Book Review| The Contract by Melanie Moreland

Posted July 11, 2017 by soaringu in five star, love/hate / 0 Comments

29333677Title: The Contract (The Contract #1)
Pages: 371
Published: 5/24/16
Rating: five-stars


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?


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?

My Thoughts:

What a beautiful slow burn romance! This book just blew my mind. It was nothing like I expected.

The Contract is a slow burn romance featuring Robert VanRyan, a cocky and arrogant businessman, and his PA, Katherine Elliot, who is the exact opposite of him.

What I love about this entire book is how Moreland makes these two seemly different characters have so much in common. Robert, like I said before, is the exact opposite of Katherine or Katy. In fact, in the beginning, you can clearly see that he is harsh, arrogant, and a very rude person. He genuinely hates people. And I’ve got to say, I did not like him in the beginning. He was rude and very cut throat. There wasn’t an ounce of humanity basically in him. However, that changes when a situation demands that he needs Katherine’s help.

Katherine is such an amazing female lead character. She appears timid, but, boy, she is fierce as hell. I love that she takes no crap from Robert. However, I also love her kind and loving heart. She is so kind that she goes far and beyond for Robert. In addition, I love that she believes in seeing the good in Robert.

Robert in the beginning is not at all likable. But what makes this story so good is how Robert changes. He is still cocky at times. However, his past is terrible and, yes, he uses the past as an excuse for his behavior, but he changes as a person. I could literally feel and witness the transformation of Robert into a very awesome book boyfriend. He is just so swoon at time

I just love Katherine and Robert as a couple. Their love story is sweet and an endless slow burn. I love that they take their time knowing each other. They start out as friends and then become lovers. This reminded me of Aiden and Vanessa from the The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. And that’s a praise because that book is one of my all time favorites.

Moreland did a great job with the overall pacing of the plot. The plot, which is the romance, of course had  nice slow pace, but was constantly burning brighter and brighter. I can just go on and on about the plotting because it is just amazing. Moreland does a great job with the secondary characters. Penny is just a darling in addition to numerous others, which I won’t mention to spoil.

Overall, I just loved this book. This book deserves way more than five stars. However, the max I can give it is five. Moreland thanks for such a great read. I can’t wait to read the short stories surrounding this couple. I highly recommend this book. Okay, now I need to stop rambling.