Sunday, July 24, 2016

Laura’s Review of Pennies (Dollar, #1) By Pepper Winters

“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.
What I Loved
Elder Prest
I’m not even sure where to begin because there are so many things about this book I loved.  Pepper Winters once again has dragged me into this deep dark world of abuse, mind games, deceit, lies, and violence and I don’t want to leave! Every story written by Pepper is always multilayered and built on a strong foundation leading you down a rabbit hole you’re not sure where it will lead but guaranteed to be amazing and Pennies is no different.  Dark Romance does not describe this plot enough, the abuse that Pimlico endures for two years cannot be put into words, but Pepper Winters does it beautifully and with every page you feel it deep in your heart.

          The story opens up with Pimlico kidnapped from an event, getting ready to be sold off to the highest bidder as a slave.  Right away you understand the devastation that Tasmin/Pimlico feels at the time, she knows what is about to happen to her but you can’t really wrap your head around what comes up next.  The cruelty this girl goes through is nothing less than horrific and to live like that for over two years is mind boggling. 

          The minute Elder Prest walks into her master’s house I knew immediately things have changed permanently for this girl and I knew quickly I didn’t want him to leave!  The connection between them is instant and the magnetism undeniable.  Yet there are so many layers to Elder Prest that by the end of this book I feel like it hasn’t even scratched the surface of who he truly is.  The same can also be said for Pimlico as well; as her circumstances change I’m excited to see who this girl will become. 
Not So Much
          My only complaint was that I got some description of Alrik’s house, and you get the monochromatic feeling of his overall mansion but there isn’t a ton of description either.  For example, you don’t really know the layout of it, where his bedroom is compared to Pim’s or just how big it truly is.  The lack of description might’ve been done on purpose and I don’t want to give away too much as to why so I’m not going to dwell on that negative a lot. 
To Sum It All Up!
          Pepper Winters writes dark romances but this story certainly takes a darker tone than the others.  Just when I thought things couldn’t get worse for a character Pimlico shows me I can be very wrong.  The desperation and depression this poor girl feels captured my heart from the very beginning and I am truly addicted to this series because of her.  There were times when I wasn’t sure I wanted her to fight or I wanted her to give in and die because of how horrible her situation was.  That’s how much this story sucks you in!

          The connection between Pim and Elder is felt right away by the reader and the minute he walks into that house you don’t want him to ever leave.  I didn’t care who the hell he was at a certain point, all I cared about was who was he was to Pim and what he could do for her because I was so taken by this girl.  He definitely is a dark horse himself and of course there is somewhat of cliff hanger at the end of that leaves you wanting to know everything about this dude.  I know there is so much more of this story to come and I can’t wait for it all to play out! I’m once again addicted to another Pepper Winters series and I love every minute of it!!!

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