WOW, this was hot. Now, for the sake of full disclosure, you should know that I'm a fan of contract marriage books (this inclination started with the Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst, and most recently continued with the Heirs of Damon saga by Noelle Adams—both series I've read in their entirety and the reviews will be forthcoming).
But what sets this apart from the aforementioned series is the humor and fast-paced plot found in this story. I'm a fast reader to begin with, but I finished this book well inside 2 hours and then had to fight the urge to not throw my phone that it ended so quickly. I'll get back to the end, later.
I love Olivia Cane. Probably because I see myself in her (flaws and all) even though I'm younger. She's smart, strong, determined, a little too apt to let work rule her life (guilty as charged), and a force to be reckoned with. What I particularly appreciated about her is that she acknowledges her attraction to Noah while also dealing with her hang-ups. And, unlike many stories where the hang-ups are stupid "I shouldn't, but I wan't to," these were substantial issues. My only complaint about her is her tendency to swing from too serious and locked-up to somewhat abrasively impulsive.
Noah Tate is sex personified. Well, that's my opinion. He's smart, kind, caring, knows how to flirt, and is probably a sex god. I like that we get to see his sensitive side early in his interactions with Rosita and his acknowledgement that he's had a life-long crush on Olivia—something readers know from reading the book description. This is different from so many stories where the guy is all macho until we learn his heart was broken and then we're supposed to take the story's word that he has a heart of gold underneath, even though we've never really seen it up until that point).
And here's my biggest (but still not that big) hang-up about this story is that readers are left with 2 cliff-hangers. Without being too spoilery, something happens that makes one main character do something, leaving the other main character to wonder why and what will happen moving forward. I'm all for a good cliff-hanger. But I'm also a fan of dramatic irony. For those of you who don't know what that means, here's Dictionary.com's definition:
Now that that's out of the way, the double-whammy provided by this novel (not knowing what happened and how things will move forward) felt a bit superfluous to me. I think it would have preferred the author showing the reader what happened, making us wonder what will happen, and then hit us with the other main character's emotional reaction to the first's actions and how they are wondering about what will happen next. This would have still been a double-hit, but in a different (and in my opinion, more effective) way of ending this story.
But like I said, this isn't that big of a problem given I immediately preordered Hitched, Vol 2 (available now) and Hitched, Vol 3 (which comes out August 2nd).
So, if you're a fan of funny, smart, and fast-paced contemporary romances (especially revolving around fake, contracted, etc marriages) this one is for you!
About the Book
Title: Hitched, Vol 1
Series: Imperfect Love, 1
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.
Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.
Produce an heir… Wait, what?
I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.
And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.
She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.
But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.
Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.
On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling Screwed series, Kendall Ryan brings you Hitched, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat.
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