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The Contract

Written by: Melanie Moreland
Narrated by: John Lane, Tatiana Sokolov
Series: Contract Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2016 Melanie Moreland (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Crystal
  • 2017-01-07

ok storyline. no chemistry. bad narration.

ok storyline but there was no chemistry between characters and just not great writing it was very stilted and not natural how people would speak to each other etc. not a fan of the narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-11-12

The Arrogance

Well...I really enjoyed the plot to the story,I fully expected your typical "assistant/boss"office hook up,but had a different twist than your usual romance.For starters...The assistant was not your"usual"gorgeous,lusty looking assistant,according to her boss(a major a$$ hole,in my opinion)she was a plain,sexless scare crow.He treated her like total $h!t for a good portion of the story and she put up with it because her situation called for her needing her job.In the "hero's"arrogance,he didn't get his promotion so he devised a plan to fix his image with the help of his straight,laced assistant.They worked it out and of course ended up falling in love.A little hard to believe but it happened none the less.If this had some"reality"to it,I'd see a divorce in their future.I think his guilt over how he treated her made him settle and his personality will certainly rear it's ugly head soon,it's not likely to change after all the years of being such a d!ck.

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  • Alison F.
  • 2018-06-25

Disappointing choice of female narrator

The male narrator does a good job, but the female narrator seems like a poor casting choice for this particular story. She did a decent job, just not the right fit for the role.

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  • Heather
  • 2017-03-15

Awesome

I really enjoyed this book. The story was good and it wasn't drawn out. 1st book for me of the author and I'm already looking for another.

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  • Denise
  • 2016-11-05

Typical HEA love story

I am always hesitant to write reviews for books that are what I consider "par for the course" romances. I just give my honest opinion of the read and I don't have blogs or web sites or anything of that nature. I am just me and I like to read and listen.

This story was interesting enough to finish. It was not a story I could not put down or kept me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. The publishers summary give a good synopsis of the book. What IS refreshing about the story line however, is the company that Richard goes to is an extremely close knit family oriented business. I think that was unique to the story. I also enjoyed how the people from said company helped the story along. The sub characters were interesting and I hope that she decides to publish their stories as well.

This is a story you can enjoy on a weekend, vacation or just to have something pleasant to listen to. If you have read my reviews before you know that I am a HUGE fan of Tatiana Sokolov. This story is atypical of what she usually narrates. She does a very good performance, but the male performer has more to read and his female voice took some getting used to.

I used a credit to purchase this because I was down on reading/listening material. I would recommend for a sale.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-10-12

Real!!!

It's rare when I feel so emotional with a book these days, normally many romance novels are repetitive always about tragedy, but this book was real. And the author was able to express how one person can change and make a difference with unconditional love.

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  • Roxanne Brown
  • 2017-02-27

awesome story

this story really touch my heart, it was sweet and nice and made me cry a few times. I love books like this one. what a surprise

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  • Gloria Mercado
  • 2019-07-08

Not impressed

The narrators were amazing. The story not so much, it was all very predictable and unrealistic. Same rich man and naive woman that turns out to be smart and strong. Sugar and spice an everything nice or whatever. Overall it was okay but I wish there was more. There were parts I actually laughed out loud and relatable parts that made the characters interesting. It just isn't enough, I'm all up for the alpha male providing for his woman but I guess I have read all of this before.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-30

Had so much potential

Started off really well but couldn’t keep up the plot - there was no real conflict and was waaayyyy too cheesy after like the halfway mark

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  • Wendy Vorwerk
  • 2018-12-19

Sappy, predictable, and dull

Well. I seem to be on a roll of not-so-good books. This one was dull, very predicable, and sappy. If you’re going to write a story that’s been told 1000 times before, you need to put a unique and different spin on it!! There was no intrigue or happenings to make you want to know what comes next in the story. You already know. The writing was ok but needed some edge. I think 1st person would have been much better. I managed to get through all but the last 30 minutes. The end was so sappy and cheesy I couldn’t take anymore.

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