Monday, 10 March 2014

Blog Tour: Destroyed by Pepper Winters; Top 5 Anti-Heroes, Review + Giveaway




Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Release Date: 7 March 2014
Tour organised by As the Pages Turn

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free.

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.
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Excerpts

“You didn’t say anything about bondage.”
He shook his head. “It isn’t bondage. It’s protection.”
Fear thickened as I looked into his eyes. “Protection? From what?”
He stood, his colourless gaze ripping me bare. “Me.” --HAZEL

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For weeks I’d wanted to see Fox naked. I’d wanted to understand what he kept hidden. But now he stood before me and I wanted to shut my eyes.
He didn’t need to verbalize his story. It lived in his skin, engraved into muscles, and imprinted into flesh. .--HAZEL

Top 5  favorite anti-heroes and why?

Oh, good question.

Alright, my top 5 anti-heros would have to be:
  • Caleb from Dark Duet. He’s tortured and delicious and just a little bit broken. But beneath it all, he can change for the right woman.
  • Anthony from Consequences. I love how threating he is, all while being so cultured. You never quite know what he’s going to do. 
  • Master Aiden from Her Master’s Courtesan. He’s the total anti-hero. Not redeemable at all. But he’s still tempting and strong.
  • Sculpt from Torn From You. He’s the complete package wrapped up in one tempting bow
  • I’ll have to say Q from my own books The Monsters in the Dark. I love how dangerous he is to the wrong people

Review

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of her Monsters in the Dark series and Pepper Winters has proved, once again, why she has a spot on my go-to author list.

Destroyed is one of those books that just reaches into your soul, twists it into pleasure-pain knots and then leaves its echo for days. I freaking loved it. I can't stop thinking about it and telling everyone about it, whether they want to listen to me or not!

The characters are absolutely fascinating, and so complex and well developed. Hazel is a fighter but after some devastating news, she's feeling adrift and without her usual fighting spirit. Then she meets Obsidian Fox (Roan) and her world is thrown upside down.
I loved Hazel. She's tenacious, determined and with an inner strength that helped her survive a brutal childhood. She doesn't take any crap, but she has still has an incredible compassion for others.
Roan is...complicated. The dude has issues, like huge gigantic mountains of issues. An ordinary woman would never have been able to handle him, but Hazel isn't ordinary. He has a past that sends shivers of horror down your spine, and leaves your heart bleeding for him. When I think about how he suffered and how it affects him still, it just breaks my heart. There's more I'd love to say about Roan, but I don't want to ruin anything- trust me though, he does not disappoint.

I always expected a dark, tempestuous journey and frankly there were times when I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I couldn't believe Pepper would be so cruel as to leave use without a HEA! All I'll say is that I was left happy- after a devastating, painful and gut-wrenching journey.

This book will make you sob (you're a cold, cold person if you don't) and leave you shattered, but sated. I can't emphasise enough how much I love Pepper Winters' writing. She has a magical touch when it comes to dark, soul-consuming stories and breathes life and energy into her characters. Seriously, if you haven't already got this to read, I don't know what you're waiting for.

*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!

About the Author

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 speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com

Author Links: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

Giveaway

Pepper has an awesome giveaway for the blog tour for Destroyed, up for grabs are:
1 x signed copy of Destroyed
2 x signed Destroyed swag packs
5 x eBook copies of Destroyed
2 x eBook copies of Tears of Tess
2 x eBook copies Quintessentially Q
1 x signed swag pack of Monsters in the Dark

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