Blog Tour Review: Third Debt by Pepper Winters


I can finally share my full review! (Aka my attempt to remain calm and coherent while I babble about how this series has seriously twisted up my mind and heart.) There's also an excerpt and a giveaway! :)


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Indebted, #4
“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 recognizes herself. She’s left her lover, her courage, and her promise. Two debts down. Too many to go.

Jethro Hawk no longer recognizes 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...
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PURCHASE

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5 STARS

I thought that the first book was rough. I thought that the debts Nila endured in the second and third books were brutal. But this book. This. Book. *runs hands over face, takes a deep breath* After I finished reading, Third Debt gave me the toughest hangover of the series so far.

This one hurt.

There's no sugar-coating it! It wasn't easy to read that last page! The Indebted series has been so, extremely, emotionally charged, and Third Debt felt like the wildest ride yet, with so many shifts...changes...consequences.
"Don't go into the dark alone, little Weaver. Monsters roam the shadows, and your time is officially up."
We begin with Nila and Jethro separated, right where Second Debt ended. Vaughn has seemingly succeeded in rescuing his sister. Jethro is forced to let her go. And I had hot angry tears waiting to spill because of two characters in particular. Cut and Daniel. Only 7 % in, I was already a nervous wreck. For once, there are things that Jethro endures, and I couldn't believe how quickly the sympathy came flying in. Jethro's inner torment in this book? Oh, the struggle is real. It's a testament to Pepper's writing, how her words and how she's woven this story can tether my own emotions so closely to the characters. We've come so far with Jethro's character, and we see yet another side to him in this book.
He was no longer an aristrocrat but a biker. The embroidery on his jacket glinted, and his large boots were whisper-quiet on the carpet. He looked like the devil--a deliciously dark sinner who'd come to ravage and possess me.
While Nila is home with her family, elements from the outside, modern world are brought in again. (Social media, for example!) I had been utterly captivated by Hawksridge Hall, so it felt almost culture-shockish to have "regular" things incorporated. However, it allows us to get a closer look at the Weavers' side of things. We see what her brother and father have been up to. More light is shed on the Hawk family's diamond business and motorcycle club as well, and I loved getting those details! These are all new things for the reader to discover after being isolated at the Hawks' estate.

Then, finally, Jethro and Nila are reunited. But it's not in the way we'd hope for or in a way that we'd want. It felt more like a chilling knife to the heart! Angst and longing ran so deeply in this book! Back in the hands of the Hawk family, Nila comes up with a plan to save both herself and Jethro...but she's thwarted almost immediately. And Kestrel--a character I've been weary of, but also drawn to--has a huge presence once again. There are so many layers!

And then, there's yet another shift. The more time Jethro and Nila spend around each other, the more that chemistry and spark returns. There is so much restraint and anger, push and pull--that when it all overloads and they give in--it's raw and primal, pleasure and relief.
"You didn't come to talk, did you? You came for this." I rocked again.

Her eyes snapped closed.

"Admit it...Admit that all of this is our version of foreplay. We argue. We fight. And then..." My fingers tightened around her neck. "We fuck."
At last, though, there's the inevitable collection of the third debt. I love the author's ability to build a scene. The imagery is so rich, the mood set perfectly. You can visualize every room that Nila walks into, and you can feel your own body react as she goes through a flurry of emotions. There were a few powerful scenes in this book that gave me chills.

I also do love--in a crazy twisted way--learning about the history of each debt, learning more about the Hawk and Weaver clans. The pageantry, the ceremonial vibe. I'm always on the edge of my seat, anticipating what horrifying task Nila will have to complete.
A night of entertainment for devils and a night of horrors for angels.
And holy shit. The third debt. My jaw dropped. It took a terrifying turn, and then it took an unexpected turn. My mind was blown when I was suddenly feeling things I shouldn't, but I was! *covers mouth* I can't tell you anymore without spoiling it, but...OH. THAT SCENE.

Just when I thought my head and my heart were going to burst, the real marathon began. It's like the 75% mark was a starting flag for the gauntlet. It was emotional and powerful. The words just sung off the pages, and I was so enamored.
"Give me your pain. Share it with me."
Nothing for Jethro and Nila has been easy. They've had to scratch and claw. We've seen them in moments that feel like they're vulnerable and shattering, but this is their biggest breakdown yet. It strips Jethro down completely. Nila is a raging storm. And finally, certain questions get answered. There are so many things that we finally get to understand. The writing, the story, it was all so perfect in this part of the book.

And then I was broken.

White knuckles gripping my Kindle. Groaning nooo and whyyy at the universe.

To be honest, I usually hate cliffhangers. I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to not knowing what will happen next. It takes one helluva glorious book/author to make me put myself through that kind of angst and torture. And I've done it now four times with the Indebted series. The writing and these characters are just crazy-good compelling and addictive.

Worst, most painful cliffhanger yet. Hands down. But God, if you've made it this far into the series, you're just as addicted to and invested in the journey as I am. It's dark and twisted and intense. With the finish line so close, with every development you get in this book...It's just SO WORTH IT to keep going.
"We're all locked in this game until the very end." He trailed kisses along my cheek. "There can be no victors if there are no players."
It's amazing how the quality never falters, how the books keep producing something unexpected and unique. They're the kind that make you wonder in awe at their ability to completely transport you to a different time and place. With every new book, I'm convinced that the Indebted series belongs on my all-time favorites shelf. Third Debt was all-consuming. Pepper Winters's storytelling was as gripping and as impassioned as ever. And I'm already anticipating getting my hands on Fourth Debt and devouring more of Jethro and Nila!

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EXCERPT

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.”
Fuck.
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.

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MORE FROM THE INDEBTED SERIES

| Debt Inheritance | My Review & Excerpt |

| First Debt | My Review & Excerpt |

| Second Debt | My Review | Excerpt |

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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.

Her Dark Erotica books include:
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)
Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3)

Her Grey Romance books include: