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The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5I've been a huge fan of Rebecca Grace Allen's for years, and when she asked me if I'd like an eARC of her debut, the words HECK, YEAH left my mouth so fast they left skid marks. I did not promise a good review in exchange for the book, only an honest one. Fortunately, I can give both. The Duality Principle is set in Portland, Maine--a city I never had any desire to visit until I read this book. Ms. Allen paints a lovely picture of this seaside town and does so without going overboard. Just enough detail is given to let the reader feel a part of the scene without bogging down the story. Our heroine, Gabriella, is a girl I'd like to hang out and drink margaritas with. Except for the whole Ivy-League-math-degree thing, we're very much alike, Gabby and I. I'm all about the characters, and she clicked with me from the get-go. Connor is my wet dream man come to life, in a manner of speaking. He's the perfect mix of good guy and bad boy wrapped in one gorgeous package, with a sprinkle of angst. (No lie, one of the notes I made on my Nook was simply UNF.) He was polite without being all Eddie Haskell-like, and flirty? Oh my stars, the boy gives good banter (and I do love me some banter). And holy dirty, the sex scenes. My Nook almost went up in flames (and me with it). In short, Ms. Allen handed me everything I look for in a book. I tried to keep an eye out for punctuation mistakes, etc. since this is an ARC, but either there aren't any or the story was so engaging, I didn't notice. There was one word choice that I wouldn't have gone with, and a popped P that I could have done without, but other than that my only complaint is that the book is far too short.2014-07-29Jennifer
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5With The Duality Principle her debut novel, Rebecca Grace Allen nailed it. This story is about a geek who desperately wants to be a little naughty and bad, and about a bad boy who desperately wants to be a good, tame geek. Gabriella (Gabby) and Connor definitely area match made in heaven, only it takes them a little time to realize it. During that time she sure have a blast, though. Damn, I forgot how dirty RGA’s writing is sometimes. While Gabby is pretty much the same – a brilliant student, sexy with a little rebel streak in her – throughout the story, Connor is more complex. He’s grown up with poor role models as parents, and after losing them he got himself in all sorts of trouble. Constantly. But meeting Gabby, he wants to be better, good. It’s the first time he actually wants a relationship that’s longer than a single date, and he sees himself as unfit for her. What I loved about this story – except for the dirty talking, the dirty sex and the great writing – is how Connor’s character grows with the plot. He has help from his grandparents and Gabby, but he eventually gets himself together and starts seeing himself as better. This isn’t a story where the protagonists’ journey makes you ache and emotional, but eff me if I didn’t shed a tear there at the very end. It was just so freakin’ sweet.2014-08-02Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Really enjoyed this one, y'all. Full review to come. 🙂2014-08-02cosmogirl7481
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Is The Duality Principal good?2014-08-22The Suburban Eclectic
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book. The characters were so perfect for each other and the ending was believable and not too cheesy--important requirements for me when considering whether I like a romance. Connor is the town bad boy and Gabby is an uber smart woman on her way to earning a doctorate. But neither is what they seem on the surface. When they get together, they have to work at stripping away one another's masks, and they end up caring enough and being attracted enough to do so. And they do it in some very hot ways. 🙂 Great dialogue, good pacing...the only thing that didn't really work for me was the way that the duality principle was both explained and applied at the start. It gets better about halfway through the book, but at the beginning, the application isn't quite correct and the definition stated is a bit vague and clunky. It might not bother everyone, but I like math. But in the end, it didn't bug me that much. The story was awesome without it, anyway, and I liked the book. A great debut!2014-09-16Audra North
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4My Review: This is a fun little story. Gabriella is a nerd and the guys she meets are complete duds. They don't understand her or her need to get a bit dirty when it comes to sex. They just don't expect or want that from this MIT student. She has a nerd exterior but the heart and libido of a bad girl. Connor has the opposite problem. He's trying to shed his bad boy persona that's only brought him trouble. Now he's a computer programmer and is trying to make that who he is all the time so he can meet the right kind of girl. Connor and Gabriella have a mutual friend who sees they are perfect for one another and sets them up on a blind date. But the issue is...both people are fighting both sides of their personas which constantly send mixed signal. Both are frustrated, aroused, and confused. Neither one tells the other exactly what they are feeling or want and it just ends up with both of them hurt and upset with this relationship that has moments of perfection until it all falls apart...every single date. This is a fun book. I'll admit that I didn't get the idea of Gabby's thesis because it just doesn't work, but I enjoyed watching her and Connor fumble around. The scenes where they connect are seriously hot. And that final scene where everything finally comes together is literally scorching. It's a short book and if you enjoy books with nerd themes, like I do, you probably will enjoy this one, too. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.2014-09-19Christi Snow
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5What a fun story! A true Tell Me A Story kind of story. Love when I am completely entertained from start to finish, no over the top drama or antics, just a good read. Fantastic debut and am looking forward to more from this author!! Stop by Books and Fandom for full review & author's blog tour2014-09-20AnnMarie
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning. My Thoughts: I just knew that upon picking up this story, I would be caught up in a whirlwind romance. It wasn't unfounded either--I definitely got drawn into their story immediately, and found it very hard to tear myself away from it once I started. Gabriella and Connor are hard to resist--and an absolutely perfect blend of naughty and nice. There's a mix of wanting to be good and wanting to be bad that has these two with a little bit of back and forth, yet can't wait to see each other again... and again... and again. Add in those kisses and their getting-to-know-you moments and you have a nice little recipe for a great romantic tale! The Duality Principle is a brilliant play of romance. It's honest and real and has the kind of depth you long for in a novella. It's not super long, but it's long enough for you to get attached to the characters and get swept up in the romance. Rebecca Grace Allen is an author to keep your eye on, that's for sure. Can't wait to see what else is up her sleeve! My Rating: Very Good2014-09-28Jessica
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3This book has lots of elements I like. A smart heroine who is nerdy. Love it. However, the opening didn't sit well with me. I just didn't like the tone. I didn't care for the voice of the heroine. I admire the fact that the writer is working with the idea of empowering her heroine to get her sexual needs met. However, this pursuit felt strained to me-- unorganic to the character. Perhaps it was opening with those needs instead of the needs being intergrated into the development of the character as I got to know her. I never settled into this book because of that slightly off feeling. It is a okay read but didn't work for me. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it. I will try to next book by this writer.2014-09-29namericanwordcat
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads54.5 stars I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review Gabby is a brilliant M.I.T. student spending the summer in her grandmother's house, the last summer it turns out as her parents have decided to sell it after the grandmother's death. Gabby was close to her grandmother as she accepted Gabby for who she was and wasn't forever disappointed in her choices the way her parents always seem to be, so she is greatly saddened by this decision. As Gabby walks about the town, she occasionally crosses paths with a leather wearing bike riding rebel. He not only catches Gabby's eye but causes her skin to heat up and send a spark down her spine. Gabby may be a geek on the outside but she craves the sex life of a happily satisfied dirty girl. After a string of dating guys who look at her like she is a freak for wanting more in the bedroom, she swears off wasting time on men who aren't able to give her what she wants. Her friend Jamie however swears she has the perfect guy for her and Gabby reluctantly goes on a blind date, showing up on this blind date is Connor who is a currently reforming bad boy extraordinaire. He was a rebel rouser due to his lousy childhood but has spent the last couple years going to school and working to clean up his act. He has seen Gabby around town and is intrigued by her but battles not feeling good enough. When these two meet for coffee and strawberry shortcake, passions, feelings, and emotions swirl creating a summer where Gabby and Connor may just find themselves while they get lost in each other.   This is a New Adult story and I loved it, there was not a whiff of slut shaming or overly angry aggressive dudes coming out of the woodwork. The main characters are around 24 years old and for the most part are true to that. Gabby has been frustrated in the past because she was scared and unsure about articulating what she wanted, rather it be in life or the bedroom but now has garnered enough confidence to stick up for what she wants, even if her voice is a tad bit shaky. Connor is trying to escape the reputation he had as a teenager and come into his own. They exhibit wonderfully what it is like to be in your early mid-twenties and struggle to not only find who you want to be but becoming that person. The tie in with the title of the book representing the math formula (I consistently received Cs in math so not even going to try and fully explain it) Gabby is working on for her thesis and how it pertains to duality is brilliant; it mirrors how Gabby and Connor perceive each other, not realizing that someone can be one thing while also being another. Connor only sees Gabby as a smart successful woman on a pedestal who shouldn't be wasting her time with a loser like him and tries to smother his sexual and at times dominate nature. Gabby thinks Connor is just another guy who is turned off by her more adventurous sexual desires as he backs away from her every time things heat up. Its miscommunication brought on by fear of rejection of their true selves.   This is a novella so it is more along the lines of short and in this case, hotly sweet. The sexual tension between these two as they go on their dates is sizzling and you'll be just about as disappointed as Gabby when Connor backs off. It was after they surrendered to all that sexual tension that the story started to feel rushed; the last 30% or so was hurried and lacked the emotions which made the beginning and middle so remarkable. There are a couple threads left dangling, Connor was going to sell his bike but I guess he doesn't have to now?, which left the story feeling somewhat incomplete. The surrounding characters of Connor and Jamie's friends and Connor's grandparents were nicely regulated to the background but given enough life to add to the story and make me curious about just how good of friends Jamie and Dean are. I sailed through this story as Gabby and Connor made me smile like a school girl at her crush; it's a read in one sitting kind of book.   The bottom line is there are a couple cheesy moments and the ending wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to be but this is still a must read. Gabby and Connor's journey to accepting themselves and coming together is not to be missed. As a debut book this is especially strong and I will definitely be on the lookout for future books from this author. The Duality Principle is a highly enjoyable, engaging, and hot read, don't miss out on it!2014-10-07WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I was given an ARC for an honest review. www.authorarosa.com There was a lot I loved about The Duality Principle, it was light and fresh, while still managing to be thought provoking and hot. This combination was fun to read. I have to admit I didn’t necessarily know where the story was going in the beginning and I was unsure what to make of the two main characters, but regardless, I couldn’t seem to put the book down, and once I found out more, I needed read it all. I finished this book in two days. This book is written in two point of views, so it was also fun to be in both characters heads. I enjoyed the two MC’s a lot, but particularly Gabriella Evans. She’s spending the summer at her (deceased) Grandmother’s house to get back in touch with who she is, and spending time in the house while trying to figure out how to get her hard-to-please parents to understand they cannot sell the very house that Gabby truly loves. Gabby is looking for love but while being a genius mathematician at M.I.T., none of the guys are up to snuff. Gabby is a truly fun character because not only is she incredibly intelligent, but she has this rebel layer to her which she wishes was more tapped into. Especially when it comes to the men she dates. While staying in Portland, Maine she ogles the hot mysterious biker who drives through town and is squirming attracted to him because he is essentially everything she wants, along with probably being a little dirty in the sheets, which she’s a bit desperate for. Her inner monologue is fun, witty, and wonderfully introspective. The way she calculates life like her studies was so kept me wanting to read more in her POV. The other main character is Connor Starks. A bad boy who doesn’t want that life any more and has turned over a (desperate) new leaf by teaching himself to become a computer programmer and being incredibly successful at it working at a small start-up tech company. For him, he’s on the right track, and when he sees Gabriella and how she’s hot and entirely too good for him, he knows he wants her, and he wants to be what he thinks she wants. He tries to keep his naughty life in the past, but Gabby kind of pulls and tugs him in all the right places where it becomes more and more difficult to hide who he was/is. He’s an amiable sort of character and you want to like him, and you totally do. Plus, when things start to heat up, his dirty mouth is gonna have you blushing and probably grinning. Just Saying. One of my favorite parts of this book was the first scene where Connor and Gabby have their blind date that their friend Jamie sets them up on. It’s this awesome, sexually charged conversation as they eat a piece of cake between them while trying to get to know each other, and my insides were knotted up in anticipation just as tight as Gabby’s. That’s when I knew I was going to like this book. Connor wants to take things slow because that’s how he thinks Gabby wants it, and Gabby is ready to go fast because she’s tired of going slow and she can’t figure out what Connors deal is. This totally entertaining to witness how they were going to untangle themselves from all these mixed signals. This story is so much fun, a bit on the overly dramatic at times, but steamy and smile-worthy. I also enjoyed how this story started with Gabby’s PhD thesis being on the title topic: “The Duality Principle. (dü’al·әd·ē ‘prin·sә·pәl) A principle that says if a theorem is true, it remains true if each object and operation is replaced by its dual, The Duality Principle is a solid four stars.2014-10-10Alex Rosa
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4SHORT, HOT, PROFOUND. Be yourself. It's something that people say over and over again, and yet only a few dares to follow. Gabby and Connor are two characters who can't help but hide their real selves for different reasons. All around Gabby, people have certain expectations of her that when she doesn't conform to it, she gets hurt by their actions or words. On the other hand, Connor had a wild streak before that earned him such a bad rep with everyone in town. This story is them finding the balance between what people want them to be and who they really are. Frankly speaking, I was opposed to what Gabby was disproving from the start. I always, always think that people can do as many things as they can. She was so darn set on disproving it while her own thoughts betray her. I still like her though because in the end, she did what we women should do. We should just be honest with what we want. Men aren't really the fortune tellers we think they are. 🙂 Sometimes they need a big push and Gabby is successful at that. I liked how Connor behaved around Gabby. I like how he tries really hard to be what he thinks Gabby would like. It's a show of courage when a man changes his ways for a woman. Little did he know that he need not change at all. 🙂 The story is pretty straightforward. I wanted to go to the bottom of it already, but the author made me wait, which is not such a bad thing, really. It's the anticipation that makes it even better! 🙂 HOTNESS FACTOR: 87% and above! ^_^ All in all, this is a short, hot read that will probably apply to many people. It's an authorly reminder that people should just be themselves. It's just added stress when we try to hide. Don't you agree? I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.2014-11-03✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5In The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen, Gabriella Evans 'Gabby' is a mathematician on holiday in Maine, spending her last summer at her grandmother's house before her parents sell it. There, she is enthralled by a mysterious biker, whose face she never sees but cannot stop thinking of or fantasizing about. "Her rider always rode fast and he was always alone." There also, her friend Jamie sets her up on a blind date. Despite a statistical thirty percent chance of success, Gabby agrees to go to keep her friend quiet. Her date is Connor Starks. Following a bit of a strange blind date, Gabby and Connor decide to meet again. The plot is simple, Gabby seeks to prove, in her thesis, that duality does not exist; nothing can be two things at the same time; nothing can be black and white at the same time. She believes that duality is not in her nature, whereas duality is in all of us, especially Gabby. In an attempt to disprove duality, Gabby tries to disprove her own dual nature. Since the first chapter in the novel, we see that Gabriella, who despite being a straight A student, has whims to break free from her life and the mould an intelligent mathematician is placed within. "She didn't want sweet, intelligent and safe. She wanted more." The characters of Gabby and Connor are different and alike at the same time. Gabby is smart, logical and successful but she has a wild side that past boyfriends have shied away from, viewing her as a freak. Connor, on the other hand, was a rebellious bad boy, who had broken both hearts and the law. But trying to become a gentleman now is a task made harder by Gabby, who prefers the bad boy over the classy guy. Meanwhile, Connor has two struggling sides, which often appear at the same time or minutes apart; one minute he is very flirtatious, the next he is serious and apologetic. However, it is Jamie's character that appears in a different light at the end of the novel. It is Jamie that makes this novel come to life to begin with. Despite the raw emotions in the novel, one sometimes feels that Gabby is more into sex than anything else. One realises she has been deprived but this rampant desire lessens the value of both her character and her womanhood for the reader. It is this desire that also worries Connor. I particularly liked the use of mathematical imagery in the novel; it was highly fitting for Gabby's character: "The truth was that she couldn't figure Connor out, and nothing irritated her more than a problem she couldn’t solve." Also, "Connor was a complicated proof she needed to take her time with." The theory of disproving duality is a bit hard to understand and whenever it came up in the novel, sometimes I felt like I got it and at other times I felt completely lost like I was reading Chinese – not one of my languages. This is probably the only negative comment I have about the entire book. I did not like rereading parts and still feeling like I wasn't making any heads or tails of them; a bit like Gabriella in this respect. On the other hand, I liked how instead of throwing day-to-day complications for the characters, the author kept bringing up the past and previous experiences in her scenes. The past plays a strong role in both characters' lives and affects their behaviour in the present. The past is the main obstacle in the novel. Overall, The Duality Principle is an enjoyable and quick read with beautiful narration and imagery throughout. "A rose represents promises and hope, but its beauty is bonded with thorns. It embodies pain and loss. Combined together, they are in perfect harmony, equal parts beautiful and strong." Note: This book contains adult scenes and is not fit for anyone under 18. Note: I received a free copy via Xpress Blog Tours and my Tour date is 28 November 20142014-11-04Nada Sobhi
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3Where to start? I liked this book. It was short and cute and since I’ve been reading all violence and MC books this month, it was quite a buffer. The Duality Principle is set in Portland, Maine, where Gabriella Evans is on vacation, staying at her deceased grandmother’s house. She’s a brilliant mathematician from M.I.T. and a complete rebel. She’s tired of having to live up a prim and proper life thanks to her parents’ expectations of her. So now that she’s away from them for the time being, she wants a vacation filled with hot, uninhibited, wild, public sex. And her fantasies all surround this biker, who has caught her eye. She’s seen him around town, a lot, and she knows he notices her too. She just doesn’t understand why he doesn’t introduce himself. Meanwhile, her neighbor and best friend Jamie, sets her up on a blind date with Connor Starks, bad-boy-turned-good and all Gabriella’s thoughts about the biker go flying outta the window. Mostly. There was definitely some chemistry between the two of them from day one. They were hesitant with each other, understandably, since it was the first time they’d seen each other, but I especially like Gabriella’s inner monologue throughout the early stages of their relationship. The entire book is in a dual POV so that’s good, but personally, Gabriella was the character I really liked “listening” to. She had a spine and refused to give in to drama even when they had a misunderstanding. Although, in all honesty, Connor wasn’t all that bad. And Jesus, the guy had a dirty, downright filthy mouth while they were schmexin’ so that was real fun to read J And while I like my share of bad guys, Connor so badly wanted to be good for Gabriella—and for all the right reasons, not just to get lucky—I really appreciated this guy. There was a bit excessive drama in the book. It was standard in any NA book but even then, Miss Grace handled it well, giving not too much attention to the drama itself but the resolution of it and the character’s growth because of it. A really, really good novella, as far as debuts go, and really cute if you’re looking for fluffy, spanking love 😀 Find this review and more at Rhea's Neon Journal2014-11-07Rhea Dsouza
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4As a former graduate student, I’m particularly sympathetic to books with leading men/ladies in grad school. So when my dear friend Cosmo read/reviewed The Duality Principle (TDP), Rebecca Grace Allen’s debut novel(la), featuring a spunky, sexy Ph.D. candidate, I knew I’d have to give it a read. As luck would have it, I won a copy of TDP in a contest that Rebecca hosted on her website. I’m certainly not one to eschew fate, so I dove into reading right away. As I suspected, I adored The Duality Principle! Rebecca writes with such wit and humor...and her characters totally embody those exact attributes. This might be a novella, but Rebecca gives us a full story with strong character development and robust narrative, which never fails to keep the reader engaged. ***Read the full review at We So Nerdy!2014-11-11Funmbi
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca3I quite enjoyed Rebecca Allen’s new novel The Duality Principle as the ...I quite enjoyed Rebecca Allen’s new novel The Duality Principle as the title says it all … Gabriella Evans is the title personified – good girl during the day, bad girl trying to get out. She is in desperate need of someone to bring out that wild side of her and bring out the women who she is dying to be. When she meets Connor Starks, sparks fly and so does everything else. Putting the Duality Principle to the test, Connor and Gabriella’s romance will have you all heated and bothered and ready for more. If you enjoy a good read with a bit of romance, a bit of dirty sex and a hot guy, The Duality Principle is for you. A recommend to be added to your To-Be-Read-Shelf.2014-11-11underneath the covers
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4A sweet, easy read.Gabriella is a geek who is studying for her PhD. She's dated fellow students but none of them could satisfy her particular sexual desires. Connor has grown up with poor role models. He's a bad boy trying to be good. When they meet on a blind date, Connor thinks he isn't good enough for her and Gabriella thinks he isn't her type. This was a sweet, fast read. There is some hot sex scenes and dirty talk. There was no real angst but it was touching and emotional in parts. Gabriella and Connor were both likable characters. It was a nice, easy read.2014-11-11M. Abbott
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5I loved "The Duality Principle" because it sucked me in from the first pages. Who hasn't been told that you can't be yourself because if you are then you're not good enough or no one will like you? The story of nerdy girl Gabby and ex bad boy turned IT geek Connor go through this exact thing. Both are too afraid to be themselves with the other because they believe that their true natures will scare the other off. Will they work through it and reveal themselves or end up losing in the end? This was a very fun and sexy read and I highly recommend it if you need a break from the ugly cries and paranormal stories. 18+ due to sexual situations2014-11-12Tia
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3Leigh‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 3.5 STARS Review copy provided for an honest review I’m not sure if I just read a kinky love letter to New England or sat through an advanced mathematical theory class… Staying at her grandmother’s house in Maine for the summer while working on her PhD thesis, Gabby has spent her time pondering how to disprove a mathematical certainty, lusting after the mysterious motorcycle guy that keeps driving by, and lamenting the fact that she will never find a guy that wants to explore a more kinky sex life with her. On a blind date, she meets Connor Starks and is immediately drawn to the quirky and handsome guy that looks like a cross between a geek and a rebel. Trying to hide his somewhat rowdy past, Connor is determined to be the good guy that he feels Gabby wants. But neither of these people are as innocent as they look. My first impression of The Duality Principle was that, despite the hot sex, the romance was slightly juvenile. I’m not used to a hero that still lives as home and has friends that act as if they never left high school. Nevertheless, it was still a sweet love story, watching Gabby and Connor discover in one another exactly the kind of person they were seeking. I did feel that the idea of the “duality principle” was overdone. The author would start getting into explanations of this theory and I would find myself skim over these parts. I understood how she was trying to tie the title theory regarding how, if you replace an element of an equation with its opposite it would still be the same, to the relationship between her characters. How they were both nerdy on the outside but truly rebels at heart. But once would have been enough. I felt that this theory kept getting pushed on the reader and referenced so as to beat it to death. Once I started skimming the math theory parts, I was able to enjoy the remainder of the story. Had I realized from the start that this was in the New Adult genre, it probably would have changed my expectations of the book. I don’t read much NA so I don’t have an accurate measure against which to judge The Duality Principle. But on its own merits, it was an upbeat, sexy and quick read which I did enjoy.2014-11-12Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4Super cute geeky funThe Duality Principle is the first book I have read by this author, I’ve been lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes.... I wasn’t sure how this book would be, the blurb sounds great but that doesn’t necessarily lead to a great book. On this occasion the blurb is exactly like the book!!! The Duality Principle is a light hearted, kinky little nugget of funny romance... I loved it!!! Gabby is a geek with a wild side, something about her really resonated with me. Her frustration with rubbish sex and men that haven’t got a clue was hilarious and I loved the dirty little inner monologue she had going on. Every women has fantasised about the filthy things we want our man to do to us, we may not all get to live out those fantasies but I love that Gabby wants to embrace her wild side and not feel like a freak for enjoying the more taboo side of sex. I mean who doesn’t like to be spanked in the heat of passion (wink wink) Connor was a great character he’s a bad boy who’s trying to be good lol which is just daft because there’s nothing sexier than a bad boy!! The sex in this book is smoking hot especially once they both embrace their bad sides. My only critisim is that this book ended a bit abruptly, I love a good HEA epilogue and that was missed here. I really enjoyed this book Gabby and Connor were the yin to each other yang and this book left me with a great big cheesy grin, and an urge for some alfresco sex lol. This is a great easy read perfect for the beach or just a good night in with a glass of wine 4 stars!2014-11-26Gem Reads Too Much
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4When I like a genre, I also need something else that sparks my interest, something that awakens my curiosity. First reviewed on Literaria http://sede-literaria.blogspot.com With THE DUALITY PRINCIPLE, there were several things. For starters, the title, so intriguing. How would it play out in the story? I must confess that I loved how important it was in the plot as it's Gabriella's purpose to prove it's a wrong theory. Let me explain. She's great with numbers since she was a kid. That's a sore spot with her parents who are intent on her securing a proper husband. Kid of a geek, but more a smart mathematician in the making, she's trying to find a way to disprove this duality principle. This states that everything has a dual and can be substituted with it and still be true. For her, this is utterly illogical. On the other hand, Connor is a bad boy and rebel on the path of recovery. He's also great with coding and programming which it's been his way out of brawls, bad habits and short hook-ups. Ironically, these two wonderfully developed characters might be the hard evidence to actually prove the theory in dispute. they both harbour their own opposites within themselves. And these two sides are true and equally powerful. I think people are walking paradoxes. We can crave nice and naughty without being untruthful to ourselves or the world. We are complex creatures, and that's exactly what Gabriella and Connor are discovering on their own in this nicely written story. The author does a great job at fleshing out her main characters. They have a thorough background that fully explains who they are now and why they have certain goals. I could relate to them so easily, I liked them a lot. Gabby is chasing a fantasy she fears she has to give up. Those yearnings to let go of inhibitions and experience wild passion seem to be impossible to fulfill as a long line of tepid boyfriends have taught her. Meanwhile, Connor is afraid to become just like his father in all his wretched, bad-boy glory. I loved the private thoughts that let me know the characters' personality and fears so well. I loved their dialogues, the space in between while try to gauge each other's real self, and I loved their steamy times together. Refusing to acknowledge one's desires can turn out to be damaging, but also quite an enticing plot for a story. I think The Duality Principle is romantic, sensual and dusted with little mathematical quirks that result in a very satisfying read.2014-11-28Babel
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4This book was hot, sweet, and fast paced. I read it all in one go. I loved the premise behind the book. Smart is totally the new sexy. Gabby was hot and so was Connor. They both are brilliant and it was interesting watching the two of them get to know each other while trying to figure out how to get what they wanted. I really found it interesting how they were both struggling to verbalize what they were looking for in prospective partners. The back and forth between Gabby and Connor fighting their desires was entertaining, but I was just as Sexually frustrated as they were about not dealing with it. The tension build up was great, but then I was ready for some release! I understood why Connor was fighting between what his head said he should do and what his soul wanted. However I felt like it was wrong he had to change who he was to be with the person he wanted to. It was really enlightening because how many of us have tried to change for someone else? While this story wasn't very long, I felt like it was complete. There were no loose ends and no corners cut. I hope to see more of Grace and Connor in future books in this series. I would also love to read a book about Jamie or Dean, maybe even the two of them together. They're Gabby and Connor's friends. Rebecca Allen Grace has done a great job at including Gabby and Connor's profession. I loved the examples Gabby was using while trying to form a basis for rejecting the duality principle. If you're looking for something new adult to read that has smart, sexy characters with erotic undertones, this book is totally for you!2014-11-28Moon Love
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5One of my favourite things this year in books is that Smart and Geeky is the new "Sexy" and The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen is another book to back that up. In this book we meet Gabby Evans who is studying her PhD in Applied Mathematics with the theory of The Duality Principle, which states that no one single entity can represent two things e.g you can only be good not bad etc. After her grandmother died and things became rocky at home, Gabby needed time away and heads to her Grandmother's old house in Portland. Her best friend Jamie has set her up on a blind date, with an old school buddy of hers and after all her failed attempts at dating she has the idea that this is going to be another geeky disaster. Turns out though that Connor Starks is more than meets the eye as he is by day a Computer Programmer but it seems that he has that spunk side that Gabby has been searching for. So begins a fun romantic New Adult story with references to Geek and Maths Equations as well as some "sexy moments". Can Connor prove Gabby's theory about The Duality Principle wrong or will he re-affirm what she already hypothesizes ? Find out in this fun read that everyone should read "The Duality Principle" by Rebecca Grace Allen and remember readers "Smart is the new Sexy".2014-12-02Paula Phillips
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4Though our central character looks like a nerdy girl she lies things a bit more ...First impressions are not all they seem. Though our central character looks like a nerdy girl she lies things a bit more darker while our bad boy wants to redeem his image a bit. The mutual friend sees that these two could be perfect for each other. But it takes a while for our characters to get past some issues. I must say i did not fully understand the maths side of the story, but i enjoyed it with the smart female character. A fun story to read, i enjoyed it.2014-12-02kimberley carr
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4It is really great to see how mathematical theory gave an idea for a romance novel. I found that very fresh and original, but even more amazing is how the author incorporated the duality principle theory in the story. Because of this, but not only this, “The Duality Principle” is a very enjoyable story... Full review available on Night Owl Reviews2014-12-29Dunja *a chain reader*
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4A really different book.Enjoyed reading it.2015-01-06Ash
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Gabriella is spending the summer in Portland away from her maths PhD. While she's fantasizing about bad boys on bikes, she's being set up on blind dates with sweet nerdy boys who wear their cell phones attached to their belt loops. Connor is just that nerd. He's working hard to be the good boy, especially because he thinks that's who Gabby wants, but to do that he's hiding both his past and his desire to get down and dirty with Gabby in any number of public places. Gabby is a geeky good girl, who just wants to find someone who understands being good doesn't mean she can't be bad too. She struggles with relationships because all her partners seem to think she's a freak in the sack (she's not actually that kinky, she just enjoys a bit of dirty talk, light spanking and semi-public sexy times...). Occasionally I found her lack of communication a little infuriating, but I liked that she finally stands up for herself in the end. Connor is a geek, but he's also a bad boy. Now he's trying to be good. He thinks he isn't good enough for someone like Gabby, so he's trying to be sweet and restrained, not realizing it's his unrestrained side that she's after. I really love Connor, his sweet geeky, unsure side as much as his commanding, dirty talking side. He's the whole package in muscled computer programmer gift wrapping. I always love nerdy pairings in romance. While still not entirely common, I'm glad geeks in love is becoming an accepted pairing in the genre. With their computer coding, maths love and transformer references, Connor and Gabby are just adorable, and adorably sexy. Yum. More sexy nerds please! This romance has a strong miscommunication storyline, which I know annoys some people, but it worked for me in this one. We pretty much know Gabby and Connor are perfect for each other from the start, but it takes them a while to work it out. Gabby wants a guy who can understand her sexual desires, rather than being disgusted by them, but when Connor keeps pulling away from their trysts, she assumes he's like all the other boring-sweet boys she's dated before. If only they both explained on that first blind date that they both like it bad, then... well, there wouldn't be much of a story. And what a shame that would be. The sex scenes are steamy deliciousness, with just enough delayed gratification to get us there. It's a short read, with a definite focus on sexy times over the emotional development of Gabby and Connor, and I did feel a little like we don't have quite enough build up to Connor and Gabby's relationship. Their feelings develop a little too deeply too quickly - Connor wants to change just for Gabby when, by that point, I didn't really feel like he knows her that well at all. It didn't take long, however, for me to be sold on their emotional connection and mutual understanding. And, honestly, their hot hot hot sexy times chemistry was enough to make me fall head over heels for this pair anyway. Beyond their relationship, Gabby and Connor are developed as characters well, especially given the length of the story. There are a couple of sweet moments with Connor's grandparents, which added depth to his character, and I liked that we get to meet Gabby's parents towards the end. The thing I loved most about this book was that no matter how much Connor wants to change for Gabby, and how much Gabby wants to change for others, in the end it's their attempts at changing that are the hurdle to their happiness. I get the appeal of the whole girl-makes-boy-want-to-be-better storyline, but I liked this you're-already-pretty-fucking-great storyline a whole lot more. This is a fantastic debut from Rebecca Grace Allen. The Duality Principle is a short, sexy, fun erotic romance that has placed Rebecca Grace Allen firmly on my watch list! --- More reviews at: http://www.readingromance.com2015-02-19Love Reading Romance
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Another fabulous read from Rebecca Grace Allen. You have got to read this one, for various reasons…. As I started reading glimpses of scenes from the first book in the series, The Duality Principle, jumped into my head and I got who we’re dealing with. Jamie is the baby sister of three older brothers, all successful doctors like their father. Your basic overachiever bunch. Jamie has always been different, and not really wanting, or able to compete, resorted to playing pranks to be noticed. And noticed she was. Jamie is regarded as the flighty, unable to decide on a direction in life girl. Only she’s not really like that. Jamie knows exactly what she wants to do in life, she was just rejected and failed when first trying. She’s settling for something she loves but not as a career, unless one goes for an average contentment. Dean’s life hasn’t been easy, to say the least. He’s grown up with his father, that clearly cares for him, wasn’t abusive, but not exactly fun to be around. His dad works hard to keep a garage he intends for Dean, only he’s running it to the ground, not open for ideas and innovations. What he also doesn’t realize is – Dean doesn’t want the garage. Especially not as it is now or how it’ll be when given to him. And he’s got his own passion… They both always had feelings for each other. No big shocker here. The thing with them was that Jamie always thought Dean wasn’t serious about her and his advances were always for momentary physical pleasure and nothing more. In reality, Jamie is the girl for Dean, but he’s determined to not be the one to tie her down, knowing her desire to work in fashion, possibly away from home. On this very basic plot, a whole slew of emotions, relationships on various levels and a sexy way of writing, makes the difference between an average book and a good one. The Hierarchy of Needs is a good book. It’s fun to read, there are laughs, a lot of sexy moments, great character chemistry, real life issues and real life solutions. I enjoyed the characters’ development throughout the story, and the way the ending was a great ending, but not a classic HEA where everything falls into it’s exact place. RGA is, as her usual awesome self, doing a great job writing life, with a sweet addition of fun, funny, sexy and emotional. Grab it as part of a series or a standalone. Works either way!2015-02-22Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Check out more of my reviews on my blog http://gemmareadstoomuch.co.uk The hierarchy of needs is book #2 in The Portland Rebels Series, I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy to read for Gemma reads too much. Both Jamie and Dean were in the first book in this series The Duality Project which I LOVED!!! I felt like Jamie was just waiting for her life to change and I kind of wanted to kick her up the bum!!! Her crush on Dean seemed almost juvenile, but I sort of loved that about it too. It was incredibly sweet that she had judged every guy in her life since she was a teenager against this fantasy ideal. I loved Dean he was sweet and shy but also incredibly sexy. I found him really endearing and likeable. I wanted to both slap him for being a player but then hug him for his lack of self-worth. I felt kind of sorry for both Dean and Jamie; they were both just so unhappy and stuck in a life they don’t want. They are both so desperate to love and be loved but are stifled by their lives and circumstances. The sex was seriously hot!!! It’s only a small section of the book which does have a few goes at slightly kinky, but Christ on a cracker it was smoking hot!!! The title suggests this is going to be a deep, complicated book when instead you get a nice easy read that made me smile and didn’t give me a book hangover. The Hierarchy of Needs gets 4 stars from me.2015-03-04Gemma Weir
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I have somehow forgotten how I stumbled across this book, but I bet there is a good story behind it. The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen is a contemporary romance that is based on quite the “brainy” principle of duality. The heroine Gabriella Evans is doing her PhD in disproving the duality principle which states that “if a theorem is true, it remains true if each object and operation is replaced by its dual.” Gabriella is not just super intelligent, she is also someone who is tired of hiding her true nature from the men she had accepted into her life up till now. The fact that every single one of them had left her feeling like she is doing something wrong by wanting more from the physical aspect of their relationships had left its scar on her. Gabriella comes to Portland, Maine to not only sort her thoughts out and work on her thesis, but to say goodbye to the home that had been her grandmother’s, a home that holds sentimental value to her and she is having a hard time letting go of. Her relationships with her parents is a tension filled one at best, and Gabriella comes seeking the solitude which she has always found at her grandmother’s place. When her best friend suggests that she go on a blind date with a friend of hers, Gabriella goes along with it, not thinking that anything much would come out of it. However, when Connor Starks shows up, there is something about him that makes her want to know more, that makes her senses go on red alert, and makes her want to climb, lick, kiss and suck every single inch of him. The fact that Connor seems to present two very contrasting sides of his character to her confuses her more and makes her want to unravel what it is that Connor is “hiding”. Connor is the bad boy who has worked hard to walk the right path. The fact that Gabriella interests him on a level that no other woman has ever interested him before makes Connor fidgety about the fact that being true to his seductive nature could spell out trouble for him where his long term plans with Gabriella are concerned. But then again, the best laid plans always have a tendency of going awry, and time and yet again, Connor finds himself literally being driven crazy by the desire that makes him feel absolutely primal with wanting when it comes to Gabriella. What made this book a fun read is the scorching hot sexual tension that sizzles through the pages, practically making me melt, on the spot. Connor is someone who turns up the heat, just like that, and there is nothing anyone can do but go along for the ride. The fact that Connor is the one who holds back, trying to do what is right as per his twisted logic when it comes to Gabriella is what lends the story the interesting tangent of angst that made this worth reading. While most romance writers tend to shy away from writing brainy heroines of Gabriel’s nature, I found Gabriel to be an interesting mix. The duality that lives within her character, that is constantly at war with one another until Connor comes along and proves to her that he is man enough to handle both was quite compelling. The fact that I learned of a completely new-to-me nerd fact was the icing on the cake when it came to this book. Recommended for those who love stories featuring sexy as sin, reformed bad boys who just can’t help but be bad with the right woman! Rating = 4/5 For more reviews & quotes, please visit www.maldivianbookreviewer.com2015-03-26MBR
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5ARC Review: Very sweet read. Jamie is an adorable character. Her life just isn't measuring up to her standards. Dean is stuck in the family business and sees no way out except to quit. One weekend together to get each other out of of the others heads, turns into love for both. Can they both stand up and get what each of them wants, or will they be too stubborn to see. Great writing and the storyline was perfect. Highly recommend2015-03-29Julie Jackson
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5ARC review: Another fabulous read from Rebecca Grace Allen. I will admit, it took me a little longer to get into this book than the first in the series, and I missed the vivid descriptions of Portland that were such a part of The Duality Principle. That said, I love Jamie and Dean. Their friendship is a beautiful thing; I wish I'd had a guy friend like that in high school (and after). The between-the-sheets scenes are everything you could ask for (and, trust me, not anything you want to be reading in public). As before, my only true complaint is that the book isn't nearly long enough for my liking (but I'd probably be saying that even if RGA had cranked out a 500-page epic).2015-03-29Jennifer
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Sweet, sexy soul searching. Loved it!2015-04-30The Suburban Eclectic
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3Review to come......2015-05-06Tonya
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Both Jamie and Dean lives are stuck in place. Neither of them seem to be able to move in the right direction. until they finally realize that they are in love with each other. A great short romance, with plenty of spice.2015-05-09Seanna Yeager
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4This is the first book I've read by Ms. Allen and I really enjoyed myself. I was a psychology major in college so the title really caught my attention first...ok maybe second after the hottie on the cover. Hello Mr. Hunkie Hunk hunk! This was such an easy, breezy, light and fun read. It was just what I needed after coming off a dark, twisted read. I Smiled so hard my cheeks were hurting, I laughed, and even shed a few tears. I've always liked the friends to lovers theme in a story, but this one was different to a degree. Jamie and Dean have always had an attraction to each other. Every since she walked into detention one afternoon in high school. Dean was sucker punched when he saw her again in class dressed up for Halloween. She was his fantasy from that day on. I wont ruin the surprise of what she dressed up as, or what his fantasy entailed, but man was it HOT!!!! I loved everything about Jamie. She was cute, fun, and quite the prankster. Her practical jokes were fun, light hearted, and all in good humor. She was a lost soul for more of her life, however Dean saw her, he always saw her. Its ironic because Jamie always saw Dean for who he was too, a beautiful, loving , artist God. OK I may of added the God part, but hell its the Gosh darn truth! Dean.... Oh Dean you silly crazy man you! Dean was everythjng you would of wanted in a best friend... But why settle for just friends when he makes an even better boyfriend? I loved how much he loved Jamie. So much so that he put her needs before his. That's love and he had it in spades for her. I recommend this book to anyone who's ever wondered "what if?" and went to find out. ** ARC was provided by author in exchange for an honest review **2015-05-11Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I actually forgot that I'd read the first book in this series - that's how much of an impact it had one me - but this book is so much better than the first, I think I'll remember it for a while to come. I have a penchant for friends-to-lovers tales, having lived one myself, and Jamie and Dean's story is a great one. It made a nice change to see a male MC that isn't full of himself and alpha male. Dean might have plenty of luck with the ladies, but inside he's lacking self-confidence and doesn't believe he deserves anything good in his life. He thought he was happy just surviving on the bare minimum, but a weekend of giving into temptation with Jamie changes things. Jamie isn't sure what she wants - or rather, she doesn't believe she's good enough to do what she wants. Living in the shadow of three successful older brothers, playing the prankster, has left her with little ambition and an aimless take on life. It takes someone like Dean to make her think differently. I love what these two do for each other - like all great relationships, they complement and improve each other, although it takes them a while to get to that stage! The Hierarchy of Needs is an addictive NA romance and a great story of positivity.2015-05-12Bobbie
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5*** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review *** I liked this book a lot. Allen captured the essence of, Jamie, a still-maturing early-twentysomething really well, without making her seem like a loser. Same thing for Dean--his struggle was nicely captured, with all the evidence to support his fear as a real possibility. I especially loved that there wasn't some magical transformation in the end. Jamie didn't suddenly get a call to do her own runway show and Dean wasn't asked to show his photos in the Met. It was realistic, well done, and sexy. It was also better than the first book, which I would still recommend reading, but you can start with either and read as a standalone.2015-05-14Audra North
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The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4This was a great friends-to-lovers story that not only focused Dean and Jamie’s love affair, but also focused on both of them coming to terms with their pasts so they could move forward. Both Jamie and Dean have issues from their past they are dealing with. Dean’s past of working in his family business, which has become his present and looks to be his future, has always had him pushing Jamie away. Jamie has always felt like the odd man out in her family. Her overachieving brothers make her feel like she’s not living up to the expectations her family has for her. Now that she is back in Portland, those feelings are magnified and have Jamie very restless. When Dean finally gives in fully to his attraction to Jamie you just knew that these two were going to be explosive! Jamie and Dean had so much chemistry and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. Of course agreeing to a weekend of getting hot and sweaty is just what they need to work things out of their system because they both know that whatever is between them can’t be more than lust – and getting hot and sweaty they most certainly did! These two were so perfect for each other though, and not just in the bedroom. There was such an ease that they had about them when they were together, and you could always feel the history and deep bond that they shared and you just knew how much they cared about one another. I loved watching both Dean and Jamie finally deal with their issues. They both had been stuck accepting a future they were not quite happy with. It was nice to see they both cleared things up with their families and made decisions that would set them on the right path to begin a future that would not leave them empty and regretful. I really enjoyed this book and am curious to go back and read the first book in the series. This series is loosely tied together by a group of friends, so I had no problem starting with this book first. There was a bit of angst and a few moments where I wanted to shake Dean about his reasons for pushing Jamie away, but I loved the way the plot was developed and how the finding their own path led Jamie and Dean together. A nice addition to anyone’s TBR pile! I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.2015-05-27Margaret
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads54.5 stars I loved The Hierarchy of Needs! I'm a sucker for best friends falling in love and this book was just perfect. Jamie and Dean were such lovable and relatable characters, I enjoyed seeing them move from best friends to lovers. They've been in love with each other for the longest time yet never taking that step to be together. Dean would hold back his feelings thinking he wasn't the right choice for Jamie. Dean didn't see how a blue collar worker would fit in Jamie's world, he would only hold her back.. silly boy! I really connected with Jamie, she hid her emotions behind playing pranks and jokes on her loved ones and no one saw just how lost she was feeling with her lack of direction in life. What she wanted to do didn't fit in what she thinks her family expects from her. It was heartwarming seeing Dean and Jamie help each other to go after what they both want in life and that included each other's heart. They were perfect for each other, they had amazing chemistry and dear lord the bedroom scenes made my kindle sizzle! *fans self* Rebecca Grace Allen has written a heartwarming and entertaining read, she's given us characters that will touch your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. I highly recommend The Hierarchy of Needs. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.2015-06-09Irene
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I signed up to review this book and didn't realize it was book two. (I seem to do that a lot!) But guess what? That didn’t matter because I was ok with it. I thought this book was really good. I thought the characters were good, the story line, the entire book. I found myself thinking about this book while sitting at my desk, driving home or sitting at a softball game. It is definitely something I would recommend to my friends and to you!! Dean Trescott and Jamie Matthews are absolutely perfect together! A story of having a huge crush on your male friend, but afraid to push it. Not knowing if he really feels the same for you. Those butterflies I got while reading about how, she wanted him to want her as much as she wanted him. They share one night of passion, and Jamie can't stop thinking of that one night (neither can I). But Dean, thinks she deserves better than him. (insert cough here) bull!! Jamie is the only girl in her family, all her brothers are over achievers she has her own unique ways of dealing with it. She has a great sense of humor. The journey these two friends take to put it simply put a smile on my face, no major drama here! A great love story! Made me smile and as I sit here writing my review I am thinking of what I read and I am smiling. I know you will enjoy this as much as I did.2015-06-12Ann Marie
