Tuesday, May 31, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway★*~ The Contract by Melanie Moreland

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The Contract
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Monark Design Services

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?

Title: The Contract
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
One of the best things about romance for me is being a part of two people (who on the surface you’d think wouldn’t really belong together), coming together in a way that is both equal parts sweet and beautiful.
What makes it even better is the rare occasions you get to read a story where one person has never known love or been loved, so you’re seeing it happen for the first time. Those books, when done right, get me right in the gut every single time, and this story, Richard more specifically, was no different.
It’s been said in countless reviews already that Richard VanRyan is an asshole, and honestly, on paper he was. But this is where I read different than most. I saw through that mask pretty early on and it wasn’t a specific instance that did it. Just a feeling. So while he was barking orders and genuinely acting like a piece of crap, all I did was laugh.
I saw him getting smacked upside the head by love long before it happened, so his earlier behavior was amusing. His plan, once it was set in motion, even more so. Because just like I saw different in him very early on, I saw the same thing in his Katy. Katharine was a spitfire underneath it all and seeing that side of her come out, basically knocking Richard on his ass was a beautiful thing.
Everything about her, being everything I enjoy in a heroine.
The way in which this story was paced, how it started, how things slowly took their time evolving and the aftermath of all of that, when realizations are made, forgiveness is sought out and given and a real and true happily ever after can be obtained, it was all as close to perfect as it can get for me in fiction. Nothing moved lightning fast. It was a beautiful slow burn that resulted in Richard not only being altered and changed as he learned what love was, but me as well. I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other and trust me when I say, it was beautiful.
Painful at times, my heart hurting for the both of them with one specific instance that happens, but much like the authors previous works, her taking great care to put my heart back together again, much the same way she did with her very own characters.
Low on drama, with the right amount of passion and feeling, I felt their love story in my bones.
Smiles appearing on my face at the most random times, laughter spilling out more than once over just how well they played off one another, and my heart melting with each moment between them that seemed to alter Richard. Making him the boy he once was (the man he should have grown into) and cheering when reality smacked itself right into him, giving me what I knew from the start was coming for him.
Add in the family dynamic Richard and Katy find themselves a part of, and my love of that in the books I read lately, and quite frankly, this book was everything I wished it to be and more. But after having falling in love with this authors writing in her previous works, I should have expected nothing less.
My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this story before its official release. This was a beautiful journey that I am so honored to have gotten the chance to experience.

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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you! Your review was amazing and I appreciate it so much!