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Soulless (Once Wicked #1)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  98 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
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
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 21st 2016
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Laura W
Feb 23, 2016 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
NiCoLeTa E.
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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
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
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
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
Jun 28, 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
Jan farnworth
Feb 16, 2016 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
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
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
Doreen Barnes
Feb 23, 2016 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
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
Reviews From  the Heart
Feb 22, 2016 Reviews From the Heart rated it really liked it
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
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
Rae Sontheyon
Feb 23, 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
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
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
There is nothing more frustrating than to start what you believe is a new book/series only to feel it truly is not the first book of the series once you start reading. After a few chapters, it became evident there was another book or novella I knew nothing about. Since it wasn't listed under the series on Goodreads, I decided to forge ahead. (I later discovered there a short story/novella somewhere.)

It took 30% of the book for me to become comfortable with the characters and most of the backstor
Laurie P
Feb 17, 2016 Laurie P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

This is quite a story. It is a story of demons. A story of a special demon and the deals he makes with living people.

Declan is a demon with the Incubus Curse, the need to consume a human's life essence in order to survive. He does not consume the soul. He passes a part of this curse to Piper in order to keep her with him when she died. Her soul was promised to him by her mother in exchange for favors.

The view of "life" from the demon perspective is quite surreal. I really enjoyed this book. It w
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Feb 26, 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
Megan (A Page To Turn)
Feb 21, 2016 Megan (A Page To Turn) 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 talewith 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 souls to l
Brianna Raquel
Feb 25, 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
Kelly Hawkins Solomon
Feb 22, 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.
Rosie Amber
Feb 21, 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
Dayreader Reviews
Feb 23, 2016 Dayreader Reviews rated it really liked it
Sarah J. Pepper’s Soulless was a different read that I hadn’t originally anticipated. I haven’t read anything from this author yet and I was pleased when I finished this book. Although the ending has me wanting more from this author!

The intense level of love you can feel throughout this book was heartbreaking. You could feel what Piper or Declan felt when they looked at each other or even when they were apart. I am more into an erotic romance and was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy this read. I kept rea
Roxanne Kade
Feb 23, 2016 Roxanne Kade rated it really liked it
I was super excited, when I started reading this story, to realize that it was the continuation of the short I had read in the Fairy Tale Confessions Anthology. Piper and Declan’s story was enthralling, so to be able to get right back into the action was fantastic.

Another thing that was really thrilling about this story was Pepper’s reimagining of other fairy tale characters, with the likes of Gepetta, Ula, and Hans and El – not to mention the creepy, Opie. I loved how they were all linked, with
Feb 23, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
This was such an original premise, I was immediately drawn to the project. Of course I had read the short prequel story of Declan in the Fairy Tale Confessions anthology, so I knew all the details about how Piper came to be one half of his whole before I read Soulless. It's certainly a very intriguing retelling, and while you definitely get very familiar bits and pieces, and names and phrases, it still feels fresh and modern. I was very happy that there wasn't instalove, but I could have done wi ...more
Laura Trujillo
Feb 23, 2016 Laura Trujillo rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Soulless by Sarah J Pepper is a twisted and riveting tale. Throw away what you know about the traditional story and I promise, you'll be taken a fantastic ride you won't want to get off.

Declan Stilts had it all planned out. He was going to rid himself of this blasted curse. All he had to do was pass it on to her and be done with it but no. Nothing ever goes as planned. Stilts didn’t count on falling for her. Piper. His Pied Piper.
The Literary Vixen
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Soulless by Sarah J Pepper is a twisted and riveting tale. Throw away what you know about the traditional story and I promise, you'll be taken a fantastic ride you won't want to get off.

Declan Stilts had it all planned out. He was going to rid himself of this blasted curse. All he had to do was pass it on to her and be done with it but no. Nothing ever goes as planned. Stilts didn’t count on falling for her. Piper. His Pied Piper.
Riley K.
Can I just take the time to give her props for writing an amazing book? The story had me hooked from the first line. I honestly love how twisted Sarah J. Pepper is and how she takes you on a suspense, action, filled ride with her words. I bow down to you.
The dynamic between Piper and Declan is off the charts amazing. I really don’t know how to describe it without giving away spoilers. However, I will tell you to buy the book and get lost in this adult fairy tale. I honestly felt like I was righ
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