Monday, June 13, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: The Contract by Melanie Moreland

The Contract
by Melanie Moreland
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Romance

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 — fiancĂ©e 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?

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, Katherine Elliot. Honestly, I don't understand his initially dislike for Katy because I would think being a tyrant boss would appreciate an efficient worker, despite her not being easy on the eyes. When he was pass up for promotion in the company, the only thing that came to his mind is revenge... by going to their biggest competitor. Nice move.


When Richard found out that Gavin Group is a tight nit family business that values its employee morale and integrity, he decided that he need his PA's help to sell the story of him being a reformed man.

Katherine Elliot is a plain Jane and a hard worker. Being insulted, ridicule and verbally abused by her tyrant boss is something that she can bear because she got much important thing to focus on, namely supporting her Aunt Penny in a private care. But when her boss asked her for an unexpected favor, she was torn between wanting the money and asking him to go fuck himself. 


Richard's plan is simply. Ask Katherine to be his fake girlfriend, impress the Gavins, get the job and then ditch the fake girlfriend. But alas, reality doesn't go as plan, and their lies soon grew out of proportion and they find themselves getting deeper and deeper into the charade and lines got blurred. 

This is very much Richard's story. For being someone so capable and successful, he is one cynical, immoral man in a dog eats dog world. He was a big jerk to Katherine, but when he needs her help, he did manage to turn on his charm. He is not all bad, but slightly misguided due to his upbringing and the lack of close friend.

I'm very much impressed with his transformation in the story. When he get to know the real Katherine behind the timid PA, he was amaze with her strength and tenacity. And after getting a taste of the working environment in Gavin Group, Richard found out that he much appreciate a healthy working place compare to the cut throat business he was coming from. 

Katherine as a heroine came off as quite a doormat in the beginning. She just go with whatever Richard demand of her, but slowly we see her backbone emerging and after we learn about Aunt Penny, we can see what a remarkable woman she is.

I think although this story started off on shaky ground, I enjoyed the slow burn relationship between Richard and Katherine. And beside the romance, there is an underlying sense of family, friendship and love. 

Oh, the ending. Is a bit sweet and sappy, especially coming from Richard, but I love it.

I tilted my head. “I apologize. I’ll try to do better. Is there anything else you want since we’re putting everything on the table?”

She hesitated, her fingers worrying the ugly shirt she wore.

“Spit it out.”

“You can’t, um, you can’t mess around while we’re doing . . . while we’re together.”

“Mess around?”

She looked everywhere but at me. “You can’t sleep with other women. I won’t be humiliated like that.”

“So what you’re saying is: I can’t fuck anyone?”

Her cheeks were so red I thought her head would explode; however, she straightened her shoulders and looked right at me. “Yes.”

This was too fun for me.

“Yes, I can fuck around?”


“No fucking,” I enunciated the last word.


“You expect me to remain celibate the whole time?” I asked, now incredulous.

“I will be, so I expect you to do the same.”

I snorted. “I doubt it’s anything new for you.”

She threw up her hands. “That’s it. You want to fuck someone? Go fuck yourself, VanRyan.”

Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-six-plus years. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works at a local university and for its football team. Her job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

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