Monday 20 April 2015

Blog Tour ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Third Debt (Indebted #4) by Pepper Winters

Book Description:

“She healed me. She broke me. I set her free. But we are in this together. We will end this together. The rules of this ancient game can’t be broken.”

Nila Weaver no longer recognises herself. She’s left her lover, her courage, and her promise. Two debts down. Too many to go.

Jethro Hawk no longer recognises himself. He’s embraced what he always ran from, and now faces punishment far greater than he feared.

It’s almost time. It’s demanding to be paid.

The Third Debt will be the ultimate test...


HOW HAD THIS happened?

Where did it all go so wrong?

Jethro was supposed to love me. I was supposed to love him.

Yet he’d given me over to his family. He’d bound the ropes, blindfolded my eyes, and gifted me to his kin.

“Know what time it is, Nila Weaver?” Daniel breathed in my ear.

I jerked away. The restraints around my body meant I couldn’t run, couldn’t fight; I couldn’t even see.

Oh, God.

Please don’t let them do this.

I wanted to scream for Jethro to save me. I wanted him to put an end to this and claim me once and for all. Didn’t our connection mean anything?

You know it’s all different now.

Ever since I’d returned to Hawksridge Hall, things had been different—horribly, horribly different.
The fire crackled in the billiards room where the Hawk men had been playing poker. The air was hot and muggy and laced with cognac fumes.

Tonight, I’d had plans to end whatever changed between Jethro and me forever.

But now…those plans had changed.

Kestrel ran his fingers over my collar. “Relax, little Weaver. It will all be over soon.”

Cut chuckled. “Yes, soon you can go to sleep and pretend none of this happened.”

My ears strained for one other voice. The voice of the man who controlled my heart even though he’d thrown it back in my face.

But only silence greeted me.

Daniel snickered, licking my cheek. “Time to pay, Weaver.”

Someone clapped and in a voice full of darkness and doom said, “It’s time for the Third Debt.”

Two Months Prior.


I shook my head, my heart smarting with pain. “What happened to you?” I reached for him, wanting to clutch his forearm and reassure myself that our bond was still there.

With a sneer, he sidestepped, staying out of reach. “What happened to me?” Smiling coldly, he made me seem as if I were some idiot child asking for the universe’s secrets. “I got better. That’s what happened to me.”

“I don’t—I don’t understand. You weren’t ill.”

“You wouldn’t understand. No one can understand another’s problems. All you need to know is that I’m cured and I won’t make the same mistakes again.”

I took a step back, goosebumps scattering over my body. “Don’t say that. I’m in love with you. Something like that cannot be undone—”

“Love is a chemical imbalance, Ms. Weaver. I am no longer imbalanced.” He came closer. “Don’t get cold feet on your invitation. You promised you would come, and you don’t want to give me a reason to punish you so soon…do you?”

My skin pinpricked with panic. That sentence should’ve dripped with eroticism. But it wasn’t. It was cold…lifeless…like him.

Snapping his fingers, Jethro held out his hand. He kept his digits curled slightly so I couldn’t see the tattoo marks on the tips. “Come. I want to be back at Hawksridge before sunrise.”


Nila dropped the jumper onto the desk, cupping her breasts. “Does this count as acceptable to you?”

I couldn’t breathe.

Everything I’d been running from made my head pound, my cock beg, and the drugs in my system to fucking disintegrate.

What was it about her? Why did she have this control over me? And why was I utterly, ridiculously helpless around her?

God fucking help me.

Didn’t she know the more she antagonised me and made me slip, the more likely Cut would give her to Daniel and fucking slaughter me in my sleep? I wanted to strike her—hammer the precariousness of our situation home.

“Why did you bring me here?” she murmured, skirting the desk.

I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the hard pinpricks on her chest. She couldn’t be cold—not in this furnace. That meant she was turned on.

My mind instantly went to one question. Is she wet?

“Kes told you. Our secrets are now yours.”

“I don’t think that’s the only reason.” Closing the distance, she licked her bottom lip. “I think you wanted me off the estate, so you could have me without anyone seeing.” Her voice layered with sex and invitation. “You wanted me away from the cameras, so you could drop the act and show me the truth.”


I cleared my throat. “What truth?”

“That all of this is a lie. That you’re still the man I fell for—playing the same game you said you were sick of before I left.”

Shaking my head, I tried to clear my thoughts. “You’re once again delusional.” Swallowing hard, I ordered, “Go down to the sorting floor. I have a meeting to take care of—”

“No,” she breathed. “I’m not going anywhere until you stop being an asshole and show me the real you.” Closing the final distance, she stood beside me, crackling with mischief and lust.

