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Destroyed (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Pepper Winters
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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 have 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.

Secrets destroy them.

**Pepper Winters is known for her Dark Erotica. This book is more a Grey Romance. It isn't fluffy, and still deals with darker subjects, but it isn't brutal.**

Destroyed is a complicated love story between a man with a terrible past and a woman who holds his cure. A man who finds redemption in love and a woman who loses her heart and reason for living.

Death brings life, and destruction brings new beginnings.

Complete at 144,000 words. No cliffhanger. Stand alone. HEA

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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 puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She hangs out on Facebook all day every day, so if you want to pop in and say hi, she’s always ready to reply. If you enjoyed this book or her others, Pepper would love you forever if you could leave a brief review on Amazon. Her other books include: Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2) Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3 Coming May 2014) Debt Inheritance (Indebted Series. Coming Soon)


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  • Verlag: Pepper Winters (6. März 2014)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Destroyed 10. Oktober 2014
Von Tina G.
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Roan ist ein trainierter Killer, der seine grausame Vergangenheit vergessen will und Hazel hat das Leben auch ziemlich übel mitgespielt. Durch Zufall treffen sie sich in seinem illegalen Fight-Club und er macht ihr ein Angebot, das sie nicht ablehnen kann.

Die Geschichte ist sehr intensiv, vor allem seine Vergangenheit ist manchmal schwer zu ertragen, aber auch anrührend und zum Schluß gibt es Hoffnung für beide.

Ich gebe 4 Sterne, da es mir zum Ende hin etwas zu langatmig wurde, trotzdem finde ich die Story absolut lesenswert. Auch als Einstieg in das Genre gut geeignet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Anders als erwartet... 30. März 2014
Von Wuukie
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Ich hatte das Buch schon länger runtergeladen, hatte aber eigentlich keine Lust auf eine “ dark romance“,
Aber dieses Buch ist kein dunkles bdsm Romänchen. Es ist eine Liebesgeschichte die mich zu tränen gerührt hat auch wenn das Leben von Roman mehr als brutal ist. Das Buch ist absolut empfehlenswert . Es ist die Geschichte eines Mannes, der versucht trotz seiner mörderischen Vergangenheit ein normales Leben zu führen und Liebe zu finden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen simply amazing. love her writing 10. März 2014
Von silvia
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Simply amazing. Extraordinaire and well written. A story about pain, destruction, redemption and love. Fantastic story and fabulous ending. I love her books.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely not! 24. April 2014
Von Bibliophile Mystery - Veröffentlicht auf
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Attention - possible spoilers ahead!!

I do not want to write this review. Why, you ask? Because I don't enjoy being mean, and in this case I can't avoid it.
This book is a mess of epic proportions. I don't know what I expected, but certainly not what I got.
Let's start with the characters.

Roan Averin / Obsidian Fox.
This guy is so messed up I don't even know where to begin. Being kidnapped when he was only six years old, he was trained to be a killer. A soulless creature whose existence meant death and destruction. Now, he's left that life behind but the past can't be erased and, as much as he wants to be normal, it's just not possible.

Hazel “Zel” Hunter
Life hasn't been easy for Zel either. She grew up in foster care until the age of thirteen, when she decided that she had enough and ran away. At fifteen she got pregnant and gave birth to a daughter and struggled to make a decent living for herself and the child.

The plot.
Where to begin?
After going away from Russia, Fox (that's what he calls himself until later in the book) built a mansion in Australia that he's using as a fighting club. He's a loner and feared by everyone. The two decades spent as a killer have left a mark. He craves pain. He needs pain to keep him sane or almost sane and no one can touch him without ending up hurt or worse, dead. The torture inflicted on him during his life in Russia served to program his brain into thinking that whoever touched him had to die. He's practically a robot. No will, no feelings.
One night, he meets Hazel in his club.
She's there with her friend Clue, trying to forget for a few hours that she has a dying daughter at home. The moment she sees Fox, it's instant attraction.
Nothing wrong so far.
The thing is she doesn't know anything about him except for the fact he's the club's owner.
Fox is taken aback by his reaction to her. Never had he wanted to touch someone, be close to someone. Especially a woman. So he had to have her.
After a brief exchange and her refusing to talk to him, he threatens her with a knife and kidnaps her.
It goes downhill from here.
Fox hadn't been allowed to have sex while in Russia. It's been drilled into him that physical pleasure was forbidden and he's been severely punished the one and only time he'd given into temptation. Now, his body reacts strongly to this woman and he must have her no matter what.
Zel is confused by the attraction she feels toward this strange man. He exudes danger and she's seen the violence he's capable of when he'd beaten unconscious a man in the boxing ring, breaking several of his bones and almost killing him.
He offers her money to sleep with her, explaining he won't take no for an answer and she won't leave the house until he says so.
Hazel is supposed to be this compassionate soul who tries to save everyone. It's a compulsion for her and she can't resist. She keeps telling Fox that she is not a whore when he offers to pay her but in the end she takes the money telling herself she does it for Clara, her daughter, for her medication. Not entirely true, though.

