like classics like Jurassic Park and Matrix. Plus rom coms of course.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
Write and write and write some more. Don’t publish your first draft. Get critique partners. Hire an editor. Never scrimp on your cover. J
What kind of music do you like?
All depends on the scene I’m writing. Sometimes depressing to get into the headspace of my character, sometime passionate, sometimes upbeat. I go with the flow J
Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
Yes. I would love to have wings so I could fly and no longer have to pay for airplanes to go on holiday J
How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?
I wrote Tess knowing I would publish it. I started the first draft on the 2 July 2013 and pressed publish on the 28th August 2013. I was only able to do that from spending years learning my craft and working 14 hour days to get it done. Not to mention a super supportive husband.