Dark. Dark. DARK. That one word sums it all up.
I've never read anything like this EVER. I was absolutely ensnared by the premise and when I started reading, I couldn't stop. What an amazing and wonderful idea for erotica. This is NOT a Romance. Do not let yourself be fooled into that. There is no love connection in this book!
Nila is a firecat in a ballgown but she has nothing on Jethro who is so utterly cold and detached it's not even funny. Yet there is a vulnerability within each of them that pops up every now and then and reminds us that these are two human beings entangled in a very inhumane situation. And that's what it is, inhumane. Nila's life has to be forfeited to pay for some shady ass debt from centuries before (same as her mother who is mentioned quite a bit in this book). As stupid as that sounds, the Hawks are dead ass serious about it. And if you think that this means Nila is going to be some slave for the next fifty years or some shit, you've got it all wrong. She won't make it to fifty. That's all I'm gonna say about that.
As usual, Winters didn't skimp on the details. She described every situation the way it happened, leaving nothing for you to figure out. Love when authors do that. I loved that Nila was a fashion designer and had a twin brother that was a model. Their relationship was darling, except we don't get to experience for long since Nila is taken away in the first couple of chapters. There's something about Jethro that makes me feel his heart isn't completely black, but his family? Nah. There's no hope there. NONE. Especially that little brother of his. That's one evil SOB and I hope he's dead when this is all over.
What do I think is gonna happen next? One, I don't think Nila's mother paid her debt to its fullest extent (*hint*). Two, Jethro is going to be Nila's greatest torture...and her savior. Three, Jethro may be dead by the end of this series. But that's only if he falls in love with Nila.
Do I recommend? HELL YES! This is just an incredible start to what is sure to be an amazing series. But it is DARK and spotlights the sexual abuse of a woman who doesn't consent to any of it. If you can't stomach that, don't read this book. I for one, can't wait for the next installment!