Publication Date: August 28, 2013
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
Every woman needs a monster like Q!
DARK as night. This was a very dark story as it dealt with the horror of sex trafficking and the hardcore desires of a man who likes to inflict pain and love at the same time. I have to say it made for an interesting story. Not sure how she pulled it off, but I think the author did a pretty damn good job of balancing out the darkness and the sexy.
Keeping it SEXY. As I said, Winters made good work of keeping the book sexy and enticing without drowning us in the terrible events that occur in this book. The sex scenes were HOT, as were all the scenes leading up to them. The MCs just had such chemistry even when they were arguing. ESPECIALLY when they were arguing. It was great.
Q was irresistible. I thought Tess was a good female lead. The synopsis is correct. She turned from a terrified girl to a fierce fighter, and that's what Q loved about his "esclave". He loved that she wasn't "broken" when she came to him after being kidnapped and sold to him. I wondered how in the world I would ever like Q for "buying" Tess, but by the end, you get it and he becomes that much more irresistible. Q was all that. I found myself reading certain scenes and wondering why Q wasn't in them. I love erotica and BDSM stories, and this book took it to another level for me. I loved how by the end Q wasn't some changed man who no longer had such dark desires to inflict pain on Tess. In fact, it was worse and you're left with the notion that this is the way things will always be.
I'm quite interested in finishing the next book Quintessentially Q, after the way Tears of Tess ended. I nearly thought we wouldn't get our happy ending but we did, and after starting book two already, I just know we are in for some even darker days. I can't wait.
Do I recommend? You bet I do! If you're into erotica, BDSM, and male leads who spend more time in the dark than the light, you will really enjoy Tears of Tess.