This is what pissed me off.
Fox wants a month of her life. She has to stay there this entire time and do whatever he says.
I understand lust. Hell, I understand seeing a man and feeling instant attraction. Nothing wrong with that. But this woman has a DYING daughter at home. The only other person in their lives is her friend, Clue. How can you accept to spend an entire month away from your dying child? She needs the money but what about taking care of her daughter? She relies on Clue but the other woman has strange jobs. Sometimes she's out during the day, other times at night. What about Clara? Who's going to take care of her?
Hazel thinks she can sneak out for a while some days but deep down she knows it's going to be impossible. She feels that Fox is someone you don't screw around with. Even so, her lust for him and her desire to “save” him makes it impossible for her to say no. And how in the name of God can you feel compassion for a man who kidnaps you by pressing a knife into your back?
And more over, how can you still want a man when he explains to you that if you touch him you die? Yes. That's right.
Oh, but our Zel can't resist the compulsion to try to save him. And so, she agrees. One moth with him being his willing sex toy in exchange of two hundred thousand dollars.
They seal the deal with a kiss. And Fox nearly kills her. The moment she touched him, she found herself flat on her back with Fox choking her.
But that's not all. She forgives him because it was her fault. She touched him when he said not to. And, listen to this - she sees how sorry and hurt he is for attacking her.
For Christ's sake!!
The man almost killed her and she's still drooling after him. This is not lust, this is insanity.
Anyway, she doesn't run away. She calls her friend letting her know she'll be away for a month and to take care of her daughter. Just like that.
So the game begins.
Roane/Fox doesn't sleep during the night. He hates the dark even if he surrounds himself with black.
Black clothes, black furniture, black walls...etc..
Since he doesn't trust himself not to kill her and her not to touch him, he forges a chain that she'll have to wear permanently so he can tie her up during sex.
No, he's not into kinky sex. It's the only way to keep her alive.
I get it that he's not sane and he can't help himself but she has no regard for her life nor does she care what will happen to the daughter she claims to love so much.
As long as she allows lust to dictate her actions in my book she's a bad mother. I have a child and I'll do anything for him. Yes, I would have sold myself too if I would've been in her place, hoping the money would give my child a chance to life. BUT. I would not throw away my life just because I feel attracted to a man and my compassion tells me I can save him from whatever hell he's trapped in. Not when said man almost choked her and, a few hours after that bound her and raped her. No.
There are other ways. Always.
She runs, understanding she won't be able to return his sanity but she comes back.
She does it telling herself she's strong enough. She's not. As soon as she gets close to him, she finds herself in the same situation and this time she remains alive only because she stabs him and the momentary distraction allows her to get away.
You tell me if this is normal behavior.
The guy can't be touched without him killing whoever touches him, he has flashbacks when he thinks he's back in Russia being tortured and killing people and all the time he hears his trainer in his head ordering him to kill and destroy. He's violent beyond belief and this woman keeps coming back for more not caring what happens to her. And it's not about money or saving her daughter anymore. It's about her being in lust and having this stupid idea that she can break him from his past and save him.
She even allows him near her daughter after her friend Clue brings her by the house and she meets Roan. And why? Because she thinks her daughter can save him being a compassionate soul herself. And Roan manages not to kill her then and there when she touches him.
By this point I wanted to choke Zel to death myself. What the hell is wrong with this woman? Is it possible to put lust above everything else? Even your own child's safety?
She thinks she can stop him if he tries to harm Clara but she's wrong. So wrong! And she has the proof when he has a relapse and goes for the child's throat.
But he stops just shy of killing her and he's sorry so that makes it okay. No reason for her to take her child and run like hell. Clara HAS to save Roan. She's his only hope. <<cue the eye roll>>
Then Roan proceeds to tell an eight year old girl how he became a killer, how he's been tortured and how he exterminated his entire family. Not to mentions the other children he's slain. All with the blessing of Clara's mom and because she's so “mature” for her age and “understands” everything. That is sick. And wrong. On so many levels! And the way Pepper described the child is not normal. She acts and talks like an adult. She might be mature for her age but she's still an eight year old for God's sake.
Did I mention that Zel accepted to live in his house with her daughter? How stupid is that? She thinks keeping Clara close to Roan helps keep him calm and bring him back from the past. Right after he chokes her, of course. Apparently that's his favorite killing method. Thank God she didn't put knives or other weapons into the story. It would have been a bloodbath with him going psycho killer all the time.
Anyway, I think I've ranted enough. I hated this book. I'm sorry but it's the truth. While I loved Tears of Tess and Quintessentially Q, I was so disappointed by Destroyed. And the writing style was lacking also.
Let me give you an advice. It doesn't matter how compassionate you are. You can't always fix someone, especially a violent person. Do not even try. And never let your feelings cloud your judgment.
And then, there's the way he just “heals” in the end. Twenty years of physical and psychological torture and the instinct to kill cannot be wiped away just like that. It is impossible. It can't happen no matter how you look at it. To even contemplate that is wrong and dangerous. What do you think is most likely to happen when you force a trained killer, with an aversion to being touched, to hold an infant? Do you think he'll cuddle him or break his neck? Just.. no.
I understand Roan's condition and I understand his desire to be loved, and to have someone who cares close to him, to be normal. But I blame Zel for the choices she makes. She allows passion and lust to dictate her actions, putting herself and her daughter, and later on, the children she has with Roan in danger. This is not how it's done. Pepper created a fairytale where the tormented hero finds redemption in the end thanks to the heroine's patience and determination. This doesn't always happen in real life, if at all. Not with persons having the same issues that Roan has. If a guy tries to choke you to death it doesn't matter how sorry he is afterward. You'll still be dead or almost dead. And submitting a child to such behavior is completely inadmissible.
Some might find this book romantic. I find it profoundly disturbing and it amazes me to see all those 5 star ratings. And don't tell me that Tears of Tess and Quintessentially Q are the same. That is another story. There is violence but not the kind you find here.
I can't grant it more than 1 star and hope Pepper will never write something like this ever again. Or, at least she'll create a heroin more like Tess if she prefers the dark type.

