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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 nev 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?


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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 nev 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?

30 review for Marriage for One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    3.75 ⭐️ ok hear me out…this was good it’s just…there was no plot in the slightest. it was like reading a diary tbh. i ain’t mad about it though it’s dual pov and the book is literally 1.) marriage of convenience 2.) girl opens coffee shop and moves into guy’s apartment 3.) girl gets sick 🤕 4.) guy helps her through her sickness 🤧 5.) they fuck (finally; slow burn)🥵 6.) he has a secret 🤐 … 7.) she finds out his secret 😧… 8.) girl is angry 😡 for 1 chapter 9.) guy will not apologize for what he did bec 3.75 ⭐️ ok hear me out…this was good it’s just…there was no plot in the slightest. it was like reading a diary tbh. i ain’t mad about it though it’s dual pov and the book is literally 1.) marriage of convenience 2.) girl opens coffee shop and moves into guy’s apartment 3.) girl gets sick 🤕 4.) guy helps her through her sickness 🤧 5.) they fuck (finally; slow burn)🥵 6.) he has a secret 🤐 … 7.) she finds out his secret 😧… 8.) girl is angry 😡 for 1 chapter 9.) guy will not apologize for what he did because he loves her 😤 10.) she “understands” his pov 🥺 11.) make love on the counter top 🤤 12.) happily ever after 🤩 that’s it that’s the story. it was cute but i lowkey wanted to sucker punch both of the love interests at times. they were so annoying. lots of second hand embarrassment from both of them. mostly Rose because she was either crying or frustrated over the fact that Jack never smiles because he’s an arrogant guy. i didn’t hate this book at all but i didn’t love it liked i hoped i would. however it was enjoyable just reading about their lives. like yeh there was no beginning, middle, or end but ugh whatever i’m done with this review peace out ✌🏽

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♥️Dev♥️ ~ Dark & Depraved Old Soul

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 💫Isn't it adorable when the man who secretly watched you playing with dogs last Christmas, save you from a horrible ex, buy you roses and make you pasta end up being your husband? 5 "Too Much Turtle" stars!!! “I want to be that person to you, Rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we’re the same. We have no one but each other. You’ll lean on me and I’ll do the same. We’ll learn how. We’re in this together.” Jack Hawthorn, a cold hearted billionaire with no family, no girl 💫Isn't it adorable when the man who secretly watched you playing with dogs last Christmas, save you from a horrible ex, buy you roses and make you pasta end up being your husband? 5 "Too Much Turtle" stars!!! “I want to be that person to you, Rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we’re the same. We have no one but each other. You’ll lean on me and I’ll do the same. We’ll learn how. We’re in this together.” Jack Hawthorn, a cold hearted billionaire with no family, no girlfriend, no commitment. It's always been just him and his business. Until...........one Christmas, he saw the world's prettiest girl playing with some dogs of all things when she should have been attending the party. She was committed to another man then. And all Jack wanted was to make her look at him like he is her whole world, smile up at him like he is her hero, the way she looked at her boyfriend. Things change when he learnt the true intention behind the pretty girl and her boyfriend. And now he is determined to save the girl, even if she end up hating him. Rose a sweet girl with a broken heart. Her boyfriend broke up with her few weeks ago and now a blue eyed stranger is asking her to marry him out of the blue. It seems this marriage have benefits for both of them. It just show and tell right? Then why does her heart flutter when he frowns, bring her roses or why does she feel this strange pull towards him whenever he played with kids or eat her lemon bars? Will they be able to survive? What will they do, once it's time to divorce? “I’m right here, Rose,” he whispered, his rough voice washing over me like a caress that fired something up inside me. “I might not be what you wanted or needed, but you got me anyway. I’m right here.” FREAKING LOVED THIS!!!!! Only a heartless reader can hate this one. Seriously? Imagine having a boyfriend............ 💫💫To love your goofiness, listen to your mindless chatter, help you achieve your dream, bring you hundreds of roses every Monday, make you pasta on Thursdays, respect your traditions, watch cheesy movies like "You've Got A Mail" and "Titanic" on Saturdays, buy all the coffee, lemon bars you make everyday and give you bonus tips, take care of you when you are sick, drop in to your cafe while your working everyday, and to fight off all your exes for you? Sweet right?💫💫 “I don’t have a home to go back to anymore, Rose.” I stopped, but didn’t look at him. “You’re my home,” he finished.” To be honest I always have had a soft spot for cafe shop waitress heroines, well since I'm one myself! I loved Jack! He was absolute swoon worthy character! I didn't mind him at first, but oh god after the first few chapters I started falling for him. I absolutely loved his possessiveness. How he always make sure Rose is wearing her ring, how he fiddle with her ring finger, how he go all grumpy when any kind of masculine creature comes near her. I loved everything about him. His words, his frowns, his rare smiles. He was the BEST! And pleeeeease....he plays and winks at little kids...swoooooniiiiiiig!!!! I loved Rose too!! I love how she interacted with everyone, including the doorman, driver and little strangers no matter big or small. She has a heart of gold. I love how she cared for Jack, came up with smart witted replies, and totally love how she wasn't afraid to show her claws. This couple is pure gold! Love seeing how they slowly build up their relationship, falling into their adorable daily routine, standing up up for each other in times of need and slowly started falling for each other. It was all so beautiful to watch. The chemistry, tension, connection is off charts! I loved how they didn't jump to bed the first second they meet. Instead I enjoyed seeing them develop a special connection and fall in love. A sweet slow burn love story that will burn you in the best way possible! Tropes -Billionaire/Cafe Shop Waitress -Marriage With Benefits -Grumpy/ Sunshine Note: No cheating, HEA included HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! ENJOY!!! The Number Of TImes I Smiled - 100+ times

