Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hopeless Vows by Rachael Duncan, Book Review

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

Ahh I am so excited to be part of this release blitz!  My review is after the synopsis and then I did not put the rest of my links and such that I normally do because they are embedded into this post already:)  Enjoy!


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.

My Thoughts~
I can't stop thinking about this book...this story, these characters, the premise, the emotions...it has left me speechless, with a book hangover, mesmerized and more.  I met Rachael Duncan at a book signing last year and loved hearing about her books and writing, so when I read this blurb I knew I wanted to read it!

I think my favorite part of this book is how real the emotions seem.  The self-doubt, the fear, the love, the intimacy, the betrayal, etc.  I felt like a friend was talking to me. I loved the spin on a reality TV show and karma!  I claim a few reality TV shows as my guilty pleasure, so to combine a reality tv show with a book...love!  The writing style, to me, is wonderful because the story flowed from one scene to another and I never got distracted trying to keep pace with the characters or events.

Austin seems to be the perfect man and that made his reaction even more impactful. Jillian is probably one of the most relate-able female characters I have read in a very long time.  Talk about a tough decision and emotional tug of war!  I must admit I loved both of them, but Jilians boss also holds a piece of my heart because she just exploded off the pages for me:)  Then her friend..hmmm I don't do spoilers on my blog..so let me know what you think about her!  I know I have my opinion...:)-

I finished this book in one day (really one-setting) and I have not stopped thinking about it.  Karma, fate, you name it really had an impact, but then the rest of their story came from them and their actions..love it!  From the blurb, to the cover, to the characters, story and ending..I think this is a fantastic romance!

"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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