“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.
I have to admit I am at a total loss when writing this review. Being a huge fan of Pepper Winters I was unsure how she would top her last series. Could she even create characters that would compare to Q and Tess? I don’t feel that Nila and Jethro are there YET, but I know Pepper’s talent and I believe that in the second book we will see more that will allow us as readers to fall for them. For this first book in the new series, I wasn’t as drawn in as I would like to be till the very end.
Hundreds of years ago the Weavers and Hawks had a dispute that was settled with an agreement that the first born female in the Weaver family will always be turned over to the first born male in the Hawk family between the ages of 18 and 26, for each generation. It appears that it is time for Jethro to own Nila. With her mom disappearing years ago she believed she just ran out on them. With anger fueling her emotions, she depended on her brother and
dad in life. Although she had a successful fashion design business she was sheltered from men and situations that could arise from being with men. When a person name Kite texted her by mistake, she opened herself up to her sexual side when continuing the texting conversation. Meeting him in person was not permitted but she was able to explore her naughty side with the text till Jethro showed up to claim his inheritance. This could either benefit or hurt her regarding her new life with the Hawks, we don’t know yet.
Jethro isn’t a nice man, he thrives on evil and carrying out the rules set by past family members. With his family into the diamond business along with a MC group, he is a pro at hustling and buying what he wants. Nila is his inheritance, nothing more. She should submit to his power just as her mother did to his father but he neglected to see that Nila is a fighter and won’t be broken. She is actually finding more and more courage in the midst of his control. She is finally free. No more social expectations, no more over protection by her brother and father. She
might actually know what it is like to be touched by a man and feel things that her body has been void of. But will he use this new inner freedom as a weapon, with her body betraying her mind and her mind not making a connection to her soul, who is really winning this battle?
I don’t feel this book is as dark and twisted as what is claimed; it felt more strange and gross in what he does to her. With that being said, I still hold great hope that Pepper is going to take us to the dark and twisted level we are used to with her stories and blow us away in the second book. My description of the first book is more history and the foundation for what is to come with these two. It felt like it was long winded at times and I had a hard time connecting to the characters and story during the first half of the book. The repetition of why Nila is with him got old and annoying and we never really found out what crime the Weavers committed to have this happen.
I began to feel the Pepper touch during the last part of the book when we were left in a cliffhanger. Now that was what I was expecting throughout the whole book. Because of my expectations from this author and due to the ending I can easily give this book a four because I can see where she is done with the history and starting to build the relationship between them. I am not saying it will be a happy ever after ending, but at least they are going
to build something. She left me wanting more as usual but I was having doubts in the beginning.
That was intense! Even though I read the blurb, I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect from the book. But I certainly wasn’t prepared for all that is the Debt Inheritance. As this is the first book in the series, it sets the stage for Nila’s deliverance to Jethro. In doing so, the reader learns most of the information at the same time Nila does, thus making it easy to understand her confusion and resulting mood swings from anger to helplessness. What little information that is revealed to the reader separate from Nila does more to provide understanding of Jethro’s actions than impart anything
potentially useful for Nila.
I’m still not sure what disturbs me most (in a good way) about this book. The agreement that was signed that gives Nila to Jethro was entered into at a time when women were considered property and would seem to be completely legally binding, especially as it is set in England and was enacted with the crown’s authority. While one would hope that laws passed since that time would override it, it adds a believability to the story that I found quite disturbing. What also bothered me was the failure of Nila’s father to warn her, prepare her, or protect her from her fate – especially once we learn the truth about Nila’s mother. The luncheon scene was also unsettling; I expected a much darker and more violent induction, yet the formality and false civility was far more effective in stripping Nila’s defenses (and freaking me out).
Debt Inheritance is an intense and dark read. Although it does not meet the same level of twisted darkness of the Monsters in the Dark series … YET … do proceed with caution if dark reads are not your thing as there are scenes that will likely disturb some readers. And this is only the beginning of the ride. The author does an excellent job of setting the foundation for the series by creating far more questions than answers. Unless I completely missed it by being caught up in the luncheon scene, I still do not know WHY the Weavers owe a debt to the Hawks. But Ms. Winters definitely lived up to her promise of a cliffhanger ending and I for one cannot wait for First Debt.
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.
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.
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