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?
I think you're lost. You haven't let yourself feel.
Once you do, once you allow yourself to connect to someone,
I think you'll find this world is a much better place.
Love doesn't make you weak. Real, honest love- it makes you strong."
So freaking good!!!Melanie Moreland is a favorite author for me.
There's not a story she writes that I don't enjoy, but seriously, The Contract was by far my favorite!
Richard and Katherine had me grinning like a Cheshire cat. These two couldn't be more mismatched which made their "relationship" even more amusing to me.
Richard is brash, obnoxious, overly confident, bad tempered, ill mannered, super swoony executive. With a heap of self centered and belligerent attitude thrown in for good measure.
Katherine is the opposite. Sweet, kind, hardworking, loyal, efficient, and generous to a fault.
When Katherine is transferred to work as Richard's assistant, she suffers his wrath of a lost promotion. Richard even goes as far to ridicule her lunches and clothing. What he doesn't know, what Katherine keeps from him and everyone else, is she saves every penny she earns, and sacrifices herself and well bearing to take of an expense for a relative. Totally giving of herself. Richard doesn't see her for who she is, doesn't understand why she is the way she is. And it seems to irritate him that he even wonders why it irritates him.
It's not until Richard comes up with a plot for revenge against his boss that he finally realizes how much he needs Katherine and what kind of person she really is.
And the plan...pretend to be a couple so he can show his new company what a changed man he is. After all, how bad could he be with someone as sweet and charming as Katherine on his arm?
Well, obviously hijinks prevail, you know it's bound to happen.
But aside from the humor of the situations they both wind up in, the story is very sweet without going overboard and giving you a toothache. Their relationship builds on their wit and growing mutual respect for one another. And we discover Katherine is not as sweet as we thought she was much to Richard's dismay, and growing fondness.
The story was packed full of awkward situations, humor, silliness, some serious heartbreak, self discovery, and real love, all being driven by the growing relationship.
The story completely flowed for me and I read it in one sitting.
Melanie Moreland always delivers on the romance intertwined with humor and some angst. A true contemporary romance. I always look forward to her stories because you always know you are going to walk away with a smile. And that's always the best to me. Stories that leave you happy and contented.
She is my go to make me smile author.
ARC received with thanks from author in exchange for a fair review.
About the Author:
Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-six-plus years. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works at a local university and for its football team. Her job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.