February 22, 2016

 
 
Title: Hopeless Vows 
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling
 
 

 

It was a modern take on an arranged marriage that was supposed to lead to my happily ever after. The rules were simple: 
 
1. Marry a complete stranger chosen for you by professionals.
2. Live together as man and wife for eight weeks while cameras record your every move.
3. Make a decision to stay together or get a divorce.
 
Call me crazy, but I had complete faith in the process, until I saw who was waiting for me at the end of the aisle.
 
Austin James has never met me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know him. With no other choice, I say my vows and pray I can make it through the next eight weeks. Then I’ll leave. What connects us is my best kept secret, and I’ll protect it at all costs even if that means walking away from the only person I’ve ever cared about.
 
 
 
 
5 out of 5 stars
Hopeless Vows is the first book I have read by Rachael Duncan and I know for a fact it will not be my last. I thought it was fun, sweet, sexy, and with plenty of twists to keep you wanting more…Jillian is twenty-eight and working as a columnist for a fashion magazine. She is ready to find the love of her life, she never thought she would be putting her fate in the hands of a reality tv show and their experts but she believes in the process. She will be marrying a man she has never met, she is excited, nervous, and hopeful. Then she sees him. She freezes and wants to run but can’t. She has to do this. It’s only eight-weeks, right? She can walk away then, she just can’t fall…

Austin believes everything happens for a reason and you should always live without regrets. That is why he is dedicated to making this marriage to a stranger work. He wants her to be his forever. The moment he sees her, he knows it worked. He saw her freeze and senses that she has a wall around her. Now, that they are married he wants to be the one to break it down…

Jillian and Austin over the next few months have a whirlwind of a relationship. It had its ups  and downs but Austin makes her feel like she is on cloud 9. Monday’s are now her favorite day of the week and they have their routine. But, she knows it can’t last. Austin was so happy that Jillian was comfortable and had a great relationship with his wife, they laughed, cuddled and talked but there was still something keeping her back, that last piece of wall he couldn’t breakdown. He wasn’t too worried though, he had a lifetime to figure it out. He found his forever but would it last? What if that last piece not only breaks her wall but also ruin them?

Well, looks like I have added another book boyfriend to my list of many. Austin is so sweet, handsome, supportive, and not pushy but not a push over either. Did he disappoint me at some point? Yes. Did Jillian? Yes!! But if it was easy, then it wouldn’t be fun, right? I thought Jillian was a strong, beautiful woman that needed to feel loved. She deserved it. Would Austin be the man to give her that love?

Overall…I thought it was a beautiful, unique, fun, and emotional read with some twists.

Quotes:

“I call bullshit. In fact, I think you like that I’m cocky.”

“Should I call you out on checking me out again, or should I let you slide this time?” With his sunglasses on, I wasn’t aware he was watching me.
Dammit.
“Next time keep your mouth shut. You ruin it for me by speaking.”

“I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but we kinda passed the dating phase.”
“That’s where you’re wrong. I plan to date you for the rest of my life.”

“This is the first book I’ve read by Rachael Duncan, but it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish.” – A.M. Madden, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Romance Author


“I can’t rate Hopeless Vows high enough and I honestly feel like this will be Rachael’s breakthrough novel that will take her places and have her name known all around this community. Brilliant job!” -Swoon Worthy Book Blog


“I haven’t had a book hangover in so long and after reading Hopeless Vows, I did. This book is beyond good.” -Joanne Schwehm, author of the Prescott Series


“What did I think? I’m honestly not sure I can convey what I think right now. I feel like no matter what words I put down that it won’t do this book justice.” – Books, Chocolate, and Lipgloss


“Jillian and Austin literally sizzled on the pages. The chemistry was palpable. The characters were well-developed and the plot was so much more than I thought it would be.” -Casey L. Bond, author of The Sin Series


“I love the way her writing balances sexiness, humor and hurt, and I find myself able to relate to her characters, no matter how outlandish or unconventional their circumstances.” -Give Me Books


“As an author, it’s hard for me to find a book that is unpredictable for me. Usually, I can see twists and turns coming from a mile away, but Rachael had a couple for me I never saw coming.” -JB McGee, Best Selling Author

 
 

The longer this experiment goes on, the more I fall for him, and the more the deceit eats at me. When I lie awake some nights, it crawls up my body, tickling my skin, reminding me that underneath, I’m a horrible human being.
Deceitful.
Cowardly.
Manipulative.
Selfish.
All negative adjectives, and all describe me.
He’ll never find out, taunts an inner voice. What’s worse is that it also tells me it’s okay to keep this from him. That the two of us can live out this fantasy unscathed and content. As delusional as my inner voice is, I find myself clinging to it like a leech, feasting on the lie.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife to her amazing husband, Steven, and mother to their beautiful daughters, Natalie and Zoe. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn’t for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing.
She’s author of Tackled by Love and The Lies and Truth Duet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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