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“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfill and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.
He was rich.
Together…they were bankrupt.

5 Stars

I received an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Pimlico is silent.  Her past is history, her future is not guaranteed.  She is in limbo.  No point in yelling, talking or anything.  Pim is mute and it drives her owner, Master A into rages.  He will break bones to hear a scream - gives him a sick satisfaction to break the slave girl.

Enter Elder, a torn soul.  To him Pim speaks in volumes just with her eyes.  She is no longer silent, he will listen to her, he will help her.  Or will he?  Will he open the cage and let her free?  Or will she die at the hands of Master A?

I could not put this book down.  From page 1 I was hooked on this book.  I felt Pim's pain, her anguish, her frustration!  Pepper Winters did a great job of showing me what the situation for Pim was like and how she coped.   Tears were flowing, wondering if this situation could be happening and I'm sure it is.  Heartbroken.

This is a dark tale and not for the faint of heart.  But it's so worth taking the time to read and devour.  Gives you a look into human trafficking.  I don't want to give a lot away, just know it's a great book, well written and thought out.