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Once a Myth

(Goddess Isles #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,337 ratings  ·  523 reviews
“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”
“There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.”
“There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”

Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can
Published February 25th 2020 (first published February 23rd 2020)
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog:
'ONCE A MYTH' is the first full length dark|romance book in Pepper Winter's 'Goddess Isles' series. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

WTF! Did I just read! This was so wrong in so many ways, but like a train wreck derailing I couldn’t stop reading, my heart and mind at war against the other!
Hate him, break him, fight him, love him.
And then that ending god!! Wtf was that!?! Who was that!?!

Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
Dear readers, Pepper Winters is about to take you on one of the craziest, dirtiest, hottest adventures you have ever experienced! I've never read a story like this before… it was a new level of "forbidden" – seductive, intense and sexy. 😋💥

📚 "𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙚𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙮 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙚. 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙪𝙣𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙀𝙙𝙚𝙣." 📚

This story starts with a kidnapping. 😱
Elinor Grace went backpacking with her boyfriend, and was abducted at their guest house. S
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

Check this out!

Book 1 of 5
Release: 2020
“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”
“There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.”
“There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”
Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirreled away to an island at
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I'm giving all the stars in this universe for this book!!!

Pepper, my Queen. You rocked my world. I cannot wait to read more... :D

I gulped and shook my head, trying to prevent his mouth from claiming mine.
“Why me? Why not them?”
“That’s a question I keep asking myself,”he muttered, brushing his nose on mine. His eyes bored deep into me, so close, so vivid. “Why you?”
Jerking me nearer, until our entire bodies pressed tight, his lips skated on mine.

**ARC provided via NetGalley. Also thank
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
“Never is a challenge.”

One word: ADDICTIVE!
This author never disappointed in delivering a gripping , addictive and delicious read. I am hooked and I this is too tame said...I crave the next book ! This was so unpredictable and unexpected and "unputdownable".

Eleanor Grace is abducted by human traffickers when back-packing with her boyfriend and sold to Sullivan Sinclair to be a "goddess" on his island, where he rules with an iron fist.

"This was my world, and I was master here. My
Pepper Winters
Feb 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intoxicating and succulent start to, what will definitely be a passionately addictive story. The first book has set the stage for some heavy breathing, pulse pounding tale of roiling emotions which are her trademark. Topped with in-depth look at a bigger motive to make the world a better place, this series is sure to be a Runaway hit
Pepper has always been unconventional in her tropes, her hard hitting stories embed the heart and linger forever. Her heroes are omnipotent, supremely intelligent an
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of captive trope
**** Solid 4 Stars ****

It's been a while since I last read a book and thought:

A secret island.

A very lucrative illegal business.

An elixir that alters a woman libido, making them lascivious and indecent to cater to influential and powerful clients their most depraved and dirties desires.

An anti-hero.

Got the memo, right? Not a Romance.

It's definitely not life-changing but it's very entertaining, sufficient to say I went to bed at 4 am because I couldn't put this down.

I just wonder for how long th
Aug 29, 2019 marked it as 1-tbr  ·  review of another edition

Part of the Goddess Isles Series and must be read in order:
Once a Myth (Goddess Isles, #1) by Pepper Winters Twice a Wish (Goddess Isles, #2) by Pepper Winters Third a Kiss (Goddess Isles, #3) by Pepper Winters Fourth a Lie (Goddess Isles, #4) by Pepper Winters Fifth a Fury (Goddess Isles, #5) by Pepper Winters
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
Sullivan Sinclair is Pepper Winters best anti hero ever! EVER!! Yes I went there, I said it! I’m so intrigued by him. Just when I thought there was no beating Q, along comes Sully. His intelligence is both a turn on and a scary thing. I’m not confident that I know him well enough to trust him and his actions. And I really like that. I like been kept on my toes and not knowing how he’s going to react. I wanted to dislike him (I really did) but that’s obviously not what happened. He has this untou ...more
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 “What has Pepper turned me into” stars

“There was something...something ruthless and savage about him. Something instinctual that sensed predator from prey and firmly put him in the category of dangerous. But beneath that savage suaveness, something smoothed the merciless edges, granting a strange kind of enigma. Cold and hot. Immune and unprotected. He wasn’t as invincible as he appeared.”


