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The Marriage Pact (The Marriage Pact #1)

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Marci Thompson always knew what life would be like by her 30th birthday. A cozy suburban home, charming husband and two brilliant children. A celebrated career as an established writer, complete with wall-to-wall mahogany shelves and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published June 11th 2011
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Marcy is working at a temp job on the day she turns 30. In Texas, away from her family..the girl is lonely. But then you realize....she is having a dang affair with one of her bosses.
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She knows this affair is going to end with one of them getting hurt. She just has in her head some kind of warped logic that everything will be okay. Yeah, right. Doug is one of the partners in the firm where she is working to beat all. She lives basically pay check to pay money isn't even a plus in this
Jonel Boyko
Jun 28, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it
What girl, over the age of 25 and single, hasn’t thought about doing this? It’s brilliant. But the question remains, would you follow through? This novel takes you on a bit of a no holds barred joy ride into the lives of individuals just trying to make it through the trials of everyday life. Not only is this storyline very well and eloquently put together, but Pullen’s writing style also draws you in. As a reader you begin to feel like you are surrounded by the characters. You can hear them talk ...more
Wendy Mckillip
Jun 15, 2012 Wendy Mckillip rated it liked it
As I read this story I found myself rooting for the main characters to do the right thing lol. The beginning hooked me but I did get a little distracted with in the middle as it gave a retro review to show insight to a friendship. As i read those few chapters I found myself thinking... Hurry to present day because I wanted to know what was happening with Marci and jake and it was taking to long. I think that the trip down memory lane was needed to show the relationship/ friendship aspect with ja ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Marci Thompson always dreamed about life would be like by her 30th birthday. She wanted to be have a career as an established writer and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family by her side. All Marci did for ten years was run from failed loves, failed jobs, and create an uncertain future. For a while the bright spot in her life, not to mention the only sex she’s had in two years, is an illicit affair with her married boss, Doug. She is finally offered the job she ...more
Jun 08, 2013 AngelinaT rated it did not like it
There were several times throughout this book that I wanted to stop reading it, but I struggled through. I thought Marci was awful and Doug was no better. I have a hard time believing that a thirty year old is so immature, stupid and selfish. I couldn't stand either of them...the only person in this story that I liked was Jake and I thought he could have done better and almost feel sorry for him. It is rare that I read a book that I don't like and don't recommend but this is one of them:(
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Wanted to enjoy this one more than I did. I really liked the idea of it more than the execution. I wish there had been more of an emphasis placed on Marci and Jake's present day relationship than there was on the past. I struggled at times to feel their connection. I actually felt like I knew Doug, the married man with whom she had an affair with, more than I did Jake.
Loraine Oliver
Nov 04, 2015 Loraine Oliver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Loraine by: ARC
Shelves: reviewed-books
I really enjoyed reading this book! I look forward to reading more by this author.This book had a lot of happy scenes, but by the same token a lot of sad and regretful parts as well. It was hard at first for me to try to understand the main character Marci, as she had loved her friend Jake almost all of her life, and yet she always ran away when things got tough, and this story showed this!The problem was she never took a serious job, she was always a temp. and at the beginning of the book she i ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen is a 2011 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Marci gets a temp job and meets Doug. For six months they have been seeing each other. The problem is Doug is married. Marci puts up with all the clichés of having an affair with a married man. They can't see each other whenever they wish, they have to meet in secret, and of course, he has to slip away to call his wife whenever they are together leaving Marci feeling bad ab
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Jan 02, 2013 Jessica's Book Review rated it really liked it
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The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen is a wonderful and fun read. At only 99 cents on Amazon I thought it sounded interesting and was a great price, I decided to buy it. I am so glad I did! I could not put it down and read the book in about 6 hours. I laughed out loud at scenes and found myself jealous of the friendship the group had. As well as having a sweet guy like Jake in love with you!

The Marriage Pact stars with 30 year-old Marci having an aff
Karen Adkins
Apr 17, 2012 Karen Adkins rated it liked it
I saw this book on as one of the 'better' romance novels out there. At only 99 cents, I got the sample and decided 'what the's only $1!"

