by Noelle Adams
Sex wasn't supposed to be part of the deal.
Three years into a marriage of convenience, Molly's high-powered CEO husband wants to add a new term to their marriage agreement. Sex--without any messy emotional entanglements. But weekly sex with Luke, despite their carefully negotiated terms, is likely to get messy eventually.
Content in a mutually beneficial arrangement, Molly isn't going to fall for Luke the way she fell for an old lover, only to be crushed in the end. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed. When her old lover returns, finally wanting a real relationship, Molly has the chance to give her heart to a man who will accept it.
It's too bad she now wants to give it to her husband, who has never admitted her heart is what he wants.
As regular readers of this blog know - I have a thing for stories involving marriage of convenience or contract marriages. Well, A Negotiated Marriage puts a great spin on those tropes.
In this story, the couple is already in a contract marriage. It was truly a fun read with quite a different perspective. Both Luke and Molly are already getting something from each other, but after living like a marriage couple, Luke decides he'd like to introduce sex into their contract. Molly has been burned in relationships before and she doesn't want her fake one to succumb because of her feelings.
The only thing that would have made this book better would be if the reader was given Luke's POV in alternating chapters. I really love that in books. Molly's POV was written just fine - the alternating POV just adds more substance in my opinion.