Review: Second Debt by Pepper Winters

Title: Second Debt (Indebted #3)
Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pepper Winters

Pub Date: January 26, 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

Our thoughts...

When I first read the synopsis for The Indebted series by Pepper Winters, I was hesitant.  You are probably wondering why, and it has to do with the overall story line.  I struggled to connect with the premisis that Jethro owned Nila due to a piece of paper that indicates she had to repay her family’s debts that is centuries old. 

My first thought in challenging the storyline is that Nila could go to the police and this piece of paper would not hold up in court.  (Ms. Winters anticipated the naysayers like me in the first book and addressed this.) 

In Second Debt, the story continues of Nila paying the debts for her family’s sins, but we see growth in Nila.  In the first book and part of the second book, her naivety bothered me because it was as if she lay down and took whatever the Hawks dished out, instead of fighting for herself.  We finally see that fire inside of her that I had been hoping for since the first book.

“Believe me, if I was a god, my fangs would be buried in your arse, and you’d be pleading for mercy.  I definitely wouldn’t be well trained.” (Nila to Jethro)

We also start to learn more about Jethro’s past, and realize things are not always as they appear.  He is not the monster that I thought he was in book one, but I still not 100% sure what his deal is (The not knowing is killing me!).  At one point in the book, I was lead to believe he was going to tell Nila the whole truth about his past, but it does not happen.  (Well played Ms. Winters, I am sitting on the edge of my seat now for the fourth book.)

“Didn’t my desire for her mean anything? Didn’t my text help her see me?  The real me? Surely, the truth granted me some leeway for foregiveness”

The love story between Jethro and Nila continues to grow, and I find myself rooting for them, even though he is her capturer and she is his prisoner.  (Stockhom Syndrome anyone?)

“There was no me without him.  No Nila without Jethro.  No Threads without Kite.”

At every turn of this story there are questions that I had and kept me engaged with the story.   While I still have trouble believing the storyline, the unanswered questions are killing me so I will continue reading this series. 


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