Monthly Gem: ‘The Contract’ by Melanie Moreland

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Title:  The Contract

Series:  Contract #1

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  May 24, 2016

Descriptive Blurb:  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?

 

Review

“Pretty Bling.”

My Impressions:  1st person narrative (ugh).  However, my spirits lifted when I realized that it does shift between the hero and heroine occasionally.  Thus, its not as restrictive as absolute 1st person.  And the writer is quite direct and to the point…no rambling thoughts or boring tangents to muddle through (which is one of the reasons I normally avoid 1st person books).  (Bravo!)  A realistically nasty hero in Richard…but not so much that he can’t reform.

The Romance:  The banter between these two was quite amusing and at times poignant…I cannot recall enjoying a bickering couple as much as Katherine and Richard.  Since they were a hate turns to love pairing, there’s not a whole lot of immediately chemistry…their connection is built up, sort of ‘layered on’ as the storyline unfolded.  The attraction grew, the tension spiked..until I just couldn’t wait for them to get together.  No insta-love here.  A nice, nuanced development of the romance.

Minor Beefs:  Things got a bit sugary towards the end…and the wrap-up was a tad too neat.   The entire book had a slightly pat feel to it.  The romance part was excellent though, very well-developed, heartfelt, and completely convincing (Kudos).  However, Richard’s workplace philosophy seemed to change too quickly…He went from being a soulless loner and corporate shark to a sharing, let’s-play-nice, teamwork guru overnight.  His cut-throat attitude and competitive spirit vanished without a trace…at the very least, I expected him to have a few run-ins with his co-workers, some friction or something.  Not sure I buy that part of his transformation.

Random Thoughts:  I love a good opposites attract romance…which this is.  Reformed villains make the best hero (in my opinion)….they fall hard!

Cliffhanger:  None.  A Stand alone.

The Verdict:  Good read!  I recommend it to all romance fans and contemporary romance readers.  I will definitely give the next one in the series a glance when it comes out.

 

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