Do I recommend this book? NO. I can't. But this doesn't mean I won't read any more of Pepper's novels. She's a great writer even if I think she screwed up this time.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen No.. 18. März 2014
Von S. B. Mailey - Veröffentlicht auf
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** spoiler alert ** What the flying F*** did I just read??


This could have been a 1 or 2 star read for me, and maybe I am just not sure of how many things I did actually like.. I am so confused on what just happened.

First of all, let me tell you that 2 pages in I had to go to Goodreads and check out the shelves because I had a "oh no this is a paranormal read" moment. It's not paranormal but it sure felt that way. Things just got worse from there for me

When Fox, the: "screwed up, hot, scarred and scary dude" first sees Zel (her name is Hazel, but Zel for short) he is drawn to her, but that bothers him. He fights with a dude in his illegal fight ring and then when he sees Zel he goes up to her and says "who are you"? like a creep and proceeds 4 words in to ask her "why am I drawn to you"?

I mean really??

He doesn't look at her more than 3 times and he wants to know why he was drawn to her.. There was no previous interaction, he didn't watch her from afar in fact he had no real connect with her or inner dialogue that made me think he was considering her in any shape or form.

Then she basically goes all badass because she is a "grieving" mother because her daughter is ill (I will get to THAT whole situation in a second) and gives this scary guy attitude, which in any other book would fly for me.. Here it didn't

Fox basically kidnaps Zel and offers her 200,000 dollars to let him have sex with her an stay with him for a month.. Reminding you, he has barely spoken to her and he is a scary dude. It should have been hot.. But it wasn't.. (I am not forgetting this is suppose to be dark.. I promise)

So she agrees (duh) but here is the thing, Fox can't be touched He has spent his life from age 6 until I think a few years past in some sort of Russian crime hit man murder cult. He is totally brainwashed, he can't be touched and he hurts himself.. I mean really really hurts himself. He stands in showers with scalding hot water and lets himself be burned by the heat, he is a cutter and then there is the whole "almost killing the chick you are having sex with" thing.

