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The Marriage Pact (Loving an Aldridge, #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The heir to an earldom has little control over his own fate, but Mr. James Aldridge promised himself one freedom. To marry for affection instead of wealth or connections. Anger flares when he learns his father has struck a deal: in one year, he will be leg-shackled to Miss Celia Colton, the dazzling beauty who had previously caught his eye. Now certain she was simply perfo ...more
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published March 1st 2018
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Robin Helm
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My fellow author, Wendi Sotis, just released a non-Austen Regency romance that simply wowed me! I'm very happy to hear it's the first in a series of books, and I already can't wait for the next one. I love this story that much.

The Marriage Pact

Without any further teasing, here are my thoughts on The Marriage Pact. I love Wendi's characters, because they act in realistic ways. Wendi doesn't sugarcoat what many Regency men would do if they felt pressured and betrayed. James does what a young man i
Ana Morgan
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. The twists and turns that confound the lovers kept me turning the pages. The lovers' misunderstandings felt historically believable, for an era with strict social mores.
I have been delighted by other books written by Ms. Sotis, and with this new release, I am still a big fan.
Sheila Majczan
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

This book was slow to draw me in. The beginning, somehow, struck me as more resembling awkward teenagers hesitantly encountering their first crush than two adults beginning to court, even without that title placed upon their relationship.

I found interesting the fact that this "Marriage Pact" was between his grandfather and her father but was kept a secret. I could not imagine why all the secrecy. James only asserts his one straw of independence after learning he is alrea
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage-romance
I was given a free copy for my honest review. I really enjoyed this story. There were great characters and you could feel the turmoil as they navigated the waters of peer pressure and trust. Friends became enemies in this competition to get the best match on the marriage mart. Staying true to yourself while appeasing family and the ton can be frustrating and heartbreaking. Dreaming and hoping for a love match seems impossible... or does it? This is a sweet, clean romance that I highly recommend ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James Aldridge adores Celia Colton, until he discovers that he is promised to marry her. Suddenly, he sees her sweet innocence as a very deliberate act to trap him. Every girl he has known who has entered the marriage mart has changed and become manipulative. Celia's own mother and older sister are the worst of the manipulators and up until now he had believed her to be very different from them. But now he thinks she may be worse than them because she appears so innocent.

Celia, on the other hand
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This regency novel is a fun read. James and Celia are great friends. Even though his best friend has warned James that Celia might take after her mother and older sister and be scheming to trap him into marriage, he finds himself drawn to her. However, when his father tells James that a marriage pact has been entered into, James turns his wrath on Celia and rebels against being forced to do anything against his own choice. The book is well written with well developed characters.
Maria Thomas
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this regency romance. I think the only thing about it I did not like was the hooking up with a willing widow element that has been prevalent in the last few regency books I've read. It wasn't pertinent to the story and could have been left out without hurting the plot. There could have been just some mean girl to try to stake her claim instead of the widow. There is no sex written in the book but it is implied that there have been previous encounters.

I liked the main characters though
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a little different. I liked how sometimes you want to smack a character upside the head to get them with the program. You think in real life it would be different?! But we all act just as fool hardy sometimes! James believes the worst of Celia after he finds he and Celia are part of a pact between families to be wed! Her sweetness, he somehow now believes it all an act. They have really been best of friends and she was already in love with him. Now she just doesn't understand why i ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love regency books so when I read what this story was about it caught my interest. The storyline was one I had read before but I still really enjoyed this book. I felt liked the main characters were well developed. I liked how gracious Celia was. James was a bit bullheaded but overall likeable. Daniel and Elaine were great secondary characters. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would will have to watch for this author's other books.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
This novel had quite a few twists & turns to it that I didn’t quite expect. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I will say I truly enjoyed this book - I felt thoroughly engaged throughout the whole of it & being a regency style novel as well as being a clean read (although sexual relationship’s are referred to there are no details) I can highly recommend it. I am very pleased & excited that this will be a series. I really want to find out more about the other Aldridges stories & hopefully contin ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall a decent read. The beginning of the story I found confusing. It was like hopping around too quickly with so much information being relayed. I couldn't keep track of the names, who was speaking, or why certain information was important. I think the author was just trying to set up too much all at once.
The characters were just a bit too hard to connect with. Several key moments and emotions were excessively exaggerated. When a character would despair the exaggeration of their reaction and
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book finally became enjoyable towards the end when our heroine finally has enough or everyone else's nonsense and stand up for herself. The hero is a hypocrite, jerk and idiot. He admits to acting like a child and is simply forgiven- lame. He gets upset and runs to the bed of a widow friend who loves to wake him from steamy dreams he has of the very young, innocent and naive heroine so that said widow can enjoy his insatiable appetite that these dreams bring on. Then he is horrible towards t ...more
Dawn Pearson
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I find qualifies for reading in a book club because it features human reactions that exist is daily life - specifically "jumping to conclusions." And, because of this reaction, several of the other reviewers reacted negatively to the story, whereas, I see the characters as caught up in a web of lies and half truths.

