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Le pacte (Regency #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,615 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
A la mort de son père, le comte de Cromarty, lady Jocelyn se
sent trahie. Cet homme dont elle se sentait si proche a prévu
dans son testament une clause qui oblige Jocelyn à se marier
avant ses vingt-cinq ans. Alors que la date fatidique approche, lady Jocelyn ébauche un stratagème qui lui permet de
contourner cette contrainte tout en faisant acte de générosité
envers un o
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 22nd 2012 by Milady (first published 1988)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I couldn't stand the heroine in this book. She was a real brat. She was contemplating an affair with Rafe, Duke of Candover (the jerk hero from Petals in the Storm) while married to the hero. The poor guy survived his war wounds to come home to a wife like her. (big sneer). Not one of MJP's best. But decent, considering how much I disliked the heroine.
Lois Bujold
Jul 06, 2014 Lois Bujold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like Regency romances
Recommended to Lois by: random internet mention
I enjoyed this enough to promptly go get another, despite my general preference for witty romantic comedy, of any era, over romantic melodrama. (Somebody needs to clone Jennifer Crusie.) This one definitely weighs in on the melodrama side, being a nice variant on the "convenient marriage" trope, where an heiress, in order to get control of her fortune, strikes a bargain with a dying British officer post-Waterloo. Unexpected consequences naturally ensue.

The reader coming over from other genres ne
“The marriage of convenience is a time-honored tradition, though I’ve never heard of one quite like this...But everyone benefits.”

Lady Jocelyn Kendal is running out of time. Her father's will gives her until she turns twenty-five to marry, or she's going to lose her inheritance. She's had her eye on a duke, but he doesn't seem to be the marrying kind - he prefers experienced widows to virginal misses. While at a visit to a military hospital, she meets Major David Lancaster, who is expected to di
I didn't originally give this audiobook a star rating as it was so bad I couldn't listen to it. But I've been going back over my stats for last year and this is the only thing I haven't rated, which seemed a bit odd, so I've popped back and given it one star.

I'm not giving this a rating, as the sole reason for the DNF is the narration, and I don't feel it fair to tar the book with the same brush.

I really enjoyed The Bargain when I read it a few years back, so when it cropped up on Audible last m
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 Rose May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-plus
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Jul 11, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to rate this book better because I so enjoyed reading Mary Jo Putney. Re-reading this book reminded me of fond memories of reading these relatively "older" authors, who I have loved since a young girl. One of my favorite books is her masterpiece and I remember almost every little detail in that book, which I read at least 15 years ago.

But that is not this book.

I have read The Bargain before and my feeling toward the book has remained the same. It is not a poorly written book. Not at a
First off: HOLY POV SWITCHING BATMAN. I almost put down this book several times as the author switches viewpoint characters mid scene (mid paragraph??) several times in the course of a chapter. And not just between the heroine and hero, but roughly six different viewpoint characters.

I picked this up as a library borrow book based on the reviews on Goodreads from the potential selection of ebooks. As per the above, the author's handling of the view point storytelling was irksome. Additionally, th
Olga Godim
Jul 16, 2015 Olga Godim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A classic romance. The focus of this novel is on the relationship. No suspense, no mystery, just a solid story of a man and a woman finding each other. Those who dislike romances wouldn’t like it, but for those who do, it would be a pleasant journey into Regency fluff.
I won’t go into the particulars of the plot here; you know what to expect, but I’ll say that the book is written well and reads fast. Both protagonists are sympathetic if not truly alive, and the mandatory happily-ever-after arriv
Jacob Proffitt
A solid Regency romance with more melodrama than I'm used to. I liked both Jocelyn and David immensely, but that became part of my problem in the last third of the book or so. Well, not David so much. He was beyond dreamy from the start and never faltered, even when confused or despairing.

Jocelyn's core brokenness persisted way, way too long, however. Not that it was unrealistic, really. Her trauma was real and it was consistent and embedded deeply in her character. But it seemed like Putney had
Lady Jocelyn Kendal is in need of a temporary husband to fulfil her father's will. Major David Lancaster is in need of financial protection for his sister, as his death seems imminent. Within minutes of meeting, they come to a suitable agreeement, but neither of them bargain on David's sister Sally and surgeon Ian Kinlock interceding. But David's health means that Jocelyn can't marry the man she intended to you, but couldn't bring up to scratch in time.

