Publication date: 22nd February 2015
Paperback edition: -Source: Kindle
Rating: 4.5 stars
Synopsis: It was a social experiment that was supposed to lead to my happily ever after.
The rules were simple:
1. Marry a complete stranger chosen for you by a panel of experts.
2. Live together as man and wife for eight weeks.
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.
I was actually really excited when I found out about this book! I do have to admit though that after I read the synopsis, it reminded me quite a lot of the book Talon by Carian Cole, which I read a few months ago! I loved this author's Lies and Truth duology a lot though, so I knew that I was going to read this book regardless! I signed up to review an ARC for the Release Blitz, and I'm so happy that I did! I loved this book a lot! It only took me a few sittings to read and I zoomed through it! The plot was also amazing, and although it had a similar situation as to what Talon by Carian Cole did with the characters marrying a complete stranger, it didn't have the same plot line at all! This made me really happy! The plot developed at the perfect pace and it had some secrecy and some really hot scenes in it! It did take quite a lot of the book until I found out the secret, but I didn't expect it to be what it was! It changed the plot completely! I loved that there were quite a few twist and turns too! The characters were also amazing and totally made this book for me! Jillian was the main female character, and she married a complete strange without knowing a thing about him! I'm not sure if I would ever do something like that, but Jillian was contend and happy to a degree with doing it! I loved Jillian! She was easy for me to connect with and she had so many good qualities about her! I could also understand why she kept her secret from her love interest! It would have impacted their relationship a lot, and the last thing she wanted was for her love interest to hate her because of something that she had nothing to do with! I admired Jillian a lot for her decision, but I think the impact would have been less explosive if she had told her love interest before he found out the way he did! I still admired how Jillian handled it all though! Austin was the main male character, and he was a totally hot guy that, like Jillian, married a total stranger that he knew nothing about! I loved Austin a lot in this book, and it was very easy to see his feelings for Jillian grow as the plot progressed! He was very cute with Jillian too and he was always sending her flowers and chocolates! It was so cute and romantic! Austin had also experienced a huge amount of loss in his life, and my heart completely went out to him! It must have been so hard for him to lose his entire family in such a horrific way! I could also understand Austin's anger when he found out Jillian's secret! It impacted him a lot, but he also went through a lot of realisation in this book! I loved that this book was written from both Jillian and Austin's point of views! I wasn't sure if it was going to be written from dual point of view, but I'm really happy it was! It expanded the plot and it was amazing to see their feelings for each other grow through both of their eyes! I can completely understand why this book is a standalone! Everything was wrapped up and the ending was so beautiful! I had a huge grin on my face whilst reading it lol! I can't wait to read more from this author and I'll definitely be anticipating her next release! The cover for this book is absolutely stunning! I loved it as soon as I saw it and I love that it has a real-life couple on it! Big thank you to Rachael and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an ARC of Hopeless Vows!
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.