In my opinion, James and Celia are victims of an agreement that was made with good intentions, but threatens to undo an otherwise happy relationship. When James l
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This sexualized but not graphic Jane Austen variation features sweet, young Celia Colton on the cusp of womanhood. As she prepares for her first coming out, her heart yearns for James Aldridge. Heir to the Earl, James is highly sought after by the matrons of the area seeking to arrange a match for their daughters. While plots abound, and mothers scheme, Celia is determined to stay true to her heart and only marry for “mutual love and affection or not at all.” But when long-time friend and confid ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. I mostly liked Celia, the heroine (although I wished she'd stood up for herself earlier), but I didn't really care for the "hero" James--who had a lot lacking. He treated Celia horribly and had loose morals (I think this is the first Regency I've read where the "hero" openly has a lover, consorts with her in public, and doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with his behavior). I like the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation, however, I didn't real ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is about two friends who are falling in love...but then the man's father tells him he must marry her and like a typical man, he dislikes being told what to do, so he rebels. Of course, there are many other issues--her mom and sister are despicable fakers, he was lead to believe she would be like that by a friend, etc. I really enjoyed seeing how everything played out. She was such a sweet innocent girl who refused to take part in the games that are such a huge part of the "marriage ma ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was asked to review by Inspired by Kathy

What a fun read and even better this is book one - more to follow.

This fun regency novel takes you away every day life - James and Celia are good friends. James has been forewarned - that she maybe trying to trap him into marriage. There is influence from Celia mother and sister. He is still keen on her despite the warnings. But all is not plain sailing and are caught up in an "agreement" which may have been well meant at the beginning.
Good characters a
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was definitely a regency soap opera. Celia is my favorite character and I loved her constant integrity in the midst of gossiping people. I seriously did not like James. He is completely expecting the utmost moral character of Celia, while he can just do as he pleases. Drove me crazy. Honestly, I wanted Celia to be happy, but not sure her happiness redeemed himself in the end. The supporting cast were quite fun and I'm hoping there will be further stories about them. First book by this ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This one was ok. Took me a bit longer to get into it than usual, not sure why.

I got a bit irritated at James father. He didn't outright lie but he didn't clarify things either. That could have made a huge difference. But of course there would not have been so much conflict to tell about...

I would have been ok with that. I did like the ending.

Good read but not a favorite.
Donna May
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The author did a great job weaving a story and bringing some challenges into it. Every romance has their problems, but most can be resolved with great communication. Too many times we assume things that aren’t true. If we just talked about them, we would realize that things are much better than we think. Good, clean historical romance novel.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff

I enjoyed this story immensely, it is very well written and the plot is entertaining. I definitely will try to get the next book in the series.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 Star rating. Meh
Patti Wolff
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is very well-written but the hero is such a clueless jerk it ruined the story for me. Flaunting your mistress in public? Um, no. The heroine deserved a HEA with someone else.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading The Marriage Pact. Review to come.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I didn’t make it out of the first chapter. DNF.
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Wendi Sotis lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and triplets. Years ago, while searching for Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, she became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen Fan Fiction or JAFF. In early 2010, she dreamed an idea for a story and hasn’t stopped writing since.

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