At first, I was completely prepared to dis
THE BARGAIN is a story of what happens when the heroine marries a soldier who is on death's door. Lady Jocelyn Kendal needs a husband, in name only, to fulfill the wishes of her father's will. Expected to die at any moment, Major David Lancaster wants to know that his younger sister will be taken care so he agrees to the arrangement. Unknown to either of them at the time, their future will change drastically.

THE BARGAIN starts out slowly. Taking place during the Regency times of Britain, Jocelyn
Belinda Kroll
I can always count on Mary Jo Putney for an entertaining read. In this book, Jocelyn has a deadline to marry by the time she turns 25, or she won't get her inheritance. Her father made the stipulation upon his death because he knew Jocelyn would never turn to marriage willingly. Something in her past just made the whole idea an inconvenience at best, repulsive at worst.

Well, now that the wars with Napoleon are over, Jocelyn comes up with a brilliant, if ethically amoral, idea. Marry a dying majo
Loved it! I thought that perhaps it could have done without the secondary romance, between Sarah and the doctor, but that's a minor point. This is the first book I've read by this author, and definitely intend to read more. The characters were well-drawn, and the hero, David, is one of those somewhat unnusual regency heroes, in that he's not a wastrel or a rake, but an all-round decent chap. He's never boring and he's got a good sense of humour - he's rather lovely, really! I liked Jocelyn too; ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Sep 04, 2015 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this is another take on the oft used theme of a marriage of convenience but when it is portrayed with such heartfelt emotion it takes on another dimension. Even though the original purpose was to keep her inheritance, Lady Jocelyn Kendal hadn’t made the decision lightly, or alone. While visiting an officer recuperating at the soldier’s hospital he suggested a rather morbid solution to her problem. His fellow officer Major David Lancaster, was dying from his Waterloo wounds and was uneasy a ...more
I loved the beginning of the novel and the style of writing. I also liked the fact that the heroine Jocelyn Kendal was not a usual naive girl who was blushing every moment. She decides to marry only in order to inherit her father's estate (which would otherwise go to the second male heir). As if Primogeniture wasn't humiliating enough, we all know that females were seen merely as objects in that time. That is why I completely understood when she took upon her to marry the dying war hero David La ...more
3.5 stars.
Loved the hero
Kate McMurry

Review of audiobook version of this exciting Regency romance novel narrated by Emma Newman

I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars

Q. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A. A beautiful aristocrat must wed by her 25th birthday in order to inherit a fortune under the terms of her father's will. With the deadline only days away, in desperation, she makes a mad marriage bargain with a
Apr 02, 2012 Twiggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable with well drawn characters.

Lady Jocelyn stands to be disinherited from most of her patrimony if she does not marry prior to her 25th birthday.

Her parents went through a public and terrible divorce and this has impacted upon Jocelyn's view of herself and marriage and she has never met a man that she trusts enough to marry and she is afraid of the consequences of love or passion. As her birthday approaches, she considers a variety of different options, whilst secretly thinking that she
"Do not weep for me, my lady. If you remember me at all, I would rather you did with a smile."

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Awwwwwww. I gots them warm fuzzies! Do her dirty, David!

High Points.
The era. David. Crazy doctor. Stubborn and headstrong female. Being beautiful. Being plain and still getting the guy. Kindness. getting better. Wooing. Miracles. Love.

Low Points.
Dare I say it, boarder-lined cliche. It was especially cliche near the end and I felt it was a little rushed and it felt a bit f
Aug 23, 2012 Patacaisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un vrai coup de coeur pour ce roman très bien documenté. De plus, j’ai beaucoup aimé la plume de l’auteure.

