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Soulless (Once Wicked #1)

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Our love is imperfect in the most perfect way. It is love done our way. Raw. Unconventional. Sexy as hell. Most importantly, it is honest to the core, or so I think. One little, white lie shouldn't do so much damage. Yet, it changes me forever.
The worst part is that Declan whispered that sweet nothing out of protection. My safety is on the forefront of his mind, especially
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Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 21st 2016
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Laura W
Dec 16, 2015 Laura W rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, r-r-s
Thank you to the author, Sarah J. Pepper, for gifting me with a copy of Soulless in exchange for an honest review!

I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted to rate this book; bouncing between a 3 and a 4 star, I finally settled on 3. Let me explain why I felt so conflicted.

1. The characters. The characters were great in one section, but then a couple of pages later, they turned flat and 2D and were completely lifeless. In the beginning, I loved both Declan and Piper. They both had comp
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NiCoLeTa E.
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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review to come on or near release day. love Declan, hate piper. She sucks.

This was a wonderfully wrought fairy tale, flipped and twisted in a way that kept me reading on. I think some of my notes as I read was "I want a Declan!" It was a lovely romance between Declan and Piper and I liked how the author built the story. With no clear lines on good and evil, the story sticks out a little more. On one hand you have these self-righteous people condemning others and okaying violence and in the same
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AryaTheFangirl
Feb 24, 2016 AryaTheFangirl rated it it was amazing
Sarah J. Pepper has been on my radar for quite a while now. I've read multiple books by Amy Daws, who is one of her friends and a fellow writer, who had recommended Sarah's work to me after reading and review many of her works. I was lucky enough to read ARCs of two of her collaborative works a novel with Amy Daws and an anthology where she featured a short story. Immediately I was hooked and knew I HAD to pick up one of her individual works for myself in the near future.

I was really excited to
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Heather R Callahan
“I would have rather died than become a monster.”

Not everything in life is black and white, we don’t always fall in love with the right person, and demons do exist.

Declan is a demon with the Incubus Curse, which means he needs to consume human’s life essence to survive. He is also Rumpelstiltskin, who grants people’s wishes or desires, but only if they pay. Piper’s mother wanted the love of a man in exchange for her first child. She was his, and his to do what he wishes. He was prepared to take
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Danielle
Feb 12, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so let's start of with how I felt after the prologue. My kindle note was "Oh, sh!t." As in, "Whoa, what's going to happen, I'm not putting this thing down until I know." I was not disappointed.

We pick up where the novella stopped, Piper is on the verge of death and Declan stops it from happening ... for a price. Now, not like you're thinking, he loves this girl. I mean luuurves this chick.

"Piper was mine. all mine. No one could take her away from me. No one."


The relationship between Declan
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Polly
Mar 23, 2016 Polly rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, review-blog
3 stars


I think my main issue with this one was that I felt lost heading in. It read like a book 2 instead of a book 1. The prologue started out telling you what an awful demon Declan was and I had that image in my mind through the whole book. I think the author was trying to make him seemed like a redeemed demon but my mind was already made up.

Piper was difficult for me to grasp as well. She loved Declan but didn't really want to me the demon she needed to be to survive and be with him. Like sh
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Jan farnworth
Dec 24, 2015 Jan farnworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I not a huge fan of romance but Sarah J. Pepper does it every time i read one of her books she dances the line between tantalizing almost over the edge romance to interwoven story that grips you and keeps you reading tell the last heart breaking moment. I loved the way these two remind me of two major couples. One i can seem them as belle and Rumple from once upon a time the way that Piper loves Declan no matter how evil he truly really is and of course i see Romeo and Juilet as we got two lover ...more
Doreen Barnes
Nov 12, 2015 Doreen Barnes rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible, it picks up right after Priceless (from Twisted Fairytale Confessions) left off. I really didn't and couldn't put it down once I started it. I loved every second of this book. The Ending omg I was so upset. I just didn't want it to be over. Great connection between the characters, plenty of hot smexiness. Rumplestilskin could curse me any day lol highly recommend if you love a hot fantasy romance this is perfect

Received an arc from the author in exchange for my honest
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Kristen Burns
1 Star

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*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I wanted to like this book, and I really thought I would. It's a retelling of, or at least inspired by, Rumplestiltskin, something I've never come across before. And I love retellings, especially unique ones!

But this book was not for me.

