Review: Hundreds (Dollar, #3), by Pepper Winters

Hundreds (Dollar, #3)Hundreds by Pepper Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you follow my reviews, you know that I love dark, twisted romance. So, it should come as no big surprise that I’m a big fan of Pepper Winters. She has a way of drawing me in and doing dirty, dirty things to my mind. This series is no exception.

The third book in the series, ‘Hundreds’ shows more character development and evolution than previous books. Pim really begins to come out of her shell, pushing her boundaries and defying Alrik’s conditioning. Elder also reveals a more personal side, finally sharing details about his past and opening up to Pim.

Aside from their personal growth, ‘Hundreds’ also spotlighted the evolution of Pim and Elder’s relationship. From the guilt and hurt that the last book left off with, they grew stronger. In fact, their biggest challenge was how strong their attraction was this time around. It seems that once Pim comes to realize that she wants Elder as much as he wants her, the tables turn.

While most of the book focused on Elder and Pim’s relationship, Elder’s past also plays an important role. His secrets are finally brought to light. The consequences of his past actions come back to haunt him. He is a hunted man.

In addition to the people from his past that want revenge for the perceived wrongs of Elder, Elder is also fighting his inner demons. He knows that every moment he spends with Pim increases the risk of danger to her. He wants to protect her from those that would harm her — most importantly, himself.

Like earlier books in the series, ‘Hundreds’ ends with quite an upset. Ms. Winters really knows how to keep you anxiously awaiting the next book. Of course, I’ve already pre-ordered the next one because I know I won’t want to wait a minute longer than necessary to see what she has in store for Pim and Elder.

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Review: Pennies (Dollar, #1), by Pepper Winters

Pennies (Dollar, #1)Pennies by Pepper Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind-Blowing!

Whew! Pepper Winters never fails to blow my mind! I know when I pick up one of her stories that I’m in for a mindf*@k and that is exactly what I got with ‘Pennies’.

This story was so disturbing that I needed to take a little time to decompress after finishing it, before writing this review. I just needed time to come to terms with what I had just read and process my emotions. To me, that’s a sign that I’ve just finished a phenomenal book. You know it’s great when it stays with you and occupies your thoughts long after you’ve finished it.

This story is told in multiple POVs, but is centered on the experiences of Tasmin, aka Pimlico. At eighteen, Tasmin has led a privileged and sheltered life. When she is taken from one of her mother’s formal functions, her existence as she knows it comes to an end. Tasmin becomes Pimlico, a sex slave.

Purchased by Alrik, a sadistic and cruel man who refers to himself as “Master A”, Pimlico lives in constant terror. She suffers unspeakable acts at the hands of Master A and his friends. He takes pride in his visciousness.

When Elder Prest sets eyes on Pimlico, he is equally intrigued and enraged. He finds himself having to fight back his urges to take her for himself, while also wanting to kill Alrik for his abuse of the slave girl. He’s no stranger to deviant acts, a notorious criminal himself, but something about Pimlico calls to him.

Pimlico, despite the horrors she’s endured, does not break. She is defiant to the end, even as she submits in calculated measures to survive. She does what she has to do to survive, but she will never give Master A what he wants most…her voice.

This was a hard story to read in so many ways. Not only was Pimlico’s account of life as a slave harrowing, but there was never any sense of hope. When Elder enters the story, it is clear that he is no knight in shining armor. In fact, he may prove to be as bad, if not worse, than Master A. Pimlico is faced with a choice between the lesser of two evils, with no happy ending in sight for her.

Ms. Winters has, yet again, managed to create a story that held my attention from start to finish. I cannot wait to see where she plans to take readers with this series. No doubt, it will be one dark and depraved journey and I plan to be front and center! I am dying to see what becomes of Pimlico and Elder, even as I dread finding out what’s in store for poor Pim.

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Nobody Does Dark and Twisted Like Pepper Winters!

Dollars (Dollar, #2)Dollars by Pepper Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If ever there was a time when I knew that I should have waited until the entire series was out before starting, it is now. I love all things Pepper Winters, so I am predictably weak when she has a new series out. I tell myself to wait, because the anticipation between each book in the series will drive me crazy. However, I have no self-control and so here I am again.

As usual, Ms. Winters has tied me in knots. I am dying to find out what the future holds for Pim and Elder, but Ms. Winters will keep me waiting for quite some time yet. The anticipation is killing me! No surprise there.

The second book in the series, ‘Dollars’ picks up where ‘Pennies’ left off. Pim has killed the man who tortured her for years, Master A. Taken by Elder Prest, she soon realizes that her rescuer is also her latest captor.

He may not be as cruel as Master A yet, but there is a darkness in him, lurking beneath the surface. How deep that darkness runs, or how it manifests itself, is still largely a mystery. Bits of Elder’s past are revealed, but much more remains unknown. Who exactly is he? What is this darkness that he alludes to that he struggles to control?

As Pim recovers from her injuries she maintains her silence, choosing to observe and take in everything around her. Elder is as much her obsession, as she is his. She has learned the hard way not to trust anyone, especially men. She is certain that every kindness he shows her is a trick, furthering whatever ulterior motives he has. He has hinted as much.

Like Master A, Elder grows increasingly frustrated with Pim’s silence. He vacillates between a determination to force her to talk and a recognition that this behavior would make him the exact same type of monster that she’s just escaped. Throughout the book, he flip-flopped between these dispositions. After a while, it got somewhat repetitive.

Pim’s behavior also seemed to flip-flop some. This was largely in response to Elder’s moods. Every time she seemed to be making progress, he’d grow impatient and set her back again.

This back and forth between the two went on for what seemed like forever. Don’t get me wrong, I love the angsty, push and pull between main characters. Nothing bugs me more than a story that feels forced and rushed. There is certainly no risk feeling that way with this one.

In fact, my main complaint about this book is that I didn’t feel like the storyline progressed all that much. I’m sure that Ms. Winters has intentionally done this to fully develop the relationships, characters and the storyline. However, the suspense is killing me!

As much as I love Pim and Elder as characters, I have to admit that I spent most of this book just waiting for something…anything…to happen. For the most part, there was a noticeable absence of any action or plot twists that would get my heart going. I felt like this book was just building a strong foundation for future books in the series. At times I was even bored, which is unheard of for me when reading a book by this author.

That being said, it is still a book written by Ms. Winters. Even if it isn’t my favorite of her books, it is still superior to at least 80% of the other stuff I read. She’s just that damn impressive! I might have wanted a little more action in this one, but I know that there was a well thought out reason for the flow of this book.

Don’t give up on it yet, though. The last 20-25% of the book really picks up. Suddenly, there is some action and some suspense. Questions are answered and I felt like I gained a little better understanding of Elder. Of course, all of his secrets were not revealed. I have a feeling that won’t happen until the very end.

The relationship between Pim and Elder also takes a new direction. Honestly, I was a little surprised that it happened this soon. I am looking forward to seeing exactly where their relationship is headed. This is not a couple that can just have a HEA fall into their laps easily. I’m sure that there is more hardship on the horizon for these two.

All in all, I enjoyed ‘Dollars’. There were times when I thought it was dragging along, but I know it will be worth it in the end. Mainly, I’m just anxiously awaiting the next book in this series and kicking myself for not having the patience to wait until all of the book in the series were finished before I started.

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