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The Marriage Pact

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,039 ratings  ·  321 reviews
I was sixteen when I vowed I would never marry him.

We shook on it. Pinky swore. Even put it in writing and all but signed our names in blood.

It was the one and only thing we ever agreed on.

To the world, he’s Prince Julian, Duke of Montcroix, second in line to the Chamont throne. Panty-melting accent. Royal charm. Hypnotic presence. Blindingly gorgeous. Laundry list of wome
Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 23rd 2019 by Independently published
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Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

Julian and Emelie have a falling out when they were young. After eight years of no communication, Emilie was surprised to see Julian and asking her for a favor. Will she do it or not?

I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be a typical, light-hearted romance, but it exceeded my expectations. This story has it all: romance, mystery, and second chances. The moment I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I'm immediately wrapped up in the characters. I have read several books by th
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I read the synopsis of this book, and I was so excited to read it, wanting to know more about Prince Julian and Emelie. Unfortunately, it wasn’t anything I was expecting or anticipating and I felt let down.

While the love story was one that I was getting into, there were too many dilemmas thrown in to build angst that only made me roll my eyes. The initial reason for their teen split was dubious and far-fetched to say the least. It is something that I can not see happening, ever. Even the week o
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
"I don't know what it is about first loves, but even the briefest ones leave their marks and the tiniest, most microscopic part of you can't un-love them, even if you can't stand them."

Young love involving complete opposites, but there's a missunderstanding... except they can't let it go...

A sweet second chance romance.
Alex ♈
Why do I have a feeling I know how the story will go?
The only question is - is she a virgin or did she have sex once?.. 🙄
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Winter Renshaw is always good for a surprising read. I’ve had books of her that sounded good when reading the blurb – but later ended up being “only” 3 stars in my rating (which is not a bad rating but still a difference to 5 stars) – and then there are these books from her – and I have had quite a few of them – that were simply 5 stars from the first chapter I read.

So when I started to read “The Marriage Pact” I really had no idea where this journey would take me. As I truly could not imagine
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Tanaka K
"She’s both the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me— and the worst."

For the past three months, I have been reading books from new to me authors. Trying other genres from new authors. I want to expose myself to many authors. Get out out my shell and try different writing. My experiment led me to The Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw. I never read any books by Winter Renshaw but I decided to try one of her books. Godh, the writing, story and characters truly captured me. I read The Marriag
Jun 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Why Authors keep writing this crap is beyond me! When you have a Hero who describes the OW as follows (see below), its a DNF for me right away!

We haven’t spoken since … well, since I caught her naked, legs wrapped around my former best friend as he drilled into her like there was no tomorrow. I’m tempted to write back, but I resist. This is far too entertaining, far too gratifying. She’s hurt and she’s furious. And now she knows what it’s like.

She caught my attention one semester at university.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not her best

The best part of this book? The last chapter. Literally. It was as though Ms. Renshaw phoned in most of the book, only to finally settle into the creative groove. The spark that first attracted me to her writing finally lit, unfortunately doing so at the very end.

This book wasn't awful, but it wasn't great...and it was quite bland. I didn't connect to either character and while I didn't dislike either one I felt completely neutral. To me, that is worse than active dislike. All of the
Viper Spaulding
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn’t love this as much as I wanted to.

Emelie and Julian have a complicated history, but the conflict from eight years prior just didn’t ring true for me. Other than providing a basis for their tension and love/hate relationship, that event – once revealed – seemed far too improbable to believe.

Then, the resolution to the situation that forces Julian to insist on marrying Emelie was more than contrived, rendering the entire premise of the preceding story pointless. It was a Bobby-in-the-show
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
The reason they split is dubious at best. H is also extremely immature for someone who is meant to be 26 and the future king of a country. (view spoiler) h is also very gullible and easily swayed.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Big drama filled miscommunication tumble of a story. You either like or could care but never love.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This author is one I’ve come to count on for likeable characters, an engaging storyline, and lots of heartfelt emotion in her stories. When I saw she had a royal romance, I was excited to read it. I loved Julian and Emelie's characters – their chemistry was palpable and their banter made me laugh.

I liked the premise of this book: Julian needs to take over the throne due to some issues with his father, the king, and in order to do so, Julian needs to be married. I’m not sure it felt completely pl
Keri Loves Books
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Her Perfectly Imperfect Prince

Julian needs to take over as king before his father ruins the entire country. However, tradition stipulates that to be King, you must be wed.

Julian and Emelie grew up together. Their parents were friends, so summers were spent together. What started out as two kids who tormented one another, turned into teenagers who caught feelings even though. Then their short foray into young love came to an abrupt halt.

It's been eight long years since they have seen one another
April Symes
Emelie and Prince Julian have know each other since they were just kids. Their fathers were best friends and every summer they ended up together, for it was a tradition. Suddenly the summer Emelie was 16, things between them changed and became intense. But something happened and what was starting to be beautiful turned into HATE...and they never spent any time together again. Fast forward to now and Prince Julian is back needing a favor that'll change everything....
This book is a 2nd chance at l
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This really is a love/hate relationship between Emelie and Julian! Both their families spent the summer holidays together every year. Julian use to play pranks on her, she loved him, and their parents thought they would end up together!

On their last summer together something happened, which left them both feeling betrayed by the other. They made a pact that they would never marry each other!

