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.
Wow! I have read a lot of cliché BDSM books, but His Contract is not one of them! It is so powerful and sad and made my heart hurt for both of the main characters. They were not immediately thrown together, but instead the author took the time to develop each one so carefully that I could not help but feel as though they were my friends. That rarely happens, but when it does I get goosebumps. Jack’s wife passed away from cancer, and he hasn’t been a Dom to anyone else since her passing. He promised her that he would find love again, but with his grief and his demanding job as a lawyer, he hasn’t had the time. Lily is a paralegal and was crushed when her last relationship ended. Her previous lover/Dom treated her horribly and destroyed her self-confidence. Mutual friends introduce Lily and Jack and they both discover that the other might be what each one needs.
I found the details of the relationship to be very realistic. Even the age difference and experience of Jack was written so well that I did not have an issue with it at all. They each explored something that was sitting dormant in themselves and allowed that part to heal. The dual POVs was so well done and they flowed easily from one POV to the next without confusing the reader. Also, the playroom scenes were hot, Hot, HOT!!!