Lawyers know when to play by the rules…and when to break them.
Legally Bound, Book 1
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.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I started this one. I had read one of Ms. Allen’s books before but it was an NA Contemporary romance, and though I really enjoyed it I couldn’t help but wonder how she would fare in the BDSM realm, but I needn’t have worried because she put forth a beautiful story about two broken souls finding each other and working to heal their wounds through a Dom/sub relationship.
What actually impressed me the most, well there are two things but we’ll start here first, was the time that was taken to introduce both Jack and Lilly before they set eyes on each other. I got to know them both on almost every level and that deliberate attention on just how emotionally and mentally broken they were, despite their best efforts to hide it, was what totally drew me in. I wanted to see them become the vibrant, whole people I was catching glimpses of. And despite the few times when I wanted to throttle them both, I really liked them. Jack has a huge heart and truly wants everyone around him to be happy. Lilly has an inner strength that shines but she just can’t see it and I simply wanted them both to find happiness once more.
The second thing that impressed me is how Ms. Allen presented the BDSM lifestyle through Jack and Lilly’s relationship. These were not two people who knew how things worked these were two people who had experienced only a small, and in one case horrible, slice of the lifestyle, so they had to be re-introduced to it. Now I don’t claim to know all about the lifestyle, but the respect that Ms. Allen showed, via Jack, to give the reader an understanding of what the D/s relationship should be as well as who has the power in the relationship is truly commendable. The scenes in the playroom are hot, I swear my temperature spiked while reading them, but what I loved most was seeing how their relationship shifted, not only in it being strictly a D/s but how it went from Jack wanting to care and help Lilly heal to Lilly wanting to care for him. It was done gradually and though the bumps and potholes in the road to their HEA were spelled out from the beginning, it was interesting to see it would all unfold.
The writing and 3rd person dual POV were done very well, as was the pacing of the story, though I will admit to wishing that there had been a little bit more at the end, but there is no cliffhanger and as this is a first in series I can only hope that we will spend more time with Jack and Lilly in the next book, which I am really looking forward to. The supporting cast of characters were all fun to be around and gave a more indepth view of both Jack and Lilly. Nick, Gabe, Sam, Brady, Patrick and Cassie were all so well written that I want to read their stories (Note/hint hint: Nick and Gabe are married as are Sam and Brady but I’d love a prequel style novella to find out how they all got together). But it’s Patrick that I’m hoping will get his own book, and may be the next up on the list, because after that one scene towards the end of book there is definitely so much more going in his head that what anyone, even his closest friends know.
The Bottom Line: I adored this book and can’t wait for the next one!
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~
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, 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. - See more at: