“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold.
At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold.
At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found.
At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”
“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich.
At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch.
At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free.
At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”
Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.
Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfill and he won’t stop until it’s complete.
But then they meet.
A beaten girl and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is what ultimately destroys them.
She was poor.
He was rich.
Together…they were bankrupt.
Pennies was absolutely flawless. Once I started reading, I almost couldn’t stop. It’s just one of those books that make you want to read “just one more page” until you suddenly have finished the book. Because of that I stayed up until three in the morning because I couldn’t stop reading, which hasn’t happened to me in a very long time.
In Pennies, Tasmin (a.k.a. Pim) was sold at 18 to what honestly was one of the worst and most despicable human beings ever. Two years later she is still his captive, getting beating and abused on a daily basis. Pim’s life is full of pain every single day but still she isn’t broken completely. Then Elder Prest walks into her life and everything changes.
There’s been a lot of questions about this book. Is it darker than Tess and Q’s series, Monsters in the Dark? In my opinion, it definitely is. But I don’t think you can really compare it to Tess and Q’s story. These are totally different books. But I do have to say that Pennies gave me the same feel as with Tears of Tess.
What makes this book different in a way is that Pim has refused to talk ever since she got sold to that bastard. She doesn’t even talk to Elder when he comes into the story, no matter what he does to make her talk to him.
Elder in the meantime is enigmatic. His points of view are pretty obscure. We get a feel of who is he and where he comes from but he’s still wrapped in mystery. Unwillingly he gets really fascinated by Pim, the slave of the man he’s doing business with.
The whole book felt like a prelude to what’s yet to come in the next books. The ending was explosive, bloody and made me so nervous, actually. It’s making me want the next book so very badly. Seriously, I need the second book right now!
Written in two different points of view, Pennies is the start of Pim and Elder’s story. The writing was gorgeous, the story dark and the characters so very intriguing. Pepper Winters does is yet again! It might even be my favorite of hers after the Monsters in the Dark books. Bring on book two, please!
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.