Tears of Tess

  • by Pepper Winters
  • Narrated by Hannah Belle, Jacob Morgan, Punch Audio
  • 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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?

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Dark & Twisty!

I'm on the fence on this one, parts were 4 stars and parts were 3 stars so I'm giving 3.5 stars.

I liked the beginning of this book a lot. I was glued to it in the beginning but then about 1/2 though I started to lose interest then towards the end I was back glued to it again. I liked the characters and their background and history. This is one of those books that I'm having a hard time reviewing without giving spoilers and It's weird to say I liked specific things because of the non-consent thing but I will say that Q, when he lost himself, was hot! The narration was good but the main character was from Australia and didn't have an accent. I think accent should have been used.
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- Cyndi Marie "Addicted to any type of Romance/Erotica audio books."

Nearly ruined by narration...

Oh how it pains me to register a so-so review for this book. This is one of those stories that I think is best left to be enjoyed in print form.

This is the first book I've read by author Pepper Winters. And fair warning - it is only book one in a series that is 3.5 books long. Tears of Tess doesn't end with a dramatic cliffhanger. The epilogue provides enough closure that you could be satisfied reading only the first book. As the other books aren't yet available on Audible, I'm not sure whether I will continue the series especially if more of the same narration continues in the subsequent books.

So the narration. I like Jacob Morgan. I am convinced he is actually Zachary Webber (who is my favorite narrator). I've never had a problem with his narration until this book and it isn't wholly his fault. My issue is with Brax' (minor character) non-existent Australian accent and bad sound editing. Hannah Belle however is the narrator that made this listening experience AWFUL. She didn't provide an Australian accent for Tess (the main character), and her attempts at French accents and repeated mispronunciation of French dialog made me so mad at times that I just wanted to stop listening altogether. Going back to the sound editing - this book is told from Tess' POV, but all female dialog is handled by Hannah, and male dialog is read by Jacob. While in my experience this format is less common, when done right it makes for an enjoyable listen as it is hard for most narrators to pull off convincing voices of the opposite sex. It is painfully clear that Jacob and Hannah recorded separately. Volume problems were prevalent. Sometimes Jacob's dialog was very quiet compared to Hannah and also had a "tinny" quality. It was such a distraction - imagine an intimate sex scene where it literally sounds as though the couple isn't even in the same room together.

Back to the book itself. This is not my first rodeo in the genre of dark erotica/Stolkholm syndrome love. However, Winters came away with a bit of a different twist that set it apart from others in the genre. Q was a good romantic lead as Tess' master. He was dark and mysterious and deliciously damaged. I just wish that the author had held back on more of the hints along the way as to Q's story and intentions. By the end of the book, I was actually a bit frustrated by Tess' stupidity and obliviousness. Also, I must gripe about one thing that drove me a bit batty. The word pelt. It was used over and over and over again to describe Q's hair. Please, for the love of all that is holy use some other word to describe Q's hair or better yet, don't describe it beyond a time or two. I've got the visual, thanks.

As for whether this book is credit worthy, I'm on the fence. It was a solid story, but as stated in my review headline, it was nearly ruined by the narration. Such a shame.
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- Laura "I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2016
  • Publisher: Pepper Winters