Twisted Together by Pepper Winters: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

Title: Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark, #3)
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic / Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 3, 2014


"After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything--my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I'd never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it's finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be."

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he's still a monster inside.

After surviving the darkness, a new dawn has begun. Twisted Together wades through black to grey, chasing the light of true love to banish the shadows forever.

Pain is a requirement, connection a necessity. But ultimately Q and Tess must face their demons, before they can embrace their future.

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Twisted Together - Excerpt

I shook my head. I didn’t understand. All I understood was his voice had the power to make me come. The deep tenor vibrated through my heart, sending tiny orgasms exploding in my veins.

I needed to be touched. I needed to be kissed.

Kiss him. Let him know.

Launching upright, I splashed a wave over the tub. Q jerked back, but wasn’t fast enough. Wrapping my arms around his neck, I dragged him down toward me. His hand slipped on the rim, plunging his arms into the water, landing on either side of my body.

His mouth opened to curse, but I swallowed whatever he said. My lips stole his, and the moment I tasted him, I went a little mad.

My core squeezed with delirium, demanding to be filled. My eyes rolled back at the sheer bliss of kissing.

He tasted like freedom and violence and pain.

Esclave…wait…” Q tried to speak, but he only gave me the opportunity to slink my tongue into his mouth. Joy bounced and fizzed in my heart, demanding more.

I moaned, dragging him closer. My hands dug into his hair, tugging with sharp-laced desire. His mouth opened, either in shock or passion—I didn’t hesitate. I thrust my tongue deeper into his mouth, willingly drowning myself in all things Q.

Lorie's Review

I hate to say it, but this was almost a DNF for me. The beginning was a bit drawn out in parts and the inner dialogue was somewhat overdone and sometimes wordy. At times (in the beginning), I felt like I was reading the same part over again just worded differently. While the writing itself and Pepper’s choice of words is absolutely exquisite, I felt the beginning could have been scaled back. The first 45% was reminiscent of the last part of QQ where Q helps Tess battles her inner thoughts and nightmares of the kidnapping. My first thought was that covering this was unnecessary, but really it is needed; I just think paring it back would have kept my attention more than it did. I was shocked that I never had a case of “just one more chapter” with TT like I always do with any Pepper Winters book. I even found myself skimming parts because I was sure as heck hoping that the entire book wasn’t going to be Tess dealing with her residual fears from the kidnapping.

At 45% in, I was getting rather exhausted with it and was more than ready to move on. By no mean is this book short, so 45% of the book dedicated to this seems a bit over the top. The good news is, the 45% mark was the turning point (for me, at least). I almost feel like the book should have been broken into two distinctive parts – Part I and Part II – because this is when I felt like I stepped into another book. The feel was totally different and it picked up – BIG TIME! I immediately thought “Halleluiah!!! Yes, yes, yes!! THIS is more like it! THIS is what Tess and Q are all about!”. I feel like my discontent with the first half of the book impacted by ability to thoroughly enjoy the remainder of it. And, that’s unfortunate because the story really got back to the way we’re accustomed to Tess and Q’s story unfolding. So, the second half really saved the story for me.

All in all, I’m glad I pushed on and finished this. Seeing Tess and Q through to the end was definitely a bittersweet journey with some bumps along the way. Q is definitely one of most captivating, commanding, and enigmatic heroes ever created. 

3.75 STARS!

Buy books 1 & 2 in the Monsters in the Dark series

Monsters in the Dark, #1
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“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?

Monsters in the Dark, #2
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“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… screwed 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 do 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.

About Pepper

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

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