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Summary

Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin.

It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.

On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.

His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.

In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?

Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese - I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people - specifically ME, his blushing, contractually obligated bride!

I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:

To have and to hold.

For richer or poorer.

In sickness and in health.

But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.

©2021 R.S. Grey (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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  • C. Y.
  • 26-06-21

She Does It Again

I always love to listen to R. S. Grey’s audiobooks. She does a good job choosing the actor for the character. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed. I really liked the story, but the only thing that I will say negative about it is that I wished we would’ve had Walter‘s POV rather than Elizabeth’s the entire book. That’s unusual for this author as she usually has a POV for both characters. I don’t know what made her decide to do it this way.

Saying that, it still didn’t take away the sweet storyline. It’s not a story that hasn’t been told before, but it still was entertaining, not to mention thar both main characters were likable. I liked the wittiness and spunkiness of Elizabeth. She made me laugh as she irritated Walt with not listening to his demands. She was a tough girl, yet she was still somebody that you can imagine having as a friend.

Walt was the typical “I’m too busy to care” rich guy. Although he comes across as a complete jerk, there’s signs of his gentleness when it comes to Elizabeth.

I really enjoyed both narrators. This is the first time I’ve heard Aubrey Vincent. She did a great job with all the different voices that she had come up with in the book. I wish Alexander could’ve had more speaking parts. I could actually hear his smile as he voices Walt.

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  • KY Girl
  • 10-06-21

Delish Story!

I loved the story and Aubrey was an awesome narrator. The story was sweet and rich with detail and I binge listened to it all day. I was all tingly at the end and then the Walt voice came on and it was so abrupt and off that I nearly fell out of bed. It was bad. The producers should have gotten a smooth sophisticated voice not one that’s better fitted for a gangster story. The kid voices were absurd. I gave it 5 stars for Aubrey’s performance!

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  • Susie
  • 22-05-21

Easy listen

This was a fun and low level drama story. Aubrey was a new narrator for me and I really liked her. The male narrator is horrible but thankfully he only does the epilogue so it didn’t ruin the story for me. If I had to listen to him throughout the whole book, I might have had to stop listening. The only thing that was missing was some kind of closure or resolution with her horrible family.

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  • Gidget007
  • 09-08-22

My New Favorite R.S. Grey Book

First off, for anyone who may read this review you know that I sometimes like to do what is called “Immersion Reading”. This is where a reader will read the written word of a book along with listening to the audiobook version. The beauty of immersion reading is that it can help you soak in the story more vividly and when your eyes are tired from reading you can rest them and continue the story by just listening the audiobook and on the other hand if you are not in the mood to listen and prefer to just read you can opt to stop the audio and just read. You can toggle back and forth at will. I mention this fact because I will mention something related to that soon.

Now my review for the book is that I really enjoyed this book. I have read and listened to a few books by author R.S. Grey and some were hit and misses for me. But my all-time favorite was “The Allure of Dean Harper”. For a long time that book was at the top of my list of R.S. Grey books but now I think I need to put it down to #2 because “To Have and to Hate” is now my #1.

I love a book that makes me feel multiple emotions. Strong emotions. This book did it for me. Not all romance books tug at all my emotions and those end up being eh just okay. But a book that can make me giggle a bit, sigh at times, titillate, make me heart heavy, make me upset with characters, or have me grin is my kind of book. This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions and left me sighing with content in the end.

Elizabeth and Walt just complimented each other and it was clear from the start there was more to each of these characters than what we see in the first two chapters. Over time I grew to like each of them and even Walt’s brother Matthew was a charming character. I can’t say the same for Elizabeth’s family though.

The story flowed well and was written in such a way that there is no lag in storytelling. I’ve experience with other stories where a chapter here or there just seems to drag and not really necessary to moving the story along but that didn’t happen here. Each chapter moves at a good pace and showing each character growing/developing on their own and with each other. And when there are moments that are subtle between Elizabeth and Walt that show how their relationship is morphing into something more it felt plausible and not rushed or forced. This is one book I wouldn’t mind reading again or recommending to a friend.

As for the audiobook’s narrator Aubrey Vincent she did a wonderful job performing all the characters. I liked how each character had its own distinct voice and her male voice weren’t bad. Ms. Vincent brought the story to life and she certainly brought Elizabeth and Walt to life in my head. I will certainly be looking for more audiobooks that are narrated by Aubrey Vincent.

My only issue with the audiobook is the Epilogue portion being narrated by Alexander Cendese who sounded like he was some Italian-American hood from the movie *A Bronx Tale* rather than someone who grew up in a New York wealthy family. Also, he spoke so fast that I had to slow down the audio’s speed from 1.0 to .75 to slow him down. After a while I just couldn’t take listening to him anymore. He was horrible; like nails on a chalkboard. I finally completed the chapter by reading the digital book without the audio. I don’t know who was the producer of this audiobook but I have to wonder WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? What were they thinking in hiring him to do that last chapter of the book and why didn’t they just allow narrator Aubrey Vincent to continue to voice Walt as she had done throughout the book? She did a wonderful job and should have been allowed to finish off the book. It is jarring to have a second narrator suddenly show up at the end of a book and to have his style of performance to be very FAR from what was portrayed throughout the book.

My advice to anyone thinking of buying the audiobook is to 1) buy the digital book to go with it, and 2) do not listen to the Epilogue chapter but rather just read it alone.

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  • Maurice shelton
  • 07-08-22

Shockingly a slow paced book

I first the book was very boring and it was very hard to get into the book due to the simple fact it was not something that immediately caught your attention and didn’t make it easy to fall in love with the character super fast before the end of the book it really became a understandable and easy-going book I hundred percent recommend it’s just that having only one person‘s money turn off voice was kind of difficult due to the simple fact that if I had two people talking has kind of like a robot thing so I do recommend this it’s just stick in it for the long time promise it’s worth it

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  • Laura F
  • 12-05-22

Good story

I really like this story and how the surprise arranged relationship between Walt and Elizabeth grew. Aubrey Vincent did a great job as Elizabeth and carrying this whole book since Walt’s POV was only the epilogue.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-22

loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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  • Angela L Smith
  • 25-11-21

Can’t believe I wasted a credit on this one

The narrator performance was good, But the story is terrible, insipid tale. From the very beginning, all the female character does is whine and complain. I feel asleep around chapter 12 and woke up around chapter 22, so disinterested didn’t go back to listen to the chapters I missed. Ugh, I could not enjoy this one at all.

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  • Darci Hodder
  • 19-11-21

SO

So boring so predictable. No chemistry. I have no idea who Walt is. Am I supposed to believe that a girl just out of school is scooped up to have an art show in Paris with first class tickets no less. This whole story is ridiculous

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-21

Quite; modern day pretty woman!

I really enjoyed this book. Easy to listen to and not corny like some other romances.