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The Contract (The Contract #1)

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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 (first published May 2016)
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Anna's Ramblings ツ

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 myself
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
Jun 05, 2016 Katerina 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 their corpse
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 23, 2016 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it

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


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 fired.

”My assista
Nov 18, 2016 Mo 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

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
"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't.
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
Feb 24, 2016 Katie 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
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
May 22, 2016 Amanda 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
Claire Robinson
Nov 15, 2016 Claire Robinson 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
4.5 Stars!

Really liked this story. There is something about this author's writing that makes it incredibly interesting to read her book and follow the plot, even though first 50% usually characters aren't together together. Step by step you experience their romance and get to love them and their connection.

Even though hero had his moments in the beginning, I ended up liking him and the whole set up of the story. Heroine wasn't a doormat either, and the end was very sweet and cute.

I also loved
Apr 17, 2016 Jan 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
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. Then she has a light bulb moment and agrees to a marriage of convenience, having been ridiculed, maligned, hurt, bullied, etc over and over ...more
Apr 19, 2016 EgyptDiva rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I didn’t think I’d like this one as much as I did considering it had (view spoiler) but I really really did.

I’m a sucker for love hate relationships and marriage of convenience tropes so it was no wonder I decided to read this. It reminded me of Natasha Anders heroes. You know the super asshole hero you think you’ll NEVER EVER forgive but you end up loving? Yup that was Richard. But I also adored Katy, at first you think she’s this d
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
Dilek VT
Nov 04, 2016 Dilek VT 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
Lea ★
From the moment I read the blurb, I knew this book will be a jackpot!
If you loved Christian Grey (no BDSM here though...), Jesse Ward, Gideon Cross or Malcolm Saint, I'm guessing you will probably like Richard VanRyan too.
This is a rich guy/poor girl pattern I can't seem to get enough of.
Call it my guilty pleasure.
I really liked it!
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
Sep 19, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
4 Stars!
Richard was such an asshole but I loved him! Katy was awesome too! Really enjoyed this one:))
Jun 22, 2016 Bubu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cr
This book becomes a snore-fest after about 30%. The premise a little silly with the hero needing a fake girlfriend/fiancée/wife to get a job he really, really wants. The chosen one is none other than his current PA whom he's been treating like shit.

I disliked Richard from the get go, as 'treating like shit' is still nicely put. He actively bullies her, trying to mob her out of the job idea, really. According to him she does everything perfectly and that annoys him. Or maybe it's b
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Duuuuude, I adored this book! Even with a huge test/exam-like test the morning after, I still couldn't put it down. On top of that I had (still having) a bad, bad migraine. Did I stop reading? Fuck no. I couldn't. I needed to know how it all turned out. The story, the characters = sighed! It was a cute, adorable, sweet, funny, sexy, lovable story. Did I mention that I adored it? I didn't L O V E it, but I think I wasn't far off. In fact, I'm sure that if it wasn't for that stupid migraine, I wou ...more
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
Jun 09, 2017 ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬ rated it really liked it

adam 1.93.
ben bunu bu yetmişüç kere falan derim.

spoiler vermeden anlatcam inş..... ama siz yine dikkat edin adafsdf
(normalde 3 verirdim buna ben de bu ara bol dağıtıyorum nedense. bakarız sonra)

kitabın konusu klişe evet. hatta adamın geçeceği şirketin 'aile şirketi' olma durumunun aşırıya kaçtığının da farkındayım. ama, bi sn.

mevzu şu: Richard, çalıştığı şirkette onca emeğe rağmen istediği şey başkasına gidince, siz misiniz bunu yapan diyor ve rakip şirkete geçme kararı alıyor. ama rakip şirket,
Loved this book! Richard was a huge asshole - he was awful to his assistant Katy. He was arrogant, rude, self-centered and demanding. When Richard needs a fake fiance to land a job - he goes to the one person he knows who would fit the requirements, Katy. I'm a sucker for an asshole hero who has to work to redeem himself. I love that these two had no feelings for each other in the beginning - this was definitely a slow burn. Also, I really liked how Katy's character developed throughout the book ...more
May 17, 2016 Snow rated it really liked it
4.25 "that one woman can change a man" stars

Richard VanRyan – a rich tyrant, „the dick“, a dominant, demanding, snobish, rude prick of a human existence, a playboy, someone you'd only look at once for his good looks but for his behavior you'd use a pass…unless you are just his type – a female version of him.

Katherine Elliot – in „the dick“'s eyes:
She was everything I despised in a woman. Small and delicate, with dark hair and blue eyes, she dressed in simple suits and skirts – neat and tidy
Great story! I liked the build-up between H and h most If you're tired of a quick read or insta-lust book, try this book.

Although this was a marriage in convenience story, it was different:

1. None of H and h had a crush to each other before this arrangement.

2. H was a jerk at first, most readers must want to smack him, esp the way he treated h; however, that make his change more remarkable.

3. No push the other away when one person declare his/her love.

I admired h's devotion to the people she l
Souma BookAddict
Aug 24, 2016 Souma BookAddict rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016

That was Cheesy AF and not the good kind!

AND That only counts If you can get over the fact that Richard Is a rude, mean and abusive dick!
He was such an ARSEHOLE! The king of THEM ALL! What A JERK!

This book started …ok?(He is a Dick) then it turned into a hot sappy mess that dragged on forever.
While I was reading through I just felt like I have read all this playboy boss, arranged marriage, there wasn't anything different. Kept waiting for something to happen but there was nothing.
Libby Harrison

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Katharine): 5/5
Hero (Richard): 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: Hero redeemed himself brilliantly!
Cheating: none
HEA: yes but no epilogue
Triggers: none

Average score: 4.5/5 – an epilogue would have made it a 5 star for me

Best Line: “You have hands.”

Worst Line: “I liked my women strong and vibrant—not a doormat like Miss Elliott.”

Personal Review:
This was a romance between a PA and a arrogant man who learned to love again despite
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“When you get older, Richard, you realize life is made up of moments. All sorts of them. Sad ones, good ones, and great ones. They make up the tapestry that is your life. Hold on to all of them—especially the great ones. They make the others easy to take.” 6 likes
“Without her, it was nothing.
Without her, I was nothing.
~Richard VanRyan”
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