Pepper Winters : The Monsters In The Dark Series (Books 1-4) 

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Title: Tears of Tess (Monsters In The Dark #1)

Author: Pepper Winters

Release Date: 30th August 2013

Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: “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?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and hard to read subjects. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

I will start by issuing a Trigger Warning for this series! ⚠️While it is mostly surrounded by the dark doings of the underworld, there are some scenes that some readers may find distressing.⚠️

Tears of Tess is a book that not only spoke to me on a personal level but on an emotional one too. Tess Snow has an okay life. One she is happy with, one many of us can relate to, but there’s a part of her that wants something more. Pepper Winters has written this series in a way that draws you right into the character from the very first page. We understand Tess’s emotions and feelings, her disappointments about her life, her relationship and so on. I think we can all relate on some level to just settling with what life has handed to us, but Pepper Winters has shown us that if you fight then you can get what you really want.🖤

What Tess doesn’t anticipate is being taken against her will. While on an anniversary holiday in Mexico with her seriously Vanilla boyfriend Brax, Tess is kidnapped and sold into the trafficking world. All her life Tess has had to fight for what she wants, and she sure as hell isn’t going to stop now. Coming from a family that never wanted her, that threw her away at the first given chance, Tess wants nothing more than to fight for the simple life she once thought she hated. There were times throughout this book that I wanted to throw it away, burn it, never look at it again. But Pepper Winters made the characters come to life in such a way that I had to finish it. I had to find out what happened, if they survived. I am so glad that I did. Brace yourself for some emotional torture, only to be rewarded with an ending that you never really see coming.✨

Tess didn’t anticipate being sold to a master who would eventually fall for her. Q didn’t anticipate having an esclave brought to him who was actually in one piece. Physically and Mentally.

This story is hot, steamy, down right erotic. And I loved every second of it. The emotional rollercoaster you go on through the ups and downs of Tess & Q’s story resonate within you for days, maybe even weeks. I couldn’t put the book down, and found myself sneaking pages, sentences throughout the day at work!🔥

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a twisted, dark romance book. This will keep you up at night, it will mess with you and break you. But it will ultimately pull you back together in the most fucked up way possible!🖤


Title: Quintessentially Q (Monsters In The Dark #2)

Author: Pepper Winters

Release Date: 16th December 2013

Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: “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.


This is a story of eroticism, horror, and sweet tragedy. It contains graphic scenes, but there’s always light in the darkness.


The follow on to Tess’s Tears is just as soul wrenching! I will always try not to give away too much in my reviews, but as I’m reviewing the entire series in one go it’s slightly inevitable!🔥

Quintessentially Q was probably my favourite regarding learning about Q. We learned all about Tess in the first instalment, so I was grateful when Pepper Winters wrote more about our leading male character in the second. I didn’t want to throw this book away as much as I did the first! I think I fell a little bit in love with Q and Tess the more I understood their relationship. It may not be to everyone’s taste due to the Dominant / Submissive and the level of violence that is used. However, it is written in such a way that it is romantic, filled with lust, and trust. And we all know that trust is the most important foundation for any relationship. While it may sound like I’m reviewing some medieval romantic novel – I am not! This relationship is totally consensual, and Pepper Winters has turned something some still consider ‘Taboo’ into a beautiful, epic love story.🖤

Ghosts from the past don’t always stay that way unfortunately. No amount of security or protection can protect both Tess and Q from their past demons. While they are battling to come to terms with excepting their fate, good old skeletons come creeping back and take them away from each other. All of these feelings and mixed emotions between the two are conveyed right from the pages. I hurt, I cried, and I laughed with these two epically brilliant characters. I wanted to slap them both, bang their heads together and then be happy and merry. Q battles on a daily basis with his past, and why he is the way he is. However, Tess turns his world upside down and he struggles to keep the monster inside caged. But does she want him to do that? Will he allow himself the freedom of letting go?✨

Towards the end of this book, I crippled! I cried and couldn’t function properly on daily tasks until I found out what had happened! I won’t give too much away, but the heartache, the hurt, the growing need for revenge seeps through the pages and right into your chest.🖤

I’m struggling to put into words my true feelings about this series. It’s mind blowing, soul destroying, but all the while an inferno of sex. I would definitely recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who loves dark romance, erotica, bdsm and some slight elements of Sadomasochist and Masochistic play!🔥


Title: Twisted Together (Monsters In The Dark #3)

Author: Pepper Winters

Release Date: 3rd June 2014

Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: “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.


They had the most unconventional meeting. Q essentially bought Tess as a slave. What neither of them counted on was being what the other most needed. Q needed to inflict pain, Tess needed to receive it. How would their relationship work if neither of them wanted to hurt each other? They need boundaries, safe words, but neither of them are willing to set them. 🖤

They base the foundation of their relationship of one thing – trust. With the demons from their past threatening to break through, they find themselves pulling away, not trusting, not telling and breaking each other further apart. Tess is a fighter, Q made sure she stayed that way. Will she fight for their relationship while Q retreats further into himself? Will Q realise that this is not punishment for his past sins? Will he accept that Tess is his, forever?🔥

I love how Pepper Winters never falters in her ability to write such hot, steamy sex scenes. 🔥They are all written beautifully, they get your blood pumping and make you want to jump onto your significant other immediately. (Man, Woman, BOB you get my idea!) Reading her words is like porn for the mind, and it is magnificent. These two characters are so life like, so real, so consuming that you cannot put the book down.🖤

We know by now that these two are made for each other. I won’t give away the crux of the book for those of you who have yet to read the series, but it is such a relief that they finally get a sliver of happiness and normality.✨

The other characters in the book are brought forward and we learn a little more about them, and their roles in the main characters lives. I loved this and I felt like I made some true friends (in my head).🖤

This is the longest book in the series, but I would read them over and over if I could. Its dark, seriously darker than any other series I have reviewed, and it brings you into a world of the unknown. We know trafficking exists in our murky world, but Pepper Winters has turned it into a beautiful story, of Stolen, Saved, Taken, and Rescued.🖤🔥


Title: Je Suis A Toi (Monsters In The Dark #4)

Author: Pepper Winters

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Star Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: The long awaited follow up to the New York Times Bestselling Trilogy Monsters in the Dark.

“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.


The final instalment in the Monsters in The Dark Series!! I hate it!! Why did it have to end??🖤

We know that Q is Tess’s monster in the dark, but equally she is his. This final story is written some years after Tess & Q finally became one. But is he convinced that she is truly his? Why is he having trust issues with her? It breaks my heart that he even doubts Tess’s love for him, but his past well and truly messed up his head. Q likes having control – I know that’s the understatement of the century but still. And after so long of beating himself up about his past, his father’s sins and his own desires, realising he wants something so normal terrifies the hell out of him.🔥

We all know how scary the prospect is of changing your life completely. It is a whole other notion of fear to want something you never thought you did. What changed? Why has Q changed his mind? ✨

This last instalment, made my heart burst with love and pride at these two characters. They’ve been through so much together it was like watching them come home. I honestly felt lost when the book ended, but I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.🖤

The way Pepper Winters has written the easy-going weekend, surrounded by friends, drinks, games and total relaxation makes you see Q & Tess in a totally new light. A light that they both need in their darkness. It’s a beautiful ending to a horrible past. They finally have their happy ever after and it makes me so damn proud!✨

Please, Please read this series. It is truly amazing, and will no doubt speak to you in more ways than one!✨

Thank you so much for reading my review! And a huge thank you to Pepper Winters for bringing Q and Tess into our lives!!🖤
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