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Legally Bound #3

Their Discovery

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Exploring their fantasies could save their marriage...or push it over the edge

Legally Bound, Book 3

Samantha Archer's life has hit a wall. Her world is housework, homework and reminding her husband—the biggest kid in the family—to help out at home. Once she felt confident, powerful and sexy, but Brady doesn’t seem to notice her anymore, and now all she feels is invisible.

Brady has tried being the goofy guy who stole Sam’s heart, but it’s not working. He’s losing the woman he loves and doesn’t have a clue how to fix it. He’s keeping his darkest fantasies hidden too, sure they’re not what Sam wants, and his inability to please her cuts him deeper than she knows.

When Sam lands a new job at a law firm, Brady still won’t pick up the slack, and one night giving him orders unexpectedly reignites their missing spark. Sam discovers the Femdomme she didn’t know she was, kindling Brady’s submissive desires.

But while things heat up inside the bedroom, life outside it starts unraveling. Brady’s need to call the shots at work complicates his hunger to kneel for his wife, and Sam has longed to experiment in more ways than one. Their exploration of dominance and submission goes a step too far when they invite Sam’s sultry switch coworker into their bed, and the fallout could cost them everything.

Warning: contains a six-foot-five, ex-football player geek and a ballsy, badass redhead who's learning to unleash her inner Domme. Scenes depicting humiliation, pegging and threesomes could disturb, or stimulate a thirst for adventure.


Published April 29, 2019

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Rebecca Grace Allen

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Rebecca Grace Allen writes hot, heartbreaking, happily-ever-afters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through jobs in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she's returned to my first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.

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Profile Image for Chris  C - A Midlife Wife.
1,559 reviews288 followers
April 8, 2019
Realistic and hot.
This book was a bit of a different twist than what I normally would read. Mainly the Dominant is the man but in this story a married couple discovers what’s really going on in their marriage. But a little Femdomme never hurt anyone. Right?

The author took her time delving into the subject. She developed her characters beautifully so we could be in their heads as they tried to figure out their marriage.

I loved Brady. He is completely devoted to his wife in so many ways but doesn’t know how to show it. All he wants to do is care for her.

The delicate situation and the balance of the story made this super exciting and steaming hot in so many ways. The discovery mode and then the actual practice of their desires brought that little bit of uncomfortable but sexy twinge and you could feel your blood pressure go up just a little bit.

But not everything works out the first time and that’s what I enjoyed about the story. The balance of power and the delicate situation they found themselves in as they’re trying to save their marriage was explored and it was very realistic in so many ways.

So relatable and a great read!

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Profile Image for Sara.
1,804 reviews33 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
April 7, 2019
DNF at 18% for fat shaming. Strike one was heroine referring to herself as obese and not being able to fit into store clothing. Strike two was hero referring to having a gym in his office to prevent his employees from turning into Jabba the Hut. Seriously? Also the beginning is just sad. Sad kids, sad husband, sad wife. And so a D/s relationship is going to fix their marriage? I was waiting for that spark of hope, but after the Jabba the Hut comment I was done caring. So disappointed.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
Profile Image for Tanja OMGReads.
1,875 reviews45 followers
May 5, 2019
This book had a few issues. Some of the things that kept coming out of MC's mouth were a bit questionable. Some things are never funny and it's due to that I'm giving this a 3.75*.

But when you (if you can) look past that this story was an OK read. I liked how Sam embraced her newfound self. I liked Brady's villingness to let her explore even when he wasn't all that comfortable with it. Maybe what I liked the most was that I genuinely believed in their love despite everything looking like a bit grim for their future.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
Profile Image for Chase.
21 reviews4 followers
October 15, 2020
I mean it’s fine. It’s got this real life troubles thing going on in the beginning that’s kinda refreshing. They’ve gotta deal with the kids and wait for the strap on to come in the mail, which is all well and good.

I’ll round it up to three stars because that seems like what you do on Goodreads.

Can we talk about a smut pet peeve of mine? Do they have to use condoms? I’m as pro condom as the next person, but it’s a book and they are a married couple.

I think it’s kind of weird, for example, when I’m suspending disbelief that a horde of shapeshifters is sharing a woman, but the author is committed to realism enough to include condoms. In this book, just why? I understand that I’m probably in the minority being a guy reading this stuff, but can I get a little more celebration of the male orgasm than, “he discarded the condom”? Maybe it’s just me.

Profile Image for Nadine Bookaholic.
3,564 reviews369 followers
May 10, 2019
Have you ever read a book and didn't want it to end? Have you ever read a book and thought now I can really relate to that? Have you ever read a book and said FINALLY a book that shows the struggles of real life and it doesn't blow smoke up your ass telling you life is just one big rainbow and your the pot of gold at the end of it? Well, for me this book was absolutely the one I didn't want to end, the one that I could relate to (for the most part anyway), and it definitely didn't blow smoke up my ass about how great life was....and I LOVED every minute of it!

