Thursday, 22 May 2014

Blog Tour: Possessed by Cassandra Carr

I received a copy of Possessed, book 2 of The Payment Series, in exchange for my review.

Having signed a contract with DMA in order to repay her debt, Catrina starts her year's service with Jared. At first she is horrified at the things she has to do for Jared and his friends, and even sometimes for strangers. But other times she feels a strange tenderness coming from him which isn't in line with the discipline he gives.

Possessed picks up where Prized left off, and the events occur over the time period of a year (the year that Catrina is contracted for). In that time she is used and humiliated on a daily basis. I must admit the concept actually kind of makes sense, in the idea that if negative connotations are given to bad habits then it could help break them. What I wasn't too sure about was the fact that some of the things that happened to Catrina weren't really consensual (well they were but they weren't at the same time).

Jared was a complex character. Though he was very domineering and a definite master at first, he also had a softer side and seemed to actually care about Catrina's well being. From time to time. That said I find it impossible to see a future for the two characters, I'm not really sure what it is that makes me certain of that (well I did know there was no real happy ending coming anyway but it is more than that that makes me say it).

The reason for Catrina's predicament is focused on a lot. She does courses on financial management as well as being reminded by Jared about it. Which was good because otherwise there would have been some even weirder scenes.

The Payment Series
Prized: The Payment series, part 1
After agreeing to a one-year term of service with a benefactor who can pay her debt, Catrina Carter begins training in how to please a man. But will a benefactor be willing to spend such an astronomical sum—one hundred and fifty thousand dollars—just to have her for a year? She’s about to find out.

Possessed: The Payment series, part 2
Jared, Catrina’s “benefactor”, has agreed to pay off her debt in exchange for one year of service to him. In addition to taking his own pleasure with her, Jared offers Catrina to friends, colleagues, and even total strangers on his whim. But it’s not all fun and pleasure for Jared. As part of the agreement, he’s tasked with helping Catrina get her life back on track. He’ll succeed even if he has to spank every piece of financial information into her, and he finds he just might have to do that.

Purgatory: The Payment series, part 3
Catrina has finished her year-long term of service to Jared, her benefactor, who paid all her debt off. Now she’s on her own again. Will she be able to keep the lessons Jared literally spanked into her topmost in her mind, or will old habits rear their designer heads?

Author bio
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Sybarite Seductions/Twenty or Less Press, Decadent Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Currently Cassandra also serves as president of Western New York Romance Writers. 
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