The Contract and The Baby Clause 2.0 by Melanie Moreland | Blog Tour & Review

The Contract and The Baby Clause 2.0 by Melanie Moreland | Blog Tour & ReviewThe Contract by Melanie Moreland
Series: The Contract #1
Published by Enchanted Publications on May 24th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 371
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour Host
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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?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

The Contract had everything I wanted in a story—hate to love, marriage of convenience, slow burn! There’s genuine dislike between our a-hole hero and strong and resilient heroine, and it was such a pleasure to read the gradual change in their relationship as they played house.

Richard VanRyan is sick of getting screwed over by his boss and the only other major ad agency in Victoria is his current company’s competitor. Richard wants to jump ship, but the competitor has heard of his tyranny and playboy ways and isn’t impressed. He’s going to have to convince them he’s a changed man if he wants a chance to work for them. 

His only hope? His PA, Katharine Elliott. The thing is, he isn’t exactly nice to her. Like, at all. And he doesn’t like her. She’s too meek, too plain, too much of a doormat. But she’s perfect for the role in his scheme and he knows it. Now he’s going to have to beg her to help him, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it work.

In the beginning of the story, Richard deserved the nickname people often called people who are named Richard usually have, if you get my drift. I swear, Katy had the patience of a saint. He treated her like crap, but she held on because she wanted to keep her aunt Penny in the private home. As their relationship progressed, he became more human, more empathic to others, and definitely more protective over Katy, and eventually aunt Penny.

Katy started out as this total doormat who wouldn’t fight back when Richard treated her like crap, but when they start their arrangement where Richard needs her more than she needs him, she becomes upfront and does not tolerate it when he’s being mean to her. Honestly, I wanted to punch Richard in the eye. I loved it when she put him in his place. I lived for it! Go, Katy!

“Be careful, Richard, or I’ll take you with me to the shelter and have you neutered!”

I loved the progress of their relationship, Richard’s transition from d-bag to a man in love, and Katy’s strength throughout the story.  The banter, chemistry, the little moments when we can see things are changing between them. Ahhhh.

“Why do you love Katy?”
“Because she makes me look at the world in a different way. She grounds me… She makes life brighter. She showed me what real love meant.”

I loved the book, but I have to admit some parts in the second half were a little cheesy for my taste. I’ll be honest and say I skimmed some paragraphs. Still, I really enjoyed this book.

If you’re a fan of marriage of convenience/fake relationship stories with a-hole heroes and lovable heroines, you’ll love The Contract.

Tropes: Hate to Love, Fake Engagement, Marriage of Convenience, Boss-Employee
POV: First Person, Dual POV
Standalone: Yes

The Contract and The Baby Clause 2.0 by Melanie Moreland | Blog Tour & ReviewThe Baby Clause 2.0 by Melanie Moreland
Series: The Contract #1.75
Published by Enchanted Publications on May 31st, 2017
Genres: Novella, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 20
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour Host
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four-stars

Richard VanRyan can add another line to his resume—Daddy. How does he handle the new addition to his life? The Baby Clause is a short continuation of Richard and Katy’s story, containing humorous glimpses into his life as a father, and how his world has changed. A must read for all fans of The Contract! A portion of all sales go to charity. Includes bonus material

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

This novella is adorable! After reading The Contract, I wondered what it was like for Richard and Katy when they finally started a family. My wish came true because this story gave us a glimpse of what Richard is like as a father.

I knew he’d be a doting father, and it was heartwarming that he couldn’t resist going to his daughter the moment she starts crying. Richard, aloof and cold as he was before he married Katy, never imagined he’d become the kind of father he is today.

A nice quick read I’m sure readers who loved The Contract would enjoy.

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About Melanie Moreland

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

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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