You can change your future but you can't escape your past.
Life is good for Richard VanRyan.
His family is growing. His life is rich. He has everything he could desire, and he is blessed with all he never knew he needed.
Until the day his past shows up and tosses a grenade into his future.
What happens when the man you used to be casts a shadow over the man you are today?
Can the two worlds merge in peace, or will one cause the other to splinter?
Can forgiveness be earned or does it come with too high a price?
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Still my fave
In the four years since I first discovered Melanie Moreland and met Richard VanRyan for the first time, The Contract series is still one of my favorites of all time. Richard and Katy and their whole family are such special characters.
I thought there wasn't anything left that could test the bonds of this family but of course not. This book was definitely angsty but also all the wonderful things that I expect from this family. I couldn't stop reading once I started, I needed to know EVERYTHING immediately.
This book only made me love these characters even more. I love visiting this series, every time is even more phenomenal than the last.
Brilliant Ending to the Series
This is my top read for 2022. You find yourself in the emotions of this family wondering how to deal within your family - you do it with open arms and grace. Melanie Moreland touched on each corner of this blended family to give a well-rounded journey.
Character-Driven Romance - That is what the first book of The Contract series was. The arc of character change for the hero that slowly and artfully was written for him to accept and be loved. The second, a novella, gave what readers asked for - an epilogue into the future. When readers continued to ask her for more books with this couple, book 3 came out with a shake-up. An accident that can change things in the blink of an eye and builds character strength in this couple. When more messages and comments on social media from readers for another book, how can the author bring another storyline to give our beloved characters more to grow from - This book.
Rather than taking the easy way with a continuation of the couple's story by showing us their HEA as all sunshine and roses, Mrs. Moreland has given the characters a situation to deal with and grow. Instead of painting with broad strokes through rose-colored glasses, she wrote her characters with flaws. Maybe not handling this new situation perfectly - but with the bumps and warts of human emotion that on a level, readers can react to.
This book is so many love stories. The love story of a couple and how they keep the romance fires burning. The love story of family those bonds and how to not take sides but open arms in welcome. The love story of the friendship of your found family and how they stick with you when the waters become troubled. The love story of finding your soulmate and how they support you as you are not the best version of yourself.
Bravo Melanie for writing the story you wanted to tell. My heart was a bit bruised in parts. This new, bigger and better family made it all worthwhile.
If you loved book 1 and don't wish to delve into more storylines that challenge the characters to grow more, stop there. No one says you have to read beyond it. But if you trust the author to bring you a story - a page-turning journey that will give you exactly a challenge to the characters, then trust her when she says:
No cheating. And always a happily ever after.
I cried. I laughed. I held these characters' hands. Often I found myself answering "What would I do if in their shoes?" with a resounding - I am sure I wouldn't have handled myself with as much grace.
This is the perfect sunset and lifelong love story of a beloved couple. Their capacity to love and be inclusive of new people is something we should all strive for.
Personal Favorite both read and audiobook
A must read. This is a treat for Richard and Katy’s fan
For all the Richard and Katy fans this is a must read. Melanie brings in her A game with this book. The book was well written, emotional, angst, family values, friendship, love and relationship. The Richard we were introduced to in The Contract and seeing the change in him after Katy came in his life and how he changed over the years. Now something from his past has come to create turbulence in his happy life. How will he and Katy deal will this situation? I literally binge read this book in one sitting. It was unputdownable. The story was captivating and beautifully written. Melanie Moreland writes the most beautiful and relatable characters; you connect with them and can’t help but root for them and they don’t feel like fictional characters rather it feels like you know them personally forever. This book is definitely a treat for Richard and Katy fan. Loved it and if I could, I'd give this book infinite stars. Highly recommend this addictive read.