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“There was a monster once. A monster who bought me, controlled me, and took away my freedom.

There was a man once. A man who dealt in myth and secrets, hiding behind his mask, making me hunger and wish to know the truth.”


Eleanor Grace belongs to the man and the monster, hating them both but unable to deny that something links them. Something she doesn’t want to feel, something that traps her as surely as the sea surrounding the island where she serves.

Sully Sinclair belongs to his past and the black and white script his life has become. He views his goddesses as commodities—possessions to be treated kindly but firmly. The only problem is…Eleanor is different.

She’s jinxed him.

Cursed him.

Awakened him.

She’s a goddess with the power to ruin him.

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My review

4,5 stars


Again I promised a zero spoiler review to Pepper and it will really be challenging as the synopsis is so vague!

What to tell you?

That this is the second book of the series and starts where the cliffhanger left us and that I will end on another HUGE cliffhanger! Think something when the killer is unleashed and will pounce on his next victim well, that’s something similar.

You just NEED to hold the third book already.


I can also tell you that this book is filled with sex scenes but even if they are extremely graphic, Pepper is the only writer with Tiffany Reisz to make me love them without feeling like this is a cop out and a filler for an empty storyline.

I don’t know how she does it as most of the time now I am bored with sex scenes in books, at least very graphic sex scenes, and just want to roll my eyes and yawn but here…here, I was just “hot and bothered”. Holy Molly! You’ll need a change of pants and a cold shower!

Don’t listen to it in audio at work or I guarantee you’ll turn all flushed and have your co-workers look at you very suspiciously, wondering if you have the flu and suffer from the Covid!

You also have a total anti-hero because Sully is buying girls to sell them on his island to be “worshipped” by very wealthy men BUT of course the anti-hero has a hidden flaw. He is HUMAN after all. Even if he is terrorized of feeling some kind of warm feelings for humans.

He is devilishly handsome, commanding and he is THE BOSS of the island.


Except with Eleanor who he named Jinx because she gives as good as she gets and she will infuriate him more than once!

The chemistry is off the charts between these two and given their “status”: slaver and slave, it will give for many conflicting emotions. For Sully and for Eleonore.

That’s also a constant in this series:the turmoil, the volcano of emotions both heroes feel.

Pepper really highlighted the complexity of human nature.

One can be bad for humans yet amazing with animals.

One can loath her captor yet be attracted to him.


Last words here: I cried like a baby!

Because if there is one thing I can’t stand is cruelty towards animals. I am an animal lover through and through. I am vegan and I use products untested on animals. So, some scenes here were really, really hard to read. I am more of burying my head in the sand when some awful videos of animals suffering are broadcasted so here, you HURT me Pepper!

I am even more convinced that I did the right choice being vegan!


Now, should you read it?

Of course if you don’t mind dark and twisted stories!


Read the First Chapter HERE !

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He was undone.

The most ruffled I’d ever seen him.

He was no longer cold-blooded, standing in the tropics without any sign of discomfort. He vibrated with ferocity, boiling with need and fury.

Our gazes locked and whatever minor dregs of dignity and energy I had left siphoned into the ground. My toes grew roots, anchoring me in place. My legs became bark, brittle and unable to bend. I planted myself into the soil, seeking purchase to weather another storm…the storm of Sullivan’s temper.

I didn’t know how this would go.

I didn’t know if I’d be alive after it.

But…I would be brave.

I would not break.

I squared my shoulders and waited.

Without a word, he stepped toward me.

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IMG_68BE6EF3542D-1Pepper 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.


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    1. Well Lashaan it’s better to laugh than cry right? At least that’s always my strategy in time of crisis!

  1. Ooh, I really like Tiffany Reisz so I am starting to feel like I need to try something by Pepper Winters because I would be able to enjoy her books a lot too! I am glad the explicit scenes don’t feel like filler as well. Great review x