Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: Tears of Tess

Tears of Tess
Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC provided from Pepper Winters for honest review.

3.5 stars.
I wanted to love this book. I wanted to be over the moon about this book. I could see this awesome story where this damaged guy changes for this damaged girl. Well, then I changed my mind. I just wanted this damaged guy to at least show some humanity ..and I waited and I waited. The whole time Tess was struggling with her "feelings" for Q I was going WhY? He's horrible there is nothing redeemable about him. Yes he showed some remorse but then took it back as soon as he could. I kept reading and my heart bled for Tess ..I hated Q with everything in me. But the romantic in me kept saying he is doing this because he is afraid to admit he cares and that if he admits he cares then he may not be able to control the "monster" inside. So, I had to take a step back and think outside the "sexual" box. I had realize these 2 people needed something dark from each other. They needed to hurt to feel good. The problem I have with this is normally there is something else in the moments in between. We never got to see that here. There was really only 2 scenes where they were just 2 people talking. One he was drunk and the other he was in pain from a migraine. I get Tess was unhappy in her current relationship. She wasn't fulfilled. But other than the sex she wanted from Q ...what else did he show her that would make her really want to be with him? I came to the conclusion after reading Q's POV in the epilogue that they saw in each other what they needed. I don't understand it but its not up to me because I'm not into that extreme. This book would hands down have gotten 5 stars from me if I could have seen something more emotional from Q to Tess..something that would make it seem he's not just a monster but a man. Yes the whole saving girls is fine. But when he admitted he wanted to hurt just seemed like he was waiting for someone he could hurt. I wish I had more scenes of them talking or something to understand when she "fell" for him. Not just when she realized he could give her sex the way she wants it. Also one more thing. Other than him carrying her out and mumbling about I'm sorry..he never addressed the fact he let a man RAPE her with a KNIFE while he was in the room! Sickened me.

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