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Intertwined, tangled, knotted forever, our souls will always be twisted together, our demons, our monsters belong to the other.
I think Twisted Together has been probably my mostly hotly anticipated book of 2014. Tears of Tess and Quintessentially Q were undoubtedly amongst my top reads of 2013 and Pepper Winters really has put this unconventional couple through so much. They’ve had so much to endure, been so broken that Twisted Together was going to need to be really special to give this story, their journey together, the closure it so badly needed and it absolutely delivers. This book is HUGE but it needed to be – there’s so much to work through, so much to come to terms with that it needed to be this long to fit it all in.
So, Twisted Together is another intense, emotional journey fraught with danger and suspense, the kind of story we’ve very much come to expect from Pepper Tess is now so broken – Q’s esclave fifty-eight, the feisty girl with the seemingly unbreakable spirit is now truly broken. Q has done what he can to bring her back from the emotional hell she was trapped in but it’s not enough. He wants to marry her but, before he can make her Mrs Mercer and embark on their honeymoon, he needs to take her on a crescent moon, to reawaken her spirit to finally allow her to move past the horrors of the past few weeks and the unrelenting guilt that is now consuming her.
This story dripped with emotional agony as Tess struggled to find her former self, the girl who loved to endure her Master’s pain – she’s prepared to put up with anything for her Maître and this willingness to do what he wants despite her inner turmoil is breaking Q’s heart. He’ll do just about anything to bring back the feisty slave he fell in love with and, of course, Q’s methods are unconventional to say the very least.
Poor Tess – the depths of her despair really did make my heart hurt so badly. Her once indomitable spirit is now broken as her sleep is haunted by all-consuming night terrors as she is force to relive her ordeal over and over again on a nightly basis. Her screams are breaking Q’s heart as he can do nothing to rouse her until the dreams reach their ultimate, terrible conclusion. Their collective pain is palpable, the sense of loss that they share despite being together is tearing them apart but Q will do anything to bring her back and you can trust this sadist maître to use extremely unconventional methods.
Q went to great lengths, tore the world apart and savagely killed anyone who stood in his way to get Tess back from her second kidnapping in the previous book and deeds such as these do not come without repercussions and there will be consequences. There are dark days in store for this troubled couple and there is still much to endure so hold on to your hats as you’re about to be taken on another hair-raising and heart-stopping ride the like of which only Pepper Winters can deliver.
There were moments when I was reading this when the world just slipped away and all that I could hear was my own frantic heartbeat as I almost didn’t dare to turn the page, afraid of what was to come next. Afraid that Pepper wouldn’t allow these two to finally get their happy ending. It’s harrowing and suspenseful and I absolutely devoured this book as their story consumed me. Real life faded into the background and all that existed was Q and Tess, Monsters in the Dark and those that sought to tear them asunder forever.
Pepper delivers another powerfully dark romance, chilling in it’s execution with richly drawn characters which I have really come to love and hold dear over the course of the three books. Q and Tess mean so much to me that their ordeal is hard yet compelling to read. Twisted Together is full of horror and darkness and yet there are moments of genuine humour despite everything that is happening to them, Tess and Q remain quintessentially themselves - Q is still a darkly tortured sadist maître and Tess is still his feisty esclave no 58 and you can expect some scorching hot scenes between these two as they rediscover their love of pain together.
The book has everything – moments that will steal your breath away and moments that will make you smile BIG. It’s dark, it’s suspenseful and it’s HOT AS HELL. Just what we’ve come to expect from Pepper Winters.