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He gave them a choice.
She took it.
He made her promise two years.
She should have known there was a catch.
The Devil’s Contract! The premise of this book was so different than what I normally read, or what’s being done right now, so hip! hip! hooray! for that. I love unique ideas. I like being challenged. And I like having no idea what the hell is going on. All of that happened.
The story starts out with a bang–literally. Amara has this boyfriend, Colin, and while they don’t really make a big deal of classifying what they are, they seem very much in love, or at the very least, they’re super hot for one another. We get a brief bit about what Amara went through years prior with a guy named Philip. In order to essentially pay back her father’s gambling debt, she became a sort of “servant” of his. Now, right from the start, I didn’t really get what she had to do all those years ago. And even after finishing the book, I’m not sure how all that went down. And while it bugged me in the beginning, once I got going with the drama of the present, I sorta forgot about that.
So now, she’s approached by Philip again. This time, though, she’s headed to Paris. She cannot maintain a relationship during that time, so she must cut things off with Colin. But of course, like any story, she can’t just outright tell him that she’s basically being blackmailed for her father’s debt. On top of that, her mother is very ill, and Philip has the connections she needs to get the best treatment. So while Amara would rather tell her dad to screw off, she definitely can’t do that to her mom. So she goes along with Philip’s plan, and breaks Colin’s heart–and her own–in the process.
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As you read, there are lots of twists and turns and plot changes, and sometimes I do wish it was in first person, because I think it would have connected me to the story more. I won’t touch any more on the plot, because I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say, the ending is great. And for everyone who complains about cliffhangers, just know there is one. But duh, there has to be. There’s another book. So she can’t possibly wrap everything up all neat and tidy, and then expect you to want to read more, right? Right! And while I wondered what direction it was going to go in, I didn’t necessarily think it would go there, so yay for that!
A lot happened in this book–but there’s still so much left to figure out. Like everything. So I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on The Sinner’s Bargain!