Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)
by Pepper Winters
“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.
****Warning- Spoilers ahead if you have not read Tears of Tess.****
This book is the continuation of book one. In the previous book Tess had been stolen and sold into slavery. She was given as a gift to the enigmatic “Q”. Tess had escaped and eventually returned to “Q”. She found that she simply couldn’t live without his special brand of sadism.
Tess and Q are falling fast for one another but Tess remembers to pain and horror of being abducted. She feels like she is being watched. Tess wants to forget but she doesn’t feel safe. It doesn’t take long for her to realize her fears were not unfounded.
Tess finds herself at the feet of her previous captors. She is stronger and she is not going to give up so easily.
But how do you survive when you are haunted by your nightmares? How can Q save her from her own demons?
Tess is thrown into the pits of hell and she doesn’t know if she can ever recover from the things she is forced to do.
But revenge is sweet and the suffering of their captors is even sweeter.
Tess falls inward. She hides in the shadows of herself.
She is a walking, talking shell of the human being she used to be.
Tess wants nothing more than to be whole. But she can not find her way back into the light.
She can not live with what she has done.
Q must figure out how to reach Tess before it is too late. Can she be saved by a monster? Can she ever learn to live with herself? Can Q forgive her for what she has done, but more importantly, can she forgive herself?
Holy smokes this was a wild ride. I can not even tell you how much I loved this book.
Pepper Winters wrote this deeply disturbing and emotional roller coaster ride of a series. Book one delves into the sex slave trade. Tess shows us what she’s made of and she never gives in or looses her spark. In book two we see her go to hell and back. If her journey in book one was bad, this one was absolutely horrific. This book is much darker and more sinister. It is not an overly sexual book. The themes are there, it is after all about the sex trade. But it is more about the emotional and mental anguish that the girls are forced to endure to be “broken”.
I don’t want to tell you too much as it might give away the major shockers. This book shows us more of Q and less of Tess. He absolutely redeems himself and we see a bit of a softer side to him. He doesn’t hug teddy bears or dance in the rain, but this is Q we are talking about here. He is a hard man with base needs. He is into hard-core things, but he has fallen hard for Tess. He has to learn his own limits, and the lengths to which he will go to bring Tess back to him.
5+ HUGE stars!