‘The Contract’ – Melanie Moreland

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 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?

I read The Contract from start to finish. It’s one of those books that hooks you from the start and doesn’t let you go.

I disliked Richard as soon as I met his character. Arrogant, rude, selfish and mean to others. He only cares about himself and takes out his frustrations on those around him, in particular his PA Katherine.

Katherine never wanted the job as Richard VanRyan’s PA but the money was too good to pass up. He’s rude, cruel and a nightmare to work with. So when he comes to her with a proposal she doesn’t know how to react.

I love the plot of this book. The slow building romance, the fake marriage, the character development. It’s such an easy read filled with great characters. The Gavin family are delightful and Penny and her relationship with both Katy and Richard is lovely.

The transition of Richard from cold, selfish businessman, to sweet, thoughtful husband is done brilliantly and lovely to read. Sometimes enemies to lovers storylines aren’t believable but this one really works. You can see how the two characters change each other. It is written so well; the spark between the two of them, the banter and the understanding they develop.

A real feel good book that leaves you smiling. One of my favourite go to books. Definitely worth reading!

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