Ladies and gents, fasten your seatbelt and invest in lots of spare pairs of panties!

4 ⭐️

Genre: dark Romance
Tropes: captivity-enemies to lovers-age gap (11 years)
Fist person, Double POV (Eleanor-Sully)
Standalone? No, #1 book in the Goddess Isles Series
Cliffhanger? Yes.
Trigger: abduction/captivity, emotional-physical-psychological abuse, dubious consent

I love Pepper Winter, period.
She popped my “dark” cherry with Indebted and she has written one of my all time favorite dark Series : Dollar. I was really looking forward to read this new Series.. and Thank God Pepper didn’t disapp
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What did I just have the privilege of reading !!!!
I am gobsmacked with the cleverness of Pepper Winters and how she creates wondrous stories from unforgiving brutality and loss.

Pepper has created the most sinful anti hero yet. Sully Sinclair oozes power and control. His beauty is a bonus that’s work wonders with his delicious charm but it’s his intelligence that scares the living days out of me. His island is an enticement of dark desires colliding with fantasies however for the delectable Elea
Christine B
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite dark authors has done it again!!! While backpacking with my boyfriend in Mexico, I was stolen and captive by sex-traffickers. What I love also is seeing old characters Tess showed up in this book while Eleanor was in captivity. Stolen and held captive until sold to the highest bidder, However my new owner lives on his own island paradise but little do Eleanor know she was a special request that this paradise never thought he would come across but here I am stepping into his oa ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
There is something about Pepper's writing that just consumes me while I'm reading. Her attention to detail is spectacular, and the depth of this story just blew me away. This is the stuff that makes a book so much more than what it is.

I don't think Pepper could have given me a better Christmas present than this book. It's everything I wanted from her, and then some.

The angst of this story is my favorite part. I love that this is more slow burn romance, and that she didn't just throw them togeth
Hulya Kara Yuksel
ONCE A MYTH (Book One of Goddess Isles)
Dark Romance
Coming early 2020 with a release every month thereafter.
Five books in the series.

Cover Revealed:

ONCE A MYTH (Book One of Goddess Isles)
Dark Romance
Coming early 2020 with a release every month thereafter.
Five books in the series.


“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”

There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.

There was an owner once
Carla Bulian
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t feel the connection between the characters. Everything’s happening to fast.
I don’t know...
That’s a shame, because I love her books.
Of course I will read the next.
Selena Lanovara-scott
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ba boom ba boom this book got my heart going all kinds of crazy. First slow , normal , then little by little. I feel it going Ba BOOM Ba BOOM by the end it pounding so hard so fast BOOM BOOM BOOM. Can you say heart palpitations.

I loved every piece of this book. Its Nothing what you think it is. Sully AKA Sullivan Sinclair is Sin in all sense of the word. Eleanor Grace aka Jink her goddess name which suits her to a tee. Hes so cocky and Her mouth is going to get her in trouble. Oh these 2 are goi
K .
5 Intoxicating STARS!!!!!

‘I was neutral. I was calm.
But beneath that façade, I was pure emotion.’

The QUEEN of dark romance, Pepper Winters, is back!

Dark Romance.
Book 1 of 5 In The Goddess Isles Series.
Dual, First Person POV.

As a long-time fan of Pepper Winters and wholehearted lover of her work, I’m obsessed with her dark romance series and just knew I had to have this. I was dying just thinking about Eleanor and Sully’s story after reading the synopsis for their series which had me absolut
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
You know I knew when I pick up Miss Wonters book, I was expecting this twisted and dark theme. A kidnapping usuallh involved. In her other books the heros has knight in the shinning armour quality.

