Series: Legally Bound #1
Author: Rebecca Grace Allen
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 just finished this and I can say it was a very, very good book. I am always uncertain when I read a new to me authors because at lest 1/2 of them don't work for me. I am so happy this wasn't the case.
The characters are very real and relatable people: Jack is a widower who struggles with his life without his beloved wife, Lilly was burned in love and because of that had some confidence issues. It was lovely to read how they healed each other and how both benefited from the relationship. Often enough you don't see equal growth with both main characters so I enjoyed the story very much.
The secondary characters weren't as well developed, but they weren't one dimensional either. I'm really curious if we'll see a story with Patrick, Cassie or Josh(Jack's son) as main character. I think either of them would have great stories to tell.
The erotic and BDSM aspects were also done well. I didn't roll my eyes or cringed while reading it :D I loved that it really fit the characters and that it helped move the story along, they weren't thrown there just because it's what in demand right now.
All in all I'll be stalking this author and looking forward to more stories from her. A total win for me :)