Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What to say about this book...
In the beginning I really enjoyed it, I liked the dark content, but somewhere around the middle it started to fall flat. I was encouraged that it would get better, and at some point I did start to enjoy it again.. Then all I wanted was for it to end, and there were several places that it could have done so. It really started to feel like the neverending story at times.
I have to admit that it tugged at my heart when Q sent Tess away, and I was happy when Tess went back to him of her own accord.
The answers *finally* came at the end about Q and Suzette, and they answered all the questions nice and neat, and they fit and made sense. But I think those answers, or at least *some* of them, would have been better served
the story then what felt like more of an afterthought at the end.
There were a lot of BDSM elements in this book, the darker elements, and I felt like the author had a list of them and felt the need to use them all, whether they had a place in that particular scene or not. I'm not a fan of purple prose, but I do understand that sometimes it's necessary here and there, it was extremely overused in this book.
And yes, I got it, Q smelled like citrus and sandalwood. Oh and sin. Can't forget sin. The scent of citrus, assaulted her, drowned her, hugged her, kept her grounded, drugged her, hit her, and mixed with her scent. She searched for it, was gripped by it, and breathed deep of it's heady scent and tasted it on him. Did the man bathe in the stuff? Hmm, maybe he did.
I'm just not sure where the second book can go after all of this. But I may have to read it to find out.
I'm wavering somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars on this one.
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