Book Review: Debt Inheritance by Pepper Winters


Title: Debt Inheritance (Indebted #1)
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 223 pages
Rating: 4 stars

“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.

Grace Review
Note to author: Pepper, you are a wicked woman!  Why do you torture me with your beautifully twisted mind and words?  Why do you confuse my mind and body, like Nila’s, which switches from disgust to arousal?  Why do you leave me with that cliffhanger? WHHHHHHHYYYY?!?

That note pretty much sums up my thoughts on the book.  But while I struggle to understand the author and her evil ways, I will at the same time try to convince you to purchase this book.  BUT, I should mention first that this book is more dark, than romance.  While as the reader, you are hoping some romantic connection forms, I will point out that we don’t get that.  Yet.  There is lust and desire in this book.  Romance?  Ahhh, no.  But if you enjoy a dark read, then this should please your dark soul.

Of the books I’ve read from Pepper, they are all a bit terrifying.  The way the story unfolds, the darkness of her characters.  Yet the words are beautifully told, almost poetic, where I find myself highlighting something on every page.  As an example, here is how Nila Weaver describes the man who takes possession of her, Jethro Hawk:

Studying him in my peripheral vision, he seemed to give off two personas. One, a cordial, well-dressed gentleman who looked as though he’d stepped through a wormhole from some ancient century. And two, an assassin who moved like a dancer only because he’d been taught the art of war and murder from the crib.

Jethro is a hard character to like.  He barely tolerates Nila, although on occasion, she turns him on.  But the author gives us no reason to like him at this point.  He is collecting the debt owed to him and his family.  He shows no compassion or remorse for his actions.  He enjoys the fight, the hunt.  I’m hoping in the next installment that the author may give us more of his story and why we should care for him.  Maybe we won’t get that, maybe that’s not the intention of the story.  But it’s my personal wish.

But sometimes I liked to . . . miss. I liked to give them a small window of safety, all while closing the noose when they didn’t expect it.

Debt teaser 2

As for Nila, I had no idea what to think about her.  She is weak, plagued with vertigo, and sheltered in every way.  As you learn more of the story, it becomes clear that there was a reason for her sheltered life.  Meant to protect her.

When Nila meets Jethro, her reactions are all over the board.

I should never have placed my hand into that of a monster’s. That was the last day of freedom. The last day that was my own.

I wanted colour. I wanted passion. And there was only one man who could give me what I wanted.

Her innocent was begging to let free, to explore her sexual limits. But at what costs? What part of herself did she give away in opening up to others demands?

I was proud of her in the moments she stood up for herself and challenged the Hawk family, but at the same time, I was saddened, knowing that she was setting herself up for a worse fate based on her actions.

Debt teaser

I’m curious how this story will continue.  Will we see a more human side of Jethro?  What is going on with Nila’s secret sexter, Kite007 (which is a bit of an odd side story, but I’m assuming it will become more clear along the way)?  And most importantly, what will happen to Nila if/when she loses the race for her life?

– Grace



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