Thursday, February 20, 2020

ARC Review: Once a Myth by Pepper Winters

Title: Once a Myth
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Goddess Isles #1

Publication: February 25th 2020
Genre: Dark Romance
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Rating: 4/5

“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”
“There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.”
“There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”

Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirreled away to an island at midnight, delivered to a man even darkness won’t touch, she’s bound by a contract.

Five men.
Five fantasies.
Five pieces of her soul.

Sullivan Sinclair is the giver of fantasies. Any wish, any desire—he is the master at quenching even the filthiest appetites. His private paradise and perfectly trained goddesses are there for one purpose: to ensure every guest is extremely well satisfied.

He bought her.
He trapped her.
She belongs to him.

Most of you know how much I love this author's dark romance stories but even so I always have to wait and see after I read it to really know how I feel about her latest new book like with any other. Luckily I ended up loving Once a Myth. And actually I didn't have any doubt that I would do anything less than enjoy it.

When Pepper Winters publishes a new series like this with one book a month to be released, the first book is often a prelude to what will come in the rest of the series and Once a Myth was very much the same. This wasn't a bad thing, of course, because I enjoyed getting to know Eleanor and Sullivan. 

The story starts with Eleanor being traficked when she is in Mexico and Sully ends up buying her and letting her be brought to his island of goddesses. I know this is incredibly vague but that's all I'm going to say because I don't want to give too much away and really it's a book you just have to read for yourself to grasp it.

These two characters were, to say the least, intense. There was a real intensity about them together as well as seperately. Eleanor surprised me with her spunk and wanting to fight for her life. Sully definitely beats any other male character that the author has created. Yes he buys girls so he can employ them on his sex island and give the guests their ultimate fantasies so he's definitely not a hero and I don't think he'll ever be but that's part of what makes him so mysterious and wicked. I can't wait to see what's in store for them in the next installment. I'm sure there's much more wickedness to come.

Once a Myth by Pepper Winters will be unlike anything you've ever read. Sinful and dark, absolutely not for the faint of heart. It's dark romance at its, well... darkest. And I know this is just the beginning so I say bring it on!

About the author:
Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 20 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-nine times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian, French, Hebrew, German, and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2018.
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  1. I think this might be too dark for me -- though I can see how much you enjoyed it!

  2. All the Pepper Winters books I've read before me have prepared me for this one haha xD

  3. I think the whole trafficking issue kind of gives me pause, but I'm still kinda intrigued!

  4. I'm glad this one also worked this well for you! You know I'm into dark reads, so there is no surprise I'm noting this one down, hehe

  5. I do have to say that the women of the island do live a good life there but still it's wrong. It's a bit on the edge but she writes it really well.

  6. I do love me some dark romances and this one sounds like it would one that I'd enjoy! Great review!

  7. It does sound like a dark and intense read! I am so happy that your favourite author hasn't disappointed. ;)

  8. Her dark romance books never disappoint :D

  9. Interesting that you already know that the first book will be an intro book, so you can go in with those expectations and take it for what it is. The situation sounds weird to me but I will trust that you have to read it to truly understand it! Sometimes I come across those kind of books where I can't explain it properly either...

  10. It's been a while since I read a good dark romance, this sounds so good!

  11. If you haven't read anything by Pepper Winters yet then I'd highly recommend her books :D


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