“I’m not the hero in this story, girl. You’d do best to remember that.”
At eighteen years old, I was murdered.
I wish my tale ended there.
However, my killer resuscitated me and sold me to the highest bidder, sentencing me to a world worse than Hell.
For the past two years, I’ve lived a life of torment as a man’s property. I suffer in silence and wish for freedom, but I never break.
But then he arrives.
The first stranger since I was killed.
Elder Prest, a thief with a heart as black as his soul, arrives as a guest in our twisted home. He has business with my owner, but his interest lies in me. He pretends not to notice my bruises and hides his knowledge of what I am, but the way he watches me makes me feel more human than possession.
As his eyes tear through my walls and his voice demands answers, he challenges my owner for one night with me.
I’ve survived two years of torment because I no longer believe in hope, but Elder is the only man who promises me pleasure instead of pain.
Trusting him is dangerous, wanting him is deadly.
Is he my ticket to safety or my ultimate end?
Whoever he is, whatever he wants…I can’t say no.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in Crete but mostly in and around Master A’s mansion.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Tasmin Blythe aka Pimlico and Elder Prest. Tamsin has been taken. She’s been stripped of everything that once made her a carefree and happy girl. She is no longer Tamsin but Pimlico. Even though they can take her name, her clothes, and her life, they cannot take her will to survive. But Pimlico could never imagine how much of a turn her life would take and what it would really cost her to survive her situation. Master A is cruel and sadistic and surviving his torture is becoming harder and harder. Until a stranger knocks on their door. Meeting Elder changes Pimlico’s life in a blink of an eye. But is the change for better or worse? Elder Prest is not a nice guy. He’s as dangerous as they come and he always gets what he wants. Meeting Pimlico for the first time is mind altering. Instead of focusing on business, Elder focuses on how he can make Pim his. But there’s a complication with his plan; Master A. He won’t give up his precious trophy easily and is Pim really worth the consequences? Will Elder be able to push Pim out of his mind in time to close the business deal? Or will he steal her away like he does with so many other things?
Plot: In my opinion this story line was mainly setting up the scene. Giving background on Pimlico’s history, her circumstance now, and how she is dealing with her horrific situation. There was a very, very slight romance in the second half of the novel. But I’m assuming the romance is going to be building in the subsequent novels.
Writing: This story is told in first person points of view of Pimlico and Elder. This is the first novel in the Dollar series, cannot be read as a standalone, and ends in a cliff hanger.
Curb Appeal: This novel has two covers and I really love them both! I think they both represent different aspects and characters of the story and either cover works. The blurb is so intriguing and leaves more questions than answers.
Ultimately: I’m not sure how I feel about this novel. I was expecting more of a romance but I guess this novel is more of a set up for the series than anything. It was definitely dark and slightly hard to get through but I did expect more abuse to be explicitly stated but it was more implied than anything. I really appreciated the strength that the heroine showed even after everything she went through and how hopeless her situation was. All in all, I’m definitely intrigued to see where this series goes and what happens with Pimlico and Elder’s relationship. If you are in the mood for heroine who isn’t going to give up her life without a fight and hero who claim’s he’s the villain, then come check out Pennies!!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.