The Contract (The Contract #1) by Melanie Moreland

The Contract (The Contract, #1)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?

5 stars

This book was totally different than what I expected! I enjoyed it with all the cheese included even though I hate cheese in real life.

Richard is a total dick, really. He is an advertising exec who makes Katy’s life miserable. She is his assistant and works hard to keep him happy but he dislikes her. When he is not promoted to partner he is angry enough to go looking for another job but the only real option for him is the Gavin Group, the opponent. Problem: it is a company with high morals and family values and Richards reputation is proceeding him. Solution: just pretend you have changed because you fell in love… With your assistant.

Katy desperately needs the money she earns to keep her foster mom in a nursing home and can’t afford to be fired. So she agrees to Richards plan, even when they have to get married.

Even though it seems far fetched for Richard to go to such extremes for a job, it is explained why he is doing this. Why he is such a jerk. The story is not the standard ‘alpha male and assistant fake relationship’. It is about Richard changing because of Katy, her foster mom, his job at a company where things are done differently. Most chapters are from his POV as well. We also get more background info about Katy. Even when around 40% the story turned and Richard started changing and it got cheesy, I enjoyed the story and kept reading until the end.

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