Some parts dragged on for far too long. It got boring in some parts. I skimmed and flipped through some pages at one point. I liked the 'main' story...about a woman (Marci) who is entangled in a love triangle with a married man...but only about 45% of the book seemed to be about that specifically. It kept jumping back to Marci in college an
Tracie Banister
Jul 17, 2016 Tracie Banister rated it really liked it
A friend recommended another book in this series, but I felt the need to start at the beginning and read the books in chronological order (because I'm OCD like that!). The Marriage Pact chronicles a year or so in the life of Marci Thompson who's turning thirty without much to show for it. She's been working a boring, data entry temp job at an ad agency for the better part of year when what she really wants is to be a copywriter and she's conducting a clandestine affair with her married boss who ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I'm having a hard time coming up with descriptive words for this book. I guess I'd call it mediocre; it's a simple, somewhat predictable chick-lit book. It started out a bit slow for me. Parts of the story dragged and I found myself skimming paragraphs and pages here and there. There is also a strange time shift at some parts of the book, where we get a look at the past - it did not work well at all.

Meh... It was ok.
Jul 17, 2016 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
There wasn't a lot of romance in this romance novel. What there was a lot of was angst. After all the tears, I expected an epic payoff...and there wasn't. It was all very tepid in the end. I don't even feel like I got to know who Jake (the love interest) even was. There was so little of him on the page. At least in present day. There was a lot of time spent on him in college set flashbacks, but in present day information was just dumped occasionally. So it was hard to get invested.

Another thing,
Nov 17, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Fast-paced with a wonderful cast of characters, The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen is an engaging novel about friendship and love.

Marci Thompson has made a career of temp work, but her latest job has lasted much longer than her previous gigs. The other big difference on this job is her six month relationship with her married boss, Doug Stanton. Their romance is exciting and passionate but being "the other woman" is beginning to wear thin. However, Marci continues to remain hopeful Doug w
Tonya Plank
Sep 25, 2015 Tonya Plank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of romance or women's fiction
Recommended to Tonya by: RT Booklovers Convention
I received an ARC at the RT Booklovers Convention in exchange for an honest review.

Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. The novel centers on Marci, who's about to turn thirty and in a dead-end relationship, and a dead-end job, and seemingly unable to make her life better. I really felt for her right away. Even though I wouldn't necessarily make the same choices she did, I empathized with her and found her very relatable, like a friend. At the beginning of the book, Pullen real
May 22, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Free on Amazon, the book equivilant of potato chips, fine but not filling.
Jun 14, 2012 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chick Flick Lovers
Entertaining, relatable, and slightly frustrating at times. As a woman, you want to shake the main character (Marci) sometimes and say, "Don't you get what is going on here? Don't you see?!" For being 30 years old, you would think Marci were 19 the way she handles things. There were points I had to stop reading and put it down due to frustration at her actions, as if I was walking away from the argument or situation to cool off before returning more clear minded and more civil. But, if you ask m ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Yhana rated it liked it
Delightful, realistic protagonist who, quite simply, gets swept up. Marci is flawed and marred in every way that a 30 year old woman tends to be. Pullen does a great job at making Marci relatable- from her struggle with her weight to her battles in career and love. Those from Atlanta will appreciate Pullen's ability to recreate the genuine and authentic essence of the "Georgia South." Also a nice element is her ability to infuse very naturally, characters of color representing diverse images. Th ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Domonique rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This was such a cute little story. The idea of someone making a marriage pact with their best friend and actually marrying that friend 10 years later was so sweet and something I know wouldn't happen in real life. I loved Marci, she seemed like such a great person who had lost her way but just needed a guide back to where she should be and Jake was that guide. What better man to be your husband than your best friend?

This is one of those feel good stories that you curl up with on a cold
Doris lover of happy endings
I hate cheaters....
Dympna Mahon
Oct 31, 2015 Dympna Mahon rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Marci gets a temp job and meets Doug. For six months they have been seeing each other. The problem is Doug is married. Marci puts up with all the clichés of having an affair with a married man. They can't see each other whenever they wish, they have to meet in secret, and of course, he has to slip away to call his wife whenever they are together leaving Marci feeling bad about herself. Just when it looks like things might be looking up, Doug drops a bombshell on Marci.
Heartbroken and humiliated
Bette Hansen
Oct 23, 2015 Bette Hansen rated it liked it
I'm really torn writing this review. I want to be fair to the author. The writing is very well done. There's great character development, nice pace to the story, and sadly I must admit the story itself is something that occurs all the time so it's definitely real. In addition to that, it definitely evoked a ton of emotions. So for all that, kudos to the author. Very well done.