In Once a Myth, I hav difficult time connecting with Sully. He is the anti hero in this story. He is presented to me to me to me to be brutal, unforgiving, dark and twisted. And yet I am annoyed with him. As we know Miss Peppers always reveal the final plot at the end. This bool ends in cliffhanger.

Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
" But this one… she’d been tailored for me. Her body already wore my mark. Her heart already stuttered for me to snatch her, mount her, fuck her until we both either entered the Kingdom of Heaven or plummeted to the Gates of Hell. “

This book turned out to be VERY different from what I was expecting. At first I wasn’t feeling it because I’m kind of tired of the interconnected storyline & the sold into slavery trope. I wanted something new and different from Pepper.

Then I got to 20% of this and I
What did I just read?
Intensely perversed, terrifying, made from the stuff of nightmares, incredibly disturbing, AND YET completely addictive. I have no idea how to rate this right now.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS

OH MY...was this book addicting! I read this in one sitting, I honestly could not put this book down!!! Pepper Winters has penned the first book to an undeniably addicting dark romantic series!!!

I could not get enough of Sullivan 'Sully' Sinclair. He was dominant and ruthless, but his need for unwavering control as well as the fact that he can't help but lose it and want to indulge with Eleanor 'Jinx' Grace. As for Eleanor aka Jinx, she is strong and fierce even in the face of
Boys in Books are Better
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to even begin?? It's not always easy to review a series in pieces, and the only downfall to being an ARC reader is the waiting game in between books....but Pepper Winters makes it soooooo worth it.

Once a Myth is book #1 in the Goddess Isles series by Pepper Winters...and what a start it is!!

Take whatever you thought you knew about this series and throw it out the window because Pepper is about to blow your mind!!

I've heard Sully is her darkest anti-hero yet...and, let me tell you, you onl
Kay's Blushing Book Reviews
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-romance
This has been 2020 most highly anticipated read for me and let me tell you I was not disappointed. I was INTRUIGED. This was unputdownable. Incredible and oh so Pepper. She is BACK people and let me tell you, she is covered in that delicious darkness that made me first fall in love with her incredibly twisted and talented world of words

Elenore Grace AKA Goddess Jinx is such a strong courageous heroine. There is much to be said about her strength, her integrity and determination to be a survivor
Sue's Romance Reviews
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Winters turns everything on its head with this first look into the Goddess Isles series.

What you think you know about this author and her writing is about to be obliterated. Your mind will be blown!

This first book is so beyond expectation. It’s masterful!

A dark and gritty read that put me right into the main character’s shoes. Rooting for her to fight and break free. Then praising her efforts and breaking down at her failures. It is riveting and so close to being real it’s eerie.

Pam Godwin
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To say I consumed this book is trite and underwhelming. But yeah, I consumed it and greedily dove into the next book.
Fresh, original, and irresistibly captivating, this is a romance reader's paradise.
Don't read this book unless you're prepared to be engrossed, gobsmacked, turned-on, and utterly obliterated by the magical prose of Pepper Winters.
Cécile Smits
To be honest,i was a bit reluctant to start reading the latest series by Pepper Winters.
Because i didn’t really like some of her work after Monsters in the Dark.
And 5 books series if you’re not into them? That ís too much....
This is another 5 book series....will Pepper be able to keep me interested throughout?
This one,Once A Myth,is off to a good start,i have to say.

Set in the same world as Monsters in the Dark,it tells the story of Eleanor,who was taken by the same men that took Tess.
They share
Sandy S
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars--

About the book: Release Date: February 25, 2020

“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”
“There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.”
“There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”

Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirreled away to
WendyW ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Books
Why is it after reading this book that I have the urgent need for a cigarette? I feel as though I have been thoroughly f*cked by the hottest pompous man on earth and enjoyed every gratifying minute! Ladies brace yourself for Sullivan Sinclair. He is going to grab you by your lady bits and not let go. He will become your new obsession. He will leave you breathless and begging for pleasure.

~Sully was exactly what I thought. A dealer in sex using bought and trapped women.~

Stolen from her life, Ele
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Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

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.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepp

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