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Summary

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That's 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 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?

©2016 Melanie Moreland (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Lo
  • 17-01-17

Loved the book, but loved the audio more!

I bought the book when it was first released as it was by one of my go-to authors (I've been a big fan of Melanie's for years) and wasn't disappointed.

So when I found out the audio version had been released I just HAD to get it and I loved it more than the book, John Lane & Tatiana Sokolov did a great job of bringing the book to life and I was emotionally invested (again) from the very start.

This is definitely an audiobook that I will listen to many more times.

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loved it!

fantastic book. really loved the storyline and the character voices were believable and really get you engrossed into the story. I cried laughed and felt passion all in one book. will definitely be listening to it again.

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Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the narrators played their part perfectly and made The story totally believable. The characters are great and the story is charming funny sexy and a little sad in places. I will certainly listen to this again.

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well developed characters

I liked the genuine distain they had for each other.
Really well narrated and paced. I really felt like I was taken on a journey - I could definitely listen to this again. Excellent.
I will look for more from this authoress.

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Sweet and cute

This book was really nice, how they fall in love. How they change it was nice how the writer did it

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Contract

Great listen, couldn't stop listening once I started, stayed up all night. What a great storyline. Definitely 100% recommended.

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I loved it

A true heart warming romance. The narrative was a pick at the personages thoughts.

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terrible narration

male narration voice trying to mimmick female voice and vice versa was cringe worthy. Foul language unnecessary. Characters not very believable. Weak story.

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  • JB
  • Yorkshire
  • 16-05-17

Story moved along at a good pace, great narrators

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the narrators were very good, the story held my attention and it was just the right length with enough detail to keep me interested

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Richard and Katherine were good characters but there was a solid supporting cast of characters

What does John Lane and Tatiana Sokolov bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They are excellent narrators who have a good range of tone and intonation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes if I had the chance

Any additional comments?

This was the first book by Melanie Moreland that I have listened to, it will not be the last

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A story to make time goes by during commute

It is predictable story but cool to listen to. ...some funny exchanges between the protagonists. Not great but not bad either.

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  • EnVee
  • 12-11-16

The Arrogance

Well...I really enjoyed the plot to the story,I fully expected your typical "assistant/boss"office hook up,but had a different twist than your usual romance.For starters...The assistant was not your"usual"gorgeous,lusty looking assistant,according to her boss(a major a$$ hole,in my opinion)she was a plain,sexless scare crow.He treated her like total $h!t for a good portion of the story and she put up with it because her situation called for her needing her job.In the "hero's"arrogance,he didn't get his promotion so he devised a plan to fix his image with the help of his straight,laced assistant.They worked it out and of course ended up falling in love.A little hard to believe but it happened none the less.If this had some"reality"to it,I'd see a divorce in their future.I think his guilt over how he treated her made him settle and his personality will certainly rear it's ugly head soon,it's not likely to change after all the years of being such a d!ck.

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  • Crystal
  • 07-01-17

ok storyline. no chemistry. bad narration.

ok storyline but there was no chemistry between characters and just not great writing it was very stilted and not natural how people would speak to each other etc. not a fan of the narration.

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  • Heather
  • 15-03-17

Awesome

I really enjoyed this book. The story was good and it wasn't drawn out. 1st book for me of the author and I'm already looking for another.

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  • Alison F.
  • 25-06-18

Disappointing choice of female narrator

The male narrator does a good job, but the female narrator seems like a poor casting choice for this particular story. She did a decent job, just not the right fit for the role.

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  • Denise
  • 05-11-16

Typical HEA love story

I am always hesitant to write reviews for books that are what I consider "par for the course" romances. I just give my honest opinion of the read and I don't have blogs or web sites or anything of that nature. I am just me and I like to read and listen.

This story was interesting enough to finish. It was not a story I could not put down or kept me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. The publishers summary give a good synopsis of the book. What IS refreshing about the story line however, is the company that Richard goes to is an extremely close knit family oriented business. I think that was unique to the story. I also enjoyed how the people from said company helped the story along. The sub characters were interesting and I hope that she decides to publish their stories as well.

This is a story you can enjoy on a weekend, vacation or just to have something pleasant to listen to. If you have read my reviews before you know that I am a HUGE fan of Tatiana Sokolov. This story is atypical of what she usually narrates. She does a very good performance, but the male performer has more to read and his female voice took some getting used to.

I used a credit to purchase this because I was down on reading/listening material. I would recommend for a sale.

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  • jessica
  • 12-10-16

Real!!!

It's rare when I feel so emotional with a book these days, normally many romance novels are repetitive always about tragedy, but this book was real. And the author was able to express how one person can change and make a difference with unconditional love.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Roxanne Brown
  • 27-02-17

awesome story

this story really touch my heart, it was sweet and nice and made me cry a few times. I love books like this one. what a surprise

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna Crowder
  • 02-08-18

Yes, Yes, Yes

Loved this story. So worth a credit and your time. The male main character is such an ass at first and I loved seeing the development of the characters and story. The only thing I wasn't too thrilled with was the narrators voice.

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  • Tibby2561
  • 12-03-18

Where to start....

Here's the thing, it's so TOTALLY unrealistic that I found it difficult to finish. Please don't get me wrong, I am all for escaping reality, but this story was just too much to swallow. The male characters thoughts and revelations are so not in character that I lost interest. As far as the naration, it was good, just good. I think John Lane would have been an easier listen if the dialogue was written for a mans voice, but not to be. I imagined Mr. Lane rolling his eyes at what he was reading.

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  • Informed Reader
  • 15-02-18

Formal, stiff dialogue

What disappointed you about The Contract?

I couldn't finish this story because the dialogue was so formal and unnatural that I just couldn't get past it. It seemed like two characters from a historical novel were placed in a modern setting. Even the rest of the writing was pretty stilted in general.

What could Melanie Moreland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Young, modern characters should speak more informally, in the vernacular. No young, male advertising executive would think to himself, "I needed to show some affinity with Katherine. I hoped she would respond in kind."

How could the performance have been better?

Given the writing style of this story, I'm sure it was a challenge for the narrators. But, the "pretend fiancé" is such an overdone trope I think the narrators could've found a way to emote a bit more to make it a little more believable. John Lane came across as a little wooden and out of touch with the male character.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

My initial curiosity in the story along with the excellent rating made me stick it out for the first two and a half hours until eventually my disbelief and impatience finally won out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful