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The Body Painter

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OMG I loved this book. I love Pepper Winter;s writing style. From the beginning of this book I knew that I found something to hold my interest. The descriptions and the development of the story was great. The scenes and the interaction between the characters were sexy and fun to read. Thank you for the chance to read this book.
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4.5 Stars / 3 Steam Fans 

I am still reeling from the beginning of this crazy, dark, and twisted duet. Olin and Gil have been frustrating, annoying, but in the end if you stick with the crazy you are left dying to know how everything ends. Since this is a duet and there are so many twists and turns to the story it is hard to write a review without any spoilers. So these are the things you should know: Gil hires Olin as a canvas, Olin and Gil have a complicated past, and there is some is something very wrong with their entire situation. 

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3  Stay Away  Stars 
This book is super haard to rate. This book ranges from 2 to 5 stars depending on where you are in the book. But I must say overall you basically just want to punch them both in their stupid faces because they just keep making the same mistakes over and over again. The book shows no character development or growth and there is a large focus on threats and violence which I love when done right  but when done to someone who just rolls over and takes it like a carpet.. ehhh doesn’t really have the same vibe. There are some very sexy moments in this book especially any moment involving paint. But the whole book is still a huge WHAT IS GOING ONNNNNNNN mystery. Since the author is one of my favorites my heart hurts with the low rating but I will most likely read the second book.  My heart also hurt for Gil’s backstory deeply.. and I think it broke me as it broke him.
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An interesting read.  The shift from past to present and from Olin and Gil’s perspective added to the story.  Olin’s perseverance in the face of Gil’s constant rejection was hard to read and kind of unbelievable, she’s clearly a sucker for punishment.  Gil’s failure to tell Olin anything about his issues was frustrating.  There’s a lot of pages in Olin’s head.  Story was interesting.  It ends on a cliffhanger and I’m hopeful that the second book of this series (two book series) is much more compelling.  Overall, still glad I read it.
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ARC received from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my opinions are my own, and are in no way affected by the exchange.

I really love Dark Romance as a genre. I love messed up relationships and screwed up pasts, I love asshole characters and messed up situations.
Being that I love these things, I was very excited to read this book. I dont think I've read anything from this author before so I was very hype to read something from them.
Unfortunately I figured out VERY quickly that this was not going to be a book for me. The writing was fine but within the first 5% through the book I could already tell that this "relationship" was going to be volatile and abusive. There are passages where Olin is talking to Gil and he says that he will physically hurt her if she does not leave. While one might be able to see that as a bad boy exterior, Olin thoroughly believes he will in fact hurt her. And her first reaction is to be his whipping girl.
Idk. This just seems like a story about a girl who will go through literal hell for a mediocre man.
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This book was ultimately, too dark and abusive for me - I just couldn't get past that.  I can handle some dark romances - but this wasn't particularly romantic to me.  And the physical and mental abuse was too much.  I wish I could be happier with it! I had to stop reading because it really bothered me alot..  

I will try some other books by this author!
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3.5 Stars 
A dark, twisted, heartbreaking story; The Body Painter is the first in the Master of Trickery Duet. I like this story, slow in part and long to get to the point but once we got there wow what a thriller. I look forward to the conclusion.
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“Monsters walk amongst us. They wear the same skin. They just hide who they are.”
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Olin desperately needs to find a job, and she accepts an offer to pose as a living canvas, she agrees to met the artist and ends up being surprised by a twist of fate.
The Body Painter is a dark romance book that narrates the story of Olin and Gil, who share a painful past.
I had high expectations with this book, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters or the story, it was the never ending story, I found it repetitive at times and slow.
This book is part one of a duet and there’s a cliffhanger at the end, but I’m not even sure if I want to read the second one.
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Thank you Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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“Funny how life could promise such hope, then snatch it away so quickly.”
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“I was the boy everyone left alone. She was the girl everyone wanted to be with.”
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I voluntarily received a copy of this book for an honest review!
This is one of those times I hate reviewing! I would rather keep my opinion to myself. But I can’t. 
I love this author in fact I own most of her books but this one....I just couldn’t finish. I felt like it kept repeating itself and then I felt lost and confused. Maybe this one just wasn’t in my wheelhouse. But it was a fight to get half way through and in the end I said no and just stopped torturing myself. 
I honestly hope other people like it because she is such a great author this one just wasn’t for me!
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Pepper Winters builds deep and intricate stories, and this one is no exception. Part of a duet so don't expect all the story here but this was a very push and pull romance between the characters and had me feeling a bit overwhelmed with it all. A decent and very intricate story, not my fave book of the authors but the blurb had me enticed and the cover is gorgeous
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Nobody does tortured souls like Pepper Winters.
I loved Gil from the start and was glad he found a friend in Olin when he most definitely needed someone to show him they cared.
I also loved the push and pull from these two and the indecision from both of them as it felt real. 7 years apart has changed them but the intense connection is still there, whether they want to accept it or not.
This book left me aching for Olin and Gin and the difficult situation, huge understatement, they find themselves in at the end of the book.
The only thing i didn’t like were some of the terms used in the book as they weren’t ‘English’ terms for example Gil and Olin would have met in senior school in Birmingham not high school as mentioned in the book but these weren’t a deal breaker and i still absolutely loved the book.
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Intense, dark romance - Part 1, Cliffhanger

This unusual premise blooms into quite an emotional read.  The chemistry is intense, the suspense is palpable, and the characters are well-written and play off each other beautifully.  It was a bit slow in some parts, but overall Gil and Olin's push/pull relationship is fraught with uncertainty and besieged by secrets. 

