Pennies by Pepper Winters
"I'm not the hero in this story, girl. You'd do best to remember that."
Once upon a time, I was an eighteen year old psychology student.
Now, I’m a man’s property.
Stolen and sold, I’ve been decorated in bruises since the day my world changed two years ago.
I suffer in silence, I crave freedom, but I never break.
Until he arrives.
Elder Prest, the only man to look at me and see me. The only man more ruthless than my owner.
He wants me for reasons I don’t understand.
He claims me for one night then leaves and never looks back.
Until he returns.
And life becomes much more complicated.
Review by Brittany
Let me preface this review by saying that this is the first review I have written in close to three years. I've been in a serious book funk-not able to finish any book that I pick up. But after reading a book on my way back from the beach a week or so ago, I haven't been able to stop. And now I'm on a Pepper Winters kick, and I feel that this series is the best she has ever written.
This story starts out with Tasmin Blythe writing a letter to No One on some toilet paper. She's been killed, brought back to life, and now she's been sold to Master A, a man that took her virginity and has beaten her black and blue and broken multiple bones. He's claimed her in every way, taken everything she has to offer, except for one thing. Tasmin, now called Pimlico, or Pim for short, has refused to talk to him ever since he bought her for $1.5 million.
Pimlico has suffered unimaginable things. She's been used and abused and shared and the only person she has is No One. Her mind is always on when she can get away from Master A and write to No One about all that she's endured.
Two years have passed with Master A. Two years and she still has yet to give him the satisfaction of hearing her voice. Two years and she yearns for death.
One night Master A has a guest over. A Mr. Elder Prest. He seems to have some unexplained connection with Pimlico. He doesn't know what it is, but he wants her. He has to claim her. But he's nothing like Master A.
Master A wouldn't share Pimlico with anyone except his three like-minded friends. But Elder Prest has something he wants, and he agrees to let him have one night with Pim.
Elder struggles with wanting to claim her physically, but also wanting to claim her mind. He wants to hear her voice, maybe even more than Master A does. He's willing to do anything, except steal her away from the nightmare she lives in.
And that's all I can say without giving away the ending. This book is not as dark as Pepper Winters is known for, but it does have instances of rape and abuse.
This book is an amazing start to the series. She really develops the characters and has the reader rooting for Pim. As the reader, I wanted her to find peace, whether it be through her killing Master A or her killing herself. I didn't care what happened, as long as she was at peace and away from that monster.
When Elder enters the story, he has this connection with Pim. Almost like he can read her mind. It's reminiscent of Jethro Hawk from her Indebted Series. I'm instantly rooting for Elder, as I can tell he's different from all the monsters and could really help Pim.
I have to know more about him. There has to be a happy ending to this story. I was instantly hooked from the very first sentence of this book.
Five stars from me, and definitely a series I'm going to be getting in paperback.
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