Aug 31, 2013

ARC Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

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My rating: 2 stars

***Copy of the book provided by author in exchange for honest review***

Book summary:

"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?"

 I am sorry, but I just don't like it...

      I have to admit that I wasn't sure about writing review for this book. I always feel bad when I don't have lot of good things to say about ARC I requested. But then again it is honesty that is appreciated, right? This will be short.

     Tears of Tess first got my attention because of pretty cover. After reading book description, I was sold. Dark, hot, erotic - check. Taboo, twisted, Stockholmish - check. Yes, my inner perv was having a blast. Then my co-blogger Tanja over at Ja čitam, a ti? told me that I probably could get advanced copy of this book. I was over the moon. Few days later and there it was in my inbox. That's where everything went downhill. Why? Well, that would be a little longer list.

1. I love taboo themes. Stockholm syndrome is on the top of my perv-list. (I know - don't judge me.) You would think that Tears of Tess would be perfect for me. Wrong. I didn't find it believable at all.

2. Badly labeled. I understand that new adult is big hit now, but this book is not new adult. At least not by my standards. Tears of Tess is taboo erotica no matter how old main heroin is. I know authors like to use all kind of tricks to get attention, but please, don't label your books as something they are not.

3. Storyline. It started really interesting, but than it all... I don't know. Something happened and I just started to notice all cracks in the plot. It has interesting premise, but it's too much like faerie tales about princesses who have to save kingdom by marring monster-king who is actually good, but he just forgot all about it because of some curse.

4. Tess and Q. So many times I just wanted to slap both of them or to finally stop reading.

     One thing that I liked - steamy scenes were interesting.

     Maybe it is just me. Maybe I read it at the wrong moment. Maybe you will love this book. Or I have finally outgrown this type of literature. I don't know. If you are intrigued by dark erotica, you should read Tears of Tess. If you read Dark Duet series by S.J. Roberts and you think that Q is new Caleb, lover your expectations.

Until next time,

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  1. You have no idea how sorry I'm. I though that I've found something just for you and I really hoped you'd enjoy it. Too bad this happened. You'll enjoy The Shadow of the Wind more ;))

  2. I think I will. :)
    It's not your fault, honey. I thought that I'd like it too.

  3. I've seen this book around on Goodreads but it sounded like The Dark Duet series and I didn't know if I could go through that kind of emotional trauma again. Don't get me wrong, I loved the series, especially Epilogue but they were hard to read. It's unfortunate this didn't work out for you, Glass. I'll think about your issues before picking this up. Great honest review. :)

    1. Thank you, Rachel. Dark Duet was hard for me too, but I loved it.
      I hope it will work out for you.

  4. Hmm, to bad about this one, I love the themes in this book too and thought it would be a good read. I'm glad you warned me about it being mostly erotica, because I'll be skipping it now. Thanks for an honest review!

    1. That's why I didn't like the way this book is labeled - it makes it look like something it's not and someone who usually doesn't read this type of novels would give money for nothing.

  5. Sorry this one didn't work and I am not a fan of mislabels. While I like a steamy scenes I generally shy away from erotica.

    1. I used to be the same, but I guess people change.:) Sometimes it feels like you overdose on one type of the books and you need to read something completely different. For me it's always between YA/NA novels and erotica. But generally, it's much harder to find good erotic romance novel than good YA novel. It's a thin line between erotic and pornographic - authors should know that there should be actual plot behind all the sex scenes.

  6. I don't read erotica either. I enjoy a little bit of smexy but when it gets to be too much I feel like a perv. Now the Stockholm Syndrome stuff I would be interested in, but as you said is just doesn't work so I wouldn't like this either. Oh well, it happens a cover lust ends up being a not so shining read. Better luck next time!

    1. Thanks, Heidi. I don't have much patience with novels that are all about sex and there is no trace of story behind that. (Tears of Tess isn't like that, but I still didn't like it very much.)


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