21 November 2014

First Debt Tour Stop!

 “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.
OH! MY! GOD! I am gobsmacked! I am practically speechless. I don’t know where to begin. So many questions. So few answers, but the answers given just lead to more questions. And that ending, that glorious effing ending that I never saw coming. I didn’t suspect. It wasn’t even on my freaking radar. Worst part is that with the way this series builds upon itself, I can’t talk about any flipping specifics without treading on a spoiler!

What I can say: Nila is coming into her own identity. She is no longer the dutiful daughter. She is a woman and she is her own woman, contract be damned! As for Jethro, his complexities are growing at a monumental rate. I cannot wait to find out what his secrets are, including the one he shares with Kestrel. But the chemistry we saw flickering between Nila and Jethro in Debt Inheritance had nothing on the inferno that blazed between them in First Debt. These two push one another’s buttons so thoroughly that I’m waiting for the nuclear fallout.

As the title would suggest, the First Debt was collected and it was an extremely intense scene. Not only was Nila horrified to learn what her ancestors did to the Hawks hundreds of years ago, she could understand why revenge was sought – even as she feels that she and Jethro are too many generations removed to take part in this farce. Her silent vow to be the Weaver who ends the cycle is a noble one and I cannot wait to see how the story plays out in Second Debt. Well done Ms. Winters, well done. 
After reading the first book in this series I felt let down but I held on to the hope that this would pick up and become as intense and explosive of a series that I had come to expect from Pepper Winters.  I am glad I didn’t give up because she did bring more to the First Debt.  It was similar to other books that I had read in this genre but she added some of the Pepper we have grown to love, especially with the emotional power struggle between the two lead characters. 
Nila has found her strength and she is slowly becoming the master of manipulation when it comes to Jethro.  She can send him into mental chaos within minutes of being in the same room with her.  This doesn’t mean she is the one with the power though, it just means she is probably the only one on Earth that can find his weaknesses and use them against him.  She is confronted with the first debt and some history that lead up to the tradition that has destroyed her family for years in the past.  I really am beginning to love this character, she is real.  She breaks down yet never forgets to pick herself back up and formulate a new plan.  She is determined to find a way out of this, if her heart and stubbornness doesn’t kill her first. 
Jethro knows of her power and the affect it has over him.  He struggles in this book to stay in the role of the family and battle against what his heart and logic desires.  The author has actually made me feel bad for him. I might possibly even learn to like him.  It is clear now that he doesn’t fully believe in the practice and traditions that he has to fulfill to gain the power of the family run organization but I am still left wondering which direction his limited amount of strength will take him.  We learned more about his family as we were introduced to new members, along with the journal from Nila’s family members who were taken before.
I loved the way the author is showing us that both are trapped by expectations from their families, especially their fathers.  While one has found the courage to change their paths, the other struggles. I can hardly wait to see if they ever get over their pride and fight for survival to become the couple I can see they are meant to be.  I am sure we have a long way to go before we will find the outcome and I am not sold it is going to be a happily ever after either.  I love the intensity of the unknown here.  The mystery of Kite is also explained in this book and that alone is going to lead to some major drama.
The biggest complaint I had for this book is the excessive amount of details and internal talk among the characters.  It felt like the story lagged and slowed down when each would be constantly talking to themselves over and over.  I understand why she wrote it this way though, we are still very early in their story and we need to understand the motive behind their actions but I would have enjoyed more interaction between the two characters.  I can hardly wait to see what the second debt is and more of the history of Hawks versus Weavers. 
And, if I was honest, they’d transformed me into the same kind of creature. Someone who had evolved from a single dimension and now lived with so many avenues of personalities.
I was still the quiet, vertigo-stricken girl from London, but I was also the woman who liked being tormented, who thrived on a fight, and who thirsted for sex.
And that stupefied me.
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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