One big issue I had was that the writing style did a lot of telling instead of showing and was kind of a breaking of the fourth wall. It felt like I was sittin
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Kelly Hawkins Solomon
Feb 13, 2016 Kelly Hawkins Solomon rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wicked! Alluring, tantalizing, haunting, twisted, dark...and the list goes on and on! There are not many books that leave me speechless after the prologue, during the story, AND the ending. But wow! Sarah J Pepper did it! So here I sit trying to figure out how to tell you that you HAVE TO READ THIS without giving anything away. Well, there you go. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!
This is the story of Rumplestiltskin (goes by Stilts) who finds his love but only to make her the monster that he is.
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Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
Have I ever said how much I love Sarah's books? Cause I do! They are fantastic, and this one was just as wonderful. She has a way with words and telling a story that keeps you hooked. I find myself rereading certain lines over and over again because they strike a cord within me that speaks to my soul.

Soulless picks up right where Priceless left off. I strongly recommend reading Priceless first. It is the beginning of this beautiful tale and can be quite confusing and leave a disconnect between y
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Rae Sontheyon
Feb 21, 2016 Rae Sontheyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not All Endings End Happily . . .

All I can say is O-M-G and WOW!!! I loved this twist on a fairy tale even more so since it was an expansion on the short story which found in the anthology "Fairy Tale Confession." This story is basically heartbreaking but passionate, the characters love and hate each other, yet the combination of everything lends to a captivating read.

There is power in a spoken name and opening one's self to the vulnerability of love. Declan Stilts aka. Rumpelstiltskin , has
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Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This is a wickedly delicious fairy tale adventure that I really enjoyed reading! The action starts up right on the first page and this is a fast paced tale that doesn’t let up right to the very end. This story ends on quite a cliffhanger as well and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next! Declan Stilts is a very powerful incubus demon who has never allowed himself to be weakened by forming any serious attachments to anyone else, until now that is. Piper’s life was on the line and he ha ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Feb 23, 2016 Naturalbri (Bri Wignall) rated it it was amazing
Pepper has done it again! I think it would be apt to crown her the queen of fairytale retellings. She not only gives us the tale we know, but ramps up the wickedness, sexy and passion, creating characters that are so real, raw and emotional that you feel as though you are a part of her stories.

I loved that this was a continuation of the short she had in Fairytale Confessions. Mostly this was because I fell in love with our mains, during that short, and wanted to know what happened next. She car
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Lauren Jones
Feb 23, 2016 Lauren Jones rated it it was amazing
“I never regretted the night I met Rumpelstiltskin, even if I didn’t want to be like him. I fell in love with a monster. In doing so, I became one myself.”

Love can be beautiful. Love can be momentous. Love can be a curse. Pepper’s story lays out the perfect love/hate relationship, right before your eyes—with a demonic spin. This story is dark, suspenseful, emotional and enticing. By delving into the minds and personalities of the characters that are portrayed, it is easily ascertained that mixed
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 09, 2016 Nerdy Dirty & Flirty rated it really liked it
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"The kind of messed up love Declan and I had was unconventional. It was dangerous and unpredictable. But it was honest."

This was a really interesting take on some favored fairy-tale characters. Most of the characters we meet are based in part on by those characters we grew up with; Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, the Pied Piper. This is a little bit darker than your childhood tales though.

Declan is dangerous; he is not only a rich MMA fighter, but also a demon with a curse. He deals in so
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Movies, Shows,
Jan 19, 2016 Movies, Shows, rated it really liked it
***I received a free copy for an honest review***

**I gave Soulless 4.5 stars**

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Well, Soulless is a fairytale gone dark! This read goes further and deeper from Sarah J. Pepper's short story featured in Fairy Tale Confessions...which is an amazing read as well. Anyways, it is not necessary to read the short story, but I would recommend it. Prologues to stories, I guess in some way, gives a bit of a backdrop/background...or back history...to the story. For me, a
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Brianna Raquel
Feb 17, 2016 Brianna Raquel rated it really liked it
Falling in love with the villain is complicated. But what if you were the villain?

Piper and Declan already had enough working against them: she was human and he was a creature, an Incubus, that had a long track record for sucking the life from his victims. They were in love, though, so nothing seemed to matter. However, one day changes that, and Piper is now staring her humanity straight in the face. Her loved one or her humanity? What would you do for the one you loved? How would you do it? Cou
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Jenny Brightman Harris
Feb 28, 2016 Jenny Brightman Harris rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.

In this book we meet Declan Stilts and Piper Miller. When this book opens we find Piper getting ready to die and Declan making one of the more difficult choices in his existence. If you have read Priceless than you know that Piper's mom Emilie traded her daughters life for a chance to be with the man she loved again. Now Emilie and Trevis Miller are both dead and Declan is there to pass the Incubus Curse on to her so he can have his freedom. T
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Kelly
Feb 26, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Soulless is a modern twist on fairy tales. It is told from the point of view of Declan Stilts and Piper.

