Thursday, June 5, 2014

Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3) by Pepper Winters: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


The highly anticipated conclusion to the Monsters in the Dark series.

“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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Q no longer looked devilish but royal.

My heart flew free, fluttering to the ceiling.

Donne-moi tes mains.” Give me your hands. The order whispered through the golden light, quintessentially him. His raspy, melodic voice had a power over me he wasn’t aware of. I instantly locked my wrists together, jutting them toward him.

Q didn’t say a word as he accepted my gift, wrapping soft, black fabric around me. The silk looked like morbid blood, as if I’d slashed my wrists in a fit of insanity.

The moment he’d restrained me, Q tugged the cord, making me stretch even further across the table, securing it somehow. Once tied, he strolled back toward me, setting my heart jumping and body dissolving under his intense stare.

My back was icy cold while my front was toasty warm. The two sensations, coupled with my lack of mobility, made my lungs suck in air as if oxygen was about to go extinct. The closer Q came, the more lightheaded and woozy I was.

I flinched as he cupped my ass.

“What are you going to do?” I didn’t bother testing the binds. I knew Q—he had a way with ropes—there would be no chance of escape.

“Sometimes, the only way to make your dreams come true is to shatter them,” he said, circling me like a predator. “Sometimes, the only way to make your nightmares disappear is by facing them.”

About the Author:

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 puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her debut book Tears of Tess is followed by Quintessentially Q and Twisted Together. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.

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Review by Michelle:

I have been overwrought with anticipation for Twisted Together, the third and final installment in the Monsters in the Dark series, by Pepper Winters for the last six months. This series from start to finish was a stimulating and fulfilling experience. Tears of Tess was the equivalent of literary foreplay, carrying me to the peak of admiration of Pepper Winters' unique and arresting storytelling and characters, Quintessentially Q the climax that hurled me over the edge and made me a true believer in the artistry and mastery of this author, and Twisted Together the afterglow in which we bask in the beauty of this intense and powerful journey, find solace in the feats that these characters have accomplished, and realize just how far they have come.

Don't take this to mean that everything flows smoothly for these two or that there are no complications because it is still a long and bumpy road for Tess and Q with so much still to work out. Tess' journey has always been a rough one but the horrors that she must face in this story are completely different than the nightmares she has survived in the past. The constant pain that she struggles with is heartbreaking. Despite Q's best efforts she has been broken and the two of them must fight with everything that they have to rescue her from her despair and to help her find herself. Just when things are really starting to look up, BAM, a huge wrench is thrown that has the potential to derail any and all progress that has been made. The tables are turned and it is tortuous and viciously agonizing.

If there was ever any doubt as to whether Tess truly is Q's match, they are completely obliterated by her actions and decisions once the unthinkable happens. She reaffirms that she is strong, determined, and would do absolutely anything for Q. There were quite a few times that I found myself tearing up, not from brutality but from beauty. The beauty of finding, embracing, and accepting the one; your other half, your equal, your perfect complement, exactly what Tess is for Q.

Tess' transformation throughout the course of this story is stunning despite all that it took to bring her to this point. She is a phoenix risen from the ashes of her former self and better for it in the end. Not to be outdone by Tess, Q has come quite a long way as well. Q is finally able to share all of himself and his burdens. He divulges all of his secrets and bares all of the atrocities of his past. It is touching to see such tremendous changes in characters we have come to care so much about, to witness their evolution as a result of all their trials and tribulations, and to find that though they are still beautiful monsters, it no longer defines them, it is merely a piece of who they are.

Every word of Twisted Together seems carefully thought out. Every statement, every confession, every thought appears painstakingly constructed and critically important. Even during the darkest times, Pepper Winters has an extraordinary way with words that is dazzling, expressive, and just plain magical. Twisted Together is an emotional, breathtaking ending to an incredibly turbulent and compelling story.

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. Pepper Winters writes some winning books :3

  2. Thank you so much! Would love to read her books :)

  3. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

  4. I waited for twisted together to come out before I started the trilogy. Ive heard great things and I didn't want to wait to read the next one. Thanks for this awesome chance.

  5. Thank you so much for this great giveaway!!

  6. Great giveaway, thanks so much :)

  7. Thank you for the giveaway and the books look good

  8. Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the chance :-)

  9. thank you so much for this giveaway ^_^

  10. I haven't read any of this series but I think I would enjoy reading them. Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. I'm ready to dive into this series. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  12. I can not wait to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I can not wait to start reading this series! It sounds amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway!