The Contract (The Contract Series, #1)

The Contract (The Contract Series, #1)

by Melanie Moreland
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The Contract (The Contract Series, #1) by Melanie Moreland

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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153241524
Publisher: Enchanted Publications
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Series: Contract Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,034
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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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The Contract 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete transformation...loved this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful. Sweet love can conquer all. Would recommend over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I got the book from Bookbub, I was not sure about this book, but I was really surprised how great it was. It didn't leave anything unsaid. I hate it when after reading a book, I am left with questions and unfinished business or emotions, but this book was an amazing journey from beast to human with the power of love and forgiveness. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author. My only complaint is that I wish it had an epilog so we could find out about their baby, but you can't have it all. If you love an emotionally charged, great book, read this one. It truly was good. I know I will reread it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! You won't be disappointed. Wow!
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Story, Beautifully Written... While there are many books out with basically the same story line I have not read any with the emotional kick of this one... Yes, Richard used and abused Katy, his PA at work, for his own gain but her goodness and ability to love got him... Could not put this book down and while I wanted to hate Richard I couldn't because he like many of us was a product of his upbringing... After only a few pages I felt as if I were part of the story and that happens rarely... Recommend this book highly...
JMMcDonald More than 1 year ago
Ever so often there comes a book so perfectly written that it lingers with you long after you’ve finished reading it. The Contract was indeed one of those books. I laughed, cried, yelled, cheered, and wanted to throw my Nook across the room because of this story. The characters are beautifully crafted, full of depth and flaws that made them feel as though they were right there in the room with me. I ached for Katy and want to slap the crap out of Richard, yet I was compelled to like him. I wanted him to change and enjoyed watching his transformation as the story progressed. The story ebbed and flowed with such perfect precision that it was impossible for me to put it down. I didn’t want it to end, and when it did, I walked away satisfied with its ending. There is a realism to Melanie’s work that captures the emotions of life. She is a master of prose and brings poetry to her characters. This is a book I highly recommend reading. It will tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It makes you know that true can happen. Wish there was a sequel to this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Couldn't put it down. Its a stand alone novel. Hoping for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. Beautiful story and wonderful characters.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This book was different than I thought it would be. Based on the synopsis I figured another Alpha male who learns to love but this book was so much more. It was so moving and emotional. Richard was such an arse in the beginning. He hated Katharine because he thought she was weak and a push over. He had no idea who the real Katharine was. He had a horrible childhood and basically didn't know any other way to be. Katharine also had her fair share of troubles during her childhood but instead of turning out like Richard she was always giving. She bit her tongue at work because she needed the job not because she was a push over or weak. Richard needs Katharine to get a new job he wants. He had no idea when he asked for her help that his whole life would change. He wasn't ready for it to change in the way it did and found that as the changes were happening he didn't feel the way he expected to feel. Katharine takes the job because she could do so much with the money he is offering and because she sees something in Richard; a different Richard probably the real Richard. Will she be able to help him find the real Richard or will he stick to how now. Will he continue to fight against the change? I found this book to be so emotional; I teared up a few times and I don't cry. Everyone likes Katharine; she is kind, loving, and always looking to help whoever needs it. All the characters in this book are wonderful. They all help Richard see how different things could be. I would love to read more about all the characters in this book. I have read one other book by Melanie Moreland and loved them both so much. I look forward to reading her other books. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
AndyMac40 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written book with great chemistry between the characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I hated Richard so much I wasn't sure I could continue reading, but I so glad I did. Worth staying up late to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!!! Loved the characters!!! Need more of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book! Great story line! Definitely a good book to take to the beach!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo amazing. I cried, I laughed,I could not put this one down until i finished it. I think I have a new favorite author, Excellent!
JackiesBookWorld 6 months ago
The Contract completely sucked me in from the very start, not having read any other works by the author before I was really impressed with just how well she executed the book. In the story we get to follow the lives of two total opposites whose lives collide after signing the contract that would ultimately change their lives forever. