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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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  • PATRICIA
  • 01-06-2021

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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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 23-05-2021

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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  • Kenya Wright
  • 11-06-2021

awesome

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

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  • Erica Sheley
  • 15-07-2021

I'm absolutely BLOWN AWAY

Y'all, I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this bad boy, and I have to say that this book in audio format is EVEN BETTER. Tor & Charley absolutely brought their A-game. The way they brought Kas and Gem, the tension, terror, emotions, highs & lows, and general all-consuming angst of this story to life is otherworldly. As I listened, I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what would come next (and from someone who'd already read the e-book first, that's when you know you've found audio gold!), and all I can really say is FOH is absolutely amazing in any and every format. I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Buzy_reading
  • 07-07-2021

Duet dark romance performance

In Fable of Happiness climber Gemma felt a kindred spirit to something hidden away, happy in its seclusion, harboring a loneliness despite its wild perfection. Kassen is an unhinged beast hiding away in a mansion in the Mammoth Cave National Park. He has not seen human presence in eleven years having escaped human contact all that time.
When Gemma ventured into the park her intention was to discover a new climbing adventure to post on her YouTube channel instead she trespassed upon the hidden home Kessan claimed. Kessan’s hunting skills were on high alert when he realized he had an intruder.
She became his prisoner. He knew he should get rid of her, but he wanted her too badly. Now she’s stuck in an erotic nightmare where his thirst for sex is insatiable. Here she is laughing at the ludicrousness of her situation when just before her adventure she was searching for a manly man on dating sites. Kassen is man unlike any she has come across before.

Pepper exudes a deep dark voice within her characters. Not only is this story sexually driven it’s full of pain, survival, and torment. Pepper speaks my literary language. The sex…the sex was intense and graphic and violent. Pepper shares just enough to entice the reader into reading more. Of course she writes what she knows. There’s a reason Pepper is the best selling author in the dark romance category.

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Married team Tom Thor and Charley Ongel provide a sensational duet performance. I welcome Tor’s masculine voice bringing Kassen’s character to life.
Tor Thom is a voice-over romance actor. He’s known for his sweet soothing baritone which captures the softness of love and the deep passion of desire. His Personal motto: Seduction, one syllable at a time.
Charley Ongel has spent years behind the scenes editing and directing audiobooks. She stumbled upon narration unexpectedly.
This was a sensational performance. This was an unabridged audiobook in which I enjoyed following with my ebook. Book 1 was 7 hours 55 minutes. 25 chapters make up book 1.

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  • Jamie Kocurek
  • 30-06-2021

Amazingly Different!

I loved this story. this was much different than I am used to from Pepper Winters. I can't say much without leaving spoilers so all I can say is you need this in your life!

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  • Amanda Anderson/Beauty.and.the.bookies
  • 18-06-2021

If you love GREAT narration, listen to this story

wow. I am just AMAZED at how perfectly dark and sexy and just INCREDIBLE this audio was. Tor and Charley did SUCH a wonderful job recreating Kas and Gemma, I am not sure if anyone else could have done a better job. The chemistry, the intensity, the magnitude that I felt in my chest (and lady bits) during the entire story just astounded me. I loved this so much. I knew from the moment Kas ran butt naked towards Gemma in his house when she trespassed that it was going to be a wild ride and it was! That was a crazy ending that left me needing more! Cannot wait for the next story!!! 5 stars!!!

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  • SmilingJade
  • 17-06-2021

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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  • Effie
  • 16-06-2021

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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  • Lulu Dx
  • 15-06-2021

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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