March 13, 2015

Review: Debt Inheritance by Pepper Winters

"I not only stole your past. I’ve already stolen your future."

The Book Rest - Book Review for Debt Inheritance by Pepper WintersTitle: Debt Inheritance
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic Horror?
Rating: D
Recommended For: Fans of the seriously disturbing
Source: Kindle Library e-book

One-sentence review: I don't know if it's meant to be horror or erotica, but Pepper Winters takes everything disturbing you could think of and makes it even more horrific than you could imagine.

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Debt Inheritance is the story of how Nila Weaver's family is indebted to the family of Jethro Hawk. The first-born Weaver daughter is always given to the Hawk family as repayment of an ancient debt and the first-born Hawk son inherits her on his 29th birthday. When Jethro goes to collect his payment of Nila, she learns how indebted her family is and that she must obey.

For those of you ranting about 50 Shades of Grey being the most abusive book in history, read this and I guarantee you'll leave E.L. James alone. I got this book for free somehow (Kindle library or something) and it sounded like an interesting premise because I imagined it was other-worldly, like dystopian or fantasy. Even though the book seemed laced with erotica, I was interested in the world-building and what type of world would allow such a debt payment system. Furthermore, what did the Weaver family do to be so indebted to the Hawks? I was sorely disappointed.

There is no world-building, there are little-to-no answers. Nila and Jethro are present-day European-based people and somehow their arrangement is made possible by all the money and power the Hawk family has within the government (yeah, right). I don't really know how slavery and/or torture could be acceptable as the focal point of a book in an other-worldly sense without extraordinary world building talent, but the fact that this was just a book about slavery and torture in general, sexually or not, was just appalling.

I had hope that obviously Jethro and Nila would at least pull off a stupid Christian-Ana love story but there was little of that. The author just took anything sexually disturbing and made it even more dehumanizing as the story progressed. The characters aren't even interesting, especially the weak and irritatingly wish-washy Nila. I kept waiting for some redeeming quality to the story to come but, even when I miraculously came to the end, I never found it. This book ends on a cliff-hanger, but I won't be reading the sequel. Pepper Winters is a decent writer but I just won't invest any more of my time in something so crass and demoralizing. E.L. James can't write, but this book will make her look like a saint!

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