Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ARC Review: His Contract by Rebecca Grace Allen

His Contract 
by Rebecca Grace Allen
Release Date: November 10, 2015

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 contract 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.

This is a BDSM theme book between a grieving widower and a broken submissive. I like the idea that I can read about two lost individual helping each other to piece themselves back together again.

Jack Archer is a law Professor in his mid forties who just watched his beloved wife and submissive passed away. Although his wife wish for him to find love again, that was the last thing on Jack's mind. 

Lilly Sterling is a legal clerk in her mid twenties. After being left broken by her previous Dom, Lilly vowed to leave her past behind and start a new by moving into a new city.

Jack and Lilly met when they were both were dragged out for Saturday night drinking by their respective friends. There was this instant attraction between these two when they first laid eyes on each other. Although they tried to keep things casual while in front of their friends, before long they both started to seek other out and found out they both are into BDSM.

First of all, I love the whole secondary casts we have here. From Lilly's brother - Nick, Nick's boyfriend - Gabe, to Jack's brother - Brady and Jack's wingman - Patrick the manwhore. They are bunch of lively characters that although they didn't do much beside teasing their friends, making fun of Jack being a hermit and binge drinking, they are plainly fun to read. Patrick seems to have his own story to tell, which I can't wait for it.

Back to the BDSM part, initially I thought the idea of a contract ridiculous, but after reading through it with Lilly, I was amazed that it was such a comprehensive one that I don't mind seeing them signing off like it was a business deal. Almost all of their sexual activities took place in the playroom, with similar routine as the initiation, which I find it a tad too orchestra. I prefer a bit more variety and more impromptu sex. But I enjoyed seeing how Jack tried to heal Lilly's old wound and pushing her limitation.

When Jack realized that they are both starting to get closer, he was torn between guilty about feeling love again and worry how he will be judge for being with someone so much younger than him. Lilly was also reminded once again she was back to square one, wanting a man who rather keep her as his dirty secret. I love the part whereby they come out as a couple to their friends, but I wish it could happen earlier to see how they work as a functional couple, instead of the Dom and sub. 

Jack closed his front door and leaned against it, as if doing so could shut out what he’d felt tonight. As if it could shut Lilly out. He’d wanted to murder Patrick for leaving him alone with her, and yet, during that short time, he’d forgotten how for the last year it had hurt to do anything more than breathe.
Hearing she was at least older than Josh was a small comfort. His age, however, seemed of no consequence. He’d thought she hadn’t read anything into the question, that the attraction that was driving him out of his mind was all one-sided, but Lilly’s blush said otherwise. As did the quick pass of her soft, pink tongue over gorgeously full lips.
Jack groaned and scrubbed his hands over his face, then looked at his scar. He could only imagine what Lilly would think if she knew where it came from, what kind of life he’d lived. The Dominant he once was.
He closed his eyes and saw Eve in their playroom, the two of them beginning their scene with practiced words.
“You are mine, love.”
“I am yours, always, Master.”
Grief shouted from the past. But the image was quickly replaced with one of Lilly looking up at him in the bar. How would she react if he ordered her to strip for him? Would all of her skin bloom with the rosy hues he’d seen on her cheeks? Jack’s mind traveled to a place where he had her bound and naked, telling her to bare everything to him—body, mind and soul.
Realizing where his thoughts had strayed, he tried to shut the fantasy down but it was too late. Lilly had flipped a switch in him, waking the part that had been buried under the ashes of Eve’s death. And now that he’d opened that door, he didn’t know how to close it again.

Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, sheĆ¢€™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. - See more at: http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/about 

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