Rebecca Grace Allen
(Legally Bound, #3)
Publication date: April 29th 2019
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Exploring their fantasies could save their marriage…or push it over the edge
Legally Bound, Book 3
Samantha Archer’s life has hit a wall. Her world is housework, homework and reminding her husband—the biggest kid in the family—to help out at home. Once she felt confident, powerful and sexy, but Brady doesn’t seem to notice her anymore, and now all she feels is invisible.
Brady has tried being the goofy guy who stole Sam’s heart, but it’s not working. He’s losing the woman he loves and doesn’t have a clue how to fix it. He’s keeping his darkest fantasies hidden too, sure they’re not what Sam wants, and his inability to please her cuts him deeper than she knows.
When Sam lands a new job at a law firm, Brady still won’t pick up the slack, and one night giving him orders unexpectedly reignites their missing spark. Sam discovers the Femdomme she didn’t know she was, kindling Brady’s submissive desires.
But while things heat up inside the bedroom, life outside it starts unraveling. Brady’s need to call the shots at work complicates his hunger to kneel for his wife, and Sam has longed to experiment in more ways than one. Their exploration of dominance and submission goes a step too far when they invite Sam’s sultry switch coworker into their bed, and the fallout could cost them everything.
Warning: contains a six-foot-five, ex-football player geek and a ballsy, badass redhead who’s learning to unleash her inner Domme. Scenes depicting humiliation, pegging and threesomes could disturb, or stimulate a thirst for adventure.
My Review of Their Discovery
Their Discovery is the third novel in the Legally Bound series by author Rebecca Grace Allen. The story follows married couple and college sweethearts Samantha and Brady Archer. Samantha is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters who is floundering in her passionless marriage to a distracted husband and countless responsibilities. Brady is a tech and computer whiz who finds himself easily distracted, forgetful, and frustrated by his inability to make his wife happy. Their rocky and nearly non-existent marriage all changes one night when Sam issues a few subtle commands that shift the parameters of their relationship and send them on a journey of sexual discovery.
Samantha is a relatable heroine- she is strong, keeps the family together, struggles with her self-image, and makes mistakes. I love that she embarks on this new journey while trying to balance her family life, being a mother, a wife, and a dominant in the bedroom. The concept of a female dominant in BDSM novels is one that is not explored nearly as much as those featuring a male domme. In fact, this was the first one I have read where the roles are reversed. I have always been curious about female dommes, however, always hesitated to explore this side of BDSM for fear that I would view the male protagonist as “weak”. This fear is also explored in conversations between Sam and Brady. Despite this role reversal, I found Brady to be just as strong as male dommes in other novels. Their Discovery was delightfully wicked, insanely relatable, and un-putdownable!
Brady’s character is endearing and compelling- this previous football player with a heart of gold, a body of steel, and the mind of a computer whiz will steal your heart. While I understood Sam’s frustration with his forgetfulness (I completely understand how she feels!), I also understood how she couldn’t help but want him around. Brady means well, his intentions are good, and flawed in the ways many humans are. The issues surrounding their relationship, the precarious search for boundaries, communication follies, and their desires to forage forth and sustain their marriage will have a lot of readers finding parallels in their own lives.
Their Discovery was a heartfelt story with two very relatable characters, plenty of toe-curling scenes, and situations that will leave your breathless and wanting more.
Four stars for Their Discovery!
Interview with Rebecca Grace Allen
How did the idea for Their Discovery form?
The idea for Their Discovery was in the back of my mind while I was writing the first book in the series, His Contract, but it didn’t really solidify until I was writing the second book, Her Claim. I knew Brady and Sam were struggling in their marriage, despite how they appeared to everyone else in their lives. I knew their older daughter’s behavior issues were becoming a problem, that Sam was feeling disconnected as a stay-at-home mom and Brady was using humor to cover up the fact that his marriage was falling apart. But Brady as a submissive was something I’d always planned, since I first start the series, and I was very excited to write a brawny, six foot five man who took on that role.
Were there parts of the story that went differently than you had originally planned?
The actual storyline did not change from my original plot, but the characters themselves did. I didn’t know the motivations behind the characters’ behaviors, so they came out on page differently than they initially were in my mind. But that happens sometimes when writing a book—the characters don’t really let you know who they are until you write them!
Were there any challenges to writing an erotica/romance where the characters were already in a committed relationship? If so, what were they?
It was very challenging, especially with characters who’ve been together for a long time. Brady and Sam have been together for over a decade and a half. They have kids—there’s no secrets between them, or so they thing—and they’ve lost that spark. I needed to write a new spark, and finding ways to make the characters reconnect, and face these desires they’ve kept silent from one another. There’s a very fun dishwashing scene that’s one of my favorites (Think: Sam ordering Brady to do some housework, then working him up in the process).
What is your favorite part of Samantha Archer’s character?
Sam’s resilience is my favorite aspect of her. Her backstory shows her losing her dream career, but despite that setback, she keeps going. She gains weight during her pregnancies, hits rock bottom, then picks herself off and starts shedding the pounds. She puts a profession on hold to take care of her kids, then gets back out there again. She’s a tough cookie, and I love that about her.
What makes Brady a compelling character?
Brady’s love for Sam, and his love/hate relationship with his own desires is what makes me love him as a character. He’s incredibly tall and strong, yet vulnerable, grappling with his sexual needs while trying to figure out how to still be a man in the process. He also adores his wife, always has, and that sweetness coupled with his size and sexual hunger makes him both endearing and desirable.
Did you listen to music while writing Their Discovery? If so, what artists and/or songs?
I always make playlists for every book – the music I listen to while I’m writing to evoke emotions and the ones that help build the scenes. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2V3MefCYEywckpg7S8qBJx
Do you plot your stories? Or do you allow the characters to drive them?
I am a plotter, through and through. I have story maps, outlines, and timelines. It’s all completely planned out. That being said, there are times that the characters remind me that I’ve left something out, or a new idea takes hold while I’m writing. But I always have a blueprint to follow.
What are two random and interesting facts about you?
One: I used to be a cast member at Walt Disney World. Two: Sam and I have something in common: our weight loss journey. So writing her was very personal for me.
What’s coming up next from you?
I have some short standalone novellas planned out, and then I’m starting an entire new series in the fall!
Well, Thank you so much for taking time to have this little Q&A session with me!
Thank you for having me!
Rebecca Grace Allen is an author of sweet, sexy and soul searching romance, emphasis on the sexy! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.
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