  3. 4 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    A slow burn romance that will have your toes curling for the unexpected, yet endearing love and passion that comes from Jack and Rose... Let's begin this review by simply stating that Ella Maise is a hidden treasure that needs to be expanding more and more, and be cherished in the romance world. She already is but she needs more attention that's for sure because there is no denying that the true magic that flows from her words is something that is forever engraved in my heart and mind. Ella a A slow burn romance that will have your toes curling for the unexpected, yet endearing love and passion that comes from Jack and Rose... Let's begin this review by simply stating that Ella Maise is a hidden treasure that needs to be expanding more and more, and be cherished in the romance world. She already is but she needs more attention that's for sure because there is no denying that the true magic that flows from her words is something that is forever engraved in my heart and mind. Ella as an author has so much power in her words and characters make you fall in love with them through every aspect. Ella warned me that this book would not be my cup of tea because of the slow burn, and she was right about 35% through the novel. The rest of the novel however, Jack just became this rugged, yet emotionless expressive kind of character that made me want to keep on reading until Rose would finally be able to cram him. There is also no denying that this novel would not be a novel that I would actually go out of my way to reading or signing up for because of the slow burn. And because I am not never NOT honest in my reviews, the only reason why I truly enjoyed this masterpiece is because it was written by the sweetly minded, yet dirty thinker that is Ella. Though you also have to admit that the synopsis is one that hooked me in, and if you have not read it yet... GO AND READ IT RIGHT NOW! Now, lets talk about the story shall we? Because I made way too many quoted highlights on my kindle that I don't know what to share! Jack Hawthorne... Oh our dear Jack... He is just indescribable in the best of ways that's for sure. The aura that oozes from him, the confidence, the determination, is what makes Jack Hawthorne the character that he is truly meant to be. When we read Rose's pov, you sense that confidence in him. However, when reading his pov, you can also sense that silent tone of him being afraid of the truth revealing when it comes down to the relationship he has with Rose. But keeping the truth from her does not prevent him from being honest with her in other ways that as a reader, melts my heart; "I want to be that person to you, rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we're the same. We have no one but each other. You'll lean on me and I'l do the same. We'll learn how. we're in this together..." What can we say about Rose? There is something about her ambience that oozes that confidence that Jack has as well, yet she is this semi-timid individual who is also willing to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true. In this case, it is the fact that she wants to open up her coffee shop. With the help of Jack and their "fake" marriage, she slowly learns that anything is possible when you are determined to keep your head held high. That's what I love about her, she is this strong young woman who was put in a situation she did not want to be granted in, yet finds a way to make herself stronger and not loose her true identity as a woman. But she also knows hat if she gets too close to Jack, there is no turning back at how broken she will be. Some risks are worth taking, and when she took that risk, denying the love she has for Jack is the one thing she cannot do; "My husband was perfect. With all his arrogance and prickliness, Jack Hawthorne was perfect for me. He wasn't what I'd had in mind or even what I'd wanted for myself, but he was perfect and already mine, truly mine. There was no doubt of that in my mind..." Overall, this story has truly taken my breath away with all the surprises I was able to find. All the hidden ways of writing that I was not expecting to read coming from Ella. Especially during the intimate scenes. I felt like I was slapped in the face when Jack and Rose finally hit did the deed, if you know what I mean... But overly surprised is an understatement that needs a praise from everyone. So make sure to grab yourself a copy of this beauty, and of course add it to your TBR because missing out on the story that is Jack Hawthorne is a sin itself. ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review... Follow Me On: Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    The words of the male protagonist pretty well summarize the storyline. "I still couldn’t believe she had forgiven me without making me work for it more." The words of the male protagonist pretty well summarize the storyline. "I still couldn’t believe she had forgiven me without making me work for it more."

  5. 5 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    ’MARRIAGE FOR ONE: Is a full length romance novel by author Ella Maise. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Rose's dream since she was eighteen years old was to open up her own coffee shop, something that would solely be hers. But that dream was merely a pipe dream, just when it's nearly in her grasp it's ripped right out of her fingers. Enter Jack: He can help her but it comes with strings attached. And this is where it all started. A loveless marriage of convenience between two strangers for two ’MARRIAGE FOR ONE: Is a full length romance novel by author Ella Maise. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Rose's dream since she was eighteen years old was to open up her own coffee shop, something that would solely be hers. But that dream was merely a pipe dream, just when it's nearly in her grasp it's ripped right out of her fingers. Enter Jack: He can help her but it comes with strings attached. And this is where it all started. A loveless marriage of convenience between two strangers for two years, all in the name of a business transaction, then they would go their separate ways. As one would say were doomed from the start. The man Rose was about to marry could've been created by stone going by how he didn't show his emotions. A frown had set up residence on his handsome face permanently. The man didn't know how to smile. 'The number of times Jack Hawthorne smiled: Zero.' He was standoffish, this prickly and rough around the edges man, arrogant at times. Aloof. Easiest five stars given!! My heart so many times whilst reading this was ready to combust!! Overloaded with love for these two characters!! This was such a slow burn sink into your soul kind of read, I loved everything about it!! It was heartbreaking, emotional, but so worth the hours I was stuck within the pages reading. Just perfection at its best!! Unique, unputdownable, utterly captivating, an emotional journey that started backwards but finished perfectly!! I fell in love with Jack Hawthorne right at the beginning, he’d crawled under my skin before I even knew it, he'd charmed his way into my heart, I lapped up his words, his frowns, his one liners to his deeply caring nature. Together they were the perfect match. I couldn't get enough of them. Add in the secondary characters (Rose's two assistants) with everything crossed I hope we get their book!! Highly recommend!! This book was EVERYTHING!! There is NOTHING I would change about this Marriage for One!!      

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    Full disclosure, I gave up at the 40% mark to take a nap (you make of that what you may). I would say the best thing about this book is that cover. My opinion, of course.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ella Maise

    I have a BIG SURPRISE for you that you really don't want to miss out on! Actually, kinda like a small Christmas gift from me to you. I wrote a little short story about Jack&Rose (an extra scene kinda thing that is pretty long). I'll be sending it out to my newsletter subscribers in a few days. If you're missing Jack and Rose like I've been missing them, make sure you sign up before you miss your chance! You can sign up for my newsletter right here -->http://eepurl.com/dqRRkT (Also, just in case yo I have a BIG SURPRISE for you that you really don't want to miss out on! Actually, kinda like a small Christmas gift from me to you. I wrote a little short story about Jack&Rose (an extra scene kinda thing that is pretty long). I'll be sending it out to my newsletter subscribers in a few days. If you're missing Jack and Rose like I've been missing them, make sure you sign up before you miss your chance! You can sign up for my newsletter right here -->http://eepurl.com/dqRRkT (Also, just in case you're worrying, don't. I only send out an email when I have a new cover, a book release or an extra scene you wouldn't want to miss out on.) Marriage For One is now LIVE!!! Are you planning on meeting Jack & Rose? I hope you do! They own my heart. And if you love slow burn, this is it. This is the one for you! (I hope) <3 I'm so over the moon about this release! Paperback - https://amzn.to/2V6t5uh Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2DZnrUS Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2J6SCSo"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4.25 stars I’ve read one other book by Ella Maise, and since then I’ve always wanted to read more. This book has been recommended to me many times and I see why- It was such a great read. I love a good slow burn and the marriage of convince troupe! Jack and Rose are complete strangers the day they meet, but Jack asks Rose to marry him. and because it would benefit them both in a big way, she says yes. At first they’re just married on paper, but with time, it becomes more. “I want to 4.25 stars I’ve read one other book by Ella Maise, and since then I’ve always wanted to read more. This book has been recommended to me many times and I see why- It was such a great read. I love a good slow burn and the marriage of convince troupe! Jack and Rose are complete strangers the day they meet, but Jack asks Rose to marry him. and because it would benefit them both in a big way, she says yes. At first they’re just married on paper, but with time, it becomes more. “I want to be that person to you, Rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we’re the same. We have no one but each other. You’ll lean on me and I’ll do the same. We’ll learn how. We’re in this together.” I adored Jack so much! Especially once I found out more of his backstory. He cared about Rose and truly loved her and she fell for him as well. I loved the build up of their romance and watching them fall in love. I listened to the audiobook of Marriage for One and it was narrated by Stella Bloom and Lance Greenfield who both did a great job voicing Rose and Jack. This was a longer audiobook, but I felt like it flew by. I never wanted to press pause. This was such a gorgeous and passionate romance. I highly recommend to all readers who love a good slow burn romance with a broody yet swoony hero! 


