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It’s the start of something huge. From New York Times best seller Pepper Winters comes a new dark romance full of decadent angst, monstrous heroes, and pages chock-full of lust.

A house hidden in the middle of nowhere. A man who’s lived alone for a decade. A woman who trespasses on his solitude. A love full of hate, as well as hunger. The thing about my life is...I was never in control of it. I just I thought I was. I thought I had everything figured out - a good career, fun hobbies, a bright future, but everything changed when I found an ivy-cloaked house, tucked in a forgotten valley, hiding a man who corrupted my world forever.I thought I was successful, until he showed me fortune and happiness could be snatched away in an instant. I believed I was blessed, but really, I was cursed. Cursed to become a plaything for a monster. Cursed to become a prisoner just because I trespassed.

Now, I know nothing. I am nothing. I’m just his.

Please note this is a dark romance and not suitable for people who have triggers. Content included can be hard to hear and is recommended only for people who like dark romance.

©2021 Pepper Winters (P)2021 Pepper Winters

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Dark fairytales are the best!

I am a lover of fairy tales and my favorite is Beauty and the Beast. So when I started to listen to this new telling of the story, I was super excited. But it's nothing like the old record(yes I am dating myself) I listened to a little girl. This is so much better! Pepper Winters has used her magic and rewritten a story that is familiar, disturbing, exciting, passionate, broken, and so good, I could not stop listening. Gemma is a girl who has her own set of issues. She is able to relate to Kas like no other woman could ever do. The question is why? Kas is such the broken man. His past is horrific, his present non-existent. Until Gemma. Now where will this all go? You have to grab your own copy because the ending will shock you! Loved every minute of this dark retelling and I can't wait to see where Winters takes it from here.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are one of my favorite narrating teams. Winters scored when she chose them to tell this story. Kas is such the alpha, but so broken and emotional. Tor Thom brings it all out with a fabulous interpretation of his character. Dark, mean, scared, confused, it pulls out all the stops and creates the beast. Ongel has Gemma to voice, and she is just as complex. She is a loner, lonely, compassionate, afraid, determined and it all is voices with nuances that make us feel her. It's the perfect team of book and narrators and one you have to get!

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What did I just read!? Pepper Winters is…. The best!!!

I am so in love with these characters! Kassel and I, however, have a love-hate relationship! He’s been so badly damaged by his past, that my heart aches for him. My husband keeps telling me it’s only a book, it’s not real…. But it feels real.. because Pepper Winters is a Master…. Or Mistress .. of creating stories so real, so heart-wrenchingly real.

When Gemma takes her first steps into Kassen’s valley…. You can feel it… feel that something terrible is going to happen!!! And it just gets better from there. It keeps you glued!!! I could not stop once I started…. I can’t explain how much I loved this.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are narrators I have heard often, and they did a good job with the characters.

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awesome

Im hyped for the next book. What an insane start!! Super happy about this book.

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Another phenomenon by Pepper Winters

One of my favorite authors is Pepper Winters did it again! This heart wrenching tale beautifully and tragically told by Kessan and revealed to a strong, independent rock climber Gemma Ashford. I love the tenacious pull btw both of them. It was magic chemistry and the duet narration was fantastic perfection. Beware it ends with a cliff hanger and I am devastated to find out I have to wait for book two to be released in August.

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Utter agony and lust. What a read !

How can I rate this perfection. This first book has made me hungry for more. More possession, more torture, more hurt. No I’m not a glutton for punishment but this book makes you feel these things.

The hurt, the torture, the unexpected yearnings is brought to life in this fable world. The narrators are brilliantly in sync in this dual performance.

Kassen and Gemma will trespass on your hearts. You will want to roll around in the dirt, crawl into these characters bodies because you will just get lost in their darkness. Their desire is destructive, lustful fireworks turn into more and what an explosive cliffy graces is in the end.

You will fall just as hard.

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Wow Intense, Mysterious, Tragic


This book had me all over the place!!! Obviously the Queen of Darkness has spun her magic and in this one the ominous feeling never went away. I knew something awful must have happened for Kassen to become a recluse to this capacity but as the story begins to unveil itself it truly becomes so tragic and sad in the midst of such horrendous depravity.

Gemma's quest, drive for adventure, thrill seeking has apparently put her in her most perilous place yet. I feel the emotions as her thoughts of survival, escape and enduring what most likely will happen next all run through her mind and body. Gemma is so strong and intelligent with quick quip and retort but also she genuinely, intuitively seems to understand Kassen has endured something utterly devastating.

This fast paced 1st book is intense, explosive and definitely leaves you desperate for more. I can't wait for Book #2!!!

Narration by Tor Thom was incredible! Charley Ongel was good too!

