Meet author J.R. Gray. I came across J.R. on Twitter in a discussion with an author we both liked. Over time, we got friendly and started following each other and getting to know one another. I found out that J.R. was an author working on the first book in a series. Having read some writing samples I knew what I was looking forward t,o but never expected the awesome book that was published on March 24, 2014. I couldn’t wait to read it and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here is the summary:
The last thing Daniel, a hard-working public defender, expected to see the morning after a one night stand was his hook-up staring back at him from the wrong side of the law. Assigned to work his case, Daniel vows to keep things professional with Rafael but has a hard time controlling his craving for dominance, the control, and the connection they shared. Rafael, a paid Dominant in the Chicago underworld, has been dealing with a cop problem for far too long. Used to sex with no emotion, he’s entranced with Daniel’s submission, his innocence, and…could there be something more? Can Daniel clear Rafael’s name, keeping him out of jail and in his life, with the odds, a cop, and the mounting evidence against them?
Be Warned: m/m sex, BDSM, branding, flogging, caning, whipping
Legally Bound has received 64 four and five star reviews on Goodreads.
I will warn you. This book is not for everyone.
If you do not like M/M, and BDSM then do not read this book.
Here is my review of the book:
I have been very excited for this author’s book to come out and I was not disappointed. The author’s writing style is easy to read and the flow is smooth. The characters are real, easy to love or hate. Some are complicated yet throughout the book you gain a glimpse into their past to help you understand their rough exterior. Scenes were detailed and explained never leaving me to guess what was going on.
The two lawyers, Daniel and Jesse are a perfect pair, the kind of partners you wished you worked with. They know each other so well and their little arguments are funny. My emotions ran the gamut with Daniel though as the book progressed. At one point I was almost in tears for him. Did it have to be so bad?
Rafael was one character I came to respect the more I read about him. The build up into the character was well done with little details given at a time, he needed to be taken in slowly to appreciate him. I was pleased with how his character progressed.
George… the King, was awesome. I can picture him perfectly. Great character and again, learned to like him more than I did as he softened a bit (don’t tell him I said he was soft) towards the end. Respectful with a human side to him. Does the epilogue give us a glimpse to book two I hope?
I was overall, very impressed with this book and look forward to more writing from this author. JR, I hope you started on book 2 already. Already excited for the next one!
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And, book #2 is coming out tomorrow, November 6th! Breach of Contract will be available November 6th.
With the legal trouble behind them, Daniel Caplin and Rafael Argon are ready to settle into a low-key D/s relationship, but life is unrelenting, when blackmail shatters their illusion of happily ever after. Pictures from one of the Rafael’s public scenes instill fear into his new submissive, Daniel, acting as a wedge driving the new couple apart.
The building peril in George’s community weighs heavy on his shoulders as he struggles to find the culprit—all while hiding his feelings for his new house guest. Jesse is torn between ending his marriage, picking up a rebound he should have left fifteen years in the past, and the dangling carrot of a possible relationship with a man. He is forced to fight for what he wants most, a leap he may be too chicken to take.
In the sequel to Legally Bound, George battles to take down an unknown enemy, while watching helplessly as those he cares for are broken beyond repair. Can Rafael and Daniel rebuild their trust after it’s broken with lies? Can George hold it together as Jesse is ripped from his life?
I can’t wait to get my hands on this soon!
Here are some promotional materials I made for the first book, Legally Bound: