Friday, August 29, 2014

4 STAR #REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: Debt Inheritance by @PepperWinters



“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.

A modern day Dark Erotic Romance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pepper Winters first caught my interest when I saw reviews of her TEARS OF TESS novel. So when I heard she’d written a new book, DEBT INHERITANCE, I decided to jump on the reading bandwagon and give her a go! I still haven’t read TEARS OF TESS, so I can’t compare—but I remember hearing that some people thought that it was on the lighter side of the dark reads genre. I have to say, if anyone says the same of DEBT INHERITANCE, then I don’t want to know what is truly dark. DEBT INHERITANCE is excruciating, agonizing, and unimaginable and I can’t fathom being able to make it through anything much scarier. It was awful—but the good kind of awful where you can’t put it down or look away either.

Nila may have been born into a rich and powerful family, but she hasn’t exactly led the easiest of lives. Her mother abandoned the family when Nila was in her teens and Nila never quite let go of the pain of losing someone she loved so much. Her father and brother took a very protective role with Nila and never let her date or be in the company of men without one of them present. On top of that, she’s always struggled with the inherent need to prove herself outside of her family’s success. And of course there’s the fact that she possesses merely a fraction of her brother’s looks and beauty. But despite the negatives, she’s also known what it’s like to have an unbreakable bond with her brother, Vaughn. He may be protective but it only comes from a place of love and adoration. Nila has always known the love and support of her father and brother, never had to doubt their devotion.

Jethro, on the other hand, has been raised under his dad’s iron fist. There is no room for weakness, backtalk, or sympathy in his family and he has always known his role in the Hawk family. When his father tells him it’s time to earn his inheritance, he knows exactly what must be done. Nila’s ancestors once signed a contract with Jethro’s family, and it’s time to collect. The contract is unbreakable and demands that Nila become Jethro’s property until he deems her family’s debt has been paid.

I thought DEBT INHERITANCE was well written and the perfect blurred line of dark and steamy. Alternating between Jethro and Nila’s perspectives added extra complexity and depth to the story. Jethro is cold, dominating, and unyielding. I kept waiting for him to show some compassion for Nila, but he is adamant in his belief that she must pay her family’s debt. It was horrifying and painful to read. When I read from Jethro’s perspective, I could see a glimmer of hope that his feelings for Nila would grow and he wouldn’t follow through with his family’s demands. But he’s so resolute in his beliefs that Nila never sees the small glimmers of heart that the reader gets to experience. I am truly wondering how he could possibly be redeemable in the sequel, FIRST DEBT, if it takes Jethro any longer to show Nila compassion. We’re promised a happily ever after but I can’t fathom how it will be with Jethro after all he’s done and allowed to be done to Nila. Can she really ever look past their beginning?

I can promise one thing—I’m determined to find out. DEBT INHERITANCE was seductive even as it was cruel and I felt depraved for even finding it sexy. I loved seeing Jethro softening for Nila but I hated that Nila never got to see it. After the agony I experienced in DEBT INHERITANCE, I’m desperate for a happy conclusion in the sequel.

**Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.

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Jethro's POV

I stood up slowly, clicking my tongue. “Ah, ah, ah, Ms. Weaver. Don’t take that tone with me. You’re the failure. You’re the prisoner. You take what I give you. You do not assume to have any say or authority. That includes listening to everything I deem important to tell you.” Ghosting to a stop in front of her, I murmured, “Is that quite understood?”

I flexed my muscles, welcoming back the soothing chillness of control. I hadn’t liked stepping outside my confines of civility. Things got messy when silence was disrupted. Things got rushed when tempers rose and curses flowed.

And I didn’t want to rush her undoing. I wanted to savour it. Devour it.

About the Author:

Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex. 

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. 

Her Dark Erotica books include:
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:

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