  9. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    11/21/19: so damn glad i picked this back up on audio. the male narration was drool worthy and i grinned like an idiot the whole time i listened to this. SUPER slow burn, a lot of people will think it’s boring. but i adored it ❤️ 10/24/19: on pause for now coming to the sad realization that i can't just "read whatever" at the end of the year. and since this wasn't for a video, i'll have to come back to it. this is a pretty slow moving book tho and it is quite lonf 11/21/19: so damn glad i picked this back up on audio. the male narration was drool worthy and i grinned like an idiot the whole time i listened to this. SUPER slow burn, a lot of people will think it’s boring. but i adored it ❤️ 10/24/19: on pause for now coming to the sad realization that i can't just "read whatever" at the end of the year. and since this wasn't for a video, i'll have to come back to it. this is a pretty slow moving book tho and it is quite lonf

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nikki ღ Navareus

    I'm absolutely in the minority with this story, but I didn't completely love this one. The way this started out felt fake and unbelievable. Jack proposing a fake marriage in order for Rose to get her coffee shop for a very short time, and Rose jumped at the chance. Her actions made her look superficial and material, but it got this MOC story started. Shortly after the marriage, Jack was distant towards Rose. Only giving her brief replies when she'd talk to him, leaving her alone for a while right I'm absolutely in the minority with this story, but I didn't completely love this one. The way this started out felt fake and unbelievable. Jack proposing a fake marriage in order for Rose to get her coffee shop for a very short time, and Rose jumped at the chance. Her actions made her look superficial and material, but it got this MOC story started. Shortly after the marriage, Jack was distant towards Rose. Only giving her brief replies when she'd talk to him, leaving her alone for a while right after they were married. From the blurb, I expected Jack to be some kind of cold a-hole towards Rose, but he truly wasn't. Jack might have acted a bit distant towards Rose, but he still treated Rose very good from the very beginning of this story to the end. The story felt really long and drawn out though. Once these two were married, not much happened for most of the rest of the story. Jack and Rose just did normal life stuff, but a TON of normal life stuff. They painted and got the coffee shop set up, then they just lived. The story was mostly about them working-Jack disappearing off to do his job and lots about Rose selling coffee and food at her shop, then the story revolved around these two eating and talking going out to work event, etc. Every once in a while Rose would (self pityingly and annoyingly) fling it into Jack's face that the marriage wasn't real and that he was doing more for her than he signed up for.(view spoiler)[ Finally getting closer to the ending of the story, Rose needs a surgery (for a kind of unique condition). Jack never leaves her side and he takes wonderful care of Rose during her healing, then they have a bunch of sex, (hide spoiler)] and then (DUN DUN DUN!!!) Rose's ex douche fiancé tells Rose Jack's DREADED secret. I was positive with all the secrecy and the warnings from Jack's assistant that he was never going to be forgiven if Rose found out "the true" reason he wanted to marry her, that Jack has some kind of selfish or nefarious reasoning behind his actions. (view spoiler)[But he didn't. He was just smitten with her from the very first sight of her and wanted to marry her to protect her from the douche she was previously engaged to, the same douche who was planning on stealing everything he could away from Rose. So Jack saved her, paid out a shitload of money to her relatives and this uber douche ex-fiancé of Rose's just to hide his secret. Completely stupid premise considering if he had just told Rose the truth from the beginning she'd have broken up with the money stealing douche, and Jack and Rose could have tried dating and getting to know each other like normal people do. Turns out Jack's assistant was right. Rose had a meltdown, treating Jack like shit and walking away from him even though he let her know how he had been taken with her from the very first sight of her, and he explained how he had done everything he could in his power to protect her from so many others willing to hurt her. Rose was a total bitch to Jack at this point, despite learning how he had done everything in his power to protect her from others who wanted to hurt her and jack her around. If that wasn't the icing on the cake to turn me completely off from Rose in this story, her ridiculous game playing with Jack after that encounter did it. The best part of this story was when Jack called Rose's bluff and served her with divorce papers, but even then Rose wanted to keep playing games with Jack until he starting really pushing Rose to sign the divorce paper. Rose did an about face after that. She finally wanted Jack for real after he threatened to divorce her. (hide spoiler)] The ending was just okay. I'm the odd man out on this one, but for me it was a very long boring story for the most part, and I never felt a real connection with either main character.

