Title: The Contract
Author: Claire Thompson
Publisher: Romance Unbound
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Out of a job and betrayed by his lover, Jace Thompson jumps at an opportunity almost too good to be true. On a private island in the Florida Keys, a secret BDSM community exists in resort-style luxury, the wealthy clients served by paid submissives who meet their every erotic desire and sensual whim. As Jace works hard to serve the men of the island with submissive grace, he is challenged at every turn by a manipulative trainer who seems hell bent on his failure, and another who brings out a deeply submissive nature Jace didn’t realize he possessed.
When trainer Quinn is asked to assess Jace for his submissive potential, the connection between them is immediate and intense. He might have to make an exception to his rule to never get involved with the service subs. His jealous ex-lover has other ideas.
Dark intrigue and unrequited desires combine in a tangled web of danger and deception. Against a backdrop of lush tropical beauty and steamy BDSM passion, Jace and Quinn begin a tentative and ultimately powerful exploration of Domination and submission not only of the body, but of the heart and soul.
Me: You’re telling me there’s an exclusive BDSM club? On a remote island in the Keys? That caters to the ultra rich?
Club Hieròs staff: Yes…
Me: I’m so there.
scampers off to pack
Me: What? I didn’t quite catch that last part. Would you repeat it, please?
Club Hieròs staff: You have to be gay.
I mean, getting your kink on, getting a tan AND getting paid 75K for three months?
With bells on. I am just saying.
At any rate, The Contract is my second experience with Ms. Thompson. I have to say I like the way she kinks. What I like most about her writing is the level of detail she puts into the BDSM scenes. It’s no secret that shibari and sadomasochism are two of my favorites on the kink spectrum and she put both in The Contract! Delightfully. The shibari scenes in the red pool that were exquisite. I’m not sure what her experience with BDSM is, but I’d be stunned if she weren’t an active participant.
Aside from the lovely kink, I thoroughly enjoyed the primary storyline and relationship development between Quinn and Jace. They are instantly attracted to one another though I wouldn’t characterize it as instalove. The pacing and evolution felt natural. Jace might have gotten over his ex a tad too quickly after meeting Quinn. Then again, what’s that saying about the best way to get over your ex is to get another one under you or over you or… you know what I mean.
What I didn’t care for, yet again, was the secondary plotline involving Drew and his sinister machinations. I felt it was superfluous. It was executed better in The Contract than my first experience but still, I don’t think the book would’ve suffered had it been subtracted altogether. Jace and Quinn had enough chemistry between them to propel the story forward and that coupled with Jace’s growing self-worth which resonates in his “voice” as well as his actions, would’ve been sufficient for me. I’m not saying it was totally without its merits, just unnecessary.
Highly recommend this gem! If you like shibari, The Contract is a must read. It does get a little sappy towards the end, but this is romance fiction. That’s kind of the point, isn’t it?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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