Book Review: The Sinner's Bargain by Claire Contreras

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Contracts & Deceptions, #2
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Being pulled in different directions, Amara must choose what she wants to believe and whom she’ll trust.
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4.5 STARS

I love the Contracts & Deceptions books, and this is definitely one of my favorite series of the year so far! From the gorgeous covers, to author Claire Contreras's beautiful writing, to the striking characters that fill this story! It has so many elements that I love to read about, all in one! Mystery and thrill, angst and turmoil, and last but certainly not least, a romance that makes my toes curl and my gut go crazy with butterflies!

Amara, yet again, goes through one helluva emotional whirlwind in The Sinner's Bargain, this time all while having a big target on her back. There's so much pressure riding on her shoulders. I could only feel compassion for this girl as she endured every trial, as she tried again and again to just do the right thing.

This book also expands on a lot of the key characters' pasts. And the more information I was given, the more I wondered...Who can she trust?! What's really going on here?? She's surrounded by dangerous people...one's looking for her, those wanting to use her, and even the ones working right alongside her. Philip, for example, was the cruel-yet-intriguing villain in book one. Throughout book two, my opinion began to deviate. I was suddenly second-guessing, questioning...There are other big characters that I even began to doubt, and one in particular has a huge twist! Even Amara's reasons for signing her contract with Philip in the first place start to unravel. There were a lot of details and developments in this novel, but I loved it! The "big picture", the grand scheme of things, moves up to a whole new level.

My absolute favorite part, though, just might be Amara's relationship with Colin. ;) I loved every single scene they had together! I love when an author can make me feel a couple's history and connection, just as much as the sexual attraction! (Colin...*major swoons*) From the heart-clawing tension in the beginning, how the desire burned so strongly between these two, to the moment when their love and devotion finally broke through the wall of lies and secrets...I was completely engrossed through all of it!

With so many turns of events, though...so much buildup...there just had to be that grand finale. And Claire Contreras delivers an adrenaline-filled eye opener for sure! There was violence and suspense, but it also--at last--purged all truths to the surface. Amara finally gets some answers!

This was a fantastic follow-up to The Devil's Contract, a book that already set a pretty high standard! Sexy, thrilling, climactic...I highly, highly recommend!

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MORE FROM THE CONTRACTS & DECEPTIONS SERIES
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Contracts & Deceptions, #1
He gave them a choice.

She took it.

He made her promise two years.

She should have known there was a catch.
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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.