Their Discovery showed the everyday struggles of a married couple that lost their way in the romance area of their relationship. They are bogged down with two daughters one that suffers from ADHD, work, dealing with aging parents, you know real life stuff and it's not surprising that they forgot how to communicate with one another especially since each of them have been hiding a side of them the other knows nothing about.

Brady and Samantha have to find a way to make things work or their marriage may collapse under the struggles of life. Samantha has a gift for reading people but for some reason she can't read Brady she can never figure out what he's thinking or why he doesn't do the simplest things she asks so she starts to let her inner Domme out and she sees a difference in him, can't it be that he's hiding the fact that he's a submissive just like she's been hiding she's a Domme? Their friends are in the lifestyle, Brady's older brother Jack is a Dom, we met him in book 1 His Contract, so maybe they need to face the fact that they enjoy kink as well.

This story is not full of hearts and flowers so if that is what you are looking for you won't find it here, what you will find is a story about two people you can relate to because their struggles are real whether you have kink hidden in you or not.

I purchased the audiobook and I have to say that the dual narration by Burke Stevens and Roxanne Castro was superb. They did a great job with not only bringing Brady and Samantha to life but also the secondary characters as well. If you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook I would definitely do it.

This book is for 18 and over due to subject theme and sexual content. Happy Reading...or listening!!!

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Profile Image for The_Book_Queen.
1,530 reviews250 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
April 7, 2019
DNF @ 10%

I just wanted a gentle giant submissive and some pegging. Instead I was hit with a whole fuck load of body and food shaming, as well as fatphobic BS.

Oh, and some jabs about mommy porn and trashy romance.

You can find out more about why I DNFed it, including a few passages that I highlighted, in this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/The_Book_Queen/st...

It's 2019. Why can't we have nice things?
Profile Image for Jess.
66 reviews13 followers
May 9, 2019
I was warned about the fat-phobic content in this book prior to reading it so I was prepared, but it is definitely problematic. If I hadn't planned on reviewing it, I may not have finished the entire thing. As it was, I hoped the self-loathing comments (regarding her formerly heavier self) from Sam would taper off as the book went on, but they persisted throughout. Reader beware if this could be an issue for you.

I found the relationship between the two leads very believable and refreshing. They had real problems that are relatable and I enjoyed getting to know the characters through the descriptions and inner monologues of both characters. That said, Sam's issues around body image and constant put-downs of her formerly "plus-sized" body shook me out of the sexiness. There was also a "Jabba the Hutt" comment from Brady's perspective which is a problem (the reasoning for having a gym in the basement of his company was so employees didn't begin resembling Jabba)- this was a definite incongruity to him claiming he loved his wife and found her attractive even when she'd been heavier... sure, right. Hard to believe someone who thought of heavier people as Jabba the Hutt would find his heavier wife attractive. Some troubling elements, and I think if those had been altered, I would have enjoyed the book a lot more. As it was, the struggle for Brady and Sam to communicate effectively was interesting and ultimately hopeful, and I appreciated the realism with the happy ending for a family that doesn't always have it easy. Unfortunately the things I liked didn't quite make up for the issues I had with it.

I've enjoyed other books in this series but this one wasn't for me.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free advanced copy of this book to review.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,127 reviews563 followers
April 21, 2019
My Rating: C+ Liked It, but I had issues

Their Discovery is the third book in the Legally Bound series by Rebecca Grace and my first read by the author. I don’t usually start a series out of order even if each book could function as a stand-alone, but I choose to try Their Discovery because it focuses on a married couple who are having issues with their marriage.

As someone who has been married for 16 years, I know all too well there are ups and downs in marriage and I enjoy reading about fictional marriages and what their problems are. YES, I read to escape real life, but from time to time I look for art imitating life.

I thought, for the most part, Their Discovery reflected some realistic problems a marriage can go through.

Was it possible to love your husband but hate your marriage? To love your kids but hat what motherhood had turned you into?

I personally have had similar thoughts that our heroine, Samantha (Sam) had about her marriage.

All she wanted was for him to share the load at home without her having to remind him about stuff all the time.

Sam and Brady are in a runt with their marriage and neither feels like the other one is seeing them. They fill like they have lost the romance they once had before they had children. She is always angry that he doesn’t do more to help with the house and the kids. He feels like she doesn’t like him anymore or possibility doesn’t love him anymore. They both know something needs to change, but they don’t know what that is.

