Published by Self-Published on March 7th 2014
Genres: Dark Romance
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She has a secret.
I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.
I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free.
He has a secret.
I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.
I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.
One secret destroys them.
This is unlike any other Pepper Winter’s book I have ever read. It was dark, hot, and emotionally draining all at once which is not a bad thing. Not many authors can write so many books and have each new one, that is not in a series, to be so different and unique. I’m still trying to process my emotions.
I fell in love with each of the characters and that’s usually out of character for me when I read a suspense book with dark elements. I usually hate at least one of the main characters but I didn’t.
Pepper made Roan who thought he was unlovable to be so easily loved by me that I wish I could’ve held him even if it meant it could kill me. He’s so broken and beat down that I caught myself feeling so bad for him. Even when I shouldn’t. I could relate to him. It seems odd me saying that but he was in an abusive relationship with his handler that constantly degraded him and made him feel worthless. I’ve been there with an ex. It’s hard to break years of someone beating the same thing into you.
“Give pain to receive pain. Receive pain to give pain. A lesson I would never be free of.”
It wasn’t until Zel came into his life that he truly felt there might be a saving grace. Zel was a force to be reckoned with and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Roan didn’t know Zel had her own demons. They’re relationship or agreement wasn’t perfect. It was anything but that. But Roan didn’t know any other way to get Zel to help him.
“I never laughed. I never touched. I never got hard. I never wanted to fuck. She was a witch. She was magical. She would fix me.”
From the very first time I read about Zel, I knew instantly I was going to love her. She’s a survivor. She’s a mother. She’s strong, independent, stubborn and so down to earth that you wish she wasn’t a book character and your real life best friend. Her relationship with her daughter Clara is beautiful and with her best friend Clue is envious. I miss them already and it’s been a day since I finished reading.
“Remember who you are. You’re a fighter. You didn’t overcome your past to give up now.”
Roan and Zel had a lot of secrets between them and we read about them through the dual pov. Btw is perfect for Destroyed! They grow and learn with each other and I love that about them. They adapt instead of trying to change each other.
Despite the emotional turmoil I went through, I absolutely loved Destroyed and I’ll be rereading it over and over again! This book true to it’s name destroyed me but by the end Pepper put the pieces back together except for a few that will always be left out.
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“Instincts are what keep us safe from fate.
Ignoring them can change your life forever.”
“Secrets brought us together but they ultimately destroyed us.”