So Zel runs out on him after day one..

She goes home to her daughter, Fox hates himself for wanting her but he does..

Let's forget the rest of the things that bugged me and get to little Clara..

Now Zel is a mother of an 8 year old. The dad took off I "think" after beating the crap out of Zel and making her "sterile". This 8 year old has some sort of disease which we find out later is cancer, that mimics very serious asthma. She has only been given so long to live and the whole point of sleeping with Fox, outside of her weird fantasy and attraction to him, she needs to money to try and keep her baby alive. I can understand that. I would have done something similar to keep my babies alive.. HOWEVER she agrees to leave her daughter who has such little time to live for a MONTH to make money?? No.. Just no.. No mother would do that.. Not that Zel stays with him.. Things happen..

The worst part for me was that Fox was unfixable, he was such a screwed up guy he should have been away from society really, and the second he sees Clara he falls in love with her, she pretty much fixes him.. He realizes he needs Zel and Clara and then boom.. Clara dies..

Anyway.. s*** happens again.. and Fox leaves Zel (who what do you know is pregnant) and in the end Fox refuses to hold his own son, because he knows he is so broken, but Zel who Fox has trained to be his handler now can control him to do what she wants, and when she thinks he is going to hurt his own baby she tells him after she removes the baby from his arms, that is over between them she can't handle fearing for her children's lives, FOx tells her that it is over and that holding his son for the first time cured him and he is ALLLLLLLLL better now..

I repeat.. WTF did I read??
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Redemption 8. März 2014
Von Miss - Veröffentlicht auf
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The first half of Destroyed was a bit frustrating for me due to the constant repetition between the MC's. A great deal of time was spent going through the character's actions after first meeting each other. Their constant argument over her wanting to leave, and him wanting her to stay got a bit old and I found myself putting it down quite a few times. I had this same issue with the beginning of Quintessentially Q, but I remembered that it had gotten better, so I kept on reading. There's some violence and non-con situations that take place in this book, so if that bothers you then you may want to move on to something else.

The second half of Destroyed made the book worthwhile in my opinion. This author is excellent when it comes to describing the emotional state of her character's. Heartbreak, love, adoration, and desperation all come off as if they are your own feelings rather than those of fictional character's. That's what I look for in a good book. Yes, there were times where I had to suspend reality a bit, and there were times that I wanted to strangle the heroine for being such a drama queen, but my overall satisfaction of the story as a whole made up for that. The story of Roan seeking and ultimately finding redemption in the arms of a child and her mother did it for me :)

No cheating
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply Amazing 8. März 2014
Von KDawn823 - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm gonna start with the obvious cliché...this book DESTROYED me. Even sitting down to write this, I'm having a hard time finding the words to describe it. Heart wrenching, sad, beautiful, poignant, sexy, visceral, raw, powerful...I could keep going. I had so many moments of truly wondering whether this would have a happy ending for Roan and Hazel, and Ms Winters did such a believable job of bringing these two people through hell and back. I cried some seriously ugly tears during parts, and I honestly can't remember the last book to do that to me. Roan, oh Roan...he broke my heart. I loved him and I hated him and then loved him all over again. Read it, seriously. If you love a good tortured hero, then you will adore this book. Pepper Winters has a ridiculous level of talent, and I'm in awe of how deeply she delves into her characters. There are not enough stars, seriously.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wrecked Beyond Belief 7. März 2014
Von Sarah Griffin - Books to Breathe - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
There aren't enough words to express how much I loved this book, but I will jot down a few while it is still fresh on my mind, then come back later with the full review. I was luck enough to get a sneak peek at this beauty and believe me when I say it is 100%, in true Pepper fashion, unlike anything else out there! How she comes up with the ideas that she does I have no clue, but I think it would be fantastic to live in her head for a day! Terrifying, but fantastic.

Destroyed is the story of two souls that have been utterly decimated by years and years of life. There were so many layers, twists, and turns in this book that I was literally left gasping for breath until the very end! Pepper delivers punch after punch, and just when you think it's over, she delivers the final one. Or is it? These are two people who shouldn't have survived, but are they really living?

Dive into the world of Fox and Zel. You won't be disappointed and will leave changed.
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