Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Marriage Code” as Want to Read:
The Marriage Code
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Marriage Code

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  153 reviews
In Brooke Burroughs’s endearing debut novel set in vibrant India, enemies turned allies encounter obstacles in an unexpected multicultural romance only to discover that in the end, love is love.

Emma has always lived her life according to a plan. But after turning down her boyfriend’s proposal, everything starts to crumble. In an effort to save the one thing she cares about
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published January 1st 2021 by Montlake
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Marriage Code, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Marriage Code

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.88  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,168 ratings  ·  153 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Marriage Code
Burroughs weaves a realistic yet romantic tale of two characters who appear opposite in nearly every way, and yet so compatible. Rishi and Emma are both great protagonists that you can’t helped but root for. India is presented in loving detail, and with such passion you’d be hard pressed to not feel Emma’s excitement at every ‘adventure’. Burroughs’ debut is a solid offering, and I’ll be looking for more from her in the future.
Savitri (IG: bookishcatsavant)
Thank you to the author, Amazon Publishing & Montlake for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for a honest review!
This is a multicultural romance with the familiar “lovers to haters” trope but with the twist of including India and tradition throughout. Emma and Rishi both work in IT in Seattle but a project that doesn’t go as planned, lead them to Bangalore, India. With his financial plan gone awry, Rishi is left with no choice but to get married and follow his traditional hier
Stephanie (read_with_steph)
When Emma gets the chance to lead a team developing an app for a project she's put her heart and soul into, she jumps at the chance--even if it means moving to Bangalore for a year. What she doesn't realize is that the job was promised to Rishi, who she has to court into become her lead developer. In exchange for joining the team, Emma agrees to help him develop code to find the perfect wife. But after Emma and Rishi start spending more and more time together, both of them maybe wish she hadn't. ...more
I'll read pretty much anything set in India but this one wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of chick-lit and no amount of banging on about programming code and apps could hide that there's not a lot of substance to this novel. Nothing happens that's in the slightest bit unpredictable.

The book perhaps suffers for being based on the author's own experience of falling in love with an Indian guy. When reality gets in the way, writers too often over-describe, stuff the book full of things relevant to them
LianaReads blog
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful written debut romance.
I enjoyed this story more than I have expected. There’s a lot of chemistry in an enemies to lovers trope usually and this one hasn’t missed the mark with all the great banter and fierce characters.
I really need to try out some of the indian dishes because this story left me wanting to read and know more about some cultures that I haven’t before.
A great debut and a new author that needs to be looked up.
Jeeves Reads Romance
Sweet and laidback

For me, this is the kind of debut that starts out strong then loses steam along the way. It's a true romance, complete with an enemies to lovers style relationship and some lighthearted friction. It's got closed door intimate scenes and just a touch of sexiness, yet still feels like a modern love story. I really enjoyed getting to know both characters, and the story will completely immerse the reader into Indian culture. Where this falters for me is the heavy, heavy focus on th
Jan 04, 2021 added it
Recommends it for: Brooke Burroughs Fans, Romance
4 Coding Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
I am always interested in a different perspective than my own. I find it important to hear/read stories that give me other life experiences. I love learning and being able to put myself in other's shoes.

The Marriage Code allowed me to do just that. I felt it a strong example of cultural differences, dealing with them, and overcoming the challenges. Since I am someone who does not believe in reinventing the wheel, Savitri (IG: bookishcatsavant)'s
Living My Best Book Life
The Marriage Code is a great debut that is immersed in Indian culture, has a strong female character in STEM, and is a charming romance with an enemies to lovers trope that readers will fall in love with.

Emma is a strong, independent woman who is dedicated to her job. She is smart and shows that a woman can dominate in the STEM world. She has been in a relationship for a while and when her boyfriend proposes, she declines. She questions whether she was truly in love or just comfortable with the
Randi (randi_reads)
3.5 stars

Thank you to Amazon Publishing/Montlake Romance for an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Emma has just turned down her longtime boyfriend's marriage proposal and then has a run-in with a new guy at her work, Rishi. They don't start out on good footing and then when she gets promoted at work to a position he was promised, things are not going to get any better. The job promotion could have helped him to help his family by sending money home to his parents. He also co
Maci Feather
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good RomCom.
Emma is a very organized, career driven and structured woman. After she ends up turning down her boyfriend’s proposal, things start to get messy. But at least she has her job. She is told to recruit Rishi, a new colleague that transferred branches, to be on her new App development team. However, Rishi was told that he was going to be the leader of the app development team, not Emma. What he thought was going to be his big pr
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love it!

