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Marriage for One by Ella Maise: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

When I read a marriage of convenience or faking dating romance book, the entire time I'm thinking that the characters are handling it better than I ever could. Case in point, Marriage for One by Ella Maise. (Kindle | Paperback)

Is the concept a bit far-fetched and a little crazy? Sure. Am I reading romance books like this though hoping that they'll be hyper-realistic? Hell no! I read them because I'm trying to escape my own abysmal dating life and generally, just have a little fun!

Now, if you've made it here, I assume you're looking for one of two things. You either want answers to your questions or you want to find another book like Marriage for One to read next. Whichever it is, you'll find exactly that below! (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Marriage for One by Ella Maise

What Is the Book Marriage for One About?

Rose Coleson has a dream - to open an Instagram-worthy coffee shop on Madison Avenue in New York City. She was just about to make that dream come true too, until her uncle who was going to rent her the property suddenly passed away. Now, the only way she'll be able to get her hands on it is if she has a husband. Seeing as her fiancé just broke up with her and there's no other husband in sight, Rose believes her dream is dead in the water. That is until she meets Jack Hawthorne. A surly lawyer with an absolutely ludicrous plan. If she'll marry him, he'll rent her the property for two years, as planned. In return, Rose needs to attend social events to help Jack schmooze his clients. Sounds easy enough, right? What could possibly go wrong when two complete opposites agreed to get married after knowing each other for only five minutes?

How Long Does It Take to Read Marriage for One?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 8 hours to read Marriage for One.

Is Marriage for One Slow Burn?

Given that Jack and Rose's first kiss doesn't happen until 47% of the way through the book and the first spicy chapter doesn't happen until 75%, I would absolutely say that Marriage for One by Ella Maise is a slow-burn romance.

Is There Spice in Marriage for One?

Yes - there is spice in Marriage for One by Ella Maise. It's not much, but there is some. The spicy chapters are chapters 22, 24, and 28.

How Old Are Jack and Rose? What Is the Age Difference?

In Marriage for One, Jack Hawthorne is 31 years old and Rose Coleson is 26 years old. This means there is a 5-year age gap between the two.

Why Did Jack Marry Rose in Marriage for One?

While Jack definitely married Rose in Marriage for One to help prevent her from losing the coffee shop, he also married her because of the crush he developed after meeting her a year prior.

Here's a breakdown of what happened exactly: A year before they got married, Jack and Rose briefly met at a party but Rose was with Joshua at the time. Jack not only developed a crush on Rose, but learned that her uncle had stipulated in his will that the property would go to her husband, and if she didn't have a husband, she would lose it. He then used one of the investigators at his law office to learn more about her and her fiancé. When he did, he learned that Joshua was using Rose to get her uncle's money and that he'd done it before to other women. To save Rose from Joshua, Jack paid Joshua to break up with her. He then intercepted Rose when she arrived at his office, so he could propose the idea of a mutually beneficial fake marriage.

Does Marriage for One Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Marriage for One has a happy ending! After Rose finds out the truth about why Joshua broke up with her and Jack subsequently married her, she moves out of their apartment. For the next week, Jack shows up outside the coffee shop at night while she's alone to ensure she's safe. Eventually, though, he stops and shows up with divorce papers claiming "it's the right thing for you [Rose]." Rose decides that's not what she wants and instead promptly moves back in. When Jack returns home to see her there, he is shocked. Rose then explains to him that she took vows, vows she takes seriously, and she's not giving up. Jack offers to still divorce her so they can start over and do it properly. Rose declines that offer though, and the two officially get back together.

5 Books Like Marriage for One by Ella Maise

There was a lot to love about Marriage for One. It was a slow burn, a grumpy-sunshine, and a fake marriage all in one. Fortunately, those things can all be found in one way or another in other romance books. So that you don't have to do the work of finding them though, I've prepared the following list of five books like Marriage for One by Ella Maise that I think are worth checking out next.

The Temporary Wife by Catharina Maura

1. The Temporary Wife by Catharina Maura

In Marriage for One, there are three spicy chapters. For fans of the spice and the steam, this might not have felt like enough. Fortunately, The Temporary Wife by Catharina Maura brings the spice and it's about a marriage of convenience. Here's what it's about: "When Luca’s secretary quits her job shortly after he’s forced into an unwanted engagement arranged by his family, he sets out to solve both problems - by secretly marrying his secretary instead. The rules are simple: 1. Don’t fall in love 2. Keep their marriage a secret at work 3. Share a bed every night. It was meant to be a straightforward and mutually beneficial deal, but with each day that passes, it becomes clearer to Luca that the only thing Valentina wants is the one thing he can never do. Letting her go."

King of Wrath by Ana Huang

2. King of Wrath by Ana Huang

If there was one book I knew had to be on this list it was King of Wrath by Ana Huang. Like Marriage for One, it's a marriage of convenience/fake dating romance that features a hot, rich, grumpy man. Here's the description: "Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family’s ticket into the highest echelons of high society. Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family. While the rude, elusive Dante isn't her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty. Craving his touch was never part of the plan. Neither was the worst thing she could possibly do: fall in love with her future husband."

Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey

3. Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey

A marriage requirement? Insults are a form of flirtation? A mutually beneficial fake marriage? Marriage for One and Unfortunately Yours have quite a bit in common. Just read the description and you'll see what I mean: "After losing her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop, Natalie Vos returned home to lick her wounds. A few months later, she's sufficiently drowned her sorrows in cabernet and she's ready to get back on her feet. She just needs her trust fund to finance her new business venture. Unfortunately, the terms require that she get married first. Now Natalie is desperate enough to propose to a man who makes her want to kill him - and kiss him, in equal measure. This quickie marriage could help them both. All they have to do is endure a few weeks of living under the same roof and then they can go their separate ways. How hard could it be? There's just one thing they didn't account for - their undeniable chemistry."

The Billionaire's Fake Fiancée by Annika Martin

4. The Billionaire's Fake Fiancée by Annika Martin

The best thing about Annika Martin's book, The Billionarire's Fake Finacée, is that like Marriage for One, it's not just a marriage of convenience romance, but a grumpy-sunshine one as well! Here's what it's about: "My instructions were simple: scour the city for a fake fiancée who's not my type at all. Have her on my jet Monday morning, dressed appropriately for a yacht vacation. I need a woman believable enough to convince a certain client that I've changed my playboy ways and someone who won't tempt me. There are to be no emotional entanglements. This is business. Should be easy, right? Apparently not, because my people go and hire Tabitha - my hairdresser. What were they thinking? She's sunshiny, she has a pet hamster, and she gets under my skin like nobody else. But as the days go by, I find that we’re actually having fun and those fake kisses we keep sharing are quickly becoming all too real."

Terms and Conditions by Lauren Asher

5. Terms and Conditions by Lauren Asher

Last but not least, I have to recommend Terms and Conditions by Lauren Asher. It's similar to Marriage for One in that both books have the grumpy-sunshine and the marriage of convenience trope. But that's not all. Read the description and you'll pick up on a few other things these books have in common: "I’m destined to become the next CEO of my family’s media empire. The only problem? My grandfather’s inheritance clause. Fulfilling his dying wish of getting married and having an heir seemed impossible until my assistant volunteered for the job. Our marriage was supposed to be the perfect solution to my biggest problem. But the more we act in love for the public, the more unsure I feel about our contract. Caring about Iris was never part of the deal. Especially not when breaking her heart is inevitable."


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