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The Marriage Pact (The Marriage Pact #1)

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*Revised September 2013 - Includes Preview Chapters of REGRETS ONLY!*

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
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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 check..so money isn't even a plus in this
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Jonel Boyko
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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 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
Renee
Jun 14, 2012 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
AngelinaT
May 27, 2013 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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Jessa
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.
Jessica's Book Review
Aug 05, 2012 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
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Julie
Jan 09, 2014 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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Loraine Oliver
Nov 04, 2015 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
Karen Adkins
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I saw this book on amazon.com as one of the 'better' romance novels out there. At only 99 cents, I got the sample and decided 'what the heck...it'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
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Zoe
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a nice contemporary romance story.

The story revolves around a promise made between two friends that they will marry each other if they are not married by the time they are 30. It is written in a present-past style that gives you background into the friends-to-more relationship.

The characters are likeable, and the story has enough drama, heartache, romance and humour to keep the story flowing nicely.

It is a sweet, easy read. Perfect for when you're looking for something light and fluffy.
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Emily
Apr 09, 2013 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.
Eileen
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for a good love story
Amanda
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Free on Amazon, the book equivilant of potato chips, fine but not filling.
Karen
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took about 100 pages to really get into this book and for the suspense to build. Interesting idea about marriage and what it takes to make it a success.
Tracie Banister
Jul 17, 2016 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
Kathy
Oct 27, 2015 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
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Ashley
Jun 30, 2016 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,
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Tonya Plank
Sep 17, 2015 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
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Lindsey
Jun 14, 2012 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
Domonique
Jan 31, 2014 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
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Laurie
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Not exactly my kind of book, although I found myself furiously turning the pages. The depth of Marci's character was refreshing. It wasn't a simple black and white love story - there were a great many twists and turns. Doug and Jake were both interesting characters. I prefer a little more steam in my romances.
Melissa
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Frustrating most of the time and I skimmed through some of the long-winded descriptions but I was happy with the end. I felt that some of the scenes had far too much detail while the most important ones were lacking in substance.
Danielle Calabrese
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. I thought it had good character development, but I felt like it was a little long winded at times. I also didn't feel as much of a connection between Marci and the guy she ends up with, but with that being said it still was a good read.
druidessprincess
What a yawn-fest. Thank goodness it only took a couple of hours to read. It's basically an entire novel of pointless, uninteresting minutiae. No excitement. No tension. No romance, either. Disappointing.
Doris lover of happy endings
I hate cheaters....
Danielle Hughes
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Only giving this a "4" because I felt I had to skim through some unnecessary details to get to the "meat and potatoes " but a really good read.
Amanda
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I chose this book in the hope that it would be an amusing, light read that I could finish in a day or so. I was immediately disappointed, this book was dull, angsty, boring and annoying. The main character who, even though I JUST put the book down I've forgotten her name, is beyond irritating. She is thirty but reads much younger, and she's a total cliche. Involved with her married boss and delusional about the future. She's just clueless about, well everything. The other prospective relationshi ...more
Zee Monodee
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Couldn't get through this! Heroine was whiny and sounded like she'd just come out of college rather than turning 30, and the affair with the boss - as in, WTH?!? And of course, his wife is the dragon and he is the nice guy stuck with her and of course, he's gonna leave her for heroine ... except he hasn't done it until now.
No, sorry - not my definition of a good romance, let alone romance, for that matter.
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