“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.
Worldbuilding: The fashion scene setting was a nice start, but the Hawks residence was really awesome. I loved seeing it through Nila’s carefuleye for art and beauty.
Characters: Nila was a curious mix of inexperienced young woman and passionate creature, who began to know herself through this ordeal. I liked her spunk when it came through, and it was an interesting mix with her submissive persona.
Jethro was a total alpha heartless sadist vibe, but he becomes more and more nuanced as the story progresses and
I think he will grow to be an interesting character as the series progresses.
They had super hot chemistry for sure.
Plot: The kidnapping/slave scenario is interesting, and though this will do bout be a Stockholm Syndrome romance, she is very attracted to the man just meeting him the first time, so it’s not all Stockholm, I think. Things happened at a nicely active tempo.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. I will say that though I’m not generally a fan of more-than-one POVs, here it made perfect sense and it gave depth to the story as a whole and to the characters.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my dark, evil moods.
I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed Debt Inheritance is the fact that the scenario didn’t come through as gruesome to me. Yes, that is scary. Some of the stuff near the end was nauseating to me, so fair warning, there is real power imbalance, abuse, and some kink going on – sharing being most significant. But if you’re into dark kidnapping/slave romances, I’m sure this title and the whole series will do it for you. It kind of did it for me, and I’m not a fan of the genre.
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