A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
“Three little words: I was sold.”
The book started with Tess’ boyfriend, Brax surprising her with a trip from Australia to Mexico. Vacation seemed to be going pretty well until they decided to stop at a little bar for a drink to cool down. To be honest, if I were Tess and Brax my story would’ve ended right here because if I don’t see anyone else in a bar then I am going somewhere else. But, they go in instead and Brax goes to the bathroom and Tess disappears.
If you are weak at the stomach, then this next section of the book will turn you completely off. I mean seriously, this is not your happy, go-lucky section. You will not feel warm and fuzzy inside. And, if human trafficking makes you feel that way (warm and fuzzy) then maybe you should get your head examined. But, I digress. You will feel sick to your stomach, you will feel disgusted, and you might feel as if you will never want to visit Mexico.
Q seems to have bought Tess. He is her master. One would think after what happened in Mexico that Tess would be completely broken but this girl has spunk. She still has fight in her and tries her best to not become a shell of her former self. Q sees something special in her and over time Tess sees something in him as well.
“I believed fully I was made for him and he was made for me. Two halves of the same fuckedupness. Two souls from the same twisted desires, unable to fully be free until we found each other.”
I will admit for a while I thought this book was going to turn into a commentary of what happens when people become institutionalized, but it was so much deeper and complex. Somehow in a distorted type of way, Pepper Winters writes a story that we can all relate to if we are brave enough to admit it. I am not meaning that we can understand and/or truly feel the emotions associated with being trafficked but we can understand what it means to be going through the motions and then how it feels to be with that one that allows and welcomes us to be our true self. Tears of Tess lives us to fact that it is considered “dark,” but somehow with every single word, every single paragraph, and every single page, Pepper Winters keeps you wanting more and more.