Series: Indebted #1
Published by Self-Published on August 16th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audio book
Narrator: Will M. Watt, Kylie C. Stewart
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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
Dark romance may not be at the top of my list of favorite genres, but I’ve read several that I quite enjoyed. Ones with characters I could relate to and relationships that I could ultimately root for even when those relationships were rather twisted. I think maybe I’m just not cut out for this particular style of brutal dark romance.
Nila is a fashion designer who starts out as fragile, naïve, and timid. Her captors repeatedly call her a “stupid girl” with such frequency that it’s irritating; however, sometimes her choices prove that to be true. When her pleads for mercy fall on deaf ears she becomes determined to fight, only to blame her traitorous body for the derailment of her feeble plans. This happens over and over. I hate to say it, but I had little sympathy for her situation. View Spoiler »Nila gets turned on by group sexual assault. « Hide Spoiler She shows moments of defiance, but in the grand scheme of things Nila puts up little resistance, and her reasons are rather flimsy.
I’m pretty sure there is absolutely nothing redeemable about the cruel anti-hero, Jethro. His abuse doesn’t take the form of hardcore physical violence or BDSM, but think of all the other types of abuse. He, as well as his equally—if not more—repulsive family, are guilty of indulging in them.
We don’t know the full history behind the debt, and frankly I’m not super interested. The story just seems far-fetched, and I don’t particularly like any of the characters.
This series consists of six (yes, six) full-length books and two novellas. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Nila will figure out how to get the upper hand, and Jethro will fall in love with her after lots of drama. Who knows? Maybe I’m wrong and the rest of the series is spectacular.
If you’re into dark romance that really doesn’t have even a hint of romance, this story may appeal to you. Otherwise, I don’t think you’re missing anything by skipping Debt Inheritance.