Publisher: Self-Published (Dec 2013)
Genre: Erotica, BDSM, Romance, Dark
Format: eARC (376 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
“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.
At A Glance
Now that I am use to the violence and domination, I loved this book more than the first. So dark, so awesome.
Quintessentially Q blew my away. It was a freaking rollercoaster ride of emotions that made me want to throw up and beg for more at the same time. This book and series is in no way for the faint of heart. Winters is all about getting down and dirty with her stories and characters and she holds nothing back.
There are some plot spoilers below:
The hardest part of reading about Tess being captured again was the fact that everything she went through most likely happened to someone in real life who has been enslaved in the human sex trafficking world. It’s just disgusting and hard to read, but that’s why I love it. It takes me out of my comfort zone and makes me think about the horrors on the real world. Tess is an amazing girl. She endures so much and stays strong through most of it. She does what she has to to survive while waiting for Q to rescue her. She comes back to Q different though. Some things she cannot forgive herself for. It was heartbreaking to see Tess finally break and Q standing on the sidelines lost without her. I loved and hated the anguish these two shared as they traveled the road to recovery.
Q starts out the same man from Tears of Tess. He still wants to hurt Tess, to dominate her. But when Tess is taken, Q becomes a different man. He goes mad with worry and grief. He does ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to get her back. God, I loved him so much when he was getting his hands bloody for the one he loved. I know, I am sick, but I can’t help it. Only a man in hardcore love would do the things Q did to get Tess back. But when Tess is home once again, Q realizes she is not the same Tess. She was not as strong as he once thought. But Q never gives up. He gives all of himself to fix Tess, to bring her back from the cold, dark cell her mind is trapped in. I was completely in shock with what Q did for Tess. I think he was even in shock. But because of his actions, he became a new man. He became what Tess needed all along as well as the man he has wanted to be from the beginning.
The writing was, as always, amazing. You feel every word, every sentence go straight to your heart. The imagery was amazing, but almost unbearable as Winters describes what Tess goes through. The plot was not what I expected, but I did like it in the end. Especially when I found out there will be a book #3, which I hope focuses more on their relationship.
The biggest problem is that the blurb does not prepare you for what happens in this book. It was even darker than the first. I wanted more time spent on Q and Tess’s relationship, but the majority of the book is Tess being taken again and going through worse torture than in the first book. It was very hard for me to read, and I am not usually the squeamish type.
Though I wish more time was spent on Q and Tess’s relationship, I still loved them together. I was nervous for them in the beginning because it never seemed like they were going to work out. Q was too violent and Tess was still a little unsure. Then near the end Tess became a whole different person because of her experience and I just saw Q and Tess working out even less. Then something happens and it frees them both. Finally they are on the same wave-length.
Some rough, hot sex, but a lot more rape and torture than anything, so be careful. This is not for everyone.
Anyone who likes their erotica with bite (and blood, and tearing flesh) will love this series and book. It’s hard to handle sometimes, but it is so worth the read. You may cry, you may cringe, but you will no doubt smile by the end of this book. Very recommended.
“You’re my obsession, I’m your possession. You own the deepest part of me. You crawled into the darkness, set my monster free. So scream, bleed, call out to me. But never say stop, never flee”
Q wasn’t just my master in the bedroom. He was the master of my heart.
Finally, he whispered in his deep, accented voice, “You stole my loneliness. I may have given you wings, but you’ve become my gravity. I’ll never be free of your force.”
“Now is not the time to talk about hearts and falling, esclave. Now is the time for pain and f*cking.”