Eight years have past and Julian turns up and asks Emelie to marry him, he has his reasons and she has her
Janice Somers
I read this and couldn't put it down. I love Julian and Emelie. Such independent and strong characters each set in their own ways. Julian and Emelie spent twelve weeks each summer with their families. But the difference was Julian's family were royalty and Emelie's were common Americans.
But both Julians and Emelies, as teenagers, believed a misunderstanding and their unstated love became anger and hate, but they continued to love the other.
Now Julian has come to request a favor of Emelia...
Amy Dickinson
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Winter Renshaw has done it again with The Marriage Pact. This is a second chance, frenemies-to-lovers type of romance. It is the tale of two people, Prince Julian and Emelie, finding each other again after much discord and misunderstanding. It is a beautiful lesson in moving beyond pain to find an enduring lifetime of love. It is also a reminder to be one’s self each day, no matter the circumstances and expectations. These two are lovely and dreamy, even in their pain.

B. C. Booklover
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there is someone Emelie Belleseau hates with a passion, it's the boy she spent every summer of her young life with..Julian. Their fathers were best friends and the families were so close, enjoying each others company during all those lazy summers together. But Emelie had to endure Julian's frogs, pranks, teasing and taunting, anything else he could do to make her life miserable until the summer they noticed each other for different reasons. Well, until he ruined her budding love for him, her ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW... this book grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. It’s heartbreaking, emotional and so romantic with a slow burn that turns to a sizzle. I was drawn into this story of two people who found love then had it torn from them, only to be reconnected years later.

The story follows Emelie, a teacher whose life changes when her teenage flame, Julian, shows up out of the blue and asks her to marry him. Their families spent summers together, and Julian went from the boy who put frogs in he
Debbie Choe
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of Winter Renshaw! The synopsis intrigued me - who doesn't want to marry a prince? With the hype surrounding Harry and Megan, I was ready for this book! Julian and Emelie have been childhood friends who spent the summers in North Carolina. Julian's family seeked normalcy which is why they enjoyed their summers outside of Chamont. When Emelie turns 16, things shift between her and Julian and they become more than friends. Before Emelie knows it, Julian leaves her with a b ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emelie and Julian have know each other since they were children. They couldn't stand each other yet their summers were kinda a tradition since their fathers were best friends. Then when Emelie was sixteen something changed between them, THEN something happened and bam hate and distance became the norm...
Years later, Prince Julian is back with a favor that'll change everything....
This story was interesting and I liked it, I didn't love it. BUT jeez ppls say it with me Communication is the key, wi
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Mystery Of Julian and Emelie's Past Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat!

The Marriage Pact jumps right into the chemistry and mystery between Julian and Emelie. Keep reading - you won't see what is coming!

Julian, twenty-six, is the handsome prince of a fictitious English-speaking island nation in the Atlantic. He suddenly needs to marry, and he turns to his childhood family friend, Emelie. Yes - the one he tortured as a child and dumped like a hot potato when she was sixteen - and they hav
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance romance (though when they went into their agreement, neither were trying to get back together.) It's also a haters-to-lovers romance, all due to a misunderstanding, of which neither were to blame. He is a Prince and soon to be King, she is merely a school teacher, but he needs her, and she (and her family) needs what he can provide. There is plenty of hate and animosity between them. But one day they discover the truth and once they see the error in their ways, they begin ...more
Ga Books LoverX
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, but if you are not really into of a lot going on then you might not be a fan. There is a LOT freaking going on, but that just made me want to pay attention more. Winter Renshaw has a way of sucking me into her books in which I feel as if I am right there with them.

Quick Synopsis- Emelie and Julian have a not so sweet past (well it was until it wasn't) and vowed never to marry each other. It was a thing because their fathers were best friends despite the fact that Julian
Pam Curran
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy and entertaining read if you are looking for something light. Prince Julian and Emelie had known each other for years as their families vacationed together as they were growing up. However something happened that broke Emelie's heart when she was 16, she hated Julian ever after and swore that she would never marry him.

Imagine her surprise when he turns up on her doorstep one night and says that he needs her to marry him to help his country. She turns down him down flat and
Caroline F
This was a pretty sweet and a little bit steamy read.

"I don't know what it is about first loves, but even the briefest ones leave their marks and the tiniest, most microscopic part of you can't un-love them, even if you can't stand them."

Emelie and Julian have known one another since they were kids. They were never the best of friends until the summer Emelie was sixteen, when Julian suddenly shows an interest in her. However, by the end of the summer, Emelie is broken-hearted and they don't see
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this wasn’t my favourite book by Ms Renshaw ... I didn’t particularly like the characters of Em and Julian, however I do appreciate the writing and I quite liked the ending... even if it does prove that Em is a spoiled little monkey!!... did she deserve to get what she wanted? I’m not so sure... but I did like the thinking and the epilogue was full of promise for them.
I liked the idea of removing all the pretence from their lives... especially Julian and stripping them bare to find
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars For This Mesmerizing Read

Winter Renshaw’s new book is well written and the storyline is quite unique from any book I have read lately. There is Emelie, a young teacher who is about to celebrate her 24th birthday when Julian, the person she has hated and despised these last 8 years, stands at her front door. He asks her to revoke a promise they made when she was 16 that would never marry, and in fact enter into marriage with him now. What follows has so many twists and turns as these tw
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