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Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin.

It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.

On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.

His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.

In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?

Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese - I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people - specifically ME, his blushing, contractually obligated bride!

I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:

To have and to hold.

For richer or poorer.

In sickness and in health.

But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.

©2021 R.S. Grey (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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She Does It Again

I always love to listen to R. S. Grey’s audiobooks. She does a good job choosing the actor for the character. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed. I really liked the story, but the only thing that I will say negative about it is that I wished we would’ve had Walter‘s POV rather than Elizabeth’s the entire book. That’s unusual for this author as she usually has a POV for both characters. I don’t know what made her decide to do it this way.

Saying that, it still didn’t take away the sweet storyline. It’s not a story that hasn’t been told before, but it still was entertaining, not to mention thar both main characters were likable. I liked the wittiness and spunkiness of Elizabeth. She made me laugh as she irritated Walt with not listening to his demands. She was a tough girl, yet she was still somebody that you can imagine having as a friend.

Walt was the typical “I’m too busy to care” rich guy. Although he comes across as a complete jerk, there’s signs of his gentleness when it comes to Elizabeth.

I really enjoyed both narrators. This is the first time I’ve heard Aubrey Vincent. She did a great job with all the different voices that she had come up with in the book. I wish Alexander could’ve had more speaking parts. I could actually hear his smile as he voices Walt.

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Delish Story!

I loved the story and Aubrey was an awesome narrator. The story was sweet and rich with detail and I binge listened to it all day. I was all tingly at the end and then the Walt voice came on and it was so abrupt and off that I nearly fell out of bed. It was bad. The producers should have gotten a smooth sophisticated voice not one that’s better fitted for a gangster story. The kid voices were absurd. I gave it 5 stars for Aubrey’s performance!

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Easy listen

This was a fun and low level drama story. Aubrey was a new narrator for me and I really liked her. The male narrator is horrible but thankfully he only does the epilogue so it didn’t ruin the story for me. If I had to listen to him throughout the whole book, I might have had to stop listening. The only thing that was missing was some kind of closure or resolution with her horrible family.

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Good story

I really like this story and how the surprise arranged relationship between Walt and Elizabeth grew. Aubrey Vincent did a great job as Elizabeth and carrying this whole book since Walt’s POV was only the epilogue.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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Can’t believe I wasted a credit on this one

The narrator performance was good, But the story is terrible, insipid tale. From the very beginning, all the female character does is whine and complain. I feel asleep around chapter 12 and woke up around chapter 22, so disinterested didn’t go back to listen to the chapters I missed. Ugh, I could not enjoy this one at all.

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So boring so predictable. No chemistry. I have no idea who Walt is. Am I supposed to believe that a girl just out of school is scooped up to have an art show in Paris with first class tickets no less. This whole story is ridiculous

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Quite; modern day pretty woman!

I really enjoyed this book. Easy to listen to and not corny like some other romances.

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OUTSTANDING!!!!

WOW!!!  What an incredibly sweet story!!! The book reminds me of a modern day "Pretty Woman", with some overtones in the mental styles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.  I wasn't sure what to expect with this, as I intentionally avoided delving too much in to the publishers notes or reviews (I hate spoilers).  The story had me giggling through the whole thing with the clumsy awkwardness of Elizabeth, and tearing up at the bare and honest emotions of both Elizabeth and Walt as they navigate the murky waters of responsibility to each other's commitments, and the pride that keeps us all from frequently saying what we mean or when we "should" say it.
Rachel Grey nailed the story of a believable modern day arranged marriage, and the discovery of love within a simple business deal.

The story comes to life with the unquestionable feeling from the narrator Aubrey Vincent!  This is yet another example of a narrator taking an incredible work of an author and and making it even better.  This narration is what keeps bringing me back over and over again, and digging further in to an authors works, knowing that a particular narrator will pull me in to a story deeper than I imagined I could.  I have gotten to the point where I search the best narrators to explore unfamiliar authors because I know the narrator will make the story great!
Aubrey had me walking right beside each of the characters as a voyeuristic spectator, watching the drama and love unfold as the characters raw inner selves work their way to the front in this budding romance.

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CUTE

This story was cute but it was slow and the young lady was making me tired by doing stupid stuff. I had to keep reminding myself that she was young. I almost stopped listening to it a couple of times but decided to finish it. the struggle was real. lol