Most of the books I pick up, the cover attracts me as does the back of the book blurb. I know a lot of people who will read other reviews before reading a book but personally, that’s not my style. Going in without knowing anything, other than what’s revealed on the back of the book, has never lead me wrong…usually. nervous laughter
Based on the cover, title, and back of the book blurb, I was expecting to read an adult contemporary romance…which, after reading this book, I would not classify “The Marriage Clock.” This book is contemporary but there is no HEA/HFN (happily ever after/happy for now) when it comes to any of the men Leila meets…which is a standard for any romance novel. Instead, this contemporary book focuses more on Leila and her evolution of self and figuring out what she really wants.
I’m not going to lie, as I thought I was going to get an ACR (adult contemporary romance) I felt a little sad at the end when there was no sign of a HEA/HFN with a specific partner. Seeing how Leila, in the past, had never dated anyone more than two weeks, and so had never really had any emotional attachments to anyone romantically…this book did actually do right by her and didn’t push her into marriage with someone she just met and instead helped her learn more about who she is and what she really wants out of a partnership.
It would be nice to see another book, set within this universe, so we’d be able to see more of Leila and her overall development even if she was a secondary character rather than the lead. Overall I enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing what else Zara writes in the future.