The Contract

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 (2,402 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Lo
  • 01-17-17

Loved the book, but loved the audio more!

I bought the book when it was first released as it was by one of my go-to authors (I've been a big fan of Melanie's for years) and wasn't disappointed.

So when I found out the audio version had been released I just HAD to get it and I loved it more than the book, John Lane & Tatiana Sokolov did a great job of bringing the book to life and I was emotionally invested (again) from the very start.

This is definitely an audiobook that I will listen to many more times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-17

loved it!

fantastic book. really loved the storyline and the character voices were believable and really get you engrossed into the story. I cried laughed and felt passion all in one book. will definitely be listening to it again.

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  • Patricia
  • 11-13-16

Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the narrators played their part perfectly and made The story totally believable. The characters are great and the story is charming funny sexy and a little sad in places. I will certainly listen to this again.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 10-30-16

well developed characters

I liked the genuine distain they had for each other.
Really well narrated and paced. I really felt like I was taken on a journey - I could definitely listen to this again. Excellent.
I will look for more from this authoress.

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  • Jayne
  • 08-02-19

it was alright

I've been spoilt with some great romcoms. 50 shades, the mister, beautiful disaster, crossfire series.... all were brilliant. this book wants to be up there with them, but doesn't quite get there. I think most of the reason (for me personally) was because of the 2 narrators. Both sounded too mature for their characters and a little too wooden?!

I enjoyed the story, although it was easily predictable. Richards character softened way too quick and by the end of the book, was just a pile of mush! katie however, was the kind of female character I quite liked. Unlike a lot of other female leads, Katie had a back bone, stood up for herself and didnt do that annoying thing where they tend to over analyse everything 'he' does and have an incessant need to know everything!

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  • Kelly Farrand
  • 07-15-19

really loved this book

I hate looking for a book and trying new authors but I was really happy when I found this book. i knew from chapter 1 that I would like it. This book just pulls you in. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • Jennie
  • 03-24-19

The contract

Have this as a paper back and loved the story, my only problem with Audible is that the male does almost 99% of the voices with 1/2 a chapter done by a woman it kind of spoilt it for me but the story itself, brilliant

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  • rani bibi
  • 11-15-18

Sweet and cute

This book was really nice, how they fall in love. How they change it was nice how the writer did it

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  • flash25
  • 10-03-18

Contract

Great listen, couldn't stop listening once I started, stayed up all night. What a great storyline. Definitely 100% recommended.

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  • Dalva Oliveira
  • 08-07-18

I loved it

A true heart warming romance. The narrative was a pick at the personages thoughts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-20

Couldn't stop listening to this audio book!

I couldn't stop listening to this audio book absolutely loved it. Beautiful love story that had me engaged through the entire book. Highly recommended

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  • Diane
  • 02-13-17

fantastic

this story was fantastic i was sorry it ended would love to hear more stories like this when I can afford them. itried sending a copy to my husbands kindle so he could also enjoy the story. this is the first time that I have written a review. thanks again for a fantastic story. DI WHitstone.

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  • kathleen
  • 12-20-16

Rambling

Continued too long becoming boring with very uninteresting characters not enough content for so long a book

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  • Melanie
  • 01-20-17

struggled to finish

i didn't really feel a connection between the characters. The book tended to drag on a bit and i struggled to finish .