Blog Tour - First Debt (Indebted #2) by Pepper Winters ~ Ava & Adriana's Review, Teasers & Giveaway!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
After reading book one of this series, I was a little hesitant to start this one. I have hundreds of questions in my head: Will Jethro redeem himself? Will I love it or is this series doomed for me? Well, I am so glad that I LOVED it!!!
The biggest issue I had with book one were the main characters. I felt no emotional attachment to either Jethro or Nila, but I was sure Pepper's amazing writing would have made me fall in love with them along the way (She did!!).
Nila is so different from the scared, naive and innocent girl from the first book. She knows her life is pretty much doomed, but she never stops fighting. Page after page she goes toe to toe with Jethro never once backing down. I have started to admire her character and I even look forward to the sexually charged fights between her and Jethro. In the short amount of time she has been at the Hawk residence, she has had an epiphany. She finally sees her life as what it was and she no longer feels the need to please her brother or father. If she will make it out alive, she will do so by her own means.
Jethro, Jethro, Jethro! In this book I finally received what I was looking for in the first one. He is still chilly as ever toward Nila and the whole Debt Inheritance, but now cracks are starting to form in his cool facade. Nila is starting to crack the ice that he has built around himself and time and time again he tries to take a step back from all the feeling she instills in him. We see a new, vulnerable side to Jethro thanks to NIla. I loved being inside Jethro's head and I look forward to read more of his revealing thoughts in the near future. The more intimate scenes between the two were powerful and full of electricity. I hope to see more of those scenes in the future books.
I'm still iffy on Kestrel. I feel like he has some kind of hidden agenda, and whatever it is, I know I will not like it. I actually enjoyed the appearance of other various secondary characters (Yes, even Cut) and I can't wait to see what it is revealed about them. My head is still full of questions and the Debt Inheritance itself is still not making complete sense to me.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this book. So much was revealed while other things are still kept secret that only Ms. Pepper knows about. Once again Pepper Winters ensnared me in her web of words and powerful scenes. I am looking forward to this crazy roller coaster ride!
“One moment I was the Darling of Milan, the next I was a Weaver Whore.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
It is time for the first debt to be paid and Nila has come to realise this is her reality. There is no escape, she will pay back each debt until the very last, which will result in her death. But she has a plan; she just needs Jethro to comply first.
“I didn’t trust Jethro. At all. This was a battle. Every time we touched, licked and eventually fucked, it would be war.”
After a rocky start in Indebted, First Debt worked for me. I seen a side to Jethro that was missing in the first book, cracks in his glacial cage began to appear, namely every time Nila was close. I was invested more in Jethro this time around; he’s just as much a pawn in this game as Nila is. I was on the fence before, but from this moment on, I know I’ll be #TeamJethro.
Nila surprised me as a character, and she’s shown tremendous growth from the beginning of the first book to the end of the second. Long gone is the sheltered, naïve seamstress, and in her place is a worthy adversary for Jethro Hawk. Nila is still mistrusting and rightly so, Kestrel has become her friend but Nila knows everything she believes can be an illusion. She sees her life for what it was, her father and brother weren’t protecting her, they were shielding her and now Nila understands, she needs to be her own saviour and she is determined to be so.
“I never admitted I would die for them. I would eat their food, play with their toys, and fuck their oldest son, but I wouldn’t die. If the Weaver Wailer collar couldn’t come off until my death, I planned to wear it until I died in my sleep at a very old age.”
Nila has managed to do the one thing Jethro never imagined; she has gotten under his skin. I loved the verbal sparring sessions between them, the give and take of power and when they both finally gave in. Not only were they some of the hottest scenes I’ve read but they were some of the most raw and exposing. I loved the last 20% of this story and I hope to see more of these stripped back moments between Nila and Jethro.
“If sex with you is like that every time, I have a horrible feeling we’ll end up fucking each other into an early grave.”
There are so many, many unanswered questions that are adding to the mystery surrounding Nila’s situation and the debts to be repaid. I want to know what Kestrel’s game is, I don’t trust Cut at all and worry that he’ll be Jethro and Nila’s biggest threat, I wonder if Vaughn and Tex will make an appearance and I have all these theories swirling around in my head, I must admit, it makes me desperate for the next instalment. Even though the history of the debt still remains dubious for me, and I struggle to suspend my disbelief, I’m now attached to both Jethro and Nila’s plight that I must read on for them alone.
“You’ve destroyed me, Nila. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t destroy you, too.”
As always, Pepper Winter’s writing is sensational. I would love to spend a day in her head; her prose is genius and perfect in its delivery. I felt every emotion between Nila and Jethro. I felt emotionally drained after reading; I felt their mental and physical duels and never before have I read such a passionate kissing scene. It was supercharged with hatred and eroticism at the same time. Hats off to Ms Winters for being a literary Queen.
