Marriage for One by Ella Maise

 

Title: Marriage for One
Author: Ella Maise
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 Release Date: May 9, 2019

Blurb
Jack and I, we did everything backward. The day he lured me into his office—which was also the first day we met—he proposed… You’d think a guy who looked like him—a bit cold maybe, but still striking and very unattainable—would only ask the love of his life to marry him, right? You’d think he must be madly in love.
Nope. It was me he asked. A complete stranger who had never even heard of him. A stranger who had been dumped by her fiancé only weeks before. You’d think I’d laugh in his face, call him insane—and a few other names—then walk away as quickly as possible. Well…I did all those things except the walking away part.
It took him only minutes to talk me into a business deal…erm, I mean marriage, and only days for us to officially tie the knot. Happiest day of my life. Magical. Pop the champagne… Not. It was the worst day. Jack Hawthorne was nothing like what I’d imagined for myself.

I blamed him for my lapse in judgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine unapologetically, and that frown on his face I had no idea I would become so fascinated with in time.
It wasn’t long after he said I was the biggest mistake of his life that things started to change. No, he still didn’t talk much, but anyone can string a few words together. His actions spoke the loudest to me. And day after day my heart started to get a mind of its own.
One second he was no one. The next he became everything.

One second he was unattainable. The next he seemed to be completely mine.

One second I thought we were in love. The next it was still nothing but a lie.

After all, I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. Did you expect anything else?

 

My review

The idea behind this book is what drew me to it initially. It was a little different than most “fake marriage” books I’d read in the past in that the couple didn’t know each other previously, or one of them wasn’t hired for the purpose of playing a fake fiance/spouse. I wasn’t exactly sure how this would play out, especially with the darker start. Jack is a lawyer at the firm that handles Rose’s recently deceased aunt and uncle’s, her guardians since she was a child, estate and will. Rose was not close with her aunt, uncle, and cousins, but her uncle had promised to let her open a coffee shop in a Manhattan property he owned and run it for two years. However, in his will he mandated that her husband would inherit the property or it would go to his own son instead. Since Rose and her fiance had broken up suddenly a few weeks prior and right after her aunt and uncle were killed, there was no husband and Rose would lose all the money she had already invested in furniture and supplies for the shop. Jack proposes – literally – a solution: she marries him and he will honor her agreement with her uncle. She assumes he is in it for the prime real estate.

After a rough start to their fake marriage, Rose is hard at work on her coffee shop preparing it to open. Jack comes by nightly and helps her paint, put up shelves, and whatever else she needs, maintaining his grumpiness the entire time. Slowly they get used to each other and begin to actually talk to each other and a beautiful relationship blossoms.

Then, Rose learns the truth about her breakup with her fiance and the reason behind Jack’s offer.

Despite the description and events that occur throughout the book – blackmail, serious illness, betrayals – this book had a lot of fun parts too. Jack and Rose were a delight together. She is open and bubbly and talkative. He is cold and standoffish and silent. But as they get to know each other, they begin to see more. Jack sees Rose’s bravery and work ethic, and sees that she has never been able to count on anyone but herself. Rose sees how Jack shows his feelings through actions, and the emotions behind his seriousness. They complement each other perfectly and balance each other out.

Seriously, this was a very good book.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

 

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Author Bio
Writing has become my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than giving life to new characters and new stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety…everything is worth it at the end. And I’m hoping that reading my books will leave you with that same happy feeling.
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