  11. 5 out of 5

    EmBibliophile [hiatus]

    5 stars "I want to be that person to you, rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we're the same. We have no one but each other. You'll lean on me and I'l do the same. We'll learn how. we're in this together..." I think that this book was worth almost failing my exam for. I was so looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, i got it on the day before my final exam. I was like “i’m just gonna check it out. See if it’s good. Make sure that it’s worth the wait.” And you know wha 5 stars "I want to be that person to you, rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we're the same. We have no one but each other. You'll lean on me and I'l do the same. We'll learn how. we're in this together..." I think that this book was worth almost failing my exam for. I was so looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, i got it on the day before my final exam. I was like “i’m just gonna check it out. See if it’s good. Make sure that it’s worth the wait.” And you know what? I couldn’t stop!! Yeah I know, not one of my smartest decisions. So, about the story, Rose has always dreamed about opening her coffee shop, when she was finally close to achieving her dream, everything changes. That’s when Jack Hawthorn came with a plan. He offers her a business deal that she can’t refuse. Let me just say that I really do love marriage of convenience novels. I love watching them acting like “yeah we are cool. There’s nothing happening between us. It’s all just pretending.” Then I love when things start getting blurry where they can no longer know whether they’re pretending or not and try to figure out how they truly feel about each other. This is what this book about. Also this was a slow burn romance. And I really love slow burn romances!!! For some readers, the beginning of the book might seems boring and lack some action, but for me it was extremely enjoyable. I kept begging for more. Also I’m not ashamed to say that I -as well as Rose- was highly anticipating and counting Jack smiles! I loved that this book was about two complete characters. Rose and Jack didn’t need each other to be saved, but they choose each other. They were equal "My husband was perfect. With all his arrogance and prickliness, Jack Hawthorne was perfect for me. He wasn’t what I’d had in mind or even what I’d wanted for myself, but he was perfect and already mine.” Rose was a really adorable heroine. I loved her independence and strength and how funny she was. Also I really loved when she starts bickering with Jack and pushing him. Jack was so swoon-worthy. He’s so charming without even trying. So caring, so loving, and when he frowns? Oh I just love his frowns!! Yeah not weird at all!! This book was really enjoyable. I was so into their story. I loved their moments, Their love story was so engaging. Ella Maise did a great job with this book. This is a captivating book that will warm your heart. Song recommendation: I was made for loving you by Tori Kelly ft. Ed Sheeran Wasn’t expecting that by Jamie Lawson

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zoe (Marauders version)

    i swear slowburn fake relationships, grumpyxsunshine, and when the guy is literally obsessed with her will always get me, This is my weakness I absoluetly love this book, and everyone else should read it too!! rtc when i feel like it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    🎧 2nd Read, Nov. 2021 — 3.75 Stars 📚 1st Read, July 2021 — 3.75 Stars Oy, this is the more civilized, fluffy version of The Bad Guy by author Celia Aaron! Instead of kidnapping, you’ve got marriage of convenience; and, instead of Stockholm Syndrome, you’ve got forced proximity. Meanwhile, both have similar: ‘meet-cute’ (when the hero first sees the heroine) moment; type of gruff, stoic hero; and slimy, pervy ex-boyfriend/OM drama. In any case (and most importantly), it’s a grumpy/sunshine slow 🎧 2nd Read, Nov. 2021 — 3.75 Stars 📚 1st Read, July 2021 — 3.75 Stars Oy, this is the more civilized, fluffy version of The Bad Guy by author Celia Aaron! Instead of kidnapping, you’ve got marriage of convenience; and, instead of Stockholm Syndrome, you’ve got forced proximity. Meanwhile, both have similar: ‘meet-cute’ (when the hero first sees the heroine) moment; type of gruff, stoic hero; and slimy, pervy ex-boyfriend/OM drama. In any case (and most importantly), it’s a grumpy/sunshine slow burn galore in this house and we are here for it!!! The motive behind the marriage proposal was rather far-fetched despite it being explained more thoroughly towards the end, but I didn’t really care because I totally enjoyed seeing the relationship bloomed between the MCs. That said, I had difficulties gauging the hero’s feelings for the heroine even though the book was written in dual POVs. His thoughts didn’t exactly reveal that he was simping. He was just sooo closed off, aloof, and expressionless. I legit wondered if he was on the spectrum. On another note, the main conflict hinged on the hero not being fully transparent with ‘something,’ and he didn’t admit to it until the last 20%—so you have the (drawn out) ‘withholding secrets’ trope. In addition, there were no other drama or subplots. Thus, the book felt uneventful and too lengthy at times. Some of the dialogues were cringey or stiff or just didn’t flow seamlessly, though not so much that I was turned off. I know it looked like I criticized the book more than I praised it. However, considering my history with this author (might’ve read two and DNF-ed one of her books and they were all meh/bleh), this book was a lot more readable for me. Besides, what did I tell you?!?!? FORGET FAKE DATING, MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE IS SUPERIOR AND IT ALWAYS SLAPS. Also, fun fact, I don’t have the same condition as the heroine (mine is rhinitis), but I felt her misery with the whole runny nose thing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    3.5 stars! I was SO into this in the first half, but as the book went on it really started to drag and I'm SAD. I'm definitely still interested in reading more from Ella Maise because I truly was so into the tension between the characters, but the book as a whole just went on too long for me. Womp :( 3.5 stars! I was SO into this in the first half, but as the book went on it really started to drag and I'm SAD. I'm definitely still interested in reading more from Ella Maise because I truly was so into the tension between the characters, but the book as a whole just went on too long for me. Womp :(

