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Tears of Tess

(Monsters in the Dark #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  34,563 ratings  ·  3,514 reviews
“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
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 30th 2013 by Pepper Winters
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Jessica I have read both this and Captive in the Dark series, but I can honestly say you'll get more first person brutality from this series. The first book i…moreI have read both this and Captive in the Dark series, but I can honestly say you'll get more first person brutality from this series. The first book is a bit rough around the edges (meaning how it was written, lacks much needed editing), but the plot is good and gets better throughout the series. It's not for everyone by any stretch of the imagination. It's dark, not like sexy bondage dark, but kidnapping, rape and torture dark (and some sexy bondage dark too). And 'Tears' it's less about revenge and more about the characters healing, I personally don't associate the two series but I can see how some people would. (less)
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 sparrow stars
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Tess Snow is a twenty year old college student who lives with her boyfriend, Brax, in Austarila. Brax and Tess have a good relationship. It’s sweet, simple, easy.
Brax wanted me. Brax was safe. I loved him in my own way.

Brax is everything Tess could ever want in a boyfriend. Everything with them is perfect. Except their sex life. Tess has always had different wants and needs than her boyfriend. She wants to try to step out of the box with Brax, and what better time to do t
Jessica Edwards
This is was the first Pepper Winters' book that I read, and I have no regrets. None at all.
After reading this book , I'd found my favorite author.
Everything Pepper Winters writes, I will read it because I know that it won't be disappointing.
This book is one of my unforgettable reads. It is that good.
I should say this before I review this book that it's a Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery and non consensual sex.

Tears of Tess is about 20 year old T
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★★! Tears of Tess, book 1 of 3.5. Tess’ dark journey of sexual exploration as she meets her new owner, the enigmatic Q!

“I’m not afraid of hurting you. I’m afraid of how far I’m willing to go.”

This series should be read in order:
Book 1: Tears of Tess
Book 2: Quintessentially Q
Book 3: Twisted Together
Part 3.5: Je suis a’ toi

Tears of Tess (book 1) opens up to Tess Snow, Tessie aka Esclave traveling with her boyfriend Brax to Cancun, Mexico. On a daytrip sightseeing
I can't... I just... My god, the heroine of this book...

To say that this book is predictable would be an understatement of the century.
The first twenty or so present of the book are uses to introduce us to the heroine and her boyfriend. They have the most boring relationship on the planet. She loves him, thinks he's great and hopes that he will propose to her. At the same time, every time she says something good about him, she always adds that he can't satisfy her sexually. He is so great, so
Yeasmin Alo
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

*Attempt to Rape
*Non-consensual sexual act
*Physical abuse and Violence

5▪Dark▪ Fairytale▪ Stars

Before starting my review I need to say this -

This book really opened my senses freed my thought process

And Girl, just because a man touches you without your consent that doesn’t make you filthy he Didn't degrade you he degraded Himself

I hope and pray all the rapist all the sinners burn in hell

"Your Lady Part Doesn’t Define You"

******THE REVIEW******

First things first this b
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
Actual rating: 2.5 Stars

It pains me to give this book anything below 4 stars, I really had high hopes when I started reading this book. The prologue was intriguing and for about 22% I was really enjoying the direction and pace of the story. But after that the story started losing it's allure for me, the captor wasn't what I expected. There is a very delicate balance when you are writing a captivity story, you have your two roles: Captive and Captor. When the line between the two starts to blur,
Jacqueline's Reads

6 Captivating Stars!!!!!!!!!!!!

Words CAN.NOT describe what a beautiful, emotional, gut-wrenching, soul-searching kind of read Tears of Tess was for me.

I simply LOVED it!

My emotions through-out

At 1% when I read

I wanted a new label. One that said: girlfriend who will do anything to be tied, spanked, and fucked all over rather than adored

I just knew I was going into something special.

At 11% I was like OH SHIT!

At 30 % I had a big smile on my face

At 46 % I was just a BALL. OF. EMOT

4 STARS. ♦

Tears of Tess is an emotional, intriguing and captivating story that starts out with a very ominous prologue that managed to grab my attention form the very first page. After that there are some more disturbing scenes, it is a kidnapping story after all, but nothing that went over the edge of being too dark or disturbing.

Tears of Tess is the story of a young girl named Tess Snow who gets kidnapped while on vacation in Mexico. After that she is sold to a man who plans to own her as a
Chelsea Humphrey
"And I'll take what I want and pay for my own desires. Nightmares for my loneliness. The darkness for a friend."

