Saturday, March 23, 2024

Ruby Tears (The Jewelry Box, #1) by Pepper Winters ~ Book Review


“Ten thousand dollars.
That pitiful sum changed my entire life.
It bought my entire life.
A measly ten thousand dollars, given to my boyfriend by a monster to fuck me.
He took it.
The monster took me.
And I never saw freedom again.”

I’m the bastard son of a monster.
My other half-blooded siblings have their own demons…but me?
I truly have the devil inside. I try to be good. To do my best to ignore the deep, dark, despicable urges. But every day it gets harder.
I thought family could help.
I reached out to my infamous half-brother, Q begging for his secrets to stay tamed.
Instead, he gave me an ultimatum to prove I’m not like our father.
Infiltrate The Jewelry Box: a trafficking ring of poor unfortunate souls, kill the Master Jeweler, free the Jewels, and don’t lose my rotten soul while trying.
Only problem is…my initiation into this exclusive club is earning a Jewel all of my own.
She sparkles like diamonds, bleeds like rubies, and bruises as deep as emeralds.
She’s mine to break.
I can’t refuse.
If I want to prove to my half-brother that I’m not like our sire, I have to sink into urges I’ve always fought, plunge into madness, and lose myself so deeply into sin that the only one who will be breaking is me.

TRIGGER WARNINGS (The Jewelry Box Series)
BDSM, Kidnapping, Non-con, Dub-con, Master & Slave, Bondage, explicit sexual acts, trafficking, blood-play, breath-play

I said it when I read the prequel, The Mercer Curse, and I'll say it again, "I love being back in Tess and Q's world".

In this first full length book of The Jewelry Box Series we find that Henri is trying to get into the dark world of trafficking and he finds himself in a bit of a predicament, either he gets in kills the Master Jeweler and frees the all of the Jewels, or he dies at his half brother's hands. Q is on a mission to rid the world of these types and Henri having a bit of a monster inside himself is the perfect person to help him get in The Jewelry Box, a world he has found is almost impenetrable. But what will it cost Henri if he does get in? I can tell you, this book is not for the faint of heart so be sure to read all of the trigger warnings.

Ily never knew how one look could change the course of not only her evening but her entire life. The chemistry is definitely bubbling between Henri and Ily, so much so that even the voices in her head have Ily doing things that she normally wouldn't.

Pepper Winters is gifting lovers of the Monsters in the Dark Series with a sensational spin-off, but fear not, if you haven't read that series this one can be read all on its own. I would recommend that you read Q and Tessa's story at some point because it was oh so good! If you listen to audiobooks, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook version because Luke William Bromley and Lucy Jessica did a superb job with bringing Henri and Ily to life, I honestly believe they enhanced this story for me, so yes if you do audio definitely listen to this one.

This is dark, erotic, and a bit for all of you other Dark Romance Lovers out there I recommend this book to you.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

About the Author:

On a career level, Pepper currently has close to 40 books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) almost 40 times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

On a personal level, Pepper lives on a farm with two minis, four horses, countless birds and wildlife, and a precious little ball of fluff called Mo. Her little house-rabbit sits at her feet while writing all the words, and always seems to know when she’s writing a naughty scene. He’s her muse and the main reason why a rabbit is on her author logo.

Now back to the writing stuff…

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.

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  1. I loved Tess and Q (I did a re-read a while back) and I'm really looking forward to being in that world again. Incredible review, Nadine!! xo

    1. Thank you, Natalie. The second book releases wide on April 4th for only three days and then in KU on April 9th, I can't wait to see what happens next.