Sam loves reading romance novels, especially ones where the woman is Domaint to the male submissive. Brady has craved to be dominated for years but feels he cannot tell Sam for fear she will see him as weak. After very little discussion between the two, they jump into a D/s role in their sex life. At first, it brings them back together sexually, but like all healthy relationships, sex is not the fix but a band-aid. One that only covers a big boo-boo. They get in way over their heads in the D/s play where they are back to not being happy and not giving or getting what they both need. Trust and honesty.

Their Discovery is more about Sam and Brady finding they need to opening up and honest with each other inside and outside of their bedroom. Once they figured that out they were well on their way to fixing their HEA that had been derailed for a few years. It was hopeful seeing a married couple working on marriage instead of giving up on it. They still had a love for each other, they just needed to figure out how to bring that love back to the front of their relationship.

While I enjoyed most of Their Discovery I had a few issues with some of the characterizations. There are a few DNF reviews on Goodreads, some readers feel like there was “fat shaming”. I never got this, but clearly, a few things were triggers for some who read it. There were scenes where Sam remarked about her weight. She was thin before having two children. She put on weight during both pregnancies, as most of us do. She kept the weight on and thought that was the reason their sex life had halted. Brad had thoughts about Sam’s weight stating it never bothered her. He loved her no matter what size she was. She took the “baby weight” off and still had issues with eating healthy and going to the gym. I don’t see this as “fat shaming” because Brad never told Sam she needed to lose weight. He never remarked about her body negatively at all. BUT there was one scene early in the book I took issue with and it was a scene between Brad and one of his employees.

“You okay?”

Paul nodded, then doubled over to catch his breath. Dude obviously hadn’t exercised in a while. Most developers spent too much time on their asses. That’s why there was a gym in Helios’ basement: to keep the employees from turning into a mass of Jabba the Hutts.”

That scene, IMHO should have been left out. It didn’t add to the scene at all and it painted Brady as a major jerk. Which he was not (if you move past this to finish the book). I did read an eArc so maybe this scene was cut from the final draft (I really hope so!). That scene and the odd references to food through the book put me off. If I had not been invested in seeing if Brady and Sam could save their married I may have been one of the readers who DNF Their Discovery.
Profile Image for Ruthie Taylor.
3,600 reviews37 followers
April 22, 2019
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~


This is the third book in the series - but very different from the previous two, as it involves a married couple rediscovering their passion for each other, rather than two very closed off individuals finding love. It is an interesting read, although I found it to be a really slow and rather sad read in places.

There were times where the story flowed well, and then slam came on the brakes - which was very realistic in terms of real life, that I cannot deny - but was more difficult to take in a novel somehow. I also found Samantha's blindness to Brady's needs from the beginning, given they had a special needs daughter with similar issues, surprising and disappointing. It also emphasised the distance between them, as he clearly thought about it a lot, and yet couldn't explain it to her.

Their lack of ability to communicate with each other and others was frustrating, as their circle clearly contained much of the help that they needed - although it worked to reinforce the stereotypes of gender expectations. As they got into their flow, certainly their relationship with each other benefitted from the power exchange, and was hot. It was broadening it out and experimenting with the dynamic which took a toll.

An interesting addition to the mix that we have had in the series.

Wicked Reads Review Team
Profile Image for Jess.
179 reviews
March 21, 2019
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have been on the Legally Bound journey from nearly Day 1, and Their Discovery was the perfect way to end this series. Brady and Samantha have always been a bit of a mystery. Brady lived in his brother, Jack's, shadow, and Samantha appeared to be a one-off character. But Their Discovery does a great job of bringing these two pivotal characters and their story to light.

Brady is a delightful combination of brains and braun, computer programmer and former college football player, with a great sense of humor that he uses to mask his discomfort. Samantha is like many women I know - powerful, driven... and then kids happen and her dreams drop to the backburner. They don't go away, and as you follow Samantha's journey in this book, you'll discover that it's messy and complicated to shift your identity, especially in the bedroom.

As they discover their newfound sexual dynamic, there are a lot of complexities. Mistrust, miscommunication, and mistakes happen, but through it all, Brady and Samantha's love shines through. And that's what I love most about this book.

We get glimpses of Jack, Lilly, Patrick, and Cassie, and a whole host of familiar characters. The book wraps up at a summer barbecue with them all together, and it feels like the perfect ending to their respective emotionally complicated journeys.

Great read!
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1,723 reviews
April 14, 2019
Their Discovery (Legally Bound #3) by Rebecca Grace Allen
4 stars
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Samantha and Brady have a picture perfect life...from the outside. On the inside, both are feeling the effects of life.

Samantha's perspective is one that I'm sure a lot of women can relate to. Living her life for her family and wondering where the years have gone. She had dreams of her own, but then life happened and she had to change what those dreams were. Now, she sees herself as someone who is completely lost. She's unhappy, angry, resentful and isn't quite sure how to remedy her life.

