Review | Marriage for One by Ella Maise

Marriage for OneMarriage for One by Ella Maise
Publication Date: May 8, 2019
Pages: 520
Add to TBR: Goodreads
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Marriage of Convenience, Slow Burn

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?


Marriage for One has been on my TBR since I started seeing it on everyone’s feed. It was a top favorite, but I just needed a break in my busy schedule. At last the moment came and I was finally able to dive into this one. Sadly, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but there were many moments that I simply adored.

I struggled with getting through the book, I was also going a stressful move, so I don’t that helped matters all. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated to finish this and sometimes it definitely felt like things were really dragging.

However, I really do love slow burns, I’m just a fan of the slow build of tension between the characters. I think it was around the middle, where things started to pick up between them. Jack was becoming more present in her life. I loved his grumpy bear moments.

But I gotta say, once we learn the conflict, it didn’t seem like it was a strong enough reason. And everything surrounding why and how the marriage started, wasn’t really here for it.

I’m a little bummed out that book didn’t work for me, I’m definitely go to give her other books a try. I’ve heard a lot of great things!


About Ella Maise

I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.

Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply make your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.