Title: Under Contract (Falling Under, #3)
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: July 13, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Received from Publisher via NetGalley
The kinkier the sex, the higher the price tag…
Ryan Black has admired Celestina Sala from afar for years, her lush body and sensual nature calling to the dominant in him. For just as many years, Celestina was off-limits—married, proud and self-sufficient. But all that has changed, and now Celestina is in debt and in need…and available. Ryan proposes a contract: he’ll pay off her debt if she gives herself to him in bed, yielding control in exchange for the pain and pleasure he’ll bring them both.
There are words for women who take money for sex, and none of them are nice ones. Celestina never thought she’d have to sink this low, but giving up control sounds more enticing than ever before. And suddenly it’s not about having to give in to Ryan. It’s about wanting to.
But when Ryan’s dark past comes to light, they may both be in over their heads. The terms of his contract say her body is his…but her heart may be another story.
One thing is for sure—now that Ryan has Celestina, he can never let her go.
When I finished Under Contract by Jeffe Kennedy, I was conflicted. I loved the book and disliked the book. Let me explain. I have always loved Kennedy’s erotic romance books. She introduced me to the world of BDSM in a way that made me see a different side of it than I originally believed. A side that can be shared between two consensual adults. A side where each of them enjoy it immensely. However, in Under Contract, I just didn’t enjoy those scenes as I have in the past. Maybe my tastes are changing? I still found myself flying through the book, having a tough time putting it down.
Ryan is a very wealthy businessman. Celestina has recently been let go from her job and raising her two nieces and has no money. Ryan is attracted to Celestina but is worried she won’t be into his eclectic sexual tastes. The entire time I was reading this I thought of the movie ndecent Proposal with Robert Redford and Demi Moore. Just take away the husband and add a little bondage. One thing about Kennedy’s books, though – her characters are real. They have real emotions and when we balk at something in the book, they do too. Celestina thinks the offer is ridiculous, just as most of us would. Kennedy’s characters are always so multi-layered and getting to know them and what makes them tick is usually the most interesting aspect of her books to me. This is why I loved the book. The realness of it. The emotions from the characters and watching them overcome some pretty big challenges.
Ryan was a bit rougher than I would have liked. I understand why and when learning his back story, it made sense, but I just didn’t fall for him. There were moments that I wanted to. I adored the vulnerable moments when Ryan and Celestina finally started getting past just the prearranged agreements and started enjoying each other’s company as two friends. I admired Celestina’s motivation for her actions – her love for nieces Josephina and Carlotta. I think that is what someone would do in her situation, so I accepted her decision to be with Ryan.
Kennedy’s books never really go as you would expect and I think that is one reason I was flipping the pages so quickly. Each turn was a surprise to me. I enjoyed the ending but I felt it was wrapped up a bit quicker than I would have liked. I wanted to see more non-sexual emotion from the two. I am sort of a softie that way, I guess. Under Contract is a really good read. Kennedy’s writing is amazing and her characters are intriguing to read about. If you like BDSM romance, then I definitely recommend you give this one a try.
Reviewed by: Amy Remus