First Debt (Indebted #2) by Pepper Winters-Review and Blog Tour
by Pepper Winters
Release Date:November 12, 2014
About the book: Release Date November 12, 2014
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“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.
She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.
Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.
Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.
REVIEW: Some background-The Indebted Series by Pepper Winters focuses on a six hundred year old debt-one the Hawk family believes comes due with the birth of each first born Weaver daughter-and Nila Weaver is its’ next payment. Nila will become a pawn; a slave to the Hawk family. With her life and her freedom, she will repay the centuries old debt- a debt her family knew only too well.
DEBT INHERITANCE is not for everybody. If you take issue with dark, tormented and controversial storylines where morality and legality tread a fine line with non-consensual sex, torture and assault, then this book and series are not for you.
FIRST DEBT begins where book one Debt Inheritance left off. Jethro Hawk is a man whose birthright has placed him on the path towards brutality and sin. It is his duty to the family that pits Jethro against the woman with whom he is falling in love-a woman whose life has an expiry date-and a life that will end at Jethro’s hands.
As the storyline progresses we are witness to a game-a very deadly and dangerous game-where Nila Weaver will purposely place herself in a position where she hopes to gain the ultimate control. Jethro Hawk is consumed with his need to both protect and destroy Nila Weaver but his ‘duty to family’ will override all sense of right and wrong. Following the payment of the ‘first debt’, Nila begins to formulate a plan to bring Jethro on her side.
I am not sure if the psychological term Stockholm Syndrome or ‘capture-bonding’ is appropriate in this situation but there are definite points to ponder. Traumatic Bonding is another form of Stockholm Syndrome where strong emotional ties develop between two people when one person continuously threatens, abuses, beats and intimidates the other. Freudian Theory suggests this type of bonding allows the victim’s ego to defend itself believing they have the same values as the aggressor thus ceasing to believe there is any personal threat. Whether this ‘bonding’ theory can be applied to Nila Weaver is anyone’s guess. She is a strong willed, determined heroine who refuses to give in or give up; she will change the game, the rules and the players-if only she can figure out who the real players are!
FIRST DEBT (and the Indebted series) is a dark, contentious and distressing storyline. There are moments of dubious consent, torture and abuse by a man whose own life path has been planned from birth and in this, his ‘duty’, has been predetermined by DNA. The writing is brilliant; the topic is controversial; the participants are dangerous and tragic.
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Reviewed by Sandy
by Pepper Winters
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotica, dark romance
Release Date: August 18, 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 18, 2014
“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
A small gasp fell from my lips as his fingers kissed the paper-thin skin. His eyes held me hostage. The golden brown was now a swirling bronze, raging with the same demanding hunger I knew reflected in mine.
“This sort of reminds me of the forest,” I whispered. “The trees around us—no one else.” My words fell like petals, waiting for Jethro to crush them beneath his glossy shoe.
Tracing one hand from my wrist, along the inside of my arm, and right to my throat, he fisted my ponytail. With intensity that stripped my soul to the very essence of who I was, he pulled my head back slowly, sensually, full of sexual power.
His eyes dropped to my mouth. “I’ll let you in on a little secret, Ms. Weaver.”
I panted, my neck straining against his hold, but I made no move to break the poignant awareness.
“You won that night, but I lied when I said it pissed me off.” His mouth dropped, his tongue licked my bottom lip with the barest of grazes.
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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