Three years into a five-year marriage of convenience, Jenn finds herself wanting something she never thought she’d want from her laid-back, ex-military husband. Sex–as a much-needed release of tension from her high-stress job. But weekly sex with Nick, despite their careful parameters, is likely to get messy eventually.
Ever since her father walked out on her as a child, Jenn knows never to assume the people she loves will stick around, so she’s not about to trust Nick with her heart. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed.
But what starts as a tension-reliever soon becomes so much more, until it threatens both their practical arrangement and the heart Jenn has worked so hard to keep safe.
Jenn and Nick have been married for 3 years. But they don’t have an ordinary marriage; they made a deal to be married for 5 years. Both stood to gain from it. Jenn is sort of an workaholic and Nick is a PI, after being in the military.
Because Jenn is having stress headaches, Nick starts to give her massages and one thing leads to an amendment of their contract: sex once a week is now allowed.
As ridiculous as it sounds, the story is actually told in a very plausible way. Jenn and Nick are likeable characters, even when Jenn is so unbending and always working. She has her reasons to keep her heart guarded. And Nick is a great, caring man. He also has reasons to keep his life uncomplicated and easy. But will they still keep to the five-year plan? Are they still married friends having sex or will it evolve into something so much more?
Married by Contract can be read in a couple of hours and has steamy scenes that are not too explicit.