Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Grey Romance)
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

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.

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Jennifer Says...
When Pepper Winters picked a title of Destroyed little did she know it would be more than just a book title! This book literally destroyed me! Here it is three days later and I am still thinking about this book and how I KNOW my review will never do it justice! It’s just one of those books that grabs a hold of your insides while you are reading and holds tight long after you have stopped. I thought Ms. Winters blew me away with Tears of Tess and Quintessentially Q, but with Destroyed, I truly felt she dug deeper and just drew me into the story and I never wanted it to end. I wanted to stay with Fox and Zel for as long as I could. Their story is nothing but tragic, but I didn’t care. I wanted to be right with them every step of the way. It takes a master of her craft to do that and I have to say BRAVO to Pepper Winters for accomplishing just that. She has a talent for taking these damaged hero and heroines and making me love them. I don’t understand how she does it, but she does!

Hazel (Zel) Hunter has not had an easy life. She is a product of countless foster care homes and has been on her own since she could remember. She’s been abused physically in the past and now with an eight year old daughter fighting for her own life, she isn’t about to put up with any one’s crap. She is a fighter and does what she can to get by. Roan Averin aka Fox is the epitome of pure alpha male. I wanted to hate him. I really did… I tried. But I couldn’t. At a young age, he was taken from his home and forced into a life most would no one could image. He was to be trained as an elite assassin, a highly trained killing machine. He was programed to turn off his emotion. All that mattered was the task at hand, to kill. Their paths cross at the fight club Fox owns. With the training he has had, Fox does not do physical contact or have any relationships. He uses marital arts and fighting as a form of release. His only form of release. Until he meets Zel, she changes everything.

“I never touched anyone voluntarily unless it was in a fight. It was just wasn’t done. My entire life I’d avoided every iota of touch and contact. And yet the instant I wrapped my fingers around her arm, my entire body shuddered with some unseen power filtering from me to her. It intoxicated me, It bewitched me, It fucking scared me.”
He decides to do something he never has done, he offers her a proposal she cannot refuse. Being around Fox scares Zel but there is something about him that she is drawn to. Because she is desperately needing money to get expensive medications that could save her daughter’s life she agrees. But what she doesn’t expect his violent side. She sees sides to him that are such the contrast to what he displays but Fox is convinced there is no good in him. He exists to kill.

“Violence. Blood. Pain. It was my DNA. The only reason I was born- The only reason why I was still alive.”

Even with Fox’s violent tendencies, Zel is drawn to him. She feels the need to help him, to work past the training that was programed. She knows that inside lies the man he was meant to be before he was forced into his training. She sees what nobody sees.

“A dominate male through and through, but beneath that lived a man who only wanted approval. A man who had never had affection or love or a simple kiss.”

When all hope is lost for Zel and Fox, a chance encounter with Clara, Zel’s daughter, throws Fox into a world he never saw. This small child does not see Fox for the monster that everyone sees. There is something about Clara that Fox is drawn to. He instantly sees that this child holds a special place in his heart that no one was able to penetrate. When it appears that Clara is the key to releasing the hold on him, tragedy strikes again and sends Fox further into darkness.

Will this tragedy finally break Fox past the point of no coming back? Can Zel lead him out of the darkness and show him the life and love that he deserves? It’s a heartbreaking tale of unimaginable angst and heartbreak that EVERYONE needs to read. 5 stars is not even close to how amazing this book is. It truly is one of THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR!


*About Pepper*
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. 

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at

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