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“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 slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.
She was poor.
He was rich.
Together…they were bankrupt.
Just when you think you've seen the best of Pepper Winters, she goes and does it again. Yup, this has got to be her best work yet and that really is saying something considering every book I've read by this author has been 5 hearts!!! How does she do it? I have no idea. I mean, when I read the synopsis, I did wonder which direction this story would take, after all, considering the subject matters covered, I kinda assume there were limited possibilities. But no, "Pennies" was different, so very different which made it so unpredictable and definitely made for a refreshing change. Pimlico and Elder's journey took a road I never expected nor had I read before which meant I couldn't put this book down. In fact I read it within the space of a couple of hours!!!!
Money was just money. Pennies added to dollars added to hundreds.
In the end, the prettily printed paper was worthless,
because inflation stole its numerical profit, unable to keep those who owned it happy.
"Pennies" was a dark read (very dark) and completely f**ked up and I think the way in which it was written only added to that (but in such a good way). There were parts left me uncomfortable whilst others left me shocked and disturbed. Then there were the parts that scared the crap out me and left me terrified, like scenes out of a psychological thriller. Some of the scenes were graphic but then you would expect that because of the nature of the story but for me, it was those missing scenes that were left to the readers imagination that had the biggest effect on me. I imagined the worst, my mind going into overdrive but as trickles of of information came to light, I knew I had only toughed the surface of what had been endured.
"Oh Piiiiimmm," Master A's taunt rang out behind me.
"Where do you think you're going?"
As much as this was a dark read, Pepper Winters managed to elicit such a mixture of emotions from me. Yes my nerves were shredded and yes of course my anxiety levels went through the roof at the thought of what was to come but then there were certain parts that absolutely broke my heart and that left me in floods of tears. I wasn't expecting water works but when they came, I just couldn't switch them off, my heart feeling heavy with pain and hurt. However, there were some beautiful moments that stole my breath away, that gave me a glimmer of hope in a world that seemed so dark and full of despair.
Half of me wanted to stroke her cheek and promise that as long as
she wore my jacket, I'd protect her. While the other half wanted to see how
pretty her tears would look falling into her dinner.
As for the characters, where do I start without spoiling this for you. There were some I couldn't help but take to and root for. Then there were those that I just damn well, outright hated. And then of course there were those surrounded by a cloak of mystery where only snippets of information were given but left me desperate to know more. Who was good? Who was evil? Who was an angel and who was the devil in disguise? There was so much information I was desperate for but didn't get in this book but I'm okay with that. This is the first book in the series so of course you won't get all of the answers you desperately crave but knowing this author, the wait will be so worth it.
An amazing start to the series that kind of ends on a cliffy but one that I am absolutely okay with. I cannot wait for more of this author's wonderful writing and I cannot wait for more from the "Dollar" series.
I would remember him always. He would forget me tomorrow.
Hands down the best book yet by Pepper Winters and of course a ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I stalked forward.
My hand came up.
The urge to soothe her catapulted my fingers to her cheek. My skin erupted from her delicate heat. I’d already had my single touch when I’d petted her hair. I wasn’t permitted a second.
But it didn’t stop me.
One second, she stood close, arching her chin at the door.
The next, she was across the cage, flying into a stack of boxes that tumbled in a clatter of butcher knives, butter knives, and sharp forks.
Her eyes turned luminous in the gloom, locking on mine with rage.
I’d forgotten myself by feeling sorry for this beaten wraith, but she hadn’t forgotten her overwhelming hatred of men.
I didn’t look away. But I didn’t explain myself, either.
I’d borrowed her for the night. If I wanted to touch her, I could. The fact that she’d leapt away meant I could report her to her master and have her punished.
Or you could punish her instead.
The distance between us grew thicker as we breathed fast.
I waited…wanting to know just how deep her education in pleasure flowed. Tearing her gaze from mine, she swallowed hard. Piece by piece, she hid her loathing, replacing it with reluctant acceptance.
Inching closer, her toes nudged aside sharp blades as she made her way to me and fell to her knees on the cold concrete.
Half of me jolted with insane lust. Most of me shied away with repulsion as her straggly hair covered her face but not before I saw the twisted disgust and echoing despair.
“Get up,” I murmured. Even though my voice was low, the cavern of the garage amplified it, layering it with bite.
Instantly, she swooped up. The crackle of her joints and misused cartilage in her bones sounded like tiny gunfire.
“Don’t kneel. Not in here.”
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.