Reader Question – The book about about the daughter that is promised to him, to repay the dad’s debt…

by Maryse on February 22, 2018 · 19 comments

in Reader Questions

Jolene is looking for this one! Sounds a little… dark.

UPDATE!!! YOU GUYS. WE had SO MUCH FUN with this question. It’s been solved!! YAY!!! We had TWO groups working on finding it (our Facebook crew) and our crew right here in the comments, and it looks like Kelly had the correct guess!!

P.S. I love the song “Jolene” and apparently so many of us do, because both conversations (here AND on Facebook) spurred plenty of “love that song” comments and links to all sorts of versions of the song. LOL!!! See the fun we have? ;)

*ahem* Okay back to the question:

She asks:

Hi Maryse…long time follower here ✌ I have been racking my brain for a couple of years for this book/series. Hopefully you or one of the followers can help.

It’s about a girl whose father owes a debt to a man and he promises him her. It begins with her and her boyfriend having sex in the restaurant where she works and when they leave she sees the man across the street. I can’t remember what happens then but I think the debt is called, she goes to work for the man and is trained as a prostitute. He never sleeps with her…i don’t think.

At one point she takes a briefcase to a hotel and sees her ex during breakfast. She ends up having sex with him. She finds out she’s been transporting something illegal.

Please help!! I really enjoyed the  and looked forward to the next one…if only i could remember!!

Anyone have a guess?

Essa: Following. Sounds amazing.

Christina: Me too.

Sofia: Hmmm. Sounds familiar. Maybe one from Skye Warren? I’ve def read this!!  I’m sure it was the first in a duet. Maybe even a triplet. They’re on an island and she injured herself to get taken to the hospital?

Rebecca: I have too and it’s driving me bonkers.

Sofia: Ta dah!! Twist Me (Twist Me #1) by Anna Zaires. Pt 1 of 3

Rebecca: You are a miracle worker!!! I was googling random things trying to find it and thinking- oh, these searches look terrible on an internet history!

Sofia: I knew I’d seen it via Maryse’s page, so I looked at her list for Dark Reads, and then went through the comments, and that’s when I found it. That was after spending an hour going through my Kindle purchases to see if anything looked familiar. Like you, it was bugging me, lol.

Nicola: Hmmm at first I thought this might be Counsellor (Acquisition Series Book 1) by Celia Aaron…but then… no :P  Lol… good book though, which reminds me, I need to read the next one!

Kelly: Was it a 2 book series? I think I know it. Does her ex get involved with the agency she is supposed to work for and – SPOILER ALERT – hires her without her knowing?

Jolene: YES Kelly!!! Now that you mention it I think he does hire her…Please help put an end to this! LOL

Kelly: Jolene, I am working on figuring it out. Do you remember what year it came out or anything about the cover? Am going through my books for you. Wasn’t the guy she had to work for French? And there was another guy maybe Nolan or Noah?

Jolene: He may have been French Kelly. I think she had to be “trained” and she renamed herself?? Ummm…The ex sheduled an appt for himself under a different name after he saw her in the hotel.

Kelly: Jolene, I think I got it: The Devil’s Contract (Contracts & Deceptions Book 1) by Claire Contreras

Jolene: Yay!!! That’s it Kelly!!!! The Devil’s Contract!! I don’t know how you figured it out so quickly but thanks so much!!

Kelly: Jolene, I save my books in yearly folders so I literally started going through each year. Since I knew if I was right about it that it was a 2 book series so I organized my books by author and if there were 2 books by the same author I checked to see if they were the series. I love it when I can help someone find a book. It makes me feel good.

Maryse: YAYYYYYY!!!! Another one solved. Thank you so much Kelly!!! :D *hug*

  

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly February 22, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Was it a 2 book series? I think I know it. Does her ex get involved with the agency she is supposed to work for and – SPOILER ALERT – hires her without her knowing?

Chris February 22, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Hmm, doesn’t ring a bell. I like dark stories but by the description, I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up. Maryse, I also love the song Jolene! Have you watched the version of Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus singing it together? Really good!

Maryse February 22, 2018 at 8:14 PM

Chris!! YES!!!!

But my favorite is just Miley in the “Backyard Sessions”. HOLY moly is that one perfect!

Maryse February 22, 2018 at 8:18 PM

Then again… there’s THIS one. The ultimate version ever! (Pentatonix & Dolly)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYCoyUxY2HY

Jolene February 22, 2018 at 9:45 PM

YES Kelly!!! Now that you mention it I think he does hire her…Please help put an end to this! LOL

Leslie M February 22, 2018 at 9:51 PM

This is TOTALLY off topic, but if you are a Dolly fan, you will love Dumplin’.

Jolene February 22, 2018 at 9:51 PM

PS Maryse….while I have had to live with lovely, random strangers serenading me my entire life, my favorite rendition of Jolene is by Ray LaMontagne….I absolutely love his voice!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMQkszQVJo4

Maryse February 22, 2018 at 10:09 PM

LOL!! I feel like we have THE Jolene on here today! ;)

*goes to watch her video*

Maryse February 22, 2018 at 10:10 PM

*searches HUGE ebook hoarding pile for “Dumplin”*

Have I one-clicked it already? I must have, right???!!!

Maryse February 22, 2018 at 10:16 PM

OMG JOLENE!!!!

How badly I want to change my name to Jolene now. I’ve always loved it, LOVED “the” song but now I’m in love with it. Lucky YOU!!!!!

Kelly Thomas-Petroff February 22, 2018 at 10:24 PM

Jolene, I am working on figuring it out. Do you remember what year it came out or anything about the cover? Am going through my books for you. Wasn’t the guy she had to work for French? And there was another guy maybe Nolan or Noah?

Kelly Thomas-Petroff February 22, 2018 at 11:36 PM

Jolene, I think I got it: The Devil’s Contract by Claire Contreras

Jolene February 22, 2018 at 11:39 PM

He may have been French Kelly. I think she had to be “trained” and she renamed herself?? Ummm…The ex sheduled an appt for himself under a different name after he saw her in the hotel.

Maryse…glad you enjoyed Ray

Chris February 22, 2018 at 11:46 PM

Oh Maryse, thanks for the Pentatonix version of Jolene.. how have I never heard of these guys??!! Soo talented!! And thank you Jolene for the tip about the Ray LaMontagne Jolene song. I LOVE him!! One of my all time favorite songs by him is You Can Bring Me Flowers. And can we all agree that Dolly Parton is just an amazing treasure?

Lisa February 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

I Loooove the Ray La Montaine song ‘Jolene’. Love love love.

Jolene February 23, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Yay!!! That’s it Kelly!!!! The Devil’s Contract!! I don’t know how you figured it out so quickly but thanks so much!!

Kelly Thomas-Petroff February 23, 2018 at 9:38 AM

Jolene, I save my books in yearly folders so I literally started going through each year. Since I knew if I was right about it that it was a 2 book series so I organized my books by author and if there were 2 books by the same author I checked to see if they were the series. I love it when I can help someone find a book. It makes me feel good.

MichelleS February 23, 2018 at 10:02 AM

I LOVE the song Jolene. Dolly all the way. Are you named after the song?

Maryse February 23, 2018 at 10:49 AM

YAY!!!! Thank you Kelly!!!! *big SQUEEEEEZY hug*

And, Jolene… can you tell we all love your name? Half the comments are about songs dedicated to it. ;)

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