by Erin Lyon
Series: Contract Killers #1
Release Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Forge Books
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance
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27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set in Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions.
In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.
Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy—hot, sweet, and committed.
Enter the contract killer, the man who pursues only signed women. No commitment, no hassle, all the fun. But Kate has enough fun on her plate… until her partner doesn’t re-up their contract.
After an epic but well-deserved meltdown, Kate gets practical. She accepts a job with her uncle’s law firm, practicing signing law—the one type of law she swore she’d never do. And the contract killer? Now that Kate is single, she’s no longer his type, but he still wants to be friends. Yeah, that’ll work. Kate may be heartbroken, but she’s not impervious to this sexy, smart, and complex man. But hey, it looks like he may not be impervious to her either—signed or not.
Hilariously relatable, with biting wit and charm, The Contract Killers is 27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set.
Welp, I gotta say, this book really caught me off guard! I had no idea what to expect going in since I hadn’t seen any reviews around the blogosphere prior, but boy was I pleasantly surprised!
Kate finds herself in a bit of a predicament. After interning at a law firm straight out of law school, she has hopes of being put on the payroll permanently. Sadly, that doesn’t happen and she finds herself unemployed with student loans up the wazoo. What’s a girl to do? Her plan is to wait it out a bit and try to find that perfect job… that is until her partner informs her that he doesn’t plan to renew their contract anymore, meaning now she’s unemployed, buried with debt, AND single!
I really loved Kate!! She was so witty and funny, level-headed, and a joy to get to know. She’s easily someone I can see myself friends with. I adored how even when times were less than ideal, she was a tough one and never gave up. “Life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is exactly how Kate was able to get through this difficult time.
Kate finds herself being chased after by several men. At first I thought this was going to be a love triangle type of situation, and at times it did feel a bit like that, but realistically it wasn’t at all. Despite so many different guys showing interest in Kate, she never led them on or pretended to be interested when she wasn’t. Yes, she was confused a bit about her feelings at times, but it never got annoying or unrealistic. Her heart was where it was, and she never denied it. The friendship aspect of this story was so spot-on! I enjoyed watching Kate and her BFF, though complete opposites, get through their troubles and figure out life together as a power team.
I’m extremely impressed with this debut. Erin Lyons writes like a pro! Her characters are fully developed, the story is completely entertaining, and there wasn’t an over-abundance of silly cliques. Definitely a book I’d recommend to chick lit readers who are looking for a fresh, new take on this type of story. Despite the killer cliffhanger at the end (seriously, that was just MEAN!! Give me book 2 NOW!!!), I truly adored this book.
Have you read I Love You* yet? Is it on your TBR? How do you feel about the idea of a world without marriage, but instead with seven-year signing increments?