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.
OK, so WOW….this book is INTENSE!! Pepper Winters has once again given us such strong characters. I fell in love with Fox/Roan and Hazel almost immediately. Two broken souls looking for a way out. Their own words speak strongly about them, so I am going to let them tell their own story, in their words.
Roan is a slave to his past. He is undefeated, scarred, tortured. Will he learn to overcome and start over?
The broken yet controlled man…
“Obedience. Discipline. Utmost secrecy.”
“A wallop was medicine; a caress was a curse.”
The instant attraction to this woman…
“The instant I saw her I lost a part of myself. I became drunk on a new sensation. Something about her drew me. I didn’t lust or fuck or need. To be close to another filled me with horror not joy. So why the hell did I want to know her? Why were my thoughts full of nakedness and heat? What the fuck am I doing?”
Trying to save her…
“Run. Leave me. No amount of money is worth staying with a monster like me.”
His sweet side…
“I was right about her. She was magical-casting a spell over me, entwining me deeper into her web.”
“I wanted so fucking much to be normal so I could hug and kiss her, and thank the universe for giving me an angel.”
“I just want to be quiet inside. I want normal thoughts and the luxury of fucking hugging you.”
“I wanted to be a man for her. To shelter her, nurture her…learn to love her.”
“I was obsessed with finding redemption. Destroyed by love. Possessed by hope. Consumed by a past I couldn’t shake.”
“I’m a man searching for a way to be human again.”
Hazel is a strong independent woman. She has made a life from nothing. Her heart and soul are about to be take away. Hazel is loving and devoted to those in her life. WIll she trust this man, can she let him in, can he save her?
She is intrigued…
“I wanted to know his name. I wanted to know why he enticed and made me fear all at once.”
“A cocktail of anger and lust flurried in my heart. I hated it. I loved it. I’d never wanted to kiss someone so much.”
“Scars aren’t contagious, but your craziness is. What makes you think you can wave money in my face, and I’ll spread my legs for you?”
“He hadn’t meant to hurt me-beneath the scariness, he was just a man looking for a way out-same as me.”
“I’d never known a man who could frustrate me, terrify me, and undo me all at once.”
“I’ll tell you why, you moron. It’s because whatever you feel, I feel. It’s there-pulling us together. You make my heart race every time you look so broken. You make me feel stronger and deeper than I’ve ever felt for anyone. SO don’t tell me I don’t care!”
Lies. Pasts. Broken, shattered lives…
“You are ruthless. You are merciless. We made you this way. You are a Ghost.”
Can they make it through to the other side? Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat, you will be surprised at each turn (or swipe) of the page! Pepper had me biting my nails in anticipation of what was going to happen. I must also say that her writing style is amazing! I can still picture every room, building, car, place, etc etc in this book. I read it when it first came out and as soon as I began to write, it all came flooding back to me….I LOVE when an author can do that!!
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.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.