My journey with Tess was unconventional; I started reading this book the day before the attack on the Capitol in DC, and my mojo was rightfully lost for about a week after. Even when I found myself wanting to read again, I was drawn to lighter, feel good romance over the dark stuff, as my anxiety has been on full alert this month for a variety of reasons. I thought maybe this book just
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Attention Please! Pepper Winters shared bonus epilogue for this book!!! Pls click this link to download it. ;)
Enjoy your reading... :)


Oh my sweet God! I definitely LOVED this dark and twisted love story. And I fucking enjoyed every damn second. :D

Q, Master, Maître, Quincy. I think you captivated me too... Oh God, I need help!!!

WARNING: Some parts of the book was really, really disturbing and not easy to read it. If you're und
Clumsy Storyteller
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for this twisted disturbing dark novel

You really are insane. I hurt you—you should run and never come back.” Fingers lassoed around my wrist, tugging me closer. “I’m not something you can tame. I’m not a man who will sprout poems and treat you nice. I’m. Not. That. Human.”

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2.5 stars

I really, really wanted to like this book. I read the reviews, and thought it would blow my mind. Something different. The story plot sounded great, and the reviews for the most part are great, but I just couldn't connect to this book. It wasn't even as dark as I expected. I have read a handful of Dark romances, and loved them, but this one didn't do much for me. I didn't really get it. Tess gave me whiplash she was so all over the place. I didn't connect to her at all. She made no sens
Rachel Reads Ravenously
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel Reads Ravenously by: Jasmine
4 esclave stars!

"Monsters find each other in the dark."

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This is one of those books where I am kicking myself for not having read it already. To be fair, it's a dark one and I was afraid of it going in. But surprisingly, I expected it to be a lot darker than it was so I was very happy that I could read this book without freaking out (at least, as much as I expected to).

Tears of Tess is about Tess, who goes on a surprise trip to Cancun, Mexico from Australia with her boyfriend Brax. The
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kristin (KC)
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Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jul 17, 2013 added it
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Soraya Naomi

Let’s keep this short and sweet. I am not rating the book because I don’t think that’s fair right now. I enjoyed certain parts of Tess’s story but I didn’t enjoy another parts and rolled my eyes to no end.
Tess is a girl who has dark desires but she has a vanilla lovely boyfriend. Brax takes her to Mexico for a romantic trip but life has different plans for Tess. She’s suddenly kidnapped and sold to Q, a French hot Master who is (apparently) a dark monster.

I want to remark ‘apparently’ because he
Sarah Toussaint
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Wow! This was a rollercoaster of inconsistencies, with a stupid, messed up, and confusing heroine, and a weak plot. I almost gave it a one star, but some scenes stopped me doing that. This book was a waste of my time...
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

This book totally let me down.I was expecting more!THere was too much promotion for this book and I was expecting that it would be amazing!Finally all this enthusiastic anticipation turnt out in a really dissapointment..

It's a story about a young girl called Tess who went for vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend and there she was kidnapped and became slave of Q.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

In this part I f
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, dark, erotica-bdsm
3 Stars

Told in single POV, 1st person, it’s the first installment in the "Monsters in the Dark" series, although the other books in the series are about this couple, this one doesn’t end on a huge cliffhanger. It’s dark and angsty and there is a trigger warning (view spoiler) proceed with caution. If there wasn’t for the lack of connection it could have been a better read. I skipped and skimmed a lot after reading 60%. Overall, it fell flat for me but I hope you
Georgia ♥
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners in Dark & Twisted Stories
Recommended to Georgia ♥ by: Soraya Naomi
3 Not-at-all-what-I-was-expecting Stars

A human is adaptable. A human heart is not.


Human minds and souls are unique and complex. Powerful and capable of both cruelty and tenderness. No one is to blame for their personal choices. Nobody should be ashamed of their preferences. Fantasies are to be played out. Monsters become dangerous when caged for too long and birds should be let free to fly.

Tess Snow is a young woman feeling alone and undesirable. Unfilled passions and fantasies overwhelm her day
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
2,5 confusing and not too dark stars

I have no words!I expected this book to be awesome,amazing,a mindfuck.Oh wait... it was a mindfuck... in a bad way...It was one of those book that you read and wonder "What was the puprose of this book?"First of all,let's say that it was not as dark as it's been promoted to be.Aside from the cruel start and a few other moments the book was lightly dark or sometimes not dark at all.

