Friday, December 27, 2013

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway : Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark, #2) by Pepper Winters

Quintessentially Q
(Monsters in the Dark, #2)
by Pepper Winters

Erotic/ Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date:
December 15, 2013

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“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 existence
where 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.

Welcome to our tour stop for 
Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters. 
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Q moved suddenly, pushing off from the cage and striding toward the entrance 
of the aviary. He unlocked the deadbolt and entered the space. Birds chirped louder 
as Q stood in the centre of their world. He looked like a man robbed of his own 
wings. A fallen angel that had no place on earth and fought a daily battle to fit in. 

I stepped forward. Should I say something? Comfort him? My heart twisted, 
needing to be there for him, but no longer able to. No matter how many kind words I
spoke, Q would see I no longer lived inside. 

My soul jangled with chains and locks, saving me but also ruining me. The 
longer I lived in my tower the more passion and connection faded. 

I hated the numbing virus inside, spreading slowly, deleting all memory of who 
Tess had been. I was replaced with a carbon replica who would float away in the 
wind, robbed of her convictions and thoughts. All because I wasn’t strong enough to
face what I’d done.

Q cursed under his breath, his chest pumping with emotion. “Why should I keep 
you when you don’t want to be here? You’re not here for me. You’re here because I 
lock you up. You’re my prisoners, my captives, my trophies.”

He hung his head before waving his arms. “Allez vous-en. Je ne veux plus de 
vous. Elle ne veut plus de plus alors ça sert à quoi, putain? ” Fly away. I no longer 
want you. She no longer wants me, so what's the fucking point?

The birds went crazy, darting left and right, spying freedom through the open 
door. They exploded through the exit and into the conservatory, weaving through 
plants and water features. 

Wings rustled as I ducked from a small flock of robins. 

“Get out!” Q yelled; the birds flurried harder. “Get far away from me.”

I stepped backward, not wanting to see Q breakdown. I wanted it to hurt—to kill 
me with knowledge that I’d ripped out his heart—but all I felt was emptiness. 
Q looked up and froze. 

His eyes locked on mine, shining with rage and blackness. I prayed for some 
awakening, so I could put both of us out of our misery. I wanted to bring forth all my 
love for him and keep hiding from my guilt. I wanted to erase the darkness, the 
lostness and hate from his eyes, but I was useless. 

Bowing my head, I dropped my gaze. 

Q cursed, exiting the aviary, humming with anger and rage. He stalked toward 
me, stopping so close his body heat seared my skin.

I flinched, expecting him to lash out—to grab my hair, slap me—something to 
wake me up. 

When he didn’t touch me, I looked up. Q murmured, “So low you must think of me.” 
He captured a curl, running it gently through his fingertips. “Fly away, esclave, if 
that is what you want. I won’t stop you.” His tone was bleak and derelict.

Monsters in the Dark Series

Tears of Tess 
(Monsters in the Dark, #1)

Quintessentially Q 
(Monsters in the Dark, #2)

Twisted Together
(Monsters in the Dark, #3)

My Review

Last September I discovered  Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters. Her first novel captivated me from beginning to end and left me wanting more. Tears of Tess was AMAZING! I had high expectations for the sequel, and let me tell you that QQ exceeded all my expectations! I had no idea that this was going to be an even darker rollercoaster ride. Be prepared ... this story is not for the faint of heart. It's gut wrenching, heartbreaking, riveting and absolutely phenomenal! Tess and Q's story is emotional, dark and unforgettable. I could not put this book down! If you start reading this book before you go to bed, expect a sleepless night. I tried putting it down to be mentally present at work, but who was I kidding?! I dreamed of sparrows and a beautiful monster. Yup! Needless to say that I woke up in the middle of the night and picked up the book again ;)

While reading Tears of Tess, I had to put down my ereader on the side because the emotions were too REAL to continue reading some parts. My heart broke so much for Tess. What happened to her was just horrible and I was an emotional mess after I finished reading that book. QQ was even more heartbreaking. I'm not going to give anything away from this story. You need to experience Tears of Tess and the phenomenal sequel QQ. You won't be able to think about anything else for hours! The story is enthralling, the characters addictive and the writing style is outstanding!

Tess has changed so much from the last book. She is stronger and she defies Q any chance she gets. Q owns her heart and soul. She fell in love with a monster, but it's her monster. She accepts him, she wants him and she makes him feel worthy. Q is tormented by the emotions that he feels for Tess. He is scared that he will lose control and he can't live with that fear. With Tess he feels stronger, grounded and for once in his life he is happy. I can't even begin to tell you how much Q took my breath away in this book. He is so broken and to see his layers fall and read from his POV was an amazing reading experience. It was raw, passionate and somewhat disturbing. I was anxiously waiting for Q to declare his love for Tess. Once he said Je t'aime, it had so much meaning that it sent shivers down my spine. It really was a beautiful moment in their story.

My Rating:

I give Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters, 5 dark, passionate, thrilling, poignant, overwhelming stars! Books like QQ are the reason I love reading. They transport me into another world. They make me feel the story. To find beauty in something so dark is utterly breathtaking! I am anxiously waiting for the conclusion of Tess and Q's fascinating story in Twisted Together.  

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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 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

Tour Wide Giveaway:
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.


  1. Q sounds yummy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. The books look intriguing & interesting.I can not wait to get it & read it.I also love Giveaways & swag packs...


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