Debt Inheritance by Pepper Winters
Series: Indebted #1
Genres: Dark Romance
Publication date: August 18, 2014
Format: eARC, 252 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Warning: Please note this is book one of a series. It is a Dark Romance that will unfold slowly with many twists and turns. In true Pepper fashion there will be a HEA. You just have to see past the darkness for the light.
“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.
She is no longer free.
Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.
There are no rules. Only payments.
This is a very, very difficult book for me to review. But, I find that books in a serial like this often are. So, pardon me while I ramble a bit. But, don’t worry, I’ll try not to get spoilery.
First I have to say I was thrilled to learn that Pepper Winters was releasing a new series. The premise was intriguing and I was excited to begin reading. When I’m in the mood for dark romance, I look no further than Pepper because, in my opinion, no one does it better. She makes me question preconceived notions and pushes my boundaries. Debt Inheritance definitely did the latter.
Debt Inheritance was a difficult book to read at times. While Pepper’s other male characters have been cold, none have been quite as dark as Jethro. When his intentions towards Nila are revealed, I couldn’t help but cringe. I know, I know, family history and all that, but holy crap. Dark. But even with that, I was fine until about the point when Nila arrived at Jethro’s estate. The motorcycle gang was hard to take and the events of the dinner party were beyond off-putting. I think I read half of it with my jaw on the floor. Then, in typical serial style, it ends with one hell of a cliffhanger. I’m not complaining about that. I’ve come to expect them in serials like this.
In my opinion, the first book in a serial like this serves one purpose: draw you in and make you want more. Did Debt Inheritance do that? Absolutely. Did I love everything about it? No. I did, however, enjoy it. Ok, perhaps “enjoy” is the wrong word. Let’s say I appreciated it for what it was. It was a good, quick read that was full of twists and turns. It’s a difficult concept for me to believe – a person owning another person to settle a debt in current-day England – but I’m trying to put aside those doubts and just get lost in the story.
If anyone can pull this off and make me see past the hardness on the outside, it’s Pepper. It’s going to be difficult to do so in books of this length though. I hope there’s not a long wait in between episodes or issues. I think there’s a great story here waiting to be told. Will I be able to fall in love with a man as dark as Jethro? Maybe. It’s hard to imagine now, but I’m open to the challenge.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.