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads43.5 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review “When I look at you, I see that girl I knew as a kid. Someone who was always smiling, always happy, and has stayed like that, no matter what. You’re like this one single bright fucking spot of sunshine I have in a life that pretty much sucks otherwise, so don’t you dare wish you were anyone else, or think you can’t have what you want. You should have everything you want, Jamie. Everything.”   Jamie and Dean have been friends ever since their meeting in detention in high school. When one night led them to pushing the boundaries of friendship and Dean shying away, they have now stuck to the platonic side of things. The more they hang out though, the more flirtations and buried emotions start to creep up. Jamie and Dean are both feeling lost as more grown up decisions come their way; can they be each other's rock?   The Hierarchy of Needs is second in the Portland Rebels series and while you could get away with starting with this book, I would recommend reading the first, The Duality Principle. Jamie and Dean's tension filled flirty relationship is discussed somewhat in that book and I think would help the reader get into the flow of this story quicker if they had that background. I thought this one started off a little slow and if you haven't read the first, you will probably feel somewhat lost as to why you should care about these two as a couple. For most of the book, we don't really get to see Jamie and Dean fall in love so much as fight to repress those feelings. It is later on when they decide to give in a little do we see their bonding connection.   Jamie and Dean were great New Adult characters with their doubt, inexperience, and trying to find themselves. Jamie feels like the unsuccessful black sheep in her family while Dean feels trapped by his; both are trying to grow into who they think they should be while secretly wanting something very different. These internal battles gave a fuller and more authentic feel to our characters just starting to hit adulthood. Dean pushing Jamie away because he didn't feel good enough for her was sweet if not a bit of an overused plot. Jamie was great in her final refusal to put up with Dean's back and forth and demand they settle their feelings one way or another and ooh boy when they do! As with the first book, this one was punctuated by some subtly sexy scenes and then some not so subtle ones. Due to the fact that our couple had pretty much already fallen in love, the story relied more heavily on the sexy times. Their sexual chemistry was great (if you like hair pulling, you're in for a treat) but I found myself missing the emotional initial sparks of newly discovered attraction.   This is a shorter read, one you can read in one sitting and will want to as you'll be anxiously anticipating Jamie and Dean finally releasing all that sexual tension. We also get a small mention of the first book's couple and two possible stars for a third book in the series. I love how this author writes believable NA characters and stays away from making her guys abusive (Dean is a sexy tattooed teddy bear); I enjoy being carried away in her stories for a couple hours. If the friends-to-lovers’ trope is your candy, like playful flirting, struggling to find yourself, and the aforementioned hair pulling, you really need to pick up a copy of this.2015-06-17WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads44 - "I've been ready for six years." Stars! The Hierarchy of Needs is the first book I have read by Rebecca Grace Allen, and I have to say it was an absolute treat. Teaming up one of my favourite tropes with a really likeable couple is always going to be a winner for me, and the author excelled with this ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ story. It was hard to forget the best thing she’d ever had. Jamie Matthews and Dean Trescott have been best friends since meeting in detention in school, although over the years they have tried to stay within the parameters of platonic friendship, their attraction and more than friendly feelings for each other on occasion have caused them to slip into the friends with benefits category. The last time being six years ago, when after one hot coming together Dean pulls back again, and insists that he and Jamie should stick to being best friends and nothing more. ”We’re good right?” The reality is, they both want more with each other and for themselves, but sitting down and actually acknowledging to each other the truth about their feelings, as well as admitting to themselves their real hopes and dreams for the future is not something either of them has really considered as a possibility before. The Hierarchy of Needs explores this couples coming together over what was supposed to be a weekend-fling to get each other out of their systems, but as you would expect when they return to Portland, both of them know that things between them, as well as the current lives they are leading have irrevocably changed, does that mean they go forwards as a couple? Or look to explore their dreams elsewhere and with other people. I really enjoyed this book, and although book two in The Portland Rebels series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone, I haven’t read the first book in the series, but after enjoying Jamie and Dean’s story, I will definitely be looking to read The Duality Principle at some point very soon. ARC generously provided by Rock Star PR, it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.2015-06-22Claire Robinson
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen is the second book in her Portland Rebels Series. Although part of a series, this beautiful romantic tale CAN be read as a standalone. This is the story of Jamie and Dean, best friends since tenth grade, and secretly infatuated with each other ever since. It's now been a few years since high school. Jamie is back in Portland with her liberal arts college degree and no major plans ahead of her. She works at the community center as a swim coach and lifeguard but secretly wants to be a fashion designer. Very secretly as no one in her life knows about her failed dreams. Not even Dean. Dean is fulfilling his lifelong destiny of working in his fathers auto repair shop. He is third generation and will eventually take over the place. What once seemed exciting about restoring old cars and making things work again is now all about the cheapest repairs and a failing business. When yet another "encounter" happens between Dean and Jamie they both start to wonder why they're trying so hard to remain only friends so they try a weekend away to "get it out of their system" and when they get back plan for things to get back to normal. Yeah, right! This story is a simple romance without all the angst and pain, has just a few misunderstandings, but is well-paced, well-written, funny and sweet, and when it comes to Jamie and Dean and their little interludes - it's SMOKIN' Hot! Loved this and will DEFINITELY be reading more from this author.2015-06-23Lisa
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4lovely story of friends to lovers. Jamie has always had a thing for Dean but nevr took it much further than friends. Back at home with her parents and working as a swim coach she finds herself wanting more. She loves creating and all aspects of art. Dean who loves photography slaves away at his fathers shop, because soon it will become his own. He becomes torn between his love of photography and fulfilling his fathers dreams of him taking over. A weekend away is what both Dean and Jamie need. Will it be too much for them? Will they be able to stay friends. Be sure to check out this great loving story.2015-06-25Tabitha Jones
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5There comes a time in every woman's life when you need to grow some balls and proposition your man, "she gave him a look, a pursing of her lips that said stop playing around. “Six years of sexual tension. I think it’s time we did something about it, or it’s going to drive us both nuts.” Jamie's man has some stamina, good Lord, "he couldn’t get enough. Against the wall in the living room. In the hallway. On the kitchen counter." I liked this book sometimes the woman has to take the reins and make her man see things clearly.2015-06-29Heather andrews
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of Jaime's failure to launch. But is everything as perfect as it seems. Jaime still lives at home and is still trying to figure out her life after college. Her dream of fashion seems like just a dream and not a reality. Dean has always hidden his feelings for Jaime because he feels that he will drag her down with his future. His future looks bleak as the future of his father's business. Jaime and Dean have been friends for a long time. They do have a connection but both are afraid to act on it. This story was refreshing in the fact that it was not instant love for the characters. I also loved how the story portrayed the hardships that both of them go through trying to fit in with their family's. The story was so much more then the romance (and some spicy, steamy scenes) between the two. Both Jaime and Dean, with the help of each other, finally start to see that they can attempt to live their dreams and get what they want out of life. They also learn to live for themselves and not for everyone else. A great romantic read. I received a gift copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed for Kylie's Fiction Addiction.2015-06-30Shelly Wygant
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5My favorite by Rebecca Grace Allen so far! 4-1/2 stars. This review also is posted on Pretty Sassy Cool. I've been a fan of Rebecca Grace Allen's writing for a long time now, and I think The Hierarchy of Needs might be my favorite so far. It had everything I love in a story--smart, fun characters who are relatable and a realistic (and hot!) story. Best friends to more is one of my favorite genres, and Jamie and Dean were off-the-charts. Jamie is the youngest of four siblings, the only girl, and the only one in her family who doesn't have a clear direction in life (her brothers are all doctors, I think), so she's viewed as a bit flightly and doesn't have it all together like everyone else. Dean was just fun. He doesn't think he's good enough for Jamie and feels trapped by his family's business. He was a stand-up guy, a hard worker, and even though I wanted to yell at both of them to just tell each other at times, I loved his character. Of course, they've had feelings for each other since high school. They fought it for years--until they can't anymore. They both want more but don't tell each other what they really need. I don't want to give away too much, but I will suffice it to say that these two are hot. Even more than that, the way their characters and relationship develop is just lovely to experience. They care about each other, and it shows. I loved pretty much everything about this book. The banter, the sexy times, the characters, the story. If I had to pick something that I didn't like, it would be that I wanted more. But that's always what I say, isn't it 🙂 Also, I don't know that I would classify this as New Adult, but whatever. If you didn't read the first book in The Portland Rebels series, have no fear! You can totally read this one as a standalone. I do recommend that you read the first book, The Duality Principle, because it's awesome and should not be missed. Readers will be happy to see Gabriella and Connor here, too. With sizzling hot chemistry, a sweet storyline, and characters that you'll fall for, The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen is a fast, fun read. You won't be sorry when you give this author a try. In fact, you'll wonder why you waited so long!2015-07-02Kassiah
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4This is a story of two people that are stuck in a routine and don’t know how to break free. Jamie and Dean are very smart individuals. Each has goals and dreams that they want to accomplish. The problem is that instead of following their hearts and working toward pursuing what they dream of, each has done what is expected of them. I liked The Hierachy of Needs. Ms. Allen appealed to the heart, mind and spirit with Jamie and Dean. The struggle to break free is what lead these characters to discover all that was being searched For was right within their grasp. A well written story with a few hiccups along the way. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.2015-07-04Isha Coleman
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Friends-to-lovers--yay 🙂 Rebecca Grace Allen has written another short and steamy novella, this time starring Drew, The Duality Principle 's Connor's close friend and his best friend, Jamie. Both Drew and Jamie feel like they're trapped in lives they don't want, lives that leave then floundering and stagnant. Furthermore, both Drew and Jamie struggle with wanting more from their relationship, but each feels completely unable to admit it to the other. So. Much. Angst...which admittedly, got to be a bit frustrating at times. So many close calls! So many times that they almost let the other one know what they felt! But since you know that Drew and Jamie are even more frustrated by the events than the reader is, it worked. And when they finally take the big risks, it is that much more satisfying 🙂 Hmmmm...dare I say that Mikey needs his own story now? The Hierarchy of Needs works fine as a standalone--Conner puts in an appearance and shares some exciting news(!), but nothing in book two depends on having read book one. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.2015-07-04Becky
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3I received an ARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Rebecca Grace Allen is a new-to-me author. I haven't read the first book in this series, but it didn't affect this book or how I enjoyed reading it. The reason why I tend to stay away from serials is that cliffhangers drive me crazy and the necessity of reading all the way from the first book is a bit time consuming. Anyway, I quite liked this book. I like the story and the characters that the author created. I love the friends-to-lovers trope. That means that that's an instant point for this book. The hero was not your usual player who was a jerk and then changed because of the heroine. He was a bit playful and mischievous, yes. But he was generally a good guy. The heroine was also a fun character, expecially with her love for practical jokes. It's good that while this book had many people in the story, it wasn't rowdy or messy. Therefore, even if this is the first book I've read from this author, I still liked it. I think that after this book, I will definitely be looking into her future works. I tried checking out the first book, but it had mixed reviews. Anyway, The Hierarchy Of Needs is a good, sexy novel that many romance fans will surely enjoy. It's not just about the trope, it's also the adventure and the chemistry between that main characters that will take you on a lively journey throughout the whole book.2015-07-04Sultry Steamy Reading
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5This book was really good. I enjoyed reading The Hierarcy of Needs. This book was fantastic and different in its own way from other books MC books that I have read. This was a first time read for me by Rebecca Grace Allen. I loved the characters and how well they developed through out the book. Jamie lives at home and is going to school she is trying to figure out her future. Dean is working man who will succeed in taking over his father's business. These two meet and start out as friends then they grow into a relationship. This was a great love story and one to definitely re-read in the future. Can't wait to see what happens next. *** Review for Obsessed by Books ***2015-07-04Alison Chewning
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5This is the first one in this series that I have read and it can be read as a stand alone. I fell in love with the characters Jamie likes to play jokes on everyone. she is the youngest child to 3 older brothers. What people and her family fail to see is that she plays jokes and tricks on them because its all she knows how to do. Everyone has always made her feel out of place. like she was a mistake, nothing she ever does in her life is good enough. Her older brothers have gone to medical school and are following in their fathers footsteps but Jamie's passion is Fashion but when she got the rejection letter before college she gave up on that. She had her swimming all through college that was one thing she was good at and her brothers were not but college came to an end and so did her swimming shes good just not Olympics good. Dean is following in his fathers footsteps and taking over the Garage that has been in the family for a little while. His grandfather built it and passed it down to his father and he always wanted that life as well. Until one day in High School and meeting Jamie in an Art class and found a passion for taking pictures. Dean had the idea of going off to college for photography but when brought up to his dad he of course told him no that he was needed in the garage. So like Jamie Dean put his passion on the back burner as well. Neither are happy with their life. They had a moment a few years prior and Jamie has always harbored feelings for Dean. One weekend together to get each other out of their systems turns into love for both but will they be able to make it last or will their own pride and stubbornness keep them from something that could be amazing? This book I mean wow. I love how it explains the dynamics and doesn't give too much at one time but also doesn't leave anything out. This is a must read.2015-07-05Judy Miracle
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. **Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso in exchange for a fair and honest review.** Jamie has yet to find what she wants to do for the rest of her life. Does she want to coach or does she want to enter into the fashion business? Could she handle another rejection? How would she ever fill her brother’s shoes and was it really necessary? Dean was stuck following in his father’s shoes, working at the family business. It was a sinking ship and his Dad wasn’t open for any ideas to make it better. Could Dean do anything to make his future brighter? He didn’t want Jamie to be stuck in the town with no room to grow, like his mom. Could he ever find happiness? This was a good story. The story line was fun and provided a nice, quick read. The two main characters were written well and were easy to understand. The relationship was sweet and they experienced problems that we can all relate to. The emotions weren’t incredibly strong in this story. I can’t say there was one emotion felt over another or any one specific that really pulled at my heart other than frustration between the two characters and wanting Dean to pull his head out and look at what was in front of him. There were some parts that made me laugh when Jamie pulled her pranks against her brothers. It seemed that this story seemed to lack some oomph. I can’t specifically what it would be that would provide the oomph and I enjoyed the story overall but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression. I enjoyed reading it but think they need another book as some of the most important parts are left hanging.2015-07-06Amy Shelton
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Rebecca Grace Allen is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors! I fell in love with her first novel/la The Duality Principle back in January… I mean, who doesn’t enjoy intelligent discourse between the leading characters coupled with some sexy, sexy kink? Gabriella and Connor definitely embody that delicious combination. In the midst of watching that love story, we’re also introduced to Jamie (Gabriella’s bestie) and Dean (Connor’s best bud), a couple of fun-loving Portland, Maine natives. I really enjoy meeting these two secondary characters in 'The Duality Principle', and when I found out that Rebecca Grace would be exploring their relationship in The Hierarchy of Needs, I knew I needed to get my hands on it ASAP. 'The Hierarchy of Needs' presents a sweet and slightly complex friends-to-lovers story. Once again, Rebecca Grace builds a narrative around a prominent academic theory in an entertaining, accessible, and creative way. This novel has all the things I like in my contemporary romance: wit, humor, a bit of drama, and whole lot of sexy times. Trust me, this is a great book for a delicious summer read and you’ll want to get your hands on 'The Hierarchy of Needs' immediately. ***Read the full review at We So Nerdy!2015-07-06Funmbi
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4http://triciaciak.blogspot.com/    Synopsis: Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. After hitting a wall with her dream career, she’s back in her hometown, living a life as monotonous as swimming laps in the neighborhood pool. Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of her failure to launch. The last bonfire of the summer is an ideal way to let off steam, especially when she runs into Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school. Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat. A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need… Warning: A friends-to-lovers twice over story that contains some hot ’n’ heavy kissing in the waves, hair pulling, and a man who knows how to use his hands. It may also feature a few practical jokes—only the fun kind, of course. My Review: Review copy provided 3.5-4 Stars! Another super cute read by Rebecca Grace Allen! There are characters in this book that were in her first book... Duality Principle<<<  my review It's a standalone though so you don't have to read the first...but you should. 😉  Jamie (h) is unhappy with the way her life has turned out. She isn't doing what she wants and she feels like the black sheep of the family. All her siblings are successful but she hasn't really found her path yet. She uses her pranks and silliness to hide that she feels like an underdog in her house. Dean (H) the known player and also one of Jamie's great friends has always loved the animated and beautiful person Jamie is but he knows he could never live up to her or her families expectations. His business with his father is barely making it and he would never want to bring Jamie down with him. They both have an undeniable attraction to each other so they decide to have one weekend to get it out of their system. WOW what a weekend!  Will they be able to move on after and remain friends? Or will this destroy everything?  I really enjoyed this book, it's a quick read, (one sitting for me) and doesn't have a ton of angst. Both the H and h are very likable characters and Jamie is pretty funny. I got a few laughs out of it too. Great for a beach/summer read! HEA? (2) <<  2015-07-08TLBC
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Received a copy of book in exchange for an honest review; original post can be found at: http://mnonmklreviews.blogspot.com/20... I enjoy cute new adult stories; I enjoy fun friends-to-lovers stories. This one hit it all. Jamie is the misfit of her family. If being the only girl wasn't problematic enough, her older brothers are all geniuses compared to her. They're doctors with fancy alumnis and great grades, and all she had growing up were straight Cs, art, and swimming -- which she received a scholarship for, but swimming... medical school.... swimming... To overcome all of that, Jamie became the family prankster -- something that she hasn't quite grown out of but has scaled back on considerably now that the boys are out of the house. I just would like to add that the sister-in-law? Holy hell, princess, unbundle your panties and take a chill pill. I understand the need for a wedding to go off without a hitch, but she just further exemplifies the fact that the family pretty much just "puts up" with Jamie, and I hated her for that. The family too, but I took my anger out on her. In high school, she ended up in detention once -- and that was where she met her best friend, Dean. Dean was a regular in detention, so when the pretty girl in an angel Halloween costume showed up, he knew he didn't know her but he wanted to. Their friendship was easy. One night, though, after drinks and fun times, they crossed that line -- not too far, but crossed it all the same. Jamie thanks her lucky stars that their friendship was able to continue after that. Now, the attraction is rearing it's head again and rather than run from it, they agree to allowing it -- for a weekend only. The problem with that? The attraction is built on so much more, a solid foundation, and the weekend will only show them what they could be if they only allowed it to happen. Dean doesn't think he has anything to offer Jamie, so over the years, he's chosen to not give in to his feelings for her. If there's one girl, woman, he's always wanted, it would be Jamie. I loved Dean to pieces. Between his story being tattooed on his skin, to his insecurities... he was just a lovable guy. You wanted things to work out for him. He knew he couldn't offer Jamie the things she was used to -- but what he couldn't wrap his head around the fact that Jamie simply wanted him. This book has been sitting on my queue for quite some time -- and I wish I'd read it sooner.2015-07-08Mignon Mykel
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: a theory of human motivation. (Pyramid –bottom to top - Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem, Self-Actualization) “Life would be a lot easier it people weren’t reaching for some unattainable future all the time.” –Dean. Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. She’s given up her dream of being a fashion designer and has settled for her second best, teaching swimming. She has always lived in the shadows her “perfect” 4 older brothers and always felt left out, alone, taken for granted. “She was the black sheep in a family of overachievers.” The only person that has ever made her feel seen and appreciated was Dean. But there wasn’t anything between her and Dean besides a flirtatious friendship...except for that one unforgettable night in the back bed of Dean’s pickup truck in high school 6 years ago. Jamie can never forget that one drunken encounter, where they both threw “caution to the wind” and gave into their attraction. Unfortunately, the next day, Dean had said it was “a mistake” and said it would never happen again. They both finished high as friends and acted as if nothing had happened. “We still good?” –Dean. Jamie and Dean remained friends since, but now that she’s moved back into town, will that attraction still be there? “Six years of sexual tension. I think it’s time we did something about it, or it’s going to drive us nuts.” –Jamie. Dean Trescott is stuck working at his father’s Auto Body shop. He once thought that this would be the best and ideal job for him. But it has now become more of an obligation. He didn’t think there was any other option, “...He thought he had to fall in line and do his duty to his family.” So what if he had a passion for photography? It was just a “hobby”, according to his dad. His dad told him he needed to stick with what was important: “taking on the family business one day”...even if that family business was slowly dying. Now with Jamie back in town, he is realizing that giving up on what you truly want might not be worth it in the end. He always told himself that he pushed Jamie away in high school, after that one night because he knew he wasn’t going anywhere in life. “He could never give her the kind of life she deserved.” –Dean. He didn’t want her and him to end up the way his parents did: falling out of love and eventually divorcing. He wanted her to live a bright life because that’s what she was to him “brightness” in this dull life he was living...even if she wasn’t meant to be his. “Jamie was the North Star missing from his compass.” –Dean. But now that she’s back, he is forgetting his reasons for leaving her alone and instead thinking that maybe they could have a future...together. _______ The maslow’s hierarchy concept was perfect for this book. Dean and Jamie are both basically stuck on the bottom level of the pyramid, unable to reach the next stage. “There’s a pyramid, and all our basic needs make up the bottom—food, water, air, bodily functions...Sex.” –Dean. They basically have that level mastered, but then comes safety, which is the tier that they both begin to fall short on: “...things that make you feel secure like employment, money, family, health.” – Dean. Both of them do not feel secure in their employment, or with money and definitely not with their families. Then there’s Belonging, which is self explanatory, “...having people you can rely on, who you know will be there for you.” –Dean. Jamie, most of all, does not feel like she has ANYONE to rely on. She feels as if she is an outcast in her own family and is a nuisance. That’s why she’s used sarcasm and childish pranks to get her parents and brothers attention ever since she was little. Then comes self esteem: “The esteem level is all about respect, confidence and achievement.” –Dean. Jamie is especially lacking here. She craves someone to see her, which Dean does. They both lack confidence to go after what the careers they want and instead fall back on what is “safe” and expected. “Last is actualization, where you’ve become the most complete person possible.” – Dean. Two people, that in fact, are striving to get to the top of that pyramid, even without them knowing it, they are actually able to find their footing with each other and are able to achieve the ability of becoming a complete person, with the help of each other. Together they showed each other that they could do so much more, be so much more; all they had to do was do it together. “He could ground her and she could lift him up. They were perfect for each other.” This was an adorable “second chance” story. I put second chance in quotations because as you read in my review, Jamie and Dean sort of had a first chance, but it never fully developed and they lingered in the “friend zone”. I loved the playful banter between these two characters and the obliviousness of their love for each other. It was all very cute and sweet book with a mixture of some sexiness *wink*. 4 stars2015-07-09Vivian
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk44 - "I've been ready for six years." Stars!4 - "I've been ready for six years." Stars! The Hierarchy of Needs is the first book I have read by Rebecca Grace Allen, and I have to say it was an absolute treat. Teaming up one of my favourite tropes with a really likeable couple is always going to be a winner for me, and the author excelled with this ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ story. It was hard to forget the best thing she’d ever had. Jamie Matthews and Dean Trescott have been best friends since meeting in detention in school, although over the years they have tried to stay within the parameters of platonic friendship, their attraction and more than friendly feelings for each other on occasion have caused them to slip into the friends with benefits category. The last time being six years ago, when after one hot coming together Dean pulls back again, and insists that he and Jamie should stick to being best friends and nothing more. ”We’re good right?” The reality is, they both want more with each other and for themselves, but sitting down and actually acknowledging to each other the truth about their feelings, as well as admitting to themselves their real hopes and dreams for the future is not something either of them has really considered as a possibility before. The Hierarchy of Needs explores this couples coming together over what was supposed to be a weekend-fling to get each other out of their systems, but as you would expect when they return to Portland, both of them know that things between them, as well as the current lives they are leading have irrevocably changed, does that mean they go forwards as a couple? Or look to explore their dreams elsewhere and with other people. I really enjoyed this book, and although book two in The Portland Rebels series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone, I haven’t read the first book in the series, but after enjoying Jamie and Dean’s story, I will definitely be looking to read The Duality Principle at some point very soon. ARC generously provided by Rock Star PR, it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.2015-07-09Miss Claire L. Robinson
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4This book and I had a bit of a wobbly start, but as the story progressed I found solid footing with it and it turned out to be an engaging friends to lovers story with characters that was sweet and pretty damn hot and by the end of it, believed they were meant for each other. The whole wobbly thing in the beginning was actually due to Jamie. While I could understand and even empathize with some of her feelings of inadequacy in comparison to those of her older siblings, it was her attitude towards them, her parents, and even that of her soon to be in-laws, that was a major turn off for me. The pity party and dismissive feel of it didn’t endear her to me, but thankfully as the book progresses she starts to grow up more and in the end I found that I liked the person she was turning into, but she couldn’t have done it without a little push from Dean. Dean was the star of the book for me. He had his issues, no doubt, but at heart he was a good guy and his attention to detail made him sexy as sin. Their friends to lovers relationship, as well as both of them getting their lives in order is the focus of the story and I liked how they ended up being intertwined. Their ‘what stays in vegas’ style weekend not only brings to light who they are at their core and what they could be to each other, but gives each the confidence boost to take the steps they hadn’t believed they could for themselves. The progression of their relationship wasn’t a total surprise, but it was still enjoyable as was how they both worked things out, not only with themselves but with their families. The Bottom Line: A quick, sweet and sexy friends to lovers story that can be read as a standalone. ~ ARC provided by Rockstar PR in exchange for an honest review ~2015-07-10Kahea
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Jamie Matthews and Dean Trescott had been friends since high school. She wanted to be a fashion designer and he wanted to be a photographer but those were the dreams of teenagers. He ended up working for the family business as a mechanic and she ended up working as a swim instructor. He never thought he was good enough for her and he didn't have anything to offer her. She came from money and he didn't. He never wanted to hold her down or make her stay in town when she was destined to go to bigger and better places. For the past six years they've had a sort of push and pull relationship. He'd pull her in just a little then push her away but always wanted to remain friends. This last time was it for her. She's finally decided to move on! A beautiful friends to lovers story. There was misunderstandings, friendship, love and the most important thing was the self-discovery. The connection between them almost felt physical, it was so strong. Their chemistry was off the charts and the sex was smokin' HOT! This is book 2 in the Portland Rebels series and can be read as a stand alone. I can't wait to read more from this amazing author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.2015-07-10Cheryl Sanders
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Fans of the friends to lovers trope will find themselves drawn to this tale of two lost souls who finally find themselves, and a HEA, once they finally give in to what their hearts truly want. It's a rocky journey though full of angst, wit, humor, and lots of steamy interludes as these two friends battle their inner demons to start living their lives for themselves. Jamie comes from a family of overachievers where she's always felt lacking. She has dreams but they never seem to come to fruition. Being funny and playing practical jokes hides the pain these inadequacies cost her but she can't hide from her friend Dean. For years he's been the one she can lean on, the one who understands, as he too deals with familial expectations. Theirs is a complex relationship though as they're attracted to each other, and have almost crossed that line, but fear their friendship will be ruined if they commit to something deeper. I liked Jamie and found her easy to relate to. Though she was at her lowest point at the start of the story you could see her gaining strength as the story progressed. While I enjoyed her humor too I saw it for what it was...a defense mechanism. Her interactions with Dean were playful, with witty banter, and teeming with sexual tension that had me constantly rooting for them to admit the truth. Dean isn't the usual sexy player you see in New Adult books as he has heart, a caring heart left bruised by fate that had me wanting to hug him. He's also loyal to family which has him working at the family business despite his own dreams. He's good with Jamie giving her support where he can but his own inner demons have him thinking he's not good enough for her which has their relationship arriving at a defining moment. As she's had enough of their push/pull relationship he suggests a weekend in Vegas to burn out their sexual attraction. Things end up being so much more than steamy sex though as deep conversations lead to emotional truths that have them finally giving in to what they've always wanted. Though this is the second installment in the Portland Rebels series it can definitely be read on its own. It's a quick read with a nice flow, steamy interactions, and characters you care about. Though I got frustrated by the push/pull of their relationship I was still rooting for Jamie and Dean every step of the way as they both pushed each other towards a fulfilling HEA. This is my first time reading this author but it won't be my last as she shows real talent!2015-07-11Jody
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4another great book by this authorI am a sucker for friends to romance lovers stories. And the great thing about this is how the couples keep coming back to each other as they are like magnets drawn to each other. Though this book is the second in the series it can be read as a stand alone. I loved Jamie and Dean and how they fight and give into their feelings, as well as looking to overcome issues from their pasts. Another great story from this author.2015-07-12kimberley carr
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5☆☆☆☆☆5-WE STILL GOOD STARS☆☆☆☆☆ *copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review* THE HIERARCHY OF NEEDS is a story between best friends, who fight the pull they feel for each other but have never done anything to pursue the situation. If you love to read friends to lovers books, then I highly recommend you read this book. Dean and Jamie, had been denying what they both feel for each other for years. The idea of being together is something I would not take lightly. Rules will be broken, lines will be crossed. One weekend is what they thought would be enough, but little did they both know, they are in big trouble. The author gives you both characters POVs and I loved it. Knowing what's on their mind helps Rebecca's readers understand where they are both coming from. The angst and lustful scenes, is what drove me crazy. WARNING!! EXTRA PANTIES REQUIRED! (winks) But in the end it's what I imagine it to be. This is my first Rebecca Grace Allen book and I loved it, and I am looking forward to reading her other books. Get your copy now and you will not regret it. I mean, who doesn't love a FRIENDS TO LOVERS books? REVIEW IS ALSO ON FOUR CHICKS FLIPPING PAGES http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly...2015-07-13Kat DM
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads54.5 stars! I love the title of this book. In fact the titles for this series so far have been amazing. You've got The Duality Principle and The Hierarchy of Needs. For a nerd like me, that's like music to my ears. Not only are the titles smart, but so are the characters. The stories are real and likable as well. Plus they can be read as standalone books. I think by far though, my most favorite thing about this book was how it grabbed my attention. I loved falling into this story. Jamie and Dean have amazing chemistry. They're very close friends who've been fighting their attraction to each other for years for various reasons. Things come to a head when her brothers return home for a wedding. I really liked Jaime. I understood her fears but wished she had more self confidence. After all, she was talented, smart, funny, and beautiful. The same for Dean. I understood his frustration with what he thought was his lot in life. I also wished he would've had more confidence in himself. He was talented as well, in both the bedroom and out. Like I said before the story was hot. I really found myself getting caught up in all of it, from Jamie and Dean making inroads towards doing something about how they felt with one another, or their weekend together, or even when they tried to figure out the changes they needed to make in their lives. Rebecca Grace Allen did a great job at capturing my attention and keeping it throughout the story. This book isn't very long but it has the feeling of a full length novel. I'm hoping the next book in the series will be about Michael, Dean's other best friend, and Jaime's new sister-in-law's sister, Krissy. Either way, I'm really looking forward to seeing what Rebecca Grace Allen writes next!2015-07-14Moon Love
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Full review on fictionfare.2015-07-15cosmogirl7481
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3Jamie is the youngest sister of three older and very successful brothers. She has always been the free spirit, but she finds herself out of college and working in a job that she likes, but doesn't want to live her life doing. Dean is stuck working for his father's auto business in a way he doesn't enjoy. He feels that he never had a choice, and that his life is doomed to be stagnant and uncaring of his own desires. Jamie and Dean have been very attracted to one another and had one night in high school that was very memorable for both. Dean doesn't do relationships at all, and despite how much he wants Jamie, he believes that she is capable of greatness and that he would only hold her back. This book was sweet and the characters were easy to like and empathize with. I didn't find a lot of surprises in the story line, but it was nice to see both Jamie and Dean figuring out that their own needs were important and worth pursuing. I haven't read the first book in the series, but it felt like this one read easy enough as a stand-alone. I may have had a little more background about some of the other characters and Jamie's family, but I felt that I got a pretty clear picture of everything just from reading this. If you are looking for a nice easy friends-to-lovers romance with some personal growth issues tied in, I would recommend thisI would read more by this author in the future. *An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review2015-07-16Anna
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4An ideal summer readThis is the second book that I have read from this author, the first being " The Duality Principle" , and, once again, the author has generously provided us a really entertaining read. Underneath the initially lighthearted facade of the relationship between Dean and Jamie lies two characters who are lost and are therefore making decisions which, whilst not necessarily bad, are not the right decisions for their relationship. The gift of this book is that you get carried right along with the story, and end up rooting for the relationship to succeed. An ideal summer read. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.2015-07-17A British Bookworm
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Posted on What I'm Reading I enjoyed The Hierarchy of Needs. It's a book two, but it can be read as a standalone. However, I actually wanted to read this story, because it just sounded interesting. Okay, it was the title that caught my attention. I barely remember Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, but in Dean's mind they are the rules to live by. However, his views are little skewed when it comes to these needs. Anyway, moving on. Jamie and Dean have been best friends since high school, and there has been chemistry between these two. However, Dean didn't want to hold his friend back, so he basically told her in a way that they are better off as friends. An opportunity arrises for them to have a night together and get rid of the sexual tension. Like that always works *eyeroll*. It goes down hill from their magical night. I really like Dean and Jamie, because they see each other, and not what everyone else sees. Dean presents himself as a nobody that isn't going to be going anywhere, but Jamie sees past that. However, Dean can't see past that and it almost ruins everything he has with Jamie. He basically based his family experience on what could happen to him and Jamie, so he automatically put her in the friend category. Dangerous move man. We have Jamie who is the baby of the family, the only girl, the black sheep of the family, and she truly feels like the outcast to the family. It actually broke my little heart on how she saw her role. It's never easy, but to feel like she couldn't compare to her brothers who are all doing well. It's a pretty crappy feeling. Dean is able to see past her facade. Overall, The Hierarchy of Needs was a pretty good story. Even if it took a little extra time for Dean understand Maslow's concept of needs. It's a pretty good friends-to-lovers story. Somehow my eyes were leaking at the end of the story, I don't know what that was about. ;D Copy provided by author via RockStar PR2015-07-18Melody May (What I'm Reading)
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5HOT!ARC was given in exchange for an honest review. This felt like a short read, because I never put it down. Dean Trescott that man and his cocky smirk is a playboy. Jamie Mathews, the wild child, the rebel and best friends with Dean. They met when they were in mention one day in high school. The rest was history. One night six years ago they crossed that friend line once the drinks started taking hold of them. They made it off as just one night and left it in the past. They all come back together for her brother's wedding. Dean starts to look Jaime in a different light. Jamie want s him and is ready to make her move. Its like a push and pull with them. I like that they could read each other like book. They couldn't be even more perfect for each other. This was a playful read.2015-07-19Kat
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Cute, fun story perfect for summer!http://triciaciak.blogspot.com/ My Review: Review copy provided 3.5-4 Stars! Another super cute read by Rebecca Grace Allen! There are characters in this book that were in her first book... Duality Principle<<< my review The Duality Principle It's a standalone though so you don't have to read the first...but you should. 😉 Jamie (h) is unhappy with the way her life has turned out. She isn't doing what she wants and she feels like the black sheep of the family. All her siblings are successful but she hasn't really found her path yet. She uses her pranks and silliness to hide that she feels like an underdog in her house. Dean (H) the known player and also one of Jamie's great friends has always loved the animated and beautiful person Jamie is but he knows he could never live up to her or her families expectations. His business with his father is barely making it and he would never want to bring Jamie down with him. They both have an undeniable attraction to each other so they decide to have one weekend to get it out of their system. WOW what a weekend! Will they be able to move on after and remain friends? Or will this destroy everything? I really enjoyed this book, it's a quick read, (one sitting for me) and doesn't have a ton of angst. Both the H and h are very likable characters and Jamie is pretty funny. I got a few laughs out of it too. Great for a beach/summer read!2015-07-25TLBC
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Review: Portland Rebels #2: The Hierarchy of NeedsThe Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen is the second book in her Portland Rebels Series. Although part of a series, this beautiful romantic tale CAN be read as a standalone. This is the story of Jamie and Dean, best friends since tenth grade, and secretly infatuated with each other ever since. It's now been a few years since high school. Jamie is back in Portland with her liberal arts college degree and no major plans ahead of her. She works at the community center as a swim coach and lifeguard but secretly wants to be a fashion designer. Very secretly as no one in her life knows about her failed dreams. Not even Dean. Dean is fulfilling his lifelong destiny of working in his fathers auto repair shop. He is third generation and will eventually take over the place. What once seemed exciting about restoring old cars and making things work again is now all about the cheapest repairs and a failing business. When yet another "encounter" happens between Dean and Jamie they both start to wonder why they're trying so hard to remain only friends so they try a weekend away to "get it out of their system" and when they get back plan for things to get back to normal. Yeah, right! This story is a simple romance without all the angst and pain, has just a few misunderstandings, but is well-paced, well-written, funny and sweet, and when it comes to Jamie and Dean and their little interludes - it's SMOKIN' Hot! Loved this and will DEFINITELY be reading more from this author.2015-08-03Lisa Hines
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars: very likable characters and a realistic and smart story.The Hierarchy of Needs features Jamie and Dean, side characters from the first book of the series: The Duality Principle. Though they have lived very different lives, childhood friends Jamie and Dean are very similar. Jamie comes from a successful family of doctors and has always felt unseen by her family. Dean comes from a broken home. His mother left when he was in high school and his father has ignored what Dean really wants out of his own life to push him to take over the family auto business. Both have been ignoring what they really want out of life out of fear. For Jamie, this fear is the fear of rejection. And for Dean it's the fear that he has nothing to offer. Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn't quite as enjoyable for me as the first book, but it had very likable characters and a realistic and smart story.2015-08-04SerenShadow
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4I LOVE a good friends-to-lovers troupe and that’s exactly what this ...I LOVE a good friends-to-lovers troupe and that’s exactly what this book is. The second book in The Portland Rebels Series, The Hierarch of Needs can be read as a standalone. Jamie and Dean have been best friends since they were teens, even though they are both intensely attracted to each other. Dean works for the family business and Jamie returns home after trying her hand at her dream (and failing). Her family is a bunch of doctors and she has always been regarded as the flighty joker. She uses practical jokes as a way to hide her pain and that annoys her family. Dean see past this and the two agree to act on their mutual attraction, but only for a weekend. Holy hotness!! The chemistry between these two is intense! Dean wants to be with Jamie, but doesn’t want to hold her back because he thinks he isn’t good enough for her. Jamie loves Dean, but she lacks the self-confidence to put those feelings to action. I’m so glad that I read this story and am going to have to go back and read the first one of the series. The characters are so relatable, as is the storyline. It’s definiltey worth the time to read! *copy provided for review2015-08-04Kim Muhl
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Our characters are struggling to find balance and acceptance for the duality within themselves.I love the message of this story, that people are complex and made of a vast spectrum of traits, behaviors, likes, dislikes, and personalities. No one is one sided and no one should sum themselves up based one side of their personality. Doing so creates a struggle within ourselves to find the completion of who we are. This is exactly the struggle in The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen. Our characters are struggling to find balance and acceptance for the duality within themselves. Gabby is a math nerd, a grad student, driving herself to further her studies. She's strong and independent and therefore, can't reconcile the other - what she believes to be the baser - part of herself and her sexuality. And her history with men that can't keep up with that part of her certainly doesn't help any. Gabby begins to feel that she'll never be able to explore that side of herself, that she needs to lock it away and never find true contentment and satisfaction. Conner is a once a time bad boy now hoping - and pretending - to be something he's not, especially once he meets Gabby. But he doesn't know that it's the side of himself that he hides from her that she wants and craves the most. She craves the wild abandon that he can give her. But they both misread the signs and keep their inner selves, their true and complete selves, from one another. It takes a little while, but eventually the two learn to embrace both sides of themselves and each other to build a strong and lasting relationship. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! It's well developed with very interesting characters and a theme that just about any reader could relate to. My favorite line: "You can be all those things, Gabby. Duality isn't a bad thing. It's the different sides of us that make us who we are. It makes us WHOLE.2015-08-04SerenShadow
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca4This book really hits at the heart of what the New Adult genre is all about: these two characters are in those first shaky years post-college, early twenties when they have jobs that suffice, but aren't the more creative and exciting career dreams they had when they were younger. One works for his parents, the other one lives with hers, and you can really feel their shame and embarrassment at how they've ended up, but the author also paints a very realistic picture of how impossible it would be for them to reach the fairy dust and millions of their childhood dreams. I had a good time watching this couple fall for each other, having some very steamy times while also supporting each other in believing in themselves and taking risks to get what they want. They both found realistic compromises for their career situations that were a lot better than what they had, more fulfilling without being so perfect that I wouldn't have been able to buy in. My one hesitation was that I was a little concerned about the heroine's career solution, as it seemed temporary and would eventually create an even bigger obstacle for their relationship. Overall this was a fun read with some fantastic adult scenes and a cute love story between two people who felt like real people instead of powdered-nosed Romance Novel Characters. I'd love to see more of this kind of thing in the New Adult genre.2015-08-29Michelle H
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Fantastic addition to the New Adult genreThis book really hits at the heart of what the New Adult genre is all about: these two characters are in those first shaky years post-college, early twenties when they have jobs that suffice, but aren't the more creative and exciting career dreams they had when they were younger. One works for his parents, the other one lives with hers, and you can really feel their shame and embarrassment at how they've ended up, but the author also paints a very realistic picture of how impossible it would be for them to reach the fairy dust and millions of their childhood dreams. I had a good time watching this couple fall for each other, having some very steamy times while also supporting each other in believing in themselves and taking risks to get what they want. They both found realistic compromises for their career situations that were a lot better than what they had, more fulfilling without being so perfect that I wouldn't have been able to buy in. My one hesitation was that I was a little concerned about the heroine's career solution, as it seemed temporary and would eventually create an even bigger obstacle for their relationship. Overall this was a fun read with some fantastic adult scenes and a cute love story between two people who felt like real people instead of powdered-nosed Romance Novel Characters. I'd love to see more of this kind of thing in the New Adult genre.2015-08-29Michelle H
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4This book really hits at the heart of what the New Adult genre is all about: these two characters are in those first shaky years post-college, early twenties when they have jobs that suffice, but aren't the more creative and exciting career dreams they had when they were younger. One works for his parents, the other one lives with hers, and you can really feel their shame and embarrassment at how they've ended up, but the author also paints a very realistic picture of how impossible it would be for them to reach the fairy dust and millions of their childhood dreams. I had a good time watching this couple fall for each other, having some very steamy times while also supporting each other in believing in themselves and taking risks to get what they want. They both found realistic compromises for their career situations that were a lot better than what they had, more fulfilling without being so perfect that I wouldn't have been able to buy in. My one hesitation was that I was a little concerned about the heroine's career solution, as it seemed temporary and would eventually create an even bigger obstacle for their relationship. Overall this was a fun read with some fantastic adult scenes and a cute love story between two people who felt like real people instead of powdered-nosed Romance Novel Characters. I'd love to see more of this kind of thing in the New Adult genre.2015-08-30Michelle H