I truly loved this book, which brings together two cultures in the most delightful ways. I usually read a few Indian-based novels every year, but this was the first one I’ve read which looked at the complications - and potential - of an American woman adapting to a new culture. The romance was satisfying, too! Recommended.
Megan » Hello Book Bird
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-list, romance
No wonder their female deities sometimes had so many arms. Men were impossible with their demands.

Emma has always lived her life according to a plan. But after turning down her boyfriend’s proposal, everything starts to crumble. In an effort to save the one thing she cares about—her job—she must recruit her colleague, Rishi, to be on her development team…only she may or may not have received the position he was promised. (She did.)

Rishi cannot believe that he got passed over for promotion. T
Book Fanatic
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all thank you to Montlake Romance for asking me to be apart of Brooke Burroghs debut novels release. It was a joy to be apart of.

The Marriage Code combined two of my favourite things: IT and interracial relationships. I am a super tech nerd so this story fuelled that end of me. And as a POC, I'm always so ready to see more reads with people like me, especially interracial relationships, because love finds itself everywhere.

The story follows Emma and Rishi. They're first meet is cute unt
Julia (jaylamm.reads)
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you @amazon pub for the free copy 
The Marriage Cody by Brooke Burroughs #jaylammreviews
Ahh, the enemies to lovers trope really is the best! When Rishi and Emma meet, it is not a great first impression...they both are trying for the same job and Emma gets it. The job forces them to temporarily move to Bangalore India- which for Emma is a brand new adventure, but its going home near family for Rishi. 
Rishi's family is ready for him to marry, and the criteria for the perfect wife is extensive
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Marriage Code is such a fresh new take on the contemporary romance genre. The three biggest highlights of the book for me were the multicultural enemies to lovers romance, the fact the book highlights women in STEM, and the incredible scenery of India.

I thought that the characters in this book really made the novel, as you really root for Emma and Rishi as you read both in their careers and their romance. I loved how original the plot was as the characters moved from Seattle, to Bangladesh,
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

Wow, you guys! I can't think of a more wonderful way to kick off 2021 than with The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs. Smart, sweet, infuriating fun is what I like to call the relationship between Emma and Rishi. It's creative rom-com at its finest. From the way they meet to the way they interact and turn from friends to more, it's what makes Hallmark and Netflix sit up and take notice.

A perfect way to kick off a year of reading!

Follow me on
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jamie Jack
Dec 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, p-2020
A Book You Want to Like, But…

This debut novel has gotten good buzz, and the book itself is at least in part based on the author's experience as an American woman working in India in IT (fun to have a STEM heroine based in reality… that part does come across well) and as someone who married an Indian man (some of which is supposedly depicted in the book). However, the book suffers from flaws typical of debut novels, even though according to the acknowledgments, she has worked with a host of peopl
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: india, romance
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this one! It took a bit for me to get into it, but I loved the setting and the chemistry.

Note: has some profanity peppered throughout and some closed door scenes / fantasizing.
Kathy Averbeck
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book starts out like a "romcom" and I kept picturing the scenes like I was watching a movie. In fact, I think this book would make a good movie, especially when it arrives in India. This book explores the culture clash between an Indian man and an American woman who fall in love, as well as the clash between generations in the Indian man's family as their expectations for him don't correspond with what he wants in his life. ...more
This was a good one - the food was for sure my favorite element. This story hits very close to home for debut author Brooke Burroughs, whose own love story resembles this one - the cultural differences of living in and adapting to a vastly different culture.

