Three years into a five-year marriage of convenience, Jenn finds herself wanting something she never thought she'd want from her laid-back, ex-military husband. Sex--as a much-needed release of tension from her high-stress job. But weekly sex with Nick, despite their careful parameters, is likely to get messy eventually.
Ever since her father walked out on her as a child, Jenn knows never to assume the people she loves will stick around, so she's not about to trust Nick with her heart. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed.
But what starts as a tension-reliever soon becomes so much more, until it threatens both their practical arrangement and the heart Jenn has worked so hard to keep safe.
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Standalone fake marriage that turns into a fake marriage with benefits that maybe isn’t quite fake
Married by Contract is a relatively short, well written, easy to read romance based around, as the title suggests, a fake marriage theme. What starts off as happy fake marriage of convenience, that is of beneficial use to both characters, turns into a fake marriage with benefits before realising maybe their fake marriage isn’t quite as fake and loveless as they expected. There is a little bit of tension but the book is mostly light-hearted and can definitely be read as a standalone read with a HEA.
The two characters, Nick and Jenn, have a sweet friendship at the beginning of the book with a clear connection that doesn’t take much to develop into something more. Three years into a five year marriage arrangement, what adds strength to the foundation of this setup and the sudden change in relationship is the fact that they have also known of each others since childhood, despite Nick being a few years older. That history adds a weight to the believability of their relationship instead of just two strangers who married for mutual beneficial reasons. The fears and apprehensions to the changing dynamics of the relationship by both characters are clearly captured, despite only being told from Jenn’s point of view.
As I’ve already said, Married by Contract is well written with a steady pace to the time frame of the book, allowing the relationship to clearly develop further over a natural period of time. If you are looking for a book with lots of drama, this won’t be for you. Yes, there is some moments of drama and tension but the majority of the book is sweet and light-hearted with not too much else happening besides the development of the relationship.
I’ve read quite a few books about fake romance to true romance and there are not many authors I’ve come across as good as Noelle Adams when it comes to writing this theme with a mature perspective. You can always guarantee with a book by Noelle Adams it will be sweet, short (but never rushed) and guaranteed to have a HEA. Perfect combination for a lazy day book to read in a few hours.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, light-hearted, simple, standalone romance read, especially if you enjoy a good fake romance thrown in too.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.