ARC Review: Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters

Pennies Pennies by Pepper Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pennies by Pepper Winters starts out with a “Word Of Warning” to readers about this new series and at first I thought it was a bit odd that the author would state this but as I’ve finished the book, I honestly think it encapsulates the book and series as a whole much better than any review I could write, so with that being said though, I’ll add the “Word Of Warning” in this review and then try to articulate what the heck I just read without giving too much away……

From Pepper herself “Pennies (Dollars #1) is a DARK ROMANCE. This means there will be hard to read scenes, graphic language, and sexual content (both implied and explicitly written). Please do not read if falling in love with a man who dresses in monster robes rather than knightly armour offends you. This is not a fairy-tale. This is a black abyss that must be climbed blind before deserving the light. Along with literary darkness, this is book one of a five book series. Each subsequent novel will be released every few months (so your fingernails don’t tire holding onto the cliff-hanger), and each is full-length. Please also remember not all answers are given and not every character is as they seem. There are beasts adorned in angel clothing and angels hiding in beast’s fur. Remember that. You have been warned. Don’t say you weren’t told. Read at your own peril. Fall in love with Elder Prest at your own risk. Are you ready? You sure? You really, really sure? Okay then...enter the world of pennies and dollars.”

See what I mean!?! And it doesn’t get any easier….. from the get-go, you, the reader, are plunged into the dark world of not only sex slavery and human trafficking but also you follow along as our heroine is sold, abused, tormented, tortured, raped, shared and much, much more over the course of two years from when she was initially stolen, sold and made into a sadistic man’s pet. Just when you think all is lost, enter our hero, Elder Prest but guess what, he’s just as bad as our villain, in fact at one point he states he’s not the hero but just another villain. This story is very hard to stomach, you’ll ache, you’ll cry, you’ll be full of rage and won’t see the twists coming. All you can do on this roller coaster is hold on for dear life and hope that you’ll make it off intact.

"A penny for your thoughts?"

As always, 5 freakin’ stars!

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