Pepper Winter never ceases to amaze me with her talent. Her stories are always so well written and so well developed, her characters so intriguing and interesting, her story-telling so effortless and fascinating. If you are a fan of dark and twisted stories, then you don’t want to miss this author’s work. Trust me on this! ‘Dollars’, like ‘Pennies’, the first installment in the series, kept me at the edge of my seat from begging until the end. I couldn’t put this book down for one minute, the story becoming more and more captivating with every single chapter. Pim and Elder’s story was enthralling and so very gripping from begging until the end. Their portrayal, their dynamic, the plot, everything was fantastically done.
“Give me what I want, and this will be a lot easier on you. Don’t, and you’ll rue the day you refused.”
Elder, deciding Pim is the most fascinating woman he ever met takes her from her master wanting more than anything to have her in any way, shape or form. He wants to keep her, at least for a while, he wants more time with her, he wants her to make her talk and find out who she is. He knows the physical and emotional connection between them are strong, but he also knows how dangerous for his heart and soul Pim is.
“Pim was a shooting star. She wasn’t free, but she was beautiful in her quest to find peace.”
Pim doesn’t know who she is anymore. She doesn’t know how to exist, how to move on or how to behave around Elder, because she doesn’t know if he’s good or bad. She is attracted with her new captor, even if she hates these new feelings; she feels she should be grateful that he saved her from Alrik, but she can’t, since in some way, Elder is the same as any other captor.
This second installment was fantastically written, perfectly paced, intriguing and so very gripping. Personally, I think it was much better than the first, everything being more fascinating in some way – the characters, the dynamic between them, the hero/anti-hero background, everything really.
“Here I was human…a girl. Here, I was someone not something.”
Pim was a heroine I felt deeply about reading the first installment, but also this second installment. I felt her pain, her despair, her confusion and I even understood her mixed feelings toward Elder. However, I have to say at times she was frustrating as hell. She was a great, strong character I admired as much as I admired reading the previous installment, even if at times she seemed to be naïve and maybe too vulnerable. Her character growth was amazingly done, with each and every chapter we get to see a new Pim, a stronger Pim, a woman who slowly starts to get more comfortable in her own skin, a character realistically portrayed from the very beginning.
“Elder Prest was the most dangerous man I’d ever known. Not because he could kill me whenever he chose, but because he had the power to steal so much more than just my life. He could steal my heart.”
While in the previous installment we get to find more about Pin and her past, in this installment we find out more about Elder. His background was gradually revealed, which I absolutely loved and with every single revelation I found him to be more and more fascinating. However, he’s still a mystery to me and I can’t wait to find more about his past.
The mystery elements were perfectly blend with the psychological ones , the story becoming more and more captivating with every chapter and with every interaction between these two characters.
Can’t wait the read the next installment! Overall, a fantastic, dark, intriguing read!
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.