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    "I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. You know... the Titanic and all that." Ugh I honestly should've just DNF'ed this book after that cheesy as hell line but instead I tortured myself by finishing this. Apparently 2020 for me so far is the year of shitty 2 star reads. This story follows these people Jack and Rose who marry for convenience because she wants a coffee shop that was left to "her husband". This story was slow and boring and I'm so tire "I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. You know... the Titanic and all that." Ugh I honestly should've just DNF'ed this book after that cheesy as hell line but instead I tortured myself by finishing this. Apparently 2020 for me so far is the year of shitty 2 star reads. This story follows these people Jack and Rose who marry for convenience because she wants a coffee shop that was left to "her husband". This story was slow and boring and I'm so tired of reading about male love interests like Jack. He's so moody and rude and filthy rich, and he is so hot and cold with Rose, it's honestly exhausting. I expected to love this because I am a huge fan of fake marriage romance stories, but I guess I like a more light-hearted approach to this trope. This book takes itself way too seriously. And it's so repetitive, she ends every chapter with: "The amount of times Jack smiled today: zero" and it's really annoying after the millionth time. He's such a Christian Grey-type of male love interest that is borderline controlling and stalker-ish and I can't stand it. This story just wasn't for me at all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    First off, how much does that cover model look like Sam Hueghan, aka Jamie Fraser from Outlander!? That caught my eye first. Then, when I read the synopsis and saw this was a marriage 0f convenience novel, I was willing to try this new-to-me author! Rose thought she was going to marry the love of her life while completing her dream and opening her own coffee shop. Instead, she finds herself marrying a man she just met. Jack Hawthorne. Cold and stubborn, Jack offers Rose a business proposition she First off, how much does that cover model look like Sam Hueghan, aka Jamie Fraser from Outlander!? That caught my eye first. Then, when I read the synopsis and saw this was a marriage 0f convenience novel, I was willing to try this new-to-me author! Rose thought she was going to marry the love of her life while completing her dream and opening her own coffee shop. Instead, she finds herself marrying a man she just met. Jack Hawthorne. Cold and stubborn, Jack offers Rose a business proposition she can't refuse. But the more she melts Jack's cold exterior, the more Rose finds herself falling for her husband. Holy moly, talk about slow burn! This romance was everything and I was DYING over every touch and every rare smile from Jack when it came to Rose. This romance was just so so cute. I love a good marriage of convenience novel because the two have to pretend to love each other in public and that's when the lines blur between pretend and real feelings. I loved how much Rose would bicker with Jack, even when he wouldn't bicker back. His honesty was so fun and I was obsessed with their relationship. While the romance was to die for in this book, I absolutely loved getting to know Jack and Rose and their past and current lives. There was a twist that was thrown in that I definitely did not guess and it had me freaking out when it was finally revealed. I didn't want anything to ruin the precious relationship of Jack and Rose! Overall, I was swooning over this book so much and I was dyyyying over that slow burn. If you're a fan of Mariana Zapata, you are going to LOVE this book! I couldn't recommend it enough!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    ***there may be unintended spoilers*** I think romance genre is where second to Facebook comment section one loses faith in humanity. The premise of this book was NOT ok. Clearly that’s a personal opinion before people jump to strangle me. You who don’t share my opinion have clearly rated this book higher. I found this premise disturbing. Why is it ok or acceptable for men to manipulate and then stage women’s life “for their own good”? And then praised by authors and readers. Same readers who wou ***there may be unintended spoilers*** I think romance genre is where second to Facebook comment section one loses faith in humanity. The premise of this book was NOT ok. Clearly that’s a personal opinion before people jump to strangle me. You who don’t share my opinion have clearly rated this book higher. I found this premise disturbing. Why is it ok or acceptable for men to manipulate and then stage women’s life “for their own good”? And then praised by authors and readers. Same readers who would mark a woman with same action as selfish manipulative bitch? Even leaving the whole gender thing behind. Why is it ok or acceptable for men to manipulate and then stage women’s life “for their own good”? The woman is an adult, present your case, what she does with it is not up to you. Even if you know you have no chance of stopping her from making a mistake, you have to bow out because IT IS NOT YOUR PLACE TO MAKE THE DECISION FOR HER. She has every right to make her own mistakes. And what was even more disappointing, the H didn’t know, and I have a feeling neither did the author, as to WHAT he did wrong. He never apologised, never grovelled, he’s not remorseful of manipulating h’s life and emotions (which can now be described as Stockholm syndrome) to suit HIS needs, he didn’t come in terms that everything he did was FOR HIMSELF, and yet goes and does another manipulative decision making shit over the h, who from pretending to be a strong woman melts into a pile of goo and at the end of the day still fails to send the message across to the H what he did wrong. So take note ladies. If you want a guy, or a girl, manipulate everything in their life, get rid of your competition even if they’re in love cause only what you want matters, isolate them from the world in the emotional sense and keep blatantly lying. Only reveal the truth when Stockholm syndrome sets in, when you can sell your BS about your love and magnanimously offer them an out without apologising, acknowledging your fault, or asking what THEY want. It’s always all about you. On top of that: we have author rating her book as a 5 star read. I no longer feel the reluctance to mark it as one star. Yes I marked it as DNF, that is cause it is a one star book failing to provide me with the necessary attention holding content and since I skipped a lot, it was a total one star experience for me. The author obviously didn’t write the book for other readers, so it shouldn’t matter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    As much as I wish I could’ve loved this as much as everyone else seems to, the writing didn’t work for me and it was wayyy too long and repetitive.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ellie