Then you have Brady. He was the jock that everyone wanted to be. Promising football career and love of a beautiful woman. When his career was taken from him, he had to pick himself off and reinvent what he wanted. Now, he runs a successful company and despite its success, Brady is drowning at home and at work.

Both know that they are unhappy, but neither knows how to fix it. When they take a chance and allow their fantasy to become a reality, both Samantha and Brady will have to take a leap of faith that they are strong enough to grow together rather than apart.

This has been the last favorite for me, of the series. However, it was nice to see the growth that each character had to go through in order to achieve their own true happiness. Their chemistry was slightly off for me. It almost felt that they were brand new to being in love, despite their years together.

Overall, this is a book about discovery - as the title suggests. Their own and theirs as a couple. It delivers on that. However, the chemistry between them is somewhat lacking or forced. Even when things are good, it just didn't feel very connected.
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2,127 reviews978 followers
March 26, 2019
I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review!

I really appreciated this contemporary erotic romance as it a showcases a married couple trying to find their sexual spark, a couple who is into exploring their desires openly with each other, a couple that has real roadblocks preventing them from doing so at all times, i.e. jobs, children, and other obligations. This isn't a fantasy, this isn't a billionaire sweeping a poor, younger person off their feet. This is also a wonderful depiction of a woman finding her power in bed, a man coming to terms with his submissive desires, and a couple who ultimately love each other through the ups and downs of their exploration of said desires.

If you are just looking for some erotica, this won't be one for you. There are some real moments of hurt between Samantha and Brady, including a scene where Samantha pushes Brady too far when they invite another person in their bed.

If you are looking for a tender, hot, and real romance, please give this one a try!
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2,947 reviews205 followers
April 30, 2019
This third book in the Legally Bound series (after His Contract and Her Claim) is a poignant portrait of a marriage on the rocks. Not because of what they’ve done so much as what they haven’t done. After seventeen years of marriage and two children, Samantha and Brady seem to have lost the love and passion that brought them together, and have lost sight of each other. Sam feels like the invisible bulwark in their marriage, and Brady spends his time at his work, where he feels like a superhero instead of the failure that Sam’s exasperated lectures so often make him feel.

Initially they seem to find their way back together by discovering their inner kinksters, but while the dynamic of Domme Sam and Sub Brady is empowering for Sam, it makes Brady question his own strength and masculinity the minute the intense pleasure is over. Ultimately, what saves them is what nearly broke them, opening up to each other about what they want and need, in and out of the bedroom.

VERDICT: Much of this romance is heartbreaking in its familiarity, as two people who still love each other fracture over communication - or rather the lack of it. The kinky aspects of their discovery add eroticism to their heartbreak, as well as complicating the problems they already have. This romance, and it is definitely a romance, is highly recommended for readers who love stories of what happens after the happily ever after, and explore just how hard that HEA can be to hang onto.
Profile Image for Terri.
1,395 reviews
May 1, 2019
The blurb did a good job giving the basics about this book. I could relate to Sam in some ways early on, with her frustrations with her life and her desire to make changes. Brady was a lovable guy, wanting things he was afraid to ask for and not sure what to do about it. However, I had big issues with this couple incorporating BDSM into their marriage when they couldn't even communicate enough to say, "I love you," and just spent time wishing the other person would say it.
One of their children had severe ADHD, but Sam didn't recognize the same traits in her husband. Brady saw it in himself, but he was too ashamed to seek help. I spent the majority of the book angry with both of them over this, though it was handled eventually.
The person who Sam invited into their bed was unlikeable and made me doubt Sam's instincts. At least Brady stayed on my good side there, since he didn't like her either. The threesome was probably my least favorite part of the story, due to both women's apparent lack of concern for Brady, the submissive who should have been able to count on his Domme.
By the time the book ended, I liked Brady a lot more, and I was starting to like Sam. I was hopeful they wouldn't repeat their previous mistakes. I loved their daughters.
I am very interested in reading the first two books in this series, which have great blurbs and good reviews. If the author offers another story with a Domme I can respect - even if it's Sam after some serious research, training, and communication - I will absolutely buy it. I appreciated her writing skills. This one was just not for me.
322 reviews
February 13, 2020
I received a free copy of Their Discovery in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story that was very humble and realistic. I think many couples find their lives are taken over by daily living, kids, work, etc. Sam and Brady were no exception. I found the transition into their new life style was very natural with a few bumps along the way. This was definitely a book I would read if you are open minded and willing to an venture into a different lifestyle scene even if it's only for a few hours.
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41 reviews
May 1, 2019
I really enjoyed this book! I don’t really read a lot of books about couples who are already married (I don’t know why...but I’m definitely going to start!), so this book was kind of enlightening and fun for me. I loved the dynamics between Sam and Brady, and how we get to see them work through the newness of kink while rediscovering their love for one another (although it was never lost *insert emotion here*). This story was so realistic and left the reader with many important messages: Don’t take what you have for granted, always communicate, appreciate uniqueness...to name a few. This book can be read as a stand-alone...however, I will say though, about a quarter of the way into the book, I had to stop and buy the first two books in the series only because I kept getting invested in the secondary characters and was curious about their stories. So, while this can be read as a stand-alone, the story is enhanced if you read the other two books first. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book and this author!
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852 reviews1 follower
April 24, 2019
wow wow wow....there isn't much more I can say how wonderful this book is.

