Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blog Tour (Review + Deleted Scene) & Giveaway: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

Welcome to my stop in the Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters Blog Tour, hosted by As the Pages Turn :D! Read my 5 star review, read a deleted scene, and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to follow the blog tour for more reviews, deleted scenes, interviews, and excerpts HERE.



Title:  Quintessentially Q


Author: Pepper Winters


Series: Monsters in the Dark #2


Release Date: December 15, 2013


Genre: Erotic/ Dark Contemporary Romance


Source: e-ARC provided by author for blog tour, in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.



“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.

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My Thoughts:


I would sacrifice myself for her.

OH. MY. FUCKING. Q MERCER!!!! You know how there are books in a series where you think it should have just been a stand alone, because the second book did no meet your expectations- characters get annoying, the plot is just lacking, etc- and you are afraid to read the next book in the series? Let me just tell you that is not the case with Quintessentially Q! Right from the very beginning I was sucked back into the dark, intense, and twisted romance of Tess and Q. I seriously don't know how I'm going to write this review without SPOILING the entire story! If you haven't read Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters DO NOT read my review, because it may CONTAIN some SPOILERS.


***CAUTION: When it comes to Pepper Winter's writing I can't never and never plan on holding back. This women has me worshiping her dark, twisted, gut-wrenching, and sadistic writing. I never would have thought that I would find bliss in reading such dark twisted romance.***


My reality was something I could no longer endure as I'd dirtied it, torn it to smithereens, and filled my soul with corruption.

In Quintessentially Q, Tess has returned to Q and has made a blood oath to be strong to handle anything Q has in mind for her. I loved that Tess has finally embraced the dark and sadistic sexual pleasure Q offers her, because she has always wanted to be in that kind of relationship. I always loved Tess's character from the first book, and I grew to love her and respect her even more. In the story we get to see how Tess gets broken down into being a shell of herself when she is taken away, but in the process we get to see a different side of her that is connected to Q's monster. Tess has her own monster in the dark that she releases after the horrific experience she goes through. I was surprised to see this side of her, and it just broke me a little to read about it. I will admit that I just felt like slapping the hell out of her in a few chapters in the story, because she just gives up and builds so many brick walls to keep the guilt away of what she has done, and in the process it affects her relationship with Q. But there is still a flicker of the strong women she used to be.

I no longer owned my body- the beast inside did.

Q FUCKING MERCER! In Quintessentially Q we get to see two sides of Q, the monster he has locked deep within and the sweet and caring side that he never thought he was capable of. Q has always unleashed the beast inside him with Tess, but we have never seen the full force of what happens when the beast is completely unleashed. When Tess is taken away from him he knows he must loose himself to the blood lust of the monster deep within him, because there is not other way he can get her back. I know I shouldn't be saying this...but I found myself swooning over and submitting all over to Q's monster. What the hell right? He goes on a killing spree to find out where Tess is, and I'm fucking falling for Q Mercer. I guess I loved that Q would go through hell and back to get back the women that belongs to him (Lucky Tess). But we also get to see the sweet and caring side of Q. How could I not want to fall in love and submit to Q? I loved both the monster and the man. I also fucking cried in a few parts in the story, because my heart just shattered and bleed for Q.

We broke each other, and the only way to stay whole was to entwine ourselves, gluing the jagged parts, stitching our souls into one.

Q and Tess relationship in the beginning of the story starts out dark, hot, submissive, and dominant. But once Tess gets taken away from Q their relationship is put to a test and the boundaries they set for each other and their relationship are shattered. Remember how I said I felt like slapping the hell out of Tess, and that my heart bleed for Q? This is what made the story gut-wrenching and had me pulling my hair. Now, Pepper Winters throws a twist that I WAS NOT FUCKING EXPECTING! Seriously at the end you will never imagine-fuck I never imagined-what he would do to prove how much he loves Tess by doing something that will break and damage him in the process, while it saves her and their relationship.

We were effectively trapped, imprisoned just like his beloved birds.

Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters exceeded and went beyond my expectations for a second installment in a series. I stayed up until 5 a.m. to finish this book, because I just couldn't put it down. Good thing I read this on my kindle or else I would have ripped some pages in the process of trying to turn them as fast as I possibly could. Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters is intense, dark, twisted, sadistic, shocking, and gut-wrenching. Pepper Winters has set the bar in the Dark Erotic Romance genre, hell, for all I care she invited the Dark Intense Twisted Romance genre with Quintessentially Q. Whenever I'm looking to get a fix for a dark romance I know what author I will be stalking and begging to release a new book. Quintessentially Q is going on my Favorite Reads of 2013, Favorite Reads of All-Time, and the Monsters in the Dark Series (both books) are going on my Favorite Series, Favorite Dark Romance Reads, and Favorite Book Covers. Now I can't wait to read the conclusion to Tess and Q's story in Twisted Together :D!

 Final Verdict: 5 Stars

Deleted Snippet #1:

The more I opened the eyes where Tess was concerned the more I saw. I had an affinity with languages and slowly I grew to know Tess’s. That thought stopped me short. Had she come to read me as much as I grew to read her? Were we both screaming the truth and we just couldn’t understand each other?

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 speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at

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Find out about the first and third installment in the Monsters in the Dark Series by Pepper Winters below.

Title: Tears of Tess


Author: Pepper Winters


Series: Tears of Tess #1


Publication Date: September 6, 2013


Genre: Erotic/ Dark Contemporary Romance


Source: e-arc was provided by author for blog tour, in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.



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?


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Title: Twisted Together


Author:  Pepper Winters


Series: Monsters in the Dark #3


Expected Publication Date: Early 2014


Genre: Erotic/ Dark Contemporary Romance


“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside. 

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  1. Thank you for the awesome giveaway :) I always enjoy reading your reviews great work with the blog :) xx