I never was told or read fairy tales as a child. My mother thought they were nonsense and showed women as damsels. I didn’t even really watch into Disney movies growing up either. I had beta read for an author friend of Ms. Pepper before and that author referred her to me because of my quick turnaround.

Here are some things I noticed as I read this book. I started out writing Stilts in my note
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Bella's  Blog
Feb 23, 2016 Bella's Blog rated it it was amazing
This is the first time reading anything by Sarah J.Pepper and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this great story. This author has given us a dark twisted paranormal romance story with a fairy tale turn. Sarah J.Pepper has interwoven a story that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish and will leave you wanting more. The characters Declan and Piper are strong and brings this story together, while the secondary characters Opie .Hans, El, and Ula had me hoping that their get ...more
Rosie Amber
Feb 13, 2016 Rosie Amber rated it really liked it
Soulless is book #1 in the Once Wicked series of paranormal romances. This book is set in Las Vegas.

Declan Stilts is a 348 Year old Demon, among the human he is a millionaire playboy with anger issues. Amongst the paranormal world he is a psychopath with life threatening rages and an ability to such the essence out of his victims.

The book opens with a ghastly scene in a suite at the Bellagio hotel. Two dead and a third dying, Declan holds the women he loves in his arms, watching her die, her las
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Amanda Masters
This book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review.

This was an amazing story! Sarah never fails to amaze and dominate when it comes to storytelling, its why I love her tales so much! I never miss a Sarah Pepper Story!

Sarah doesn't disappoint with this new book, its edgy, sexy and a whole new chapter of strange that she is so famous for. Sarah brings a whole new type of funk and frown to town with her characters Declan and Piper, I couldn't get enough! Delcan is a whole new
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Tammy Hastings
Feb 23, 2016 Tammy Hastings rated it liked it
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.

First of all, I'd like to say that, of the few books I've read by Sarah J. Pepper, this one has definitely been the best. Her writing style is more professional and not quite as choppy as it has been in previous books. Also, this is the first book I've read by her in which I truly LOVED one of the characters. I've enjoyed her books in the past, but I've never just fallen in love with one of the characters. I absolutel
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Shannon
Dec 14, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Soulless is one of the best books I've read this year. It is a twisted fairytale that brings the tale of Rumplestiltskin into modern times, portraying his character as a wealthy MMA fighter who also happens to be a demon that feeds on the darker desires of mankind. We were first introduced to Declan Stilts in a short story from the anthology "Fairy Tale Confessions" and if you haven't read that story, I suggest you begin there.

This story is so much more than just a retelling of the German fairyt
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Linda Romer
Jan 18, 2016 Linda Romer rated it really liked it
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Soulless (Once Wicked series) by Sarah J. Pepper

I enjoyed this quick read of Soulless by Sarah J. Pepper. Soulless is a wicked re-telling of Rumpelstiltskin. This story takes place in what's seen as modern day Las Vegas with Declan Stilts as Rumpelstiltskin. Declan Stilts is a rich sexy demon that needs to feed off souls to stay alive, and he has been living for over three hundred years. He meets this girl Piper Miller while she tries to pickpocket him. Piper is young and homeless, living off
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M. Addison
Feb 16, 2016 M. Addison rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
My Rating: 4

This is the first book of a series, and my first book by Sarah Pepper. Such a great twist on the classic tale with a lot of other added elements that are dark, twisted, and haunting. 

"Declan understood what it meant to be broken. He understood me." 

Demons exist in Vegas. Or at least a 348 year old Incubus, named Declan, does. Enter Piper, at the beginning of the book, who under some rather dire circumstances, finds herself flung from her life into another. Declan has to consume soul
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Bme311
Dec 11, 2015 Bme311 rated it it was amazing
The Queen of Twisted Fairytales has done it again! This book was the perfect example of how much of an amazing storyteller she really is. Soulless was suspenseful, full of action & love.
This book was definitely a page turner and hooked me in right away at page 1. I simply could not get enough of Declan's & Piper's twisted love story. Soulless picks right up where Priceless ( her short story in the Fairy Tale Confessions anthology, & if you haven't read that yet you should definitely
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Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Feb 21, 2016 Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

This is my first taste of Sarah J. Pepper's work and it won't be the last. The storyline was fun and unique, was also well written and everything just flowed well together. I simply loved that it had the spirit from a fairy tale, I'm a sucker when it comes to fairy tales and could read them all the time.

I fell in love with Declan pretty much from the first page, he's a powerful demon who has a raging temper, no one wants to get on his badside
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