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Emotional ride

Another great book by Pepper Winters. She writes book that are so riveting and keep you enthralled until the end. I really like Gemma. She is a strong character willing to do whatever she has to to survive. Kasan gave me so many mixed feelings. My heart broke for him after learning about his past. After that ending I really need the next book! Tor Thom and Charley Ongel did a great job with narrating Gem and Kas. The characters really were brought to life by them!

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Hauntingly beautiful

Such a surprise of a storyline -- disturbing, equal parts shocking, emotionally moving, uncomfortable. I went in unawares of the plot other than the preamble of blurb: Gemma, an acclaimed climber, lucky in life but not in love, decides to challenge herself and venture into new territory. She becomes lost and happens upon a disguised mansion ...that she enters. Kassen lives in that mansion and has done so in solitude for years. What happens when an untrusting, almost feral man who has been devoid of human contact meets a trespasser?

I enjoyed this tale so much, just upended, completely captivated. It featured exclusively the points of view of the two main characters with some flashes of history with others, a lot of inner thoughts and feelings in this medium burn. And due to the strength of descriptiveness and character development, I could feel myself immersed not only in their minds and memories, but also in the setting -- the foliage, the river, the red and gold room, the scratchy feel of the blanket, the rivulets of water in the cold of the shower, and crazy sexual tension. The power of Kass' unbidden arousal was tangible, heady. A story of contrasts -- juxtaposition of man's inhumanity and civilized behavior, love and hate with themes of beauty and the beast, Tarzan and Jane, and a hint of Conrad's A Heart of Darkness. It questioned basic rights and treatment and what governs civilized society. Are privacy, food, or shelter conditions of civilization? Are they basic rights or earned? A psychologically dark romance with mystery and suspense, it was a story of how interconnected those basic accepted rights are combined with characters' loneliness and brokenness, trauma, and individual survival. And despite these differences, these characters were inherently linked like two pieces of a puzzle and were characteristically matched. Kass is an alpha male all the way; Charley is a spirited and confident match.

The story was performed in duet narration with excellent performances by Tor and Charley. Tor with his velvety, gravely baritone voice, was perfect as Kass, rendering this almost monster of a man realistic and authentic -- and sexy. Equally, Charley recited Gemma excellently. Both delivered noteworthy cadence, intonation, mood, switching and differentiating with skill from inner thought projection to dialogue. I cannot judge their narration of other characters as this story featured just the two, but I was enraptured with their audio exchange.

A moderate pace, not too fact and not too slow, this story is harrowing in feeling and psychologically dark with uncomfortable themes. It's best to go in blind for the most rewarding experience. A favorite and the audiobook performance contributed to the enjoyment of the story. I can't wait for book 2.

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Dark, dark, dark

This book is dark so read the trigger warnings, you have been warned. This is a dark re telling of Beauty and The Beast and what a twist Pepper Winters has done. From the first moment Gemma enters Kassen’s valley you can hear the scary music playing in your head.

I am familiar with Tor Thom and Charley Ongel’s narration and they did a great job in their narration. Both Gemma and Kas have their own issues and as this dark story progresses I was on the edge of my seat. The broken emotional characters really draw you in and capture your attention.

Kas is very dark and twisted, so if that is not your trope this may not be the one for you. Having said that this book is so good it is addictive. The chemistry between Gemma and Kas is intense and passionate, not to mention eye opening and the narration certainly by Tor and Charley certainly brought this out.

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Epic!

Daaayum! Pepper Winters has out done herself again! What just happened!! I am trying to wrap my mind around what happened in that cliffhanger. I didn’t see that coming, but it has an unexpected surprise that is so jaw-dropping good! This entire book had me captivated from the first page and no amount of guessing could have prepared me for what went down. Fable of Happiness is a dark romance like no other book I have read. It reminds you of a fairytale, but yet it is not. The writing, the angst, the intensity, the struggle, the love/hate, all the feelings rolled into a sinful package. Gemma is a 26 year old successful woman who has a lot going for her—YouTube sensation, a career she enjoys, house, and family. She wants for nothing and enjoys her freedom… until she can’t. Kassen is a very complicated man who is a recluse. After Gemma goes where she is not wanted, all hell breaks lose. With the mystery and suspense, I was holding my breathe. It was amazing and my blood was pumping like crazy reading this story. Despite their differences, these two share an intense and sizzling chemistry. They push and pull through the whole story, and they will fascinate you and frustrate you at the same time. Pepper Winters took me through several emotional gamuts and pushed my buttons. I feel like a got off a crazy roller coaster ride from hell! There are several twists and turns within the story that will tempt the characters in ways they could have never envisioned. Pepper Winters delivered a no holds barred dark romantic story that grips the readers to the core as she unleashed an unfiltered, powerful, intriguing, and calculating story.

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