Having been with my husband as long as I have, I found myself relating to this story quite a bit in terms of where their marriage is. Losing yourself in your family and responsibilities tends to make us all forget who we are and what we want.

As we settle and time moves on, we forget to communicate, we forget to "see" the person we have chosen to be with until death. This book shows how easy it would be to walk away from it all but to actually work at communication, seeing them fail, seeing them try new things only for it to still NOT be perfect but learning to accept what they can.

This is the first book I have read not only in this series but also by this author and if any of their other books are just as gripping as this one, well I have definitely been missing out.
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1,154 reviews17 followers
May 2, 2019
This was a new author for me and also book 3 in the Legally Bound series, but this can easily be read as a standalone - I was intrigued by the blurb about a married couple and their marriage being in trouble, finding out about Dom/Sub relationship and seeing if it would fix their marriage??

I must say this was an engaging read for me, quite realistic and relatable to - no marriage is perfect and everyone has their ups and downs, sexual problems, trouble with the kids, loss of self worth, etc., The author took the time and trouble laying down a good background to the family and its normal hectic life involving the kids, work, shopping and cleaning and shows how you can become 'lost'.

Samantha is a mum of 2 girls, one with ADHD and a strapping 6ft 5 husband ex-football player of a husband. She never realised her dreams from college and ended up married with kids and being a full time mum. Life is hectic with her two children who need a certain type of set routine in order to function at their best. She can't remember the last time she had sex with her husband, Brady, or even had a cuddle. Things seem to be at a stalemate and she is not happy with the way things are.

Brady set up his own company in computing after busting his knee, taking him away from football. He thinks he may have his own type of problem like his daughter as he struggles with remembering things and needs constant reminders. He knows Sam is unhappy but hasn't got a clue how to fix it, he cracks jokes all the time as a buffer, and has some sexual fantasies he has kept hidden from his wife, being sure she will want nothing to do with them.

By accident they discover that Brady is a sub and enjoys it when his wife takes control and even worse he likes it when she humiliates him, much to his chagrin. Can this be the magic fix required for their marriage?

I really enjoyed the story line and loved the characters, you could really see and feel what was happening for them. Brady was wonderful in a big goofy way, he loved his wife to bits but just didn't know how to talk to her and tell her what he wanted or needed, all he really wanted to do was to love his wife and be loved back. Sam I felt for, the way she felt I can totally relate to in some ways. But their marriage isn't a quick fix and things don't quite work out for them, they have difficulties separating being dom/sub from wife and mother / husband and dad and have a lot to talk about.

Its a delicate situation, one that teeters and falls apart after a particular scene, but this was needed in order for them to open up and talk to each other. Be prepared for some hot and sexy scenes that may well push your boundaries and leave you all of a fluster! I enjoyed it and would definitely read the others in this series.
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2,484 reviews246 followers
May 3, 2019
Update May 3, 2019 : I read an early version of this book. The author edited some of the weight issues that I mentioned in the last paragraph of this review and also wrote a blog post explaining her decisions and her character choices, so the copy you read will have some fixes to this issue.


Their Discovery by Rebecca Grace Allen is the third story in her steamy BDSM themed Legally Bound series. In this romance, it's a married couple who've lost that loving spark that figure out a way to spice things up and reconnect.

Brady and Sam were college sweethearts and marriage seemed a natural fit but several years later and two children in, one with ADHD issues that requires special attention and they've found themselves in a sexless rut where frustration and impatience are more common than loving attention. Sam remembers what it was like when Brady used to be so attentive to her, and some chance play acting brings it all back - her dominant side, and his submissive side. Is the key to reinvigorating their sex life, and their marriage finding a way to bring those sides of their personalities back into the bedroom?

I enjoyed this story of self discovery and reconnecting. Like every marriage there are ups and downs and it's easy to lose the couplehood when children are present and take all your attention. And Brady, who was a fun loving and goofy young man has his own ADHD issues which he didn't realize were the source of his memory problems until his own daughter has symptoms that educate him. He's always wanted to please Sam, and got turned on by her scolding and discipline, but didn't communicate that to her, feeling it would make him look weak and 'unmanly'. A lot of this story was to do with Brady understanding his needs, Sam discovering her own, and the two of them being honest with themselves first, in order to be honest with each other - and trusting that the other person would not use that knowledge against them.

