Series: Dollar #1
Published by Self-Published on July 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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“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 fulfill 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.
Holy cow! Wtf did I just read?!?!? I finished Pennies yesterday in one setting but I had to take a day to process how I was going to write my review. Heck just to process everything, in general, my emotions, my brain, my eyes, my heart to make sure it’s still beating, EVERYTHING!
First I loved the warning at the beginning of the book. It was so fitting and anyone who shrugs it off should take it seriously. Pepper’s not joking around. I think it’s darker than The Monster in the Dark Series but it’s too early to tell right now and make that judgment.
We meet Tasmin (Pimlico) and it’s her story for the good portion of the book. From the beginning, I had compassion for her. There are no early days unless it was told by her. Pepper starts us at the semi-beginning of everything. I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I can say I love how strong she is even though she feels defeated. I love that regardless of everything she’s been through she didn’t let anyone break her. She escaped into her mind instead and to me that’s better than showing pain. I love her resonance. She decided she wasn’t going to do something and didn’t do it. She’s everything that if it was me that I hoped I could be.
“He hasn’t broken me. He will never break me. And soon, I will be free.”
We meet Mr. A who I immediately hate. I want to kill him slowly. Once you read Pennies you’ll understand. He’s despicable, a coward, he’s NOTHING. He’s a bug on the windshield that you can’t wash off but eventually will disappear with enough water or rain.
In the warning, Pepper said “Fall in Love with Elder Prest at your own risk”. Well, I fell for him and hard. He’s my dark knight on a stormy day. There’s also more to him than meets the eye and that scares me and tantalizes me at the same time. We see the good side of him but also his darker side. It’s like he’s battling light with darkness and the darkness is winning.
“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.”
I need more and I can’t wait for Dollars! She warned that this is book 1 of 5 and the cliff on Pennies leaves you hanging by the edge of your toes. But so worth it! I’m going to reread this book again just to see if I missed something. You do have a lot of questions and theories. At least I do but I know they’ll be answered soon.
Pennies is one of those books you either love it or hate it. There’s no in between. I think I could’ve lived in the dark days when they tortured people. That’s how twisted my other side is. That’s why Pennies is my perfect book. Even though I hated everything that was happening to Pim and I felt bad for her, my dark side was happy that I was finally reading a book that’s truly dark. Only a few authors can write a dark book that makes you squirm and question yourself if you made the right decision. There’s no question in my mind that I did. Pepper Winter’s is the queen of the dark.
Pennies deserves every 5 stars I gave it and if you love dark reads and Pepper than you have to read Pennies! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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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