The Contract: Love-Hate relationship

The Contract
written by Melanie Moreland
narrated by John Lane and Tatiana Sokolov

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So…. I have somewhat mixed feelings about this. Let me start with the things I liked…

Firstly, I’m a sucker for a good “enemies to lovers” story and the storyline of The Contract was enjoyable. Richard is quite the jerkface and to get his dream job he offers his assistant Katharine a whole lot of money to… marry him. He can’t stand her, she can’t stand him. But I think we all know how it ends 😉

The story is mainly about Richard and while we have both his and Katherine’s point of view, most chapters are his. Initially, he really, really isn’t likable at all. But over the course of the book he goes through logical changes. And… well… in the end, he turns out to be quite the awesome guy!

Secondly, this audiobook is narrated by John Lane. He is one of my favourite narrators, and of course he’s also a great Richard. He can pull off the extreme arrogance of the earlier chapters but also manages to sound warm and concerned later on. His female voices and intonations work very well, too. I think the point of the story is: You get infatuated with someone when you love the person you become when you’re with them.

And that brings me to the points I liked less. Mainly, Katharine. She’s a very two-dimensional character and basically just the back-drop for Richard to develop and become a more feeling person. And while we find out tons of “good reasons” why Katharine acts the way she does, in my opinion, she is too much of a self-sacrificial stick-in-the-mud.

Tatiana Sokolov is a fantastic narrator and she sounds great as Katherine. But the character simply isn’t very developed which I found kind of disappointing. And she’s one of those women who never aspire to anything because they give up everything for everybody else. I find that honestly tiresome.

Now, there’s one more big thing. It’s a pet peeve of mine. I call it “fucking the virgin without foreplay”. I believe, if you decide to make your heroine a virgin, you should give her the kind of first time you would have wanted for yourself or your daughter.

For me, having your breasts fondled once before he rams it in, to the hilt, is just not it. I don’t find it realistic and I always think, “what if a virgin reads this book and thinks that’s all she can expect?” Where are the weeks of feeling her up, getting to know her body, letting her get to know her partner’s?

Not every romance novel needs an explicit sex scene. And for me, this book would have been better just being vague about the bedroom things.

However, my bottom line is, that I did overall enjoy this book and do recommend it because I liked Richard so much 🙂

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That’s 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 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?


1 out of 5 stick-in-the-mud stars
The sex scenes just weren’t very good, sorry :-/


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13 thoughts on “The Contract: Love-Hate relationship

  1. Enemies to lovers is a favourite of mine. I do enjoy the transition from arrogant to nice guy.

  2. I don’t like sex scenes that feel rushed or over done. Either one, especially in audiobook form is a no for me.

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