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From New York Times best seller, Pepper Winters, comes the second book in Kas and Gem’s twisted romance.

A valley full of secrets.

A history full of nightmares.

A man who cannot be saved.

And a woman who holds his very life in her hands. Strange how the villain of a story can so easily become the victim. Utter lunacy to think the captive might now become the caregiver.

Gemma has a decision to make. Her life or his. Follow her heart, even when it’s screaming at her to run? Or turn her back on the man who could become her everything?

©2021 Pepper Winters (P)2021 Pepper Winters

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  • MsHarmony
  • 07-09-2021

Well-Written Angst

As a long-time fan of Pepper Winters, I’m somewhat conflicted about the first two books. On the one hand, I found the storyline intriguing and certainly well-written; in other words, I became invested in the story of Gemma and Kassen. On the other hand, hour after hour of non-stop grueling anxiety, angst, trauma, sadness, rage, sorrow, and horror, with no respite, left me, at times, emotionally exhausted, So much so that by the middle of the second book, I found myself making excuses to take a break and read something else for a bit, all the while hoping when I returned Gemma would have set aside her savior complex and Kassen could have healed enough to mend the splits in his psyche. But, alas, it wasn’t so.
I usually intensely dislike having to wait for the next book to come out in a series, but this time, I needed the pause. If, in fact, time does heal all wounds, I wonder what Book III serves up. Since we’re introduced to a new player at the end of Book II, all sorts of possibilities, of potentials, present themselves. He embodies Kassen’s history, so I can only hope this new character carries with him the thread to stitch together Kassen’s fractured soul and allow love to enter.

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  • Karin Gesell
  • 29-08-2021

I NEED book 3!!

OMG, I waited for this not so patiently, but boy was it worth it!! This is going to be brief & not so specific, because you need to experience it fully on your your own. But holy cannoli, the things you find out in this book will twist you up in so many ways!!! Tor Thom, oh my gosh, even being twisted up, it’s ok because he’s the one you’re listening to. Also Charley Ongel does a great job as Gemma. And in the end, what you NEED is book 3!! I cannot wait!!!

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  • Nai
  • 26-08-2021

Omg can’t wait for book 3!!!!!!!

I love pepper winters!!!! This is such a good take on Beauty Beast!! Dark Dark Dark I can’t get enough of Kas and Gemma

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-08-2021

Emotional, but oh so good!!!

Pepper Winters. Need I say more? Broken Beauty and the Beast? I think that sums it all up as to why I love this series. This author, my favorite fairy tale and the haunting of my soul that this story brings it! Book 2 of this series is just as tragic and emotional as the first, but in a totally different way. Kas is such a troubled soul. Suppressing his memories is literally driving him crazy, but he does know one thing. Gemma is the woman for him. Gemma goes through some interesting transformations. This love/hate relationship is in for a change. Seeing Kas for who he is leads her heart. But is it safe for her to stay? Does she miss being home? Will Kas keep her forever? Just when you think you know all the answers, Winters throws a curve ball like no other, busting all my hopes and dreams for this couple wide open! Now I have to wait, happily, as this Winters/Beast combination is a winner and so worth the wait!

This book is highly emotional and needs a narration to be as well. Tor Thom and Charley Ongel continue with a powerful performance giving us all the feels, all the infuriation and blossoming love. Thom is spectacular as Kas. His complexity leads to a lot of personalities, and Thom blends them together creating the beast and the prince in Kas. Gemma is not afraid of her feelings, and Ongel portrays her with voices letting us know exactly how she feels. Anger, stubbornness, love, confusion, it's all there letting us understand who she is. This team is the perfect casting for this story and I can't wait to see where they take us next.

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  • Erica Sheley
  • 01-08-2021

Lord have mercy on my blood pressure

Y’all. Y’ALL! What in the sweet merciful heck did I just listen to??? I received an ARC copy of this book, and then Pepper shared that the audio dropped early. *cue me bolting to my account to purchase immediately* This book. This freaking book. I swear, I’ve never read a thing in the world like it. In the most general sense, we sort of know a loose (loooooose) outline of what Pepper’s works will follow, but she continuously surpasses herself and amazes the absolute crap out of me. FoH book 2 in audio is an utter masterpiece. Tor & Charley are the BEST choice to bring Kas & Gemma to life. Even though you’re listening, you can FEEL her love & strength & his agony & hope. That experience is so, so magical & joyous (even though they’re ripping my heart out right now). Y’all, go pick up this trilogy. Book 3 coming soon! Also, here’s one of my favorite quotes: “You’re everything I f*cking need and everything I don’t deserve. You were born for me.” *dies of swoon*

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  • mindiegoblue
  • 07-09-2021

Wow wow wow — Tragedy, Hope & Love

This book is the second in the “Fable of Happiness”series. This is a complex story and set of circumstances, so you really must read the Book One before Book Two to have any clue what is going on.

Trigger Warning: Please take warning that there are many triggers in these books, including rape, child abuse, and sexual slavery. The books present some of the most sadistic and perverse people on the planet, so beware.

As a youngster, Kas ends up a victim in a large US trafficking ring. He was regularly abused - both sexually and physically - for several years. He tries to protect the 15 or so other kids in the house from the same horrific abuse. He also serves as a quasi-parent to them. However, in one extraordinary, life-changing moment, he finally decides he’s had enough. I’ll leave it to the book/audio to describe this incredible scene.

