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.
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- Please tell us about your novel.
His Contract is my first full-length novel, and is a May-December BDSM love story mixed with a legal drama. It’s about Jack Archer, a Harvard Law professor who once shared a private world of dominance and surrender with his wife. A year after her death, finding love again—her final wish for him—is the furthest thing from his mind until he meets Lilly. Once a law school star, Lilly Sterling’s dreams died when her Dom scarred her, body and spirit. She’s starting fresh as a paralegal, but meeting Jack reawakens her lingering desires—and her old demons. It’s a story of love and healing, and is very close to my heart.
- How did you research your novel, if applicable?
A lot work went into this book, from researching the legal thread to the intricacies of a healthy D/s relationship. I consulted with a few attorneys to make sure the case Lilly is working on seemed valid, and spent a lot of time on the websites for Harvard Law and the Massachusetts Bar Exam. Lilly’s history is based on my own past experience, so a lot of her story came from life. In terms of BDSM play in the book, I do like to make sure I’ve…experienced everything I write about, so a pretty penny was dropped at a couple of online shops in order for me to do that. In addition, I took two trips to Boston to map out where everything could take place. The pub where Jack and Lilly meet is based on an actual restaurant by Fenway Park.
- Where can readers find you online?
Readers looking for me can find me on:
My website: http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/
- When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?
My go-to cure for pretty much everything is exercise. Getting out of my head and fully into my body frees up my mind. My best ideas often come to me while I’m on a spin bike. When I’m really stuck, I’ll turn to boxing. The impact is great at getting out frustration, and…my instructor is hot. 😛
- Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?
It would be impossible to pick just one. I think I’ll always see my father as my hero, and my mother was a rock star for being brave enough to be a working mom when no one else was. My husband pulled himself out of a difficult upbringing, graduated college and is running his own business. And then there’s the countless numbers of EMTs, teachers, doctors, etc out there. I always admire people who work hard to get where they are, and spend their lives trying to help others.
- Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?
That’s almost as hard as the real-life hero question! I think I’ll always have a soft spot for Darcy and Elizabeth, even though their HEA always irked me a little. If I had to choose one pair that I loved both as individual characters and a couple are Natsya and Josh from Katja Millay’s The Sea of Tranquility.
- Are you character or plot driven? Why?
It depends on the book. His Contract was driven mostly by Jack and Lilly’s stories—they formed in my head well before the plot did. My debut novella, The Duality Principle, was entirely based off a scene I imagined when passing a motorcyclist on the street. I hashed out the scene and built the characters around it. I don’t really know that there’s a why—it’s just how the stories come to me!
- How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?
It can certainly be a timesuck—I have been up late far too often saying “just one more scroll” on Pinterest. Social media outlets are also the place where we post our best selves, our best news and most fabulous pictures, which can at times make me feel like I’m the only one without a six figure book deal/agent/4k daily word count. But then there are the times when it’s a wonderful comfort; commiserating with a friend when I’m frustrated or laughing over some ridiculous meme. It’s all about balance.
- What are the first five titles on your kindle?
Currently on my kindle is Joelle Knox’s Anything But Broken, Charlotte Stein’s The Professor, Tamsen Parker’s Craving Flight, Karen Booth’s That Night With the CEO and Amy Jo Cousin’s The Girl Next Door.
- Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?
In five years I’ll be over forty, which scares the daylights out of me, but hopefully I’ll still be rocking it with the punching bag, and with the words. Maybe hubs and I will have paid down some of our mortgage and I’ll have finally gotten around to growing a human, or adopting a bunch more fur-babies if not. As for writing, I’d love to be looking back fondly over both my New Adult and BDSM series while embarking on the cross-genre one I’ve had cooking in the back of my head for a while.
- How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?
I own far more books than I can count, and more than will fit on my bookshelf! As you can see from the photo, the shelf in my office is a mix of my most beloved books—many of which have been signed—research books, inspirational ones as well as a space for my own author copies. Stuffed animals, swag I’ve gotten at conferences, photos of family and my first framed 4 ½ Star RT Review are up there as well.
- If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?
I have only been published by Samhain so far, and have found it to be the best of both worlds. My editor, Christa, is a rock star, and I love how willing Samhain is to take on stories that push the envelope. That being said, I’d love to eventually be published with a Big Five, and to put some stuff out there on my own.
- What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?
Be patient. Don’t expect to find that perfect match with a publisher or an agent right away. And even once you’ve signed that contract, don’t expect that your book won’t need some minor (or sometimes, major) polishing. Learning to roll with the punches is a key factor in publishing, and being confident in your own work. If you love it, so will tons of other people.
- What do you find inspiring?
Nature—the colors of fall, the ferocity of the ocean in winter. There’s something so grounding and humbling about it.
- Do you have a favorite charity?
I try as often as I can to give to charities that advocate for animals. I donate to the ASPCA whenever possible, and to a local animal shelter in my area as well. I have also participated in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events, as well as the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.
- Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?
Spend it with them.
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. – See more at: http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/about