In recognition of Valentine’s Day, tara’s take will be celebrating romantic reads for the month of February. So, in a “go big or go home” kind of way–let’s kick off the month with a review of the book Debt, by Nina G. Jones.
This falls into the totally twisted category for sooo many reasons. I don’t give disclaimers on too many books, but be forewarned on this one–subject matter content is extremely intense, graphic, and down right disturbing. What does it say about me that I really enjoyed this book??? That’s a post for another day. Let’s get started shall we?
Tax is an extremely rich, good-looking, and successful business man. Mia is successful in her own right; she’s an executive at an “adult toy” company. Both grew up in a small town with incredibly humble beginnings, Tax’s more so than Mia’s.
Their paths cross in adult-hood when Mia’s friend talks her into going on a no-holds bar fantasy site to book a service. Mia gets far more than she bargained for.
As she’s blackmailed for reasons unknown to her and subjected to down right cruel behavior from her blackmailer, she discovers unimaginable things about herself and the man who holds her fate in his hands.
Tax’s back story is beyond tragic and heart-breaking. Mia’s naïveté and bravado balance one another out making her a heroine you don’t want to roll your eyes at or kill-off. There are so many disturbing sexual scenes in this book it makes Raw look… Ok, nothing could make Raw look anything but what it is…
Mia is feisty and yet unsure of herself all at the same time, which makes her relatable. There are some very sinister undertones and overtones in this book. And while quite often, you hate the hero that is Tax, you also understand the vengeance that has been driving him and his twin sister all of their lives.
Jones writes the book in both the present day as well as flashbacks. (I feel like this is happening more and more in the books I read.) But she does a great job of balancing the new and old so that you get just enough to whet your whistle and want more before she she switches eras on you, keeping you sucked in for the whole book.
Again, I can’t stress enough the extremely graphic nature of this book. If it were a movie, you’d most certainly have to look away. But in print, it makes for a seriously twisted and captivating read.