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“There was a beginning once. A beginning that started with being sold to a monster I fell for.
There was an ending once. An ending that came cloaked in bloodshed and fury.”
Eleanor Grace is a simple mortal who has the power to topple a god. She captured his heart, fed him a different future, and fought for a fantasy that wasn’t make-believe but destiny.
Sully Sinclair is a man masquerading as a monster. He let down his shields and allowed a goddess to show him a simpler path. However, neither of them could predict the war that was coming, nor the toll it would take.
A fated romance.
A fight that will finish in tears.
The age-old battle of good versus evil.
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What a finale!!!
I promised no spoiler in this review so I will talk in terms of feelings and general considerations.
First: at some point I truly was disgusted. And I didn’t know if I liked Sullivan anymore or not. We get even more information about what he’s done in the past and even knowing he was a anti hero, I couldn’t condone what he had done nor what he did in the beginning of this book.
It arises the question: can you forgive everything if it is to defend a just and noble cause?
Let’s not forget that he was like an enraged beast at the beginning of the book and Sulli did make some crazy choices that would have dire consequences!
Second: can you atone for your sins? Sullivan will go to purgatory and even hell in this last installment. He will suffer deeply. He will also have to look back into the mirror and really think of who he was, is and who he wants to be. But does everyone deserve a second chance? And when you are truly remorseful, can you still live with who you are and what you did?
Third: Eleanor had already proven that she was strong but in this last novel she will have to shoulder everything and make really hard and harsh decisions. She has so many reasons to despair, to let go, to retreat into her shell. But she will face every hard truth, every ordeal with courage, strength and a will of iron!
Eleanor is also the epitome of survivor. She has learned to adapt to survive the circumstances, right from the start of the first book.
“I gave up trying to predict or control. There was no predicting or controlling when you were someone’s prisoner.”
I can say with certainty that she is a very strong heroine. Honestly, I would not be surprised if she suffered from PTSD in the future.
Fourth: it was a roller coaster of emotions. As Eleanor said “I’d cried in horror, terror, grief, and hope”. At some point I just wanted to stop reading because it was too much for my heart and mind!
Fifth: It was absolutely impossible to predict the path Pepper chose to lead us on in this final part of Sulli and Eleanor’s story! This was a crazy ride and I didn’t predict a single plot twist from the past books! I also loved how characters from past stories, Jethro and Q will make an appearance in this series!
Conclusion: this whole series is the darkest and most twisted I’ve read by Pepper Winters! For as much as I do enjoy dark romance from time to time, I think that now I’ll need a nice, sweet and bubbly YA romance to let my heart get back to his normal heartbeat and my blood pressure lower to less dangerous level. If you are a fan of dark romances, you HAVE to try this series.
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“You are worth more. You have more…goodness in your little finger than I do in my…entire body.”
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Pepper Winters is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller. With a catalogue of over twenty titles, she’s hit the bestselling lists over thirty times.
She loves romance, star-crossed lovers, and the forbidden taboo. She strives to write a story that makes the reader crave what they shouldn’t, and delivers tales with complex plots and unforgettable characters.
After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestseller.
After releasing two books with Grand Central, Hachette (Ruin & Rule and Sin & Suffer) Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work.
Represented by Trident Media, her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian, French, Hebrew, German, and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available soon.
Such a great review, Sophie. I’m glad you got a great ending.
Hahah glad to hear how much you enjoyed this one! Sounds like it actually morally questions a bunch of interesting things too. Hope you pick up a good bubble romance soon to balance things out.:P Great review, Sophie!
Thank you Lashaan! And no, no bubbly romance after LOL
I do love dark romance, I haven’t picked up this author yet though. But I love a book that tears through my emotions.
She is oen of the bests in that genre Renee.
I love Pepper’s books! Planning to binge this now that they are all out
Fab review and it makes me want to read this series cause I love the darkness!
Oh yes it’s dark Caro!
I love the dark!
Not sure this is my cup of tea, but great review!
Thank you Jacquie!