Title: Quintessentially Q
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Monsters in the Dark #2
Publication: December 15th 2013
Genre: New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.
Oh, man… Quintessentially Q was one hell of a tough book to read. I thought I knew what to expect after reading Tears of Tess. I heard that this one was darker though but I was like, ‘bring it on, dude!’. Turns out people were right when it was darker but that’s what I loved about it. Pepper Winters doesn’t skim over the bad things even though a lot of people would shy away from it. She’s an amazing writer.
In this book we see a whole lot of different sides to both Tess and Q. We even get to be inside Q’s head because every other chapter is told in his point of view. I loved reading his chapters and to get to know his torture soul more. Another thing I liked in this book was to get to know Q’s friend Frederick more. I love him! He was so interesting to read more about and to see him interacting with Q aside from that time we saw him in Tears of Tess.
I do have to say that I didn’t love Quintessentially Q as much as I loved Tears of Tess. I had kind of a hard time getting into it in the beginning. It was a little slow for me and I couldn’t agree with some of the things both Tess and Q did. For instance, how could Tess forget about the tracker in her neck? It seems so careless. And also I can’t believe Q left her alone, even if it was in his office. And I’m also not sure I liked the ending all that much. It seemed so typical for a book like this. Those are my only minor points though, aside from those things, I really did like the book and after the first 45% I couldn’t tear myself away from my Kindle.
Like I said before, this book is so much darker than the previous one. It really teared my heart apart, everything that was happening. To Tess because she was in such agony and to Q because he felt so hopeless. At some point I really didn’t think everything would work out alright. So I just kept reading and reading. I won’t say too much to spoil the book to others with saying if it worked out okay or not but I’m glad we saw a side of Q that can actually love. It was amazing to read about.
Also, this author? Her writing was remarkable. I already noticed in Tears of Tess but in this book she really wrote some truly beautiful things. I can’t wait to read other work by her. She’s going places!
Twisted, dark and beautiful, Quintessentially Q was an incredible read. Though I had some minor issues with it, I loved it so much. I am once again awed by Pepper Winters’ way with words. I’m both excited and terrified what the next book will bring.
“You’ll never be free of me. I’ll never be free of you. It’s fate who decides, and fate gave us each other.”
I wanted to howl to the bloody moon and shed my body in favour for something vicious with claws and fangs and no fucking conscience. I wanted to be the devil.
“You stole my loneliness. I may have given you wings, but you’ve become my gravity. I’ll never be free of your force.”
Gravity shifted. Again. I dragged Tess into my lap, wrapping my arms tight around her. In my embrace, I held the moon and stars and planets. I held my future fucking happiness, and I’d kill myself if I ever fucked it up.
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.
She loves mail of any kind:
pepperwinters at gmail dot com