Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Contract by Claire Thompson

Title:The Contract
Author:Claire Thompson
Publisher:Romance Unbound Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/M
Page Count:160 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
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 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.

The Contract by Claire Thompson was an interesting story to say the least.  If you are uncomfortable with sex just for the sake of sex, you probably won’t like this story.  Jace takes a job the requires he have sex with men he has no intention of building a relationship with.  But within that confine he finds someone who pulls at both his body and his heart.  Reconciling that with Jace and Quinn’s job was difficult for me at first but I liked Jace.  He was struggling and took a job he thought beyond him but for his precarious circumstances.  Which opens an interesting question for me at least, just what will you do to survive?  Ms. Thompson gave Jace a safe environment but still his job was one many would take offence to.  But moving past that was easy because of just how well Ms. Thompson laid out the dilemma along with the character of Jace.  He was a man with strong ideals searching for something even he was unsure of.  I enjoyed seeing Ms. Thompson stretch Jace’s boundaries, both as a man and a submissive.  Finding Quinn was just the bonus.  And I found myself equally drawn to Quinn.  He was damaged but it wasn’t as obvious.  Grief led him to the island and with Jace he was finally able to let go of the past and have a future.  Two men searching and having an unconventional journey.  I loved that Ms. Thompson  twisted not only her characters perceptions but those of her readers.  She reminded us that sometimes we need to look beneath the surface.  This was an enjoyable story and I look forward to reading more from this author.

                               Four twinkling Stars!!

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