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The Marriage Pact: A Novel Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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"Entertaining...with a few laugh-out-loud moments, M.J. Pullen's novel is a very enjoyable read. Fans of Jane Green or Emily Giffin are sure to enjoy The Marriage Pact." ―Shelf Awareness
“A charming cross between romance and chick lit...Pullen’s characters are realistic, and the dialogue is funny, making this an excellent choice for fans of early Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, and Emily Giffin.” ―Booklist
"This novel is chick lit to its core and makes for a light and easy read." ―Library Journal
“M.J. Pullen brings clever quirkiness to romantic comedy!” ―Penny Reid, international bestselling author of Neanderthal Seeks Human
“Funny, wise and painfully true. Make sure you clear your weekend before you pick up The Marriage Pact!” ―Chrissie Manby, author of Getting Over Mr. Right
“All five stars for The Marriage Pact; a roller-coaster ride through love, friendship and self-discovery. Well done!” ―Valerie Joan Connors, author of In Her Keeping and Shadow of a Smile
“A fun, frothy read with an artfully crafted main plot that draws the reader in and won't let go.” ―Elle Filz, ChickLitWriters.com
“There are times you laugh so hard at the antics between Jake and Marci, then there are times that you just have to sigh at the romance of it all....This story is a must read that will have you eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!” ―Faerie Tale Books
“Will keep you reading...in one sitting like I did. Well done!” ―Let's Get Booked!
About the Author
MANDA (M.J.) PULLEN, former therapist and marketer, is the author of complex, funny contemporary romances, including The Marriage Pact. She was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta by a physicist and a flower child, who taught her that life is tragic and funny, and real love is anything but simple. She has a weakness for sappy movies, craft beer, gossip, and boys who talk baseball. After traveling around Europe and living in cities like Austin and Portland, she returned to Atlanta where she lives with her husband and two sons.
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There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this story. It was extremely well-written, and I got a kick out of it being set in my hometown of Atlanta so that I recognized most of the places that were mentioned. The supporting characters were beautifully nuanced and jumped off the page - particularly Marci's bridezilla sister, Nicole, her sassy bestie, Suzanne, and her Great Aunt Mildred, who had a very touching and surprising backstory. And I was crushing hard on Jake, Marci's friend/potential hubby, all throughout the book. He was just plain dreamy. We should all be so lucky as to have a Jake in our lives. Not that he was perfect, because that would be boring. He had his flaws and felt real throughout the book. There were some swooningly romantic moments in the book and others that brought tears to my eyes (most of these involved Marci's interactions with Jake's family).
I will confess to struggling with the character of Marci. I understood how she got involved with Doug, her married boss, but hated to see him manipulating her and her putting up with it over and over again. I kept wanting to give her a shake and yell, "Snap out of it!" because she just wouldn't let the Doug thing go and she didn't seem to be appreciating what Jake had to offer. She really is her own worst enemy for a good part of the book. Thankfully, she did eventually learn and grow from her experiences, and I was glad the book ended with her in a good place.
I will definitely be reading the next book in this series because I need to find out what happens with Suzanne. She did not have a very long attention span when it came to men in The Marriage Pact, so I'm interested to see what kind of guy it takes to bowl her over.
To be honest, I was pretty disappointed. Marci has never been my favorite character of the three women, and I didn't care much for her within these pages either. She seemed a little immature and helpless, and it was difficult for me to believe she was thirty years old. I also had a hard time believing she and Jake were meant to be. So much of the book focused on her relationship with Doug, which while morally repugnant was at least interesting. I never really felt a connection between her and Jake.
Even though I didn't really like this book, I'm glad it's around because it introduces us to Suzanne and Rebecca, both of whom have more interesting stories. If you read this book and are on the fence about continuing with the series, I would urge you to reconsider. Regrets Only is definitely on my top 10 favorite new reads of the year.
The story itself, however, I hated. While infidelity may occur all the time, it obviously is a real hot button for me. I tried to like these characters but in my opinion, Doug is a pig and deserves whatever heartbreak he gets. Marci I just wanted to take by the shoulders and shake. HARD! Jake, the only main character I really liked, I just wanted to give a big hug to and tell him to move on. This story for me just didn't give me the escape I look for while reading a great book. Quite frankly it just made me mad. The author did wrap the story up nicely and give me the HEA I crave but it still wasn't enough.
This is one of those feel good stories that you curl up with on a cold winter's night.
*I received my copy through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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