Indebted by Pepper Winters: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

Title:  Indebted
Series:  Debt Inheritance, #1
Author:  Pepper Winters

Release Date:  August 18, 2014

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“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

EXCERPT - Meet Jethro & Nila

Nina's POV

Huge disappointment, Ms. Weaver.” His cold glare sent a snowstorm wiping away the bonfire in my belly. “I’m done playing games, so cut the bullshit. Time to begin the day.” His voice gave no room for interpretation. A cold draft shot down my back.
My brief reprieve from debts and horrible Hawks was over. I’d been shown something I desperately wanted, but denied it because I failed to please him.
“You could teach me…show me how…” I couldn’t make eye contact with him. Mortification painted my cheeks for both admitting I was clueless and asking a monster to coach me.
Jethro laughed. “You think that will save you from what’s coming? Was that your little plan? To make me fuck you in the hopes I might feel something for you?”


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.

Torture!  That's what this entire book is... sweet, beautiful, and delicious TORTURE…… a major dick tease.  I just wanted Pepper to put it in and finally fuck me for crying out loud. This is filled to the brim with sexual frustration and tension.  It’s utterly fabulous!

The blurb tells you exactly what you’re getting yourself in to.  So I don’t see the need to rehash any of that.  But if you asked me what the story is really about, I’d tell you POWER… sheer power.  This quote explains Indebted to a tee!

“Power wasn’t threats or uncivilized fighting.  It wasn’t brawn or hard-won arguments.

Power was holding something so absolute, a man would do what he was told–all the while cursing your very soul.  True power wasn’t wielded by gangs or even loudly-spoken governments.

True Power.  Limitless power–only grace a fair few.  It gave those lucky few the ability–the nobility, to be courteous and polite.  All while holding their fucking balls in their hands.”

The Hawk name is legendary, and Hawk men wield an inordinate amount of control and influence.   But, Hawks taking the Weaver women to cover an age old debt???  What???  That is just so ancient and barbaric. I just don't understand how the debt could have lasted AND been enforced for so long.  I know the entire point of the story isn't the backstory of the debt, it’s about power and the relationship between Nila and Jethro; but, the whole debt thing just bothered me because I couldn’t comprehend it.  Ok ok. I admit it. This started out looking like a 3.5 or almost 4 stars for me because of the whole "debt" thing but by the end....OMG, holy shit this proved to be more than a 5 star read!

Jethro Hawk is sexy and dangerous.  He turns controlling and manipulation into an art form.  The man is a hunter and poor Nila is his unsuspecting prey.  He’s the man you love to hate and hate to love.  Surprisingly, Nila turned out to be a great heroine.  Just like Jethro, Nila's naïveté got on my nerves, but she intrigued me and I genuinely liked her. She was weak yet strong, timid yet bold.  Even after she fully understands the direness of her situation, Nila isn’t afraid to challenge Jethro and the rest of the Hawk clan.  Her feistiness and intelligence is refreshing. 

It is said that actions speak louder than words, but after reading Indebted you’ll realize just how powerful words can be.  While this first installment doesn’t have as much “dark” as I expected, Pepper Winters surely managed to instill fear and uncertainty in me with mere words. The sense of foreboding this story is wrapped in is absolutely phenomenal.  Just through Jethro's internal thoughts and outward dialogue, knowing what was to come for Nila set me on edge. It was a mix of fear and, oddly enough, excitement. Pepper's ability to elicit such strong feelings and emotions from a reader is simply exquisite. There is no better reading experience than when you intimately feel all of the emotions of the main character.

Beware, this book is a vacuum.  It will suck you in.  Make sure you have the time to devote to this when you start it because you are not going want to put it down until you get to the very last word.  The family secrets and the hints of horrible things kept me on the edge of my seat. I was literally yelling "get it over with already, I can't stand not knowing. OMG this is sheer delectable torture".  I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. DOWN.  I was reading a furiously ridiculous pace and devoured this in no time at all.

With Indebted, Pepper creates an unbelievable air of anticipation and fear of the unknown. It's palpable and borders on tangible. It's simply amazing that she has the ability to transport the reader to another realm. When I read a Pepper Winters book, it's as if nothing around me exists outside the world Pepper has created between those pages.  Clearly, Pepper Winters was born to write.  Her words are beautiful, elegant, and unlike anything else. She truly is a gift to readers.

I guess I should have done my homework before I opened the first page.  It was a Pepper Winters book so I never saw the need, but I’m certainly rethinking my decision.  It’s no secret that I love serials, and I love cliffhangers.  I knew Indebted was part of a series, what I didn’t realize is that it will be 6-7 books!!!  OMG.  That is just plain mean and torturous.  6-7 books????  I seriously don’t think I can’t wait for the next book for the next six if they end like this one did.  Oh yah, and that cliffhanger….. yes, I love them but this time I’m mad!  I need to rethink shelving the remainder of the series until at least the next 3 or 4 books are already out.  But, I know that probably won’t happen because Pepper Winters is always my downfall. 


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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