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(The Contract #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  27,611 ratings  ·  2,396 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Enchanted Publications
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3.5 Stars

This was an enyoyable read, especially the first half. It had all the ingredients I love: the asshole of all assholes, a likable heroine, slow burn romance, witty banter, a bit of angst and an interesting plot.

I even bought the hero’s transformation from a total asshole to the sweetest angel that literally happened in a blink of an eye.

However, around 75% mark the cheese fest began...

It dragged for way too long and the dialogue became too sappy for my liking. As a result, I found myse
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3-ish Stars

I am a total sucker for this trope and it was done really well here overall. Especially the beginning set up; however, at about 70%, the book stated to flag for me. The story started to drag a little and things got a kinda of cheesy. I also thought the love scenes felt more 90’s historical romance than I was expecting.

I did a fair share of skimming toward the end as the dialogue because a gush-fest and the narrative all tell.

Overall, I enjoyed it though. I just wish it had kept its
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This book here has all kinds of tropes in it but the marriage of convenience trope is the one that caught my attention. Because ME LIKE. I might or might not have a bit of a ladyboner for such a trope.

➦I do admit that gif is a bit creepy. Moving on... So then I find out this also has a bit of a enemies to lovers woven into it with an asshole lawyer on the side for dessert. And then I immediately start sympathizing with the heroine because she seriously deserves a medal for putting up with this
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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The Contract is book one in The Contract series by Melanie Moreland. I’ve read several of Melanie’s recent books but haven’t had a chance to get to the back list. This is one of those times I am asking myself, why, why, why did you wait so long to read this?!

Richard VanRyan works at Anderson, Inc, a cut throat advertising firm. The work environment is toxic, a constant competition between the employees to out do each other and a tyrannical boss. Richard fits right in. He’s a tyrant himself. He’s
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katerina by: Τατιάνα Τζινιώλη
Holy frack, I can't stop puking butterflies!

There was cheese people, there's no denying it. So much cheese than even Mickey Mouse suffers from stomach ache. And clichés, it felt like watching The Proposal with a role reversal. But you know what? I love the Proposal (ogling Ryan Reynolds' butt has nothing to do with it) and I love cheese!

“A tyrant at work and a playboy after hours.”

Katy's boss is horrible. He's one of those bosses you want to strangle in their sleep, dance around thei
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

”A tyrant at work and a playboy after hours.”

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Katharine Elliott works for Richard VanRyan as his PA. He’s unappreciative, condescending, arrogant, belittling, and flat out rude to her on a daily basis. Katharine spends a large portion of her pay check paying for the care of the only person who took care of her and loved her as a child. So it goes that our fab heroine, Katharine must accept all that is Richard VanRyan as he is constantly looking for a reason to get her fir
May 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I’m not sure what went wrong here. I think this could’ve been good, but it kinda lost its way? The beginning was okay, nothing extraordinary but it was fine and enjoyable enough. By the 70% I was ready to DNF it. I almost did a couple of times I just couldn’t handle how cheesy and boring it turned to be.

The hero was a jerk. I didn’t like him from the beginning to the end. And how his character took a sudden turn was so unbelievable. He was suddenly the sweetest human being? And I’m jus
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm away from home so not much time for reviews. Enjoyed this one. Reminded me a bit of the old Mills and Boon that I read many moons ago. Rich, arsehole wanker boss. Downtrodden secretary or PA if we have to be politically correct here.

Richard was a fucking dick. But for probably not long enough in the book for me. Did he redeem himself? Yeah, he did.

Might edit my review in the future but, in Ireland, dealing with family, is leaving me fucking knackered. xxxxx

Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

The Contract had everything I wanted in a story—hate to love, marriage of convenience, slow burn! There’s genuine dislike between our a-hole hero and strong and resilient heroine, and it was such a pleasure to read the gradual change in their relationship as they played house.

