The Contract by Melanie Moreland – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

The blurb really grabbed me. I love a good jerk….mostly I like when they fall hard!

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.

Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.

Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract — fiancée instead of PA.

What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love?

Sparks.

That’s what happens.

Can the power of love really change a person?

Will they survive the contract?

What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

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MY REVIEW

I LOVE a good a-hole, and this book had one of the best ones I have ever read. Richard Van Ryan is a first class jerk. He treats his PA, Katy, like garbage…actually, he probably treats his garbage better. The worst part? Katy takes it. ALL of it. Richard believes her to be a doormat, but she had very good reasons for the way she is. But there is no chance of her sharing those reasons. She needs her job too badly. When Richard comes to her with the most out of this world proposition, playing his fake fiancé, she thinks he has officially lost his mind, but the offer is way too good to pass up.

My first thought when reading this was “been there, read that.” How many books are out there featuring a fake fiancé, and you just know they will fall in love with each other? More than you and I could ever count. I expected this to be like all the others, and was so pleased to find it stand apart from the rest. I didn’t think there was ever the possibility of a love connection. Richard was just that much of a jerk, but Katy came alive when she was with him. Most times, she gave back just as good as she got. It wasn’t unusual for Richard to be a complete and total ass at any given moment. It was the times you saw Katy unable to deflect his comments and hide her true emotions that my heart broke for her.

Let’s be honest, there were times this book headed towards cheesy, but mostly in only the last 30%. Richard’s transformation made up for the cheesy-ness. The change you witness in him throughout the book was incredible. It was real, honest change. Watching Richard grow over the time the story took place was my favorite part of the book.

I read this book in one sitting, cover to cover, it was that engaging. It was so good, I didn’t want it to end. This is my first book from this author, but it ensured it won’t be my last.

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