Thursday 21 July 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review ~ Pennies (Dollar Series #1) by Pepper Winters

“A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.”

Meet Elder in PENNIES, 
Pepper Winters’ newest Dark Romance Series! 

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Book Description:

“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfil and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.

He was rich.

Together…they were bankrupt.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Sometimes, it isn’t what’s spoken that is the loudest reply.”

Pepper Winters always delivers for me, for such a quiet, unassuming person that I met once at a book signing I find it hard to fathom where her mind goes to come up with these plots. While Pennies is by no means on the same level as the Debt Inheritance Series (yet) she has still managed to get my brain running a mile a minute trying to formulate where on earth this story is going to go. Introducing a book with a warning sets the tone for this read and as this is just the beginning you are left wondering just who is good and who is bad. At the moment, I haven’t a clue.

“Listen with your entire body, not just your ears. Watch with your entire being, not just your eyes. And judge with your entire soul, not just shallow perception.”

Tasmin Blythe was a normal eighteen-year-old, she lived with her mother, who was affluent and was enjoying her teens at school all the while working towards fulfilling her dreams of becoming a psychologist. She knew that she had a good life and appreciated it. One night though her life changes. Tasmin is in attendance at a mixer with her mother, making connections and schmoozing others. Tasmin is left alone while her mother networks and the worst thing happens, she is kidnapped.

“I shut down whatever was left inside and decided on death or delirium. Death if I could cheat his fun at hurting me. Delirium if couldn’t run to my grave.”

Now trained and broken in, Tasmin is being sold as part of a human trafficking ring and she is destined to meet her new owner. Trying to save herself only draws attention and it is the attention of a man who only knows pain and torture. Now two years on, tortured, emaciated, treated worse than a dog, defiantly mute and known as Pimlico is Elder Prest her saviour or another enemy?

“How could I get hard over a girl who had so much strength in her heart but so much abuse painted on her skin. Her silence wasn’t the defiance I believed. Her muteness wasn’t courage or guts. It was the only damn thing she had left.”

Elder Prest is a self-made millionaire/billionaire, well, he is stinking rich. He exudes charm and confidence but has that aura of evil. He is respected, he is despised, he is feared and he has a target on his back, but his confidence and lack of empathy drive him forward. He is tunnel visioned for success, get in, get the job done and out. He keeps himself to himself…until he meets Pimlico. He suddenly has empathy and sympathy in spades and he doesn’t like, but he turns around.

“She smelled of nothing. No, that wasn’t true. She smelled of fucking desperation.”

This is what I call a foundation book. Being that this is a five book series Pepper Winters painstakingly sets the scene for what is to come all the while tricking your mind and your heart. At times I was heartbroken, at times I was angry and it is these emotions that Pepper Winters seems to elicit out of me with such ease. While this was by no means action packed compared to previous series this was more a psychological taster of things to come. Pepper Winters is the spider spinning her web, she has you trapped, now it is time to spin, spin, spin. God knows what is going to come, the warnings tell it all, but is this just more mind trickery or could Pimlico really go from the frying pan into the fire?

“I’m sorry for what I’m about to do. I’m sorry for what I am. You’re worth pennies, but I’ll make you worth fucking millions. However, what I expect in return will be unpayable.”

Whatever it is, would you want to choose? Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t?


Fuck this.

I stalked forward.

My hand came up.

The urge to soothe her catapulted my fingers to her cheek. My skin erupted from her delicate heat. I’d already had my single touch when I’d petted her hair. I wasn’t permitted a second.

But it didn’t stop me.

One second, she stood close, arching her chin at the door.

The next, she was across the cage, flying into a stack of boxes that tumbled in a clatter of butcher knives, butter knives, and sharp forks.

Her eyes turned luminous in the gloom, locking on mine with rage.


I’d forgotten myself by feeling sorry for this beaten wraith, but she hadn’t forgotten her overwhelming hatred of men.

I didn’t look away. But I didn’t explain myself, either.

I’d borrowed her for the night. If I wanted to touch her, I could. The fact that she’d leapt away meant I could report her to her master and have her punished.

Or you could punish her instead.

The distance between us grew thicker as we breathed fast.

I waited…wanting to know just how deep her education in pleasure flowed. Tearing her gaze from mine, she swallowed hard. Piece by piece, she hid her loathing, replacing it with reluctant acceptance.

Inching closer, her toes nudged aside sharp blades as she made her way to me and fell to her knees on the cold concrete.

Half of me jolted with insane lust. Most of me shied away with repulsion as her straggly hair covered her face but not before I saw the twisted disgust and echoing despair.

“Get up,” I murmured. Even though my voice was low, the cavern of the garage amplified it, layering it with bite.

Instantly, she swooped up. The crackle of her joints and misused cartilage in her bones sounded like tiny gunfire.

“Don’t kneel. Not in here.”

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Dollars (Book Two) 

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Hundreds (Book Three) 

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Thousands (Book Four) 

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Millions (Book Five) 

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About the Author:

Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex. 

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. 

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