Title: Quintessentially Q
(Monsters In The Dark #2)
Author: Pepper Winters
Review Format: Audio
Length: 12hrs. 22mins.
Publisher: Punch Audio viaAudible
Narrator(s) Hannah Belle, Jacob Morgan
Rating: 4 Stars
“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… screwed up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs do make a right."
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.
This is a story of eroticism, horror, and sweet tragedy. It contains graphic scenes, but there’s always light in the darkness.
Q moved suddenly, pushing off from the cage and striding toward the entrance of the aviary. He unlocked the deadbolt and entered the space. Birds chirped louder as Q stood in the centre of their world. He looked like a man robbed of his own wings. A fallen angel that had no place on earth and fought a daily battle to fit in.
I stepped forward. Should I say something? Comfort him? My heart twisted, needing to be there for him, but no longer able to. No matter how many kind words I spoke, Q would see I no longer lived inside.
My soul jangled with chains and locks, saving me but also ruining me. The longer I lived in my tower the more passion and connection faded.
I hated the numbing virus inside, spreading slowly, deleting all memory of who Tess had been. I was replaced with a carbon replica who would float away in the wind, robbed of her convictions and thoughts. All because I wasn’t strong enough to face what I’d done.
Q cursed under his breath, his chest pumping with emotion. “Why should I keep you when you don’t want to be here? You’re not here for me. You’re here because I lock you up. You’re my prisoners, my captives, my trophies.”
He hung his head before waving his arms. “Allez vous-en. Je ne veux plus de vous. Elle ne veut plus de plus alors ça sert à quoi, putain? ” Fly away. I no longer want you. She no longer wants me, so what’s the fucking point?
The birds went crazy, darting left and right, spying freedom through the open door. They exploded through the exit and into the conservatory, weaving through plants and water features.
Wings rustled as I ducked from a small flock of robins.
“Get out!” Q yelled; the birds flurried harder. “Get far away from me.”
I stepped backward, not wanting to see Q breakdown. I wanted it to hurt—to kill me with knowledge that I’d ripped out his heart—but all I felt was emptiness.
Q looked up and froze.
His eyes locked on mine, shining with rage and blackness. I prayed for some awakening, so I could put both of us out of our misery. I wanted to bring forth all my love for him and keep hiding from my guilt. I wanted to erase the darkness, the lostness and hate from his eyes, but I was useless.
Bowing my head, I dropped my gaze.
Q cursed, exiting the aviary, humming with anger and rage. He stalked toward me, stopping so close his body heat seared my skin.
I flinched, expecting him to lash out—to grab my hair, slap me—something to wake me up.
When he didn’t touch me, I looked up. Q murmured, “So low you must think of me.” He captured a curl, running it gently through his fingertips. “Fly away, esclave, if that is what you want. I won’t stop you.” His tone was bleak and derelict.
Quintessentially Q is the second offering in Pepper Winters' darkly erotic Monsters In The Dark series. Resuming a mere four days after heroine, Tess Snow, returns to her captor turned lover Quinton Mercer.
Quinton we come to find, is a man torn. A man unable to reconcile his love for the woman who has broken down all of his defenses; with his burning desire to control, possess, and hurt her.
Though this book is told in both Tess's and Quinton's points of view, the focus of the story is primarily Q. His thoughts, feelings, motivations.
As such, the reader is allowed a look into the mind of a true sadist...in love.
While it is true that the subject matter and graphic situations depicted in this read are high emotionally and psychologically provocative. It is the individual struggle to love and connect with the other, that truly steals the heart. A great deal of the physical and mental danger is placed squarely on the shoulders of Tess. While Q is left to be as close to a white knight as a sadist can.
This is a wonderfully realized book that is sure to cause readers to run a grueling, but extremely rewarding emotional gauntlet. When you add to that, the wonderfully expressed narrations of Hannah Belle and Jacob Morgan. This book is one that those who favor love on the dark side, can't help wanting.