Review ~ The Contract by Melanie Moreland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love it when an author can make me feel so much for the characters, whether good or bad at least you’re invested, right? Well, Ms. Moreland definitely accomplished that in this story. For probably the first 50% of the book, I hated Richard. He was pompous, rude, cold, callous, and extremely self-centered. Katherine, his assistant, ate his crap for a whole year for her own reasons, important reasons. The best part of feeling so much for characters is when you watch them grow and your opinion changes. I’ll let you read it to see who changes and how. It’s all part of the beauty.
I truly didn’t want to put the book down and only had to for dinner. The story captured me and I was dying to know what would happen with these two people, who at first glance were not made for each other. Then, you see it happen and it’s glorious. I mean, just imagine, a marriage contract between two people that absolutely dislike each other so much. What would possess them to want to do that? Well they have their reasons.
The side characters were so well done that even I wanted their approval. They were fun and heart-warming and helped in the overall turn of things.
The ending was beautiful and I wish there was more, but it truly ended in a perfect place. It’s just hard to let the characters go, and I didn’t want to at all.
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?
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?