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‘Cold and distant was what I’d grown up with, and cold and distant was what I had become.’

Marriage for One by Ella Maise landed on our kindles and we dove straight in as she is one of our most beloved Authors who writes such wonderful stories from the heart. She never fails to grab us with her words, her characters and her stories. Ella Maise writes slow burn romance with fabulous humour, high emotion and scorching heat. What’s not to fall in love with?

‘He had been the one to make the marriage offer, but with the way he was acting, so cool and distant at all times, you’d think I’d held an invisible gun to his head to make him say I do.’

In the first fifteen or so percent of the story we were chatting about how dissimilar this book was to what we’ve read and loved in the past from this Author and we will admit it certainly took us by surprise. Her male character felt different and the tone of the first few chapters felt so melancholy, we fell straight into a sombre mood worrying for what was to come. Then suddenly, from one page to the next, we were hooked and reluctantly put it down when real life dictated us to. Whilst different, the trademark Ella Maise began to emerge and became entwined in a story that had us falling in love, falling into despair and falling over, laughing. It was truly a wonderful and captivating romance that had our hearts beating in time with the words.

‘He wasn’t what I’d had in mind or even what I’d wanted for myself…’

Seriously, get ready to fall head over heels in love with a man named, Jack Hawthorne! Oh wow, we love him. LOVE HIM. He’s a tense and grumpy arse but what a romantic arse he is. He’s rude, brutally honest, silent, arrogant and infuriating. But no question, this enigmatic –no smile- behaviour hides a vulnerable unsure heart that’s fallen in love and has no idea what to do with that. A heart that slowly but surely learns what love is long after it initially fell…reluctantly so. All because of the sweet, smiley and feisty, Rose.

‘I would fight for her when the time came. I would fight with everything I’ve got.’

When we first met Rose, our hearts broke for her. Then we felt indignant on her behalf. But it didn’t take long before we too fell in lust alongside her and ultimately in love with Mr Jack Hawthorne. We were there with her every step of the way, laughing, swooning and commiserating with his mercurial ways. Rose has a dream and in order to achieve it, she must make a sacrifice. A sacrifice which turns into something else entirely. She’s a breath of fresh air and utterly adorable.

‘This felt much like trying to find my way in the dark. But it was Rose. I didn’t mind if I crashed into everything as I tried to find my way, the only thing that mattered was being there for her. She had me now.’

Marriage for One is a wonderfully slow burn love story that has so many romantic touches and actions that will melt not only your heart but your knickers off too. We were puddles on the floor and you could’ve scooped us up with a spoon. A romance full of twists, heartbreak and angst. A slow burn romance full of heat and laughter. This would make a swoon-worthy film and we’d be first in line to see it come alive.

‘I simply couldn’t stop staring. My heart soared as if I had just accomplished something big, and for me, it was big – so big that I couldn’t stop myself from beaming up at him.’
“Is that a smile I just saw, Mr Hawthorne?”



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?

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  1. Meti said:

    ‘Marriage for One’ is awesome. I’ve recently been going for historical romances but this book made me want to read contemporary romances again. This book gave me the butterflies I didn’t feel for a long time. Jack is so different and special from my other ” book boyfriends ”. I’ll be on the lookout for more of your books. Pls write more. 10q for introducing me to Jack and Rose.


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