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5You know what I didn't like about this book? The spelling of the female protagonist's name. That's it. Love the name, but prefer Lily. That's literally the only "bad" thing I have to say about RGA's latest offering. The characters are well-developed and likeable (I'm hoping for more about Jack's best friend, Patrick), and, oh, the character development! The pacing was spot-on, the angst just right, and the sex scenes...well, let's just say I don't advise reading them in public. Ms. Allen's newest series is off to a phenomenal start. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2015-09-02Jennifer
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca5Amazingly hot! Loved it!!2015-09-12kimpractical
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Loved it!Amazingly hot! Loved it!!2015-09-12kimpractical
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk5Amazingly hot! Loved it!!2015-09-13kimpractical
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com3Super cute story.This is a super cute story and for me it brought back all sorts of memories of my earlier dating years and what it was like to go on dates and the freshness of dating someone. Gabby is an adorable super nerd. She's a math geek with a wild side and I love the two sides of her. She struggles with those two sides due to past rejections and it's only through getting to know Connor and them both accepting themselves as they are are they able to embrace the duality of their natures. Connor is a wonderful bad boy. I love the combination of bad boy and geek rolled into one, with a hot, dominant, sexy side to him in the bedroom or as it would happen with them, also in the kitchen, the front porch, etc., etc., ... you get the picture. 🙂 Poor Connor, I felt so bad for him while he struggled with himself to be a better person and leave his past behind all the while not knowing that Gabby wants him for himself, just the way he is. This is not the typical type of story for me to read since they protagonists are younger than I'm used to. I have to say though Ms Allen ended the story well considering their ages and made their happy ending very believable. I really liked that about the story.2015-09-19Deanna's World
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5His Contract,  Rebecca Grace Allen Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, This was a perfect read for me yesterday. I wanted some romance but with a solid story line, something to really pull at my emotions. This delivered all of that. I loved Lilly, understood just how badly Damien had hurt her, not physically but emotionally. That can be just as bad and have ramifications that stay for life. Poor Lilly, she was devastated when he left her, just before her Bar exam. Since then she’s moved, lives nearer her brother and has a great group of friends that she works with. She’s still employed within the legal field, but hasn’t been able to make herself take the Bar exam. All her ambitions, her dreams, centred on that and when her confidence was so shaken its had a huge impact on her. No-one except her best friend knows what happened, and Lilly feels ashamed of her kink, of her submissive needs and has stayed away from that. Her friend doesn’t understand that world either and encourages Lilly to stay out of it. Then she meets Jack, older man, widowed and who’s younger brother is best friends with her brother. They all go out as a group, and Jack can see from the way she reacts to something that Lilly is a Submissive, can see it in her demeanour. Somehow they begin to play, but with contracts that stipulate its play only, and to be kept private, and that suits them both. Lilly can see how attractive Jack is, and after her last disaster she wants to protect her heart. Jack doesn’t want a relationship, feels that would be disloyal to his wife and yet he needs to let his dominant side out. It suits them both for a while but emotions aren’t so easy to control as words on a piece of paper. The sex scenes between them were hot, sensual and it showed a different side to both of them, especially Jack, and it was clear to see that they both so enjoyed what they did. Its not heavy on whippings kind of BDSM but one where everything is explained as it happens so we can see just why Jack does things, just why Lilly reacts as she does and how different it was from what her previous Dom did. Its a lovely read, watching how slowly things change, how they grow to be more to each other and of course the barriers that prevent them. Its not only that Jack is a widower, that he’s so much older, that Lilly has had a bad past relationship, but also that thing of Kink being regarded by so many as distasteful, weird, unnatural – sad isn’t it when no-one else is hurt, when both parties want and need what they’re doing. Still, that’s the world we live in, and for both of them their professions could be at risk if word gets out about their sexual tastes. Personally I want a lawyer who’s good at the job, what they do in time off I don’t care, so long as its consensual, but I understand how precarious a line it is that some people have to tread. When it goes wrong – well, its really sad, but very understandable the way they both react. I do like this down part in a book, don’t want it all to be happy, and could see this coming, but when it happens it’s still gutting, harrowing and I felt for both of them. They’ve both some looking inwards to do, some decisions to make and I enjoyed being there with them and seeing what tipped the balance. I liked the addition of the legal case they were dealing with, brought some reality into the story, joined the private and the workplace and made everything knit together as well as just being plain interesting!  Stars: Five, a great read ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers2015-09-20Jeannie Zelos
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5ARC received for review 4.75 stars HOT HOT HOT HOT!!! Oh my, Jack and Lilly are amazing together. They both had an angst-y past. They worked through all their issues, separately and together. There was a great group of friends. I hope Ms. Allen plans a book with Patrick and Cassie. My only complaint was the ending. I wanted more.2015-09-20Jennifer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5As soulful as it is sexy. This book is everything 50 Shades wanted to be, and wasn't! This book starts with an unexpectedly heartbreaking scene between the hero and his dying wife. I immediately wanted a HEA for Jack. His bone-deep decency was apparent from the very beginning, and I trusted him, which is key for a Dom. However, too many BDSM books show a guy who is controlling and cold for a Dom. I'm just not into that whole "it's sexy to give a woman a diet and exercise schedule" thing. Jack was much more my type: authoritative but protective and caring, as well as respectful of women and a solidly good father. Lilly was intriguing: the author walked a very delicate line with showing her previous BDSM history as arousing but also abusive. The author completely pulled it off, making me see exactly how Lilly could be intrigued and intimidated by re entering that world. However, she was a touch weak for my taste overall, though she did grow in confidence throughout the book. The story kept me flipping pages with perfectly drawn tension throughout. Every conflict was perfectly in character and I was chewing off my nails, not sure how a natural resolution was possible. I love that not a single turn seemed contrived for the purposes of the plot. And the sex scenes...holy CRAP how have I gotten this far without mentioning that they are abundant and HOT AS FREAKING LAVA! I love all the variation in the bondage and sex toys scenarios and...oooh, you thought I was going to spoiler there, didn't you? Suffice to say this is a one stop superstore of sexy times scenarios and Allen is a master at writing them. 4.5 stars for a steamy BDSM erotica with all the heart and depth of a mainstream romance.2015-09-23Michelle
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca5What a fun read!2015-09-25LEEANN CLOSE
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk5What a fun read!2015-09-25LEEANN CLOSE
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Five StarsWhat a fun read!2015-09-25LEEANN CLOSE
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5“His skills with his tongue and fingers had driven her out of her mind several times over already.” 5 tie me up stars!!! Wow this book oozes sex and total hotness!! I couldn’t put this book down while I read it!! There’s not enough words to describe how hot and sexy this book is!! 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. Jack and Lilly are such a smokin’ hot book couple!!! I loved their story and how they come together, it was unique and refreshing!!! Jack is quite the Alpha and I mean who doesn’t like a super sexy alpha?? I know this girl does!!! Anyway, you definitely need to read this book, it hits all the right spots and give you so many feels!!! **Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Melissa for Alpha Book Club**2015-10-16Melissa Mendoza
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads44 Stars – 3 Flames Wow! I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like this after reading the Epilogue, but man, I’ve got to say that I really liked this one. It wasn’t your typical Dom/Sub relationship, nor was the storyline. No. This felt, real. Like this is someone’s real life story being told. Lilly is a true submissive, through and through. Even after she escapes an extremely unhealthy BDSM relationship, she struggles to find herself and where she belongs. Jack, a widower who is still grieving after a year, has no choice but to embrace his dominance in order to “help” Lilly come to terms with who she really is and what she really wants. Blah Blah Blah…you get the idea. You’ve read the blurb, but here’s what you didn’t read yet… The struggle to love again after losing a spouse is hands down one of the hardest things, ever. Adding the element of a Dom/Sub relationship is just hammering in a few extra nails in the coffin. So when Jack offers to help Lilly with her demons, it wasn’t a stretch that Lilly looks just like his wife but younger. That may have been the ONLY way he would have even considered an agreement to dominate again. Being young and naïve go hand in hand. So when Lilly is taken advantage of by an older dominate, it’s not surprising, right? The other non-surprising piece? He wasn’t even a good dominant. He made multiple mistakes with “teaching” her BDSM and left her completely scared. Yet, she remained curious enough to not give up on the lifestyle she was so drawn to. It’s for these reasons that I feel in love with this book. It’s more than a story; it’s a journey. We get to read how Jack and Lilly help teach other how to love again, how to except who they are and most importantly how to become whole again. Now…a plea to the author. PLEASE, I beg you!!!!! I NEED Patrick and Cassie to have their own story. I’m on my knees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *I was given a copy of this book as a gift from The JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review.2015-10-20Christina
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads33 "Beyond the Contract" Stars Lilly is a 28 year old submissive trying to move on from an abusive Dom. After her first experience with BDSM leaves her hurt and vulnerable, she moves to be closer to her brother. Trying to forget all about her experiences is harder than she ever though. She hoped to be able to put that part of her life to rest, but her nightmares and desires aren't letting up. When she meets Jack, a 46 year old widower, something is sparked in her that she never thought she'd have. She craves his Dominate personality. Jack has spent the last year trying to move beyond his wife's death. When his friends finally get him to leave the house and meet up at a bar in town, he's shocked when he meets Lilly. There's a jolt of electricity between that he has a hard time denying so instead he creates a contract. For one night they play but after that one night is over, he realizes he still wants her. So they renegotiate the terms for 6 months. But they have to keep their relationship hidden and feelings out of it. When Lilly starts to ask for more, can Jack convince himself that they are meant to be or will this relationship crash and burn for Lilly just like the last one? This book was super steamy and ultra sexy. I really enjoyed the scenes between Lilly and Jack when they were playing. I liked watching Jack teach Lilly and watching Jack learn right along with her. I also really liked the whole cast of side characters. I'd definitely be interested in seeing where some of those story lines went. As far as Jack and Lilly's relationship was concerned, I felt that it lacked in depth. I could most definitely see and feel their chemistry together but beyond that I didn't see much of a connection. I also wanted to shake Jack throughout most of the story with his attitude toward Lilly and I wanted to give Lilly a pep talk so that she'd move on to someone who would treat her like she deserved. I'm glad it worked out in the end even if it was a bit rushed. ARC provided by RockStarLit PR for honest review.2015-10-21Paige
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5ARC received for an honest review. Holy Hot Tamale! When I received this from Rock Star Lit., I was a little nervous that there would be too much legal lawyer stuff that I may not like it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is the first book that I have read by Rebecca and I can tell you right now that it won't be my last! (I’m hoping that she will continue this series … Patrick maybe, hint hint!) First and foremost, I have to say that every word in this story is important. There is no fluff filler in this book. With some books, sometime you can skip a couple of pages and have it not matter to the story, but that doesn’t happen here. And to me, that means that this story is top grade!! Right off the bat, Rebecca makes you care deeply for these characters. She makes you feel for them, makes you hope for a better life for them. And then, she gives that to you! I’m not saying that this story doesn’t have its fair share of ups and downs of emotional distress. Rebecca will put you through the wringer. In a way she is the readers Dom and the reader is the Sub. Ha ha, that may be corny, but if you read this book you will understand the analogy. Rebecca works us up so much with all the lust, angst, heartbreak and love that when we finally get to the end of this story, it is like the release that we have been waiting for. And it couldn’t have ended better. When I first met Jack and Lilly, I didn’t think that they would work well in a relationship together. That Jack should be just a mentor to Lilly, but then as the story goes on and you see how well they fit together, you cant help but hope that they will work out their own person demons so that they can be happy together. And when they do work out their demons, you cant help but be proud right along with them. I hope that Rebecca keeps writing this story so that we will be able to see more of Jack and Lilly, but also know more about the other character that we have come to love! I cant wait for Patrick and maybe Josh too! Great job, Rebecca! -Billi, Rock Star Review Team2015-10-28Billi
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5Christian Grey who? Move on over Christian because there’s a true Dominate in town and his name is Jack Archer and he could teach you a thing or two. *wink* THIS is what a Dominate/submissive book is supposed to be all about! I was not anticipating loving this book as much as I did! I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into it because with my previous experience with this authors other books I’ve read, there hasn’t been much dealing with this type of story (specifically BDSM). I’ve read her PORTLAND REBELS series and I wasn’t too thrilled with those storylines, but let me tell you, she BLEW ME OUT OF THE WATER with HIS CONTRACT! I couldn’t put it down! Every page had me bound and tied up *wink* so I couldn’t walk away! I was hooked in the first 5 pages…almost in tears! That says a lot about an author if she can conjure up your emotions that quickly. Kudos to you Rebecca…you had me on an emotional rollercoaster right away! Plot/Storyline: Jack and Lilly’s story was completely unique and like nothing else I’ve ever read. I would consider it a “Friends with BDSM” type of book *wink*.Their story was about healing…they were able to find strength in each other and rediscover who they are as individuals and eventually as a couple. In doing so, they were able to embrace their true Dom/sub natures…which was s*xy to read about *wink*. The playroom scenes…HAWT! Jack is quite a creative Dom. Book Boyfriend Material: Most definitely! Jack was the absolute perfect man to help “rebuild” Lilly. He was everything she needed him to be inside and outside of their “playroom” *wink*. Jack, just like Lilly, has been broken by certain things in life, but as the book develops, we get to see a Jack that I’m guessing not even his wife got to see. Book Girlfriend Material: Yes! She is so ridiculously sweet and caring; I would love to have her as a friend! She appears to the outside world like an ordinary girl, but on the inside she is broken, but as the book goes on we get to see the courageous Lilly that is hidden underneath all those wounds. I find that she could teach a woman a thing or two about overcoming life’s obstacles. She is truly a strong character by the end of the book. Writing Style: Amazing! I love the dual POV’s. It helped develop the plot even more and also made you that much more invested in both characters. Steam Factor: The pace of the storyline/plot was perfect. There was a steadiness to the storyline that made you keep reading to see what was going to develop next for Jack and Lilly and what obstacles were going to come about...most of which were obstacles of their own doing (internal battles). Overall: 5 stars Reading this book was like getting the privilege of watching a famous artist create a masterpiece and only you get to see it while it’s happening. Reading these two characters develop throughout the book was inspiring! I loved every minute of their story! Their chemistry smoldered off the pages. Most the time I’m not a fan of books with the main couple having such a huge age difference, but I got right on board with this one from the beginning! The fact that Lilly was 28 and Jack was 44 (45 at the end of the book), didn’t bother me in the least. Their relationship was amazing to watch develop…they literally completed each other. Jack’s dominance was the perfect balance for Lilly’s submissive side. The age difference meant nothing when they fulfilled each other’s needs in such a way that you completely forgot about it. Words cannot fully express how much I loved this book! At its simplest form, this book was about a relationship evolving when that wasn’t the plan. These 2 characters clearly had a physical chemistry, but the feelings came later. It was beautiful to read their feelings unfold. <3 ***One last thing for the author…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me the next book in this series is about Patrick and Cassie (bc there’s gotta be another book…it says “Book 1” on the cover of HIS CONTRACT) I would LOVE to read their story! *crossing fingers*2015-10-28Vivian
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads43.5 stars His Contract tells the story of Jack, a Harvard law professor who has lost his wife of many years to cancer. They lived a "secret" life - one in which Jack was the Dom, and his wife the sub. Now a little over a year after her death, he is still struggling with his promise to her to find love again. Lily works as a paralegal at a huge law firm. She has moved there to be close to her brother. She had been in a relationship herself where she was the sub - but it ended horribly. So horribly that she completely lost the confidence she had to take the bar exam. Having mutual friends, the two of them finally meet, and have an instant attraction. The more they are around each other, the more Lily's actions cause Jack to see that she is a sub. The two of them decide to explore this, and draw up a contract outlining limits. They also think this will keep them from having feelings for each other. This book was a good read, and the writing is really very good. It is apparent that she did her homework as far as the D/s lifestyle, and this shows in the story line. Also, she portrayed working at a law firm very accurately as well - especially the pressure of working on a huge case that your boss expects no less than success on. I also liked how the author showed that some people go into this without proper knowledge, as Lilly's former Dom was one who didn't outline any kind of rules or limits to her during their relationship. Just a few things that bugged me. Maybe because I'm a bit of a geek, the fact that Lily was looking at a report and couldn't figure out what the abbreviation for one of the columns was bugged me (it seemed fairly obvious, but again - I'm a geek). Also, I really don't like books where we have a 44 year old hero and the heroine is 28. Yes I know this happens in real life and other books. And I say that being a single woman in her 40s and competing with those in their 20s for men our age sucks. At any rate - good read, entertaining, hero with a dirty mouth when the time was right.2015-11-02Christy Wilson
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads54.5 Stars Confession time: I’ll read anything Rebecca Grace Allen writes. ANYTHING. She's burst onto the contemporary romance scene in a HUGE way with her 'Portland Rebel' Series (where she sexifies scientific theories—a woman after my own heart!). Now RGA is taking readers on another erotic romance journey with her new series, 'Legally Bound'. The first novel, His Contract, explores how a safe, sane, and consensual BDSM relationship can heal two individuals recovering from past trauma. From beginning to end, 'His Contract' is witty, gripping, and emotional. As is her signature style, RGA is able to build a world that the reader effortlessly steps into. The characters are so compelling, that we could easily know them as our family members or friends. I loved every moment of reading this! ***Read the full review at We So Nerdy!2015-11-03Funmbi
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5Overall Stars: 5 STARS BDSM Dominant The Dominant must teach the submissive to trust again after being hurt in the past... 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? (Amazon Blurb) This is the type of novel that shows you the damaging effects, be it short or long term, from a relationship between a Dominant and a Submissive where the trust has been broken simply by leaving without explanation. It was heartbreaking to watch Lilly deal with her emotions and her daily struggles. Jack, on the other hand, lost his wife due to an illness – she was his perfect centre, the submissive that he needed for his Dominant side. Rebecca Grace Allen is the type of writer that surprises even the most reticent new reader who is curious about the BDSM genre. She has incorporated some amazing subjects such as trust, training, toys, and especially the creation of a special bond between two individuals who have dealt with pain and must learn to lean on each other to start healing. The chemistry between these two is scorching and undeniably tangible, you’d swear goosebumps were rising up your arms and chills over your entire body. Being the first novel in the Legally Bound series, His Contract is absolutely worth the read and I highly recommend it, even encourage adding the book to your to be read list and adding Rebecca Grace Allen to your to be watched list – I know I will be keeping an eye on this author as she keeps adding novels to her library, curious what she’ll deliver next. . **Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Kathleen for Alpha Book Club**2015-11-04Kathleen R.
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads55 Stars! I loved this book! Sexy, intense, passionate, intriguing... this book grabbed me from the first page. This was an amazing erotic romance that gives an amazing crash course in a normal and respectful dominant/submissive relationship. This book was super, super edgy at times and had just that hint of taboo to keep it seductive and scandalous... while still keeping it beautiful and romantic. What happens when a well established widow takes on a young submissive who has suffered abuse? A beautiful love story full of forgiveness, learning, healing, and learning to love again. This was a second chance romance of sorts and one that will make you a believer in the healing and power of love and submission. This is a standalone and one that will be with you long after its over. This is Jack and Lilly's story. Jack is a widow who is still mourning his wife's death. It has been a year and he still can't seem to move on, even though it was the one last thing his wife wanted for him. But when he meets Lilly, he finds that the dominant in him wants to come out again but she is young and vulnerable. Can he open his home and heart to Lilly or will he find he isn't ready yet? Enter Lilly. She is a young girl who is on her way to becoming an amazing lawyer. She fled an abusive dominant relationship and now she is sort of lost, trying to find her place in the world and in the game of love. When she meets Jack, she senses the inner turmoil in him but the attraction is too much to deny. Can she convince him to take a chance on her and show him love. These two were amazing together. I found myself getting lost in the pages as I read because the flow and timing was perfect. Jack was amazing. I love an older established man. And Lilly was perfect for him. Sure he had reservations and his own demons he had to battle but what is meant to be will always be. Watching these two open up and fall in love with classically beautiful and inspiring. I am super curious who is going to be next in this series but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Patrick and Cassie to be paired because what a romance that would be . . . ! I highly recommend this book. Review Post---> http://reneeentress.blogspot.com/2015...2015-11-05Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Okay. I must admit that lately I have been disappointed by the BDSM genre, aside from a few books that spoke to me on a deeper level. Well, this book revived the genre for me. This book was excellent!! I loved every minute of this well thought and perfectly executed storyline. Lilly is a true submissive but she has been hurt by the only man she had ever trusted her fantasies with. Damien broke her and humiliated her. She runs away and builds a life for herself but she feels empty...lonely. Jack is a widower with a son. He lost his wife, Eve and he cannot move past his pain and loss. Alone, he focuses on his work. Teaching at Harvard is his life. He wants nothing more...until he sees Lilly and notices her fractured heart. His need to slip into the forgotten role of the Dominant is strong when she is around and she naturally responds to his need of having control. A contract seems like the perfect way to heal Lilly and so, Jack does that. He teaches her everything she needed to know. Their age difference is forgotten and Lilly's willingness to submit embraces them in safety until Jack realizes that their growing bond might be Lilly's downfall. Love seems impossible for Jack, Lilly's youth a constant thorn, until a stupid mistake tears her away. I LOVED the writing. The book was long but it never got tiring. I loved the character development and oh my God, Rebecca Grace Allen knows how to spin a perfect BDSM scene. Jack was simply amazing and despite his stubbornness, he is at the top of my current book boyfriend list. Lilly was a great heroine. She balanced her submission and natural wittiness perfectly. She was not a pushover; she was simply misled and betrayed. Jack was amazing at building back her self esteem and confidence. Their chemistry almost made my Kindle combust! I loved the secondary characters and even though this might seem like a story that has been told before, IT'S NOT. This author is the new fresh air in the BDSM romance. I cannot wait for more from her. +++++5 Stars+++++2015-11-05Lina's Reviews ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥ღೋBook Blogღೋ ❥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❥
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads33.5 stars This is a BDSM theme book between a grieving widower and a broken submissive. I like the idea that I can read about two lost individual helping each other to piece themselves back together again. Jack Archer is a law Professor in his mid forties who just watched his beloved wife and submissive passed away. Although his wife wish for him to find love again, that was the last thing on Jack's mind. Lilly Sterling is a legal clerk in her mid twenties. After being left broken by her previous Dom, Lilly vowed to leave her past behind and start a new by moving into a new city. Jack and Lilly met when they were both were dragged out for Saturday night drinking by their respective friends. There was this instant attraction between these two when they first laid eyes on each other. Although they tried to keep things casual while in front of their friends, before long they both started to seek other out and found out they both are into BDSM. First of all, I love the whole secondary casts we have here. From Lilly's brother - Nick, Nick's boyfriend - Gabe, to Jack's brother - Brady and Jack's wingman - Patrick the manwhore. They are bunch of lively characters that although they didn't do much beside teasing their friends, making fun of Jack being a hermit and binge drinking, they are plainly fun to read. Patrick seems to have his own story to tell, which I can't wait for it. Back to the BDSM part, initially I thought the idea of a contract ridiculous, but after reading through it with Lilly, I was amazed that it was such a comprehensive one that I don't mind seeing them signing off like it was a business deal. Almost all of their sexual activities took place in the playroom, with similar routine as the initiation, which I find it a tad too orchestrated. I prefer a bit more variety and more impromptu sex. But I enjoyed seeing how Jack tried to heal Lilly's old wound and pushing her limitation. When Jack realized that they are both starting to get closer, he was torn between guilty about feeling love again and worry how he will be judge for being with someone so much younger than him. Lilly was also reminded once again she was back to square one, wanting a man who rather keep her as his dirty secret. I love the part whereby Jack finally stop being an ass and they come out as a couple to their friends, but I wish it could happen earlier to see how they work as a functional couple, instead of the Dom and sub.2015-11-05Amanda
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads4You married that one person that makes your life complete. You share many happy years together, raise a child, and an enchanting sexual relationship. Life couldn't be better in your eyes. But fate decides to throw you a curveball... your spouse is diagnosed with cancer and slowly is taken away. It's heart wrenching to say the least. Your spouse's last wish is for you to find love again, but it's something that's too hard to accomplish. You miss the life you once had, beside the point that no one strikes your fancy. That is until your best friend and brother consiper you to join them at a local bar. One look, one simple conversation and that person is the only one that captures your imagination. That spark you thought died is now on fire. You want to know more about this person, but something is keeping you at bay. The age difference for starters is a bit much, in your opinion. This is Jack Archer's dilemma, he's ready to start moving on but the person he wants isn't someone that is about the same age as his son. Lilly Sterling is attracted to Jack in more ways than one. She recently moved to Boston after a recent break up. The breakup was hard and life changing, but more importantly, it destroyed her self-esteem. One night, Jack approaches her with a proposition that is too hard to resist. Their relationship will take place within the guidelines outlined in the contract, it's the perfect arrangement. At least on paper. The more time the pair play together, the more they want from the relationship. The only problem is that Jack isn't ready for more and he feels she deserves someone closer to her age. Lilly wants Jack, but after he pushes her away, a blast from the past shows up that makes an offer she wasn't expecting. Will she take the offer? Will Jack see realize his feelings for Lilly before it's too late? Or will Lilly surprise everyone and make a decision least imagined? This is a captivating story that offers a second chance at love. Our hero gets a chance to love again after the death of his wife. Our heroine gets a real chance to discover the lifestyle that nearly broke her at the hands of her last boyfriend. Together they grow and learn that life is at their fingertips if they just take the jump. And I loved that Jack and Lilly have a group of family and friends that are there for them in good times and bad. This is a very enjoyable read that captures your heart from beginning to end. I loved this couple and the journey they took. Theirs may not be a conventional relationship, but the passion they share is something anyone can relate to.2015-11-10Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous. Note: This ARC was provided by RockStar Lit PR in exchange for an honest review. Here we have two broken people--a forty-four-year-old Harvard law professor, widower, father to a twenty-two-year-old grad student, and Dominant, Jack Archer, and a twenty-eight-year-old law school graduate who has yet to take the bar and current paralegal nursing a broken heart and a far more broken spirit, Lilly Sterling. Jack is still mourning the loss of his wife, and the only woman he ever practiced BDSM with, but his attention is snagged by Lilly the second he sees her outside a bar. There's an instant connection between them, but neither feels absolutely read to do anything about their mutual attraction. One of the things I liked best about this love story was that the main characters took a completely different route in dealing with their attraction and their respective needs for BDSM partners. Neither of them were looking into finding replacements for the people they were involved with, and so when they do come across each other, the emotions that are evoked spark a chain reaction that neither of them could have really avoided, even if they strove to keep denying themselves what, and who, they wanted. There's a journey they take where trust and respect are earned. Along the way, they develop feelings for each other. The bonus to the romance is the case that Lilly is researching for her law firm. It's really quite intriguing and you know that the one clue that's mentioned when she first tries to tackle the date involved in the case is the one that will crack the whole thing wide open. While being with Jack provides Lilly the opportunity to regain the confidence she once lost, it is her work on the case and the belief of Jack and those closest to her that bolsters her own belief that she is good at what she does. Lilly becoming a stronger and more put-together woman inside and outside of the playroom highlights that this was more than a story about sex. I've read Rebecca Grace Allen's two previous novels and a short story that was part of a recent anthology, and each new work I come across makes me even more of a believer of her writing talent. But, without a shadow of a doubt, this latest series starter of hers is her best work to date. She's come up with a story that breaks your heart a couple of times but mends it each time and she's given us characters that you become emotionally invested in, wishing you could hold their hands each time they stumble. I'm unequivocally giving Legally Bound's His Contract five-plus stars because this is how erotic romance should be written. ♥2015-11-10Jen
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5I 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 ~2015-11-10Kahea
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5finding love again—her final wish for him—is the furthest thing from ...The Dominant must teach the submissive to trust again after being hurt in the past... 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? (Amazon Blurb) This is the type of novel that shows you the damaging effects, be it short or long term, from a relationship between a Dominant and a Submissive where the trust has been broken simply by leaving without explanation. It was heartbreaking to watch Lilly deal with her emotions and her daily struggles. Jack, on the other hand, lost his wife due to an illness – she was his perfect centre, the submissive that he needed for his Dominant side. Rebecca Grace Allen is the type of writer that surprises even the most reticent new reader who is curious about the BDSM genre. She has incorporated some amazing subjects such as trust, training, toys, and especially the creation of a special bond between two individuals who have dealt with pain and must learn to lean on each other to start healing. The chemistry between these two is scorching and undeniably tangible, you’d swear goosebumps were rising up your arms and chills over your entire body. Being the first novel in the Legally Bound series, His Contract is absolutely worth the read and I highly recommend it, even encourage adding the book to your to be read list and adding Rebecca Grace Allen to your to be watched list – I know I will be keeping an eye on this author as she keeps adding novels to her library, curious what she’ll deliver next. . **Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Kathleen for Alpha Book Club**2015-11-11Kathleen Rivest
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca3I started this book not realizing the romantic genre, which is not generally an interest of mine. Once I started reading, I found that it was well written and captured my attention so I read it to the end and enjoyed it2015-11-12Jane
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk3I started this book not realizing the romantic genre, which is not generally an interest of mine. Once I started reading, I found that it was well written and captured my attention so I read it to the end and enjoyed it2015-11-12Jane
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com3Not my type of read but enjoyed it.I started this book not realizing the romantic genre, which is not generally an interest of mine. Once I started reading, I found that it was well written and captured my attention so I read it to the end and enjoyed it2015-11-12Jane
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads54-1/2 stars. This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool. I think you all already know that I love everything Rebecca Grace Allen writes. I've been a fan of hers for a long time, and I am inspired with each new title she releases. With every new book, I go back and forth on which is my favorite. I liked The Hierarchy of Needs a little bit more than this one, but really, it's a toss up. I think it comes down to the fact that I'm not crazy into BDsm books. But though this story definitely has realistic, amazing BDsm, at its heart, it's a love story, and that's what I love the most about His Contract. After being treated horribly by her former Dom, Lily moved to Boston, where she meets Harvard Law Professor Jack Archer. This story takes place a year after Jack's beloved wife passed away, and he's not looking for any kind of relationship--no matter how short--when he sees Lily. With their practically instantaneous and undeniable chemistry, they decide to embark on a short-term relationship, with a contract that they keep extending. You know what happens from there. Feelings. And all the feels. The characters are so realistic, and I really liked both of them, which is sometimes a surprise for me. I love that Jack was protective of Lily from the beginning and that he showed her what a real Dom/sub relationship should be. He's smart and sweet, and yeah, totally hot. The story progressed perfectly, and I can't wait to read the next story in this series, especially if it's focused on Patrick and Cassie. My only complaint is that Lily resembled Jack's late wife, and that I wanted more of them. His Contract is an incredibly well-written love story with chemistry in spades and characters you'll fall for. It's a must read, regardless of if you're into BDsm or not.2015-11-16Kassiah
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads21.5* rounded up. I give up! This was so boring and pedestrian, so same-old, same-old, that I quietly slipped off into sleep halfway through. The book was well-edited, had no major language or grammar issues, few typos. That's why it gets the 1.5*. It unfortunately also bored me to distraction. Not only that, again, we get a female submissive and some uber-domly dom, we also get the typical drama of m/f BDSM stories, we get a female who likes everything, does everything, wants everything the average pornstar also likes. She is as individualistic as a grass blade. Not. The domly dom behaves like someone out of Disney, or maybe someone the younger Tom Hanks could play to a Tee. And unfortunately he is as unsexy. The BDSM is nothing I haven't read countless times, and absolutely unerotic as well. I'll not even start on those many inconsistencies which do not mesh with the actual topic of the book. Oh. Wait. Those two have unprotected fluid exchange, they poke fingers into various orifices, kiss, BJ, lick, masturbate from here to the moon, but - guess what! - because no one put a peen away in a wet pussy that is no sex. Yeah. Right. Only peen-in-vayjayjay-activity is sex. Someone listened too much to a former prez, I'd say... duh.2015-11-20Steelwhisper
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4A sweet ride. I enjoyed this book. It was so simple and yet so full of terms and some sexy geeks. It was good combination. Connor was sexy, hot and stubborn. He was just in his own head so much, thinking for Gabby and changing himself, which was no good. But I still loved how sweet he was, and how he was willing to try for her. “She makes me want to be different too.” “So be different.”~ I wanted this book to be longer. I wanted to live more with the characters and enjoy friendships/relationships between the characters. “A rose represents promises and hope, but its beauty is bonded with thorns. It embodies pain and loss. Combined together, they are in perfect harmony, equal parts beautiful and strong.”~ Gabby. Our talking-to-herself, sexy maths geek. Yup, I envy a character for being smart in maths. I need that. She was straighforward, funny and confident. I loved Gabby. “Since I met you, nothing has made sense,” she told him. “Nothing has been logical, ordered or defined. But at the same time, everything has made perfect sense. You can’t get more duality than that.” Her grin grew wide. “Maybe I should write a paper on how blind dates really can go well, despite the statistics.”~ This book doesn't wow you. Its no shock. Its normal, yet sweet, cute and lovely. Sit back, read it and enjoy the ride.2016-01-20Habiba Hasabo
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Audible.com4Great Book Under $10His Contract by Rebecca Grace Allen is a standalone with a happily ever after. It is book one in the Legally Bound series. This story is about widower and Dominant Jack, and heartbroken submissive Lilly. This story is about second chances and finding love…again. Many authors write about BDSM but not many do such a great job of expressing the feelings involved in the relationship of the dominant and submissive. Rebecca Grace Allen decides to bring out the big guns right from the prologue, making me use my tissues right away and hoping my own heart will be healed along with Jack’s. Other emotions were brought out while reading this book like anger, hope, love, more tears. The moment Jack and Lilly meet I wanted to cheer for them. I could feel their hearts wanting to be together and then later I wanted to yell at Jack for letting Lilly leave and to yell at Lilly for leaving. Luckily I did understand why they both did what they did, my heart still hurt for them but I held out hope that they would find their way back to each other. “He kissed her like she was air, his everything, the only thing he needed to survive.” This story has many people wanting acceptance from those they love but fear of being shunned and ignored has them keeping quiet. “Gay or straight, Dominant or submissive, old or young—it’s all the same thing. It’s all people, and the different ways we care about one another.” This applies to Nick with his mother, Lilly with Nick, Jack with Josh. Rebecca Grace Allen writing is very good and draws the reader right into the story. So I am looking forward to reading about Lilly’s best friend, Cassie, and Jack’s best friend, Patrick. They had a little tension during this story, just enough for me to want more for them. I wouldn’t mind reading about Nick and Gabe or even Jack’s son Josh. Angelica Lee , Burke Stevens were great with the delivery of the story2016-01-20
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5I 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 😀 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 🙂2016-02-21Aly is so frigging bored
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca5This book is incredible. A smart, feisty woman and a nerdy, bad boy - it was the perfect combination.2016-02-25kimpractical
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk5This book is incredible. A smart, feisty woman and a nerdy, bad boy - it was the perfect combination.2016-02-25kimpractical
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Smart and smuttyThis book is incredible. A smart, feisty woman and a nerdy, bad boy - it was the perfect combination.2016-02-25kimpractical
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5**Five Stars** “His Contract”, by Rebecca Grace Allen was a revelation. I LOVED everything about it; the writing, the characters, plot development and the sweet, sexy love story. The story was plausible, realistic and almost a primer on how to craft perfect BDSM scenes. This is the story of Jack, a widower with college aged son who deeply grieves the loss of his wife and submissive. He has a support system of people pushing to keep him going, but Jack seems to think his life as a lover and a dominant are over with the Eve’s death. Lilly is a paralegal who competed law school but never sat for the Bar because she was shaken after a failed (and abusive) relationship with a sadist who broke and humiliated her. Lilly flees to another city to hide from her former lover and build a new life for herself. She buries her desires as a submissive, deeming her surrender too dangerous to her self-esteem. A chance meeting (six degrees of separation) where each recognizes their counter-part in the other leads them on a journey of discovery of true BDSM and more. This story may have some triggers for the sensitive as abuse disguised as play is described in flashback. Otherwise, I enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend this book. In fact, I predict I'll be re-reading it soon. ***I received a copy from the author through the BDSM group’s TPE bar, in exchange for an honest review***2016-03-08Victoria ~
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5I knew this book would be sexy, but I wasn't expecting so much HEART. Right from the start, I was intrigued by the description. You never get to see bi characters be anything but sexually confident and aggressive in fiction, and a shy, virgin bi guy was exactly what I was looking for. Plus, this author became an auto-buy for me after His Contract. I have to admit, I was also expecting a love story between two people, with a third coming in just long enough to steam up the bedroom windows. I wasn't prepared for the depth of relationship that began to develop between these characters-between each pairing and then the whole of the three. If you would have asked me yesterday, I'd have said, "Nah" to a book about a poly relationship because frankly, I have a hard time buying that that would work in real life. Yes, I know this is fiction. Still. But this author made a believer out of me. I felt ALL the love connections in this book, to the point that I couldn't see it ending any other way. Not only that, in a fairly short book, the author delved into some really serious issues with mental illness, family relations, and especially the questioning of faith that comes when a religious person realizes they want something their religious teachings have advised them is wrong. That struck me straight in the chest, and I love that this story goes there, and doesn't pretty it up too awful much. Learning to accept yourself is hard work, peeps. Learning to believe that God, and other people, can truly love and respect and admire you? That is the work of a lifetime, and the most beautiful accomplishment any person can ever hope for. I adore this book for taking me to all those places, and in the space of only about three hours, because I gobbled it up, not even blinking when the carpet cleaners started roaring away in the other room. Mikey, Rafe and Krissy are THAT irresistible. The beginning wavered for me a bit, just because it laid out Mikey's motivations too fast and blunt, but a couple scenes in, I was loving the characters so much I forgot all about that part. Rafe's confidence and canny, brash intelligence are a great match for Mikey's earnest goodness, and I love that the story starts with jealousy and competition and ends with empathy, generosity, and compassion. Oh, and a boatload of kinky, hotter than hell sexcapades.2016-03-18Michelle
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3This was the perfect representation of “angel and devil on your shoulder”. Told from dual POV’s- Mikey and Krissy. In THE THEORY OF DEVIANCE, we have Mikey, who is dealing with self-identification and struggling with him wanting to rebel against what he has perceived as “normal” his whole life. For some time now, he has struggled with the idea that he might be bi-s*xual. In enters Krissy. She has this charismatic, eccentric and quirky personality that appeals to Mikey on every level. He thinks this is the perfect opportunity for him to forget his interest in men. Krissy plans to come to Portland to stay with Mikey for one week, a “stay-cation”. Shortly, before we comes, she asks Mikey if it’s ok if her roommate tags along. Mikey agrees. Upon Krissy’s arrival, Mikey learns that her roommate is not female, but indeed male. Rafe is Krissy’s “friends with benefits” roommate. (Mikey does not know they are friends with benefits obviously) Her very attractive, male, bi-s*xual roommate. *enter dilemma* Mikey is now stuck in a hard place *pun intended*. He has to fight his attraction for both of them for the whole week. You can about image where this can go. *wink* Krissy On top of all of this, each character is dealing with their own internal issues and they are all going to come the forefront in THE THEORY OF DEVIANCE. “A week of pure deviance,” he mused. “Who would’ve though it could end in love.” Will these three be able to navigate through their own issues and be a couple, will someone get left behind or will they all go their separate ways? Read to find out! I liked the taboo elements to this novel that Rebecca Grace Allen centered this novel on. We have the M/M/F aspect, which isn’t seen every day. We have the bi-s*xual element which is becoming less and less out of the norm. And then we have Krissy’s diagnoses- bipolar. The combination of these aspects made for one very interesting week. THE THEORY OF DEVIANCE had a good combination of erotica and romance with a mix of obstacles. The reasons I gave it 3 stars: -Although the concept of falling in love after 1 week was delivered well and adorable at times, it was slightly unrealistic to me. I am a strong believer in “love at first sight”, but even that has a time frame because most the time, it’s really “lust at first sight” if we’re honest here. -Then the overall time frame of the book (only 1 week) kind of gave it a rushed feeling (plus there was only 14 chapters). I’ve read books with that limited of time and chapters and felt more emotions and inner battles between the characters. I would’ve liked for there to have been more “fight” in the characters and for them to not give up their secrets so easily. I mean if I just met someone, I wouldn’t give up my most hidden secrets within the first couple days of knowing them. That is typically the “I have to look my best so they stay my friend” phase. *LOL* Also, because of this, I found it hard to connect with the characters. Overall, THE THEORY OF DEVIANCE was a fun, s*xy, “coming into your own” read. It was wonderful to read about these three characters getting more comfortable in their own skin through the help of each other. I did grow to like these characters and was sad when it ended. I would love to know how they are now. I would recommend it for anyone that wants a fresh new read or previous fans of the series. 3 stars!2016-03-22Vivian
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads43.5 / 5 "it's not you, it's me" stars The Hierarchy of Needs was a book that sat on my virtual shelves and I regretted it the moment I picked it up. I fell in love with the characters and couldn't wait to continue the series. Unfortunately, when The Theory of Deviance's cover was released, I felt incredibly let down. And then I hemmed and hawed on whether I was going to read it. It's not a trope I enjoy, let alone understand, in the least bit. But I gave it a shot because I liked the author's writing style and the world these books take place in. I did enjoy the self-discovery, the allowing himself to be who he was, of Mikey, our main male character, just as I enjoyed Krissy and Rafe and the demons they brought to the table. I personally felt that this group of three people was a bit of a walking disaster, but they did find acceptance among one another, and I that is a beautiful thing. RGA's ability to bring to life issues that are prevalent in the world today, was great. I think she did a wonderful job with the story; I just have a hard time handling the more than two characters thing.2016-05-02Mignon Mykel
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Things are not always what they seem and this story proves it! These three people are each going through very different family situations. With the help of each other, they come to some very life-altering realizations at the end of one week. Great story and series! I can't wait to see what's next for this fantastic author. Received a copy via RockStarLit in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.2016-05-25Cheryl Sanders
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4The Theory of Deviance was a good read that presented some fun and unique characters. I really liked how the author added in some serious themes with the erotica because it added substance to a novel that would otherwise be mostly about sex. The characters definitely had to face some of their own demons and conflicting views (world v. own) within this novel. There was the questioning of faith and the fact that reality doesn't always line up with society's expectations. Even with these more serious concepts within the novel, I really enjoyed the emotions and honesty that came about because of these challenges. This additional element added true emotion to this novel and I can't wait to read more from this author!2016-05-28Ineffable Book Blog
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Mikey’s turn is finally here. He’s been so shy and… lonely in the previous books, but in Deviance he’s blossoming against all expectations. And I loved it. Mikey is awaiting his friend’s Krissy’s visit. He has a secret crush and is hoping she feels the same. But when Krissy arrives in Maine from NYC, she’s not alone. Her roommate, Rafe, is with her. And Rafe is gorgeous to the point Mikey notices him right away. But Mikey is a 25 year old virgin for a reason. He’s working with his parents in their business, volunteers at the local church. He’s a pleaser to everyone but himself. The story progresses with bits of information for the reason Rafe came along and Krissy is in the center. She has much to tell Mikey, but she’s not the only one in need of sharing. Secrets are a many for this not quite yet triad. Deviance deals with mental illness in a way none of the novels I’ve read in the past did. The emotional aspect involved in coping with bipolar is so compelling and fragile, it immediately touched a nerve with me. I’m not ill, nor am I a professional, however Allen was able to carry through Krissy’s frustrations and Mikey and Rafe’s contemplations beautifully. I enjoyed the way they fell in love, the way they fought and made up, and the way they discovered each other, even when it seemed they felt they knew each other. I enjoyed the way Mikey, growing up in a conservative environment managed to find the balance that allowed him to keep his family and yet to live the way he wants and needs. I can’t say the way those three dealt with the situation is storybook happily ever after, but it felt real and genuine. It felt right. It’s beautiful.2016-06-05Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4* I received a free copy to read and review for wicked reads review team* I really enjoyed this book Mikey gets more than he bargained for when he asks Krissy to visit. He thinks he is finally going to lose his V card. Krissy brings her room mate Rafe with her, he is all kinds of sexy and confuses Mikey. Krissy and Rafe really are like angels on his shoulders, however they are both whispering for him to do very naughty things. The book is pretty hot with a great ending, i really enjoyed it.2016-06-11Dawn Liddle
