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.
Interview with the Author
Who is your favorite book or author?
Being asked to choose my favorite book or author is like being asked to pick my favorite kind of chocolate. Since I was old enough to read, one of my family’s favorite pastimes was going to bookshops. Being allowed to pick out a book was as exciting as getting a new toy, and the smell of paper and new ideas still make my heart flutter when I enter a book store today. Now I have so many books on my shelf and in my kindle, it’s like I’ve created my own mini store. Every genre is reflected: romance, YA, fantasy, science, self-help. My undergraduate degree was in English, so I’ve amassed my own collection of the classics too. But if push came to shove and I had to choose my favorite, it would be a book few people have read, and not a romance: The Distance from the Heart of Things by Ashley Warlick.
I picked that book out of the bargain bin at Borders right before I went to college. I was terrified to leave home, intimidated by what lay ahead of me, but the book’s protagonist is on the other end of that journey. Mavis Black is coming home after graduating school, and is trying to figure out where she belongs in her family, as well as how she feels about the relationship she left behind. It’s not so much the story I love but the way Mavis thinks about things—she feels with all her senses, tasting smells and seeing feelings. Ms. Warlick writes sentences I want to savor, to chew slowly like an especially rich dessert. Mavis’s memories of her boyfriend Harris, an archer and Renaissance scholar performing in a Faire, are visceral, and it made me want to grow up to be like her. To have a man who fought for her, a family who loved her, a goal in life and something strong and solid inside herself.
That’s a theme in all of my books—the characters figuring out where home is and who they are. It’s an important thread in His Contract, as Lilly tries to rediscover her confidence and Jack struggles to heal after the death of his wife. While The Distance from the Heart of Things doesn’t offer the kind of solidly HEA ending I prefer to read (or the sexytimes I love to write) it’s still the book I come to for inspiration over and over again.
About the Author
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, sheâ€™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.