There are several steamy scenes involving sex toys and at one point, a third person for a night that helps them shed light on where their boundaries are. The combination of family issues and marital ones felt realistic. One thing I had issues with was that both characters are concerned about their weight and link that to their attractiveness, which is a form of fat shaming. I'm all for characters being healthy and exercising as part of a story and part of their lifestyle but if they are doing it because they are worried about gaining weight or how they will be perceived by society it perpetuates a narrative that being overweight is unattractive which we get enough of in advertising and don't need to have in a romance read by people of all sizes. Beyond that, it was good to see Brady and Sam fix things and find what works for them, and make choices for their marriage to make everyone happy.

Note : a copy of this story was provided by the author for review.
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1,404 reviews61 followers
April 29, 2019
It’s been a while since I’ve read a BDSM novel, and I have to admit, I pick them so well. Woot me! LOL

RGA is a talented writer and always has been, but sometimes I’m surprised all over again at how well her thoughts and ideas area transferred onto the page.

Samantha and Brady, the married couple with girls, from the previous two novels (remember those? they’re awesome, too) who up until now were only side characters, are getting finding out they didn’t know everything there is to know about each other.

The luster of their marriage has faded, they don’t communicate and their lives revolve around dealing with the daily mayhem. And that’s how the story begins. In a marital crisis in the making. Until Sam decides to be bold for a minute and they start to rediscover each other.

As it turns out, Brady is a submissive and when Sam discovers that, she realizes he has always been, even with her, ever since they met back in college. Their relationship starts taking a turn for the better in some respect, and keeps being chaotic and all over the place as they learn to be with each other again, to rely on each other and re-form a true partnership.

I absolutely loved the story arc. Both Sam and Brady go through a transformation as the story progresses, and the story itself is evolving in the most spectacular way.

Sam is growing into a caring and attentive dominant, learning to observe and read Brady. She learns what is important and how to let go of things that at the end of the day, don’t really define her as a mother or a wife.

Brady is learning to trust Sam with his fears, with his wants and with what he considered up to a certain point, his weakness. When he realizes he holds the power in their new dynamics, he also realizes he must communicate his thoughts to Sam, he must tell her what he wants and needs in order for her to provide him with it. And he learns that in order to be a better husband and father, he must be there – really be there – for her and the girls.

And the change they all go through is nothing short of stunning to read. I might take a leap and say this is RGA’s best work yet.
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3,408 reviews27 followers
April 16, 2019
Their Discovery is the third book in Rebecca Grace Allen's Legally Bound series. It tells a story of a couple stuck in a rut in their marriage. They discover a rekindling of their flame, but experience some stumbling along their way of redefining their connection with one another.

There are aspects of the book I think some readers (especially parents) can identify with, and some that hit me wrong or unrelatable. But the story still had my attention. What I really liked is that their story was well written, the characters developed well and we got to know them through their thoughts and their actions within the story. There were parts of the story that made me smile, laugh, heat up for... and their were parts that made me want to cry from frustration with them but it was realistic. You discover things, you try things, you succeed but sometimes you fail.... you love and sometimes you hurt or get lost.

I really liked Brady. He just needed to learn to communicate better and say what he was thinking. That's not always easy to do until lines are crossed, which is what we see here. I loved his love and devotion to his wife and her happiness. Sam, well her character was a bit more complex on the likeable or not spectrum....part of me could see how her mind worked, but other times I really wanted to smack her honestly. Okay, sometimes he frustrated me too. But they felt real and felt relateable most of the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and think it's worth reading. It's well written and interesting. The characters and their story is developed... It has a lot of story, not just some Dominate/submissive scenes. It isnt not the fairytale romance but instead tackles a realistic marriage scenario. I really needed to finish the book and yearned for a happily ever after for these two.

I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommendation.
1,986 reviews47 followers
May 1, 2019
Their Discovery was a fresh take on a married couple in crisis, combined with a twist on the Dom/sub relationship. The wife is the Domme, the husand the sub, and they discover that the last thing they ever thought is what saves their struggling marriage.

I found Brady and Sam to be completely relatable as spouses who have drifted apart. He is hopelessly devoted to her and their family, but struggles in so many simple ways. Those struggles lead to Sam's ever-growing frustration with him and the state of their marriage, and a vicious cycle continues. The reader gets a lot of insight into what is going on with both characters thanks to dual POVs.