Richard VanRyan is sick of getting screwed over by his boss and the only other major ad agency in Victoria is his current company’s competitor. Richard wants to jump ship, but the competi
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

This was propably the cutest story I've read all year, and you might think I'm crazy since the hero was a complete asshole in the beginning. But the book set such a light and whimsical mood that you couldn't help but be swept up in this modern day fairytale.

Katy's boss is a grade A asshole, he is prime example of what the boss from hell would be like. But when he asks her to pose as his fiance so he can get a job their roles are suddenly reversed. Although you'd never say since Richard takes cha
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was just ok, and then it wasn't. It lost my interest completely and even though I really should've put it on my dnf shelf -- I skimmed through the last 30%. I didn't find anything really all that special about either characters, and once they developed stronger feelings it became kind of cheesy and just plain unappealing to me. I didn't hate it either. I just completely lost interest tbh. I'm sure others would like this low drama, super sweet story...but it just
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

It started great, but then the story became predictable and I felt like the plot was just dragging...
Plus, the male narrator was annoying. 🙈🙈🙈
"4 Cheesy stars"

"I'm not scared of loving you anymore, Katy.
I'm only scare of losing you."

This book was quite enjoyable and I didn't expect it to be so good! The title kind of prepare you of what's coming. This was my first book by Melanie Moreland and I liked it very much! The writing and the characters were great, although there were parts that some people will find really cheesy but it was ok for me and the end was unnecessarily dragged for a while which it would have been ok if it wasn'
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Still a good read*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 04.04.2018
I couldn't find anything new that looked interesting enough to read, so like I've done most this year: I did a re-read. The book centers around the blunt and in charge in the advertising industry, Richard VanRyan (32) and his PA, Katharine ‘Katy’ Elliott (view spoiler) (how old?). Richard wants revenge for being passed on a promotion, and wants to start working for The Gavin Group. However, the TGG is
This was one of those "it's not you, it's me" books, and I really struggled with this. Richard was a monumental tool from word one, to the point of being vile and nasty, and he irritated the ever loving hell out of me with his unwarranted and cruel attacks on Katy. She then in turn irritated me by putting up with his crap instead of kneeing him in the nuts and leaving the tosser in her rear view. But I'm afraid I lost any and all respect for her when she has a light bulb moment and agrees to a m ...more
Chantal ❤️
This was a great story but I did drag on in places. I loved how he runs after her in the end but honestly it was a slow moving book. This was a comforting read filled with ups and downs.
The hero was a total asshole. I had no idea that I could hate him so much and then at the end love him. He really did grow and the author did a great job of showing his growth. It does come slowly with the realization of who he could be if he allowed himself to feel. Everything he does towards the end is for her
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!


"No, Richard. You aren't despicable. 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."

Ah! Loved this book!

So the story plot is as follows- an eccentric, rich and womanizing man named Richard is looking to leave his old job after being passed up for the role of their new partner. In order for him to go to
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 'make - believe' stars

The Contract is quite a surprisingly good read. When I started on the book, I find the writing was pretty mediocre and there isn't enough backstory to build up the two main characters. When they first came on the page, I don't find them instantly likable. But as I continue, I find myself getting more and more engrossed in the story and rooting for the jerk.

Richard VanRyan is a high flyer of the advertising industry and a jerk of epic proportion, especially towards his PA
Alex ♈
I didn't like the hero at the beginning, I didn't like him much at the end.
She was OK. She wasn't weak, she was a good person I guess. Much better than me, coz I would have never forgiven him.
Do people change? I'm not sure. They accommodate maybe, but don't change completely.
There are miracles in books, there are non in real life.
Dilek VT
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dilek VT by: Gökçe
Someting between 3-3,5.... Very sweet and heart warming but too slow and dragging!

As you can see from the blurb, the plot here seems to be a cliché but it doesn't follow the cliché road, it takes its own way.

However, even this refreshing approach to "the girlfriend/wife with a contract theme" cannot save the book and make it a 4 or 5 star read for me because it is too slow, too uneventful and incredibly dragging.