    why did it take me so long to pick up this book?? i read three other books by this author back in mid-2020: To Love Jason Thorn, To Hate Adam Connor and The Hardest Fall, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them, but was hesitant to pick this one up. with the length, it’s a little intimidating for a contemporary romance. 350 pages is a maximum limit for me. and this book is longggggg. like seriously long. probably longer than it needed to be, but i adored every minute of it, so i ain’t complaining. th why did it take me so long to pick up this book?? i read three other books by this author back in mid-2020: To Love Jason Thorn, To Hate Adam Connor and The Hardest Fall, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them, but was hesitant to pick this one up. with the length, it’s a little intimidating for a contemporary romance. 350 pages is a maximum limit for me. and this book is longggggg. like seriously long. probably longer than it needed to be, but i adored every minute of it, so i ain’t complaining. the first quarter was pretty slow for sure and plot wise... yeah, this doesn’t really have a plot. it’s literally 520 pages of Jack and Rose falling in love and being obsessed with each other. and again, i ain’t complaining. i was too busy obsessing over the characters to give a fuck. im gonna get a bit spoilery now, so just beware. Jack Hawthorne... this man can trick me into marriage, any day of the week. the moment he helped Rose paint her coffee shop, i was a goner for this man. Only a few seconds later, his palm circled my wrist and stopped my movements. I only felt the heat of his skin for a quick second, and then it was gone. Taking the roller from me, he put it back down and then started to roll up his stark white—and extremely expensive—sleeves. why was this man helping her paint a fucking wall so sexy to me??? i– i was lying in bed, squealing like an idiot bcos this man rolled his shirt sleeves up and began painting a fucking wall. he had the aloof, mysterious and grumpiness down to pat. it provided just the right amount of intrigue – i think grumpy characters can be difficult to pull off sometimes since you obviously want your readers to connect with them while still maintaining that grumpy, distant facade. so it’s not easy to balance the two. but Ella Maise did so with Jack perfectly in my opinion. i just love that man🥰 I looked down at my hand. Still feeling the warmth and shape of her hand on my skin, I flexed my fingers. I leaned closer and my lips got dangerously close to her neck, so much so that I got more intimate with her smell. A fresh flowery scent mixed with a fruit, maybe citrus. “I…” It took me a moment to remember what I was going to say and I faltered. for me, the author also nailed the brief intimate moments between them. they were all unique and discreet, but simultaneously noticeable and each one had me internally squealing. it was enough to keep me fed for dayyyyys. 💫 him grabbing their house-key from his jacket pocket while she was wearing it? immaculate. 💫 him catching the blanket as it fell off her shoulder and brushed her bare skin? show-stopping. 💫 always having his hand on the small of her back? iconic. 💫 the opening day of her coffee shop when he begrudgingly showed up with all of the flowers? legendary. 💫 how they both mindlessly touched and fiddled with the other’s wedding rings? divine. 💫 the way Rose desperately noted very half smile or twist of his lips bcos she couldn’t wait to see him smile fully for the first time – at her? astronomical. I swore I didn’t breathe for a few seconds and just stood there gawking up at him, entranced. Finally, finally his mouth curved into a smile. It had only taken us a bit more than a month. It was probably my own fault, but my God! It’d been a long wait, a pretty long wait that had been worth it because when he smiled…when the skin around his eyes gently crinkled, turning his expression into something completely different than what it was when he was frowning…I simply couldn’t stop staring. im a whore for that shit, bye👋🏻 like both of them plotting how to get the other to kiss them under the guise of their agreement and not look suspicious bcos they were both so desperate to kiss one another, i– i loved the way they both observed one another, learning their ticks and tells, what made the other smile and frown... prodding them with that knowledge to make the other smile and frown. you really felt like you were uncovering Jack and Rose bit by bit right along with them. it really came down to all of these soft, brief moments that just ticked all of my goddamn boxes. slowburn pining with brief moments of intimacy has to be my fave trope. and for it to be done well?? Her lips curved up slightly, and my eyes focused on that. Her smile was what had gotten me into this mess that first time we were introduced. i loved how obsessed Jack was with Rose. this man was whipped from the get go and had zero clue about it. he’d be doing all these super sweet things for her and be like   man was down BAD and didn’t even realise it. It took me a second to move. I wasn’t sure why I was reluctant to leave, it couldn’t possibly be because I wanted to talk to her more, but there I was just standing there like an idiot. i think the charity ball they went to was my favourite scene of them together? it felt like such a vital turning point. you got to see more of Rose too— how kind and caring, how selfless and giving, how hardworking and loving she is... i loved her just as much as Jack had me in a chokehold. i loved reading how squishy she was for him. she was adamant that a man like Jack would never be her endgame, that she could never like, never mind love, a guy like him. watching her be proved wrong was *chef’s kiss* I couldn’t think of anyone but you. their ✨seggsy✨times were god-tier, ngl. the shit Jack Hawthorne said had me blushing while i was in my bank’s waiting room. “How does that feel?” Her eyes closed. “Thick.” “Good. You’re so good at taking me, Rose.” “Open your legs as wide as you can for me, baby,” he muttered, his lips licking and biting my neck. Every kiss caused a full body shiver, and I was sure I would die happy after this. “Hold on to the headboard if you need to.” “I could fuck you like this for hours.” Feeling overwhelmed, I chuckled, but then he thrust up all the way in and it turned into another moan. “I think I’d die from pleasure.” “I would never let you die, just trying to fuck you good.” those scenes were worth the wait. bcos the slowburn in this one was slow as fuck but truly delivered the delicious burn that i adore. those brief intimate moments between them perfectly built up to their first kiss, then their first sexual interaction and none of it felt rushed or too drawn out. i loved the pacing honestly. even if this book took me longer to read than it normally would, it was totally worth it. “You’re going to be the death of me,” he said with all the seriousness in the world. And I think I love you, I wanted to say, but instead I gave him my biggest smile. now, the reasoning behind their marriage in the big reveal was truly one of the dumbest things i have ever read. but did i give a fuck? no. Jack Hawthorne has me by the throat so i didn’t give a fuck. it was so weak. and random. and just... weird?? but alas, i am a white man’s whore. it is too late for me. i am too far gone to be saved or to give a fuck. so don’t hold it against me, okay? any and all reasons for Jack and Rose to be together are fine in my book, even if it includes a lil blackmail, stalking and endless lying😌 I cupped her head and rested my forehead against hers. “You are the love of my goddamn life,” I whispered back, my voice raw and hoarse. “Somewhere in between all the pretending, I completely fell for you, and I can’t even think of my life without you in it.” i am now going to stare blankly out of a window, wondering “when will it be my turn?” bcos i want someone to love me like Jack loves Rose, or they ain’t shit. it’s Jack Hawthorne or nothing, bitch. “You’re mine, too,” she said. “You’re only mine.” “We belong to each other, no one else, till we take our last breath.” “Yes.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    SHOMPA

    What happens when a man who is emotional distance person falls for someone who is totally opposite from him, he even doesn't know it's love or obsession or just a blindsided crush. And the real question is, how far will he go to get her a little closer even if it's a lie? SO....let see what's this story about 🧐: Grumpy hero ✔️ Stalkerish main character ✔️ Old fashioned love ✔️ Talkative heroine ✔️ Fake marriage trope ✔️ Intense romance ✔️ Slow burn ✔️ It was really fun to see how the complex character o What happens when a man who is emotional distance person falls for someone who is totally opposite from him, he even doesn't know it's love or obsession or just a blindsided crush. And the real question is, how far will he go to get her a little closer even if it's a lie? SO....let see what's this story about 🧐: Grumpy hero ✔️ Stalkerish main character ✔️ Old fashioned love ✔️ Talkative heroine ✔️ Fake marriage trope ✔️ Intense romance ✔️ Slow burn ✔️ It was really fun to see how the complex character of the protagonist improved from the beginning to the end of the book. To be honest, Jack's challenging character has developed in a way that was very impressive, wasn’t easy at all for the writer I could guess. So this was a slow-romance story and little suspenseful with the right amount of drama that wonderfully balanced the book. I liked that the story didn’t rush and all their issues are resolved by the end. The only vaguely negative thing I can say about the book is that in some places the story dragged a little long. For which I had to skip some pages. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I have always had a weakness for the stalkerish character and here the author has done a good job with it. So I couldn’t stop myself from giving it 4 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cas

    3.75⭐️ This was definitely slow burn. The first third of the book dragged too much. But after that, it was cute af. The whole situation with the marriage was pretty ridiculous but damn don’t we all wish to just get it all at once? Jack is your typical brooding, serious and always frowning but sexy af man that will do anything it takes to make his loved one happy. Honesty, I loved his chapters more, they had more character in them I think. Rose surprised me in a good way. She wasn’t that shy, alwa 3.75⭐️ This was definitely slow burn. The first third of the book dragged too much. But after that, it was cute af. The whole situation with the marriage was pretty ridiculous but damn don’t we all wish to just get it all at once? Jack is your typical brooding, serious and always frowning but sexy af man that will do anything it takes to make his loved one happy. Honesty, I loved his chapters more, they had more character in them I think. Rose surprised me in a good way. She wasn’t that shy, always a victim type of a girl. She talked when she needed to and made important decisions. And she put people in their places when needed. Overall, I loved how it’s a dual POV romance book. The ending was cheesy and made me smile like an idiot. Although, there is barely any plot, the relationship development was worth following. P.S. Rose’s coffee shop “Around The Corner” is the same one from The Spanish Love Deception. Isn’t that cute?🤧