The transition from what Brady and Sam discover to enacting those practices in their bedroom happens gradually, which I appreciated. It wasn't like they woke up one day after 15 years of marriage and decided that she'd be the Domme and he the sub. It was a gradual progression, with a lot of give and take on both sides as they navigated their new roles. And how would those roles come to play outside of their play? Brady consistently struggled with being man enough for Sam and their daughters outside of the bedroom and the sub he needed to be for Sam in bed.

Aside from some fat-shaming moments that I could not get on board with, I thought this book was overall pretty relatable as far as Sam and Brady's miscommunication and struggles. There are some pretty heated scenes, and while this is a BDSM story, it wasn't as graphic as I imagined it would be.

Their Discovery is the third book in a series, but I did not read the others and did not feel like I was missing background. Although, I'm curious about Brady's brother, Jack, and his wife, Lily, and may check out their story.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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3,984 reviews465 followers
May 9, 2019
I read both an early copy of this story what seems like forever ago, and I also read the finished product this past week. I didn’t review the early copy because it was all kinds of problematic for me and the problems were my dislikes/likes/opinions and not on the actual craft itself so I walked away … until last week.

I’m not going to give you a plot-point review of the first draft I read because honestly, the author took the early review criticism and addressed it in her final copy and she wrote a blog post you can find on her website and the finished product was one heck of a read.

I loved the realism in this story. Relationships take work. They take communication and they are constantly growing and changing. You have to change with them or your relationship will not survive the test of time. Brady and Sam were struggling thru this change and growth in their marriage. That’s the focus of this book. It’s extremely realistic and relatable. No, not everyone is going to take the path they took to re-discovery, but it’s their life and their marriage and their choice. I feel they chose wisely. By exploring their sexual relationship, it opened their eyes to other characteristics in their relationship and of themselves that needed work. They learned communication is vital and honesty is key. And they did it all thru some delicious sexual exploration. That’s a #win for me!

So, my advice to those who only read an early copy of this book is to give the final product a try or at the very least, read the blog post on the author’s website. Rebecca Grace Allen hasn’t always hit the mark, but this story and this series are a product of an author who is serious about her craft and has improved her craft ten fold over the years.
Profile Image for Kate Wilkins.
72 reviews
April 14, 2019
I wish this had been the first novel of this genre that I had ever read. Starting with smooth polished Doms who've been doing this for years, don't have any problems and do everything perfectly, you can forget about the fact that the people involved in each relationship are exactly that - people. With all their hangups, foibles and eccentricities. Most of the time they aren't perfect, or at least they sure didn't start out that way.
What I loved most about this novel was the fact that it's about a couple who've been together for a long time, with kids and a life and all the dramas that that entails.
I feel like writing this book may have been a bit of an emotional journey for the author. The level of detail that she uses to setup the environment made me feel like I was there, watching things unravelling before my eyes. It felt to me like some personal experiences may have found their way into this book. And if so, I bow down to the author. There was a lot of meaty stuff to deal with here.
Sam is trying to hold everything together and feeling increasingly resentful of her life. She still loves Brady but sometimes it seems like he's the third child in the family. She's tired and a bit despairing of the status quo.
Brady is still crazy in love with Sam but he knows he's letting her down. He feels like she's slipping away from him and doesn't know how to fix it and make Sam happy (which is all he's ever wanted to do).
In an effort to find each other again, they explore some new fantasies which leads to unexpected results on all kinds of levels.
This was a wonderful book. I'd love to read more of the series if this is any indication of the way this author writes.
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51 reviews1 follower
September 24, 2022
This book was well-written. That said, I didn’t like it. Maybe because it just hit on too many of my real-life pet peeves about relationships that I didn’t want to face in my romance.

One of the reasons I love reading BDSM romance is because of the excessive communication that such a relationship usually entails, and the care that is taken with the sub. If that’s your jam, too, I definitely don’t recommend this one.

I got sucked into the beginning because it was an interesting setup, and I could definitely relate to Sam in a lot of ways as a parent. Ultimately, though, I ended up hating her. I DNF-ed around the 75% mark. Bad enough she thought introducing BDSM with almost non-existent communication in a fragile, emotional-distant marriage was a good idea, but then after just a handful of attempts at dominating her husband (one time of which the poor guy had to run from the room afterwards), she thought she’d then throw a threesome at him. With a colleague of hers. From the job she’d just started a week ago. Are you serious, lady?!

Maybe it’s unfair that Sam is so much the focus of my ire, because Brady definitely had his own problems, but Brady at least accepted Sam as she was and was genuinely focused on her and their relationship. Meanwhile, Sam married a man she met while tutoring him in college, because he had trouble focusing and remembering details. Then she had kids with him and is all upset because he can’t focus or remember details. This is more of a real life pet peeve, but having babies doesn’t change people. It just makes them sleep-deprived, concentrated versions of themselves. What the heck did she expect?
1,261 reviews3 followers
February 11, 2022
This book was fine and I liked seeing the characters from the first book but it wasn’t for me.

