Book Review: A Negotiated Marriage, by Noelle Adams

A Negotiated Marriage, by Noelle Adams

A Negotiated Marriage by Noelle Adams

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on January 11, 2013

Series: Negotiated Marriage, #1

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance

Format & Length: e-book, 134

Source: purchased

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Sex wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal.

Three years into a marriage of convenience, Molly’s high-powered CEO husband wants to add a new term to their marriage agreement. Sex–without any messy emotional entanglements. But weekly sex with Luke, despite their carefully negotiated terms, is likely to get messy eventually.

Content in a mutually beneficial arrangement, Molly isn’t going to fall for Luke the way she fell for an old lover, only to be crushed in the end. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed. When her old lover returns, finally wanting a real relationship, Molly has the chance to give her heart to a man who will accept it.

It’s too bad she now wants to give it to her husband, who has never admitted her heart is what he wants.

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Meh. Was this the best book I’ve ever read? No. Was it the worst? Also no. Overall, it was fine.


Molly’s character. Her age, interests, worries, and frustrations were very relatable to me. For instance, her frustration at the way Luke could be ready to go to an event in minutes while she, meanwhile, felt compelled to shower, do her hair, makeup, and change just to look the way our culture deems “appropriate.” (Pause. Deep inhale. Stopping myself before going on a major tangent.) Long story short, I get it, girl. And I empathize.

The chemistry between Molly and Luke. It was believable and tangible.

The overall concept. I’ll admit, the description for this story intrigued me.


Molly’s actions. For someone who’s supposed to be highly intelligent and logical, she doesn’t always act it. For example, she marries Luke to get under her ex’s skin. (Not a spoiler, this happens within the first ten pages.) This is not exactly rational. Or intelligent.

The sex scenes were too cliche for me. Rub here, lick there, bing, bang, boom, done. Either switch it up or just allude to it. Believe it or not, that can actually be sexier.

There is a lot of explanation in certain spots. I would have preferred to see this through actions or dialogue rather than being told.

Final thoughts. 

I found this as a free e-book a while back and am glad I downloaded it then. It is currently $3.99 for both kindle and nook. Would I pay any more than that for this? No.  But if you’re looking for an easy, quick, romantic read, maybe give it a go.


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