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5**4.5 Crazy, No. Not Crazy. Mentally Ill Stars** This was such a great read. And each character I loved in different ways. Krissy, Mikey and Rafe were such an amazing trio that I couldn’t put this book down. Krissy and Rafe have come to visit Mikey. Each of the three with a completely different agenda. Krissy wants to see the sweet guy she met a few months before, the one she likes a lot. Mikey, the twenty something virgin wants to lose the big V-Card, and Rafe wants to make sure Krissy and Mikey are right for each other before he passes her off (not in a bad way) But when the three of them come together, no ones expectations are exactly as they planned. Krissy, that girl, I loved her so much. I feel a deep connection with her. Always wondering how someone feels about you, always trying to live up the the hype. She was such a strong woman who, even suffering through her illness, isn’t scared to say what she wants. Mikey is adorable, and I truly believe the glue that holds the trio together. I ABSOLUTELY love throughout the entire book that even though he was battling his inner demons, and dealing with his own desires, he still found a way to hold to his beliefs and do what he wanted. Rafe, God I loved me some Rafe, something about the way RG Allen wrote him, I just wanted to climb up his body and hold on for dear life. He was such an attentive friend and an amazing lover to both Mikey and Krissy. Giving his love unconditionally, and his supprt. It was beautiful Overall, I really and truly enjoyed this book from the start. The ONLY reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I felt the ending was slightly abrupt. I wanted something like an Epilogue about what happened with them all together. There was a small wrap up, but not enough. *ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Shannon from Alpha Book Club2016-06-30Shannon Youngblood
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I have to admit – After reading the first chapter, I wasn’t thrilled with the story. It was sexy, but didn’t have any depth to it. So, I assumed the rest would just be a fluffy sexy ménage story. However, as I continued on, the story and my mind changed in a drastic way! I expected Mikey to fall for one of the others – Krissy or Rafe. What I didn’t expect (and was pleasantly surprised with) was the depth of the feelings each one had for the other and how much growth each one experienced during their week together! The author really dove in and got into the heart and soul of each individual characters. Even Rafe, who wasn’t focused on individually as the others. They each had their own demons to fight and their own pain to endure. But, where one hurt, the others were right there to soothe and balance that person. Together, their relationship creates the perfect equilateral triangle – each one perfectly balancing and in love with the other two. It really is an amazing story of love, growth, and balance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so glad I didn’t close myself off after the first chapter! *A copy was provided for review.2016-07-23Kim
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. From the synopsis and the cover, I expected a book jam packed full of sex and not much else. I was pleasantly surprised that The Theory of Deviance provided more. Krissy is dealing with mental illness, Mikey is dealing with his sexuality and his religious believes and Rafe struggles to do what he believes if the right thing. I enjoyed The Theory of Deviance and the issues it covers and the erotic scenes where are hot. But when it came to the more serious feelings between our trio didn't feel what the characters were feeling. I did quite like the ending. It pulled the threads of the story together well.2016-07-25Veronica
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen, in my case, happens to be a unique read. It’s unique (at least in my opinion) because it openly questions faith/religion, ideas of sin and personal belief. I can definitely say when I opened this on my Kindle this story wasn't what I expected. More than anything, The Theory of Deviance is a coming of age story and a story of self-discovery. Like most young adults Mickey (our hero) is trying to figure out where he fits in life and at age 25 he’s kind of a late bloomer. Stuck behind the wall of parental expectations and social appearances, how can he be honest and true to himself? You see, Mickey is a 25 year old bisexual virgin whose personal religious beliefs and the idea of disappointing his parents have him spinning in a merry circle. Unfortunately, he believes that he can confess away his bisexuality or find that one miracle woman that will satisfy both halves of himself. Then sometimes, yes sometimes life gives you just the right amount of lemons for that lemonade. Krissy has some personal demons of her own. Suffering from mental illness (she bi polar) she to is looking for the place where she belongs … that one safe place where there isn’t any judgment. The last piece of this trifecta is Rafe (Krissy’s roommate with benefits) who has some parental issues of his own. He’s been Krissy safety net almost from the beginning of her diagnosis but he’s yet to find the love he deserves. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I must say that she made a bold move by bringing religion into focus in this story. This story deals with subjects (that I believe) are at the heart of the LGBT community when dealing with bisexuality and family pressures. The story is classified a contemporary /new adult romance but unfortunately I didn't find it very romantic. I found this story to contain mild angst, memorable characters and a whole lot of naughtiness. ~~~ Thank you to RockStarPR for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review~~~2016-07-31A. Cook
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Posted on What I'm Reading The warning for this The Theory of Deviance basically sums up whats going to happen in this book. Now if that's not your kink or anything you might want to steer clear of this read. However, this sounds like your kind of fun, by all means have at it. All righty. Basically, Mikey is this super shy guy who still has virginity and he's hoping to lose it while Krissy is there. Krissy has her own set problems other than her roommate. They each have to overcome a few challenges. For instance, Mikey has a hard time dealing with fact he's bi, and living in his community poses some challenges. He needs to overcome his fears. Anyway, Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe learn a little about one another through this story. Basically they have a week together to have a little fun. The Theory of Deviance is not for everyone. However, it was a pretty good read. You have this set coming to terms on their sexuality, and finding that they are great together. You see more of Krissy and Mikey's inner thoughts in this story than Rafe. The focus is more on Krissy and Mikey, and Rafe is along for the ride. Eventually he finds himself in the thick of things. If this sounds like your kind read check out The Theory of Deviance. Bonus, if you haven't read the previous book, you won't be lost if you start here first. This can be read as a stand alone. Copy provided by author via RockStar PR2016-08-02Melody May (What I'm Reading)
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4This is the first book I ready by Ms. Allen and I enjoyed reading it. This is a M/M/F book and covers some serious issues for each character. Krissy is a lovable, sweet and quirky girl wrestling with how to reveal to Mikey, one of the male leads, an illness that she struggles with on a daily basis. I love the interaction between Mikey and Krissy, although I hadn't previously met the characters in other books I could get a clear sense of how they met and what transpired. Mikey is a 25 yr old virgin who lives with his parents while helping with the family business and part time as choir director at his church. I found Ms. Allen's portrayal of Mikey, a man struggling with his sexuality along side his strong belief in his religious teachings extremely well done. Mikey is man who is loyal to his family but is trying to figure out who he is outside of everyone else's expectations. Rafe is Krissy's roommate and "Friend with benefits" because it works for them. They take care of each other in a way they both need while living together in NY. Rafe is openly bisexual but struggles with his past and what led him to NY and the life he is currently living. Overall this story has really intense themes and I applaud the author for putting them in this story for all to read. I love the way the characters interact and the intimate scenes are very hot. There were a few moments where I thought the characters moved on from some of their issues rather quickly, but it went along with the flow of the story and the issues that were being dealt with at the time. I definitely think Theory of Deviance is a book for your TBR! Review by Cara2016-08-02Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Well that was a surprise. A pleasant one, but still a surprise. Why you ask? Because I didn't expect to become so immersed in the story. I had a good inkling that I'd enjoy it, since I've enjoyed other books by the author and my interest was definitely peaked due to the promise of a true ménage happening. But I didn’t expect that upon starting the book that I'd become so invested in the the journey the characters travel that I'd have to force myself to put the Kindle down because my lunch break was over. I really liked Mikey, Krissy and Rafe and the chemistry between them from the start. They all had such distinct personalities that ended up melding well together once they got a little more comfortable together. But what held my interest the most was how each of them was at a crossroads in their lives. None of them were truly settled into who they are supposed to be, whether it be because they questioned their sexuality and how it would impact their lives, what they wanted for their future and how they wanted to live it, or simply fighting to be who they wanted to be while walking that fine line of being who others thought they should be so they wouldn’t rock the boat. All of these are generally the same, but each of them had a different path and it was really interesting to be apart of it as they each dealt with what deviance meant to them and the impact they’d allow it to have. Things progress quickly with their relationship and though it is, it didn’t necessarily feel like it. With the knowledge that Krissy and Mikey had kept in almost constant contact with each other since meeting at her sister’s wedding and had spoken about almost everything it gave it a believability that things could escalate as fast as it did. I thought it was sweet, sexy and I liked how they all ended up finding a connection with each other outside of the physical attraction they felt for each other. The writing was engaging and I liked the pacing of the story. I loved seeing things through Mikey and Krissy’s eyes, but do wish we’d gotten a bit of Rafe’s POV tossed into the mix since he was pivotal in moving the story along. I also liked how the issue of religion and belief was handled in the story. It never felt preachy, it was more contemplative where a character was reexamining what God and religion meant to him and how he could still maintain a relation with them while following his heart. ~ ARC received from RockStar PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~2016-08-02Kahea
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book and found myself immediately drawn into Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe’s story. Although this book has some very steamy sexy times that were well written, what I really enjoyed was the story and the struggles of all the characters. When Mikey meets Krissy he is convinced that she is the one – the one that will help him lose his virginity and perhaps even help him leave the feelings he’s had for men in the past. He’s very religious and lives in a small town, so any sort of non-traditional relationship is just not going to work for him. Of course he doesn’t anticipate meeting Krissy’s roommate Rafe, who tempts him in all sorts of ways. Mikey struggles with not only his religious beliefs, but he also has to come to terms with his family and what he wants out of life and the author does a wonderful job delivering Mikey’s story with emotion and heart. Krissy and Rafe also have issues to deal with from their past. They both are hiding secrets from each other, as well as Mikey, and it’s clear that until they can all be honest with one another and themselves, they won’t be able to move forward either together or even separately. This book has many social and emotional issues that it deals with and I think the author did a very good job depicting the characters and their struggles, especially with Mikey as he deals with his religious upbringing and what that means to him as begins to accept his bisexuality. This is the third book in the series, but is easily read as a stand-alone. There are some sensitive topics addressed, but again, I think the author did a great job addressing them, not throwing beliefs in your face, just portraying how her character dealt with things. A great read for anyone looking for a steamy and sexy M/F/M with a great story to back it up! I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.2016-08-03Margaret
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Sweet Baby Jesus!! I knew going into The Theory of Deviance that it was going to be good, but I wasn't expecting it be this good. The dynamic between Mikey, Rafe, and Krissy is stunning. I was able to relate to each individual's person demons, and how they worked together to battle those issues. This book showcases how no one is perfect, everyone has problems. I love how each come to terms with their growing feelings for each other. They are scared of hurting each other, but still want to see where this new relationship can go. I really loved how Mikey took charge in the end and was able to let his embrace his feelings. I haven't read the pervious books in this series, but was able to jump right into this story. I love how Rebecca is able to draw the reader in and keep them captivated until the end. The Theory of Deviance is deliciously kinky, engaging, and enchanting.2016-08-04Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads2I love RGA's penchant for smart and sexy characters and unsung heroes with hidden challenges (The Hierarchy of Needs is one of my all-time faves). The Theory of Deviance is similar in that the male lead has some life changing stuff he's working through and while there is plenty of character development there is surprisingly little emotion and thus feels a little flat lined. Maybe it falls flat because all the emotional turmoil does not unfold before our eyes but rather falls into the author telling and not showing. Alas, the instafeelings Mikey experiences don’t feel believable. I appreciate the representation of mental illness and a young man finding his confidence to be himself, but I felt like there wasn't enough substance and the back story was too heavy to be relegated to fluffy fiction. Bit of a misconnection for me.2016-08-05The Suburban Eclectic
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fan of Rebecca Grace Allen's. I've loved everything of hers I've ever read, so it was very weird for me to be reluctant to start one of her books. Neither Mikey nor Krissy had made much of an impression on me in the previous Portland Rebels books, and I'd never pictured them as main characters. Well. Mikey and Krissy have certainly made an impression on me now, and HOT DAMN! And the thing that was putting me off the most at the beginning--their quirky/nerdy/unassuming appearances--ended up being the best thing ever. Who says you have to look a certain way to enjoy getting your kink on? Well, my brain did for a bit, but I told it to sit down and shut up. And then there was Rafe. Tall, beautiful, sexy Rafe. Rafe with a big heart and a sad story. Krissy's bestie and wingman, even though he's crushing on Mikey himself. And Mikey, of course, is crushing right back. Everyone's lusting for everyone else and when they all realize that...(insert super-hot sex scene here). I could see any two of the three working as a couple, but they're so much better as a trio. I really enjoyed getting to know these three--even though learning their backstories made me want to smack a few fictional parents--and seeing them grow and develop. No stagnant characters for RGA, which is one of the biggest reasons I love her work. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2016-08-05Jennifer
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Great story of second chance romance about getting what you wantThis is a great second chance love story.Two people who realize they need to start believing and trusting in who they really are and sell themselves short. Their journey is a fun ride as they help each other see themselves for what is inside and realize they both have so much more to offer. This author has a great writing style that catches you quick and makes it an extremely easy read and there is definitely a fair share of steam built into the story.2016-08-07Jenny B
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads54-1/2 stars. I've always loved Rebecca Grace Allen's writing, way before her first published book. She's been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. But this. This book brings everything to a whole new level. More hotness. More emotion. More depth from the characters. I'm stunned, not because she's such an amazing author--because I always knew that. But because I just didn't think she could get better. And she has. The summary for this story is pretty spot on. Sweet virgin Mikey has been falling for Krissy for a few months, all online and through phone calls and texts. She's finally coming to visit, and Mikey is surprised when she shows up with her FWB, Rafe. This is an emotional whirlwind, and there is so much story here than you'd expect in your typical ménage plot. It's hot, for sure. ...the sound got lost when Mikey kissed her again--hard and hungry, his outh devouring hers. Rafe's fingers spanned her pelvis, sliding lower until they dipped into her panties. Krissy's breath rushed out when he parted her lips and traced a slippery circle over her clit. She let out a moan, and Mikey pulled back, gaze dropping to where her roommate's hand moved beneath the fabric. "Holy shit," he breathed. "She's crazy wet," Rafe said, kissing her cheek. "She never gets like this with me. Must be you, Mikey." But it's also tender and sweet and fun and awesome. The end was sweet, although a little unrealistic for me. Surprisingly romantic and unapologetically hot, The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen is a rollercoaster of emotions and sexy and is a must read for fans of ménage. -- For more reviews and bookish talk, visit our blog at Pretty Sassy Cool2016-08-08Kassiah
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4On first glance the premise of this book hints at all sorts of decadent delights, but with each turn of the page you realize there's unexpected emotional depth regarding a person's self-image and the power of outside forces in guiding your life. It's ultimately a thought provoking premise that left me exhausted as each character was put through the wringer and was left bruised by fear, uncertainty, and loneliness. Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe are merely pawns in the game of life and it's only when they're together that they're whole. Only together does their inner strength come shining through and it's what had me cheering by the satisfying conclusion. Mikey's a quiet young man, always has been even as his brothers were acting out, but he's starting to feel frustrated and fearful over feelings he can't control. These feelings are ones he's desperately been trying to bury out of fear for his family's business and of disappointing those closest to him including God. Fear has him hiding from life and has him still a virgin at 25. Meeting the free-spirited Krissy though gives him a glimpse of a carefree life, one unburdened by guilt if he's just brave enough to grab it. Rafe is an unexpected complication that becomes harder to ignore as he's a vital part to his burgeoning relationship with Krissy and when he's facing the loss of both of them he'll finally face long-hidden truths head-on in their journey to HEA. Mikey's conflict over homosexuality and religion is vividly and powerfully depicted with an argument that will get people talking and ultimately cheering. Though his is a unique relationship with Krissy and Rafe it's a heartwarming one that empowers each of them in an uplifting conclusion. Krissy's a breath of fresh air in this story, full of energy that has her vibrating. This energy isn't necessarily a good thing though as she suffers from bipolar disorder. After a complete breakdown she's still picking up the pieces, fearful of losing herself to the abyss but desperate to live life to the fullest. Throughout the story readers join her on her emotional rollercoaster ride, sensing her breakdown on the horizon, and feeling frustrated that there's no help for her until she helps herself. Krissy's a sweet girl who loves with all her heart and is supportive of the men in her life who care for her just as much. There's a child-like quality to her as well that makes for an intriguing dichotomy as she's a voracious sex kitten too. Her battle with her disease is vividly depicted, the realism of it hitting me hard as I have a sibling going through the same highs and lows. By the end I was proud of the changes she made, empowered by the strength it took to admit she was sick. Rafe is the strong but silent type carrying a lot of anger over his parents disowning him. He too has issues with the church and feelings of being unworthy of love. He's drawn to Krissy and Mikey but doesn't see himself as important to their relationship despite how well he takes care of Krissy by reminding her to take her meds and supporting her when things turn dark. It's a sweet side that shines through alongside a sexy side that helps his partners embrace their desires in a burgeoning relationship becoming stronger with each steamy encounter. Rafe's an immensely likable character whose stoicism had me wanting to hug him as it's clear how hurt he is by his past. This was a powerful story, emotionally intense, that had me on edge waiting for Krissy to combust and for everyone's feelings to come to a head. Issues regarding religion, mental disorders, and homosexuality are on vivid and realistic display to exhaust readers by the end. There are many erotic encounters to steam up the pages, nicely spaced to not feel redundant. Considering the issues being dealt with here too I expected more angst, but every heartache seemed to get wrapped up easily with a big bow once this trio got together. On a whole I found this a satisfying read with larger than life characters dealing with profound issues. Though it's the third installment in the Portland Rebels series it stands strongly on its own guided by the talented hands of Ms. Allen.2016-08-08Jody
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5**Originally Posted on Kiki's Kinky Picks** 4.5 Stars Three’s usually company, except in the deliciously steamy menage, The Theory of Deviance, by Rebecca Grace Allen. It’s the third in her Portland Rebels series, but I read it as a standalone and it worked just fine that way. I’m partial to MMFs but hardly ever find one as satisfying as this one. The characters–all three of them–were very well developed and full of delicious conflict. Despite instant attraction, things didn’t magically fall into place for these three. They had to work for it. Mikey’s struggle to reconcile his bisexuality with his religious beliefs was really interesting to me. As someone else who grew up Catholic, I could definitely relate to some of the things he felt. Mental illness was another prominent theme in The Theory of Deviance. The difficulties that Krissy faces while dealing with her illness are heartrendingly realistic. My one real complaint with this book is that you don’t get Rafe’s POV. It alternates between Mikey and Krissy, so you really get to know these two better than Rafe. Though you do get to learn about him from two different perspectives–Krissy who has known him for years and Mikey who is just meeting him. So you do get to know him, just not quite as well as the other two. The Theory of Deviance is a solid 4 star book with a bump up to 4.5 for the superb way Rebecca Grace Allen handled sensitive issues like mental illness and religious beliefs. While this is a fully realized story, you will want to read the short story follow-up, The Punishment Doctrine. Trust me. Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.2016-08-09Kiki Clark
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4Good Book* I received a free copy to read and review for wicked reads review team* I really enjoyed this book Mikey gets more than he bargained for when he asks Krissy to visit. He thinks he is finally going to lose his V card. Krissy brings her room mate Rafe with her, he is all kinds of sexy and confuses Mikey. Krissy and Rafe really are like angels on his shoulders, however they are both whispering for him to do very naughty things. The book is pretty hot with a great ending, i really enjoyed it.2016-08-09DawnE
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Steamy Yet Emotionally Intense & Thought Provoking Ménage Read....On first glance the premise of this book hints at all sorts of decadent delights, but with each turn of the page you realize there's unexpected emotional depth regarding a person's self-image and the power of outside forces in guiding your life. It's ultimately a thought provoking premise that left me exhausted as each character was put through the wringer and was left bruised by fear, uncertainty, and loneliness. Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe are merely pawns in the game of life and it's only when they're together that they're whole. Only together does their inner strength come shining through and it's what had me cheering by the satisfying conclusion. Mikey's a quiet young man, always has been even as his brothers were acting out, but he's starting to feel frustrated and fearful over feelings he can't control. These feelings are ones he's desperately been trying to bury out of fear for his family's business and of disappointing those closest to him including God. Fear has him hiding from life and has him still a virgin at 25. Meeting the free-spirited Krissy though gives him a glimpse of a carefree life, one unburdened by guilt if he's just brave enough to grab it. Rafe is an unexpected complication that becomes harder to ignore as he's a vital part to his burgeoning relationship with Krissy and when he's facing the loss of both of them he'll finally face long-hidden truths head-on in their journey to HEA. Mikey's conflict over homosexuality and religion is vividly and powerfully depicted with an argument that will get people talking and ultimately cheering. Though his is a unique relationship with Krissy and Rafe it's a heartwarming one that empowers each of them in an uplifting conclusion. Krissy's a breath of fresh air in this story, full of energy that has her vibrating. This energy isn't necessarily a good thing though as she suffers from bipolar disorder. After a complete breakdown she's still picking up the pieces, fearful of losing herself to the abyss but desperate to live life to the fullest. Throughout the story readers join her on her emotional rollercoaster ride, sensing her breakdown on the horizon, and feeling frustrated that there's no help for her until she helps herself. Krissy's a sweet girl who loves with all her heart and is supportive of the men in her life who care for her just as much. There's a child-like quality to her as well that makes for an intriguing dichotomy as she's a voracious sex kitten too. Her battle with her disease is vividly depicted, the realism of it hitting me hard as I have a sibling going through the same highs and lows. By the end I was proud of the changes she made, empowered by the strength it took to admit she was sick. Rafe is the strong but silent type carrying a lot of anger over his parents disowning him. He too has issues with the church and feelings of being unworthy of love. He's drawn to Krissy and Mikey but doesn't see himself as important to their relationship despite how well he takes care of Krissy by reminding her to take her meds and supporting her when things turn dark. It's a sweet side that shines through alongside a sexy side that helps his partners embrace their desires in a burgeoning relationship becoming stronger with each steamy encounter. Rafe's an immensely likable character whose stoicism had me wanting to hug him as it's clear how hurt he is by his past. This was a powerful story, emotionally intense, that had me on edge waiting for Krissy to combust and for everyone's feelings to come to a head. Issues regarding religion, mental disorders, and homosexuality are on vivid and realistic display to exhaust readers by the end. There are many erotic encounters to steam up the pages, nicely spaced to not feel redundant. Considering the issues being dealt with here too I expected more angst, but every heartache seemed to get wrapped up easily with a big bow once this trio got together. On a whole I found this a satisfying read with larger than life characters dealing with profound issues. Though it's the third installment in the Portland Rebels series it stands strongly on its own guided by the talented hands of Ms. Allen.2016-08-10J. Faltys
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4What a pleasant, naughty surprise this book was! I totally loved it! Going in, I must admit to being somewhat conflicted. Im a complete and utter, judgmental, cover snob. *hangs head in shame* If I dont like the cover - I automatically (in my mind) set the book up for points off. I know, I know... this is WRONG. But it happens, yo. And, I didnt like this cover. But the blurb caught my attention. Ohhhh Yeahhhhh.. it did. So I signed up and away we go. Characters - Mikey, the virgin, Krissy the fragile and Rafe the awesome - as I like to refer to them anyway. I loved them all in their own way. The author did an amazing job of developing and showing off the strengths (and flaws) of each individual character. From poor Mikey, who was struggling to show Krissy how much he loved her and wanted to be with her, to Krissy who was dealing with her medical condition. And then there was Rafe. Who I (and I assume the majority of readers) wanted soooo badly to be a unlikeable character in the beginning of the book. A third wheel if you will - only brought in to make it a true menage story - until I realized very, very early on that Rafe was a truly loveable guy. The group that wasnt a bicycle, but a tricycle... that couldnt exist with only two wheels, it NEEDED three to operate. I thought the characters went together flawlessly. - 5 Story - a bit awkward to start, until I realized that was exactly how it would go down in real life. Mikey stumbling around with Krissy. Krissy being kind of pushy and weird. Rafe being all cool and suave. Oh, it was fun to read. The story was really well written and flowed with a good pace. I cant think of any parts of it I didnt enjoy. - 5 Cover - well, I didnt like the cover, so - 3. 🙁 I give The Theory of Deviance 4.5 **** WickedGoodStars and will definitely be recommending it!2016-08-12Amber at WickedGoodReads
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Great Story!What a pleasant, naughty surprise this book was! I totally loved it! Going in, I must admit to being somewhat conflicted. Im a complete and utter, judgmental, cover snob. *hangs head in shame* If I dont like the cover - I automatically (in my mind) set the book up for points off. I know, I know... this is WRONG. But it happens, yo. And, I didnt like this cover. But the blurb caught my attention. Ohhhh Yeahhhhh.. it did. So I signed up and away we go. Characters - Mikey, the virgin, Krissy the fragile and Rafe the awesome - as I like to refer to them anyway. I loved them all in their own way. The author did an amazing job of developing and showing off the strengths (and flaws) of each individual character. From poor Mikey, who was struggling to show Krissy how much he loved her and wanted to be with her, to Krissy who was dealing with her medical condition. And then there was Rafe. Who I (and I assume the majority of readers) wanted soooo badly to be a unlikeable character in the beginning of the book. A third wheel if you will - only brought in to make it a true menage story - until I realized very, very early on that Rafe was a truly loveable guy. The group that wasnt a bicycle, but a tricycle... that couldnt exist with only two wheels, it NEEDED three to operate. I thought the characters went together flawlessly. - 5 Story - a bit awkward to start, until I realized that was exactly how it would go down in real life. Mikey stumbling around with Krissy. Krissy being kind of pushy and weird. Rafe being all cool and suave. Oh, it was fun to read. The story was really well written and flowed with a good pace. I cant think of any parts of it I didnt enjoy. - 5 Cover - well, I didnt like the cover, so - 3. 🙁 I give The Theory of Deviance 4.5 **** WickedGoodStars and will definitely be recommending it!2016-08-12Amber@WickedGoodReads
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Deliciously steamy**Originally Posted on Kiki's Kinky Picks** 4.5 Stars Three’s usually company, except in the deliciously steamy ménage, The Theory of Deviance, by Rebecca Grace Allen. It’s the third in her Portland Rebels series, but I read it as a standalone and it worked just fine that way. I’m partial to MMFs but hardly ever find one as satisfying as this one. The characters–all three of them–were very well developed and full of delicious conflict. Despite instant attraction, things didn’t magically fall into place for these three. They had to work for it. Mikey’s struggle to reconcile his bisexuality with his religious beliefs was really interesting to me. As someone else who grew up Catholic, I could definitely relate to some of the things he felt. Mental illness was another prominent theme in The Theory of Deviance. The difficulties that Krissy faces while dealing with her illness are heartrendingly realistic. My one real complaint with this book is that you don’t get Rafe’s POV. It alternates between Mikey and Krissy, so you really get to know these two better than Rafe. Though you do get to learn about him from two different perspectives–Krissy who has known him for years and Mikey who is just meeting him. So you do get to know him, just not quite as well as the other two. The Theory of Deviance is a solid 4 star book with a bump up to 4.5 for the superb way Rebecca Grace Allen handled sensitive issues like mental illness and religious beliefs. While this is a fully realized story, you will want to read the short story follow-up, The Punishment Doctrine. Trust me.😉 Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.2016-08-12Kiki Clark
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads2Sex scenes where hot but I could of left the rest of the book.2016-08-14Jen
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3Hmm.... I liked this story... Sort of. It was just a bit over the top. I guess I can't speak from experience on the bi-sexual front, but it doesn't seem healthy that your first real relationship be polyamorous, but what the heck do I know? Definitely felt a little annoyed at the end how some of the mental illness things were handled, but I realize this is fiction so obviously properly treating ones condition isn't forefront in making a good story.... It just rubbed me the wrong way. I get some people weren't intentionally taking advantage but that person even said, "I don't know if it's my episode talking or what." Uhmm..... I can't really explain without spoiling it, so the point is... No, just no. Lol. Other than the couple of issues I had it was a pretty good read. Really enjoyed the concept and the struggles of the characters, something different than the typical jealousy or stigma issues of other poly stories I've read.2016-08-14Melanie (mells_view)
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca3I liked this story... Sort of. It was just a bit over the top. I guess I can't speak from experience on the bi-sexual front, but it doesn't seem healthy that your first real relationship be polyamorous, but what the heck do I know? Definitely felt a little annoyed at the end how some of the mental illness things were handled, but I realize this is fiction so obviously properly treating ones condition isn't forefront in making a good story.... It just rubbed me the wrong way. I get some people weren't intentionally taking advantage but that person even said, "I don't know if it's my episode talking or what." Uhmm..... I can't really explain without spoiling it, so the point is... No, just no. Lol. Other than the couple of issues I had it was a pretty good read. Really enjoyed the concept and the struggles of the characters, something different than the typical jealousy or stigma issues of other poly stories I've read.2016-08-14mells_view
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Steamy M/F/M with a great story to back it up!I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book and found myself immediately drawn into Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe’s story. Although this book has some very steamy sexy times that were well written, what I really enjoyed was the story and the struggles of all the characters. When Mikey meets Krissy he is convinced that she is the one – the one that will help him lose his virginity and perhaps even help him leave the feelings he’s had for men in the past. He’s very religious and lives in a small town, so any sort of non-traditional relationship is just not going to work for him. Of course he doesn’t anticipate meeting Krissy’s roommate Rafe, who tempts him in all sorts of ways. Mikey struggles with not only his religious beliefs, but he also has to come to terms with his family and what he wants out of life and the author does a wonderful job delivering Mikey’s story with emotion and heart. Krissy and Rafe also have issues to deal with from their past. They both are hiding secrets from each other, as well as Mikey, and it’s clear that until they can all be honest with one another and themselves, they won’t be able to move forward either together or even separately. This book has many social and emotional issues that it deals with and I think the author did a very good job depicting the characters and their struggles, especially with Mikey as he deals with his religious upbringing and what that means to him as begins to accept his bisexuality. This is the third book in the series, but is easily read as a stand-alone. There are some sensitive topics addressed, but again, I think the author did a great job addressing them, not throwing beliefs in your face, just portraying how her character dealt with things. A great read for anyone looking for a steamy and sexy M/F/M with a great story to back it up! I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.2016-08-14Em &amp; M Books
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com3Hmm....I liked this story... Sort of. It was just a bit over the top. I guess I can't speak from experience on the bi-sexual front, but it doesn't seem healthy that your first real relationship be polyamorous, but what the heck do I know? Definitely felt a little annoyed at the end how some of the mental illness things were handled, but I realize this is fiction so obviously properly treating ones condition isn't forefront in making a good story.... It just rubbed me the wrong way. I get some people weren't intentionally taking advantage but that person even said, "I don't know if it's my episode talking or what." Uhmm..... I can't really explain without spoiling it, so the point is... No, just no. Lol. Other than the couple of issues I had it was a pretty good read. Really enjoyed the concept and the struggles of the characters, something different than the typical jealousy or stigma issues of other poly stories I've read.2016-08-14mells_view
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads3The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen, in my case, happens to be a unique read. It’s unique (at least in my opinion) because it openly questions faith/religion, ideas of sin and personal belief. I can definitely say when I opened this on my Kindle this story wasn't what I expected. More than anything, The Theory of Deviance is a coming of age story and a story of self-discovery. Like most young adults Mickey (our hero) is trying to figure out where he fits in life and at age 25 he’s kind of a late bloomer. Stuck behind the wall of parental expectations and social appearances, how can he be honest and true to himself? You see, Mickey is a 25 year old bisexual virgin whose personal religious beliefs and the idea of disappointing his parents have him spinning in a merry circle. Unfortunately, he believes that he can confess away his bisexuality or find that one miracle woman that will satisfy both halves of himself. Then sometimes, yes sometimes life gives you just the right amount of lemons for that lemonade. Krissy has some personal demons of her own. Suffering from mental illness (she bi polar) she to is looking for the place where she belongs … that one safe place where there isn’t any judgment. The last piece of this trifecta is Rafe (Krissy’s roommate with benefits) who has some parental issues of his own. He’s been Krissy safety net almost from the beginning of her diagnosis but he’s yet to find the love he deserves. This is my first time reading anything by this author and I must say that she made a bold move by bringing religion into focus in this story. This story deals with subjects (that I believe) are at the heart of the LGBT community when dealing with bisexuality and family pressures. The story is classified a contemporary /new adult romance but unfortunately I didn't find it very romantic. I found this story to contain mild angst, memorable characters and a whole lot of naughtiness. ~~~ Thank you to RockStarPR for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review~~~2016-08-15Self-Professed Book Hoarders
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk3I liked this story... Sort of. It was just a bit over the top. I guess I can't speak from experience on the bi-sexual front, but it doesn't seem healthy that your first real relationship be polyamorous, but what the heck do I know? Definitely felt a little annoyed at the end how some of the mental illness things were handled, but I realize this is fiction so obviously properly treating ones condition isn't forefront in making a good story.... It just rubbed me the wrong way. I get some people weren't intentionally taking advantage but that person even said, "I don't know if it's my episode talking or what." Uhmm..... I can't really explain without spoiling it, so the point is... No, just no. Lol. Other than the couple of issues I had it was a pretty good read. Really enjoyed the concept and the struggles of the characters, something different than the typical jealousy or stigma issues of other poly stories I've read.2016-08-15mells_view
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Things are not always what they seem!Things are not always what they seem and this story proves it! These three people are each going through very different family situations. With the help of each other, they come to some very life-altering realizations at the end of one week. Great story and series! I can't wait to see what's next for this fantastic author. The opinion expressed is my own.2016-08-22Cheryl Sanders
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4their relationship creates the perfect equilateral triangle – each one perfectly balancing and in ...I have to admit – After reading the first chapter, I wasn’t thrilled with the story. It was sexy, but didn’t have any depth to it. So, I assumed the rest would just be a fluffy sexy ménage story. However, as I continued on, the story and my mind changed in a drastic way! I expected Mikey to fall for one of the others – Krissy or Rafe. What I didn’t expect (and was pleasantly surprised with) was the depth of the feelings each one had for the other and how much growth each one experienced during their week together! The author really dove in and got into the heart and soul of each individual characters. Even Rafe, who wasn’t focused on individually as the others. They each had their own demons to fight and their own pain to endure. But, where one hurt, the others were right there to soothe and balance that person. Together, their relationship creates the perfect equilateral triangle – each one perfectly balancing and in love with the other two. It really is an amazing story of love, growth, and balance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so glad I didn’t close myself off after the first chapter! *A copy was provided for review.2016-08-22Kim Muhl
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5I adored this book! I loved the realness of the characters - they were so well written. Watching them struggle to figure out who they are, and what they want was so engaging. A simply wonderful triad.2016-09-27J.L. Adams
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5So good! One of the most honest, yet hopeful, depictions of bipolar, depression and suicidal ideation that I’ve ever read. Watching these three characters find their center in their triad was so amazing. I’m out of articulate words. This book is really good. Read it. Bought from kobo2016-09-28Katherine
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca5Excellent story! Sexy, smart, and real. A vivid look at coming to terms with who you are and what you want.2016-10-01Amazon Customer
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk5Excellent story! Sexy, smart, and real. A vivid look at coming to terms with who you are and what you want.2016-10-01Amazon Customer
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Excellent story! SexyExcellent story! Sexy, smart, and real. A vivid look at coming to terms with who you are and what you want.2016-10-01Amazon Customer
Taming SugarGoodreads4Review copy via author. Reviewed at Dear Author. http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/ov...2017-01-01Kaetrin
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Nerds can be sexy too!The story features Connor Starks and Gabriella Evans. These two had major communication problems. There was a tremendous build up to their climax…literally. Three quarters of the book passed before everything exploded! The build up took WAY too long to happen but when it did, it was AMAZING! Connor and Gabby were burnin' up the sheets, and the dining room table, and the grass, etc. When all was said and done, they had a tremendous understanding of each other and The Duality Principle. This was a great story that just took too long to get to the heart of it all. If not for that, it would have definitely been a 5 Star read for me. I look forward to reading whatever is next for this very talented author.2017-01-04Cheryl Sanders
Taming SugarGoodreads4Taming Sugar is a short novella that takes a modern day look at a classic ‘Taming of the Shrew’ story and adds in some BDSM heat! Roxy Carmichael has been fired from her latest play for being too difficult. Diva doesn’t begin to describe her, and her friends send her to a secluded cabin in the woods with orders to learn to relax and get a handle on her volatile nature. When she meets Hunter Finn, the property manager who comes in to repair some of the innumerable things she finds wrong with the cabin, he offers her something else – a chance to let someone else have control for a change. But is Roxy willing to put her body, heart and mind in another’s hands? And faced with some unpleasant truths about herself, will she be willing to change? What I enjoyed most about this story (besides the sexy and handsome Finn) was seeing Roxy actually learn something about herself and strive to change it. It isn’t just that she discovers a liking for kinky sex (and those scenes are pretty steamy!). Some of what Finn says to her breaks through her ‘Diva’ shell and she realizes what her behavior looks like to others, and also why she acts that way. Her upbringing and her relationship with her father have a lot to do with it, but in the end, she must take responsibility for her choices. It’s not uncommon for Finn to have sexual encounters with women who come to the area on vacation but Roxy is different. He cares about her, wants to help her, and is interested in pursuing something more serious. We get a happy for now ending for this couple that suits the story length, and I’ll be on the lookout for more from this author. Note: a copy of this story was provided by RockStarPR for review. This review appears at: https://straightshootinbookreviews.co...2017-01-06Maria Rose
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca4The Duality Principal is used in mathematics, and our heroine Gabriella is a genius mathematics whiz going for her Phd at MIT. She’s writing her thesis on this paper and trying to disprove it. Basically, in simple terms, that one entity is capable of two different, opposite things. She goes on a blind date with Connor, and is disappointed to see that he looks like every other nerd she’s dated, unlike the mysterious guy in leather on the motorcycle she sees around town. She figures, given her dirty fantasies, motorcycle guy would be the most likely guy to fulfill them, not cute but nerdy Connor. Gabriella soon gets to apply her thesis material to her new relationship. This was a well written, fun book by RG Allen. Not my usual genre to get into, as I’m a bit past New Adult and the issues that go with it. Of course, we deal with “I’m not good enough for…” coming from one of the characters which seems to get more and more prevalent (This is the third book in a row I’ve dealt with it…just saying.) But all in all, the superior writing shines through.2017-01-10Knotty Girl Reviews
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk4The Duality Principal is used in mathematics, and our heroine Gabriella is a genius mathematics whiz going for her Phd at MIT. She’s writing her thesis on this paper and trying to disprove it. Basically, in simple terms, that one entity is capable of two different, opposite things. She goes on a blind date with Connor, and is disappointed to see that he looks like every other nerd she’s dated, unlike the mysterious guy in leather on the motorcycle she sees around town. She figures, given her dirty fantasies, motorcycle guy would be the most likely guy to fulfill them, not cute but nerdy Connor. Gabriella soon gets to apply her thesis material to her new relationship. This was a well written, fun book by RG Allen. Not my usual genre to get into, as I’m a bit past New Adult and the issues that go with it. Of course, we deal with “I’m not good enough for…” coming from one of the characters which seems to get more and more prevalent (This is the third book in a row I’ve dealt with it…just saying.) But all in all, the superior writing shines through.2017-01-10Knotty Girl Reviews
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Good StarterThe Duality Principal is used in mathematics, and our heroine Gabriella is a genius mathematics whiz going for her Phd at MIT. She’s writing her thesis on this paper and trying to disprove it. Basically, in simple terms, that one entity is capable of two different, opposite things. She goes on a blind date with Connor, and is disappointed to see that he looks like every other nerd she’s dated, unlike the mysterious guy in leather on the motorcycle she sees around town. She figures, given her dirty fantasies, motorcycle guy would be the most likely guy to fulfill them, not cute but nerdy Connor. Gabriella soon gets to apply her thesis material to her new relationship. This was a well written, fun book by RG Allen. Not my usual genre to get into, as I’m a bit past New Adult and the issues that go with it. Of course, we deal with “I’m not good enough for…” coming from one of the characters which seems to get more and more prevalent (This is the third book in a row I’ve dealt with it…just saying.) But all in all, the superior writing shines through.2017-01-10Knotty Girl Reviews
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4The Duality Principle is a fun, quick, and engaging read with some the sweetest and sizzling moments that will touch your heart. I really love a heroine that's not just sexy but also smart. She's a woman that knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. And add a hero that's a bad boy who wants to be a better man for the girl of his dreams and you've got yourself a passionate love story. There are some intriguing and provocative scenes that will get your blood pumping and the drama will keep you on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed getting to know these two characters and watching them work through their issues and falling in love. If you are looking for a little something that's witty, fast, and seductive than I recommend The Duality Principle and the Portland Rebels series.2017-01-13Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads4Behind the nerdy glasses Rebecca Grace Allen (Gabby) has a wild side just screaming to come out. Connor is a reformed bad boy playing the nerd card. They meet on a blind date and Gabby's first thought is that he is just another nerdy guy but she finds that Connor has layers and a wild past that she would like to experience a bit more. She is on summer break from college and staying in her grandmother's house (who died several months ago) - will she stay longer or will her parents sell the house? This was an interesting story.2017-01-13Susan
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Gabby and Connor two very different but similiar peopleBehind the nerdy glasses Rebecca Grace Allen (Gabby) has a wild side just screaming to come out. Connor is a reformed bad boy playing the nerd card. They meet on a blind date and Gabby's first thought is that he is just another nerdy guy but she finds that Connor has layers and a wild past that she would like to experience a bit more. She is on summer break from college and staying in her grandmother's house (who died several months ago) - will she stay longer or will her parents sell the house? This was an interesting story. "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book."2017-01-13tiggz
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com4Dean has always liked Jamie and her silliness but doesn't feel he would ...Jamie and Dean were friends in school but drifted apart after high school. Jamie went on to college and has a secret desire to be a fashion designer. She hasn't found a job in her field so she returns to her hometown and is working as a swim coach at the local community center. She is always playing pranks and being silly to hide her disappointments with her life. Dean has always liked Jamie and her silliness but doesn't feel he would be accepted into her family so he tries to keep it casual. He works in his father's business restoring and repairing cars but the business has been barely staying afloat and he does not want to drag Jamie down with him when and if the business finally collapses. The attraction between Jamie and Dean in undeniable so they decide to have one weekend together to get it out of their system – but life had other plans. So where do they go from here? "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book."2017-01-14tiggz
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com3easy one to read in an afternoonReviewed For I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore The Duality principle is a fairly quickly read, one that can easily be finished in an afternoon. I overall enjoyed it, while I didn't love it i will continue with the series. I love a book about a nerd falling for the bad boy but what if that bad boy is wanting to be good for the nerd because that is what he thinks is best for her? I wanted something more from both characters, her I wanted to open her eyes before she did and say what it was she wanted and I wanted him to be the bad boy I could see lurking below the surface. I had a feeling about who he was but every once in a while I almost was like could I be wrong? Overall an enjoyable read that I passed an afternoon with. I am curious about how the next book will play out so I need to get to reading.2017-01-14Janna
Taming SugarGoodreads4Roxy led Hunter on a merry chance. Until tempted Hunter put her in her place. Rebecca Grace Allen implemented the three S's. Short, sultry and sassy. Roxy has to face her fears in order to open up her heart. Hunter is up for the challenge. Taming Sugar adds modern spice to age old vice.2017-01-15Isha Coleman
Taming SugarGoodreads4Roxy Cavanaugh is a rich, some would say spoiled and entitled, actress. She's also kind of a bitch to everyone around her. Her agent and best friend sends her on a "calm the fuck down" retreat in upstate NY. He also gives her a few tasks to complete, as part of her forced unwinding process.Read more… Right from the start, a swarm of bees forces her to contact the cabin's property manager, and when Hunter Finn arrives to save the day. He also saves Roxy from herself. The major scene in this novella is a play scene where Roxy is faced with her own insecurities, her own faults. Actually - everything that has made her into the raging bitch that she is. This scene is very emotional and the way she responded to everything Hunter was doing really made me sad. At the same time, I also felt for Hunter who was absolutely perfect in everything he did during and after their play. Imagine Taming of the Shrew, sprinkle it with modern-day living, and squeeze a drop of kink. And there you have it! The only thing I think that would have made this better is if it were a little longer so that their flirtations and subsequent play scenes would've been more elaborate (not necessarily in the kink department, you pervs). I really enjoy the mental and emotional aspect of these scenes.2017-01-19Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Taming SugarGoodreads5This is my second Rebecca Grace Allen Book that I've read to date and let me tell you, I'm definitely a fan. She took this modern day retelling of the Taming of the Shrew and made it volcanic HOT! First we have rich, spoiled, theater star Roxy Cavanaugh, (LOVE the name) who has been canned from her leading role on a broadway show because of her outrageous behavior. A good friend sends her off to a remote cabin to learn the meaning of patience. Then we have the caretaker, Hunter Fin, he's a hunk of a man's man. Roxy finds out pretty quickly that he's not going to take her attitude or her smart mouth. When he finds out why she's up there, he decides to teach her the meaning of patience...his way. And OH LORD his way was just YUMMY. On a Dom scale of 1 to 5 I'd give him a 4.9. They had a few issues to work out, but aside from the fact I could have used a whole lot more story between them, this was a great little read!2017-01-19KnottyGirl Reviews
Taming SugarKobo4...adds modern spice to age old vice.Roxy led Hunter on a merry chance. Until tempted Hunter put her in her place. Rebecca Grace Allen implemented the three S's. Short, sultry and sassy. Roxy has to face her fears in order to open up her heart. Hunter is up for the challenge. Taming Sugar adds modern spice to age old vice.2017-01-19Isha C.
