Posted in 4 paws, excerpt, Giveaway, Review, romance on February 24, 2016


Title: Hopeless Vows
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release date: February 22, 2016
Photographer:  Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling


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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The longer this experiment goes on, the more I fall for him, and the more the deceit eats at me. When I lie awake some nights, it crawls up my body, tickling my skin, reminding me that underneath, I’m a horrible human being.





All negative adjectives, and all describe me.

He’ll never find out, taunts an inner voice. What’s worse is that it also tells me it’s okay to keep this from him. That the two of us can live out this fantasy unscathed and content. As delusional as my inner voice is, I find myself clinging to it like a leech, feasting on the lie.

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What an enjoyable book! With all the reality TV shows out there, this is not far from being a possibility – marrying someone you have never met until you meet at the altar. With The Bachelor, it isn’t too far off from becoming a possibility (or reality if you will!). I have read in the recent past a book that had a similar story line, but a little different. I did like that this book used professionals to pair people up. I don’t know if the author is going to do other books that tie to this reality TV show since it mentioned 4 couples altogether that were selected for the show.

The character Jillian has had a hard life, but you don’t find out really all the details until nearly the end..but it is the perfect time to reveal to bring tension to the story before resolution. (can’t say too much, don’t want to spoil it!)

There were a few too many F* bombs for my taste, there are other words that could have been used in their place. There are a few somewhat explicit scenes, but nothing bad..most of it is sexual tension between Jillian and Austin.

All in all a good book…and it must have been because I finished it in one night!  We give it 4 paws up


About the Author

Rachel DuncanRachael Duncan is an Army wife to her amazing husband, Steven, and mother to their beautiful daughters, Natalie and Zoe. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn’t for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing.

She’s author of Tackled by Love and The Lies and Truth Duet.

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