Review: Marriage for One by Ella Maise

Posted December 13, 2020 by Kate

Review: Marriage for One by Ella MaiseCheck out on Goodreads | Buy on Amazon
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: The Hardest Fall, , To Love Jason Thorn
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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?

I really enjoyed The Hardest Fall by Elle Maise, a college friends-to-lovers roommate’s story. I’ve always intended to pick up more of her Kindle Unlimited reads, and here am I a year later, finally starting to fulfill that goal!

Marriage for One by Ella Maise is one that always sounded incredibly up my alley! It’s a marriage-of-convenience/fake-relationship story (which I LOVE!!! 🙌🏼), featuring a grump v. sunshine romance!!!! Which I always love!!

“I’m right here, Rose.” he whispered, his rough voice washing over me like a caress that fired something up inside me. “I might not be what you wanted or needed, but you got me anyway. I’m right here.”

Jack was Rose’s uncle’s lawyer, so he knows all about the clause in the uncle’s will that Rose can only get her coffee shop building if she’s married. Jack proposed to Rose the first time they met, suggesting a “business deal” between them. They marry so she can get her coffee shop, and so he can have a “family facade” for his business and business deals.

It’s a business deal Rose can’t refuse, and though they’re complete strangers, they’re married by their second meeting, thrown into the deep end with each other. I finally found a book I can confidently recommend to fans of Mariana Zapata <3


feat. a coffee shop! 

This 👏🏻 book 👏🏻 was 👏🏻 so 👏🏻 cute 👏🏻 SO CUTE! 💞  I love coffee shop/bakery romances! For some reason, they just have this extra cuteness factor. I love the atmosphere of these stories, and it just adds this whole nuance for me! Rose was opening her dream coffee shop, and I adored the small-town feel it gave this busy city street corner.

She had so much passion for her little shop, from the flower arrangements, to the way the front door was styled, to her two employees and the baked goods themselves. She was such a joy in her love for her little shop-child.


jack 🥺

Jack was such a besotted fool <3 I loved him. He was so in love with Rose almost immediately, and it was so adorable to watch him try to keep up his grumpy façade… and get increasingly grumpier… the more Rose got under his skin. The grump v. sunshine trope is one of my favorites, and this has become one of my faves within that category!

“I want to be that person to you, Rose. I want to be the person you lean on. You and I, we’re the same. We have no one but each other. You’ll lean on me and I’ll do the same. We’ll learn how. We’re in this together.”

Jack loved Rose something fierce, even if he was determined to ignore it. But Rose, being Rose, made that largely impossible. I loved how they just had fun with their marriage, and eventually committed to trying to make it a real partnership with each other (even if they didn’t add the romance). Pasta dinners on Monday’s, movie’s on Thursdays, flowers on Sunday, they tried to establish traditions as they got to know each other and grow together.


sloowwwww buuuuuurrrrnnn + tropes! 

You *KNOW* I love my slow burn romances!! This is one of my favorites ever, I think! I’ll have to write up a listicle on it. I love the marriage-of-convenience trope, especially when it involves a roommates/friends-to-lovers moment. Rose and Jack definitely reached that point, where they found a truce and became a TEAM, the two of them against the world. There’s not much that I love more than this journey. Mariana Zapata may be hailed as the Queen of Slow Burn Romance… but I have to say, with this installment, she has some intense competition :)


This book was wonderful 

Marriage for One is a gorgeous, sweet and passionate love story that I’m already itching to pick up again. I’m so head-over-heels in love with both Rose AND Jack, and the two of them together are enough to make my heart explode out of my chest. Rose went through a hard time during this book where she feel violently ill and was weak for weeks, and seeing how they came together to push through that… it just made everything seem all the more real. I swear, I forgot this was fictional. This is a book that honestly gave me hope that a real-life fairytale can still exist. Now I just need my Jack <3

Also by Ella Maise…

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Do you enjoy marriage-of-convenience stories? What are your favorite slow-burn reads? Let me know in the comments down below, I’d love to hear from you!

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