Taming SugarApple Books5One Tamed ShrewThis is my second Rebecca Grace Allen Book that I've read to date and let me tell you, I'm definitely a fan. She took this modern day retelling of the Taming of the Shrew and made it volcanic HOT! First we have rich, spoiled, theater star Roxy Cavanaugh, (LOVE the name) who has been canned from her leading role on a broadway show because of her outrageous behavior. A good friend sends her off to a remote cabin to learn the meaning of patience. Then we have the caretaker, Hunter Fin, he's a hunk of a man's man. Roxy finds out pretty quickly that he's not going to take her attitude or her smart mouth. When he finds out why she's up there, he decides to teach her the meaning of patience...his way. And OH LORD his way was just YUMMY. On a Dom scale of 1 to 5 I'd give him a 4.9. They had a few issues to work out, but aside from the fact I could have used a whole lot more story between them, this was a great little read!2017-01-19Knotty Girl Reviews
Taming SugarAmazon.com5One Tamed Shrew!This is my second Rebecca Grace Allen Book that I've read to date and let me tell you, I'm definitely a fan. She took this modern day retelling of the Taming of the Shrew and made it volcanic HOT! First we have rich, spoiled, theater star Roxy Cavanaugh, (LOVE the name) who has been canned from her leading role on a broadway show because of her outrageous behavior. A good friend sends her off to a remote cabin to learn the meaning of patience. Then we have the caretaker, Hunter Fin, he's a hunk of a man's man. Roxy finds out pretty quickly that he's not going to take her attitude or her smart mouth. When he finds out why she's up there, he decides to teach her the meaning of patience...his way. And OH LORD his way was just YUMMY. On a Dom scale of 1 to 5 I'd give him a 4.9. They had a few issues to work out, but aside from the fact I could have used a whole lot more story between them, this was a great little read!2017-01-19Knotty Girl Reviews
Taming SugarGoodreads4This is the first book I have read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not very long in length, more of a short story. Roxy tends to be a bit unlikeable in her attitude, and how head strong she is. She is a beotch but finds herself in the end, thank goodness. Now, Hunter is hot, sexy and dominant and makes a wonderful book boyfriend. This story had a couple of editing errors, but nothing major. I will give more of this author a try.2017-01-20Tonya
Taming SugarAmazon.com4Short, sexy and sweet! Diva actress finds herself challenged by handsome Dom Hunter FinnTaming Sugar is a short novella that takes a modern day look at a classic Taming of the Shrew story and adds in some BDSM heat! Roxy has been fired from her latest play for being too difficult. Diva doesn’t begin to describe her, and her friends send her to a secluded cabin in the woods with orders to learn to relax and get a handle on her volatile nature. When she meets Hunter Finn, the property manager who comes in to repair some of the innumerable things she finds wrong with the cabin, he offers her something else – a chance to let someone else have control for a change. But is Roxy willing to put her body, heart and mind in another’s hands? And faced with some unpleasant truths about herself, will she be willing to change? What I enjoyed most about this story (besides the sexy and handsome Finn) was seeing Roxy actually learn something about herself and strive to change it. It isn’t just that she discovers a liking for kinky sex (and those scenes are pretty steamy!). Some of what Finn says to her breaks through her ‘Diva’ shell and she realizes what her behavior looks like to others, and also why she acts that way. Her upbringing and her relationship with her father have a lot to do with it, but in the end, she must take responsibility for her choices. It’s not uncommon for Finn to have sexual encounters with women who come to the area on vacation but Roxy is different. He cares about her, wants to help her, and is interested in pursuing something more serious. We get a happy for now ending for this couple that suits the story length, and I’ll be on the lookout for more from this author.2017-01-20Maria Rose
Taming SugarAmazon.ca5Though short it was sweet and straight to the point. Hunter is an amazing man to have taken on a very stubborn Roxy. The love between them as well as the tension is to die for.2017-01-22Ryan Grey
Taming SugarAmazon.co.uk5Though short it was sweet and straight to the point. Hunter is an amazing man to have taken on a very stubborn Roxy. The love between them as well as the tension is to die for.2017-01-22Ryan Grey
Taming SugarApple Books3Taming SugarWell just when I was trying to get to know the characters the book came to an abrupt end. Would have enjoyed an extra 150 pages.📚📚. Charlene2017-01-22Cupcakes&Pie4U
Taming SugarAmazon.com5Amazing ReadThough short it was sweet and straight to the point. Hunter is an amazing man to have taken on a very stubborn Roxy. The love between them as well as the tension is to die for.2017-01-22Ryan Grey
Taming SugarGoodreads4Great Read Short, but well rounded, this was such a great adaptation of Taming of the Shrew. And I think the "taming" made for an excellent transition to the BDSM aspects. As shrewish as Roxy is, I actually like her, which surprises the heck out of me as I usually have no affinity for such obdurate rudeness. But, I could sorta understand where she was coming from with her past, and her lack of patience with stupidity! And then there's Hunter. A man who possibly sees past her barricades and yet also likes her in spite of - or maybe because of? - her fierceness. He respects Roxy, and that in itself is the sexiest thing ever.2017-01-23Kristina
Taming SugarAmazon.ca4Short, but well rounded, this was such a great adaptation of Taming of the Shrew. And I think the "taming" made for an excellent transition to the BDSM aspects. As shrewish as Roxy is, I actually like her, which surprises the heck out of me as I usually have no affinity for such obdurate rudeness. But, I could sorta understand where she was coming from with her past, and her lack of patience with stupidity! And then there's Hunter. A man who possibly sees past her barricades and yet also likes her in spite of - or maybe because of? - her fierceness. He respects Roxy, and that in itself is the sexiest thing ever.2017-01-23ReadingIsMyHustle
Taming SugarAmazon.com4Great ReadShort, but well rounded, this was such a great adaptation of Taming of the Shrew. And I think the "taming" made for an excellent transition to the BDSM aspects. As shrewish as Roxy is, I actually like her, which surprises the heck out of me as I usually have no affinity for such obdurate rudeness. But, I could sorta understand where she was coming from with her past, and her lack of patience with stupidity! And then there's Hunter. A man who possibly sees past her barricades and yet also likes her in spite of - or maybe because of? - her fierceness. He respects Roxy, and that in itself is the sexiest thing ever.2017-01-23ReadingIsMyHustle
Taming SugarGoodreads4Taming Sugar was such an adorable and quick read that it was over before I even realized it. I opened the pages, got completely pulled in, and then reached the end far to quickly. Roxy was the stereotypical spoiled shrew, yet she wasn't unlikable nor irredeemable. I couldn’t overly sympathize with her, yet I couldn't find it in me to not laugh at her antics or hope she got what she wanted. “She'd never experienced anything like that before -a connection with a relative stranger, words spoken with only their eyes.” Ok, so there's a bit of insta-love. Be truthful though, if a man as sexy as Finn turned out to be your handyman, how could you not fall for him? Then beneath all that hunky exterior was a smart, hardworking man who turned out to be so much more. **Swoon** “You've got a smart mouth, sugar. But I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do with it.” Sweet, sexy and just what I needed. ~ George 3.5 Stars2017-01-24Bookgasms Book Blog
Taming SugarAmazon.co.uk4Short, but well rounded, this was such a great adaptation of Taming of the Shrew. And I think the "taming" made for an excellent transition to the BDSM aspects. As shrewish as Roxy is, I actually like her, which surprises the heck out of me as I usually have no affinity for such obdurate rudeness. But, I could sorta understand where she was coming from with her past, and her lack of patience with stupidity! And then there's Hunter. A man who possibly sees past her barricades and yet also likes her in spite of - or maybe because of? - her fierceness. He respects Roxy, and that in itself is the sexiest thing ever.2017-01-24ReadingIsMyHustle
Taming SugarAmazon.com4Just what I neededTaming Sugar was such an adorable and quick read that it was over before I even realized it. I opened the pages, got completely pulled in, and then reached the end far to quickly. Roxy was the stereotypical spoiled shrew, yet she wasn't unlikable nor irredeemable. I couldn’t overly sympathize with her, yet I couldn't find it in me to not laugh at her antics or hope she got what she wanted. “She'd never experienced anything like that before -a connection with a relative stranger, words spoken with only their eyes.” Ok, so there's a bit of insta-love. Be truthful though, if a man as sexy as Finn turned out to be your handyman, how could you not fall for him? Then beneath all that hunky exterior was a smart, hardworking man who turned out to be so much more. **Swoon** “You've got a smart mouth, sugar. But I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do with it.” Sweet, sexy and just what I needed. ~ George 3.5 Stars2017-01-24Georgethegirl
Taming SugarGoodreads4If you are looking for something quick, sultry, and oh do naughty then look no further than Taming Sugar. Roxy is a woman that doesn't know the word no. If she wants it, she does whatever it takes to get it. If she seems like a tough, sassy, hard headed woman, it's because that is the way she was raised. No man has been able to tame her, and no one will be able to unless he's a strong, persistent man that knows how to handle a woman. And Hunter Finn may just be that man. Sweet Baby Jesus! Hunter has a way with words that have you begging more. He's a man that can work with his hands, lips, tongue, fingers, ans so much more. He makes Roxy see her true self and make her want to be the person she wants to be worthy of Hunter. They have passion that is off the charts and they can make you hot on a cold winter's night. I enjoyed this fast, sexy, and erotically tempting read. A perfect seductive read to end a long, tiring day.2017-01-27Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
Taming SugarAmazon.com4Sugary Sweet ReadIf you are looking for something quick, sultry, and oh do naughty then look no further than Taming Sugar. Roxy is a woman that doesn't know the word no. If she wants it, she does whatever it takes to get it. If she seems like a tough, sassy, hard headed woman, it's because that is the way she was raised. No man has been able to tame her, and no one will be able to unless he's a strong, persistent man that knows how to handle a woman. And Hunter Finn may just be that man. Sweet Baby Jesus! Hunter has a way with words that have you begging more. He's a man that can work with his hands, lips, tongue, fingers, ans so much more. He makes Roxy see her true self and make her want to be the person she wants to be worthy of Hunter. They have passion that is off the charts and they can make you hot on a cold winter's night. I enjoyed this fast, sexy, and erotically tempting read. A perfect seductive read to end a long, tiring day.2017-01-27Liz Castillo
Taming SugarGoodreads4A fun spin on a classic As soon as I saw “adaption of The Taming of the Shrew”, I requested this book to review. Taming Sugar explores a potential relationship while addressing Roxi’s need to reset after losing a role due to her lack of patience and humility. It is a short story set in modern times with a BDSM edge. I say edge because the book’s length precludes the sex scenes from getting too involved. I typically don’t read BDSM romances, but the components worked well in this story and it never felt contrived. The characters and plotline were well rounded, enough detail to add depth and sufficient time for conflict and resolution. The exchanges between Hunter and Roxi were fun and energetic. This lightness was balanced with an emotional connection and some soul-searching. The length meant the romance moved along quickly, but it is not insta-love in the least, rather the focus is the birth of a relationship. I appreciated that the author didn’t try to do too much in a short book, ensuring the timeline made sense. The writing was crisp and the pacing brisk. This story ticked all the boxes for a short story and would be a good afternoon or weekend read. The author tied in the Taming of the Shrew elements within the story and characters’ personalities smoothly. The personal touches she added to a classic Shakespearean play were relevant while playing homage to the original. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*2017-01-29Annie
Taming SugarKobo4A fun spin on a classicAs soon as I saw “adaption of The Taming of the Shrew”, I requested this book to review. Taming Sugar explores a potential relationship while addressing Roxi’s need to reset after losing a role due to her lack of patience and humility. It is a short story set in modern times with a BDSM edge. I say edge because the book’s length precludes the sex scenes from getting too involved. I typically don’t read BDSM romances, but the components worked well in this story and it never felt contrived. The characters and plotline were well rounded, enough detail to add depth and sufficient time for conflict and resolution. The exchanges between Hunter and Roxi were fun and energetic. This lightness was balanced with an emotional connection and some soul-searching. The length meant the romance moved along quickly, but it is not insta-love in the least, rather the focus is the birth of a relationship. I appreciated that the author didn’t try to do too much in a short book, ensuring the timeline made sense. The writing was crisp and the pacing brisk. This story ticked all the boxes for a short story and would be a good afternoon or weekend read. The author tied in the Taming of the Shrew elements within the story and characters’ personalities smoothly. The personal touches she added to a classic Shakespearean play were relevant while playing homage to the original. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*2017-01-29amatate
Taming SugarAmazon.com4A fun spin on a classicAs soon as I saw “adaption of The Taming of the Shrew”, I requested this book to review. Taming Sugar explores a potential relationship while addressing Roxi’s need to reset after losing a role due to her lack of patience and humility. It is a short story set in modern times with a BDSM edge. I say edge because the book’s length precludes the sex scenes from getting too involved. I typically don’t read BDSM romances, but the components worked well in this story and it never felt contrived. The characters and plotline were well rounded, enough detail to add depth and sufficient time for conflict and resolution. The exchanges between Hunter and Roxi were fun and energetic. This lightness was balanced with an emotional connection and some soul-searching. The length meant the romance moved along quickly, but it is not insta-love in the least, rather the focus is the birth of a relationship. I appreciated that the author didn’t try to do too much in a short book, ensuring the timeline made sense. The writing was crisp and the pacing brisk. This story ticked all the boxes for a short story and would be a good afternoon or weekend read. The author tied in the Taming of the Shrew elements within the story and characters’ personalities smoothly. The personal touches she added to a classic Shakespearean play were relevant while playing homage to the original. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*2017-01-29A T
Taming SugarGoodreads5Short sweet and sexy I loved this short, sweet, and sexy story by Rebecca Grace Allen. Looking forward to reading more by this new-to-me author.2017-02-03Charliegirl1
Taming SugarAmazon.ca5I loved this short, sweet, and sexy story by Rebecca Grace Allen. Looking forward to reading more by this new-to-me author.2017-02-03charliegirl1
Taming SugarAmazon.co.uk5I loved this short, sweet, and sexy story by Rebecca Grace Allen. Looking forward to reading more by this new-to-me author.2017-02-03charliegirl1
Taming SugarAmazon.com5Short sweet and sexyI loved this short, sweet, and sexy story by Rebecca Grace Allen. Looking forward to reading more by this new-to-me author.2017-02-03charliegirl1
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca4His Contract (Legally Bound)Enjoyed the love story and all the characters, you just never know when you'll find true love and what form it will take.2017-02-08Charlene Wilson
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk4A second chance at loveThis is my first time reading a novel by this author. It's sweet and satisfying, if a little predictable. 28 year old Lily, new to Boston, is working hard as a paralegal when she meets Jack, a handsome, older law professor who is part of her brothers circle of friends. Jack is mourning his late wife, Lily has a bruised heart, having been treated badly by her previous Dom. Can she learn to trust again and will Jack be able to open his heart to love? I liked it enough to want to read more by this author.2017-02-15Chloe M
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Received free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating - 4.5 I REALLY enjoyed this book, I can't say it's my favorite of the series - though I like the themes in this one perhaps a little more - because the other two books had more romance in them, but I still found this thoroughly enjoyable... and once again, I love that the story, like the first two, is built around a central scientific theme, a sociological theme to be exact... the Theory of Deviance, the act of nonconformity... being an individual, being true to one's self and the rejection of the uniform, traditional ideals of society. I think it's really cool and interesting how Allen weaves these scientific themes and methodologies into this series. It's really very fascinating and I come away from it with a bit more knowledge and an interest in learning more about them and how they relate so much to their story and it's characters, which is awesome! ~*~ While I did find it somewhat lacking in the romance department, the slow build, there were many, MANY aspects that I really enjoyed. For one, I like that this was bisexual menage rather than a love triangle where I always feel like someone gets left out... I love this kind of menage because the love goes in all directions. I loved the diversity in the LGBT characters... Mikey and Rafe were at different points in their journey of self-acceptance, and though they had similar roots (the struggle and questioning of religion, the nonsupportive family), one far more extreme than the other, I like that they took different branching paths. I really like that as a bisexual woman, it made ME question and explore things I have gone through. I would like to see Allen write more LGBT and/or menage romance to see where she can take it, what new realities she can explore. I loved the religious themes and struggles. While Rafe could not hold onto his faith AND find self-acceptance and love - as I couldn't - and that he had to let go of what was basically poison to him personally, Mikey fought to hold on to his faith, fought to find a way to balance them. And I like that it SEEMS that both characters are accepting of the other's choices... Mikey doesn't try to force Rafe into rediscovering his faith, and Rafe doesn't badger Mikey about his beyond that initial shock and struggle. I liked that this book delved into mental health and what it's like living with Bipolar disorder, the way it takes over the mind and sometimes no amount of wishful thinking can stop an episode... it takes lots of support and strength to get a handle on. While I have mental health issues, I don't personally struggle with a bipolar disorder... but I have family members who do and I found Krissy's struggle to be quite similar to the experiences my family has talked about, the struggle you face when your own mind is your worst enemy. Honestly, it's quite similar to my own struggle with depression and anxiety. So I quite liked that Allen wasn't afraid to delve into this subject... and she did it without sort of romanticizing mental illness, which I think some people have a tendency to do. Finally, I like that there was a light amount of angst. Though I do find myself in the mood for angst at times, that's not what I wanted out of this book, so I'm glad that it was kept at a minimum... especially when each character was dealing with their own internal angst and struggles... the last thing it needed was a whole lot of relationship angst tacked on. ~*~ So, yeah, while I do wish there had been a bit more slow-burn romance, that Allen would have really delved into these characters getting to know one another, there were so many redeeming themes that I just loved! Honestly, this book could have been twice it's size and I would have still loved reading it! 🙂2017-02-25Lisa
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5Enjoyable, menage, bisexual MMF romance with minimum angst!Received free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating - 4.5 I REALLY enjoyed this book, I can't say it's my favorite of the series - though I like the themes in this one perhaps a little more - because the other two books had more romance in them, but I still found this thoroughly enjoyable... and once again, I love that the story, like the first two, is built around a central scientific theme, a sociological theme to be exact... the Theory of Deviance, the act of nonconformity... being an individual, being true to one's self and the rejection of the uniform, traditional ideals of society. I think it's really cool and interesting how Allen weaves these scientific themes and methodologies into this series. It's really very fascinating and I come away from it with a bit more knowledge and an interest in learning more about them and how they relate so much to their story and it's characters, which is awesome! ~*~ While I did find it somewhat lacking in the romance department, the slow build, there were many, MANY aspects that I really enjoyed. For one, I like that this was bisexual menage rather than a love triangle where I always feel like someone gets left out... I love this kind of menage because the love goes in all directions. I loved the diversity in the LGBT characters... Mikey and Rafe were at different points in their journey of self-acceptance, and though they had similar roots (the struggle and questioning of religion, the nonsupportive family), one far more extreme than the other, I like that they took different branching paths. I really like that as a bisexual woman, it made ME question and explore things I have gone through. I would like to see Allen write more LGBT and/or menage romance to see where she can take it, what new realities she can explore. I loved the religious themes and struggles. While Rafe could not hold onto his faith AND find self-acceptance and love - as I couldn't - and that he had to let go of what was basically poison to him personally, Mikey fought to hold on to his faith, fought to find a way to balance them. And I like that it SEEMS that both characters are accepting of the other's choices... Mikey doesn't try to force Rafe into rediscovering his faith, and Rafe doesn't badger Mikey about his beyond that initial shock and struggle. I liked that this book delved into mental health and what it's like living with Bipolar disorder, the way it takes over the mind and sometimes no amount of wishful thinking can stop an episode... it takes lots of support and strength to get a handle on. While I have mental health issues, I don't personally struggle with a bipolar disorder... but I have family members who do and I found Krissy's struggle to be quite similar to the experiences my family has talked about, the struggle you face when your own mind is your worst enemy. Honestly, it's quite similar to my own struggle with depression and anxiety. So I quite liked that Allen wasn't afraid to delve into this subject... and she did it without sort of romanticizing mental illness, which I think some people have a tendency to do. Finally, I like that there was a light amount of angst. Though I do find myself in the mood for angst at times, that's not what I wanted out of this book, so I'm glad that it was kept at a minimum... especially when each character was dealing with their own internal angst and struggles... the last thing it needed was a whole lot of relationship angst tacked on. ~*~ So, yeah, while I do wish there had been a bit more slow-burn romance, that Allen would have really delved into these characters getting to know one another, there were so many redeeming themes that I just loved! Honestly, this book could have been twice it's size and I would have still loved reading it! 🙂2017-03-01SerenShadow
Taming SugarGoodreads5Clocking in at a mere 75 pages, Taming Sugar packs quite a wallop for its size. It contains...not a little bit of everything, but certainly enough elements to keep it interesting without bogging it down. I couldn't stand Roxy at first. She came off as quite the diva, but given that her two besties, Gio and Rog, seemed to adore her (and the fact that I knew RGA wouldn't write such an unlikable protagonist), I assured myself that there were redeeming qualities under the don't-mess-with-me exterior. Needless to say, my faith was amply rewarded as I kept reading. Hunter, however, I liked from the get-go. He had Roxy off-balance from their very first meeting, and it was fantastic. I loved it when he called her "sugar" the first time (even if she didn't). He was exactly what Roxy needed, and I have my suspicions that Gio and Rog were playing matchmaker. (I have zero proof that either of them had ever met Hunter, but I like that angle, so I've made it my headcanon.) The scenes where Hunter and Roxy were playing were exquisitely done, and lived up to any expectations I may have had. Smokin' hot, yes, but what I liked best was that Hunter established that Roxy trusted him and wanted to play well before any clothes came off. All in all, a short, VERY sexy read--one that I will be rereading from time to time. I was given a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.2017-03-18Jennifer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5Great readFrom the second I started reading I was hooked. Loved it, very sexy2017-07-15Evie
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5The setup: Summer, Portland, Maine, a seaside town. Gabriella is a math major who hides some of her naughtier desires (namely, outdoor sex and spanking) under her geeky exterior. Connor is a cute motorcycle rider who's determined to be straitlaced after the rebelliousness of his younger days. When Gabriella and Connor are set up on a blind date, she likes him and is intrigued by the glimpses of something edgier. They continue to see each other, but Gabby is bored with her sex life and wants hot outdoor sex, damn it! Connor, who likes hot outdoor sex, but who really, really likes Gabby, wants to be a better person and be respectful and have indoor sex and all that. At some point, something's gotta give. This is short, cute, and sexy. I think making something legitimately cute and legitimately sexy at the same time can sometimes be a fine line, but this book does a fantastic job. I love these two characters and I love how sweet and considerate Connor is when all Gabby wants is to get down and dirty. A very fun read!2017-08-24Lily Maxton
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.ca5The setup: Summer, Portland, Maine, a seaside town. Gabriella is a math major who hides some of her naughtier desires (namely, outdoor sex and spanking) under her geeky exterior. Connor is a cute motorcycle rider who's determined to be straitlaced after the rebelliousness of his younger days. When Gabriella and Connor are set up on a blind date, she likes him and is intrigued by the glimpses of something edgier. They continue to see each other, but Gabby is bored with her sex life and wants hot outdoor sex, damn it! Connor, who likes hot outdoor sex, but who really, really likes Gabby, wants to be a better person and be respectful and have indoor sex and all that. At some point, something's gotta give. This is short, cute, and sexy. I think making something legitimately cute and legitimately sexy at the same time can sometimes be a fine line, but this book does a fantastic job. I love these two characters and I love how sweet and considerate Connor is when all Gabby wants is to get down and dirty. A very fun read!2017-08-24Lily
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.co.uk5The setup: Summer, Portland, Maine, a seaside town. Gabriella is a math major who hides some of her naughtier desires (namely, outdoor sex and spanking) under her geeky exterior. Connor is a cute motorcycle rider who's determined to be straitlaced after the rebelliousness of his younger days. When Gabriella and Connor are set up on a blind date, she likes him and is intrigued by the glimpses of something edgier. They continue to see each other, but Gabby is bored with her sex life and wants hot outdoor sex, damn it! Connor, who likes hot outdoor sex, but who really, really likes Gabby, wants to be a better person and be respectful and have indoor sex and all that. At some point, something's gotta give. This is short, cute, and sexy. I think making something legitimately cute and legitimately sexy at the same time can sometimes be a fine line, but this book does a fantastic job. I love these two characters and I love how sweet and considerate Connor is when all Gabby wants is to get down and dirty. A very fun read!2017-08-24Lily
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com5The Duality PrincipleThe setup: Summer, Portland, Maine, a seaside town. Gabriella is a math major who hides some of her naughtier desires (namely, outdoor sex and spanking) under her geeky exterior. Connor is a cute motorcycle rider who's determined to be straitlaced after the rebelliousness of his younger days. When Gabriella and Connor are set up on a blind date, she likes him and is intrigued by the glimpses of something edgier. They continue to see each other, but Gabby is bored with her sex life and wants hot outdoor sex, damn it! Connor, who likes hot outdoor sex, but who really, really likes Gabby, wants to be a better person and be respectful and have indoor sex and all that. At some point, something's gotta give. This is short, cute, and sexy. I think making something legitimately cute and legitimately sexy at the same time can sometimes be a fine line, but this book does a fantastic job. I love these two characters and I love how sweet and considerate Connor is when all Gabby wants is to get down and dirty. A very fun read!2017-08-24Lily
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Audible.com5complicatedthis book is about two characters who have issues to overcome. Jack has been a widower for over a year and he meets a young girl 16 years younger than him an attraction he hasn't felt in a while. Lily has been trying to overcome her fears of her last Dom who treated her badly yet for some reason she feels she still missing something and that's where Jack comes in. they both create a contract but slowly they start to fall for each other one can accept it the other cannot. overall this book was pretty good I did feel kind of repeated more than a few times but I did enjoy it the narrator's did a great job. I would like a story about Jack's best friend Patrick I think that would be a great Story too.2017-09-30
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5Words cannot describe how excited I was when this little beauty showed up in my inbox. Actual happy dancing may have occurred. The whole time I was reading His Contract, there was a little voice in the back of my mind whisper-shouting, "But what about Patrick?" Cassie (to a lesser degree at the time) intrigued me as well. If you've read His Contract (and if you haven't, why the hell not?), you know that Patrick and Cassie are the proverbial oil and water. I didn't look beneath the surface, and assumed that all that was between them was a mutual dislike. I was--thankfully--VERY wrong. The more Patrick and Cassie are forced to socialize, the more their bickering becomes vertical foreplay (which is obvious to everyone but them). When they do get together (and I LOVE that Cassie makes the first move), it's explosive. Cassie is able to open up to Patrick (because FINALLY! a man who isn't intimidated by a strong woman--just the opposite, in fact) and share her deepest, darkest fantasies with him. And a couple of them are dark. Patrick never shames her or makes her feel like there's something wrong with her; he asks questions and helps bring those fantasies to life. Personally, I recommend not reading this book in public (unless, of course, you like rocking pink cheeks because HOLY SEXY, BATMAN!). I loved getting to know Patrick and Cassie--there's definitely more to Patrick the Playboy than meets the eye. Rebecca Grace Allen is a master at creating interesting, multi-faceted characters, so that's no surprise, but you might find yourself wanting to snuggle Patrick and stroke his hair, and that definitely caught me off guard. Her Claim is a fabulous addition to the Legally Bound collection. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2018-01-24Jennifer
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5Rebecca Grace Allen is a brilliant writer. The way she creates her characters is flawless and just magical. I have fallen in love with this book. This is easily one of my favorites that I have read this year. Beautiful and enchanting love story with a HEA that will leave you wishing that this book was turned into a movie. I 100% am all in with this series. I could want anything more out of a book. You have hot sex, kinky sex, romance, hate, love, and many more emotions that will just captivate you and reel you in. I will read this book over and over again it was that good. Do yourself a favor and read this book. The sex scenes are a bit trigger worthy in some but it is great.2018-02-13Nicole Brown
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5[ I just finished an Advanced Readers Copy of Her Claim, the second book in the Legally Bound Series byRebecca Grace Allen, I loved it so much I immediately went to AMAZON to purchase the first book, His Contract, and guess what......ITS ON SALE for just .99 #BDSM #EroticRomance #BookLovers #ContemporaryFiction Grab it while it's #OnSale #OneClick - my facebook post (hide spoiler)]2018-03-02Nadine Bookaholic
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5Cassie Allbright, best friend to His Contract's Lilly Sterling, is basically the social arch-nemesis of Patrick Dunham, Jack's best friend. She's focused, fiercely loyal and won't take bullshit from anyone, not as she's slowly rising up in her firm, about to make partner. She's been burnt before but is somehow holding on to the hope of finding someone who will be compatible and fulfill her every desire, even if she's not sure on how to voice them. Which could explain why Patrick, who's been teasing her mercilessly ever since they've met, gets to her so much. He's just like her. Patrick is hellbent on never falling in love, on getting married and having a family of his own. This is why he's living his live going through women like there's no tomorrow. And why he is determined to get Cassie in bed with him, if only to put a checkmark and move on. I won't get into the series of circumstances which led to him and Cassie getting together, but I will say that it's combustible and as a temporary arrangement they've struck gets extended and they fall in love, Patrick's past catches up to him in a way that might just ruin them forever. The BDSM element in this story is probably one of the most conflicting anyone in the world might encounter. Allen wrote it into their romance in a very interesting way, voicing the dangers, the craving, the baser need with both Cassie and Patrick in mind. Her Claim is fun, a wee bit angsty but mostly dramatic at times, it's hot like you've rarely read, frustrating and so so sweet, I enjoyed every second.2018-03-31Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads44-4.5 stars. Reviewed for Dear Author. http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/ov...2018-04-05Kaetrin
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5I received Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Cassie is turning 39 she needs to land a big client to put her back on track to make partner. She’s part Cuban and has always felt that she hasn’t fit in. Plus she’s a woman so at work she feels she has to work twice as hard in the white male world. Patrick is stuck in a job he hates, he only took over because it was the only way he could get his inheritance. It was the only way his mother would have money, his mother who was an alcoholic and didn’t put any effort in raising him. Cassie and Patrick hate each other, until one nice leads to hate sex. And then they come to an arrangement to fulfill fantasies. I loved everything about this book. I mean, don’t sign me up for any of the kink in the book. But holy cow! My kindle almost blew up with the heat from this book!2018-04-05Charlie
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4This is the first book by this author I have had the privilege of reading and enjoyed it immensely. It was refreshing to read a book that was not new adult. Cassie and Patrick, enemies at first finding they not only had the same interests but wonder if they are actually falling in love. It was intriguing to read a BDSM story that was new to both characters. Their story held passion and believability. A great series that you won’t want to miss.2018-04-07Kathy
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4Sexy, dark, enemies to lovers romance I am enjoying Rebecca Grace Allen's Legally Bound series very much. Cassie and Patrick met in the first book His Contract where sparks briefly flew between them. However while I encourage the reader to read book one as its a great story this book works well as a stand alone read. I initially found Casdie and Patrick's characters in Her Claim a little hard to take because of the animosity that seem to drive every conversation but as their back stories and true selves emerged and their interactions mellowed I grew to like them and root for them to the point I was eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to come next. There is less BDSM in this story however what there is, is somewhat darker and includes some "Edge play" and consenual non-consent so readers with possible triggers are advised to tred carefully. That being said I thought those portions of the book were handled very well. I think the author created not only a beautiful love story but a story which did an excellent job of showing the importance of self awareness and acceptance of oneself in and out of the bedroom. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley.2018-04-10Rhonda
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5***5 ‘Pushing Boundaries’ Stars*** His Contract, the first book in the Legally Bound series, was one of those books that surprised me with how much I ended up loving it, so when Her Claim was announced I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and O.M.G was it soo good! It’s titillating, sexy, fascinating and a lot of fun to read as two sworn “enemies/frenemies” find that they are actually perfect for each other in more ways than either could imagine. I loved Cassie. She is a force to be reckoned with in almost every aspect of her life. She’s determined, stubborn and doesn’t know the meaning of backing down, which makes for some interesting times. Her strength was the draw, but watching her wrestle with her needs and desires as well as her ethnicity and how that played a role in how she saw herself and how it motivated her was what had me connecting with her. I ended up loving Patrick. In the beginning there were a few times where I wanted to Gibbs smack him, but it was hard not to like the guy. He’s charming, funny and has a huge heart ~ even if he tries to hide it. But was the story progressed and his truths were exposed, he became more and ended up being absolutely fascinating. Cassie and Patrick’s journey was definitely not conventional. They go from enemies to fuck buddies (for lack of a better term) to friends and then more, but it was absolutely fascinating to experience. While their agreement started out as only sex and only to explore Cassie’s dark fantasies, it quickly turned into more and I loved watching how it not only brought them out of the enemy zone and had them becoming friends and more, but was also the catalyst that sparked changes in their lives as a whole. With two such dominant personalities, the journey wasn’t an easy one and the big pothole in it was one where I actually didn’t pick a side because they were both right and wrong at the same time. But I loved how things worked out with them in the end. I’ve written this word numerous times, but once more won’t kill anyone right? But I found this book to be absolutely fascinating. I loved going on the journey with Cassie and Patrick as they delved into their dark sides, but not everyone will. This isn’t about having an open mind, at least not entirely, it’s more of a you’ll either be into it or you won’t. What goes on between Cassie and Patrick is dark and lines are crossed, but it is all absolutely consensual. I loved catching up with Lilly and Jack from His Contract, and Gabe and Nick, and I’m quite curious to see what the future holds for Sam and Brady. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~2018-04-11Kahea
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5I'm STILL in a book hangover from this fantastic, fiery, sexy-as-hell read from the amazing Rebecca Grace Allen. What a story! This is a stand-alone story with characters from the same world, so not having read the first book wasn't a hindrance--though I have to be honest, I one-clicked the heck out of Book 1 as soon as I was done with this one! Cassie is absolutely my kind of heroine: smart as hell and funny as my favorite girlfriends, but still unsure about wanting her professional success at the cost of her personal life. Her confusion is exacerbated by familial pressure and a society seeming to press on her to "need" a family and kids. Any woman driven to succeed, and to recognize and celebrate professional accomplishments, knows this feeling all too well! Cassie is perfectly matched by Patrick, the hero to end all heroes!! He's brash and arrogant but hiding a side that wants one woman to spoil rotten, in and out of bed. In short: a completely perfect dream! This relationship progresses from heated adversaries to "just for now" lovers to reluctant friendship, and finally to a love that simply can't be denied. I savored and celebrated every passionate, hot, steamy, sexy, swoon-worthy moment of the ride. A remarkable book by a writer who is now truly on my keeper shelf!2018-04-15Angel Payne
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4♥♥♥♥ 4 Snarky Comeback Stars I read a lot of Romance. Like I read between 3-5 books in a week. This is both wonderful and boring. It's great because I love romance. It sweeps me away and I can easily get lost in a book for several hours. It's not so great because sometimes it gets a little repetitive. Even reading different authors, I still come across a lot of similar stories and characters. So what does all of this have to do with Her Claim? It was so fantastically different. I'm so high on this story because it's not something I've read 100 times already. YAY! The Story. Cassie is a ball-busting bankruptcy lawyer with huge ambition. She's not interested in getting side-tracked by things like marriage or children, despite what her Cuban family wants her to do. Patrick is a classic case of once bitten twice shy. He'd rather commit to a lifetime of one night stands than get close to anyone again. The problem is these two have off the charts chemistry, incredible verbal sparring, and some very kinky fantasies in common. How can they really be expected to stay away from one another? The Good. →I loved that Cassie and Patrick were in their 40s. It was just so damn refreshing to read a book that didn't feature a bunch of perfect mid-twenties to early thirties couples. They were well-established in their careers. Their successes and money actually felt earned. It made sense that their overall quality of life was high because they both worked and didn't have kid. →Cassie was such a strong heroine. Sometimes she bordered on bull-headed. I really appreciated the fact that at the first sign of a relationship she wasn't changing herself to fit the mold of what women are supposed to do. She didn't want kids and was perfectly okay with that. Reading about the pressure from her mother to do womanhood correctly and how she navigates the was a really interesting storyline →The supporting cast in this was really strong. I actually found myself enjoying the group settings and storyline as much as I did following what was happening with Cassie and Patrick. I was definitely left wanting to read the other books in this series. The Bad. →The miscommunication at the end. I really REALLY don't like when main characters have miscommunications that derail everything. Seriously, it would have taken both Patrick and Cassie another 100 words to figure out their issues. Instead we all had to suffer through this angst that was easily resolvable. →Patrick's commitment to not ever wanting to fall in love/be in a relationship seemed a bit excessive. Don't get me wrong, getting burned by someone you are in love with is a horrible experience. But young love is just that. It's painful and sort of humiliating but it's also how we grow. He seemed to have so much self-awareness about everyone else, but just couldn't figure his own stuff out. It's sort of cute at 25, it's way less cute at 45. The Smutty. →Oh. My. God. Look, I went into this with pretty low expectations smut wise. Assumed it would have a few good scenes. I WAS SO WRONG. This book was so freaking hot. →Patrick and Cassie had page burning chemistry. It was addicting. I just kept wanting more. →I have a real thing for realistic smut. There is something so endearing reading about real people having real sex. Seeing Cassie and Patrick negotiate the boundaries around some rather taboo stuff was really fulfilling. It so obvious that they legitimately cared for each other and wanted to get it right for the other person. Just wow. ARC provided by Netgalley2018-04-17Katharine ♥The Good, The Bad & The Smutty♥
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5YES!This was the story I didn’t know I was looking for. This is a great read, and very well written I’ll definitely be looking for more by this author.2018-04-17Diamondeyes21
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads5♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Jack and Lilly Forever Stars Sometimes you just find an author whose writing style, characters, and storylines click for you. Rebecca Grace Allen is currently that author for me. As soon as I finished reading Her Claim, I knew that I had to get my hands on His Contract. This is maybe one of the best life choices I've made in quite a while. It's not often that I find a book I want to re-read as soon as I've finished the final word, but this was one of those books. The Story. Jack Archer has been grieving the passing of his wife for years. The couple shared a deep connection of dominance, submission and trust. Lilly has had her trust in the dance between doms and subs broken. Her emotionally abusive destroyed her confidence. A shared friend group brings them together. Agreeing to a contract the couple decide to meet each other's needs. The only rules: keep it discreet and no feelings. Some things refused to be subject to rules. Can Jack and Lilly survive a breech in contract? The Good. →I could really, really relate to Lilly. Something about having your confidence destroyed by a crappy ex really rings true. The thing I loved though was that even though she was definitely scared she was still a fighter. She did what she needed to do to build herself back up again. She wasn't dependant on Jack to do this. Instead she knew she had his quiet support. →Something about your partner being proud of you is like cocaine to me. It's like the ultimate display of love, respect, and genuine awe over what and who that person is. I could actually feel Jack's pride in Lilly. →Jack and Lilly were so honest. Both with each other but also as characters. I love consistency in characters. So while they both showed an incredible amount of growth they really remained true to their characteristics and values. →I found them so real. They both messed up. Badly at some parts. Instead of it being a complete and total melt down it lead to very difficult but honest conversations. They handled everything in their relationship like actual adults. It wasn't easy and had some brutal moments but it was real life. →Jack's relationship with his son was really touching. Their dynamic was one of the most interesting and compelling outside of Jack and Lilly. The Bad. →Does not exist for me. It was a homerun. 5/5. Would re-read right now if I wasn't at work ignoring my work to write this review. The Smutty. →So fantastic. The emotional and physical connection between Jack and Lilly was so beautiful. I could legitimately feel it. →The. Dirty. Talk. →I loved, loved, loved the negotiation and respect that Jack and Lilly had for each other. It was so genuine. This was a good example of realistic kink in fiction. As far as I'm concerned RGA smashed it out of the park with this one.2018-04-19Katharine ♥The Good, The Bad & The Smutty♥
