Oh my, this is toooooooo long overdue! I hate writing reviews of books that I love, it’s weird, isn’t it? Writing a bad review is easy, complaining is easy, you have things pinpointed that you hated or made you cringe or an entire section well defined that disappointed you! But… how do you define a favourite? How do you grasp the concept of togetherness that comes with a book that simply satisfied every single need or expectation you had for it and, probably, even surpassed it? Well, tough shit. But we are reviewers so we better get reviewing.
I’m always more comfortable talking about my favourites, I can just rant and the person will hear my enthusiasm and stop me midway deciding they will just buy the book ( Hi, ink, how’s the river of London series coming along? ) – That’s why I’m thinking of starting a youtube so I can add videos to the blog. But I only have my phone and, honestly, it’s kinda scary…
Anyway! How you might have guessed from the title today we are reviewing… Marriage for one by the utterly adorable Ella Maise. This book was practically ( and never more happily) shoved in my hands by The Bibliotheque and not only It’s one of my favourite releases of 2019, but it also made possible for me to get to know and become friend with Ella – through pure fangirling over her book, how did she not ask for a restraining order I’m not sure — and for that I’ll forever be grateful.
Now, If you haven’t yet noticed this review will be slightly different from my normal format. It’s more a… let me rant than an actual ordinate deconstruction but I need to sing this book praises and you won’t be able to stop me. ( It took me months to be even remotely coherent, bear with me).
So. You know for me Zapata is the goddess of the slow burn and the highest point in romance literature, well if She’s god, Ella is her literary demigoddess. That’s how much I loved this book. It starts from the ever so sleek cover which I will, one day, possess – When I’m not broke – and it ends with the most perfectly brooding hero.
This book is a Slow burn lover wet dream and yes, maybe there are… no, there is, one microscopic tiny week point, but you see the character, you remember it’s a book and it makes perfect sense the fact that it doesn’t make all the sense, does it make sense? Good. Go read the book!
Anyway… Jack and Rose are meant to be, only they don’t know about it, they don’t like each other! Or, at least, Rose doesn’t… not physically, not mentally, not at all! But he’s the lesser evil and, honestly, the deal she gets kind of sucks, but what does she have to lose in taking his bargain? Nothing, what does she has to lose in saying no? Everything! So here it starts, the most… amazing consent wielding, unnervingly caring, sleeves wrapping ( Ella really was aiming at our hormones here) series of interactions… Because Jack cares, even when he tries not to, even when He’s trying to stay away and just be there for her.
And the slow burn happens in the best of ways: SLOWLY.
In this book, you can slowly see through their eyes how perception change once things happen! This book is the physical definition of actions speaks louder than words, gestures are what matters and Jack is present and he’s so… there.
Rose is so not used of having someone take care of him, she’s insecure but strong, guarded but tender, she wants – or will want page after page – to bring down her own walls, it’s only difficult, and scary!
And life is not fair! It throws you curveballs and knocks you down but those two can get through anything together and sometimes that everything is unexpected and scaringly real! And for me is what made me love this book so much! I’m usually so attuned with romance and plot twist that I kind of sense them coming and, don’t get me wrong, I did saw one, but it was a tiny event, not that gigantic mountain that Elle put in the middle of the book and that made me cry and made my heart swell and race and, all-around fall in love with this book and its characters.
I loved this book, I love their relationship, I love it’s the one they want it to be, I love it’s the one they deserve, I love it’s the one we – as readers – deserve.
You should go to buy marriage for one because you won’t regret it.
Ok, Jess out, Hugs as big as my ass
( I had a proper review written down in my notebook, but, honestly, in typing it down it wasn’t giving this book justice so I just… poured it all out!
I hope it’s ok? Let me know ^^” I don’t even know if this rambling makes sense… but I do love this book and Both it and Elle deserve so much! )