No one could have this type of background and come out unscathed, and Kas is no exception. The story begins with Kas living alone at 29, separated from modern life and people, ten years later.

Gemma is an award-winning rock climber and Influencer. She goes on a hike/climb far from home, in search of a remote cave that she’s heard about, but she becomes hopelessly lost. Unfortunately, when she stumbles upon the strange place where Kas is quietly living, she trespasses and infuriates a man who is already unstable and damaged.

What follows is Gemma living in intolerable circumstances as she tries to figure out this enigmatic man, convince him she means no harm, and reclaim her life back in the city.

It is an unusual set-up for a story, and I was totally drawn in by it! I don’t want to provide much more detail about the story line because you really have to experience the twisty-turny road of the Kas and Gemma relationship, while you also experience the bizarre environment in which the relationship develops.

This is a terrific book all the way around, from the plot, quality of the writing, descriptions of various indoor and outdoor spaces, and character development. Ms. Winters creates a world we can almost see and touch. There is mystery, suspense, man vs. nature, romance, and psychology elements in the book series, so there is definitely something for everyone.

Spoiler Alert! There is one item that bugs me about the books. Contrary to the repeated claims in Book Two, Kas’ does NOT have schizophrenia, which is caused by a chemical imbalance.

Kas has Dissociative Disorder, which is caused by extreme emotional/sexual trauma, usually in childhood. In Dissociative Disorder, a person develops other “personalities” (really just various facets of him/herself) in order to mentally separate or escape from the traumatic events while they are occurring. Later, these “personalities” reveal themselves at different times to cope with different types of stressors. When a particular “personality” is active, the person will often “lose” chunks of time or not remember what happened.

Other than that flaw, this series is incredible and completely original. The dual narration is also very high quality. The series will keep you on the edge of your seat every single minute. Highly recommended!

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  • Melzie
  • 19-08-2021

Absolutely in love with Kas and Gem!

These two have a love story born from the darkness and trying to find the light. They’ve stolen my broken heart and I hope book three will make it whole again. Definitely recommend. They’re are triggers as this is dark writing but for me those triggers are why I want to see Kas become whole again and overcome all that has happened.

Not only was this book well written but WOW- the narrators were amazing and definitely did this book justice! Kas’s voice was dark and delicious and everything you could ever ask for while Gem’s voice was just that a Gem! Great job to both the narrators for creating the perfect story with your voices! ❤️

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  • Amber
  • 16-08-2021

A great, emotional dark book. Great narrators!

Pepper really knows how to pull on your heartstrings. This book has everything angst, hope, pain, and love. I was on such an emotional rollercoaster while listening to this audible. Gem is truly a caring and forgiving character. The amount of love and trust she is willing to give Kas even with everything he put her through. She is able to see the beneath it all and care for Kas. We get a lot of insight into the horrors that Kas lived through and the reasons he does what he does. I like seeing how there relationship changed throughout this audible. I did not see that ending coming and need the next book now lol! Tor Thom and Charley Ongel do a great job bringing Gem and Kas to life. You feel every heartbreak and struggle that the characters are going through.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 11-08-2021

Dark and Gripping

This book is dark so heed the trigger warnings, you have been warned. This is the continuation of Kas and Gemma’s story and it was just as intense and gritty as the first one.

Narrated by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel, they did justice to Kas and Gemma’s characters. Ms.Winters has written broken emotional characters that really draw you in and capture your attention and their performances certainly brought this across.

Kas knows that Gemma is the woman for him. Gemma goes through a lot of changes in this story. The chemistry between Kas and Gemma is intense and passionate, not to mention eye opening and the narration certainly brought this to life. Gemma is not afraid to stand up to Kas. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, Ms.Winters throws us a curve ball.

Be prepared this one ends in one heck of a cliff hanger and I for one cannot wait to see what happens next.

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  • Lulu Dx
  • 11-08-2021

Devastating, Intense, Amazing

Wow this book is truly the definition of a nightmare!!! I can't even imagine the horrors that Kas endured in that house, especially as he tried mostly unsuccessfully to protect his brothers and sisters. It's all there, graphic and gory, painful and so so tragic. And the many layers of Kas are slowly revealed to Gemma. For Gemma it's like a slow motion train wreck with carnage and the knowledge she has no ability to stop the torment. For both of them the crescendo of reality and insanity becomes desperate and cruel.

Book two is amazing! I don't think I've ever read anything like it. I am so excited for Book 3!!!

Narration by Tor Them and Charley Ongel was outstanding!

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  • Simone
  • 24-07-2021

OK What😱

I was severely pissed off at the end of book one, not knowing that there were more books to follow. Kas is growing on me.
Before you judge Gemma for being a weak female lead, think about the circumstances surrounding Kas.
It's dark and may have triggers but there's so much depth to it as the trilogy progresses.
In Book two we go more into detail of what exactly happened to Kas and his fable family and why he stayed.
I love that he was so honest with Gemma in this one... And my oh my his words... Gahh!
The ending left me at the edge of my seat... Cannot wait for book three and the rest of the fable series.
Once again, perfect narration by Tom and Charley

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