Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
by Pepper Winters
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Well, this was not what I was expecting. It is a book about abduction and human trafficking for sex slaves, but there wasn’t a lot of sex. It was more about the degradation and loss that one suffers when all of your freedom is lost, and I loved it.
Tess and Brax are a quiet and sweet couple from Australia. They have been together for a while not. Brax is the perfect gentleman. He is caring and devoted to Tess. The only issue she has is that she would like more adventure in the bedroom. Their sex life has become a bit mundane. So when he invites her on a trip to Mexico, she sees this as an opportunity to talk about spicing things up.
Their dream vacation goes horribly wrong when they end up in a bad part of town. Brax is oblivious to the danger but Tess is on high alert. Sure enough, Brax is knocked unconscious and Tess is taken.
She has no idea who has taken her or why. Soon she realizes that her life will never be the same. She is among many women just like her. But she can not give up hope. Tess proves to be a fighter.
When she is whisked away to her new Master, “Q”, she is terrified and refuses to be broken.
“You are mine. I can do what I want with you. I can dress you. Fuck you. Send you away. Loan you to others. You belong to me. And you’ve finally realized it isn’t romantic, it isn’t sexy, or fun. It’s something no one should want or desire. You’re a captive.”
He offers he the choice of giving herself willingly. If not, then he will take with force.
Tess finds herself being turned on by the enigmatic Q. She can’t stop her body’s response to his domination.
“Two things I wanted most in the world: for Q to die a miserable death, and for him to fuck me.”
While she finds herself turned on by his domination, she still fears him. Circumstances lead her to rely on him and eventually trust him. For the world is a cruel place, and dangers far worse than Q lurk in the shadows.
Tess holds on to the bitter end. She will not break or give in to Q.
“If I was to be his for eternity, fine. He might own my body. He would never own my soul.”
But he is determined to save her, even if he has to save her from himself.
“I hadn’t gone Stockholmy- I hated him, knew what he did was wrong, but my body, shit, my body didn’t care.”
Tess can’t help but feel she is betraying Brax, but she begins to have feelings for her captor. She can’t explain it, but can the monster she has come to know as Master ever care for her? And if he does, will he end up breaking her in the end?
“I’m not afraid of hurting you. I’m afraid of how far I’m willing to go.”
This book was dark, but not in the way that Captive in the Dark was. This book was more about Tess coming to terms with a new life that was thrust upon her and her desires. She is no longer her own person but a slave. She has no choices and she is desperately afraid. Her body betrays her and she finds herself being more and more turned on by Q.
Q is an enigma. One minute he is kind and compassionate and the next he is a sadistic bastard. He puts Tess through her paces as a slave and even degrades her in front of others. Despite all of this, Tess can’t help but wonder if there is more to Q than meets the eye. She doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn.
The author makes you fall in love with the monster and even hope for a happily ever after. But Q is not the man who Tess believes him to be and she may not be enough to satisfy his unique appetite. Q can be quite scary at times. Tess can come across as highly confused, but who can blame her?
There is a warning to the readers for this book. This book contains, abduction, rape, extreme BDSM and slavery. Not all of the sex is non-consensual and this is not an erotic book. It is more of a mind-fuck book than an actual erotic book. Don’t get me wrong, when there is sex, it is highly erotic. But the seduction is more in the mind games that Q plays with Tess. (I hope that makes sense) It is all told from Tess’ point of view.
I can not wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens next!!!