If you fell for Jethro from the moment you met him you will combust upon reading this book. If, like myself, you weren’t so sure, I guarantee your mind will be made up after this one. Revelations were made at the end, and I can’t wait to discover how it will affect the power play. This series is one not to miss.
Read Ava and Adriana's reviews for book one: Debt Inheritance HERE.
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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The story began with Seven Sons....
My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.
Including my innocence.
When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.
Before my father died, Dornan and his sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.
I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I'm out for revenge.
But I didn't expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.
I didn't expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.
Now, I'm faced with an impossible choice - Jase, or avenging my fathers death?
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I make a strangled sobbing sound, but nothing much comes out of my throat except a dried-up, pathetic scream.
Dornan pulls me from the shower, wraps me in a towel and walks me to his bed, where he sits me down.
“Do you understand how much I care about you now?” Dornan asks with a throat full of gravel. His hands are all over me, feverish, and I don’t fight back when he presses me down onto the bed and unbuckles his belt.
I just lay there, in shock, his lips at my throat and his hands roving every inch of my shell-shocked body.
“Do you know why I did that?” he breathes in my ear as he grips my hips and slides inside me.
My breath hitches in my throat as he begins to thrust into me, and I feel a single tear roll down the side of my face.
“Because I’m yours,” I whisper into the darkness.
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Then there were Six Brothers.......
I have lied.
I have cheated.
I have given my body and my life to the man who destroyed my family and left me for dead.
I have killed, I have sinned, and worst of all, I have enjoyed the misery of others.
I have licked the salty tears of a father mourning his firstborn son, and nothing has ever tasted so sweet.
I have died, and I have been resurrected, a phoenix from the ashes.
I know I’m going to hell. I’ll burn in the fiery pits alongside Dornan and his sons for the things I’ve done, and for the things I’m about to do.
But I don’t care. It will be worth every lick of the devil's flames on my guilty flesh to destroy Dornan Ross.
One down. Six to go.
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My father taught me the importance of an eye for an eye—a cardinal rule, ingrained in every club member.
A life for a life.
Seven lives in payment for an unimaginable list of sins.
People might wonder why I’m doing this. If this vengeance is borne from some noble cause, that I’m trying to prevent others from suffering at the hands of Dornan Ross and his sons.
But I’m no vigilante.
I’m doing it for me. I’m doing it because I want to. Because the look on Maxi and Chad’s faces when I killed them was a balm to my soul.
This is the fate they have earned. The penance for their crimes.
Two down, five to go.
Time to send some of these brothers off with a bang.
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Four Score ....
Love and hate aren’t all that different.
Two sides of the same coin, the yin and the yang.
Once upon a time, Jason Ross loved me. And now that he's in danger of figuring out what I've done, I see the love and the hate warring within him.
I see the way he looks at me.
The way he wonders how I could do the things I’ve done.
I hear it in the way he begs me to stop, to leave his father and this life and never look back.
But there’s only one way I’m leaving LA.
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And then there was Three Years.....
Every day for six years, I used to pray that I would find my way back to the boy I loved.
Until finally, one day, I did.
But that’s the funny thing about life. Nothing good ever lasts, not for me, anyway. You think you’re the one with the power, at least I did, but then I got careless. One tiny mistake, and now I am powerless to stop what comes next.
People think money equals power, but all the money in my bank account, the dirty notes laundered clean that my father left for me, are useless.
Money does not equal power. Power is held by the one with the knife in his hand, tracing shallow cuts into your skin.
Power is held by the one who owns you.
I had power once.
Now, I have nothing.
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Lili writes dark erotica and NA. Her debut serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the remaining books in the series to release in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband, good coffee, hanging at the beach and running. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.
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He’s come to kill me.
*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
What really grabbed my attention at first was the synopsis. I love dark romances, so this one seemed like it had the potential to wow me. Unfortunately, the potential was there, but the story never reached that point where I connected to it or to the characters.
Jay is a drug addict and stripper that sells herself to the strip club's customers in order to get her next hit. What appeared to be just a routine night in a motel room with a customer suddenly takes a bad turn when she is face-to-face with a scarred stranger. With a gun pointed to her head, Jay has no choice but to obey his every command.
Mr. X was somewhat of a complex and interesting characters. He is definitely dark and twisted, and I from the get-go I wanted to find out what he wanted with Jay and why. Though it is assumed from the beginning that they have a shared past, but it isn't until later when it's all revealed.
The author had a very interesting plot to work with, but the end result just didn't work for me. I wanted more detail of some aspects of X's back story. I also found his reason for revenge a little lame since I thought the main character wasn't at fault for what happened to him. I also wanted to connect to Jay's character throughout the book, but because of her actions, it never happened.
Overall, I thought the idea of it was interesting. I liked the flashbacks and the fact that Mr. X was so ruthless. I also think that the overall problem I had was that I have read so many dark romances that I have really high-standards for them. If you like dark and twisted reads with an interesting plot, go for it! It made not have wow-ed me like I wanted, but it may be for you.
Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.
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