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Saturday, October 4, 2014

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY ❤ The Sinner's Bargain by Claire Contreras

We're celebrating the release of The Sinner's Bargain by Claire Contreras! We have an excerpt and some teasers to entice you, so be sure to let us know what you think!

Author: Claire Contreras
Age group: Adult
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber

Being pulled in different directions, Amara must choose what she wants to believe and whom she'll trust.

My Review

“I own you, Amara Maloof,” he said, his voice low and grating as his eyes bore into hers. “Do you understand me?”
She nodded slowly. The words had never been truer, yet they’d never tasted as bitter as they did then.
“Say. It.”
“You own me, Colin,” she said, sealing her fate.
from: The Devil’s Contract (Contracts & Deception #1)

The Sinner’s Bargain picks up exactly where The Devil’s Contract left off. Colin had found Amara in Paris "working” but he didn’t leave her there. She is now back in the states close to her ailing mother, working as a Personal Assistant to a very angry Colin. Amara is also trying to determine who she can trust. Is it Colin, the man she loves? Samuel, her friend’s lover? or Phillip, the devil himself or is he? Who is the source of the threat to her life? 

Colin is still very much in love with Amara but he’s angry that she didn’t trust him enough to ask for help. He’s angry that she left him and how he found her. Colin’s animosity toward Amara doesn’t conceal the passion they feel for each other.  When the two of them are in the same room for the sexual tension is off the charts. And with each day they work together it becomes harder to ignore.

 “Let  go,”  he  whispered,  his   eyes  closing.    Amara’s  lips  parted,  her  heart  thumped  around  in  the  cage  of  her   chest.  “But  I  can’t  let  go,  Mara.  Do  you  really  want  me  to?”  His  lips  were  only  a   breath  away,  but  he  didn’t  close  the  distance.

There are so many twists and turns that when you think you have it all figured out, you don’t.  At one point while reading I had an “Oh Sugar Honey Iced Tea” moment- out loud while in the hair salon. I don’t think they liked my colorful appreciation of this story.

Claire Contreas put her all into this series. Yes she leaves you on the edge of your seat. Gives you a hint at who to trust then turns around and gives you reasons to question that decision.  The plot is original and the characters are unique, making the Contracts & Deception series one of my best reads for 2014, earning 4.5 stars.

We began this journey with Amara making a deal with the devil to repay a debt that she didn’t own and it ends with lies and deceits amongst the players, those known and unknown. Who will win? Who can be trusted? Which participant(s) are friends or foes? Will Colin and Amara have their  happily ever after?  These questions and more are answered in The Sinners Bargain. Enjoy!!

Favorite Character(s) Amara and Colin

Least Favorite Character: Amir Maloof, Amara’s father

Favorite Quote:  “So  you  see,  Mara,  some  people   think  they  can  target my  queen.  Take  her  from  me.    Do  with  her  as  they  wish.  They   think  I’ll  just  stand  back  with  my  dick  tucked  between  my  legs  and watch  them  treat   her  like  a  puppet.”   
“But  my  girl  isn’t  a  puppet,  Mara,  she’s  a  motherfucking  queen.”

“It’ll be a long flight, so try to get comfortable,” he said.
She turned to look at him, her eyes growing with her response, “How am I supposed to get comfortable?” her look said. She wasn’t sure if he would hear her if she spoke so she hoped the look was enough for him to understand.  Her jaw tightened when his hand brushed against her face as he tapped the button beside her ear that she could press to speak. 
“How long is the flight?” she asked.
He gave her a small smile. “Shorter than a commercial flight would have been.”
Amara breathed out, annoyed at his evasive response. “What do you think your boss wants to talk to me about?”
“I guess we’ll find out together.”
Her eyes flashed back to his icy blue gaze. “You really don’t know?”
 “They don’t tell me everything.”
“That makes two of us,” she responded, facing forward again. She rolled her eyes when she heard him chuckle.
“Have you found anything on Colin?”
Amara tensed at that. “Why are you so interested in Colin? He’s just a regular guy. He’s not like you; he’s not involved in weird shit that gets people killed.”
“Maybe so, but it’s always good to have something that somebody wants just in case,” he said with a shrug. Philip reached under his seat and took a green apple out of his bag, offering it to Amara first, which she thought was ironic in a laughable way and annoying at the same time. She merely shook her head.
“You mean for blackmail? That’s why you always want to find out information on people. You might as well just say ‘get my information on this person so I can use it as blackmail.’”
“That’s not really how it works,” he said, taking a bite of the apple. The sound of his chewing was unwelcome in her ear. “I file information, and if later on I need to use it for something, I do. I have what Colin wants most right in front of me, and he knows it. He snuck past me once, but that was only because he had help, and I think Samuel and I have reached a mutual agreement that he fucked up in the matter.”
She looked at him again, but this time he didn’t meet her eyes, he kept his eyes forward, ignoring her. Amara didn’t notice when the helicopter began to leave the ground and was surprised when the voices in her ears told her they were on their way to the capitol. As she turned away from Philip to look out the window she wondered, if anything happened to her, would it all be over? Would the sultan’s people go after her mother, or was Amara the goal? She wasn’t a prizewasn’t specialshe was just a girl in her early twenties who was trying to do the right thing. She wasn’t sure what that was anymore.
“If I hadn’t been stupid enough to take the hit for my dad’s problems, would I still be here?” Her voice was small, the thought escaping her lips before she thought about speaking it.
“Your dad was only the beginning. You made it easier for us to get to you, but no, Amara, the reason for you being here is not that. We would have had to go after you sooner or later. If they had reached you first, you would be dead.” Amara looked at him, begging him to continue. “They would have used you to get what they wanted, and then they would have killed you.”
“Isn’t that what those men will do now, if they find me?”
Philip’s silence answered her.

If you haven't read the beginning of Colin and Amara's story, grab The Devil's Contract now!

Author: Claire Contreras
Age group: Adult
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber

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About the Author:

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, Fl, where she currently resides with her husband, two boys, and two American Bulldogs. 

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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