The story itself, however, I hated. While infidelity may occur all the time, it obviously is a real hot button for me. I
Carolyn Mitchell
Oct 22, 2015 Carolyn Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book and a fast read! I was lucky enough to meet MJ and score an advanced reader copy of The Marriage Pact at this year's RT convention in Dallas (2015). I read it in one sitting the week after the convention. I've had good intentions since then about writing this positive review - but you know how it is, life and work kept getting in the way. Since then I was going through my shelves in a desperate attempt to make more room (for more books, of course), ran across my copy again, and decide ...more
Nerd Alert
Feb 13, 2014 Nerd Alert rated it really liked it
The Marriage Pact
by - MJ Pullen
****I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog****
Marci just turned 30 and she gets a birthday email from college best friend Jake and he's attached a copy of their drunken marriage pact they made 10 years prior. She is not living the life she dreamed she would be. She is working a temp job, living in a tiny apartment, and having a secret affair with her married boss.
When Doug breaks off their 6 month affair to stay with hi
Oct 29, 2015 Nelya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The Marriage Pact is about a woman – Marcie, who is about to turn 30 without a real job, alone in the city and in a relationship with a married man. On her birthday she receives an email from her old college friend/fling reminding her about a pact they made many years ago to get married if they were still single by the time they turn 30. The main character finds herself with a choice between two men whom she loves.

The book itself was pretty interesting and kept me reading until the end. However
May 17, 2016 Colleen rated it liked it
This should really be a 2.5 star review which is rather disappointing. Though this book was well-written, the heroine was just to unlikable to carry the story. Marci was stuck in a dead end job and a dead end relationship with her boss, and yet somehow just thought everything would somehow resolve itself without any work on her part. Then an old friend swoops in to carry her away and she seemingly falls into another relationship without actually making any attempt to address the problems in her ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Patty rated it liked it

What it's all about...

Marci is sort of floundering through life. She is temping. She is sleeping with her married boss. She has just turned thirty. She lives in a 480 square foot apartment. Her younger sister is engaged. Marci's life is not what she thought it would be. Enter Jake...who reminds her of the pact they made...if neither of them are married at thirty they will marry each other. Now all the fun, angst, tears and more...begin!

Why I wanted to read it...

I thought that this book would be
Oct 27, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Marci is turning 30 and her life is not where she expected it to be. She thought she would be a successful writer and happily married. Instead, she is working as a temp and sleeping with her married boss. Then, one of her closest friends contacts her and reminds her of the napkin they signed years ago - they would get married if they were still single when they turned 30. Marci suddenly has to face where she is her life and decide just what it is that she really wants.

An entertaining and quick r
Carol Boyer
Feb 26, 2016 Carol Boyer rated it liked it
The title and the theme of this book looked interesting and for the most part it was a book I enjoyed reading. Marci and Jake wrote a someday promise on a cocktail napkin that read if neither one of them were married by age 30 they would marry one another. Marci is a self-absorbed, immature, gal who becomes obsessed and involved in an affair with Doug, a married man. The story flashes back to younger days, involving college days with friends. I kept on wanting to see Marci wake up! Jake her loya ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Alexisa rated it it was ok
Over all I enjoyed this book. The Marriage Pact was a decent start to a good series...Although I did have some major issues with it; the first issue being that the relationship with Doug was not defined well enough for me. I understood on the surface, the reason why Marci would be so devastated that when it was over that she would move in the middle of the night is not clear. The same could be said about Marci’s relationship with Jake. I wish it had been introduced sooner with more details for a ...more
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M.J. Pullen writes complex, funny contemporary romances. Her past professional writing experience includes countless marketing pieces, several magazine articles, educational materials for parents and couples, and a series of workbooks for students of English in Hong Kong and Singapore.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, two little boys, and a rather ornery cat.
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