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Boring. Invisible. Pretty for a plus-size girl. Those were all the things I felt about myself, thanks to my chosen career as an accountant and society’s depiction of the perfect female. For once, I wanted to be something - no, someone - different. So, I booked a trip to Vegas for my birthday. Then, in walked Soul Matthias, treating me and my body as anything but ordinary. He lit a fire inside of me. However, it wasn’t real. 

Player. Bad boy. High-risk. That’s what the blogs depicted me as. That’s what baseball owners banked on to lowball my contract extension. I didn’t care about social media, but I definitely cared about my money. I had to get my act together. Then, in strutted Alexa Livingston. A breath of fresh air, someone completely different from what I had ever been used to. But what we had wasn’t real. It was just a marriage contract. Or was it?

©2021 Shay Davis (P)2021 A Wesleigh Siobhan

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A Home Run baseball ⚾️

The moment Soul and Alexa met, their attraction was insatiable, setting off immediate sparks. Albeit drunk from champagne, their chemistry is not fake and could be heard and felt emanating through my speakers and pages as the narrators acted out each scene in a this “indecent proposal”, only this proposal entails more than one night, it comes with benefits that will have any woman ready to sign on the dotted line.

Soul is sweet, very experienced, has that BDE, and treats Alexa like a Queen with respect. He gives her the assurance of comfort and safety that she can trust in him because he is a stranger after all and he’s learning that not all women are after his money or fame. While Alexa, not as experienced as Soul, she is her own woman who allows herself to be open to the possibility of him, but holds him accountable, teaching him how to treat her, not accepting anything less and definitely not like the groupies he’s used to bedding. Alexa demands respect and Soul loves her for it.

They have a natural rhythm between them and I enjoyed the ease and comfortability of their conversation with each other throughout the story and allowing insight to their inner thoughts. Both are wanting more but hesitant to express their feelings allowing doubt and hurt to fester. Our author is exploring the importance of communication in any relationship and while they are comfortable in all things, they do not admit what they feel for one another and afraid to admit to themselves that there’s more between them than money.

Navigating being strangers who are thrust into a voluntary agreement becomes less about image for him and less about money for her. Soul has lite a fire of desire in Alexa and the sex is off the rails, that’s tastefully done, not over the top with the right amount of eroticism and they cannot get enough of each other. Alexa is taking all that she can from him mentally and physically while pouring herself into him, she understands this is temporary but with each moment they fall harder.

Alexa and Souls are changing within themselves and in turn are changing each other feeding the need to have someone care for you unconditionally and learning the things they didn’t want or desired are now becoming the things they cannot be without…Love. Not even the skepticism and jealousy of Family and friends could stop what was happening between them and I was so proud when Alexa finally stood up and checked her hating disrespectful sister, she has endured her ridicule far too long.

With feelings on high, their time comes to and end, it becomes clear life would have to go back normal, but what is normal. Neither recognized their old life anymore or life without each other. Will Alexa leave and will Soul let the best thing in his life go because surely a handsome rich man and a regular everyday woman could never fall in love…right?

This was a fanciful read by Shay Davis who created lovable characters in this feel good story that is arousing to the mind and sizzles in your soul where all the romance resides. It was entertaining and engaging from the prolong to the end. The story flowed nicely with the an interesting plot and theme that was depicted and narrated portraying enticing scenarios demonstrated and articulated very well.

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The narrators brought the thunder in this full cast staring Wesleigh Siobhan as Alexa; Emmanuel Ingram as Soul; Winston James as Andrew, Elle Cleviden as mama and Madison C. Marie as Candace, who gave outstanding performances in their own right portraying their respective characters impressively. They breathed life into the them demonstration a range of emotions while showcasing their acting talents allowing your imagination to visualize every moment through their verbal articulation. This was beautifully executed and narrated and very well produced.


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HOME RUN

I knew I would enjoy “The Marriage Contract” once I glanced at the narrators, Wesleigh Siobhan & Emmanuel Ingram. …two of my FAVORITEs! This phenomenal combinations can make even burnt bacon taste like BBQ, and hell I’m a vegetarian‼️ …this book could easily be a movie (TV and or theatre). I love the depths you invest into each character. Weather I admire and or detest any character(s), by the end of a book my feelings (justified) are equal as vested. Likewise, both Alexa and Soul are two characters I thoroughly enjoyed. …Congratulations Ms Davis on this novella, you definitely scored a home run & grand slam: content, characters, passion, representation & sexy‼️ …even love & romance is NOT just an average day at the ball field‼️

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Author needs to review what plus size is

The main character is described as plus size at 190lbs unless she’s 5 ft which doesn’t match the description. That is not plus size.

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a beautiful love story

this has all the feels!! yes, there is a lot of rough language, but omg this strong woman an# her ready for change man are the opposite of Pretty Woman. the performances are emotional and real and soooo good.

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Alexa and Soul

Absolutely loved this story. It's grown black woman magic..A tale of a not so popular yet successful and responsible woman taking charge of her life doing something daring and meeting the love of her life. A bad boy in need of an overhaul of his risqué image. One night sealed their fate despite neither knowing it. What happens next is a romantic page turner and a dope HEA ending. I can't wait to see what's shaking with them now. Let us not forget how Wesleigh and Manny brought these dope characters to life and the well put together supporting narrators too. A true match made in heaven and am waiting on the next Wesleigh Siobhan Production.

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This Was Fun

This was an overall OK read. The dialogue was good for me, but I'm not sure if I was sometimes irritated by the "black people" verbiage or if it was the performer. Either way, I did feel like it was relevant based on the story & the fact that its about black people!:) It was very good romance story & the process of Alexa & Seoul getting together was wonderful. Story lasted a perfect amount of time to build content, personalities, relationship dynamics & HEAT! Great sexual descriptions & intensity.

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AWESOME

This book was short and sweet. I loved the characters and Siobhan & Ingram are awesome

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One Hella Contract

what an amazing story. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. however, I wish they would have spent more time explaining her sisters ratchet attitude. this was like a movie. the narrating was perfect. I listen to it twice before writing this review. I suggest this book to anyone who wants a happy ending. kudos to the writers and two the actors. I can actually see this as a movie. I could even see this is a new TV series. a lot of these books I read I just want to option for a movie. I love the life of being a producer and listening and reading great books that give me great ideas when it comes to the new options I look for. I hope to one day meet the writer of this book. I would option this story and others on the spot. this is an amazing storyteller. chose the correct actors to portray each character. it comes across as whimsical and was so much love put in. read this book, listen to this book. no matter which way you do you are going to love it. now that's my talk-to-text review.

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wow!

This book had me grounded from the first word.
it was too short but very sweet.
this is my first Shay Davis book and she just gained a fan.
of course my favorite narrators hit the spot as always💗

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Hottt!

Lovely narrative… narrators are all A1 as usual. I particularly love the dialogue format (the call/answer varying the voices for each character in each scene. Also, I like the constant reminder and references to disparities when it comes to the black community- an always relevant theme!

+ the sex/delivery of the sex scenes masterful!

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