Dangerous Indenture by Kelli A. Wilkins

Dangerous Indenture

Dangerous Indenture by Kelli A. Wilkins
Publisher: Medallion Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (345 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Eager to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony.

But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.

Shauna fights her growing attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants will work for the strange Stewart family.

Stewart House has an unsavory reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced that a member of the family is responsible.

When Shauna’s investigation leads her too close to the truth, it’s up to Ashton to save her before time runs out.

Dangerous Indenture is a heartbreaking story for most of the novel. It tells of how cruelly Shauna Farrow, an indentured servant, is treated. I wanted to shout at her: RUN, GIRL, RUN!

The vindictiveness of a man, who Shauna thought loved her, closed all respectable avenues of employment for her in Ireland. She comes to America as a five-year indentured servant and ends up in a house with dark secrets and three really messed up people.

These three people seem to be without a smidgen of human kindness. Joshua, her master, overworks her, hits her, and threatens to sell her. While Colin, Joshua’s heir who stinks and looks like a rat, harasses her, threatens sexual attack, and plots against her when she defies him. Colin’s pitiful wife Minerva is unpredictable and hates Shauna.

Ashton, Joshua’s bastard son, comes home in disgrace. He is upset about how Shauna is treated. However, he is so out of favor, his protests go unheeded for the most part. He and Shauna pretty much save each other as their attraction to each other grows.

The sex scenes that satisfy physical needs and desires as well as the fight scenes are clear, straight-forward and some are rather graphic. As an incurable romantic, I longed for more love and less hurt. As Ashton gains control of habits he’d fallen into, love seems more evident and I did get the promise of a happy-ever-after that I look for. As a bonus, it seems like there’s one repentant antagonist.

Dangerous Indenture is written in a manner that makes it smooth reading even when the action is rough and scary. While I will probably not read it again, it did hold my attention and I would not have dreamed of not finishing it.

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