- Series: Indebted
- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500607533
- ISBN-13: 978-1500607531
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As far as this first book goes, well, I can't say that I loved it but I'm very much intrigued and fascinated with it. It's definitely a dark book that will push every bit of your boundaries. A lot of parts made me cringe and I'm left wondering how on earth I could like this hero. There are hints of promises here and there but still, it's tough to get through. The basic premise is that something happened between two families (the Weavers and the Hawks) six hundred years ago and as payment for something the Weavers did to the Hawks as well as sparing themselves from being hanged, the Weavers have a lifetime obligation (bound by contract) to give their first born daughter to the Hawk's first born son. The Weaver daughter will then be treated as a property of the Hawk man until he lets her go (assuming he does). And so, now back to the modern times, said ridiculous archaic agreement is still in effect and Nila Weaver's entire life is turned upside down when she is coerced to be the payment to said debt inheritance.
The whole premise is over the top ridiculous and the way the characters uphold them is laughable but you can't help but be fascinated with it. Ms. Winters is a good writer so the writing was never an issue for me. This world she's created, albeit rooted in realism, borders on fantasy with how archaic and over the top ridiculous the characters act (particularly the Hawks) but I think once you just accept it for what it is then it gets better. The hero, Jethro Hawk, is hard, cold, and cruel. You will despise him. You will want him and his entire family to pay dearly for the cruel things that they they're doing. They're self righteous pricks who does horrible things just because they can. There are flashes of humanity in Jethro that I'm assuming is groundwork for his redemption later on the series but those are far and few in this book. Despite his cruelty, we see that the seeds of attraction and admiration for Nila have been planted. You can't help but feel for our heroine, Nila Weavers. She grew up sheltered with the love, power, and protection of her twin brother and father and her entire existence is shattered once she is claimed by Jethro and his family. She will go through some really, really disturbing and degrading things at their hands. Like Jethro, there are brief flashes of strength within her as she tries to build wall arounds herself and survive the degrading and cruel things being done to her. I'm very intrigue to see how both she and Jethro will grow throughout the series. Nila's strength is very much at the infancy stage. She thinks she's getting stronger but I've yet to be convinced as her actions does not support that yet. They are also supported by equally fascinating supporting characters that surely have secrets and backstories yet to be told.
Now, on to the next one...
The antihero here has not a single kind thought about the plight of this woman. Sure he wants to be the one who abuses her first, but even that possessiveness is rank. He slaps her for vomiting on his shoes out of fear and disgust at what is expected of her. His elderly father licks her privates and he just stands there pissed at her because she isn't meek enough. He threatens her, never offers a morsel of food the entire book, and stands by watching as a gang of men lick and violate her as she serves them lunch naked.
It's not that I am so against the content of the book. It was the horrible way it was presented. Like any court would uphold a barbaric contract from 600 years ago, which is his threat to keep her in line. Besides the fact that he will "slaughter" her brother and dad if she doesn't comply with her own torture and murder. Supposedly no one will save her, no one will care.The anti-heroine is just an idiot if you ask me.Through all this she gets wet from his continued abuse and wants to sleep with him. What kind of twisted mind would actually be attracted to someone who treated her the way he did. It was just so completely evil there is absolutely NO WAY Jethro could ever be a book boyfriend and that's what I read these books for in the first place, to achieve some sort of vicarious thrill from them. I was absolutely repelled by Jethro (who I refuse to call a hero here) he was vile, disgusting and nonredeemable.
Although I can already see it coming in future installments that Jethro will likely fall in love with Nila and spare her, I do not see how she could ever forgive him or his family. After all, he hates her in this book for the fact that her ancestors did 600 years ago and yet she will likely forgive him after his father murdered her mother because her body "craves" him. Whatever. Can you say weak and pathetic? At the cliffhanger he insists she run through acres and acres of dense forest trying to escape, while naked and starved as he hunts her like an animal. Claiming if she makes it out she gets her freedom. Oh yeah he's real sexy. I would chew glass and chase it with dog saliva before I would suffer through book two. Blech!! There is a place for this book and it's in the horror section. You know, the books about rape, torture and eventual snuff, where you wouldn't expect to identify or derive any sort of sexual or romantic stimulation from reading it. I does NOT belong in the romance or erotica section because there is nothing erotic or romantic about this story. Finally, what's up with all the 5 stars? You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me. If the readers downloaded as a horror story I could imagine it, but are these the same readers of the usual dark romances? I just want you to know before you buy it that it's nothing like most books in this genre, it's sadistic, disgusting and completely lacks and human decency. You've been warned.