His Contract by Rebecca Grace Allen
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: The Hierarchy of Needs, Her Claim
Published by Samhain Publishing on November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Lawyers know when to play by the rules...and when to break them.Legally Bound, Book 1Harvard 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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I’m not a huge fan of D/s books. It’s sort of a known fact, if I’m being honest. I’ve never understood or had the desire to let some man to slap and spank my ass for some arbitrary bullshit before (or while) he’s banging me. And this makes it challenging to relate to the heroines of these kinds of books. But I am a fan of great storytelling. And once again, Rebecca Grace Allen has written a great story. On top of that, she utilized one of my favorite tropes.
I really loved the way the two MCs in this book came together. Both of them had tragic back stories. Lilly, the heroine, got out of an abusive relationship. And Jack, our hero, lost his wife to cancer just a year before.
I found myself invested in these characters. I loved their interactions. But I did want to punch Jack in the face sometimes because I found him to be an arrogant ass, and there were moments where I just wanted to sit down and have a long conversation with Lilly about why she didn’t need to put up with his bullshit. But even I have to admit that if the sex was this hot, I might put up with a little bullshit.
“You want to touch my cock? Feel how hard I am? Suck me?” Another nod, coupled with a slip of her tongue over her lips. “I don’t know if I should let you. You were a bad girl last week, touching me without permission. This time you need to earn it.”
See what I mean?
I enjoyed this read, and I’ve come to expect nothing less than that from this author. If you like a cocky hero who needs to learn that his dick and heart are are actually connected, and a heroine who learns to trust and love again, this book is a great choice. I read it in one sitting. And I was so pleased with the way the story actually played out, even if I did feel like there was a bit more of the relationship that could have been explored.
This is the first book in a series, but this story is complete on its own. But I’m interested to see where she goes with the next one. Definitely worth the read if you’re in the mood for something steamy. And let’s be real. When are we not in the mood for that?
4 hot stars (or spanks) for this one.