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“There was a monster once. A monster who bought me, controlled me, and took away my freedom.
There was a man once. A man who dealt in myth and secrets, hiding behind his mask, making me hunger and wish to know the truth.”
Eleanor Grace belongs to the man and the monster, hating them both but unable to deny that something links them. Something she doesn’t want to feel, something that traps her as surely as the sea surrounding the island where she serves.
Sully Sinclair belongs to his past and the black and white script his life has become. He views his goddesses as commodities—possessions to be treated kindly but firmly. The only problem is…Eleanor is different.
She’s jinxed him.
She’s a goddess with the power to ruin him.
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One man’s fantasy is one goddess’s nightmare, at least until she’s consumed by lust and passion, no matter how she ends up in that state of constant need.
One man’s island of pleasure is one captive’s impenetrable cage, regardless of the escape that both seem to feel while they’re there together.
But the men who arrive Goddess Isle do so by choice, do so for a singular purpose, and once they’ve had their fill, they are free to leave, free to do what they want, free to live their lives on their terms, not someone else’s.
That’s not the case for Sully Sinclair’s goddesses…they are a commodity…they are his to use, to give clients’ pleasure, to play a role where they’re the puppets and he’s their puppet-master. And his goddesses are not on that island because they want to be…they are bought, controlled, and used for other people’s needs.
But Eleanor Grace, Jinx, is not like Sully’s other women, which is a blessing and a curse for both of them, and as her time on the island continues, they both are tormented by their chemistry…by their connection…by their need. But that’s not how Sully’s supposed to act toward one of his captives, and because he feels so out of sorts, the decisions he makes and the actions he takes make things on that island so far from black and white that there’s no telling where they will end up.
Like all of Pepper Winters’ scarred, larger-than-life anti-heroes, there’s more to
him than readers are privy to throughout the course the story. And what is known, the fact that is he, perhaps, more monster than man, is only one view of who Sully truly is, which means, the more readers learn about him and his backstory, the more difficult it becomes to see him as one-dimensional as a sadistic S.O.B. who revels in magnifying pleasure for his twisted needs and those of his clients.
I’m not sure where Winters plans to take these two or who readers will be introduced to as the series continues, but what I am sure of is that the way she crafts this narrative and sends Sully and Jinx, spiraling out of control from lust and need, will either implode or become something much more complex…or maybe even both, because as I’ve learned from the many stories I’ve read from this author…nothing and no one are ever what they seem.
4.5 Poison Apples
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Pepper Winters is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller. With a catalogue of over twenty titles, she’s hit the bestselling lists over thirty times.
She loves romance, star-crossed lovers, and the forbidden taboo. She strives to write a story that makes the reader crave what they shouldn’t, and delivers tales with complex plots and unforgettable characters.
After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestseller.
After releasing two books with Grand Central, Hachette (Ruin & Rule and Sin & Suffer) Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work.
Represented by Trident Media, her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian, French, Hebrew, German, and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available soon.