Fucking. Cliffhangers. And I say that with all my love and frustration because despite being an avid reader, there are very few books that make me want, nay NEED, to read the next installment. So much so I don’t even know what to do with myself until the next book comes out.
I didn’t read this book, I freaking DEVOURED and INHALED this book. Who needs sleep, right? Literally couldn’t put this damn book down. It was eloquently written and so damn sexy I had to know what happened next.
Eleanor Grace is a wander, a modern day gyspy, living her live on the road since graduating. She’s on a trip with her boyfriend when she’s taken from the kitchen of her hostel. When she awakes, she’s in her living nightmare. But despite how terrified and scared she is, she uses those emotions to start this ball of fury inside of her that she knows will engulf the people around her when she finally let’s the ball go. After a week or so in captivity, she’s told she has been sold and is sent off to meet her new “owner”.
Sully Sinclair has created Paradise on earth in his haven of islands. Here, he not only can continue work as the owner of an extremely successful pharmaceutical company, but he can open his perverse island to the wealthiest men and women with specific sexual proclivities.
That is until the perfect woman he’s drafted on paper steps one foot off the helicopter that is delivering her. He knows she’s different, and she knows he’s going to fall victim to that ball of fury.
Eleanor: Sometimes it’s easy for stubborn and strong women to come of as annoying if the writer doesn’t get it just right. Winters’ delivery of Eleanor’s fire has you enraptured from the first page. She’s unknowing of her beauty but fully-aware of her own power.
This one moved like she had a crown upon her head. A crown made of dignity and diamonds, heavy on her brow but invaluable to her sense of worth.
Sully: Despite being a total dick for, you know, buying trafficked women and all, he’s a walking contradiction. He deals in flesh but treats everything around him humanely. He understands that despite being a glorified pimp, he also understands the value of treating these woman as “free-range”. He doesn’t call these woman whores, but “goddesses” and they are treated as such while they are under his care.
His eyes seemed to glow with the depths of the sea. Not just blue- not just aquamarine or turquoise, but a blend of every pigment: sunshine and shadow, depths and shallows, turmoil and debilitating temper.
There’s a dark layer to him that has yet to be unraveled. From what Winters writes it seems as though he has been celibate for quite some time and there’s another hint to something bigger when one of the other goddesses mentions this to Eleanor in passing.
He was an untamed hunter. He was sheathed claws and hidden teeth; all well-groomed pelt hiding the viciousness within.
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
BE STILL MY LOINS.
I am giving this an XXXTra Hot rating because the subject matter and the fact that basically the entire book is about sex. There isn’t anything too dark that takes place in the first book and the scenes in this book could be an Xtra Hot but since there is some dark themes, reader be warned.
This is one of those books where I thought I was reading in a sauna because I was LITERALLY sweating with how damn hot and sexy this book is. Take the fire from Eleanor and mix it with the mystery and restraint from Sully, and you have one fucking hot dynamic.
There isn’t one scene in this book that wasn’t cloaked in a layer of sensuality and BOY, AM I LIVING FOR IT.
I highlighted so many different passages in this book because Pepper Winters’ writing is so unlike anyone else’s. Her delivery, her use of texture and engaging your own sense, makes you feel engulfed in the story. There are so many beautifully written sentences, pages, and paragraphs, that it is hard to just pick one.
I wanted to escape my own body – to put it out of it’s misery. Slowly, despite all my efforts to stay sensible, I lost myself. The nucleus of who I was grew further and further away, buried in a tomb and covered with sands of this treacherous island.
I am giving this book a 4 because I’m pissed about the cliffhanger.