I think this book is 100 pages longer than necessary. I mean, there are 60 more pa
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "Go fuck yourself, VanRyan." Stars!

The Contract is not the first book I have read by Melanie Moreland, but it is definitely the best book I have read by her to date.

There is nothing I love more than an asshole who over the course of the story reforms into something else. Richard VanRyan is the epitomy of that description, because at the beginning of this story, he can only be described as a total douche, but what I liked is that the author through using his POV for the bulk of the story real
Ratings: 4 stars. I really liked this one

The story: I’m currently on a marriage of convenience reading spree and this book is definitely one of my fav of this genre and the slow burn romance was a big fat Bonus.

Story wise I’d have to say that it wasn’t anything unique, but the execution of the story made this one worth it. I normally had the attention span of a two year old and tend to switch between one book to another, but this one manage to hold my interest throughout, that too without havi
I love stories like this and discovering new authors that grab you from page one, Melanie Moreland did that with " The Contract"

Richard is a brilliant and creative Ad Executive but also arrogant. He views his proficient assistant, Katherine, as delicate, timid and dowdy, being everything he hates in a woman. But she was great at her job and everyone in the office liked her more than him. When he gets passed over for a promised partnership, he begins to look for a new job. He wants to work for th
I have to give praise to this author! She had me wanting to initially junk punch this H and by the end of the story, I adored him. That is not an easy thing to accomplish. These two characters, Richard and Katy, started off not very fond of each other. Richard was actually not very fond of anyone. Sweet Katy just didn't care for him and his horrid attitude. He was mean and hateful and you didn't think he'd ever be able to redeem himself. I loved how they progressed together in their relationship ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
This was an interesting story. Richard starts off as an emotionally stunted goblin who tosses off abuse and disdain for fun. And his biggest target is his PA, who he considers beneath contempt because she's such a weakling and just takes it. Katy is lovely, but constrained by wanting to take care of the woman who stepped up when she truly needed it. The elder care home is expensive but so good for her that Katy is willing to undergo any sacrifice, including the hazard pay they give her to put up ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
****3.75 Stars****

This is a story line I can’t seem to get enough.
As soon as I read The Contract’s blurb I knew I would have to read it!
And so I tried my luck.
Thanks to StarAngel's Reviews for very kindly sending me this copy.

So, what’s it about?

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.

In o
Nikki ღ Navareus


Yeah, I love a story about a total asshole hero, who redeems himself by the end. This one pretty much fit the bill. Richard was a douche extreme at the first of this story. He was mean and hurtful as hell. Katy came off as a sweet little shy thing, but she eventually comes out as the spitfire she truly is, and stopped holding back all her kick ass responses back to Richard whenever he acted like a douche to her. I also enjoyed the whole host of awesome, lovable secondary characte
The shriveled up, ashy, black and burnt raisin that serves as my heart wished it could have the capacity to love this fun, entertaining, contemporary romance where the nerd girl heroine tames the wild beast of a hero through a marriage of convenience. Unfortunately, the cynical little sucker couldn't help roiling with nausea at the super sappiness including how quickly (and disappointingly) the F-bomb dropping, narcissistic, greedy manho turned into a mushy Hallmark Card because his Mary Sue dro ...more
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
The Contract started off strong, funny and emotional but at around 75%, it veered off to candyland where it dragged and got stuck in annoyingville.
The hero went from alpha to not so alpha.
The heroine was sweet but I found her annoying at times when she claimed on more than one occasion to have forgiven the hero for his past treatment of her, yet she kept bringing it up.
I'm on the fence about this author. I'll probably read one more book by her before making a decision on whether or not her book
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I know I’m once again late to the party, but better late than never eh?

description You know you’re known as ‘The Dick’ in many circles. For obvious reasons.”


Melanie Moreland knitted together so many aspects perfectly in The Contract and the slower burn romance, witty banter, low-drama and connections between each of the characters made for a fantastic all-round read. But it was Richard VanRyan’s transformation from arsehole to adorable that was the star of the show and a joy to behold.

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