Monday, December 23

Blog Stop, Review & Giveaway; Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters


Title: Quintessentially Q Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #2 
Author: Pepper Winters 
Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: December 15, 2013 
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn 
Purchase Link: Amazon | Amazon UKB&NSmashwords | GoodReads


“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted... fucked 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 existencewhere two wrongs 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.


I usually like to write my reviews right after I finish a book, however, I needed some time to process this one.  I thought I knew what to expect going into Quintessentially Q after reading Tears of Tess but I was wrong.  Tears of Tess was just an appetizer for what to expect in QQ

“I ache to see your flesh bleed, scream for me, give me what I need, let the rivers run, the monster inside has won…”

I am going to try to write this review with very little spoilers. This is definitely a book you want to experience in the fullest way possible. 

Quintessentially Q had me thinking in a way I never thought I would think...and I don’t know how I feel about that.  During one part specifically, I kept thinking “maybe he should just dominate her, tie her up until she talks”…then I scolded myself because that is NOT the way I think in my everyday life.  This book definitely broke me down bit by antagonizing bit and slowly put me back together.  Still 24hours after finishing this I have a heavy heart just from the thought of the story. It’s a book that will stay with you for many more books to come.   

During the first 30% of the book I was disappointed in Q for the way he acted towards Tess.  I thought at the end of Tears of Tess they kind of came to an understanding about their relationship and Q kind of came to terms with his feelings towards Tess.  Well he regresses and withdraws from her which was kind of disappointing.  

“Now is not the time to talk about hearts and flowers, esclave. Now is the time for pain and fucking. See how the two don’t mix?”

I don’t really know what to say without giving to much away but let me just say that after you get a bit into the story things take a drastic turn.  People’s limits are tested and lives are forever changed.  My stomach churned, my nerves were shot and my heart broke for both Q and Tess.  

Tess is strong, a survivor, a protector, a lover and a fighter.  Her limits are tested and the battle she fights within herself is heartbreaking at best. How much is too much? How much can someone take before they break?  If you had to choose to fight for yourself or for someone else, which would you choose?  

Q…Q changed after certain events happened.  If you thought he was a monster in Tears of Tess…well prepare yourself for Q unleashed!  He is done fighting his darkness, done putting limits on what he is capable of.  Even with all Q’s darkness and his ability to show no mercy and be downright evil, I fell a little in love with him.  Ahh..who am I kidding. I fell a lot in love with him. 

“ I long to see your creamy skin blush, welt and marked gives me a rush, I can’t contain him, you set me free…”

Tess and Q are two sides to one coin.  Their relationship may not be “normal” to most people…and even considered wrong by most.  But it’s their relationship so who are we to judge. They both have needs and wants that only the other can fulfill.  People are who they are and you can only try to be someone else because you think that is what the other person needs for so long.  To live a full life you need to be yourself and be with someone who can accept that.  This book just goes to show you what a person will do for the person they love, even if it’s sacrificing yourself and everything you have ever been.

“I’m sure to break other parts of you, but I don’t want the curse of breaking your heart”
“You can’t break something that is freely given”

Pepper Winters is vastly becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her writing is so beautiful and descriptive. It is also so specific that it leaves you wondering if she has an insight to what has been written.  She states in the end of the book that this story was only intended to be a single book.  I’m so glad she continued with QQ…I loved having his POV as well as Tess’s.  There will also be a third book coming in early 2014 – Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3). I have already added it to my TBR list in Goodreads.  I cannot wait for more Q and Tess.

 5 Crazy Horrifying Beautiful Stars 

Reviewed by Alissa Evanson

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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



Pepper is offering up (5) eBook copies of Tears of Tess (INTL) and (2) swag packs (INTL) up for grabs. 
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/30/2013

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  1. Loved Tears of Tess, just got my hands on Quintessentially Q and can`t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway! *fingers crossed*

  2. This is a new author for me! I don't know how Ive missed her! I cant wait to read both these books! they sound awesome!

  3. yes, this is an amazing chance to win this book :) so thank you <333

  4. Awesome review. The synopsis and the teasers are great. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway.

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! I really need to read Tears of Tess soon. It's been sitting on my TBR list forever.

  6. Excited to read this series soon! Thanks! High on my tbr list!

  7. I can not wait to start reading these