Locking eyes, she undid the button and zipper of her jeans. “Don’t hide from me, Jethro. I can’t stay strong if you cut me out.”

My legs bunched to push the swivel chair backward. One heave and I could launch myself free and run from her web. But somehow, I couldn’t. I remained tethered in place; breathing fast, fear swamping my lungs.

She grabbed my wrist. “Don’t fight it. You can’t fight the inevitable.” Without a word, she pressed my hand into her trousers.

Our Review:

**ARC Received for honest review**

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 Stars

“I was no longer trying to save myself. I was trying to save him. From his nightmares. From himself. From them.”

So...this incredible story continues and what a ride Pepper Winters takes you on in this instalment. This is one dark, angsty, twisty ride and Pepper does not make this one any easier for you. I found myself reading most of this on the edge of my seat, my heart in my mouth, with that deep seated sense of dread residing firmly in the pit of my stomach. The fourth instalment of this fantastic series will have you eagerly page turning, hesitating every time you turn the page for fear of what is to be revealed on the next page. It is unusual for a series to have that effect on me and as much as it gives me hives at times, I just don’t want this ride to stop.

“Nila had my heart. But my father had my very existence.”

This book continues where book three finished with the aftermath after the second debt was paid and Nila having to leave Hawksridge in the care of the police. Nila wants them to turn around and take her back but they won’t. Nila is already having separation anxiety, how can she possibly live without Jethro, she can only hope that Jethro feels the same and comes back for her. 

“I miss you. I curse you. I love you. He left me empty and alone.”

I really cannot say anything about this book because it will spoil it for you the reader so I am just going to say a bit about the characters. If you hated Cut before, you are going to absolutely detest him after this read and Daniel does not fare any better. Kestrel really comes into his own in this book and my opinion of him has only risen exponentially.

“The truth is sometimes worse than reality.”

Kestrel and Jethro are not like the other Hawk’s and this becomes blazingly apparent in this book, while Cut may have temporarily changed Jet through his new medication it only takes one trigger to cut through the drug induced haze and bring him back to his reality...a reality that makes Jet finally see the light and realise just what he has and wants. A wake up call of massive proportions and one that will leave him plotting his best course of action, but Jet and Nila truly are on borrowed time and we know that the Third Debt needs to be paid.

“Black diamonds are souls – sucking in everything, ingesting their environment and giving nothing in return.”

The Third Debt...I felt so sorry for Nila, she never realised that it was “that time” and she thought that she was going into something totally different, my heart was in my mouth for her and with each merry step she took that sick feeling only intensified. When the penny finally drops, my heart broke for her, I had goose bumps, I felt her fear, her pain and the intensity of those emotions was overwhelming. This is what Pepper does best, she manages to bring these characters to life so you are actually living through their ordeals, the pain and the fear were real, I felt them, every look, every touch, I saw them, I felt them...some brought me joy, some make your skin crawl but visceral reactions take over for these two but what will be the consequences?

“Nothing is ever black and white, Nila. You should know that by now. It’s all about how you survive the grey.”

This book is intense, lies are told, some truths are uncovered, alliances are made, others are destroyed and we finally learn Jethro’s affliction. This all adds to a plot that keeps you reading, keeps those pages turning, no matter the time. Hours will disappear in the blink of an eye but you will know that you have been on one amazing journey and that journey is far from over.

“He fought the truth. He fought the tears. He fought himself. But... Slowly... Gradually... He. Lost. The. Battle. He cracked.”

Pepper Winters knows how to deliver an ending and this one is no different. I have still not “got over it” and have all these theories running around in my head. The would she’s? How could she’s? The reallys? Surely nots are still whirring around my brain. My daily jaunts into the Indebted page on Facebook for everyone else’s opinions and thoughts are like crack and I am forever trying to work out where this is going to go and if at all anyone gets a HEA. Knowing Pepper, this won’t end well for most and with the Fourth Debt and Final Debt still to pay my nerves are on edge. I cannot wait to read them, yet I don’t want this series to be can so much fear and destruction have you itching for more, kudos to Pepper Winters because this is one series that I should hate, yet I love it. I just hope that this has a better ending than Romeo and Juliet, we can all hope...right?

“And he’s going to make your life a living fucking hell.”

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Series Reading Order:

Debt Inheritance (Indebted #1) FREE
First Debt (Indebted #2)
Second Debt (Indebted #3)

Third Debt (Indebted #4)

PREORDER Fourth Debt (Indebted #5) NOW

About The Author:

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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