Blog Tour (Book Review & Giveaway): First Debt by Pepper Winters


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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.

Grace Review

If you read my review for book one, Debt Inheritance, you know how I felt about the ending – a huge fucking cliffhanger!  But if you are a fan of Pepper’s work, like I am, then we can be happy together that she is such a fast writer.

Side note: I was texting with YaYa on this, she’s actually one of Pepper’s beta readers. It’s pretty amazing how quickly Pepper churns out new books. And these aren’t repetitive simple stories. Her work is fresh and creative, and challenges the reader to open their minds to a very different kind of love story.

This book picks up where the last one left off, with a chase for freedom. SPOILER, the chase doesn’t end well for Nila.  Did you really expect it would?  But two interesting things occur following the chase.  First, Nila grows a backbone and develops a plan.

I’m a better person away from the people who love me most.  That meant I excelled while living with people who hated me.

Second, Jethro shows he has a weakness.  Nila.

“Don’t make me hate you for causing me to feel weak,”
“You feel weak?”

What interested me the most about this book, was the changes that take place with Nila and Jethro.  Nila, still suffers from the occasional vertigo moments, but she begins to notice that she has some power over Jethro, and uses that power to try and take control.

This power.
This body-consuming connection.
It was pure.

Does it always work?  No, but she definitely exposes something in Jethro behind the icy walls he sets up.

If you had told me in book 1 that I would begin to like Jethro, I would have laughed at you.  However, this book shows he has a human side after all.

I’d been obedient.  Loyal.  Done everything he ever asked of me.  But that was before I found something I wanted more than what my future held.

The Weaver debt seems to weight down on both Nila (obviously) and Jethro.  For Nila because she has to make the “payment”, for Jethro because he has to take the payment.  There is only one debt taken in this book, hence the book title, and it is a brutal as you would expect.  But aside from that one scene, this book didn’t seem as dark as the first one.

It was also good to see the whole Kite texting side plot connect more to the story.  In book 1, it didn’t really fit in my opinion.  It was just too random.  But in this book, we learn it might not be so random after all. Nila begins to speculate who Kite may be, which impacts how she treats the Hawk men.  We do eventually learn who Kite is, which is actually who I suspected.  Unfortunately for Nila, her messages to Kite may destroy her plans going forward.

We are left with another cliffhanger, but it isn’t as big as the one in the first book.  Given the developments at the end of this book, I’m more fearful of the next debt payments.  Will Jethro build up his walls again? Will Nila be able to carry forward with her plan, or make a new one? We’ll have to wait for those answers, so write away Pepper!

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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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






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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