Excerpt: Hopeless Vows by Rachael Duncan

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By: Rachael Duncan
Publisher: Self-published
Published: Feb. 22, 2016
Genre: Romance


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.





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.Deceitful.




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.



RachaelDuncanRachael Duncan is an Army wife to her amazing husband, Steven, and mother to their beautifuldaughters, 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.

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6 Thoughts on “Excerpt: Hopeless Vows by Rachael Duncan

  1. Wow. That synopsis is – well, something. And that excerpt…just the perfect amount to pique my curiosity and rush to GR to add it to my tbr. 🙂

  2. Tha t excerpt is giving me Jessica Knoll vibes

  3. This looks like a nice romance. I will have to give a try.

  4. Oooo! This sounds so intiguiing. I’m already dying to know what her secret is.

  5. Well, that’s a different concept for sure. Would love to see how it turns out.

  6. What a pretty cover! Fake mates/arranged marriages are some of my favorites 😀

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