Review: The Contract by Margot Rose

ContractThis read was a fun escape. But where I thought I understood what I was getting into, it managed to surprise me at every turn.

“Love at first sight” is a romance trope I just can’t get behind, but “insta-lust” can be a LOT of fun when done right. Rose does it right in this novella. Other potentially problematic tropes are deftly avoided, making this a satisfying, guilt-free read.

Innocence doesn’t always mean lack of knowledge or power, and Caitriona might be young, but she knows what she wants. I cheered for her the entire way.

I wish the third main hero had been introduce earlier in the story, to be equal with the first two and not feel as much like an after-thought. I also thought the “contract” between the three at the ending was a bit more convoluted than necessary. This was still a fun and entertaining read, and a great introduction to a new author.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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