Monday, December 23, 2013

Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters Blog Tour

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Title: Quintessentially Q

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #2

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  December 15, 2013

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

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“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.

Scene 1
The urge to just touch her, not to inflict pain or consume her, grabbed me around the back of the throat. I looked over my shoulder. She stood not far away. Her hair whipping around her as the helicopter ascended into the sky and her skirt torn from my rough handling. If I looked closer, I saw the faint crinkle of where my hands had marred her blazer, and the redness of the tie burn around her wrists.
Scene 2
He struck almost tenderly but it still hurt like a bitch. I cried out as the tiny tails and beads of the whip kissed my skin with red hot licks. The pain radiated like an earthquake from an epicentre and Q kept touching me, kept stroking till the pain threaded with the sensation of his fingers and I no longer knew what pain was. It was all delicious. Nothing but pleasure.


This is one of those series you must read the first novel to understand the second.  I do want to note that this is a dark romance.  There are events that can be, suspenseful, horrific, and violent.  But, there are a lot of OMG, very hot, seductive and sweet moments as well.

I'm one of those readers who loves both the views of the hero and heroine (you may hear me say this a lot too.)  Tears of Tess we had all of what was going through the mind of Tess.  Quintessentially Q gives us both Tess and Q's thoughts, but Q is more of the star of this show.

I enjoy reading what is going through the mind of Quincy "Q" Mercer.  Q is French, so you will hear a lot of French phrases.  If you don't understand it, they do mention the English translation (no need for Google!)  You may want to try to imagine while reading Q narrating with his French accent (could be very sexy!)  I felt how much Q does love Tess and wants to express it to her, but it's something he's not familiar with and has never shown to anyone else.  I felt that he does so much want to show and attempt to express how much he does love her.  Yes, he can be domineering and intimidating, but he is a very caring man. Q will go to great lengths to right the wrongs and protect Tess.

Tess really loves Q. Her relationship with him is different than what she has had with her ex, Brax.  With Brax, things were gentle, not so rough.  With Q, he's rough, does things that Tess has never experienced before.  He's very dominating, inflicts pain on Tess, and Tess really enjoys that from him.  Tess is going to depend on Q more than ever this time around.  There are going to be some demons that haunt Tess that Q may have to find unorthodox ways to help her battle them.
Pepper Winters has done an amazing job constructing Quintessentially Q.  She was very descriptive in the what is going on in the minds of Tess, and especially Q.  She showed the kind of "monster" Q can be, but shows how big his heart can be for those he loves.  I truly enjoyed reading Quintessentially Q and really look forward to Twisted Together!



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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Tour wide giveaway:

Pepper is offering up (5) eBook copies of Tears of Tess (INTL) and (2) swag packs (INTL) up for grabs.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/30/2013.







Title: Tears of Tess

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #1

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 18, 2013

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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?


Title: Twisted Together

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Early 2014


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Twisted Together Synopsis


“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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