  22. 5 out of 5

    Olga therebelreader

    5++++++ emotional stars!! Ella Maise has done a fantastic job. There is no way to read this story and not feel a thing. I don't want to give much away but this book is about the strength of love. Despite deceit and hopelessness, love has an amazing power to heal. Now this is honestly my first venture reading EM and I'm glad I did cause what excellent writing! This book was emotional, heartbreaking, and had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Jack and Rose’s love story was engaging and he 5++++++ emotional stars!! Ella Maise has done a fantastic job. There is no way to read this story and not feel a thing. I don't want to give much away but this book is about the strength of love. Despite deceit and hopelessness, love has an amazing power to heal. Now this is honestly my first venture reading EM and I'm glad I did cause what excellent writing! This book was emotional, heartbreaking, and had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Jack and Rose’s love story was engaging and heartfelt, brilliantly told from start to finish. Marriage For One is amazing and now added to one of my favorite reads so far this year!! In short: Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 4/5 | Romance 5/5 | Angst-Suspense 5/5 | Darkness 3/5 | Humor 3/5 | Secondary Characters 5/5 | Drama-Conflict 5/5 | Mystery 3/5 | Twists 5/5 | Pacing Fast | Action 3/5 ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    “You have me, Rose. You’ve had me the entire time.” i'm crying tears of joy right now because FINALLY A BOOK THAT I TRULY ENJOY THIS MONTH. forever grateful to jack and rose who took me out of this slump 😌 🌹 this was one of the best slowburns i've ever read. it didn't make me want to tear my hair out like Mariana Zapata's books—i really believe almost everything happened the moment it needed to happen. i can't even pinpoint the moment they went from being strangers to lovers cause it happened “You have me, Rose. You’ve had me the entire time.” i'm crying tears of joy right now because FINALLY A BOOK THAT I TRULY ENJOY THIS MONTH. forever grateful to jack and rose who took me out of this slump 😌 🌹 this was one of the best slowburns i've ever read. it didn't make me want to tear my hair out like Mariana Zapata's books—i really believe almost everything happened the moment it needed to happen. i can't even pinpoint the moment they went from being strangers to lovers cause it happened throughout the whole book with every small gesture, touch and look. when Rose finally saw Jack smile at her? i celebrated that like a personal victory 😭 “That just happened, right? You want to…you want us to date? As in be boyfriend and girlfriend?” He gave me a long look. “More like husband and wife, don’t you think?” 🌹 i want to marry my own Jack Hawthorn and i won't settle for less. this man took grumpiness to a whole other level, but he was an absolute goner from the moment he first saw Rose 🛐 “I feel like everyone is looking at us, in there.” “That’s because they are.” Jack’s eyes moved on my face, then my body. I felt my cheeks heat up. “Look at you. How could they not.” i loved everything about him. his jealousy, his devotion. Rose really said ª and he was already dropping everything and running to help her. he was OBSESSED okay. in this house we support unhealthy relationships like that 😌 “Who said I didn’t like him?” “I do. You barely say a word to him.” “He gets to spend entire days with you in here.” “So?” “I don’t,” he grumbled, leaning down, his mouth entirely too close to mine. Day after day, I found myself helping Rose at her coffee shop. Even when I didn’t intend to drop by, or let’s say even when I knew I shouldn’t drop by, I still found myself on her doorstep. I’d lost count of how many times I’d lied and said I had a meeting nearby or found other convenient lies. I don’t think she believed them anymore. pls he wouldn't leave her alone for a moment. i want roses every Monday, pasta nights and his kind of compliments too, thank you very much 🧎‍♀️ 🌹 I loved Rose 🥺 it's so hard to find a book where I like both main characters this much, but this woman needs to be protected at all costs. “I’d share my door with you any day, Jack Hawthorne.” His brows dipped together. “What are you talking about?” “If you’ve never seen Titanic, I can’t be married to you,” I said seriously. (of course I'd include a Titanic quote here). i'm sorry to say 99% of my highlights are Jack quotes BUT STILL believe me that I loved her even if i don't know what else to say about her 😃 🌹 shoutout to the sex scenes.. even though it took 173243489 years to get there, they were worth it 🥵 “Open your legs as wide as you can for me, baby,” he muttered, his lips licking and biting my neck. Every kiss caused a full body shiver, and I was sure I would die happy after this. “Hold on to the headboard if you need to.” 🤰🤰🤰 also, even if i'm an anxious bitch, i can appreciate all the longing now. when Jack would say things like this to Rose? “I can’t wait to be in you,” I whispered, holding her head in my hands. “I can’t wait to take you in any way I can, to make love to you for hours until I know you’re truly satisfied and make you moan and cry out my name. I can’t wait, Rose. I can’t wait to have you, to push into you and feel you come around me.” 🌹 why not 5 stars? two twings: Rose's disease (it was loooooong and served no purpose other than seeing Jack being all protective of her, but even that took too much time) and the whole conflict at the end which seemed straight out of a soap opera 🥴 🌹 other than that, it was perfect. i absolutely loved this book and recommend it to everyone 😭💖 “You are the love of my goddamn life,” I whispered back, my voice raw and hoarse. “Somewhere in between all the pretending, I completely fell for you, and I can’t even think of my life without you in it.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    “I asked if you’re going to die.” He pulled his hand away from me and dropped it to his side. “Is it something like cancer?” he continued. “Did the doctor say anything like that? Is it not treatable? If that’s the case, let’s sit down and cry together and break things.” How will I ever move on from this? What makes this book so beautiful is the emphasis on things which are mostly considered trifle. It's those damn little things that will forever have me coming back! “I asked if you’re going to die.” He pulled his hand away from me and dropped it to his side. “Is it something like cancer?” he continued. “Did the doctor say anything like that? Is it not treatable? If that’s the case, let’s sit down and cry together and break things.” How will I ever move on from this? What makes this book so beautiful is the emphasis on things which are mostly considered trifle. It's those damn little things that will forever have me coming back!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Jack and Rose own my whole heart. This book was so beautiful and so cute. The slowburn was so good and the tension between them was my favourite. “I’d share my door with you any day, Jack Hawthorne.” His brows dipped together. “What are you talking about?” “If you’ve never seen Titanic, I can’t be married to you,” I said seriously.