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Richard VanRyan, a wealthy playboy whose constant indiscretions can’t seem to get him out of the spotlight. He cares for no one, but himself and that has landed him on the hot seat with his fellow associates. After wanting to become partner for the company that he works for, after all the hard work that he has put to make the company successful, it is only right that he gets the the partnership that he wants, but that isn’t happening. He has once again being passed up from getting the offer and that has made Richard really angry. His only choice now is to either stick with the job that doesn’t deliver what he wants or move on to the next company to work for. It is after a friend suggests to interview for a rather different type of company that suddenly spark Richard’s interest. But not only will he have to give up his old habits to prove that he has changed, but he will also need a fake fiancee to be able to sale his story. With no one else around him that he can trust for the job, he turns to non other than his personal assistant, Katherine, for help. After offering her anything that she wants in order to live with him for an extended amount of time, and basically play the role of dutiful fiancee, Richard starts to see her in a different light. He is attracted to her in more ways than he can explain and that could damage the contract that they have signed and his future if he is not careful. Now that he is so close to having it all, the only thing left is whether he is willing to give up what he has worked for so long for the women that he could potentially be falling in love with. Katherine Elliott doesn’t do your typical PA duties, especially not for a man like Richard VanRyan. He is only proven to be the most demanding boss she’s ever had, yet when he asks for her help everything changes for her. Now she has to pretend to be in love with him and lie to those around her, including those she has grown close to. It is when she starts to feel a pull towards him that she has to decide if he is worth lying for. I absolutely loved this story, the author did a good job developing the characters by giving them time to adjust in different scenarios. Though the book is predictable, the way it started to the very end of the story was filled with twists and turns that will leave you wanting for more. In the story we get to understand by Katherine is the way she is and her past. It will leave you in tears when you learn her story. Richard truly shows his compassion for her and love when he has to be there for her in a time of need. We also get to learn more of Richard’s past and his obstacles of wanting to follow his rules and not anyone else’s. Overall, the story made me laugh, cry and swoon for the characters. I would highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed (especially with how it ends!). ***A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.***
Lashea677 6 months ago
Thank you Melanie Moreland for appealing to the poet in my soul. Using beautiful words and emotional moments, The Contract reminds us to appreciate life's greatest moments and make them count. What stood out most for me was this piece of dialogue: " When you get older ... you realize life is made up of moments. All sorts of them. Sad ones, good ones, and great ones. They make up the tapestry that is your life. Hold on to all of them—especially the great ones. They make the others easy to take." That piece of wisdom gave me goosebumps that have yet to disappear. Richard, Katy and Penny are haunting characters in the most breathtaking of stories. My one regret is that I am just discovering this immensely talented author. Melanie Moreland made this moment count. What an impact it made.
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CeeCeeHouston 12 months ago
Richard VanRyan is a relentless business man and a playboy. But he works hard for his boss. After being passed over for a promotion he decides to leave the company and his boss in the lurch. He wants to work for a competitor. But to do so, he has to be seen as a family oriented man, not the womanizer he really is. To do so, he has only one option. He has to ask for help from someone he despises. Katharine Elliott is Richard's PA. She’s a hard worker and very likeable… or so everyone else seems to think. Richard can’t see it himself. She’s too quiet, too plain… too thin. Katy doesn’t know how Richard feels but she can sense it. She shares his utter dislike, knowing him to be arrogant and mean; and a complete d***. She only puts up with him and does whatever he demands because she desperately needs her pay cheque. When Richard asks Katy for help, she gets angry thinking he’s making a fool of her, but he convinces her he’s not. He wants her to pretend to be his fiance as it’s the only way he’ll have a chance getting his new position and getting one over on his old boss. After a lot of thought and with no other options, Katy agrees to help Richard. This was a fast read. Richard was certainly a man worth hating as he only thought of himself, not how the pretence would affect anyone else, least of all Katy. But katy is stronger than he gives her credit for, and she won’t take his sh** now that she’s no longer his P.A. I laughed and cried with the characters, I wanted to slap Richard and shake Katy more than once but when the ending came, I cried again because I wasn’t done reading about them. I can’t recommend this book enough. And now it has a companion novella. Grab your copies today and immerse yourself in all things Richard and Katy.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "Go ~~~~ yourself, VanRyan." Stars! The Contract is not the first book I have read by Melanie Moreland, but it is definitely the best book I have read by her to date. There is nothing I love more than a dislikeable Hero who over the course of the story reforms into something else. Richard VanRyan is the epitomy of that description, because at the beginning of this story, he can only be described as a total tool, but what I liked is that the author through using his POV for the bulk of the story really gave you an insight into his head, how he was thinking, and how those assumptions he initially made about Kate unravelled and the effect that has on him, the more he gets to know her. She was perfection. I couldn’t ducking stand her. There is a chance when an author tells a story such as this that the heroine ends up being a bit of a doormat in part because of the situation she has found herself in, not so with Katharine Elliott, she may have understood that Mr VanRyan’s actions ultimately put her in an untenable position, but she in no way took things lying down. Her POV is included at pertinent points in the story, and getting in her head when certain things are playing out really gave depth to them both as characters. I loved the back and forth between these two, as the level of their deception to everyone else grows, the actual connection between them forges stronger. You can also see that Richard starts to realize as things move along, that what he thought would be a small white lie to get him into a new job, and a couple of months inconvenience with having Miss Elliott in his life, gradually grows in proportion as he settles into the new job and his relationship with Katy morphs into more than just a business transaction. "I’m trying to be better." Loved this story, loved them as individuals, and as a couple, the backgrounds that the author gave them both gave gravitas to how they are characterized at the beginning of the book, and as the story develops you see how both of them change as people and towards each other as they learn more about themselves and the other, because of the situation they are in. I got lost in this story, literally not moving off the sofa until the last paragraph. "I’m not scared of loving you anymore… I’m only scared of losing you." I am a little late to the party with reading it obviously, but if like me you have dragged your heels, take my advice and make this the next book you pick up to read, I don’t think you’ll come away disappointed at its end. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.