A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is 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 he 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?
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?
This was propably the cutest story I've read all year, and you might think I'm crazy since the hero was a complete asshole in the beginning. But the book set such a light and whimsical mood that you couldn't help but be swept up in this modern day fairytale.
Katy's boss is a grade A asshole, he is prime example of what the boss from hell would be like. But when he asks her to pose as his fiance so he can get a job their roles are suddenly reversed. Although you'd never say since Richard takes charge of whatever situation he finds himself in. With the frail care of Katy's aunt becoming even more expensive and living from pay check to pay check, Katy has no choice but to except Richards lucrative offer.
Like I said this was a super fluffy and sometimes angsty read, while the characters did go through some complex emotions and situations and I didn't find it overtly stressful. I probably read it and just the right time, because it was an absolute pleasure to read. Katy's character while timid in the beginning slowly blossomed and showed her trueself, like all good heroines she was strong and self sacrificing to a fault. Richard's character came off as rude and obnoxious but like all tortured heroes there's always a good reason and my heart couldn't help but break on his behalf.
This was a relatively fast read for me and I'm pretty sure it's on account of how much I enjoyed it as apposed to it being the word count. The supporting characters were all wonderfully developed but I do feel like more of Katy's POV would have enriched the story, at least for me. Other than that I would strongly recommend this book if you enjoy modern day fairytales because this definitely fit the bill.
Without her, it was nothing.
Without her, I was nothing.