Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Destroyed by Pepper Winters

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn't realized how far I could fall or what I'd do to get free. 

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.
I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.




This is my first book by Pepper Winters, so I can't make any comparison with her other works. But I was surprised by her writing style and this book was totally a quote galore. I felt like I highlighted so much until my Kindle was kinda glowing.

I thought she was a saint.
She thought I was a sinner.
Too bad we didn't try to find the truth.
We both paid the price.

This is the kind of book that I can list out a lot of things that I like and a lot of things I don't like. But overall, I can't denied that the writing drew me in from the first page and evoked a lot of different emotion in me. It make me feeling anxious, aroused, nervous and heartbreak. 

"Welcome to Obsidian."

Obsidian Fox is the owner of an underground fighting club. He was one of the most broken and damaged man that I've ever read. He was a total psycho and in need to be institutionalized. He was scarred physically and emotionally. He had left his past, but the past still haunt and control him everyday.

No one would look at me and think I was a slave. But I had been. I still was. I probably would be forever.

Hazel Hunter is a single mum who had a tough life on the streets. When she visited the Obsidian club with her bff, Clue, she was enamored by the elusive owner and he was captivated by her presence.

What came next was Fox was determined to have Hazel, no matter what it takes. He make an offer she can't refuse. 

She was a witch. She was magical. She would fix me.

This is not the usual kind of plot that I like to read, as I prefer fast moving plot. The setting of this book took place mostly at the underground fighting club, Obsidian, which happened to be Fox's resident as well. The plot was slow moving with plenty flashbacks, internal turmoil, back and forth dialogues, but we have plenty of revelation at every turn. 

There were several scenes that felt forced, unnatural and unrealistic. A man who was so tormented by his past that he can't be touch, a woman who keep wanting to understand and help him despite his craziness. A lot of things that happened here was beyond realism. That woman totally had no self preservation. But i soaked these up as part of the fantasy of this reading experience and to hell with it.

Whether this should be categorized as contemporary or fantasy, I'm had no idea. But in the end, it was a really heartbreaking love story of an emotionally damaged man who was so lost in himself, until he met the woman who finally freed him.

"I'm not a Ghost. Not anymore. I'm just a man searching for a way to be human again."

Rating 4/5