In Review: Marriage for One by Ella Maise

Posted September 13, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Marriage for One by Ella MaiseMarriage for One by Ella Maise
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 8, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 520 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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 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?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Marriage for One is full of all the swoony slow burn goodness. I was obsessed with Rose and Jack’s story. But mostly Jack, let’s be honest. I have a soft spot for brooding heroes and Jack is certainly one of my new favorites. Jack and Rose’s marriage of convenience story was delightful. This is the second of Ella’s books I’ve read and I’ve loved them both. Clearly I need to spend some more time with her backlist.

But, I digress. Back to Jack and Rose. Their story was unconventional and unique. I don’t read a ton of marriage of convenience stories, but this book made me want to look for more of them. The reason for Jack’s proposal doesn’t become clear until later in the story — and I’m not going to tell you what it is — but I enjoyed getting to the point where all the pieces fell together. Of course, I was so enamored with Jack and Rose, their chemistry and the delicious slow burn between them, that I pretty much never wanted this book to end.

Favorite Quotes:

You could fall in love with that face, with that smile, even if the package came with the frown and prickly personality.

“I’m right here, Rose. I might not be what you wanted or needed, but you got me anyway. I’m right here.”

“Your heart has a home with me, Rose. No matter what, never forget that.”

About Ella Maise

Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their 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 that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.

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