Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Thousands - Pepper Winters

Thousands (Dollar #4)
by Pepper Winters
Published: August 15, 2017
Genre: Dark, Romance

“Love had been stolen from me for reasons entirely my fault. But then a miracle happened, and Pim gave me something I thought was lost forever. She gave me a love I’d earned. Love that ruined me. Love that made me hopelessly hers…”

Once upon a time, I didn’t think I’d ever be normal.
Now, I’m talking and trusting, and it’s all thanks to Elder.
He gave me my life back, and I gave him my heart, but love stories like ours are never simple.
I did something to protect him.
He did something to survive me.
We screwed up.
And now, it’s no longer just about us.
It’s about safety, sanctuary, and sin.

5 Stars

Pim is embracing the world around her, her mind is slowly untangled from the web it was captured in and with it comes her voice. Pim knows she loves Elder, but her love is dangerous for him and she knows she keeps him from focusing. She makes a choice, to protect them both, to find herself and release him of his redemption duties. Only, their choices don't guarantee their safety whether they are together or apart and some sin must be embraced to survive the storm.

"She was the one making me hurt. But she could also be the one to make me better."

Thousands is the most character driven novel in the Dollar series, each character boasts a list of complexities that makes the dual POV all the more interesting. Their chemistry is a blazing fire, but the inferno only fuels the push and pull between them. Their connection, the world they live in, is built upon lies and apologies, trust and healing, and love in the midst of terror. I love that Pepper Winters gave so much thought to consequences and that the characters repeatedly thought through their actions and dealt with the consequences so magnificently. For every turn in the novel, something came of it, and it pushed it all forward, giving readers what we had hoped for from the very beginning. Pim really comes into her own and Elder's masque breaks down, revealing his realities and making both Pim and the reader fall even harder. Only, the stakes are higher in Thousands, and with each reassurance that everything will be okay Pepper Winters weaves a story that can only end in dangerous temptation and war.

"My promise was my life. And I'd just given it to Elder, wrapped in a bow, gifted in a box, willingly donated with my heart."

"You say it's a pleasure, yet you look at me like it's a curse." 

Now that ending, that was the most perfect twist. I can hate it, I can wish for a different ending, but Pepper Winters has upped the game, the drama previously was just a rolling crescendo and this is its peak. It makes me want Millions that much more, it makes me desperate to know Pim and Elder's fates, to know that their fight for one another has not all been for naught. I knew something was coming, from the very beginning, but I could have never predicted this.

"I loved how inhuman he was, how barbaric and consumed."

The Dollar series by Pepper Winters is one of those dark, contemporary romances that you have to read to understand. From the depths of hell to the sparkling world of redemption, every facet of emotion is studied, every nuance of the character's personalities and body languages is broken down, and every link that drives and divides relationship is a subject of discussion. The world Pepper Winters has created is magical and complex, so easily pictured with her descriptive writing, and the character driven story line feels so real that I can't believe it isn't taking place right now.

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