The ending of this part leaves more questions unanswered, but it does open up a whole new and wholly unexpected avenue to be explored in the conclusion of this duet.  This story isn't for the faint of heart; it's as far from a light and frothy romance as any book can be.   I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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The cover to the one is the first thing that grabbed my attention!! I really loved this cover. The story was so much better.  I loved this one!!!  Mystery and secrets are abound in this one!  Each character plays their part with intense romance and sexy sexy situations.  I really fell in love with the plot and pacing and just about everything!! I just wished it would have been longer.  I can't wait for the next title!
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So I went into this book knowing that it was going to be dark. but I think that it was a little too dark for my soul. I think that there were parts of it that were super abusive and it kind of glorified a toxic relationship. There is just a lot of issues I had with Gil. he is not a good character to me. The way he treats Olin is just garbage, and in my opinion very psychologically damaging. and it could be triggering. So people should be aware of that when they read this. Then Olin just kind of laid down like a rug and took all the crap that Gil gave her. I am not a huge fan of that type of character. I just didn't like this book at all. At times it made me sick to my stomach. I am not sure that was what the author was going for. I have read other titles from Pepper Winters and I like them a whole lot more than this.
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Wow. SO DIFFERENT From what I’m use to reading. But loved it. Look forward to reading more from this author. Thanks.
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I’m a HUGE fan of Pepper Winters, and I hate to have to write this review, but this book just didn’t do it for me. I think the storyline had a lot of potential, but it dragged on for sooo long without there being much substance to the story itself. By the end, I understood why Gil continued to push Olin away, but he was such a jerk throughout the entire book and Olin came across as a bit of a pushover, so I personally didn’t like either of those characters. Sad to say I was disappointed with this book.

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An achingly beautiful Heartbreak.  The pull - and-tug between Gil and Olin is electrifying as they dance among the shattered memories of their shared pasts and passionately try to create a new future amidst the tortured present.  To love Gil is a deadly game with rules that Olin doesn't know and it has just put not only her life in danger, but someone far more precious to him.  I can't wait to see how this series turns out.

** I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. **
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Mysterious, troubling, infuriating, sexy--The Body Painter is all of this and more. 
Pepper Winters has created  characters who aren't like characters we've met before and as we piece together their history and how it influences their present, it explodes into a cliffhanger that will have readers ready for more.
Their story is passionate and devastating and I'm holding out hope that the HEA comes soon, without too much more torture for these guys.
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„He'd belonged to me like I'd belonged to him.
But then he'd become a monster… and no one knew why.”


At a time when I’ve read literally everything and there is no plot that would surprise me, Pepper Winters once again proves that I will finish reading her book with an open mouth and mind blown. The Body Painter knocked me off my feet and I was at the edge of my seat from the very beginning, just dying to know how it’ll end. My heart and my mind were full of mixed emotions, constantly at war.


Olin and Gil met in high school. She was little miss popular and he was poor boy from the wrong side of tracks. But aside of that, they were a lot alike… lonely and misunderstood. They became friends and fell in love with each other. Everything was good, until it wasn’t. Gil abruptly changed and no one knew why. Now, after 7 years fate brought them back together.
This book is an endless back anf forth, push and pull, secrets and pain, unanswered questions and seeking answers. It’s a heartache, longing and ugliness. Gil is such a tortured hero- cold, callous and haunted. Despite his obvious feelings for Olin, he’s mean to her. And I’m not talking about a little insult here and there… I mean complete disrespect, cruelty and threats. But Olin wants to know why he disappeared in the past. She wants to get answers and understand. There were times when I thought about her as an emotional masochist and doormat, but then I saw her strenght and determination. She’s lost and alone, she has been through a lot, but she’s still sellfless, brave and kind-hearted.


The whole story is shrouded in mystery, the secrets are hanging in the air and it gives a thrill. You can feel deep connection between main characters, but withholding makes it hard to move forward. Pepper created captivating and intense story, filled with emotions, desire, need and pain. I feel the psychical need to know the continuation. I can’t wait to see how Olin and Gil’s story will play out!
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Wow, just wow.
I adore Pepper and have read it all. This, well, I figured out part of the secret mid book but it's not till the page that its confirmed. But all of the agony and drawn out suspense makes it a book you just cant put down.

Highly recommend this book.
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