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.
Worldbuilding: The world of Under Contract was fun, a bit of the super-rich lifestyle vibe mixed in with worries and struggles of the regular working person. I liked how the differences between the two worlds augmented tension 😀 You can never have enough tension, mwahahaha.
Characters: Tina was a tough character to fully get, for me, on a personal level. I admired her loyalty toward her family, her loving nature, but at the same time she often seemed erratic, unpredictable, and insecure. That last part there makes her a very believable character, of course, we’re not talking about that. She was very believable. Perhaps too believable, lol. Anyway, while she was fun to read about, I didn’t fall for her. Didn’t dislike her either, don’t get me wrong.
Ryan was every bit the alpha male, self-made tycoon, business hotshot you’d hope for. I liked how his insecurities were a bit subtler in manifestation but so clearly there, how determined he was, how clumsy he was when it came to feelings. Actually Tine and Ryan were the pair matched in hell, because they both dealt with feels in weird ways. Made for a lot of frustration, lol, but also tension and some fun slow burn kind of romance.
They also had great chemistry and had very hot one on one time, BDSM-style. Not too hardcore, I mean nothing shocking, but still not for the faint of heart, lol.
I also loved the twins 😀
Plot: The romance was the “hook up to get out of debt” trope, with a healthy portion of tension of all possible kinds. It was intense, frustrating, a quick read and a fun ride.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his and her POV. It was very interesting to read from two so different and yet so alike perspectives (because insecurities, failure to communicate properly, on both sides).
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, instant buy author name.
All in all, I recommend Under Contract to lovers of BDSM contemporary romance of the very hot kind, alpha males in tycoon positions, and to fans of bumpy road romances involving stubborn but fun creatures 😀
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