Having served her year's sentence in Jared's house, and under Jared's rules, Catrina sets out on her own. With a new job and a new apartment, all Catrina has to do is avoid spending unnecessarily and to get her life back on track. But old habits are hard to break, and Catrina can't help but spend, arguing that her purchases are necessary. After her apartment gets flooded she runs into Jared again, and he has a thing or two to say about her spending.
The dynamic between the two main characters, Catrina and Jared, is very different in this book than in the other two. There is much more of Jared's softer side shown (even though he was actually harsher in his punishments) which actually seemed more consistent than his previous 'personality'.
Catrina on the other hand has barely changed, and actually she is very believable the way that she is. I can see how someone in her position could end up spending again like she did before, arguing that the spending was necessary or that she deserved a treat. Actually the arguments are worryingly familiar, a lot of young women that I know in real life would use the same reasoning.
The sex/punishment took on a slightly different tone in this book between Jared and Catrina, I can't pin down exactly what the difference was but it was there. With other characters, in this book only Raoul, it was the same as it had always been, loathed. One thing that the books do actually portray is how powerful sex can be, even if that is a little unhealthy in some of the situations.
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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