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“Must be slim, able to stand for long periods of time, and be impervious to the cold.”

The headline caught my attention.

“Hours are negotiable, pay is minimal, clothing absolutely forbidden.”

The second line piqued my curiosity.

“Able to hold your bladder and tongue, refrain from opinions or suggestions, and be the perfect living canvas.”

The third made me scowl.

“Other attributes required: non-ticklish, contortionist, and obedient. Must also enjoy being studied while naked in a crowd.”

The fourth made me shudder.

“Call or email 'Your Skin, His Canvas' if interested in applying.”

The final made my heart race.

I should’ve kept scrolling past the advertisement. I should’ve applied for the boring receptionist job at minimum wage. I should’ve clicked on any other job where I got to keep my clothes on. But I didn’t. I applied. My interview is tomorrow....

©2019 Pepper Winters (P)2019 Pepper Winters

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Perfection!!

I absolutely loved this beginning to the Master of trickery duet. Gill and Olin's story was thought provoking and heart breaking all wrapped up into a sweet package full of angst and genuine love. I felt along with the characters, I cried with them and I laughed with them. That's how you can tell a good author from a great one. Pepper Winters manages to develop her characters so well that you feel like you're living right along side of them.The narration was so good I really believed the performances they were so engaging as Gill and Olin.

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  • KMH
  • 18-12-2019

I love Pepper Winters but ...

I love Pepper Winters. I have purchased all of her audiobooks. This one is just very repetitive and seems like she was trying to just add words to fill up the pages. After 15 hours there is still no resolve and I’m still trying to figure out what he is hiding. Olin was ANNOYING and immature. You just can’t be that oblivious. It made it very unrealistic to me. The audio was great no complaints there. I probably will get book 2 just because I love Pepper but the story was just ok.

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  • April
  • 31-10-2020

What the hell was I listening to?

I can’t even finish. This girl likes to be abused. The guy finally tell her she is making a fool of herself and she goes and jumps on him to give him a kiss. I understand where this story is heading but please. How cruel can he be and she still think he the best thing since sliced bread. It make me sick.

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  • Chelsea
  • 11-10-2020

Well, that was messed up.

I don't even know where to start, really. First of all, I'd like to take about the issues I had with it. I need to state that the book was far, far too long for the amount of story provided. There was so much pining throughout the middle of it that I was starting to get bored. The author could have cut out about 1/3 of the book and it wouldn't have changed anything. I get that it shows the bond between the main characters strengthening, but it was still unnecessarily long even with that in mind. Secondly, I would like to warn anyone that has dealt with sexual trauma that these books are centered around it. It's graphic, and when I say graphic, I mean that you hear every detail. It was heartbreaking just to listen to and it tore me up. Lastly, I don't like the little plot twist in the last few minutes of the book. I think this book needs a warning label of the content it contains for people that have trauma related to this stuff. I won't spoil it, but it's something that I avoid reading about at all costs and now that it's become involved, it changes things but I won't be ridiculous and go so far as to say it ruins anything either. The good things about the book far outweigh those issues above, but they're too numerous to list. The depth of feeling between the characters, the complexity of them, the good writing, all things that made me sit up and take notice when I listened to the book. The plot is just freaking tragic and I like that it's not predictable and obvious but makes us hold onto the edge of our seats. The narration was excellent, and after getting through the unnecessary parts of the story I was on the edge of my seat. I don't know whether I want to scream at O or Gilbert, but I know I want terrible things to happen to their teacher for sure, I was so irritated with Gil's continued secrecy for 14.5 hours, and it made me want to rip my hair out because he knows deep down that he could tell O this information and she would deal with it since the woman is so infuriatingly kind to him. I understand her character is supposed to be the quintessential good girl, but damn does it get irritating some times when she constantly makes excuses for Gil's nasty behavior. That said, hang in there if you don't like Gilbert. Although some of his behavior is messed up, it all gets explained, in painful detail, later on in the book. Again though, it's heart wrenching and it made me so very sad to hear it all, but I guess that's just another indication that it really is an excellent book since it made me feel so much for fictional characters. By the way, who names their main character GILBERT?! That's just about the least sexy name one could possibly come up with, so it made me laugh to think of this hot mysterious dude named Gilbert, the un-sexiest name to ever exist! I got over it eventually, but that choice is one made by the writer that I don't think I'll ever truly understand unless he's named after a real person or something like that. Anyway, a very messed up, terribly freaking sad story that isn't over at the end of the book. There is a second half to the story and I'm about to start it right now!

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  • Sherry Buckowing
  • 26-12-2019

Leaves You Hanging

Fantastic story, beautifully written and narrated but it leaves you hanging at the end, which I am not a fan of.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 31-12-2019

Incredible

Oh Pepper Winters, what you have done to heart! This book has so much of everything in it, I could not stop listening. There is something to be said about second chance romances. The history of a couple builds that foundation and Winters masterfully lets us in on Olin Moss and Gilbert Clark's second chance. With alternating points of view, Gilbert gives us the history of their sweet, budding romance. Both from different sides of the track, yet have a common thread of dysfunctional homes. T Fast forward 7 years, and we get to hear Olin, as she encounters Gil again, answering an ad to be a living canvas for a body painter. The chemistry it palpable and Winters captures every essence of it. Olin is a strong woman, and fiercely loyal. While I love her, I at times wanted to shake her and tell her to move on already, but with that incredible connection to Gil, I just knew she couldn't walk. Gil is so broody and broken, I can fully understand Olin's draw to him. To help him, and make everything better. But there are so many secrets yet to be told. The story is heartbreaking, full of sensuality and mystery. Ending on a cliffhanger, I cannot wait to hear those secrets!!!! Winters is an amazing story teller and I am sure it is going to be mind blowing. Choosing the narrators for this story had to be quite a mission. Gilbert is strong, passionate, broken. Will Watt finds that place with his voice that brings it all out. You can hear the pain, the frustration and the undying love he has. It's truly amazing. Olin is so optimistic, strong willed, compassionate and loving. With Charlotte Cole bringing her to life, we hear the inflections of love, the constant want in her voice to be there for Gil and just fix it all and make it better. These two narrators have a chemistry that lets us feel the story, then and now and leaves us wanting more.

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  • sara huntley
  • 25-09-2020

Terrifying Genius 😁

If you love dark romance, Pepper winters is for you. This novel is another brilliant journey with dark twists and broken characters. Yet still a love story. Definitely recommend 100%. 🥰

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