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Hopeless Vows by [Duncan, Rachael]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AII10SY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!! 25 February 2016
By M. Addison - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
My Rating: 5

I've completely avoided the current trend reality show on TV, Married at First Sight, mostly because I think it's a ridiculous notion. I know absolutely nothing about how the show works, and haven't really researched it at all. I just think (even if chosen by the so called "experts") that it's kind of a twisted experiment that can't always work out - much like the Bachelor. I think some people, the ones truly ready for that serious relationship, could definitely make it work and be in it for the right reasons... But it's the drama that makes for good TV, but it also makes for really crappy relationships.

Hopeless Vows isn't a book I'd normally choose just from reading the blurb on the back - I actually would have turned my nose up at it, until I saw the cover!! Have you seen it?? It's gorgeous!! Even knowing what the plot was based on (a notion I don't believe in), I decided to jump in and read it anyway! I'm glad I did. I still don't believe in this crazy idea that you can get married and THEN figure it out... But I liked the story, and most of all I fell in love with the characters and their relate-ability.

This was my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed how she chose to tell this story! It's such a strange love story - based around a reality tv show, but I felt the love these characters had for each other and it felt honest and real... And gave me a little more hope for these kinds of reality dating shows!

First of all, you meet Jillian. She's up & coming in the fashion industry and an all around "good" girl! She loves her job, has the sweetest (but most high-maintenance best friend), and just really wants to find someone to love her... The problem is, she's not been very honest with the producers and doctors creating this show and picking her match.

Then you meet Austin James. A genuine gym God who just wants to love and live with no regrets!

Now, put them immediately into a wedding ceremony... And make them live 8 weeks togehther just to see if they can't truly be compatible... So much happens in this book and I found myself all over the emotions scale! I got happy, I cried, and I even got really ticked off. This author really knows how to connect her readers with a character and make you feel those emotions right along with them! It's incredible and for that, my friend, Duncan needs a huge fist bump!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, Unique, Mysterious, Beautiful, Read It!' 22 February 2016
By Angela DeMarco - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Marry a complete stranger, you don't know anything about the person, looks, personality, etc. until your wedding day. Umm what the hell is this about, intriguing to say the least. Don't mind if I devour the book in one sitting. Hopeless Vows is a beautiful, mysterious, unique, fun, heartbreaking read all rolled into one. I'm a big fan of Rachael's I've read every single one of her books and she just get better and better. Job well done lady!!

Jillian Taylor is twenty eight, working at a fashion magazine as a columnist. She's lonely hasn't found the right person to spend her life with. She comes across a reality tv show "First Comes Marriage", looking for people to come on and have a panel of experts of the show match you up to a complete stranger, marry them and stayed married for eight weeks after that decide if you want to stay married . Sounds crazy right maybe for you but not Jillian she jumps on the opportunity. The process is grueling every experts grills you on everything about your life, from likes, dislikes, parents, your past. Jillian has secrets from her past and does whatever she can to bury them and never have them come out.

Austin sweet, caring, handsome, owns a franchise of gyms, hasn't found the right one to spend his life with either. He decides to sign up for a reality tv show in hopes of finding the one to spend his life with. Not the most conventional way to find love or a wife what's he got to loose. Austin's motto is everything happens for a reason and you should always live without regrets. I totally fell in love with Austin.

Sometimes fate can be a real bitch and throws you for a loop. That's how Jillian felt the day of her wedding walking down the aisle to her groom, she comes to complete halt and freezes. She wants to run away as fast as she can, but the contract she signed she has an obligation and has to marry and stay married for eight weeks. Eight weeks she can do it right.

Marriage is tough on anyone but especially when you don't know the person or love them. For Jillian and Austin they embark on this journey together it comes with ups and downs. The ups are perfect for Jillian, from the getting to know each other, the dates, flowers, Austin makes her feel special and appreciates her. Lurking in the shadows are the downs and at any moment they can erupt, what will happen then? Are these two strong enough to handle the past and Jillian's secret? When Jillian's comes out it's big, one that could potential destroy them as a new couple. A secret I never saw coming. Will there vows be hopeless or hopeful?

"Because they weren't you. I was looking for you my whole life and never knew it. "

Complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawless story of love and forgiveness 27 February 2016
By chrissycf - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4.5 Stars

This book was amazing, beautifully written, and one heck of a story!

I will admit, the cover is what grabbed me on this book, I mean.. it's GORGEOUS! But after reading the synopsis, I was like yes! I need to read it, and I am so happy I did!

The premise of this story is simple. Two strangers who were matched by experts, marry site unseen, and are expected to stay married for three months, but what happens when one of them has a secret that could destroy them, this is that story! In Hopeless Vows we meet Jillian and Austin, two of the strangers who agreed to this crazy social experiment and are to be married. They've never met each other, but once Jillian begins her walk down the aisle, she realizes who she is about to marry, and knows nothing good can come of this.

Throughout the book we get to see Austin falling hard for Jillian, and Jillian fighting the feelings she has for Austin, because she knows as soon as he finds out who she really is, he will hate her. I kept trying to figure out what she knows or who she is that could make him despise her as much as she thinks he will, and was not expecting the twist we got in this book. I had a feeling their pasts were intertwined, but nothing like how it ended up being.

I really loved watching Jillian and Austin fall in love, and get to know one another. Austin is an amazing guy and you can tell he truly loves Jillian, and the little things he does for her to make her happy made me swoon. Jillian's character was a little more difficult to read. We all know she's hiding something, and I wanted her to tell him so she and him could give this thing a real shot, but after finding out what it was, I understand her hesitance in having him know how intertwined their pasts were.

I fell in love with the premise of this story and the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the ride that Rachael Duncan took us on in Hopeless Vows. This story flowed beautifully and definitely gave me the feels. This was the first book of Rachael Duncan's that I've read and it definitely will not be the last. Hopeless Vows is a perfect stand alone novel to pick up over the weekend and check out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 27 February 2016
By Judi - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a good read. I like those books that are well thought out and hold some surprises but are steady and make you want to read more from the author. I got everything I wanted in this book, sometimes it's light and it makes you laugh and then there are other parts that make you cry and give you that angst feeling. I loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching, emotional and gripping 23 February 2016
By Boston Mommy reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Whew, Im still a bit processing. The premise of this book was a bit fluff; American reality tv show, married and forced to live together. I thought :predictable and generic, but instead I found an extremely emotional back story, relationships develop, friendships fall apart, love form, families was quite powerful.

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