Tuesday, November 10, 2015

His Contract by Rebecca Grace Allen

Lawyers know when to play by the rules…and when to break them.

Harvard law professor Jack Archer once balanced his professional life with the private world of dominance, surrender and trust he shared with his wife. Since cancer stole her a year ago, finding love again—her final wish for him—is the furthest thing from his mind.

From his empty house to the classroom, grief follows his every move. Until he meets a young woman with shadows in her eyes even darker than his own.

Once a shining star at law school, Lilly Sterling’s dreams died when the Dom she trusted left her heartbroken and lost. She’s starting fresh in a new city as a paralegal, but meeting Jack reawakens all her old demons—and her lingering desires.

Jack offers to become Lilly’s mentor for both the courtroom and the playroom, but tells himself it’s not a relationship. Their carefully worded agreement guarantees that. But when their trial agreement starts heating up, both Jack and Lilly must decide what will tip the scales: the letter of the law...or love?

Warning: All rise for a book that contains a wounded submissive and a Dominant who wants to retrain her while retaining control of his heart. Discovery phase may involve spankings, bondage, edging, and blindfolds. Is it hot? You be the judge.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

His Contract opens with Jack Archer losing his wife and submissive. It's a heart breaking scene. Even without the character buildup it got me in the feels. He loses himself when his wife dies. After a year of mourning, his brother and best friend decide it's time he get back out there. When he first spots Lilly, he's taken aback, she looks somewhat like his wife. He's drawn to Lilly but she's younger, he's not ready, she's his friend’s sister...he could come up with a million excuses but he can't deny the spark between them. Lilly has her own set of issues, starting with the abuse she suffered at the hands of her Dom. She's also drawn to Jack but she's worried to resume the role of a submissive after getting her heart broken.

I really enjoyed this group of characters. The chemistry between Jack and Lilly was combustible. The relationship was a learning experience for both of them. I loved that even though it was long it wasn't boring or had any skip-worthy moments. I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

This is a very, very hot read! It is also an excellent story about two people affected by their pasts, who make mistakes, and who thankfully get to straighten it all out in the end. There were some points where I really wanted to smack Jack, and to really have a heart to heart with Lilly. But Ms. Allen writes a persuasive story – and I kept reading until she persuaded me it was all going to resolve itself. The combination of a love story and some incredibly hot scenes of BDSM make this a very good read – and it has been added to my reread list with a run of gold stars next to it.

I am going to be looking out for the next in the series, so I do hope Ms. Allen is busy writing!

Rebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, which seemed like a good idea at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of His Contract (Legally Bound #1) by Rebecca Grace Allen to read and review.

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