Her name is Tess and she has an ostensibly good life.She seems hap
4.5 “Tu es à moi” Stars

The story of Tess and Q is a complicated one layered with an array of emotions due to the nature of their introduction. From the beginning, Tess is confronted with a multitude of physical and emotional assaults, but she is adamant about not losing her true self. What she does find is a man that can give her what has been missing from her life…pain, pleasure and unadulterated dominance. However, what is the price Tess must pay to submit to her desires?


Tess is a strong chara
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-fuck, wtf
Review posted on Way Too Hot Books

I am sorry, but I just don't like it...

I have to admit that I wasn't sure about writing review for this book. I always feel bad when I don't have lot of good things to say about ARC I requested. But then again it is honesty that is appreciated, right? This will be short.

Tears of Tess first got my attention because of pretty cover. After reading book description, I was sold. Dark, hot, erotic - check. Taboo, twisted, Stockholmish - check. Yes, my inner perv wa
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

5 'Captivating' Stars

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Brax surprised Tess to a vacation to Mexico. Tess thought that this was her chance to relax, spend time with her loving boyfriend, and to figure out who was she.

“This trip would allow me to inspect who I truly was, to be honest, and find the real me."

Tress loves her boyfriend Brax. He's everything you could ever want in a guy. He was loving, supportive,sweet, kind, and safe. They both loved each other and there's nothing they wouldn't do for each other. But
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5 Delicious, engaging and gripping stars*****

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Eeek I fell in love with this book, I fell in love with this journey but above all I fell hook line and sinker with these Characters, Q and Tess's story is passionate and yet beautiful at the same time.

To me this was a story about finding the depths of our inner selves or mainly Tess's inner self and how both Tess and Q found and are still finding themselves, am I making any sense?

Let me explain

Tess was made into a family that didn't want her, n
A. Bookzilla.
ON SALE or $.99!

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen.


Pepper Winters has amazing story-telling skills.

The change Tess undergoes as a character from this... naive, slightly desperate girl to a very strong female character in the end was amazing to see. I STRUGGLED WITH TESS. In the beginning. So it should say something that by the end I was giving her a fictional high-five girl power kpow! With every blow she takes, she just comes out stronger and better, and trust me, she takes a lo
Belle Aurora
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 WTF, couldn't-stop-reading, effed up stars!

I'll keep this review short and post a more detailed one when the book is live.
Tears of Tess. Pepper Winters. Dark romance. What more could you want?
Maybe this book isn't as dark as I assumed it would be. Did that bother me?
Not one freaking bit.
I started this book mere hours ago and its now 3:17am in Aus and I had to write this review NOW.
This is a great debut novel for Pepper Winters. Can't wait to share more at a later date (15 days!).
Pepper has
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My reaction when I see Dark Romance...

Yep, That me!! They scare me big time!! I can’t stand assault, violence, rape, Trafficking. These are usually elements for my nightmare. At some point I needed to be brave enough to come out of my comfort zone that’s when “Tears of Tess” came along.

Three little words.
If anyone asked what I was most afraid of, what terrified me, stole my breath, and made my life flicker before my eyes, I would say three little words.

I was sold.

Just first few lines from Prolo
Jennifer Kyle
3.75 ~ 4 Stars


I really enjoyed Pepper Winters’ writing and I think she is very talented. She has a really nice flow that made the story line work.

We are once again kidnapped in Mexico and fall into the seedy world of human trafficking. Seriously, I may never go to Mexico after all these types of books.

Tess, the main character really drives the message to a reader that she is not satisfied with her sex life with her longtime boyfriend, Brax. I mean the author makes this very clear that Tess wan
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of dark and gritty romance
********** 4.5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ************




Tears of Tess is not your average captor tale. It's not your average dark romance with a redeemable hero. It's not your average heroine being rescued by her meant to be.

it is:


Tess Winters is a 2
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

Three words.

I was sold.

Dark and Gritty. It was everything I expected, yet not at all.

Tess was a girl who craved acceptance, yearned to belong and ached to feel passion; living a settled and monotonous life with her boyfriend, yet lonely and wanting more. One bad decision thrust her into a nightmare, and in the darkness she found a monster...her monster.

Q was a man wrestling with demons. Fighting urges and cravings that lived in the darkest part of his soul. Somehow Tess’s spiri
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She currently has thirty books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) thirty-three times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

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“I want to hurt you.
I want to own you.
I want to devour you.
I want to make you mine.
I’m already yours.”
“Je suis a toi.” 135 likes
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