L’héroïne, Jocelyn, est un personnage antipathique. Elle semble froide, égoïste et manipulatrice.
Face à elle, un héros qui pense mourir très prochainement d’une lésion aux vertèbres due à des éclats d’obus. David est courageux, a le sens de l’humour, est tendre. Bref, Swoooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

Jocelyn décide d’épouser David pour pouvoir garder son héritage et comme celui-ci ne devrait pas fai
I really enjoyed this one. It's much more of a traditional Regency romance, with stronger characterizations and stronger secondary characters, with their own well-developed stories.

I think what I liked best about this (apart from the fact that it's a rerelease of a very good book) is that it puts a different spin on the marriage of convenience trope. It shows how such a marriage can be contracted for the very best of reasons. The hero wants to take care of his sister, and the heroine wants to k
The premise was cute, but it wasn’t that great of a book. The writing style was strange. There were an abundance of POV changes, to the point where it would change randomly within paragraphs. Also, it kind of felt like I was reading a summary sometimes. There was a lot of ‘so-and-so explained what had occurred’, so you never get to hear these conversations. This bothered me the most when it came to the epilogue. It felt like the author was making a checklist.

I ended up getting so annoyed with Jo
Elis Madison
Lady Jocelyn Kendal needs a husband. Her father left her a fortune in his will, but only if she marries before her 25th birthday. She's been flirting with the Duke of Candover, who seems a sensible kind of man, someone who would be a good husband without crossing the line and (god forbid) actually loving her. That's last thing she wants. Problem is, Candover isn't coming to the point, and time is running out.

Fate hands her an answer when she encounters Major David Lancaster in hospital. He was b
Feb 09, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-own-it-book
3.5 stars
I actually liked this book quite a lot. The premise of contracting a marriage of convenience with a dying man was intriguing and well played. The time scale seemed too compressed and there were a few unnecessary scenes, but it was quite enjoyable. I liked the antagonism between Jocelyn and Sally at the beginning. It was refreshing to see the heroine in a different, unflattering light. The secondary romance was wonderful, and though I don't generally think much of the makeover leading to
The heroine of the story is Lady Jocelyn Kendal who has a deadline to meet. If she fails to marry before her twenty-five birthday she will lose her inheritance to her uncle and wicked aunt-by-marriage according to her father's will. Not that Jocelyn really needs to money...but she refuses to let her Aunt Elvira get her greedy hands on the inheritance. And Jocelyn is really only interested in one man despite the many men who have tried to woo her. But there's no way she can convince the Duke of C ...more
Gerry Bartlett
This reissue from the eighties held up well, with a twist on the marriage of convenience plot. Jocelyn is forced to marry before her 25th birthday or lose her inheritance. Now that's been done before, right? But things are different when she picks a dying soldier as her groom. He's happy to let her use him so that he can leave his sister with a nice settlement. They strike a bargain. Of course you knew this wasn't going to be smooth sailing. The man lives with a bit of clever surgery ahead of it ...more
May 15, 2015 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely story. Ms Putney has given us magic as she normally does.

Jocelyn must marry before her 25th birthday in order to inherit money from her father's estate. She is lusting after a duke who has no plan to ever marry, his normal conquests are experienced women. So, she comes up with a brilliant idea. She will marry a soldier who is in the hospital and near death. That way, she will appear to be an experienced woman and she feels sure she can lure her duke into a marriage.

David is the
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Since I have only be reading romance since 2008, I will admit that there is a lot I have to catch up on. Having just finished an ARC by Ms. Putney, I was in the mood to read her backlist, so I picked up a copy of THE BARGAIN and am very happy that I did.

Upon the reading of her father's will, Jocelyn Kendal finds that a stipulation to keeping her inheritance is marriage by the age of 25. Now it's nearing her birthday and she has no prospects for a husband and an evil aunt just waiting to swoop do
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Jan 26, 2015 Andreea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, the first thing that comes to my mind story.

Well,OK, maybe I'm a romantic, but I like a book that makes me feel like being in love is the most perfect thing in the whole world, with a few bumps along the way, but still perfect. I know it's just a story, but wouldn't it be amazing if someone somewhere actually had a love like this...I mean there was a time when a marriage was done by the parents with no regard for does it seem so unbelievable for love and romance to
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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