I get my eyebrows threaded every three weeks by my Indian friend, Shilpa, and we were just talking about varieties of Indian food this morning. Thus, this book was timely for me and oh geez do I miss living by an Indian restaurant. I want th
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Emma is all about work. She's spent a long time developing a literacy program, and she wants to head up the app development as well. After all, she's the one who knows all about Helix. But she doesn't realize that Rishi, an app developer from India, flew to Seattle to head up the project -- and that the extra money he'd earn would help his family enormously. Needless to say, he is NOT happy when Emma gets the lead role instead of him. And he's even more unhappy when the company decides to move a ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers looking for something different
The Marriage Code is a sweet story, somewhere between chick lit and romance, about two software developers who, despite their initial friction, fall in love. Emma is devoted to her work, which she views as the only means of achieving stability and purpose, while Rishi views his job as a way to support his traditional Indian family. When Emma is transferred to Bangalore to lead Rishi's team - a job originally meant for Rishi himself - the two clash. But their explosive chemistry quickly develops ...more
NICUnurse Stephanie
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Marriage Code is Brooke Burroughs’ debut novel. If you’ve ever read any of my reviews, you know I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite author, so trying a new book by a new author is kind of my thing. With that in mind, the title of this book and the blurb intrigued me, so I decided to jump right in. And I can honestly say that I’m very much looking forward to more from this author.
NICUnurse’s Rating: The story is told from both main characters’ points of view which really makes you lik
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - Debugging their relationship

Emma has been put in the unenviable position of recruiting as lead developer for her team the man who had been promised the supervisory position she was given.  Needless to say, they don't start out their relationship with enthusiastic warm fuzzies.

So Emma works out a deal with Rishi to help design a matchmaker program to find him the perfect bride - and get his parents off his back.

This was a fun romance, though a little longer than average, with the a
Nanette Littlestone
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Smart, sexy, and oh so complicated

Authors are often advised to write what they're passionate about, to write what they know. Brooke Burroughs does exactly that in this perfect example of "biography meets fiction," and she does it so well.

Emma's development project for greater literacy suddenly goes into App phase, spearheaded by Rishi, a visiting team lead from Bangalore. When Emma's offered that same lead position, tensions escalate and serious complications arise for Rishi, whose parents are w

Thank you so much @amazonpublishing for the free ARC of “The Marriage Code” to review. Readers can grab a copy on 1/1/21.

“In Brooke Burroughs’s endearing debut novel set in vibrant India, enemies turned allies encounter obstacles in an unexpected multicultural romance only to discover that in the end, love is love.”

Oh how I love Emma and Rishi! These two characters were just wonderful! Both are so intelligent, witty, and unique. I’m already wishing there was another story featuring the
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
This story had a lot of potential but missed the mark (for me) for a few reasons. My biggest gripe is with her portrayal of Rishi. It's like she just forgot to give him a personality amidst all the responsibility and honor. It's very difficult to care about a romance novel if I don't have any feelings about the hero, good or bad. He's supposed to be funny, but we never actually see that. He's just kind of boring. Emma, however, had a fully baked personality, so I wonder if this is a case of an a ...more
Deanna Mannino (Dees_Bookshelf)
𝓑𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀
The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs
Pub Date: January 1st, 2021

Thank you to @amazonpublishing & Montlake Publishing for my gifted ARC

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this one! It was so cute and fun, and very interesting!

Emma recently turned down her boyfriends proposal, and now she must dedicate her time to her job. But she must ask a colleague Rishi, from Bangalore India to be on her developmental team. But she may or may not have stolen his promised pro
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Fangs
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf
  • 10 Blind Dates
  • Well Played (Well Met, #2)
  • Royal Catch (The Rourkes, #1)
  • Take What You Can Carry
  • The House on Firefly Beach
  • Faking Under the Mistletoe
  • Spellmaker (Spellbreaker Duology, #2)
  • Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards, #1)
  • The Luckiest Girls
  • That Night
  • The Midnight Bargain
  • Billionaire Bachelor: William (Diamond Bridal Agency, #1)
  • Lazer Focused (Billionaire Matchmaker, #1; Jet City World, #14)
  • Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
  • My Uptown Girl
  • Tell Me No Lies (Vegas Bad Boys)
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” So, this January, as we celebrate Martin Luther King...
26 likes · 13 comments
“Text copyright © 2021 by Brooke Burroughs” 0 likes
More quotes…