Friday, June 3, 2016

Je suis à toi (Monsters in the Dark #3.5) by Pepper Winters: Book Tour Review & Excerpt


Blurb:

“Life taught me an eternal love will demand the worst sacrifices. A transcendent love will split your soul, cleaving you into pieces. A love this strong doesn’t grant you sweetness—it grants you pain. And in that pain is the greatest pleasure of all.”

Q made me the happiest esclave in the world. He gave me his heart, his empire, his ruthless unforgiving love. And life finally left us in peace.

A man like my maître has special needs though, growing stronger as our lives intertwine. The only way to survive his monster is to agree to all his desires.

Including his latest wish.

I’m his.

And I won’t refuse.



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Excerpt:

“Don’t struggle. You know I’ll keep you safe.” Q’s murmur danced down my back.

My panic receded as trust billowed fast and true.

Q was born into darkness, but he’d never baptized me in his blackest desires. And because of that, I could implicitly say he spoke the truth. No matter what he did to me, he would never truly harm me.

Q paused, his tattooed chest soaking. His feathered sparrows fluffing off droplets almost alive on his skin. “I told you once never to fall for me. That I didn’t want the curse of breaking your heart while I broke so many other pieces of you.” His hands landed on my breasts, cupping them reverently. “Yet you fought me, just like you said you would. You fell for me, just like you promised me you would. And now, you’re willing to give me what I need even after I tricked you and lied.”

I swayed as I fell even deeper for this complex husband of mine. Q was all my fantasies in one glorious lifetime. The fact he finally wanted to share me with his child spoke volumes about his capacity to love.

“I’m so glad you ignored me, esclave.” His fingertips branded my nipples with pain. “So fucking happy you married me.” Pushing me backward, he smiled harshly as my spine met the pool wall. His chest strained as he sucked in a heavy breath. “You’re so fucking beautiful.”

My heart hammered in my ears as he kissed me.

His tongue laced with mine, and I sank into the sweet embrace, knowing it would be the last I received tonight. The air crackled with an impending storm. Q’s control frayed every second, his eyes drenching in determination and the salacious need to hurt.

Breaking the kiss, he opened his hand, revealing the other item he’d retrieved.

A tiny pair of silver scissors.


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:

More Tess! More Q! It's like a dream come true! Ever since these two monsters came into my life I have been begging for more of their insanely intense, thrillingly naughty, and wonderfully spellbinding story. Je Suis A Toi is the series epilogue all Monsters in the Dark fans have been pining for. A true ending for Q and Tess that takes them far away from the slavery, brutality, death, and despair they have been through. One we all hope is much more settled and comfortable and brings the two all the bliss they so deserve.

Here's the thing, while I loved the idea behind this book, the introduction of a new character, and getting even more of one of my favorite couples, I found much of the story fairly unnecessary and even found myself getting annoyed by my beloved Tess and Q at times. I will admit that while I definitely love me some Q and totally understand where his thinking comes from, he has always irked me a bit with his absolute abhorrence of himself and his relationship with Tess all because they like a little (or even a lot) of kink, but by the time we've come so far with them into their story and their marriage, after they have been together, clicked together, and understood each other for so long, I would have thought this attitude would not be such an overriding theme any longer.

Tess has always been so strong. Maybe she wasn't always sure of herself or what she wanted but she always had courage and backbone and fortitude in spades and that's what I have always really loved about her. In this book we get to see an especially vulnerable side of Tess complete with doubts and insecurities. I really enjoyed experiencing this side of her as it helped tremendously in humanizing her after everything that she has been put through and not only survived but truly conquered. Unfortunately, the way in which these insecurities constantly gnawed at her despite what appears to be pure wedded bliss, while still somewhat understandable, started to become a bit on the repetitious and maddening side.

In the end, it doesn't matter how they arrived there because this is a truly perfect ending for this couple that has suffered so much, do so much good for the world, and deserve nothing less than happiness. There could not have been a more beautiful or apt ending for my favorite monsters and although I was hoping for a bit more from this story, I'm so glad and grateful that we got the conclusion that we did.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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