  26. 5 out of 5

    em ♥

    ”The sweet smile on her lips that I had craved to be on the receiving end of for so long… I was ruined.” I fell in love with Ella Maise’s writing after reading The Hardest Fall last year. If you have been around enough, you know that already. Basically, because I couldn’t shut up about it. Dylan Reed and Ella Maise were one of my favourite surprises of 2018. It’s funny how this works sometimes, you pick a book by a new author and bang, you are suddenly certain you’ll pick up every book that comes ”The sweet smile on her lips that I had craved to be on the receiving end of for so long… I was ruined.” I fell in love with Ella Maise’s writing after reading The Hardest Fall last year. If you have been around enough, you know that already. Basically, because I couldn’t shut up about it. Dylan Reed and Ella Maise were one of my favourite surprises of 2018. It’s funny how this works sometimes, you pick a book by a new author and bang, you are suddenly certain you’ll pick up every book that comes after. There are only a few authors that can pull at my heart strings with completely different stories and characters. And after reading Marriage for One, Ella has become one of them. To say that Dylan Reed (The Hardest Fall) and Jack Hawthorne (Marriage for One) are galaxies apart would be putting it lightly. I’ll be frank with you, I thought it would be almost impossible to best Dylan’s character. But that was before Jack Hawthorne. Marriage for One is the story of Rose and Jack. Two people that couldn’t have seemed more different and that, yet, they fit perfectly together. Where Rose is all smiles and warmth, Jack is all scowls and distance. That of course, until Rose’s warmth starts seeping in through each and every one of the cracks in Jack’s armour, making its way in and lighting all up in its path. Which allows you to discover that beneath Jack’s closeness there’s nothing but loyalty and devotion. ”I studied his face, his beautiful but angry eyes. He looked so good in a tux, so unattainable, yet there he was, not mine but still holding me up.” One of the things I loved the most about their story is that Jack and Rose didn’t need each other to be saved from anything, these are characters that were not broken and didn’t need salvation. They simply didn’t know their hearts beat harder together until it happens. Marriage for One is not only a delicious marriage of convenience but also an exquisite slowburn. But don’t let that scare you because the real value of this novel is in the little details. In the breve touches. In Jack taking off his suit jacket and rolling his sleeves up simply because Rose needs him, even when she didn’t ask. In him suddenly appearing with a flower bouquet accompanied with a scowl just because Rose mentioned how she couldn’t afford natural flowers for her cafe. In Rose beating through Jack’s walls one joke at a time. In Jack cracking that first smile. In how slowly everything stopped being pretend and turned REAL. And ultimately, in how two lives that are spinning in different directions can come together and find that they were exactly what they didn’t know they wanted in the first place. And I just LIVE for all of it. I was incredibly lucky to read this book super early, and I must tell you, I hope you guys are ready to fall. And fall HARD. This is an exquisite slowburn. A delicious marriage of convenience. A story filled with little details, small gestures, a love that grows slowly but firmly. And yes, all the steam. I really hope you are ready. Welcome, Jack and Marriage for One to my faves. And Ella? I'll be here waiting for more. **I was extremely lucky to receive an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Salma

    4.5⭐️ abosulte cutest thing I’ve read🥹 like i need me a man like that to cook for me, take care of me when I’m sick and love me the way Jack loved Rose. He gave her a family and I need that too🥹😭

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Okay so I loved this. Super slow burn and the main guy was the silent broody type. Be warned though, this book is slow but it was filled with such cuteness I couldn't help but love it. This is not a proper review because i cant find the words to discribe how cozy this book makes me feel. Okay so I loved this. Super slow burn and the main guy was the silent broody type. Be warned though, this book is slow but it was filled with such cuteness I couldn't help but love it. This is not a proper review because i cant find the words to discribe how cozy this book makes me feel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    3.5⭐️ It was cheesy. It was sappy. Sweet and heartfelt and I could not stop reading it. It wasn’t that this book blew my mind per se. But I loved how ordinary it was. Except for the plot twist, but everything else about their relationship was so simple and subtle and so so wholesome! 😭

  30. 5 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers

    I liked this book. But it was LONG!!! And not the "hanging on the edge of my seat" kind of long, or even fantasy world building type of long, it was just plain LONG. If this book was 300+ pages instead of 500 pages, this might have been CLOSER but not quite a 5 star read. I like the fact that the MCs really got to know each other. I like all the little details of everyday life that showed how they slowly fell in love over time (like a normal couple might), but after 300 pages of it, I was ready t I liked this book. But it was LONG!!! And not the "hanging on the edge of my seat" kind of long, or even fantasy world building type of long, it was just plain LONG. If this book was 300+ pages instead of 500 pages, this might have been CLOSER but not quite a 5 star read. I like the fact that the MCs really got to know each other. I like all the little details of everyday life that showed how they slowly fell in love over time (like a normal couple might), but after 300 pages of it, I was ready to stop. In fact, I was ready for things to move on after the first 150 pages of it. Ms. Maise: not EVERYTHING needs to be spelled out! Every day, every little thing. The funny thing was, the big build up toward the "crisis" in the end actually ended extremely quickly (which I appreciated, bc it showed the heroine was mature and not stupid). BUT, why draw out the mundane things vs. speeding through the actual climax?? Sex happened at about 70%. Which, given the length of this book, was essentially at the end of a normal length romance book. I was kinda ready to end after the next 50 or so pages, but nope, it kept going. I think the character of Rose was believable and empathetic. Sweet, but with a backbone and a sense of humor and stubborn. The character of Jack was endearing (I love the serious, silent, but deep-feeling types!) but he was almost emotionally dysfunctional in a way, not just normally stern. I kept waiting for the author to tell me he has some sort of disorder like Asperger's or something. If he DOESN'T have a social disorder, I found his character a little unbelievable. Still really loved him, but I kept expecting to hear more about something in his background that made him so "strange." He's got the most self-control I've ever read on a "normal" man tho, in a modern, contemporary setting! Lord, she had to practically beg him for sex. And the number of times he said "no" and made her come to him bc he was holding himself in check - I'm like - there! see! you can't possibly be normal!! I know I'm reading a fictional romance, but this is a contemporary romance, and the book goes ON about mundane everyday things. So I expected some more "realism." Anyway, I enjoyed it. Wouldn't read it again. But it kept me gainfully occupied for a couple of days.

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