Under Contract, Jeffe Kennedy
Under Contract, Jeffe Kennedy
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Erotica.
I’ve read some of Jeffe’s fantasy novels but this is my first erotic romance from her. Its well written, as are the other books of hers I’ve read. I really enjoyed it as there’s a solid story backing up the erotic parts and that’s something essential to me.
Ryan and Celestina felt very real. They’ve both had problems and Celestina’s current issues are what brings them together. I so felt for her, she wanted to do the best for her dead sister, for her twin nieces but was hampered by money. Who hasn’t been there, and she’s really struggling now she’s lost her job. The debts are piling up and it looks like she’ll need to move the girls from their expensive private school, the one thing stable from their old life, to move elsewhere for work. When Ryan offers his unique solution she first off discards it, but he’s watched her, knows how she thinks and when she comes back with questions he’s pleased. Its what he’d hoped for. He’s wanted her for a long while but she was married and he stayed back, but he’s watched her and this solution allows him to help, get closer to her and solves her problems. He’d give her the money outright but he knows she won’t take it, so he comes up with this complex plan to try to let her feel she’s in charge.
I loved Celestina, she’s had so much tragedy losing her sister, and then her despicable husband leaving, but she’s tried so hard to make a home for the girls. She’s hit rock bottom when Ryan offers her the contract…and her first instinct is “ no way” but then she thinks about it, looks at how she can make it work and still keep her self respect. Ryan is a lovely man and its clear what he’s doing, but he makes mistakes –. He’s got his own issues that drive his actions and sometimes he gets it wrong. On the sex front though he always gets it right and Celestina is taken sexually to heights she didn’t know existed. The sensuality in this novel is very tantalising, the scenes well written and full of very erotic sex, that are fun to read and feel so very real.
The girls were great too – just as young teens are, they go from self-obsessed to caring and back in the blink of an eye. They fitted well in the story, and I enjoyed the lightness they brought to what could have been a heavy read. It made for a well balanced romance that felt very genuine, despite the strange way it began and some very erotic scenes. I like that blend of off the charts sex, and then the irreverence the girls brought to the story, their humour, their in the moment thoughts. I was so hoping Ryan would get what he wanted, it looked like the two were perfect for each other, and towards the end it was easy to see that under the control he exercised in his life, even down to the sexual side, he was a really good man beset by a horrible childhood, and an uncertainty of how to best proceed when his control wasn’t working to get him what he wanted.
Its a great read, hot and carnal and yet with a very tender romance. I’d happily read more of Jeffe’s contemporary romances.
Stars: five, a very sensual read with a beautiful romance.
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