Monday, 25 July 2016

Review: Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters

*****5 Stars*****

As if I didn't absolutely adore (love, crave, devour, need) Pepper Winters' books already, this one starts of with a WORD OF WARNING....I'm in!
It's the only thing I'd read before beginning this book. I've avoided all teasers, cover reveals and I haven't even read the synopsis. As one of my favourite authors, I am compelled to go in blind.
The result of going in so blindly, is that I'm putting my trust, my heart and my emotions in the hands of this author. Did it pay off? Have I survived?
I'm not sure that survived is the right word. I've been gutted. I've been thrown to the edge of my seat. There's a lump in my throat and butterflies raging a storm in my stomach! I actually felt a little sick, more than once.
Someone asked me whether it was dark enough? I don't even know how to answer that question. How has this incredibly talented author created such utter darkness and depravity without even giving a hint of the details. Don't misunderstand, there are plenty of details but to begin with, you're forced to dig deep and find in your imagination the devastation that is inflicted.
This is indeed a dark book and certainly not for the faint of heart. It's incredibly descriptive and pulls you in until you're taking ragged breaths along with the characters. Just when you think things can't possibly get any worse, you're blindsided. Can there be a sliver of hope? Hope has no place here so don't hold out for it. Hope could never flourish under such despair.
This is the first book in the new Dollars series and quite honestly, I'm not sure whether my heart and soul can wait for the next instalment. I need it, like I need my next breath.... For me, this is Pepper Winters' best work yet and that's saying something as I've loved every book she's written but this one? This one takes things to a whole new level!

Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer

“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.

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