Catrina has got herself into an extremely large amount of debt, and is about to default on it all. Not knowing what to do she takes the advice of her friend, Meghan. This takes her to an agency for which she will belong to a benefactor for a year in order to clear it. But first she undergoes two weeks of 'training' with a man that she comes to hate.
I wasn't really sure what to make of benefactor issue in this book (well you actually barely saw any of him in Prized but it'll be more of a thing in the second one). To me it basically seemed to be a bit like slavery; the man buys the woman's debt and then he gets her services for a year...but I am intrigued enough by the concept to want to keep reading.
I though that the author managed to capture the desperation of having so much debt well, and the idea that some people will do just about anything in order to get rid of it. After all people will. I also liked the fact that part of the contract of service was to improve the financial sensibility of the woman.
Though there is nothing that can be counted as sex exactly, there are scenes of a sexual nature, and some readers may not like the way that those work.
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?
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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