Title: Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark, #3)
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic / Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 3, 2014
"After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything--my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I'd never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it's finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be."
Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he's still a monster inside.
After surviving the darkness, a new dawn has begun. Twisted Together wades through black to grey, chasing the light of true love to banish the shadows forever.
Pain is a requirement, connection a necessity. But ultimately Q and Tess must face their demons, before they can embrace their future.
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♥Twisted Together - Excerpt♥
I shook my head. I didn’t understand. All I understood was his voice had the power to make me come. The deep tenor vibrated through my heart, sending tiny orgasms exploding in my veins.
I needed to be touched. I needed to be kissed.
Kiss him. Let him know.
Launching upright, I splashed a wave over the tub. Q jerked back, but wasn’t fast enough. Wrapping my arms around his neck, I dragged him down toward me. His hand slipped on the rim, plunging his arms into the water, landing on either side of my body.
His mouth opened to curse, but I swallowed whatever he said. My lips stole his, and the moment I tasted him, I went a little mad.
My core squeezed with delirium, demanding to be filled. My eyes rolled back at the sheer bliss of kissing.
He tasted like freedom and violence and pain.
“Esclave…wait…” Q tried to speak, but he only gave me the opportunity to slink my tongue into his mouth. Joy bounced and fizzed in my heart, demanding more.
I moaned, dragging him closer. My hands dug into his hair, tugging with sharp-laced desire. His mouth opened, either in shock or passion—I didn’t hesitate. I thrust my tongue deeper into his mouth, willingly drowning myself in all things Q.
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“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 cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
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“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… screwed up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs do make a right."
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at email@example.com
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I went in to this book excited to see more Q (one of my top book boyfriends ever) and sad to see the trilogy end. I love all of Pepper's books, but I loved Quintessentially Q so much that I was worried Twisted Together would let me down because I had it built it up so much in my mind. I must say that Pepper did an excellent job of tying everything up perfectly. This installment was quite a bit lengthier that the other two and did not disappoint. I loved having both Tess and Q's POV.
In my mind, it was divided into three segments.
The beginning is about reconnection and repairing. It lasts for about the first half and is infused with poetic emotional words.
We'll finally find peace in the dark—
At the end of QQ, Q finally broke through to Tess after she went numb from her horrible experience. This book starts with them knowing they still aren't quite in the place they want to be. She isn't fully healed, and they aren't as close as they need.
I wanted to fucking scream at how broke everything was. This was torture. Worst fucking crucifixion imaginable.
The damage from Rio left behind lasting effects, and Q will stop at nothing to break Tess free completely.
She was in hell—so the fuck was I.
We are witness to the inner struggles they both suffer. It's so full of emotion, so full of afflatus that I almost feet like a voyeur in their divine love.
His kiss was a hammer, his fingers a wrecking ball—with each one he smashed the remaining glass prison in my mind, making me his equal, but also keeping me firmly in the position of submissive.
A wash of gratefulness filled my heart. I was unbelievably lucky. So blessed. Q not only gave all of himself, he also made all my black desires come true. We truly were born for each other.
*I want to make a small note of this section. It is a bit flowery, almost Shakespearean. This may be a turn off to some, but I believe the author wanted to make a point of the deep overflowing emotions between the characters.
The middle is the action. This is where most of the darkness comes in, the unwanted darkness anyways.
My heart stayed behind with her—I didn't need it where I was going.
I can't discuss it much without giving away spoilers. I just have to say that the way Q handles himself makes me love him oh so much more (sniffle)...so honorable despite his demons.
Forgive me, Tess. Know that I love you till the end of time, and I'll find you again, if not in this life, then in the next.
The end is resolving and heart-filling.
Then he folded to his knees.
My stomach lodged in the tight boning of my corset. I'd never seen a man so proud, so strong and fierce, be so shattered and humbled.
Q's ferocious eyes ensnared me.
What a roller coaster these two have been on. I would not have been able to outlive all the hardship. Most wouldn't. What an amazing journey it has been Pepper. Thank you for all the feelings: the pain, the sadness, the anger, the devastation, the mourning, the excitement, the frustration, the arousal, the acceptance, the desire...the love.
You are normal. My normal. We're each other's normal. And there is no right or wrong. It's time we accepted it.
I also wanted to point out the friendships. I love the characters of Franco, Roux and Suzette. I love the brotherly banter between Q and Franco. I was happy to learn of the spark between Franco and Suzette and to finally meet Angelique.
Another thing I wanted to gush about is the writing. So often the same words are used over and over in erotic books. Some words have become absolutely cringe-worthy to me. Pepper came up with new words often in this book and even turned words into new forms, nouns into adjectives, adjectives into verbs etc. Wonderful idea on her part! And I'm thankful.
I am attached to this series. And I will forever love Q.
I'm yours. I'm your monster in the dark forever.