Book Tour + Review - PENNIES By Pepper Winters


“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.”

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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 fulfil 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.

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Fuck this.
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.”
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**ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

"Freedom. I had it. But then. I lost it. Murdered, resuscitated, and sold."

Never thought I would read a book part of a 5-part series. Normally I stay away from them because of the cliffhangers and the long waiting. I also find 3 or more books in a series focusing on one couple to be very long. However the synopsis of Pennies really intrigued me and had me thinking that I should give this one a chance. I made a promise to myself that I should get out of my reading comfort zone and try new things.

"A penny for your thoughts, girl."

Pennies is about Tasmin, who is kidnapped and sold as a sex slave. She is bought by one sick individual who does the most disgusting things to her. My heart broke for her! Even though she is being beaten, raped and tortured, she is still her fighting back and finds a way to cope with her situation. I was amazed by her way of surviving even though some days it was harder than others. 

"I'm not the hero in this story, Pimlico. I'm another villain. You'd do best to remember that."

Then we have Elder, a very mysterious "bad" guy. I have so many questions about him that I need answers to. One moment he is a bad guy that wants to do bad things and other times he is almost a "good" guy. I have no idea what he is up to but I am intrigued! I have a thing for villains so I have no doubt that I will eventually fall in love with him. 

"You're worth pennies, but I'll make you worth fucking millions."

I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I loved that we didn't get too much of a background on the characters, because sometimes I get bored by them. We jumped right into the story and continued from there which I can appreciate as a reader. There was one scene that was a bit too long and had me skipping lines. Overall Pennies is a great start to a new dark series. The writing is great, the plot is interesting and the characters are intriguing.

Pre-order the Entire Series HERE!
Dollars (Book Two)
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Hundreds (Book Three)
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Thousands (Book Four)
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Millions (Book Five)
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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 puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

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