Brady and Sam were interesting to read about and I agreed that both of them should have talked to each other more.

The thing is that I felt like Brady wanted their marriage to work more and Sam didn’t care too much if they separated. She kept taking her wedding ring off which I’m probably reading too much into, but she kept doing it and it felt like she was ready for the marriage to fail. Also, Brady and Sam have just discovered that they want the same thing and it felt like they both rushed into it, then Sam kept pushing and adding new things.

I didn’t like Hanna at all.

I liked seeing Brady and Sam finally figure out that they had to talk to each other but I didn’t really like how they got there. I didn’t really like Sam and I definitely didn’t like Hanna. I liked seeing Jack and Lilly though.
Profile Image for Haley Dauel.
132 reviews
June 22, 2019
Okay, I know you’ll see that 3 star and assume I basically hated the whole thing. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. I really enjoyed this book. My main complaint was it was a very slow start. I felt like the bickering and belittling on her part was a little overdone. I was slightly disappointed when I first started because I was thinking “this is supposed to be erotica, yet they haven’t so much as shared a kiss yet?!” The book started to steam up about 20% through and let me tell you, it came in fast. I was expecting a slow burn judging by how the beginning of the book went, but I was completely wrong. It quickly selves into the characters experimenting with BDSM. One thing I liked was that this wasn’t your typical BDSM dom/sub relationship that you read in the books! It was reversed. SHE was the dom and HE was the sub! I’d never read anything like this so to say I was intrigued would be an understatement. Once they started it was like the flood gates opened. They experimented with so much so quickly. I really enjoyed the way they erotica was written and it seemed like she genuinely did her research when writing this. I would 100% read other books from her. As well as recommend this one, the beginning just had me taking a couple stars away. So if you’re into BDSM, this would be a good option for you!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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2,112 reviews29 followers
April 23, 2019
Their Discovery by Rebecca Grace Allen is my first read by this author but I am most definitely putting the first 2 books in the Legally Bound series on my to be read list. I read my share of BDSM stories, powersharing, kinky and not so kinky. This one kind of encompasses all kinds of different stories into one although the main story line of this story is Domme/sub. I rarely read this kind of story and not necessarily because I don't enjoy it, but primarily because it doesn't come across my plate as often and some are not very well written because they are all about the sexual part. This story is NOT all about the sexual part although I will say there are some wonderfully steamy, naughty parts indeed. This story is more about the background, the learning to be truly open to your partner, your desires, your needs, your life. It is about getting what you need without having to destroy who you are. I completely enjoyed the push and pull and having both points of view really helped get me into the mindset, the thought process these two characters have to go through in order to save their marriage...if it can even be saved.
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3,092 reviews32 followers
April 30, 2019
Emotionally scintillating! With the last book in the Legally Bound series, we finally get down and dirty with Brady and Sam. We've been familiar with the problems running rampant throughout their marriage since his brother Jack's story in Book One, and now we get to know them behind the scenes. The story line was attention grabbing, and brought love and emotions to the forefront. I enjoyed the entire series!

Samantha Archer is in a rut. She used to be powerful and ready to take on the world, but these days she's struggling to hold onto her sanity while she cares for the kids and keeps the house running smoothly with no help from her over grown child of a husband. She is seriously at her breaking point ... somethings got to give!

Brady Archer tries in his own quirky way to make his wife happy, but he's not great at putting in the effort when it's something he's not interesting in picking up the slack on. When one too many mistakes makes her lose her temper big time, they stumble upon the fact that she just might be into the lifestyle he's long yearned for but was afraid to try. Let the game's begin!
Profile Image for Barbara Cuyler.
Author 3 books1 follower
August 31, 2019
I love the way Ms. Allen writes. Her characters are true to life. Sam and Brady's marriage is in crisis. Sam feels unappreciated and almost invisible. I can remember feeling just that way as a young mom, and although I didn't try to solve my problems the way Sam did and I sometimes felt that Sam was acting in a selfish manner, I could still relate to her and empathize. Brady's ADD is dealt with in a way that helped me understand his problem while I could still see how Sam would become frustrated with him and the fact that she felt she couldn't count on him. It was easy to see how their roles in the bedroom versus their roles as husband/dad and wife/mom were getting mixed up. The couple's relationships with other family members (children, Sam's parents, Brady's brother) were dealt with well too. I was glad to see all the main characters from this series reappear in this book as I enjoyed getting to know all of this throughout this series. I highly recommend the 3-book series. Although each of the books is a stand-alone, I suggest reading them in the order intended by the author.
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