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5OMG I loved this book!!! Rebecca Grace Allen is a new to me author but boy did she blow me away. I absolutely loved this book. I love Cassie and Patrick and thought they were PERFECT for each other. This novel was SO GODDAMN SEXY it was insane!! It had dark-ish elements (that were Hot AF) but more so they had a connection that could not be denied. I LOVED their fiery and spirited banter and how Cassie's sassy spitfire personality was what eternal bachelor Patrick needed!! Gah!! I could not get enough!! Her claim is the second book in the Legally Bound series and follows Jack and Lilly from the first book, His Contract, but can be read as a standalone. OMG people!! You need to read this book!! The minute I finished it I scooped up book one and jumped right in. This story follows the spirited push and pull and back and forth between Cassie Allbright and Patrick Dunham. Respective bestfriends of Jack and Lilly, they have always had an acrimonious relationship - Cassie sick and disgusted of Patrick's rich playboy lifestyle and his voracious "one and done" sexual appetite. But where there's smoke there is ALWAYS fire and their fiery chemistry could not be denied. The result: A sexual and emotionless agreement to fulfill Cassie's fantasies. But GOOD LORD get ready and HOLD THE EFF ON!! I truly loved this book. Besides being sexy and erotic it was also very emotional and exceptionally written. Allen was able to make us feel Cassie's ambivalence about the next steps in her future and her hidden shame and embarrassment about her hidden fantasies. I love that Patrick taught her to embrace her dark needs and wants. Likewise she was the catalyst to help him come to terms with what he spent over two decades running from and his need to keep his emotions and passions locked down. This novel was truly brilliant and I seriously can not wait for more from this author in the future. Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula2018-04-20Bookgasms Book Blog
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5Her Claim by Rebecca Grace Allen is the second steamy BDSM themed romance in her Legally Bound series. Laywers in lust (and love) are the stars here, and Her Claim takes an enemies to lovers trope and adds some fiery chemistry to make for an exciting and sexy read. Cassie Allbright is a hard working, no nonsense attorney. She’s half Cuban but keeps the Latino side of her character more subdued at work, already having to prove herself in a male dominated environment. She wants to make partner and knows her job is on the line if she can’t deliver a big client soon. But that gets put on the back burner every time she encounters Patrick Dunham. He’s in her circle ever since her best friend Lilly partnered up with his best friend Jack. At one point they seemed to almost hit it off, but since then things have gone markedly downhill, and Cassie thinks he’s a chauvinistic man-whore, to put it bluntly. Yet she also feels an annoying attraction to him which irritates her to no end. Like oil and water, Patrick and Cassie don’t seem to mix. Patrick fully admits that he loves to annoy and anger Cassie and goes out of his way to do so when they are together just to get a reaction out of her – because a reaction is better than indifference. For whatever reason, it turns him on to see her eyes flash and their verbal sparring is a kind of foreplay. In fact, one night, it goes in a brand new direction when Cassie dares Patrick to show her what she’s been missing, and he obliges. Suddenly, these two enemies are finding that they have a lot in common, such as an interest in the same kind of kink. With Patrick, Cassie finds a man she can trust with her deepest desires because he’s always been blunt and truthful with her and she with him. Their sexual encounters lead to shared confidences and a true friendship. Will what started out as a dare become a real relationship? I really enjoyed this story! Quite honestly I was not a fan of Patrick at the start, as his actions were definitely in jerk territory but he really grew on me and redeemed himself quite quickly. He’s been forced into taking a position in his deceased father’s company in order to support his mother or lose his inheritance so he’s reluctantly running the global sales department of his father’s publishing house. To distract himself from his unfulfilling (if well paying) work life, Patrick indulges in sex but lately his encounters with women have been unsatisfying – quick trysts for mutual pleasure but with no desire for second nights. With Cassie, things are instantly different. Their first time together is explosive and he wants more. The kink in this story may not be for everyone. There is some rough sex, breath play, and consensual non-consent scenes, things Cassie is interested in but wouldn’t trust with another partner. Patrick makes her feel safe. I like the way the author has Patrick remind Cassie of her safe word, pays attention to her responsiveness in a scene and provides immediate aftercare. You can see that Patrick really cares about Cassie and that that he enjoys their play together because she enjoys it too. She gives him the freedom to express his own sexual desires and while Cassie and Patrick don’t have a Dom/sub relationship, she enjoys being dominated in a scene and he loves being the one to ‘tame’ her. But outside of play scenes they have a very equal relationship. As their friendship develops, Cassie and Patrick confide in each other about many things in their lives, including their relationships with family. Patrick and his mother have a strained relationship, the opposite of Cassie’s affectionate and sometimes opinionated family. They are both wary of commitment and getting overly involved, which goes by the wayside as they start to really care for each other. They help each other make decisions about their careers and professional plans for the future even as they have trouble figuring out how to align their own personal future plans into one that will work for them together. Fortunately they figure things out for a very satisfying ending. With complex characters and an engaging story, this steamy romance is a must read for BDSM romance lovers! This review also appears at Harlequin Junkie: http://harlequinjunkie.com/review-her... A copy of this story was provided by the author for review.2018-04-20Maria Rose
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5His ConractLoved getting lost in this book. The characters came alive. Thank you2018-04-20Esma52
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4The combination of a wealthy businessman who isn't prepared to commit to anything other than making conquests for one night only, and an ambitious attorney whose progression in her career comes first makes for a steamy and challenging read. Patrick never wanted to inherit his father's business, except for the money, but his father had the last laugh. Cassie is an attorney who thrives on getting her clients back on the business ladder. She is not interested in any entanglement even though her mother forever keeps reminding her that her clock is ticking. She has one goal in mind and nothing or no one will stop her from getting there! Patrick and Cassie run in the same circle of friends, but they are always butting heads. She hates his casual attitude towards women whilst he hates the fact that she can actually resist him. Arguing has become a game for them until the arguments are taken in the bedroom. Slowly but surely, they discover that they quite like their "little games" and even begin to crave them. Their initial arrangement is sex only. No emotions involved. Neither of them wants a broken heart! Can they keep up this facade or will they admit that there is more to their arrangement than physical pleasure? Patrick's past history has hardened him towards becoming emotionally involved and it's fascinating watching his resolve slowly crumble. Cassie is a kick ass in her job, but her vulnerability in her personal life is quite enlightening. It's a hot novel where love slowly creeps in and turns a challenging situation into something beautiful. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.2018-04-21Brigitte
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5LovedGreat read, loved the characters. Didn’t want it to end.2018-04-21Tb1027
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4The forbidden is often what we desire most! With the second book in the Legally Bound series, we get drawn into the story of the BFF’s of the couple from the first book in the series, Jack and Lilly. While I found it impossible to love Cassie and Patrick more than I did Jack and Lilly, I did enjoy their story a lot and loved getting to see the old gang back together again throughout their book. This book contains some very taboo sexual fantasies, so only read if you can handle that. Overall, it’s a long book so there are parts that are slower than others, but overall a really enjoyable read. The characters are easy to like, we find ourselves wanting them to get together and to last, and the secondary characters are mostly ones we are already familiar with, so it was a nice cast to get to know even deeper than the last book. Looking forward to more … hopefully Brady & Samantha next?! Cassie Allbright has a reputation that she takes pride in. She might be a fiery half Cuban, hard-as-nails Boston attorney, but she doesn’t apologize for getting the job done time and time again. She secretly fantasizes about losing some of that iron-clad control in the bedroom, in some really hard-core ways, but she hasn’t found the guts to go after what she wants yet. Playboy Patrick Dunham happens to run in the same circles with her now that her best friend is with his best friend, but that doesn’t mean she has to like him. He’s egotistical, too hot for his own good and a downright player … she absolutely hates him! And the feeling is quite mutual … so why does it feel like their tempers and ire are just heating things up when the other is near? When one thing leads to another and they decide to act on their undeniable attraction, Patrick promises to fulfill her every desire … but their hearts are off limits!2018-04-22Lynn Brooks
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Audible.com5Good book for rainy day.If you like your rainy days with a lot of heat. Lived the story line. predictable but written so we'll you don't mind that. Looking to read more by this author.2018-04-22
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen 4 stars M/F BDSM - Romance Triggers: Edge play - BDSM, cheating, rape fantasy I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. This is the second book in this series and I would recommend that you read the first book, as there are a lot of the nuances between these two characters that start in book 1. Cassie is a take no prisoner's attorney. She has worked her butt off in order to make partner. But, when her chances at making partner are threatened, she buckles down and tries even harder. She seems to have a chip on her shoulder from the beginning, but it's only to hide what she desires most - to be taken, challenged and shown that she's worth the fight. Patrick is a tough nut. He seems confident, cocky and just an all around player - but it's more to hide the hatred he has for his father and the mistrust he has in women from a past relationship. He's a complicated guy who, when he sees Cassie, knows that he'll love the chase, challenge and when he eventually gets the girl. These two have a chemistry that boarders on hatred. It was sometimes hard to differentiate between them hating each other and having such strong chemistry that they can't help but tear each other's clothes off. Their relationship is more edge play than anything, but the scenes are hot and help show the reader exactly where it's OK and where they need to learn to trust each other. Without the trust, neither of them would make it very far in their relationship. This had some great chemistry and the complexity of each character was enhanced by their intertwined automatic mistrust of people. When you drilled down in to who each characters was as an individual, you could see where the angst and unhappiness might spring from. But, it was also where these two meshed the most - in their pasts and that helped guide them to their future. It was a great story where you got to see an almost enemy to friendship to lovers relationship develop, but without a lot of angst woven in. It was more about the chemistry and shared fantasy.2018-04-23Avid Reader
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4Admittedly, BDSM isn’t always my cup o’ tea… it has to be done in a way that works for me, so there are only a few that I honestly trust to do it right, and Rebecca Grace Allen is one of those. This is a book 2 in a companion series, you don’t need to read book 1 to know what’s going on, but some of the characters and their situations will make more sense if you do. Cassie Allbright is a kick-ass, ball-busting attorney. The only thing she’s determined to accomplish is becoming a partner in her law firm, and when she finds out that it might not happen, she knows something has to change. What she doesn’t need is Patrick Dunham pissing her off with his man-whore ways. Patrick himself is stuck working for his family’s publishing house, something he never wanted but does in order to keep his mother in the life she has grown accustomed to. He’s not looking for a relationship and never sees a woman more than once, but he can’t seem to get the sexy but frustrating Cassie out of his mind. I have to admit that it’s refreshing to read about couples in my particular age range. I love it when I can relate to characters in that way because it’s rare, and even more, these two were so sexy and successful and experienced enough to know what they liked and didn’t like and mature enough to talk about what they wanted and were looking for without being uncomfortable about it. I think a lot of these things definitely come with age and experience. Patrick and Cassie had some really hot encounters that were so well done. It was interesting to hear Cassie share these darker desires, and even more so to see them play out. I really loved that Patrick was all about helping her explore these scenarios and not ask for anything for himself… I mean other than the sex you know. I think that at times I felt that Cassie was a little bit too stubborn, and I was incredibly surprised how quickly she put everything behind her when Patrick asked for more, but I did love that she was such a strong personality and she was determined to succeed, and despite the pushing from her family to get married and start a family show that, that isn’t necessarily every woman’s desire. If you’re a fan of erotic romance I highly suggest trying Rebecca Grace Allen’s titles. You’ll love the depth of her characters and the sexy stories she tells!2018-04-23Jaime Arkin
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk4Steamy readThe combination of a wealthy businessman who isn't prepared to commit to anything other than making conquests for one night only, and an ambitious attorney whose progression in her career comes first makes for a steamy and challenging read. Patrick never wanted to inherit his father's business, except for the money, but his father had the last laugh. Cassie is an attorney who thrives on getting her clients back on the business ladder. She is not interested in any entanglement even though her mother forever keeps reminding her that her clock is ticking. She has one goal in mind and nothing or no one will stop her from getting there! Patrick and Cassie run in the same circle of friends, but they are always butting heads. She hates his casual attitude towards women whilst he hates the fact that she can actually resist him. Arguing has become a game for them until the arguments are taken in the bedroom. Slowly but surely, they discover that they quite like their "little games" and even begin to crave them. Their initial arrangement is sex only. No emotions involved. Neither of them wants a broken heart! Can they keep up this facade or will they admit that there is more to their arrangement than physical pleasure? Patrick's past history has hardened him towards becoming emotionally involved and it's fascinating watching his resolve slowly crumble. Cassie is a kick ass in her job, but her vulnerability in her personal life is quite enlightening. It's a hot novel where love slowly creeps in and turns a challenging situation into something beautiful. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.2018-04-23Brigitte
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads4This is my first book by Rebecca and I loved it. Lilly and Jack's relationship is one of older man younger woman with BDSM involved. Lily was treated horrible with her first dom and is unsure if she wants this lifestyle again but that was before Jack. Has has recently lost his wife to cancer and after a year he still hasn't dated anyone until Lilly. The minute he saw her he knew she was special and they soon became dom/sub.This book was great I didn't want to put it down. I recommend it to everyone.2018-04-23Amanda Rowell
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads4His Contract (Legally Bound #1) by Rebecca Grace Allen 4 stars M/F Romance BDSM Triggers: Cancer, incorrect BDSM, correct BDSM I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Jack is tired of being sad. He's tired of missing his love and tired of missing his son. While he has a great job and loves it, has great friends who coax him out of his house every once in a while, the promise he made to his wife haunts him. One night, while he's hanging out with his friends, he meets Lilly. She's bright and fresh, but has a haunted look that Jack wants to immediately figure out and fix. Lilly is working hard and trying even harder to leave her past behind her. With her brother close and loving her new job, she thinks that she can move past it. But, despite her wishes, the dreams that haunt her continue. Lilly is out with her brother and friends when she meets Jack. She is drawn to him, but doesn't quite understand why...until she does. This is a story about learning to trust yourself, forgive yourself and develop an inner strength that nobody can take from you. The story is slightly overdone, but the relationship aspects that you get to see Jack and Lilly go through are spot on - they both need to learn these things again and they each have something to teach the other. It was nice to see the progression and I was glad that it had more to it than just boy meets girl, they squabble about the age difference, both fall in love. It made the complexity of the relationship more realistic. I can't wait to see who gets the next book.2018-04-23Avid Reader
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca5After reading Her Contract, I was already interested in Patrick and Cassie. I loved their bickering and dislike towards each other. I knew this book would be HOT, but wow it was amazing. If you want to read a edgy love/hate story, that touches your heart and revs your engine, look no further.2018-04-24Kindle Customer
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4This book is not for the lighthearted I’ll tell you that. When I finished it I wasn't quite sure what to think about this book. I mean I wasn't sure if I like it or simply hated it. But after having time to think about it and re-reading a few chapters I think I’m in the I-liked-it-a-lot boat. The banter between Cassie&Patric was so funny. I loved their chemistry. I really liked how Patrick was in tune with her desires even when at first he wasn't too comfortable with fulfilling them. Cassie is my kinda woman, with her big heart, even bigger mouth, she's everything you expect from a mature woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. I'm intrigued by this group and I’d love to see and read more books in the series. ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***2018-04-26Tanja Kezmic
Taming SugarGoodreads5This was an awesome book. Just wish it was longer. Loved the characters and storyline.2018-04-27Joy Boutwell
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series. I would say that you will understand more of the background if you read them in order, but this definitely stands strong as a book in its own right too. They are both very good stories, so why miss out! Cassie is a fabulous character - she is a wonderful mix of confident and vulnerable. She has made a life for herself away from her loud American/Cuban family in Florida, and works all hours in her ambition to make partner in a law firm in Boston. She is good friends with Lilly, who is the lead in the first book in the series. Nearing forty, her Mother is keen for her to settle down and have a family, but she is really uncertain about that being the future she wants, or if she can find someone she would even want to do that with ... Patrick is friends with Jack, Lilly's boyfriend, so when the group socialise, he gets to know Cassie. Or not know her, as he is too busy being a playboy. We do find out why he behaves this way, and why the sparks fly between the two of them whenever they are together. I love the set up, and watching the two of them finally get with the programme. They are completely in sync and though her fantasies are not mine, they clearly work for Patrick too. I felt that the issues were addressed with care, and certainly enhanced their closeness, and demonstrated Patrick's care for her. A good mix of hot, passionate action, developing feelings and real life twists and turns - thank you Ms Allen.2018-04-27Ruthie Taylor
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk5Her Claim~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series. I would say that you will understand more of the background if you read them in order, but this definitely stands strong as a book in its own right too. They are both very good stories, so why miss out! Cassie is a fabulous character - she is a wonderful mix of confident and vulnerable. She has made a life for herself away from her loud American/Cuban family in Florida, and works all hours in her ambition to make partner in a law firm in Boston. She is good friends with Lilly, who is the lead in the first book in the series. Nearing forty, her Mother is keen for her to settle down and have a family, but she is really uncertain about that being the future she wants, or if she can find someone she would even want to do that with ... Patrick is friends with Jack, Lilly's boyfriend, so when the group socialise, he gets to know Cassie. Or not know her, as he is too busy being a playboy. We do find out why he behaves this way, and why the sparks fly between the two of them whenever they are together. I love the set up, and watching the two of them finally get with the programme. They are completely in sync and though her fantasies are not mine, they clearly work for Patrick too. I felt that the issues were addressed with care, and certainly enhanced their closeness, and demonstrated Patrick's care for her. A good mix of hot, passionate action, developing feelings and real life twists and turns - thank you Ms Allen. ~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~2018-04-27Ruthie T
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads44 Sexy Stars How did it work, when you didn’t think you were dominant or submissive, but fell somewhere in between? What did it mean when you liked to fight, but wanted a man who would fight back? Cassie was tough, but what she hungered for was to be taken down— to feel that satisfying push in a way that was both arousing and terrifying. From the beginning this book was a fun and sexy treat. Cassie, an ambitious lawyer who'd love nothing more than for her Cuban mother to lay off the "when are you going to find a man and reproduce" questions and Patrick, a successful publisher who handles his lifetime of sads by sleeping with as many women as possible, manage to rub each other the wrong way at first meeting. As is often the case, all that rage and disdain hides some serious mutual attraction and when these two decide to explore that? I love the fact these two are a bit older than most of the stories coming out now. Cassie is knocking on 39, Patrick's a well seasoned 46 and both are sexy AF! I felt for Cassie as she struggled to decide what choices were right for her, despite the meddling pressure from her family. Not to mention the naked stuff. Sweet baby jezus, these two were hot together. Patrick may be a bit older but that just means he's had more time to practice. Cassie knew exactly what she wanted but didn't know how to ask for it. Lucky for her, Patrick knew how to answer without being asked. Her Claim is a great mix of fun, relatable characters and hot scenes that edge beyond vanella. This is my first read from Rebecca Grace Allen but it won't be my last. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a voluntary review2018-04-28Jen
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk4Direct, yet tenderThis book is a lot of fun.  Not funny ha ha, but rather, because of the direct, yet suprisingly tender manner of delivery of this story. Now, it is most definitely adult in content.  And although there is a necessarily explicit telling of the relationship, it didn't feel gratuitous. Rather, it was key to understanding the dynamic between these two. I really enjoyed this book.  Delivered with just the right tone, this just worked. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.2018-04-29A British Bookworm
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5ARC Provided for Review for Blog Promotional Tour “Her Claim” is a rock-solid, sizzling hot love story about two people who think they know just what they want in love and life. Their lives get turned upside down as they battle each other through sexual angst into a simmering, unconventional relationship. Of course, there’s nothing more enjoyable than watching as this happens, as it all goes south. Cassie is much more than the average female character at first glance-the Latina Lawyer who is simply pushing aside her own mother’s traditional roots. She's so much more, a woman dealing with bi-cultural identities, struggling with her age and expectations, gender roles... We are allowed into her deepest thoughts and feelings as she experiences new types of relationships with Patrick. The author treats us well, as we dive with the couple into a darker, more taboo side of sexual dominance. What Cassie wants from Patrick gives him a thrill that he didn’t necessarily realize he wanted or ever needed to deliver. As the book progresses, you can’t help getting swept into the all the deep feels of this book. This is the book that does for BDSM what other popular titles only started to do. “Her Claim” presents the sexual play and relationships in a very real way. Ways that we may have thought about ourselves as readers. This may be why this book appeals to so many and why the genre has caught on. These are real feelings that couples have, only Rebecca Allen Grace has been bold enough to put it into writing, encouraging us not to dismiss what we may want to consider…someday. “Her Claim” and the stories that Rebecca Grace Allen writes, present to the reader, a possibility of a world where it’s possible to express your deepest desires. In “Her Claim”, both Cassie and Patrick are finding there may be one person who you can not only trust your fantasies with, build upon them with and that one person to be there with you to live the bright and fun memories worth sharing. This story takes us to Southern Florida where we can taste, hear, smell and feel the culture of an eccentric Cuban family. It’s part dreamy, part home girl goes home, part family wedding. I loved this part of the book! I felt every bit of the family welcoming and the surprises that came along with the visit. This is where Allen’s writing is exemplary. She brings in a rich past belonging to Patrick (and all her characters) that isn’t just a part of a simple story structure. She has built the characters that support each new experience they encounter so that we are subtly surprised throughout the book. We are given plenty of rich and exiting ah aha moments, connecting the new pieces to ones we didn’t know we were missing the ends of. It’s incredibly refreshing to come across a book in the romance/erotic genre that doesn’t follow the ¾ rule (That phenomenon in this genre where good writers follow a pattern where the problem or surprise revelation happens right when everything is going hot and heavy…but cleaned up, wrapped up in a pretty little HEA bow). In “Her Claim”, we do get the HEA…but the ride there is what it’s all about. Trust me when I say, this isn’t just another romance novel. This is a story written by a formally trained writer. There are no messy moments, no missing timelines, no underdeveloped characters here. This is good, sexy and damned erotic writing. It will have you invested from the beginning to end. I look forward to reading the next story in the series. Which by the way, has already been established thoughtfully throughout the book Nothing slips by this writer, you would be remiss to pass by her book. Review and giveaway originally published at www.Incidently.org2018-04-30KJ Incidentally
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4This was a brilliant read! Definitely one that kept me up at night, both because it was exciting and because it was packed with excellent sexual tension to really get you craving more. Allen created a story with two characters who are perfect for each other in some ways and can be each other’s nightmare in others. They seemed to be driven toward one another, and it really made things hot. I liked the sexier scenes they shared, and Allen made sure to keep those nice and detailed, of you to really be part of the moment. The pace was really good, and kept me coming back for more. I never felt like it dragged on, and was definitely one to feel like it was interesting, fun and very exciting. I think the way it was written definitely lent itself to keeping the book flowing well and the characters interesting throughout. Overall, a really great book and one a lot of readers will find perfectly steamy.2018-05-03Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk4Steamy and really exciting!This was a brilliant read! Definitely one that kept me up at night, both because it was exciting and because it was packed with excellent sexual tension to really get you craving more. Allen created a story with two characters who are perfect for each other in some ways and can be each other’s nightmare in others. They seemed to be driven toward one another, and it really made things hot. I liked the sexier scenes they shared, and Allen made sure to keep those nice and detailed, of you to really be part of the moment. The pace was really good, and kept me coming back for more. I never felt like it dragged on, and was definitely one to feel like it was interesting, fun and very exciting. I think the way it was written definitely lent itself to keeping the book flowing well and the characters interesting throughout. Overall, a really great book and one a lot of readers will find perfectly steamy.2018-05-03Natural_bri
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5Her Claim reads like a romance for the 21st century with its focus on trust and consent and its biracial, body-positive heroine. At the same time, it is also an erotic and even downright kinky romance, where the hero and heroine explore areas of edge-play that make them realize that the most important thing in any relationship is trust-something that neither of these adults have a whole lot of experience with in relationships. But they certainly do have a fair amount of both experience and battle-scars. It’s wonderful to see a romance that is not between two 20-somethings for a change. The hero in Her Claim is in his mid-40s while the heroine is 39 and facing all the decisions that come with that milestone. And the reader feels for all her dilemmas, both personal and professional. In this romance that combines sex-into-love with enemies-into-lovers, we have frenemies who come at everything and each other from opposite perspectives, when “fight or flight” kicks in to their lives and their relationships, especially with each other, she choses fight while he choses flight every time, ratcheting up the tension at every turn. But when they finally figure out what they can have with each other - it’s marvelous. VERDICT: This romance is highly recommended for lovers of either of its tropes, and for readers looking for an erotic romance that absolutely fulfills both sides of that equation as this one is very hot but also very definitely a romance with its emotional ups and downs and happy ever after. As an added bonus, it is lovely to see a romance where the HEA does not require babies to be truly happy.2018-05-04Marlene
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4Favorite Quote: "What a thing it must be," he'd murmured. "To be under your fierce protection." "I look after the people I care about." "I know. It's one of the things I admire most about you." Favorite Quote #2: "I really don't like you." "Same here." Cassie grabbed him by the collar and closed her fist around his shirt. "Good," she said, and kissed him, hard. I don't read a ton of BDSM - over the years I've gotten a little tired of the BDSM club scene in romance books. However, I found Her Claim to be a really well done book (and it's club free!). It has a very strong, powerful heroine who I absolutely fell for, and a sinfully sexy hero who learned that he could love again. Cassie is half-cuban and works as a lawyer in a very cut-throat law firm where she passionately wants to make partner. The old, white men that are the current partners have yet to give her this chance, so she decides to bring in a big client to show them she can bring money into the firm, and kick ass. Cassie's attitude at work has gotten her far, but her "take no prisoners" attitude in a relationship, has not resulted in many long-term boyfriends. Her hard-shell exterior was great in the courtroom, but not so great in the bedroom. Which was why most of the relationships she’d had ended soon after they started. “Well you’ve gotta get back out there,” Lilly said. “Men out there don’t have a tendency to like women like me.” “What the hell does that mean?” Sam asked. “It means I’m difficult. Abrasive. Too hard to deal with.” At least that was what her last few boyfriends had said during their breakup conversations. “Men say they want someone who is hardworking and intelligent, but that’s bullshit, because look at me, Ivy League and still single.” Not that she was going to change who she was. If a guy was being a dick, she was going to say so. They couldn't take her heat, then they could get the fuck out of her kitchen. I love her. Cassie also has some dark, secret desires that she would love to try out in the bedroom, with the right person, if he ever comes along. Let me make a quick note to say that there is consensual non-consent in this book (rape fantasy) along with breath-play and other power-play moves when they have sex. (Cassie likes Patrick to slap her and belittle her etc...). Please note that for any trigger/content warnings. Patrick has known Cassie for some time now - they have a group of mutual friends, so they often see each other while getting a drink after work. Patrick runs a publishing company, handed down from his father. A job Patrick did not want, but after having his heartbroken by a young woman years ago, he left his passion on the floor, and decided to walk in his father's foot steps. Patrick really doesn't like his job, but he is wealthy and that helps. Patrick is....a player. He takes home a new woman every night, always very clear that there will be no strings and never a second night. He is suave, and cool, and extremely good looking...and good in bed. Patrick and Cassie have a hate-hate relationship to start. She hates that Patrick is so blasé about taking women home. She hates that he can get under her skin when he tries his pick-up lines on her. There is much eye-rolling and heavy sighs between them...until one night there isn't. One night the constant bickering turns into a sexual heat and to the surprise of both of them, they fall into bed. “I’ve always loved your spitfire attitude.” Patrick’s voice cut through the night. Cassie stopped and whirled around. He was standing at the doorway to the bar, his arms crossed like a bouncer or a Greek god. “Have you now?” Cassie cocked her brow and placed a hand on her hip. “Well, you’d love me in bed then. I’m a spitfire there too.” The words popped out before she could stop them, but she didn’t regret it. For once, she wanted that bastard to know the chance he’d passed up. Because she might never have been in love and had dated some serious losers, but damn it she knew how to make a man moan. Patrick dropped his hands to his sides and quickly closed the distance between them. “Prove it,” he said. “Prove what?” “That you’re a spitfire in bed. Unless all you can do with that mouth of yours is talk.” As they have hot sex (hotttttt sex) Cassie starts to trust Patrick enough to tell her about her darker needs in the bedroom. And Patrick's heart, which he closed up long ago, starts to have long-term feelings for her. Everything is developed so well in this book. We see Cassie at work, we see her with her friends, her family. We learn her fears and what makes her feel vulnerable. And the same with Patrick - we see him with his mother and their strained relationship. At a job he doesn't love. His evolution into becoming monogamous. And then when the two of them get together, their sex has depth. It changes them and allows them to grow together. This is definitely an erotic book, in terms of the number of sex scenes and their explicit nature. They add a lot to this book and didn't feel excessive. The only thing I found a little off or just silly, is how much Patrick's heart was broken by his first real girlfriend all those years ago - and how it stops him in his tracks when he thinks of it. It's used as a conflict point late in the book to briefly break them up and that felt -- too predictable. I really liked this one a lot. I'm definitely up for another book by Rebecca Grace Allen. Grade: A-2018-05-07Mandi Schreiner
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca5Such a great story! I was super sad when it was over. Could not put the book down. I need MORE!!!2018-05-08Lily
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5His Contract - WOW!The slow beginning is VERY short and one gets “sucked in” very quickly. I read the book in two days, as I had to get some sleep for work, the next day. Steve2018-05-09Steve Gold
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca5This is my second book from this author, and I am ready to gobble up EVERYTHING she has written! I absolutely love this story. Cassie and Patrick are a match made in heaven. These two are incredibly perfect for each other and I am so glad to have had the pleasure of coming along for the ride!2018-05-13CDBall
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk5This is my second book from this author, and I am ready to gobble up EVERYTHING she has written! I absolutely love this story. Cassie and Patrick are a match made in heaven. These two are incredibly perfect for each other and I am so glad to have had the pleasure of coming along for the ride!2018-05-14CDBall
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5Wonderfully Hilarious Story Full of Sexual Angst.....If you want to read a book full of sexual angst that pulls you in and won't let go, Her Claim: Legally Bound Book 2 by Rebecca Grace Allen is an absolute must read. Cassie and Patrick are very flawed people that despise each other yet are strongly attracted to each other. Their hate filled banter is hilarious and their sexual chemistry is smoking hot. One night, after yet another nasty argument, hate turns to passion and the result is angry, erotic sex. The next day, still hate each other, but maybe not so much as before. That's where the fun begins...........2018-05-14Books,Books,Books
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Audible.com3Good storyline bad narrationIt was hard to follow some of the dialogue because the narrators made many of the voices sound the same. And their speaking voice and narration were similar as well. This was mainly from the woman side but the mans wasn't much better.2018-05-15
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca4Após ler o livro 1 da série, His Contract, eu estava aguardando ansiosamente a história de Patrick e Cassie. Patrick e Cassie se conhecem através dos amigos Lilly e Jack, de His Contract, e de cara se tornam opositores, sempre discordando e discutindo, praticamente mal se suportando. A história usa diversas romance tropes testadas e aprovadas pelos leitores: ”inimigos que se apaixonam”, “romance com data de expiração”, tudo isso apoioado a alguns elementos de “bdsm light”. Assim como ocorreu com o livro inicial da série, a autora compõe um universo bastante rico na caracterização dos personagens e na ambientação da história dando ao leitor tempo para conhecer e aceitar como verdadeiro o envolvimento do casal, da atração inicial mesclada com antagonismo e antipatia mútuos até o envolvimento sentimental e o surgimento do amor. A autora não economiza nas cenas pra lá de sexy. Para quem não tem problema com jogos sexxuais mais pesados, a história traz algumas cenas com “breath play” e “rape play”, porém nada que assuste o leitor mais conservador. Muito bem feito neste aspecto, a história possui estrutura e profundidade suficientes para convencer o leitor da verdade dos sentimentos entre os protagonistas. A história é fortemente centrada nos personagens (que eu adorei) e no romance entre eles e para minha (agradável) surpresa, o conflito proposto pela autora foi resolvido com pouquíssimo drama trazendo um final satisfatório e adequado à maturidade dos personagens. Em resumo, uma história romântica e sexy, agradável, que prende a atenção desde o início com personagens maduros e carismáticos, ideal para os fãs de romance contemporâneo.2018-05-18Buba
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk4Após ler o livro 1 da série, His Contract, eu estava aguardando ansiosamente a história de Patrick e Cassie. Patrick e Cassie se conhecem através dos amigos Lilly e Jack, de His Contract, e de cara se tornam opositores, sempre discordando e discutindo, praticamente mal se suportando. A história usa diversas romance tropes testadas e aprovadas pelos leitores: ”inimigos que se apaixonam”, “romance com data de expiração”, tudo isso apoioado a alguns elementos de “bdsm light”. Assim como ocorreu com o livro inicial da série, a autora compõe um universo bastante rico na caracterização dos personagens e na ambientação da história dando ao leitor tempo para conhecer e aceitar como verdadeiro o envolvimento do casal, da atração inicial mesclada com antagonismo e antipatia mútuos até o envolvimento sentimental e o surgimento do amor. A autora não economiza nas cenas pra lá de sexy. Para quem não tem problema com jogos sexxuais mais pesados, a história traz algumas cenas com “breath play” e “rape play”, porém nada que assuste o leitor mais conservador. Muito bem feito neste aspecto, a história possui estrutura e profundidade suficientes para convencer o leitor da verdade dos sentimentos entre os protagonistas. A história é fortemente centrada nos personagens (que eu adorei) e no romance entre eles e para minha (agradável) surpresa, o conflito proposto pela autora foi resolvido com pouquíssimo drama trazendo um final satisfatório e adequado à maturidade dos personagens. Em resumo, uma história romântica e sexy, agradável, que prende a atenção desde o início com personagens maduros e carismáticos, ideal para os fãs de romance contemporâneo.2018-05-18Buba
Taming SugarGoodreads4Sexy fun quick read that keeps your attention the whole book. Roxy is a bit hard to work with. Bossy, rude, and mean, she was kicked out of her role of a life time. Her best friends sent her on a vacation to a quiet place to find herself. In walks the property manager Hunter who tries to manage more than just the property. Can he handle this sassy woman? Someone needs to!2018-05-19Kelli
Taming SugarAmazon.com4Wild catA sexy fun quick read that keeps your attention the whole book. Roxy is a bit hard to work with. Bossy, rude, and mean, she was kicked out of her role of a life time. Her best friends sent her on a vacation to a quiet place to find herself. In walks the property manager Hunter who tries to manage more than just the property. Can he handle this sassy woman? Someone needs to!2018-05-19Kelli B
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca5What a story! Cassie is absolutely my kind of heroine: smart as hell and funny as my favorite girlfriends, but still unsure about wanting her professional success at the cost of her personal life. Her confusion is exacerbated by familial pressure and a society seeming to press on her to "need" a family and kids. Any woman driven to succeed, and to recognize and celebrate professional accomplishments, knows this feeling all too well! Cassie is perfectly matched by Patrick, the hero to end all heroes!! He's brash and arrogant but hiding a side that wants one woman to spoil rotten, in and out of bed. In short: a completely perfect dream! Their relationship progresses from heated adversaries to "just for now" lovers to reluctant friendship, and finally to a love that simply can't be denied. I savored and celebrated every passionate, hot, steamy, sexy, swoon-worthy moment of the ride. A remarkable book by a writer who is now truly on my keeper shelf!2018-05-21A. Pfau
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5A remarkable book; a real keeper!What a story! Cassie is absolutely my kind of heroine: smart as hell and funny as my favorite girlfriends, but still unsure about wanting her professional success at the cost of her personal life. Her confusion is exacerbated by familial pressure and a society seeming to press on her to "need" a family and kids. Any woman driven to succeed, and to recognize and celebrate professional accomplishments, knows this feeling all too well! Cassie is perfectly matched by Patrick, the hero to end all heroes!! He's brash and arrogant but hiding a side that wants one woman to spoil rotten, in and out of bed. In short: a completely perfect dream! Their relationship progresses from heated adversaries to "just for now" lovers to reluctant friendship, and finally to a love that simply can't be denied. I savored and celebrated every passionate, hot, steamy, sexy, swoon-worthy moment of the ride. A remarkable book by a writer who is now truly on my keeper shelf!2018-05-21A. Pfau
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk5What a story! Cassie is absolutely my kind of heroine: smart as hell and funny as my favorite girlfriends, but still unsure about wanting her professional success at the cost of her personal life. Her confusion is exacerbated by familial pressure and a society seeming to press on her to "need" a family and kids. Any woman driven to succeed, and to recognize and celebrate professional accomplishments, knows this feeling all too well! Cassie is perfectly matched by Patrick, the hero to end all heroes!! He's brash and arrogant but hiding a side that wants one woman to spoil rotten, in and out of bed. In short: a completely perfect dream! Their relationship progresses from heated adversaries to "just for now" lovers to reluctant friendship, and finally to a love that simply can't be denied. I savored and celebrated every passionate, hot, steamy, sexy, swoon-worthy moment of the ride. A remarkable book by a writer who is now truly on my keeper shelf!2018-05-22A. Pfau
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads3He's 44, she's 28. He's a Dom who lost his wife the year before to cancer and she's a sub who just got out of a relationship where her Dom treated her badly. They were supposed to have one night but each decided they didn't want it to end so hero drew up a contract that she'd be his sub for three months. Main issue was to keep it a secret from family and friends since they weren't sure how they'd react to their relationship.2018-05-22mad4rombks
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5This book ticked all the boxes for me. I loved both main characters, two mature adults, neither of whom was afraid of who they were or what they wanted. Cassie and Patrick have a love/hate relationship that evolves into so much more. And I loved that both characters were able to be open and honest with one another. It was a multi-layered story about two people who truly connect physically and emotionally. This was my first book by Rebecca Grace Allen, but it will definitely not be my last. She’s on my Must Read list from here on out.2018-06-29Heather
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5Amazing Multi-Layered StoryThis book ticked all the boxes for me. I loved both main characters, two mature adults, neither of whom was afraid of who they were or what they wanted. Cassie and Patrick have a love/hate relationship that evolves into so much more. And I loved that both characters were able to be open and honest with one another. It was a multi-layered story about two people who truly connect physically and emotionally. This was my first book by Rebecca Grace Allen, but it will definitely not be my last. She’s on my Must Read list from here on out.2018-06-29Heather L.
