Quintessentially Q is a dark, compelling story that consumed me. Pepper Winters took me on a heart wrenching, mind blowing, gut twisting journey that in the end left me feeling spent but soaring high and free.
This, book 2 in the Monsters in the Dark series, picks up where Tears of Tess leaves off. Just when I thought things were going to fall into place for Tess and Q, my world got flipped. The traffickers that originally kidnapped Tess return and she is literally ripped away from Q and plunged into the depths of hell. The atrocities she endured shredded me. My heart cried out for this woman. For her life, her soul, her mind and for Q.
My mind is a jumbled mess when it comes to describing Q. I think the one word I can use to sum him up is power. Q is full-force, extreme power. He will stop at nothing and no one to get Tess back. He welcomes his dark side and engulfs himself in it. He is terrifyingly powerful in his ferocity.
"Je suis pire"
When Q finally does rescue Tess her mind is so warped with guilt and disgust that nothing he does or says can penetrate the tower she’s enclosed herself in. My heart broke to see these two people, so meant for each other, ruined. Q didn’t give up though. He was desperate to have his Tess back. His esclave. It hurt, physically hurt to watch Tess give up; to see the strong fighter that I knew her to be lock herself up in her own mind because she was weak and couldn’t face the things she was made to do. It pained me that she couldn’t even put up the fight for Q. She made promises to him. He was her everything. But she couldn’t unlock her mind for him.
Q’s final attempt to release Tess from the hold she had on herself did me in. If my heart broke before at the ruin their relationship was in, then the rest of me just shattered at what he put himself through to get her back.
"Je suis á toi"
As painful as this book was to read at times, I never would have missed it for the world. I loved every single agonizing moment of it. In the end my heart was left elated to the point that it overrode all the bad. Everything fell in to place. Q and Tess needed to go through the excruciating hell they went through to get to the point they are at now. It was all necessary and pivotal to make them who they are individually and together . . . stronger.
"Les uns des autres"
I applaud Pepper Winters for not holding back with this series. She takes us into the dark. It's ugly, raw, and painstakingly honest. I cannot wait for the next one. I'll gladly follow her wherever she leads.
This review was originally posted in December 2013