Book Tour + REVIEW: Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters

penniesAuthor: Pepper Winters
Series: Dollar #1
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Rating: 4.5
ARC was graciously given. This doesn’t affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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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.

The queen of dark reads has done it again. Pepper Winters never fails to amaze me with her brilliant storytelling.

“Freedom.I had it. But then, I lost it.
Murdered, resuscitated, and sold.
I lost my freedom for so many years.
Until the day he entered my cage.
Him, with the black eyes and blacker soul.
The man who challenged my owner.
And set my imprisonment on an entirely different path.”

The story started when Tasmin was taken from her pampered life. She was a good daughter, a loyal friend, a promising psychology student, and then her life, all of a sudden, changed when she woke up in a cell and was later on sold to a sadistic rich man who gave her a new name, Pimlico. I love how she remained strong despite being abused, humiliated, and stripped of everything that she was. She silently accepted her fate but was still full of hope that one day she’ll be free from all the pain.

Then came a handsome, ruthless, millionaire named Elder Prest. One look was all it took and then he was immediately drawn to her! Intrigued by the silent slave, he was determined to unravel everything the woman is hiding.

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

I can’t help but fall in love with Elder’s character. He was not afraid to challenge Pim’s master. He was the first one who showed her kindness in years. Will he be the one to save Pim? Or is he just another person who she can’t trust? I really don’t know, I guess we just have to wait.

“It was no longer a battle between slow and quick, strong or weak, brave or meek. I was a warrior who faced combat head-on. But I was also a defeated soldier who wanted to sprint from enemy lines.”

Most of us know that Winters’ stories are not for everyone, the contents are too dark for some and others are scared to even start them at all. Her previous books have a common theme but each is different in their own way. For someone who has read both Monsters In The Dark and the Indebted Series, I can say that Pepper Winters took this series to a whole new level. If you think her previous series is too dark, oh boy be prepared, because you might need a spotlight to get through this one. And take note, this is just the beginning of a lengthy series. Who writes a warning to a reader before starting her book? Only Winters! But please don’t be discouraged by this, once you’ve given it a try, you will see why most of us are so addicted to everything she has written. I fucking LOVE every nail-biting moment I experienced, and I was even scared I might get a sore throat from screaming too much. Every tear I have shed while reading this book was all worth it.

The dark tone of this journey shows no signs of slowing down and I expect it to only increase moving forward. I am simply excited to read the next book and see where this story goes! Dollars is coming out October of this year.

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