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5Enjoy!Captivated from the start. Storyline kept me reading and enjoyed the characters. Never read this author before but will be keeping an eye out for further works. Apart from the main subject matter, the love story was fab.2018-07-02Betty90
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads4Another fabulous contemporary romance by Rebecca Grace Allen. I didn't read the first book in this series, but I'm assuming that it, like this one, is kink-focused. High-powered lawyer Cassie Allbright (39 years old, half Cuban, half Caucasian) has been "battling the gender gap and racial bias" for as long as she can remember. And she's just been told by one of the boys' club partners at her firm that she hasn't yet made herself "invaluable" to the firm, and that she needs to bring in more big business if she wants a chance to make partner. She lets off some of her work tension by verbally sparring with friend-of-a-friend white boy Patrick, a certified "man-whoring chauvinist pig." But when the two take their sparring from the barroom to the bedroom, Cassie finds she's able to indulge in power play fantasies that she never before had the courage to ask for: "She wanted a man to prove himself—to show that as tough as she was, he could be tougher. Because what turned her on the most was the idea of being physically controlled by someone she couldn't fight off" (Kindle Loc 2048) 46-year-old Patrick has a lot of backstory baggage: Daddy issues, Mommy issues, first love crushed heart issues etc. So his jerkiness has a cause. Cassie isn't out to "fix" him, but developing a relationship with her does allow him to finally confront some of his issues and stop living in the past. Cassie's efforts to straddle her biracial heritage are convincingly and movingly portrayed. Light-skinned enough to "pass," she often takes advantage of that privilege, but ends up feeling like a part of her has been erased in the process. How she comes to reconcile her multiple selves into a comfortable whole is an added bonus here.2018-07-10Jackie
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5Who will get the last word?Cassie was a strong woman and had just felt a stunning blow to her career. So much time and effort into building a career that has left her missing two of the things her mother wants the most for her. A husband and a family to call her own. No one felts the build for that role until verbal sparring with her worthy opponent turns into something so much more. Patrick feels restless in his life. Losing himself in seduction and one night stands that never go anywhere he loses the battle of fighting his feelings against Cassie. Can two strong characters find a balance with each other or will they continue to deny the attraction they fight with their verbal sparring? Definitely will keep up I on the edge of your seat desperate to see who gets the last word.2018-07-29Brandi Maisie
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Oh I loved this book. I was just in the mood for it. Gabriele is a budding mathematician studying at MIT. After her grandmother dies she goes to spend a summer in the house that always reminds her of carefree summer holidays and gives her the peace to write her thesis on duality: a running theme throughout the book. Tired of her projected good girl path, Gabriele yearns for the passionate, spontaneous kind of love that has never come her way. She knows her sexual adventurousness is at odds with her logical nature but can’t help herself daydreaming about the biker she sees zooming through the neighbourhood on a regular basis. Neighbour and childhood friend Jamie sets Gabby up on a blind date with long time friend Conner, knowing that he is the biker that Gabby stares at. Conner meanwhile is trying to tamp down his wild side. How can he win a refined girl like Gabby unless he represses his dominant down and dirty side? You can probably guess the rest. I loved this story. It was pretty short but it was just my kind of tale. I loved that Gabriele was deep down so sexually daring. I loved that Conner struggled with his desires. I loved that the overall message was positive. You should embrace your sexuality. Refreshing after so much slut-shaming in other NA reads of late. I loved how the two complimented each other. The anticipation of them realising they were in fact exactly what each other yearned for created a delicious push/pull. I thought the duality concept was unique and the lack of assholey alpha refreshing. Conner had a lot of vulnerability to him. He was the opposite of Gabby. Alpha badass on the outside, geek on the inside. I loved how he loved her references to Transformers. This is a pretty easy low angst read with no huge depth as it’s just do short. Just what I needed. I loved it.2018-07-30Lula Pantoofle
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5This is the second book in the Legally Bound Series. I never read the first book His Contract and I was worried I would be lost but these seem to be stand-alone books. I never felt lost or confused. That being said, I loved this book so much I can’t wait to read the first one. Cassie is an attorney looking to make partner at her firm. She is a no-nonsense, get what she wants type woman who isn’t looking to find a husband or have children until she gets partner. Patrick is as the book describes “an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore” and he is not looking for a wife or children. Ever. Cassie and Patrick are both strong willed and won’t take shit from anyone. Because they are both so pig headed, they fight, all the time. Patrick finds Cassie challenging and he’s never met a woman who could resist him. Cassie finds Patrick annoying and full of himself, but she thinks he may be the only one who can fulfill her fantasies. Because they are not fantasies she can just tell anyone. Their relationship is very unique. They are both strong people who are really just looking to “fix and itch” and not have feelings get involved. However, we’ve all heard the story of friends with benefits. Someone’s heart always gets involved. The chemistry between Cassie and Patrick is very evident with each new chapter. Cassie is 39 so her mom is constantly asking her when she’s getting married and having babies but for Cassie she’s not ready. She is a strong willed woman who knows what she wants and part of that involves her dark fantasies. Patrick is able to fulfill those fantasies without making Cassie feel ashamed. In fact those particular scenes are extremely hot and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that has a well-written sex scene. Rebecca Grace Allen does it again and again throughout this book. The ending of this book was very predictable but I loved it non-the-less. Rebecca Grace Allen was able to give Cassie and Patrick the relationship they needed and while it wasn’t easy, they grew with each other and I wish I could keep reading more.2018-08-10Anna
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5I highly recommend this book.I received an ebook copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion below. This is the second book in the Legally Bound Series. I never read the first book His Contract and I was worried I would be lost but these seem to be stand-alone books. I never felt lost or confused. That being said, I loved this book so much I can’t wait to read the first one. Cassie is an attorney looking to make partner at her firm. She is a no-nonsense, get what she wants type woman who isn’t looking to find a husband or have children until she gets partner. Patrick is as the book describes “an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore” and he is not looking for a wife or children. Ever. Cassie and Patrick are both strong willed and won’t take shit from anyone. Because they are both so pig headed, they fight, all the time. Patrick finds Cassie challenging and he’s never met a woman who could resist him. Cassie finds Patrick annoying and full of himself, but she thinks he may be the only one who can fulfill her fantasies. Because they are not fantasies she can just tell anyone. Their relationship is very unique. They are both strong people who are really just looking to “fix and itch” and not have feelings get involved. However, we’ve all heard the story of friends with benefits. Someone’s heart always gets involved. The chemistry between Cassie and Patrick is very evident with each new chapter. Cassie is 39 so her mom is constantly asking her when she’s getting married and having babies but for Cassie she’s not ready. She is a strong willed woman who knows what she wants and part of that involves her dark fantasies. Patrick is able to fulfill those fantasies without making Cassie feel ashamed. In fact those particular scenes are extremely hot and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that has a well-written sex scene. Rebecca Grace Allen does it again and again throughout this book. The ending of this book was very predictable but I loved it non-the-less. Rebecca Grace Allen was able to give Cassie and Patrick the relationship they needed and while it wasn’t easy, they grew with each other and I wish I could keep reading more. As many of you know, I read a lot. I was gone on vacation and read 6 books in 2 weeks. I’ve read a lot of romance novels and have found some good ones but none like Her Claim. It’s been a while since I’ve “missed” characters after I finished a book. Normally I just pick up the next one and start reading. I miss Cassie and Patrick. I miss their connection and their fire. I wish I could keep reading about them, even though I know their story is done. I highly recommend this book. To anyone.2018-08-10Anna A
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5His Contract book reviewThis book is the best BDSM book I've ever read!! The two lead players are so badly hurt, they are drawn to each other. He is a widower, she has been badly hurt in a previous relationship. Both two wounded souls, seeking comfort in each other. The emotional rollercoaster ride readers are taken on is heart breaking, but also life affirming! True love really does exist, and so do dominates! I will be buying more of this authors books. So wonderfully written! Rebecca Grace Allen, you are a fantastic storyteller!!!2018-08-14Pamela Brooke
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Kobo4Impressed **ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Her Claim is the first book I've read by Rebecca Grace Allen but it certainly won't be my last. I absolutely LOVED both Cassie and Patrick. It was great to read a story where the characters were older and had actually had careers. I typically read a couple of romance novels a week and most feature the typical 30 somthing's or worse yet an early 20's female and an early 30's male. It quickly gets boring reading the same thing over and over. This was definitely a refreshing change.2018-10-14Kris LA
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com4Refreshing Change**ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Her Claim is the first book I've read by Rebecca Grace Allen but it certainly won't be my last. I absolutely LOVED both Cassie and Patrick. It was great to read a story where the characters were older and had actually had careers. I typically read a couple of romance novels a week and most feature the typical 30 somthing's or worse yet an early 20's female and an early 30's male. It quickly gets boring reading the same thing over and over. This was definitely a refreshing change.2018-10-14KrisLA
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads5Her Claim by author Rebecca Grace Allen is the second book in the Legally Bound series. You do not have to read the first book to understand this book. I didn’t I was not lost at all. Cassie is fiery, strong, and needs no man to save her. I liked her toughness and how she tempers it with being a person that just needs love not saving. She is an attorney and knows what she wants out of life. She is not scared to go get it. Patrick has been trapped by his family’s business for a long time. I actually thought he needed Cassie to save him from himself. He does not believe in happily ever after. He is strong, does one-night stands, and never risks his heart. Well both of these characters break all their rules with each other. The chemistry is off the charts. They each have what the other needs to make them the perfect couple together. I loved this story and will be looking for more from this author in the future. Five Shooting Stars2018-10-25Tina
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5redz world reviewsvoluntary review of arc Her Claim by author Rebecca Grace Allen is the second book in the Legally Bound series. You do not have to read the first book to understand this book. I didn’t I was not lost at all. Cassie is fiery, strong, and needs no man to save her. I liked her toughness and how she tempers it with being a person that just needs love not saving. She is an attorney and knows what she wants out of life. She is not scared to go get it. Patrick has been trapped by his family’s business for a long time. I actually thought he needed Cassie to save him from himself. He does not believe in happily ever after. He is strong, does one-night stands, and never risks his heart. Well both of these characters break all their rules with each other. The chemistry is off the charts. They each have what the other needs to make them the perfect couple together. I loved this story and will be looking for more from this author in the future. Five Shooting Stars2018-10-25Tina (Redzworld)
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo4Easy read. I enjoyed itA book that had an easy to follow story. Well written.2018-11-05Tilijito
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads2It was fine. I think I'd have liked it more if I wasn't bored with the whole angsty "BUT WHO AM I?" thing young adults go through. I'm much more interested in stories that explore people who know who they are but struggle to figure out how to interact with the rest of the world.2018-11-20Elizabeth GlamShazam
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5Absolutely Remarkable!I can’t stop talking to my friends about this book! I picked this book up on a whim, and I’m so thankful I did! I’m so in love with the characters, the diversity, the consent, the tension, the romance, the EVERYTHING. I started reading and could not put it down until the end. Honestly, it was an absolute pleasure to read these words. This is not your normal, white-people-only, run-of-the-mill romance. It explores dark themes without angst and the characters are so well done, I thought they’d jump out of the book. These characters will take a piece of you with them when you finish.2019-02-02Writer's Block
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Goodreads21.5 stars. I love BDSM books. I flock to them again and again. Rebecca Grace Allen's His Contract, however, had a lot of problematic content for me. I had big problems with the portrayal of bdsm in this book. I also had a homogenous aversion to Jack that never recovered. Jack loses his wife and on her deathbed, she asks that Jack finds someone else. Years later, Jack gets lost in teaching, but it changes when he sees his friend's sister at a bar one night. A significantly young women. But when it become apparent that Lilly is a submissive? All bets are off. But Lilly hasn't had good experiences with BDSM, and it's up to Jack to show her the beauty of submission... Unfortunately. I say that because I had HUGE problems with Jack as a "Dom." I will say that their emotional journeys were rife with tension and backstory. The potential for growth was phenomenal...unfortunately, the way their own triggers were handled--or summarily forgotten entirely or disregarded--left me scratching my head. It also took me a while to warm up to the characters and sense a connection, and then it all comes way too hard and too fast and too unbelievable. Jack, in my opinion, disregards Lilly's hard limits time and again, saying how she'll want him so bad that she'll beg Jack for it. Red flags were popping up here, there, and everywhere for me. In the end, I wanted to see Lilly overcome things her own way and in her own time. Not with Jack demanding he'll just win her over so much that they cease to matter. Lots of potential, but not something I'd want to re-read.2019-03-09Michaelene
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have been on the Legally Bound journey from nearly Day 1, and Their Discovery was the perfect way to end this series. Brady and Samantha have always been a bit of a mystery. Brady lived in his brother, Jack's, shadow, and Samantha appeared to be a one-off character. But Their Discovery does a great job of bringing these two pivotal characters and their story to light. Brady is a delightful combination of brains and braun, computer programmer and former college football player, with a great sense of humor that he uses to mask his discomfort. Samantha is like many women I know - powerful, driven... and then kids happen and her dreams drop to the backburner. They don't go away, and as you follow Samantha's journey in this book, you'll discover that it's messy and complicated to shift your identity, especially in the bedroom. As they discover their newfound sexual dynamic, there are a lot of complexities. Mistrust, miscommunication, and mistakes happen, but through it all, Brady and Samantha's love shines through. And that's what I love most about this book. We get glimpses of Jack, Lilly, Patrick, and Cassie, and a whole host of familiar characters. The book wraps up at a summer barbecue with them all together, and it feels like the perfect ending to their respective emotionally complicated journeys. Great read!2019-03-21Jess
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review! I really appreciated this contemporary erotic romance as it a showcases a married couple trying to find their sexual spark, a couple who is into exploring their desires openly with each other, a couple that has real roadblocks preventing them from doing so at all times, i.e. jobs, children, and other obligations. This isn't a fantasy, this isn't a billionaire sweeping a poor, younger person off their feet. This is also a wonderful depiction of a woman finding her power in bed, a man coming to terms with his submissive desires, and a couple who ultimately love each other through the ups and downs of their exploration of said desires. If you are just looking for some erotica, this won't be one for you. There are some real moments of hurt between Samantha and Brady, including a scene where Samantha pushes Brady too far when they invite another person in their bed. If you are looking for a tender, hot, and real romance, please give this one a try!2019-03-26b.andherbooks
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Realistic and hot. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book was a bit of a different twist than what I normally would read. Mainly the Dominant is the man but in this story a married couple discovers what’s really going on in their marriage. But a little Femdomme never hurt anyone. Right? The author took her time delving into the subject. She developed her characters beautifully so we could be in their heads as they tried to figure out their marriage. I loved Brady. He is completely devoted to his wife in so many ways but doesn’t know how to show it. All he wants to do is care for her. The delicate situation and the balance of the story made this super exciting and steaming hot in so many ways. The discovery mode and then the actual practice of their desires brought that little bit of uncomfortable but sexy twinge and you could feel your blood pressure go up just a little bit. But not everything works out the first time and that’s what I enjoyed about the story. The balance of power and the delicate situation they found themselves in as they’re trying to save their marriage was explored and it was very realistic in so many ways. So relatable and a great read! * copy received for review consideration2019-04-06Chris C - A Midlife Wife
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3Their Discovery is the end of Legally Bound the series. It tells a story about Brandy and Samantha. Well, I am not going through all the synopsis here as some of the reviewers have provided the synopsis with the review. I just want to highlight several things here. To me, I do love the portrayal of Brady. He is a former college football player with a witty sense of humour and great combo of brain and bods. Meanwhile Samantha is somehow so complicated in her own way. If you read the book you will know what I mean by that. Our heroine and hero is married and they discover something in it which later lead them to their sexual tension. It is not so smooth tho as there are a lot of complexities in those tension. Yet you know that like most novel, those sexual tension later will lead to love. Anyhow, the novel is sweet and erotic...it is worth reading tho.2019-04-10Desca
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5I wish this had been the first novel of this genre that I had ever read. Starting with smooth polished Doms who've been doing this for years, don't have any problems and do everything perfectly, you can forget about the fact that the people involved in each relationship are exactly that - people. With all their hangups, foibles and eccentricities. Most of the time they aren't perfect, or at least they sure didn't start out that way. What I loved most about this novel was the fact that it's about a couple who've been together for a long time, with kids and a life and all the dramas that that entails. I feel like writing this book may have been a bit of an emotional journey for the author. The level of detail that she uses to setup the environment made me feel like I was there, watching things unravelling before my eyes. It felt to me like some personal experiences may have found their way into this book. And if so, I bow down to the author. There was a lot of meaty stuff to deal with here. Sam is trying to hold everything together and feeling increasingly resentful of her life. She still loves Brady but sometimes it seems like he's the third child in the family. She's tired and a bit despairing of the status quo. Brady is still crazy in love with Sam but he knows he's letting her down. He feels like she's slipping away from him and doesn't know how to fix it and make Sam happy (which is all he's ever wanted to do). In an effort to find each other again, they explore some new fantasies which leads to unexpected results on all kinds of levels. This was a wonderful book. I'd love to read more of the series if this is any indication of the way this author writes.2019-04-13Kate Wilkins
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Their Discovery (Legally Bound #3) by Rebecca Grace Allen 4 stars M/F BDSM I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Samantha and Brady have a picture perfect life...from the outside. On the inside, both are feeling the effects of life. Samantha's perspective is one that I'm sure a lot of women can relate to. Living her life for her family and wondering where the years have gone. She had dreams of her own, but then life happened and she had to change what those dreams were. Now, she sees herself as someone who is completely lost. She's unhappy, angry, resentful and isn't quite sure how to remedy her life. Then you have Brady. He was the jock that everyone wanted to be. Promising football career and love of a beautiful woman. When his career was taken from him, he had to pick himself off and reinvent what he wanted. Now, he runs a successful company and despite its success, Brady is drowning at home and at work. Both know that they are unhappy, but neither knows how to fix it. When they take a chance and allow their fantasy to become a reality, both Samantha and Brady will have to take a leap of faith that they are strong enough to grow together rather than apart. This has been the last favorite for me, of the series. However, it was nice to see the growth that each character had to go through in order to achieve their own true happiness. Their chemistry was slightly off for me. It almost felt that they were brand new to being in love, despite their years together. Overall, this is a book about discovery - as the title suggests. Their own and theirs as a couple. It delivers on that. However, the chemistry between them is somewhat lacking or forced. Even when things are good, it just didn't feel very connected.2019-04-14Avid Reader
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books1EhI wasn’t impressed with the characters or the writing2019-04-14straighttalker198
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5Their Discovery is the third book in Rebecca Grace Allen's Legally Bound series. It tells a story of a couple stuck in a rut in their marriage. They discover a rekindling of their flame, but experience some stumbling along their way of redefining their connection with one another. There are aspects of the book I think some readers (especially parents) can identify with, and some that hit me wrong or unrelatable. But the story still had my attention. What I really liked is that their story was well written, the characters developed well and we got to know them through their thoughts and their actions within the story. There were parts of the story that made me smile, laugh, heat up for... and their were parts that made me want to cry from frustration with them but it was realistic. You discover things, you try things, you succeed but sometimes you fail.... you love and sometimes you hurt or get lost. I really liked Brady. He just needed to learn to communicate better and say what he was thinking. That's not always easy to do until lines are crossed, which is what we see here. I loved his love and devotion to his wife and her happiness. Sam, well her character was a bit more complex on the likeable or not spectrum....part of me could see how her mind worked, but other times I really wanted to smack her honestly. Okay, sometimes he frustrated me too. But they felt real and felt relateable most of the story. Overall, I enjoyed the story and think it's worth reading. It's well written and interesting. The characters and their story is developed... It has a lot of story, not just some Dominate/submissive scenes. It isnt not the fairytale romance but instead tackles a realistic marriage scenario. I really needed to finish the book and yearned for a happily ever after for these two. I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommendation.2019-04-15Kathryn Manzella
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5His Contract The book is about a law professor and hi wife who has cancer. The cancer took his wife so now wherever he goes his grief follows him. He meets a young woman that is going to the school and the young woman was a shining star at law school. The young woman was heartbroken and lost. The young woman wants to start fresh in a new city and the professor offers to become the young woman's mentor for both courtroom and playroom.2019-04-15Catherine Ellis
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5Digging DeepLilly’s passed left her insecure and doubting until she meets Jack who is just surfacing after a year of grieving the loss of his wife. There is an instant connection when their eyes meet and Jack recognizes Lilly’s submissive nature. They contract to explore their dominant/submissive natures and, in the process, heal each other’s wounded souls. I truly enjoyed this story. The many characters are nicely sketched and the emotional growth between the principals is heartwarming. I can recommend this well written book. /2019-04-16Kathy
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5HookedI really enjoyed this book. Age is just a number and grief is so personal . It was written beautifully.2019-04-16linda Worsfold..
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books3different but too darki don’t think i’ve ever gone up to three stars on a bdsm before! but this one actually reads like chick lit, like a “real” book. the age difference didn’t turn me off but the whole pain slut/punishment aspect always does. i’m ignoring that and going with 3 stars for the quality of the writing.2019-04-16going for the MAT
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads2A Disappointment... The first half of the book was very good but then it took a turn for the worst. It was simply not believable that Cassie’s would work her fingers to bone make a partner in her law firm and then give it. The sex scenes were interesting. Ms Allen would seem to be a social justice warrior with all the writing about doing good for the less fortunate. I really like Legally Bound Book 1. I thought I had found another good author to read. I was mistaken. No more books by this author for me.2019-04-17Helen Heavey
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca2The first half of the book was very good but then it took a turn for the worst. It was simply not believable that Cassie’s would work her fingers to bone make a partner in her law firm and then give it. The sex scenes were interesting. Ms Allen would seem to be a social justice warrior with all the writing about doing good for the less fortunate. I really like Legally Bound Book 1. I thought I had found another good author to read. I was mistaken. No more books by this author for me.2019-04-17Hellsie15
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com2A Disappointment...The first half of the book was very good but then it took a turn for the worst. It was simply not believable that Cassie’s would work her fingers to bone make a partner in her law firm and then give it. The sex scenes were interesting. Ms Allen would seem to be a social justice warrior with all the writing about doing good for the less fortunate. I really like Legally Bound Book 1. I thought I had found another good author to read. I was mistaken. No more books by this author for me.2019-04-17Hellsie15
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads2I was warned about the fat-phobic content in this book prior to reading it so I was prepared, but it is definitely problematic. If I hadn't planned on reviewing it, I may not have finished the entire thing. As it was, I hoped the self-loathing comments (regarding her formerly heavier self) from Sam would taper off as the book went on, but they persisted throughout. Reader beware if this could be an issue for you. I found the relationship between the two leads very believable and refreshing. They had real problems that are relatable and I enjoyed getting to know the characters through the descriptions and inner monologues of both characters. That said, Sam's issues around body image and constant put-downs of her formerly "plus-sized" body shook me out of the sexiness. There was also a "Jabba the Hutt" comment from Brady's perspective which is a problem (the reasoning for having a gym in the basement of his company was so employees didn't begin resembling Jabba)- this was a definite incongruity to him claiming he loved his wife and found her attractive even when she'd been heavier... sure, right. Hard to believe someone who thought of heavier people as Jabba the Hutt would find his heavier wife attractive. Some troubling elements, and I think if those had been altered, I would have enjoyed the book a lot more. As it was, the struggle for Brady and Sam to communicate effectively was interesting and ultimately hopeful, and I appreciated the realism with the happy ending for a family that doesn't always have it easy. Unfortunately the things I liked didn't quite make up for the issues I had with it. I've enjoyed other books in this series but this one wasn't for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free advanced copy of this book to review.2019-04-18Jess
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk2The first half of the book was very good but then it took a turn for the worst. It was simply not believable that Cassie’s would work her fingers to bone make a partner in her law firm and then give it. The sex scenes were interesting. Ms Allen would seem to be a social justice warrior with all the writing about doing good for the less fortunate. I really like Legally Bound Book 1. I thought I had found another good author to read. I was mistaken. No more books by this author for me.2019-04-18Hellsie15
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Apple Books5Her claim book 2Could not put book down! One of the best i have read!2019-04-18Samsoniteswason
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo4ButterfliesAre you curious about the dark side of the bedroom? The side no one wants to talk about? 50 shades was too much, too fast, but this book is insightful for those that are curious about the lifestyle. My belly turned into a mass of fluttering butterflies as I read the depth of Lilly's submission and felt the power that her submission gives her. Thank you for making submission empowering and not scary!2019-04-19Tamara
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca5A male opinion. I found this book compelling,essentially reading it till finished. The way two love handicapped people turn their lives around was so well written. Her first book about BSDM was interesting and simulating but this one was deeper and more emotionally fullfilling2019-04-20LEE
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk5A male opinion. I found this book compelling,essentially reading it till finished. The way two love handicapped people turn their lives around was so well written. Her first book about BSDM was interesting and simulating but this one was deeper and more emotionally fullfilling2019-04-20LEE
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5You will not putitdownA male opinion. I found this book compelling,essentially reading it till finished. The way two love handicapped people turn their lives around was so well written. Her first book about BSDM was interesting and simulating but this one was deeper and more emotionally fullfilling2019-04-20LEE
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5What a heartbreaker.Omg I think I went through every emotion whilst reading this book.I went through it all with them....it took men breath away in parts and brought me to tears.super read.....Love the characters so much.Great hea.2019-04-20Jess L
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3My Rating: C+ Liked It, but I had issues Their Discovery is the third book in the Legally Bound series by Rebecca Grace and my first read by the author. I don’t usually start a series out of order even if each book could function as a stand-alone, but I choose to try Their Discovery because it focuses on a married couple who are having issues with their marriage. As someone who has been married for 16 years, I know all too well there are ups and downs in marriage and I enjoy reading about fictional marriages and what their problems are. YES, I read to escape real life, but from time to time I look for art imitating life. I thought, for the most part, Their Discovery reflected some realistic problems a marriage can go through. Was it possible to love your husband but hate your marriage? To love your kids but hat what motherhood had turned you into? I personally have had similar thoughts that our heroine, Samantha (Sam) had about her marriage. All she wanted was for him to share the load at home without her having to remind him about stuff all the time. Sam and Brady are in a runt with their marriage and neither feels like the other one is seeing them. They fill like they have lost the romance they once had before they had children. She is always angry that he doesn’t do more to help with the house and the kids. He feels like she doesn’t like him anymore or possibility doesn’t love him anymore. They both know something needs to change, but they don’t know what that is. Sam loves reading romance novels, especially ones where the woman is Domaint to the male submissive. Brady has craved to be dominated for years but feels he cannot tell Sam for fear she will see him as weak. After very little discussion between the two, they jump into a D/s role in their sex life. At first, it brings them back together sexually, but like all healthy relationships, sex is not the fix but a band-aid. One that only covers a big boo-boo. They get in way over their heads in the D/s play where they are back to not being happy and not giving or getting what they both need. Trust and honesty. Their Discovery is more about Sam and Brady finding they need to opening up and honest with each other inside and outside of their bedroom. Once they figured that out they were well on their way to fixing their HEA that had been derailed for a few years. It was hopeful seeing a married couple working on marriage instead of giving up on it. They still had a love for each other, they just needed to figure out how to bring that love back to the front of their relationship. While I enjoyed most of Their Discovery I had a few issues with some of the characterizations. There are a few DNF reviews on Goodreads, some readers feel like there was “fat shaming”. I never got this, but clearly, a few things were triggers for some who read it. There were scenes where Sam remarked about her weight. She was thin before having two children. She put on weight during both pregnancies, as most of us do. She kept the weight on and thought that was the reason their sex life had halted. Brad had thoughts about Sam’s weight stating it never bothered her. He loved her no matter what size she was. She took the “baby weight” off and still had issues with eating healthy and going to the gym. I don’t see this as “fat shaming” because Brad never told Sam she needed to lose weight. He never remarked about her body negatively at all. BUT there was one scene early in the book I took issue with and it was a scene between Brad and one of his employees. “You okay?” Paul nodded, then doubled over to catch his breath. Dude obviously hadn’t exercised in a while. Most developers spent too much time on their asses. That’s why there was a gym in Helios’ basement: to keep the employees from turning into a mass of Jabba the Hutts.” That scene, IMHO should have been left out. It didn’t add to the scene at all and it painted Brady as a major jerk. Which he was not (if you move past this to finish the book). I did read an eArc so maybe this scene was cut from the final draft (I really hope so!). That scene and the odd references to food through the book put me off. If I had not been invested in seeing if Brady and Sam could save their married I may have been one of the readers who DNF Their Discovery.2019-04-21Jennifer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5The Contract by Rebecca Grace AllenWOW! Emotional, heartwarming, fantastic storyline, believable characters, hot, hot sex scenes, and terrific writing. What more could you possibly want in a book. This definitely is a "Must Read".2019-04-21Mak
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5HotWell written, couldn't put the book down. Jack and Lilly's stories are fantastic. The story flowed from the time they meant until the end of the book. I wanted more. The only part that I didn't like was names; nasty, dirty, slut, whore - if this is a lifestyle choice and what you like then the names are very derogatory and hurtful.2019-04-21DMarie
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5Loved this bookThis was such a good read. HEA with a bit of kink. I’m really looking forwards to the next one.2019-04-21Amazon Customer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5Different years between peoples 👵🏻🤔😉👀📖Well written and in all those styles of life, can not be acceptable for some people. Well but for some reason they’re some people feel confident about their own lives to make that style unique and comfortable in their lives. For Open Mind Readers is recommended 📚📖👵🏻👵🏻😉👍☝️🤔2019-04-21Sai,
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ 3.5*s This is the third book in the series - but very different from the previous two, as it involves a married couple rediscovering their passion for each other, rather than two very closed off individuals finding love. It is an interesting read, although I found it to be a really slow and rather sad read in places. There were times where the story flowed well, and then slam came on the brakes - which was very realistic in terms of real life, that I cannot deny - but was more difficult to take in a novel somehow. I also found Samantha's blindness to Brady's needs from the beginning, given they had a special needs daughter with similar issues, surprising and disappointing. It also emphasised the distance between them, as he clearly thought about it a lot, and yet couldn't explain it to her. Their lack of ability to communicate with each other and others was frustrating, as their circle clearly contained much of the help that they needed - although it worked to reinforce the stereotypes of gender expectations. As they got into their flow, certainly their relationship with each other benefitted from the power exchange, and was hot. It was broadening it out and experimenting with the dynamic which took a toll. An interesting addition to the mix that we have had in the series.2019-04-22Ruthie Taylor
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5amazinggreat story. very erotic. loved it. would definitely read more by this author.2019-04-22Diane M.
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Their Discovery by Rebecca Grace Allen is my first read by this author but I am most definitely putting the first 2 books in the Legally Bound series on my to be read list. I read my share of BDSM stories, powersharing, kinky and not so kinky. This one kind of encompasses all kinds of different stories into one although the main story line of this story is Domme/sub. I rarely read this kind of story and not necessarily because I don't enjoy it, but primarily because it doesn't come across my plate as often and some are not very well written because they are all about the sexual part. This story is NOT all about the sexual part although I will say there are some wonderfully steamy, naughty parts indeed. This story is more about the background, the learning to be truly open to your partner, your desires, your needs, your life. It is about getting what you need without having to destroy who you are. I completely enjoyed the push and pull and having both points of view really helped get me into the mindset, the thought process these two characters have to go through in order to save their marriage...if it can even be saved.2019-04-23Sue
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5Throughly enjoyed itReally enjoyed this book. Read it in one sitting. Really loved the main characters2019-04-23Gemski88
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5wow wow wow....there isn't much more I can say how wonderful this book is. Having been with my husband as long as I have, I found myself relating to this story quite a bit in terms of where their marriage is. Losing yourself in your family and responsibilities tends to make us all forget who we are and what we want. As we settle and time moves on, we forget to communicate, we forget to "see" the person we have chosen to be with until death. This book shows how easy it would be to walk away from it all but to actually work at communication, seeing them fail, seeing them try new things only for it to still NOT be perfect but learning to accept what they can. This is the first book I have read not only in this series but also by this author and if any of their other books are just as gripping as this one, well I have definitely been missing out.2019-04-24Tanya
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5I really enjoyed this book! I don’t really read a lot of books about couples who are already married (I don’t know why...but I’m definitely going to start!), so this book was kind of enlightening and fun for me. I loved the dynamics between Sam and Brady, and how we get to see them work through the newness of kink while rediscovering their love for one another (although it was never lost *insert emotion here*). This story was so realistic and left the reader with many important messages: Don’t take what you have for granted, always communicate, appreciate uniqueness...to name a few. This book can be read as a stand-alone...however, I will say though, about a quarter of the way into the book, I had to stop and buy the first two books in the series only because I kept getting invested in the secondary characters and was curious about their stories. So, while this can be read as a stand-alone, the story is enhanced if you read the other two books first. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book and this author!2019-04-25Olivia
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5It’s been a while since I’ve read a BDSM novel, and I have to admit, I pick them so well. Woot me! LOL RGA is a talented writer and always has been, but sometimes I’m surprised all over again at how well her thoughts and ideas area transferred onto the page. Samantha and Brady, the married couple with girls, from the previous two novels (remember those? they’re awesome, too) who up until now were only side characters, are getting finding out they didn’t know everything there is to know about each other. The luster of their marriage has faded, they don’t communicate and their lives revolve around dealing with the daily mayhem. And that’s how the story begins. In a marital crisis in the making. Until Sam decides to be bold for a minute and they start to rediscover each other. As it turns out, Brady is a submissive and when Sam discovers that, she realizes he has always been, even with her, ever since they met back in college. Their relationship starts taking a turn for the better in some respect, and keeps being chaotic and all over the place as they learn to be with each other again, to rely on each other and re-form a true partnership. I absolutely loved the story arc. Both Sam and Brady go through a transformation as the story progresses, and the story itself is evolving in the most spectacular way. Sam is growing into a caring and attentive dominant, learning to observe and read Brady. She learns what is important and how to let go of things that at the end of the day, don’t really define her as a mother or a wife. Brady is learning to trust Sam with his fears, with his wants and with what he considered up to a certain point, his weakness. When he realizes he holds the power in their new dynamics, he also realizes he must communicate his thoughts to Sam, he must tell her what he wants and needs in order for her to provide him with it. And he learns that in order to be a better husband and father, he must be there – really be there – for her and the girls. And the change they all go through is nothing short of stunning to read. I might take a leap and say this is RGA’s best work yet.2019-04-28Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Update May 3, 2019 : I read an early version of this book. The author edited some of the weight issues that I mentioned in the last paragraph of this review and also wrote a blog post explaining her decisions and her character choices, so the copy you read will have some fixes to this issue. ....................... Their Discovery by Rebecca Grace Allen is the third story in her steamy BDSM themed Legally Bound series. In this romance, it's a married couple who've lost that loving spark that figure out a way to spice things up and reconnect. Brady and Sam were college sweethearts and marriage seemed a natural fit but several years later and two children in, one with ADHD issues that requires special attention and they've found themselves in a sexless rut where frustration and impatience are more common than loving attention. Sam remembers what it was like when Brady used to be so attentive to her, and some chance play acting brings it all back - her dominant side, and his submissive side. Is the key to reinvigorating their sex life, and their marriage finding a way to bring those sides of their personalities back into the bedroom? I enjoyed this story of self discovery and reconnecting. Like every marriage there are ups and downs and it's easy to lose the couplehood when children are present and take all your attention. And Brady, who was a fun loving and goofy young man has his own ADHD issues which he didn't realize were the source of his memory problems until his own daughter has symptoms that educate him. He's always wanted to please Sam, and got turned on by her scolding and discipline, but didn't communicate that to her, feeling it would make him look weak and 'unmanly'. A lot of this story was to do with Brady understanding his needs, Sam discovering her own, and the two of them being honest with themselves first, in order to be honest with each other - and trusting that the other person would not use that knowledge against them. There are several steamy scenes involving sex toys and at one point, a third person for a night that helps them shed light on where their boundaries are. The combination of family issues and marital ones felt realistic. One thing I had issues with was that both characters are concerned about their weight and link that to their attractiveness, which is a form of fat shaming. I'm all for characters being healthy and exercising as part of a story and part of their lifestyle but if they are doing it because they are worried about gaining weight or how they will be perceived by society it perpetuates a narrative that being overweight is unattractive which we get enough of in advertising and don't need to have in a romance read by people of all sizes. Beyond that, it was good to see Brady and Sam fix things and find what works for them, and make choices for their marriage to make everyone happy. Note : a copy of this story was provided by the author for review.2019-04-28Maria Rose
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo4AmazingI love everything about this book. It was sexy, but not risque. Amazing all around.2019-04-28Aminah
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Kobo4Enjoyable 'marriage in trouble' themed romance! Their Discovery by Rebecca Grace Allen is the third story in her steamy BDSM themed Legally Bound series. In this romance, it's a married couple who've lost that loving spark that figure out a way to spice things up and reconnect. Brady and Sam were college sweethearts and marriage seemed a natural fit but several years later and two children in, one with ADHD issues that requires special attention and they've found themselves in a sexless rut where frustration and impatience are more common than loving attention. Sam remembers what it was like when Brady used to be so attentive to her, and some chance play acting brings it all back - her dominant side, and his submissive side. Is the key to reinvigorating their sex life, and their marriage finding a way to bring those sides of their personalities back into the bedroom? I enjoyed this story of self discovery and reconnecting. Like every marriage there are ups and downs and it's easy to lose the couplehood when children are present and take all your attention. And Brady, who was a fun loving and goofy young man has his own ADHD issues which he didn't realize were the source of his memory problems until his own daughter has symptoms that educate him. He's always wanted to please Sam, and got turned on by her scolding and discipline, but didn't communicate that to her, feeling it would make him look weak and 'unmanly'. A lot of this story was to do with Brady understanding his needs, Sam discovering her own, and the two of them being honest with themselves first, in order to be honest with each other - and trusting that the other person would not use that knowledge against them. There are several steamy scenes involving sex toys and at one point, a third person for a night that helps them shed light on where their boundaries are. The combination of family issues and marital ones felt realistic. One thing I had issues with was that both characters are concerned about their weight and link that to their attractiveness, which is a form of fat shaming. I'm all for characters being healthy and exercising as part of a story and part of their lifestyle but if they are doing it because they are worried about gaining weight or how they will be perceived by society it perpetuates a narrative that being overweight is unattractive. Beyond that, it was good to see Brady and Sam fix things and find what works for them, and make choices for their marriage to make everyone happy. 3.5 stars2019-04-29Maria Rose
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Emotionally scintillating! With the last book in the Legally Bound series, we finally get down and dirty with Brady and Sam. We've been familiar with the problems running rampant throughout their marriage since his brother Jack's story in Book One, and now we get to know them behind the scenes. The story line was attention grabbing, and brought love and emotions to the forefront. I enjoyed the entire series! Samantha Archer is in a rut. She used to be powerful and ready to take on the world, but these days she's struggling to hold onto her sanity while she cares for the kids and keeps the house running smoothly with no help from her over grown child of a husband. She is seriously at her breaking point ... somethings got to give! Brady Archer tries in his own quirky way to make his wife happy, but he's not great at putting in the effort when it's something he's not interesting in picking up the slack on. When one too many mistakes makes her lose her temper big time, they stumble upon the fact that she just might be into the lifestyle he's long yearned for but was afraid to try. Let the game's begin!2019-04-30Lynn Brooks
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Their Discovery was a fresh take on a married couple in crisis, combined with a twist on the Dom/sub relationship. The wife is the Domme, the husand the sub, and they discover that the last thing they ever thought is what saves their struggling marriage. I found Brady and Sam to be completely relatable as spouses who have drifted apart. He is hopelessly devoted to her and their family, but struggles in so many simple ways. Those struggles lead to Sam's ever-growing frustration with him and the state of their marriage, and a vicious cycle continues. The reader gets a lot of insight into what is going on with both characters thanks to dual POVs. The transition from what Brady and Sam discover to enacting those practices in their bedroom happens gradually, which I appreciated. It wasn't like they woke up one day after 15 years of marriage and decided that she'd be the Domme and he the sub. It was a gradual progression, with a lot of give and take on both sides as they navigated their new roles. And how would those roles come to play outside of their play? Brady consistently struggled with being man enough for Sam and their daughters outside of the bedroom and the sub he needed to be for Sam in bed. Aside from some fat-shaming moments that I could not get on board with, I thought this book was overall pretty relatable as far as Sam and Brady's miscommunication and struggles. There are some pretty heated scenes, and while this is a BDSM story, it wasn't as graphic as I imagined it would be. Their Discovery is the third book in a series, but I did not read the others and did not feel like I was missing background. Although, I'm curious about Brady's brother, Jack, and his wife, Lily, and may check out their story. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.2019-04-30Sunny Shelly Reads
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3The blurb did a good job giving the basics about this book. I could relate to Sam in some ways early on, with her frustrations with her life and her desire to make changes. Brady was a lovable guy, wanting things he was afraid to ask for and not sure what to do about it. However, I had big issues with this couple incorporating BDSM into their marriage when they couldn't even communicate enough to say, "I love you," and just spent time wishing the other person would say it. One of their children had severe ADHD, but Sam didn't recognize the same traits in her husband. Brady saw it in himself, but he was too ashamed to seek help. I spent the majority of the book angry with both of them over this, though it was handled eventually. The person who Sam invited into their bed was unlikeable and made me doubt Sam's instincts. At least Brady stayed on my good side there, since he didn't like her either. The threesome was probably my least favorite part of the story, due to both women's apparent lack of concern for Brady, the submissive who should have been able to count on his Domme. By the time the book ended, I liked Brady a lot more, and I was starting to like Sam. I was hopeful they wouldn't repeat their previous mistakes. I loved their daughters. I am very interested in reading the first two books in this series, which have great blurbs and good reviews. If the author offers another story with a Domme I can respect - even if it's Sam after some serious research, training, and communication - I will absolutely buy it. I appreciated her writing skills. This one was just not for me.2019-04-30Terri
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5This third book in the Legally Bound series (after His Contract and Her Claim) is a poignant portrait of a marriage on the rocks. Not because of what they’ve done so much as what they haven’t done. After seventeen years of marriage and two children, Samantha and Brady seem to have lost the love and passion that brought them together, and have lost sight of each other. Sam feels like the invisible bulwark in their marriage, and Brady spends his time at his work, where he feels like a superhero instead of the failure that Sam’s exasperated lectures so often make him feel. Initially they seem to find their way back together by discovering their inner kinksters, but while the dynamic of Domme Sam and Sub Brady is empowering for Sam, it makes Brady question his own strength and masculinity the minute the intense pleasure is over. Ultimately, what saves them is what nearly broke them, opening up to each other about what they want and need, in and out of the bedroom. VERDICT: Much of this romance is heartbreaking in its familiarity, as two people who still love each other fracture over communication - or rather the lack of it. The kinky aspects of their discovery add eroticism to their heartbreak, as well as complicating the problems they already have. This romance, and it is definitely a romance, is highly recommended for readers who love stories of what happens after the happily ever after, and explore just how hard that HEA can be to hang onto.2019-04-30Marlene
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5More!I want to know what happens next?? Did she pass the bar? Did they marry? Have kids? I just need so much more!!!2019-04-30ExoricD
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4This was a new author for me and also book 3 in the Legally Bound series, but this can easily be read as a standalone - I was intrigued by the blurb about a married couple and their marriage being in trouble, finding out about Dom/Sub relationship and seeing if it would fix their marriage?? I must say this was an engaging read for me, quite realistic and relatable to - no marriage is perfect and everyone has their ups and downs, sexual problems, trouble with the kids, loss of self worth, etc., The author took the time and trouble laying down a good background to the family and its normal hectic life involving the kids, work, shopping and cleaning and shows how you can become 'lost'. Samantha is a mum of 2 girls, one with ADHD and a strapping 6ft 5 husband ex-football player of a husband. She never realised her dreams from college and ended up married with kids and being a full time mum. Life is hectic with her two children who need a certain type of set routine in order to function at their best. She can't remember the last time she had sex with her husband, Brady, or even had a cuddle. Things seem to be at a stalemate and she is not happy with the way things are. Brady set up his own company in computing after busting his knee, taking him away from football. He thinks he may have his own type of problem like his daughter as he struggles with remembering things and needs constant reminders. He knows Sam is unhappy but hasn't got a clue how to fix it, he cracks jokes all the time as a buffer, and has some sexual fantasies he has kept hidden from his wife, being sure she will want nothing to do with them. By accident they discover that Brady is a sub and enjoys it when his wife takes control and even worse he likes it when she humiliates him, much to his chagrin. Can this be the magic fix required for their marriage? I really enjoyed the story line and loved the characters, you could really see and feel what was happening for them. Brady was wonderful in a big goofy way, he loved his wife to bits but just didn't know how to talk to her and tell her what he wanted or needed, all he really wanted to do was to love his wife and be loved back. Sam I felt for, the way she felt I can totally relate to in some ways. But their marriage isn't a quick fix and things don't quite work out for them, they have difficulties separating being dom/sub from wife and mother / husband and dad and have a lot to talk about. Its a delicate situation, one that teeters and falls apart after a particular scene, but this was needed in order for them to open up and talk to each other. Be prepared for some hot and sexy scenes that may well push your boundaries and leave you all of a fluster! I enjoyed it and would definitely read the others in this series.2019-05-02Claire Cronin
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5wow wow wow....there isn't much more I can say how wonderful this book is. Having been with my husband as long as I have, I found myself relating to this story quite a bit in terms of where their marriage is. Losing yourself in your family and responsibilities tends to make us all forget who we are and what we want. As we settle and time moves on, we forget to communicate, we forget to "see" the person we have chosen to be with until death. This book shows how easy it would be to walk away from it all but to actually work at communication, seeing them fail, seeing them try new things only for it to still NOT be perfect but learning to accept what they can. This is the first book I have read not only in this series but also by this author and if any of their other books are just as gripping as this one, well I have definitely been missing out.2019-05-02Tanya W
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk4An engaging read, marriage in trouble, dom/sub the answer?This was a new author for me and also book 3 in the Legally Bound series, but this can easily be read as a standalone - I was intrigued by the blurb about a married couple and their marriage being in trouble, finding out about Dom/Sub relationship and seeing if it would fix their marriage?? I must say this was an engaging read for me, quite realistic and relatable to - no marriage is perfect and everyone has their ups and downs, sexual problems, trouble with the kids, loss of self worth, etc., The author took the time and trouble laying down a good background to the family and its normal hectic life involving the kids, work, shopping and cleaning and shows how you can become 'lost'. Samantha is a mum of 2 girls, one with ADHD and a strapping 6ft 5 husband ex-football player of a husband. She never realised her dreams from college and ended up married with kids and being a full time mum. Life is hectic with her two children who need a certain type of set routine in order to function at their best. She can't remember the last time she had sex with her husband, Brady, or even had a cuddle. Things seem to be at a stalemate and she is not happy with the way things are. Brady set up his own company in computing after busting his knee, taking him away from football. He thinks he may have his own type of problem like his daughter as he struggles with remembering things and needs constant reminders. He knows Sam is unhappy but hasn't got a clue how to fix it, he cracks jokes all the time as a buffer, and has some sexual fantasies he has kept hidden from his wife, being sure she will want nothing to do with them. By accident they discover that Brady is a sub and enjoys it when his wife takes control and even worse he likes it when she humiliates him, much to his chagrin. Can this be the magic fix required for their marriage? I really enjoyed the story line and loved the characters, you could really see and feel what was happening for them. Brady was wonderful in a big goofy way, he loved his wife to bits but just didn't know how to talk to her and tell her what he wanted or needed, all he really wanted to do was to love his wife and be loved back. Sam I felt for, the way she felt I can totally relate to in some ways. But their marriage isn't a quick fix and things don't quite work out for them, they have difficulties separating being dom/sub from wife and mother / husband and dad and have a lot to talk about. Its a delicate situation, one that teeters and falls apart after a particular scene, but this was needed in order for them to open up and talk to each other. Be prepared for some hot and sexy scenes that may well push your boundaries and leave you all of a fluster! I enjoyed it and would definitely read the others in this series.2019-05-02Claire Cronin (All Things Dark & Dirty)
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5I did not want to read this book...at first. I'd gotten a glimpse of Brady and Sam in the first two books and even though I'm not a fan of Domme books, I am a fan of how Rebecca Grace Allen weaves a story, makes it real, and at times gives a reason to put aside what you thought you didn't like to read! Yes there are times I read to get away from real life, we all do, but if you like variety and want to explore then read this book.2019-05-03Avid Reader
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com4ExcellentThoroughly enjoyed this one! I hadn't previously read anything by Rebecca Allen and I usually read mm romance only but I loved this one! The characters were well developed and the romance was just beautifully written. I do plan to go back and read the first two in the series! Great job!2019-05-03Samantha Cato
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5Big fan of this bookI did not want to read this book...at first. I'd gotten a glimpse of Brady and Sam in the first two books and even though I'm not a fan of Domme books, I am a fan of how Rebecca Grace Allen weaves a story, makes it real, and at times gives a reason to put aside what you thought you didn't like to read! Yes there are times I read to get away from real life, we all do, but if you like variety and want to explore then read this book.2019-05-03Avid Reader
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books4His ContractWonderful read!2019-05-03TraeDaMan
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk5I did not want to read this book...at first. I'd gotten a glimpse of Brady and Sam in the first two books and even though I'm not a fan of Domme books, I am a fan of how Rebecca Grace Allen weaves a story, makes it real, and at times gives a reason to put aside what you thought you didn't like to read! Yes there are times I read to get away from real life, we all do, but if you like variety and want to explore then read this book.2019-05-04Avid Reader
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com2Not my cup of tea at all.Almost DNF this book about 20% in. The fact that so much detail and attention was spent focused on their "problem" child and their family life, it really kept me from enjoying the story for what it was.... an erotic BDSM read. The beginning was very slow! Picked up a bit in the middle when things started finally happening in the bedroom but then fell apart at the end when they brought another person (who happened to be an untrustworthy co-worker) into the bedroom and seemingly ruined their marriage in the matter of a single night. While I did end up finishing this book because I hate to quit, I ended up skimming 75% of the second half just to skip to the sex scenes and hope they redeemed the novel. I just couldn't get into the whole family focused story line, the heroine and hero were pretty bland and the exploration in the bedroom seemed rushed and mechanical. Not my cup of tea at all.2019-05-04Rotella Reads
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4This book had a few issues. Some of the things that kept coming out of MC's mouth were a bit questionable. Some things are never funny and it's due to that I'm giving this a 3.75*. But when you (if you can) look past that this story was an OK read. I liked how Sam embraced her newfound self. I liked Brady's villingness to let her explore even when he wasn't all that comfortable with it. Maybe what I liked the most was that I genuinely believed in their love despite everything looking like a bit grim for their future. ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***2019-05-05Tanja Kezmic
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5Best book I've read recently. The characters are real and flawed, the relationships real and issues thought provoking. More please.2019-05-05veronica
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk5Heartwarming, sexy and characters pull on heart stringsBest book I've read recently. The characters are real and flawed, the relationships real and issues thought provoking. More please.2019-05-05veronica
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo4GreatStory about Lilly and Jack. Great storyline, nice characters and hot, kinky sex scenes. I recommend this book to.2019-05-05Angie
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5FAB-U-LOUS! That what this story is. Brady sigh. He’s so adorable. And I think we can pretty much relate to Sam. What a journey these two went on. Thank you for ending the series with this one. I loved how they both went on the journey together and learned so much about each other that they both felt like the went through a Metamorphosis2019-05-06Tracy Hamilton
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk5FAB-U-LOUS! That what this story is. Brady sigh. He’s so adorable. And I think we can pretty much relate to Sam. What a journey these two went on. Thank you for ending the series with this one. I loved how they both went on the journey together and learned so much about each other that they both felt like the went through a Metamorphosis2019-05-06Tracy Hamilton
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5TracyFAB-U-LOUS! That what this story is. Brady sigh. He’s so adorable. And I think we can pretty much relate to Sam. What a journey these two went on. Thank you for ending the series with this one. I loved how they both went on the journey together and learned so much about each other that they both felt like the went through a Metamorphosis2019-05-06Tracy Hamilton
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com43,75*This book had a few issues. Some of the things that kept coming out of MC's mouth were a bit questionable. Some things are never funny and it's due to that I'm giving this a 3.75*. But when you (if you can) look past that this story was an OK read. I liked how Sam embraced her newfound self. I liked Brady's villingness to let her explore even when he wasn't all that comfortable with it. Maybe what I liked the most was that I genuinely believed in their love despite everything looking like a bit grim for their future. ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***2019-05-07Tanja OMGReads
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4I read both an early copy of this story what seems like forever ago, and I also read the finished product this past week. I didn’t review the early copy because it was all kinds of problematic for me and the problems were my dislikes/likes/opinions and not on the actual craft itself so I walked away … until last week. I’m not going to give you a plot-point review of the first draft I read because honestly, the author took the early review criticism and addressed it in her final copy and she wrote a blog post you can find on her website and the finished product was one heck of a read. I loved the realism in this story. Relationships take work. They take communication and they are constantly growing and changing. You have to change with them or your relationship will not survive the test of time. Brady and Sam were struggling thru this change and growth in their marriage. That’s the focus of this book. It’s extremely realistic and relatable. No, not everyone is going to take the path they took to re-discovery, but it’s their life and their marriage and their choice. I feel they chose wisely. By exploring their sexual relationship, it opened their eyes to other characteristics in their relationship and of themselves that needed work. They learned communication is vital and honesty is key. And they did it all thru some delicious sexual exploration. That’s a #win for me! So, my advice to those who only read an early copy of this book is to give the final product a try or at the very least, read the blog post on the author’s website. Rebecca Grace Allen hasn’t always hit the mark, but this story and this series are a product of an author who is serious about her craft and has improved her craft ten fold over the years.2019-05-09Jessica Alcazar
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Audible.com5Amazing!!!Have you ever read a book and didn't want it to end? Have you ever read a book and thought now I can really relate to that? Have you ever read a book and said FINALLY a book that shows the struggles of real life and it doesn't blow smoke up your ass telling you life is just one big rainbow and your the pot of gold at the end of it? Well, for me this book was absolutely the one I didn't want to end, the one that I could relate to (for the most part anyway), and it definitely didn't blow smoke up my ass about how great life was....and I LOVED every minute of it! Their Discovery showed the everyday struggles of a married couple that lost their way in the romance area of their relationship. They are bogged down with two daughters one that suffers from ADHD, work, dealing with aging parents, you know real life stuff and it's not surprising that they forgot how to communicate with one another especially since each of them have been hiding a side of them the other knows nothing about. Brady and Samantha have to find a way to make things work or their marriage may collapse under the struggles of life. Samantha has a gift for reading people but for some reason she can't read Brady she can never figure out what he's thinking or why he doesn't do the simplest things she asks so she starts to let her inner Domme out and she sees a difference in him, can't it be that he's hiding the fact that he's a submissive just like she's been hiding she's a Domme? Their friends are in the lifestyle, Brady's older brother Jack is a Dom, we met him in book 1 His Contract, so maybe they need to face the fact that they enjoy kink as well. This story is not full of hearts and flowers so if that is what you are looking for you won't find it here, what you will find is a story about two people you can relate to because their struggles are real whether you have kink hidden in you or not. I purchased the audiobook and I have to say that the dual narration by Burke Stevens and Roxanne Castro was superb. They did a great job with not only bringing Brady and Samantha to life but also the secondary characters as well. If you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook I would definitely do it. This book is for 18 and over due to subject theme and sexual content. Happy Reading...or listening!!!2019-05-10
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5Have you ever read a book and didn't want it to end? Have you ever read a book and thought now I can really relate to that? Have you ever read a book and said FINALLY a book that shows the struggles of real life and it doesn't blow smoke up your ass telling you life is just one big rainbow and your the pot of gold at the end of it? Well, for me this book was absolutely the one I didn't want to end, the one that I could relate to (for the most part anyway), and it definitely didn't blow smoke up my ass about how great life was....and I LOVED every minute of it! Their Discovery showed the everyday struggles of a married couple that lost their way in the romance area of their relationship. They are bogged down with two daughters one that suffers from ADHD, work, dealing with aging parents, you know real life stuff and it's not surprising that they forgot how to communicate with one another especially since each of them have been hiding a side of them the other knows nothing about. Brady and Samantha have to find a way to make things work or their marriage may collapse under the struggles of life. Samantha has a gift for reading people but for some reason she can't read Brady she can never figure out what he's thinking or why he doesn't do the simplest things she asks so she starts to let her inner Domme out and she sees a difference in him, can't it be that he's hiding the fact that he's a submissive just like she's been hiding she's a Domme? Their friends are in the lifestyle, Brady's older brother Jack is a Dom, we met him in book 1 His Contract, so maybe they need to face the fact that they enjoy kink as well. This story is not full of hearts and flowers so if that is what you are looking for you won't find it here, what you will find is a story about two people you can relate to because their struggles are real whether you have kink hidden in you or not. I purchased the audiobook and I have to say that the dual narration by Burke Stevens and Roxanne Castro was superb. They did a great job with not only bringing Brady and Samantha to life but also the secondary characters as well. If you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook I would definitely do it. This book is for 18 and over due to subject theme and sexual content. Happy Reading...or listening!!! #Entertowin #giveaway by author here You can see this and other Reviews I have written along with various cover reveals, excerpts, and giveaways here Nadine's Obsessed with Books2019-05-10Nadine Bookaholic
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Kobo5This is not just sex.Okay first of all, wow. I have not read the other books in this series and whilst I’m sure it would have been nice to have some background info on some of the characters, it was not necessary. Their Discovery was easy to read as a stand alone (though I feel obliged to go back and read the others because WOW) This is not just sex. I cannot stress that enough. There are some genuine moments of hurt and raw emotion alongside the steam that will literally leave you speechless. I completely and utterly adored Brady, the way his character was written. His inner monologue, his thoughts and feelings on all of the changes he was experiencing touched my heart because he just seemed like such a genuine, heartfelt character and I truly understood his thoughts and feelings because they were described and played out so well. A good husband, fantastic father but just a little lost. He was 100% my favourite thing about this book. Sam was an interesting character to follow and seeing her struggle with her identity as a woman with many roles (mom, wife, friend, mistress) was easily relatable and believable. I could probably bang on for a long time about how much this book affected me, to the point I was feeling genuinely anxious and worried for the characters and their relationships, that is how well this book is written. I felt as though I was experiencing the same emotions as the characters throughout, as though I was on this journey with them - I was completely sucked in. The sex, whilst incredibly hot (this is the first bdsm storyline I’ve read with a female Dom, which was incredibly interesting!), is not the key component in the story. This is a journey of self discovery for both lead characters, Brady and Sam. Both sexually and emotionally. Learning to find the balance between their roles, husband and wife, mom and dad, pet and mistress. I really thoroughly enjoyed this and think that Rebecca Grace Allen is a fantastic writer! I will definitely be looking for more of her work to read.2019-05-10Chelsea H.
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THIS BOOKHave you ever read a book and didn't want it to end? Have you ever read a book and thought now I can really relate to that? Have you ever read a book and said FINALLY a book that shows the struggles of real life and it doesn't blow smoke up your ass telling you life is just one big rainbow and your the pot of gold at the end of it? Well, for me this book was absolutely the one I didn't want to end, the one that I could relate to (for the most part anyway), and it definitely didn't blow smoke up my ass about how great life was....and I LOVED every minute of it! Their Discovery showed the everyday struggles of a married couple that lost their way in the romance area of their relationship. They are bogged down with two daughters one that suffers from ADHD, work, dealing with aging parents, you know real life stuff and it's not surprising that they forgot how to communicate with one another especially since each of them have been hiding a side of them the other knows nothing about. Brady and Samantha have to find a way to make things work or their marriage may collapse under the struggles of life. Samantha has a gift for reading people but for some reason she can't read Brady she can never figure out what he's thinking or why he doesn't do the simplest things she asks so she starts to let her inner Domme out and she sees a difference in him, can't it be that he's hiding the fact that he's a submissive just like she's been hiding she's a Domme? Their friends are in the lifestyle, Brady's older brother Jack is a Dom, we met him in book 1 His Contract, so maybe they need to face the fact that they enjoy kink as well. This story is not full of hearts and flowers so if that is what you are looking for you won't find it here, what you will find is a story about two people you can relate to because their struggles are real whether you have kink hidden in you or not. I purchased the audiobook and I have to say that the dual narration by Burke Stevens and Roxanne Castro was superb. They did a great job with not only bringing Brady and Samantha to life but also the secondary characters as well. If you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook I would definitely do it. This book is for 18 and over due to subject theme and sexual content. Happy Reading...or listening!!!2019-05-10Nadine Bookaholic / Nadine's Obsessed with Books
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5Pleasant story with decent characters2019-05-13catlover
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk5ReadingPleasant story with decent characters2019-05-13catlover
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk4EnthrallingThe emotional rollercoaster of pain and healing is wonderful and kept me reading until the end. The friendships, careers and lives of each character was well rounded with enough story on each to make them real but not too much to drown the real story. Lilly is one amazing woman and Jack is her hero. I loved the reality of them both making mistakes and the vulnerability of them both.2019-05-14Victoria Cadogan
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca3I really liked the previous two books in this series and I sort of liked and understood the people involved in the stories. Sadly, although I thought Brady was a really great guy I could not stand Sam. Absolutely detested her. Not only that but because she sort of indicated that she was still interested in maybe the connection that almost destroyed her marriage I just thought she was someone with very little common sense. Sorry didn't like this at all.2019-05-15Sunriser
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk3For me the weakest of the set.I really liked the previous two books in this series and I sort of liked and understood the people involved in the stories. Sadly, although I thought Brady was a really great guy I could not stand Sam. Absolutely detested her. Not only that but because she sort of indicated that she was still interested in maybe the connection that almost destroyed her marriage I just thought she was someone with very little common sense. Sorry didn't like this at all.2019-05-15Sunriser
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk4Their Discovery~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the third book in the series - but very different from the previous two, as it involves a married couple rediscovering their passion for each other, rather than two very closed off individuals finding love. It is an interesting read, although I found it to be a really slow and rather sad read in places. There were times where the story flowed well, and then slam came on the brakes - which was very realistic in terms of real life, that I cannot deny - but was more difficult to take in a novel somehow. I also found Samantha's blindness to Brady's needs from the beginning, given they had a special needs daughter with similar issues, surprising and disappointing. It also emphasised the distance between them, as he clearly thought about it a lot, and yet couldn't explain it to her. Their lack of ability to communicate with each other and others was frustrating, as their circle clearly contained much of the help that they needed - although it worked to reinforce the stereotypes of gender expectations. As they got into their flow, certainly their relationship with each other benefitted from the power exchange, and was hot. It was broadening it out and experimenting with the dynamic which took a toll. An interesting addition to the mix that we have had in the series. ~~ Wicked Reads Review Team~~2019-05-20Ruthie T
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5Who's ready to get kinky?5 Cranky Stars Yeah. Sometimes is just be like that! Their Discovery is the final book in this Legally Bound series. If you haven't read the 1st 2 books DO SO!!! But be warned: these books are NOT for the prudish at heart! BDSM these abound.... Their Discovery is Brady and Sam's story and it is quite different than the typical Dom/Sub relationship. While Patrick and Cassie's relationship may have made some uncomfortable or trigger certain emotions, Brady and Sam may very well awaken certain similar notions within ourselves! I loved this series not only for excellently presenting the BDSM world with actual knowledge but the author does a fantastic job of showing us that the characters are just REGULAR folks...who like some kink in their lives! She shows us the very real societal pressures to conform, to hide and to be ashamed...and just how liberating it is to be FREE. Now, it may be a bit farfetched to think that this one group of friends ALL indulge and enjoy in BDSM, but hey?? A girl can dream can't she??? Overall, well done with the entire series!2019-05-20Cranky TBC
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5His ContractI loved this book. Great story line. Got the book from Kobo.2019-05-21Valerie
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5Amazing! Incredible!Highly recommend! This is the most exciting book I've read in awhile. Lilly and Jack caught my attention in the beginning and kept it throughout the entire story. This is my first book by this author and I will be reading more of her work.2019-05-25Brina
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com4Good StoryThis is a great summer read. I really enjoyed the couple in it. Plenty of angst with action and sexy times thrown in! Very entertaining!2019-05-25Pearl
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Kobo4Well written with a good plot.This is well written and a good plot. If you enjoy this type of book I would recommend it.2019-05-27JoAnn V.
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5Great readLoved the characters. They were both strong yet so afraid to love.2019-05-31Kathy
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5Thank YouThis book was like no other. In my life right now this book brought meaning to me like no other book has. My past. My present. And hopefully my future. Thank you. I now have hope.2019-06-05Amazon Customer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5A true journey into the land of BDSMMove over Mr. Grey. Give me a Hundred shades of Jack.2019-06-13soiam63
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3I wasn’t sure about this one at first but in the end I enjoyed how the story ended. I don’t typically veer toward the BDSM titles but this one was a little different in that it was discovering that side in a marriage where both partners had hidden their inclinations from each other. They stumbled upon their secret preferences by chance and seemed to fall into their roles easier than I’d expected. Of course there were a few mishaps, some confusion and miscommunication, and lots of insecurities, but there was also a lot of fulfilled passion, sharing of secrets and feelings, and understanding. I’m interested in reading the rest of this series now.2019-06-18Stephanie
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com4Good storylineRead somewhat like fifty shades but I liked how he helped her overcome some of her previous crap! There was actual care there and a storyline outside of the “room”2019-06-18Butterflymommy
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads4Before I start this review I would simply mention that I voluntarily read and received a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. In the third book of the 'Legally Bound' series we follow the story of Samantha Archer and her husband Brady. Sam has hit a dead end in her life. She is now stay at home mum to their two young girls Allegra and Hope. Her marriage has gradually turned into a chore. She needs someone to pick up the slack at home and to help her share the mental workload of parenting. She wants to feel sexy and wanted again. Because right now, she feels like she is starting to disappear. Until one day, Sam gets an amazing job opportunity and it re-awakens her inner goddess. On that work high she realises it's brought about a dominating side to her. Naturally enough this slowly seeps into her life with Brady. Maybe this is the sex kick they needed. Will Brady be open to the idea of being his wife's submissive? Will this new found pleasure cause a wedge between them? A pleasant and sexy read, looking forward to indulging in more of Ms Allens' series.2019-06-20Manon Nagy
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3MEH! I picked this up and put it down so many times, hoping it would be better. While appreciated the difficulties in the marriage, and the approach to overcoming things, I just couldn't like it. I read so many different genres and works, that I I can't even say that it was a little of one thing and not another. Throughout the whole story I just felt the story itself was off. This is just me personally. I love a story that is angsty, and filled with feeling, tackles subject of the everyman/everywoman, but this one left me flat and wanting at best. ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest opinion2019-06-20BlueDragn
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads3Okay, I know you’ll see that 3 star and assume I basically hated the whole thing. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. I really enjoyed this book. My main complaint was it was a very slow start. I felt like the bickering and belittling on her part was a little overdone. I was slightly disappointed when I first started because I was thinking “this is supposed to be erotica, yet they haven’t so much as shared a kiss yet?!” The book started to steam up about 20% through and let me tell you, it came in fast. I was expecting a slow burn judging by how the beginning of the book went, but I was completely wrong. It quickly selves into the characters experimenting with BDSM. One thing I liked was that this wasn’t your typical BDSM dom/sub relationship that you read in the books! It was reversed. SHE was the dom and HE was the sub! I’d never read anything like this so to say I was intrigued would be an understatement. Once they started it was like the flood gates opened. They experimented with so much so quickly. I really enjoyed the way they erotica was written and it seemed like she genuinely did her research when writing this. I would 100% read other books from her. As well as recommend this one, the beginning just had me taking a couple stars away. So if you’re into BDSM, this would be a good option for you!2019-06-21Haley Saunders
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5Great romanceThe title says it all, folks.2019-06-24fdh13
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5It’s sexy as hell!The story is very intriguing. It tells the full story from two-points of view. (His and Hers) They both have been through something and end up finding what they always needed in each other. The safety and openness they both crave. Having to keep their agreement secret becomes harder to do in their group of family and friends. Eventually everything seems to fall apart. The road back is amazingly done as well. I really enjoyed this book. It was a hot read for sure!2019-07-08Trisha Kane
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5GoodGood2019-07-15MAVISB
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5So far so great! You did it again rebecca grace allen. So real and honest2019-07-18Lily
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk5So far so great! You did it again rebecca grace allen. So real and honest2019-07-18Lily
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5Great sequel to the seriesSo far so great! You did it again rebecca grace allen. So real and honest2019-07-18Lily
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5Amazing!He's a 44 years old Dom. She's a 28 years old Sub. Jack had been a very successful Harvard law professor who dominated his life and his wife in the bedroom, until cancer took her away from him and left him only steps away from death. Lily was once the overachiever of her class in every way possible. She aced every exam and aced her way all trough law school, up until her Dom left her heartbroken. How will these 2 paths cross? Will they be able to overcome their pasts? Do they even match? To find out more read "his contract" a beautiful story about 2 souls trying to find peace.2019-07-18Kb
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Kobo5Title is mysterious and ambiguousOne of the best BDSM books of all time . Steamy , sexy and accuracy represents the community a must read2019-07-20K.M Kingsley
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com1Review bad I hate doing reviewsNothing, boring, repetitive, grammar errors, repeated words, too drawn out, I didn't enjoy reviewing it. I hate being trapped to review a book.2019-07-23Amazon Customer
Taming SugarAmazon.ca5I really liked it and wish it was a bit longer. This author is one of my favorites. Hopefully there will be a sequel.2019-07-31Tal Chumash
Taming SugarAmazon.co.uk5I really liked it and wish it was a bit longer. This author is one of my favorites. Hopefully there will be a sequel.2019-07-31Tal Chumash
Taming SugarAmazon.com5Why so short?I really liked it and wish it was a bit longer. This author is one of my favorites. Hopefully there will be a sequel.2019-07-31Tal Chumash
The Hierarchy of Needs (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com55 stars!This book shows how well written characters make for a perfect story. On the surface, there’s nothing new here, but Rebecca Grace Allen wrote Dean and Jamie so beautifully that I fell in love right along with them. They are so real, so imperfect, and yet so perfectly lovable. It has been ages since I read such a wonderful MF romance. I wasn’t interested in the first book in the series, but it easily read as a standalone. I’m so glad this went on KU so I could try it.2019-08-13Vida Joy
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.co.uk5FreeEasy reading2019-08-16catherinefish
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books3Mostly funA bit too much teenage style angst but mostly enjoyable and entertaining2019-08-20Sat76
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5In a relationship that was never fully explained has left her with doubts. Not knowing the rest of the story has left her hanging. It is his job to teach and give her wings. Now that he has to let her go he doesn’t think he can. Are others opinions worth never being happy?2019-08-21Folk6pack
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5Forbidden knowledgeIn a relationship that was never fully explained has left her with doubts. Not knowing the rest of the story has left her hanging. It is his job to teach and give her wings. Now that he has to let her go he doesn’t think he can. Are others opinions worth never being happy?2019-08-21Folk6pack
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5I love the way Ms. Allen writes. Her characters are true to life. Sam and Brady's marriage is in crisis. Sam feels unappreciated and almost invisible. I can remember feeling just that way as a young mom, and although I didn't try to solve my problems the way Sam did and I sometimes felt that Sam was acting in a selfish manner, I could still relate to her and empathize. Brady's ADD is dealt with in a way that helped me understand his problem while I could still see how Sam would become frustrated with him and the fact that she felt she couldn't count on him. It was easy to see how their roles in the bedroom versus their roles as husband/dad and wife/mom were getting mixed up. The couple's relationships with other family members (children, Sam's parents, Brady's brother) were dealt with well too. I was glad to see all the main characters from this series reappear in this book as I enjoyed getting to know all of this throughout this series. I highly recommend the 3-book series. Although each of the books is a stand-alone, I suggest reading them in the order intended by the author.2019-08-31Barbara Cuyler
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.ca5I love the way Ms. Allen writes. Her characters are true to life. Sam and Brady's marriage is in crisis. Sam feels unappreciated and almost invisible. I can remember feeling just that way as a young mom, and although I didn't try to solve my problems the way Sam did and I sometimes felt that Sam was acting in a selfish manner, I could still relate to her and empathize. Brady's ADD is dealt with in a way that helped me understand his problem while I could still see how Sam would become frustrated with him and the fact that she felt she couldn't count on him. It was easy to see how their roles in the bedroom versus their roles as husband/dad and wife/mom were getting mixed up. The couple's relationships with other family members (children, Sam's parents, Brady's brother) were dealt with well too. I was glad to see all the main characters from this series reappear in this book as I enjoyed getting to know all of this throughout this series. I highly recommend the 3-book series. Although each of the books is a stand-alone, I suggest reading them in the order intended by the author.2019-08-31Amazon Customer
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.co.uk5I love the way Ms. Allen writes. Her characters are true to life. Sam and Brady's marriage is in crisis. Sam feels unappreciated and almost invisible. I can remember feeling just that way as a young mom, and although I didn't try to solve my problems the way Sam did and I sometimes felt that Sam was acting in a selfish manner, I could still relate to her and empathize. Brady's ADD is dealt with in a way that helped me understand his problem while I could still see how Sam would become frustrated with him and the fact that she felt she couldn't count on him. It was easy to see how their roles in the bedroom versus their roles as husband/dad and wife/mom were getting mixed up. The couple's relationships with other family members (children, Sam's parents, Brady's brother) were dealt with well too. I was glad to see all the main characters from this series reappear in this book as I enjoyed getting to know all of this throughout this series. I highly recommend the 3-book series. Although each of the books is a stand-alone, I suggest reading them in the order intended by the author.2019-08-31Amazon Customer
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5Loved it!I love the way Ms. Allen writes. Her characters are true to life. Sam and Brady's marriage is in crisis. Sam feels unappreciated and almost invisible. I can remember feeling just that way as a young mom, and although I didn't try to solve my problems the way Sam did and I sometimes felt that Sam was acting in a selfish manner, I could still relate to her and empathize. Brady's ADD is dealt with in a way that helped me understand his problem while I could still see how Sam would become frustrated with him and the fact that she felt she couldn't count on him. It was easy to see how their roles in the bedroom versus their roles as husband/dad and wife/mom were getting mixed up. The couple's relationships with other family members (children, Sam's parents, Brady's brother) were dealt with well too. I was glad to see all the main characters from this series reappear in this book as I enjoyed getting to know all of this throughout this series. I highly recommend the 3-book series. Although each of the books is a stand-alone, I suggest reading them in the order intended by the author.2019-08-31Amazon Customer
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5Hot fantasy read steeped in reality!Rebecca Grace Allen does it again! She draws us into the lives of her characters, makes us care about them, has us rooting for them in the successes and pleasures, as well as shaking our heads when they make mistakes. There are wonderful, real moments that so many will identify with, making the story truly come alive for those readers (i.e. parents of children with special needs). There are also exciting, intense erotic scenes that are what most readers want from these books. Great work, and I love how it's part of a series; you don't have to read hem all, but if you do (as I have), it enriches the read even more.2019-09-18Amazon Customer
The Theory of Deviance (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com44 starsI love a well written, romantic MMF. This one mostly delivers. I do wish we had Rafes POV as well, or just one POV, so that Rafe didn’t feel left out to me. It’s very important that all 3 MCs are treated with equal importance in the story. Early on, I wanted a little more romantic tension and not just sexual attraction, to get me more emotionally invested in the story. Also, the personal problems were overshadowing the relationship. They were all such interesting characters that I think just a little more time invested in showing them falling in love would have been amazing. There were some very hot scenes! The problem near the end was a little hard to believe. i really loved the ending, and it felt very realistic.2019-09-19Vida Joy
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5This story about the relationship between Lilly and Jack was amazing. It might appear that they had a multitude of differences that would keep them apart. However, the one thing they had to keep them together was love. This is a book about a BDSM relationship, so don’t expect it to be a light hearted romance. It is well written and kept my interest throughout. It is well worth reading. This is a new author for me and one I am looking forward to exploring.2019-09-22jennifer woodrow
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5All you need is loveThis story about the relationship between Lilly and Jack was amazing. It might appear that they had a multitude of differences that would keep them apart. However, the one thing they had to keep them together was love. This is a book about a BDSM relationship, so don’t expect it to be a light hearted romance. It is well written and kept my interest throughout. It is well worth reading. This is a new author for me and one I am looking forward to exploring.2019-09-22jennifer woodrow
Portland Rebels: The Complete Collection (The Portland Rebels)Goodreads5I've loved Connor Starks since he first roared into my life in The Duality Principle , so I was beyond THRILLED when I found out he and Gabby were getting another story. The Spectrum of Desire is a quick read at only eight chapters, but Rebecca Grace Allen makes the most of each one. We get a little reminiscing (Connor remembering when/how he and Gabby first met--and getting all hot and bothered in the process) and a lot of sweet-sexy thing that RGA does so well (I go from having serious heart eyes over Connor to wanting to rip his clothes off so fast I get dizzy--quite an accomplishment from a book, I think). This story is set only four months after the beginning of The Duality Principle, so you can see our boy doesn't waste any time. He knows Gabby is it for him, so why wait? He has a little self-doubt along the way (is he moving too fast?), but we all know that Rebecca will give us our HEA. Favorite quote: "I'm warning you, Gabby. I'll do it. I'll get ou to the edge. Over. And over. And over again. And then I'll make you wait. Until you're as crazed as I am." YES, PLEASE! This spicy little gem is only available with the collection, so if you haven't bought the other books yet (and, hell, even if you have), I highly recommend buying the set. You really don't want to miss this one. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.2019-10-18Jennifer
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Goodreads3This was a pretty good read, but it wasn't as great as the first book. My biggest problem was with Cassie. She turned into a judgmental B at one point in this and I just couldn't get past that. Both characters seem to be a bit immature for their age, at least initially. Patrick is 47, I believe, and at that age, you'd think he'd have his life together, but he's a complete mess. He's working a job he hates, is a man-whore and refuses to date because of a bad breakup 20 years ago. Yes, 20 YEARS!!! Are we seriously supposed to believe that a 47 year old guy is still hung up over having his heart broken so long ago when he was just a young guy exploring the world and was even a virgin up until that relationship? I wasn't buying it and it really painted him in a bad lights. The sex is hot and intense, but by the end, I grew bored of their role-playing type games. I get incorporating those into your relationship, but it didn't seem to be a lifestyle choice, but rather a need to live out fantasies, so I expected some vanilla moments where we could really feel the connection between them. I did really respect Patrick and how he handled Cassie's request about a couple things she wanted to try in the bedroom. He did his research and even met with Jack to make sure that he would be doing what was needed to keep Cassie safe during their scene. When he did that, I really saw the nice and caring guy he was underneath that playboy exterior. A lot of others like this book, so I'm obviously in the minority here with my less than 4 star rating. I will note that I read book 1 several years ago and gave it a 5 star review, so maybe I've just had a change in taste or have less tolerance for character of their age acting like young 20-somethings (I'm in my late 30s).2019-12-06Jen
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5I received a free copy of Their Discovery in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story that was very humble and realistic. I think many couples find their lives are taken over by daily living, kids, work, etc. Sam and Brady were no exception. I found the transition into their new life style was very natural with a few bumps along the way. This was definitely a book I would read if you are open minded and willing to an venture into a different lifestyle scene even if it's only for a few hours.2020-02-12Amy Vida
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Goodreads5This book was so good. I had read the second in the Legally Bound series by Rebecca Grace Allen and was really looking forward to this one. I love her writing style, and how deeply she digs into her characters and really makes them come alive on the page. This time the story features a married couple, a bit of a departure in typical romance. We are past the point of Samantha and Brady finding their happy-ever-after, and are seeing what happens next. For these two, settling into married life, having a home, a family and jobs, means they are losing themselves to each other. Sam feels invisible, while Brady can tell something is wrong but has no idea how to address it. They stumble upon a shared kink, Sam being dominant and Brady submissive, and it reignites their love life. Slowly they get to know one another all over again and discover that while it might not always be easy, love is worth the work. Sam and Brady, and the rest of the characters, were so well written and their world was so rich in emotion that I had a hard time putting this one down. I highly recommend it.2020-02-18Heather
Their Discovery (Legally Bound Book 3)Amazon.com5Another Great Addition To The LEGALLY BOUND SeriesThis book was so good. I had read the second in the Legally Bound series by Rebecca Grace Allen and was really looking forward to this one. I love her writing style, and how deeply she digs into her characters and really makes them come alive on the page. This time the story features a married couple, a bit of a departure in typical romance. We are past the point of Samantha and Brady finding their happy-ever-after, and are seeing what happens next. For these two, settling into married life, having a home, a family and jobs, means they are losing themselves to each other. Sam feels invisible, while Brady can tell something is wrong but has no idea how to address it. They stumble upon a shared kink, Sam being dominant and Brady submissive, and it reignites their love life. Slowly they get to know one another all over again and discover that while it might not always be easy, love is worth the work. Sam and Brady, and the rest of the characters, were so well written and their world was so rich in emotion that I had a hard time putting this one down. I highly recommend it.2020-02-18Heather L.
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5ReviewLoved this story of Jack and Lilly. As this story unfolds there is much chemistry from these two. The emotions each feel are well written and you can feel their pain. Great read !!2020-03-14Peggy
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Apple Books5LovedLoved it so much I bought the next two!!2020-04-01Oh ya hhk
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Goodreads5Fascinating, found the book hard to put down.2020-04-20M Jones
The Duality Principle (Portland Rebels)Amazon.com2not my favoriteThis story was hard to get into. The pace was slow. So much introspection and narration, I thought I'd never get through the book.2020-04-27greengirl
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca4I really liked this novel very much. The only thing I wasmissing is some paragraphing. It made reading difficult2020-05-23Johan Pordon
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com4Lovely storyI really liked this novel very much. The only thing I wasmissing is some paragraphing. It made reading difficult2020-05-23Johan Pordon
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca4I really loved the h and H. My only real problem was the nicknames for her, baby girl, little girl, etc. Also, not every heroine has to be in their 20s. Women in their 30s, 40s and older need love too. And not every reader is in their 20s. Just saying.2020-08-19Deb
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com4Loved these twoI really loved the h and H. My only real problem was the nicknames for her, baby girl, little girl, etc. Also, not every heroine has to be in their 20s. Women in their 30s, 40s and older need love too. And not every reader is in their 20s. Just saying.2020-08-19Deb
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.ca5Really loved the h and H. Loved their banter when they hated each other and loved each other. Liked this even more than the first book in the series.2020-08-22Deb
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.com5Really loved these twoReally loved the h and H. Loved their banter when they hated each other and loved each other. Liked this even more than the first book in the series.2020-08-22Deb
Her Claim (Legally Bound Book 2)Amazon.co.uk5Really loved the h and H. Loved their banter when they hated each other and loved each other. Liked this even more than the first book in the series.2020-08-23Deb
Smells Like Teen SpiritAmazon.ca4Smells Like Teen Spirit is a good short romance about Rory, who is stuck in neutral and James, a college student who comes to play at open mic one night. I would have appreciated more relationship development, but I could feel for Rory and James is adorable.2020-08-29Vida Joy
Smells Like Teen SpiritAmazon.com44 starsSmells Like Teen Spirit is a good short romance about Rory, who is stuck in neutral and James, a college student who comes to play at open mic one night. I would have appreciated more relationship development, but I could feel for Rory and James is adorable.2020-08-29Vida Joy
Smells Like Teen SpiritAmazon.co.uk4Smells Like Teen Spirit is a good short romance about Rory, who is stuck in neutral and James, a college student who comes to play at open mic one night. I would have appreciated more relationship development, but I could feel for Rory and James is adorable.2020-08-30Vida Joy
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5I loved the love story.2020-09-13Kindle Customer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5That they ended up together happy.I loved the love story.2020-09-13Kindle Customer
Find the Cost of Freedom (Decades Duet)Goodreads5Short but weighty look at a romance set in the midst of political turbulence. Timothy's crush on Charlotte finally has a chance to grow into more, just as the clash of ideals at their local college takes a tragic turn. If you're also old enough to remember the Kent State shootings, then this book will take you back in time and frame your visit within a middle-class family whose members represented conflicting sides in the political issues of the day. All Timothy wants, besides Charlotte, is to have his family at peace. His dad secured a spot for his brother in the National Guard to keep him from being sent overseas, while his sister and her husband are actively participating in anti-war protests around the country, a mission that brings them back home in time for the uprisings at the college Timothy and Charlotte attend. This book packs a lot of story into a short novella. Timothy and Charlotte's romance is sweet yet deeply moving with tender yet detailed love scenes. The Stone family members are well-developed without any stereotypes. The events described at Kent State correlate with the historical record, while keeping the focus on how these events affected the individual characters more than the overall political effects. As such, this is a poignant look at both family dynamics and a political climate that, sadly, remains too familiar even fifty years later. It's extremely well-done, and ultimately an uplifting and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.2020-09-14Viper Spaulding
Find the Cost of Freedom (Decades Duet)Barnes & Noble5Romance set in the midst of political turbulenceTimothy's crush on Charlotte finally has a chance to grow into more, just as the clash of ideals at their local college takes a tragic turn. If you're also old enough to remember the Kent State shootings, then this book will take you back in time and frame your visit within a middle-class family whose members represented conflicting sides in the political issues of the day. All Timothy wants, besides Charlotte, is to have his family at peace. His dad secured a spot for his brother in the National Guard to keep him from being sent overseas, while his sister and her husband are actively participating in anti-war protests around the country, a mission that brings them back home in time for the uprisings at the college Timothy and Charlotte attend. This book packs a lot of story into a short novella. Timothy and Charlotte's romance is sweet yet deeply moving with tender yet detailed love scenes. The Stone family members are well-developed without any stereotypes. The events described at Kent State correlate with the historical record, while keeping the focus on how these events affected the individual characters more than the overall political effects. As such, this is a poignant look at both family dynamics and a political climate that, sadly, remains too familiar even fifty years later. It's extremely well-done, and ultimately an uplifting and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.2020-09-14Viper Spaulding
Find the Cost of Freedom (Decades Duet)Goodreads3Set on the Kent State campus in the days leading up to and following the shooting, Find the Cost of Freedom introduces us to straight-laced Timothy, a science major, and Charlotte, a hippie poet. As he meets and falls in love with Charlotte, Timothy also takes a journey of self-discovery (with Charlotte's help) that was a pleasure to read. I had a lot of "proud mom" moments as he figured out his place not only in the world but in his family. [Lots of words about what I liked about Timothy and Charlotte that got eaten by Goodreads and erased from my brain. Will come back and add when/if they come back to me.] I read the ARC of this book ages ago. Then I reread it. Why? Because this is the first book of Rebecca Grace Allen's that I haven't absolutely loved, and I didn't know how to handle that. I think what bothers me most is that I can't put my finger on what, specifically, isn't doing it for me. The characters are all well-written, the historical details are accurate (creative liberties were, of course, taken, but from what I can tell nothing important was changed), and there was realistic character growth. Maybe it was the time period (typically when I read historical fiction, the story is set in the 1800s or earlier). Maybe it's because the politically-charged climate of the book is too close to what's going on right now. I really don't know. What I do know, however, is that Rebecca is an amazing author and this book is worth a read.2020-09-28Jennifer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.ca5I love Lilly and Jack. They are powerful, sexy, intelligent and brought out the best in each other. The sex is hit and the romance is what I want in my life. I loved the other characters and the friendships and family relationships we got to see throughout.2020-10-03Kindle Customer
His Contract (Legally Bound Book 1)Amazon.com5I loved themI love Lilly and Jack. They are powerful, sexy, intelligent and brought out the best in each other. The sex is hit and the romance is what I want in my life. I loved the other characters and the friendships and family relationships we got to see throughout.2020-10-03Amber D Parrish
Taming SugarGoodreads4Not nearly as smutty as I was expecting, and I really liked Hunter's character.2020-11-01Jill K. Davis
Taming SugarAmazon.com5Short, sizzling read!This was a short, easy read full of sizzle and heat!! Roxy went to the cabin to find patience but she found so much more with the property manager, Hunter. First I've read by this author but it won't be the last!!!2020-11-02Jenni
Find the Cost of Freedom (Decades Duet)Goodreads4Sometimes reading a piece of history is what you need to appreciate what you have. Find the Cost of Freedom isn’t a piece of history, but it revolves around it. Back in 1970 when men (boys, really) were drafted in a weird lottery to serve in the US army, potentially to be shipped to Vietnam and fight a questionable war, people rioted on American soil, fighting for freedom for everyone. For the Vietnamese, for the American people, for anyone living under any form of oppression. Now, you can debate from here to wazoo about the legitimacy of the protests, about the form of the protests, or better ways to protest, but ultimately, lives went on throughout them. People came together, they fell in love, they questioned their every step. Timothy Stone and Charlotte Covington fell for each other without uttering a single word throughout an entire year at college. But when they finally did, they became inseparable. I loved Timothy’s gentleness, his shy existence, trying to be what binds his family together when his older sister is off gallivanting through the US protesting the war and his brother living life in the national guard, basically standing for everything opposite what his sister believes. He’s torn between the two, and trying to figure out what is right, when his path crosses Charlotte’s. Charlotte has suffered a great loss, but is recovering and has new hope in the form of Timothy’s love, but she’s facing another loss, if Timothy is drafted. Their love story is existing and growing in the face of the riots in Kent State University in Ohio, back in 1970. I felt like I’ve read this before, only slightly different, when I got to the end and saw that I did. It was a Twilight fanfiction, but I have to say that this is a much, much better version. Fast paced, rather short (took me about 2 hours) and 100% captivating, Find the Cost of Freedom will teach you more than a piece of history, it will teach you there’s not a wrong or right way, no good or bad. You have to listen to each other and try to find a middle way where everyone isn’t losing. Because let’s face it – there are hardly scenarios where everybody is winning.2020-11-07Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Find the Cost of Freedom (Decades Duet)Amazon.com4Beautiful piece of historySometimes reading a piece of history is what you need to appreciate what you have. Find the Cost of Freedom isn’t a piece of history, but it revolves around it. Back in 1970 when men (boys, really) were drafted in a weird lottery to serve in the US army, potentially to be shipped to Vietnam and fight a questionable war, people rioted on American soil, fighting for freedom for everyone. For the Vietnamese, for the American people, for anyone living under any form of oppression. Now, you can debate from here to wazoo about the legitimacy of the protests, about the form of the protests, or better ways to protest, but ultimately, lives went on throughout them. People came together, they fell in love, they questioned their every step. Timothy Stone and Charlotte Covington fell for each other without uttering a single word throughout an entire year at college. But when they finally did, they became inseparable. I loved Timothy’s gentleness, his shy existence, trying to be what binds his family together when his older sister is off gallivanting through the US protesting the war and his brother living life in the national guard, basically standing for everything opposite what his sister believes. He’s torn between the two, and trying to figure out what is right, when his path crosses Charlotte’s. Charlotte has suffered a great loss, but is recovering and has new hope in the form of Timothy’s love, but she’s facing another loss, if Timothy is drafted. Their love story is existing and growing in the face of the riots in Kent State University in Ohio, back in 1970. Fast paced, rather short (took me about 2 hours) and 100% captivating, Find the Cost of Freedom will teach you more than a piece of history, it will teach you there’s not a wrong or right way, no good or bad. You have to listen to each other and try to find a middle way where everyone isn’t losing. Because let’s face it – there are hardly scenarios where everybody is winning.2020-11-07Eleanor
Taming SugarGoodreads4Taming Sugar is the first book in Rebecca Grace Allen’s new series that gives a modern, BDSM twist on some of Shakespeare’s plays. Taming Sugar is based off of Taming the Shrew. Roxy is a Broadway actress in NYC who knows what she wants and is not afraid to get. Fired from her current play for being “hard to work with”, Roxy’s BFFs send her up to Upstate New York to learn how to be patient and ease up. While there, she meets the house’s caregiver, Hunter Finn. Hunter is a rugged, alpha male who is what Roxy needs to learn her patience. This is a quick book that involves some light BDSM play. Allen has written several books about BDSM, which I have read, so her take on the lifestyle is accurate. Trust me, I have read some that were so wrong, it was insulting to the BSDM community. The next book, Hunter Pains, is due out on December 7th, 2020. This book is based around Much Ado About Nothing. It is a follow up to Taming Sugar.2020-11-29Trish
Taming SugarGoodreads5I really enjoyed this story. Fun to get lost in. It takes place at a secluded cabin in the woods where two headstrong characters meet. They have an interesting dynamic because he's dominant and so is she in her every day lifestyle but she secretly longs to give up control and it's fun watching her journey of submitting to someone she can finally trust.2020-11-29Jamie Sweet