The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact

by M. J. Pullen

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On her 30th birthday, Marci Thompson's life is nothing like she imagined. Instead of the family and career she hoped for, she's far from home, stuck in an endless temp job, and a hopeless relationship with her married boss, Doug.

When her college friend Jake reminds her of their promise to marry each other if they're still single at 30, Marci's life gets even more complicated. How can she say no to her old friend without explaining her new entanglement? But how could she say yes without giving Jake her whole heart?

As Marci navigates the lines between right and wrong, friendship and romance, fantasy and reality, she will make the most difficult choices of her life. Will she earn the happiness she's always wanted, or lose everything and face her next birthday alone?

Praise for The Marriage Pact

An InStyle Book Club Pick (November 2015)

"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

"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,

"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 one sitting like I did. Well done!" ―Let's Get Booked!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161327180
Publisher: Freshwater Ink
Publication date: 06/12/2011
Series: The Marriage Pact , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 876,978
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

M.J. Pullen is the author of several bestselling contemporary romances, as well as playful women's fiction. Among other things, she studied English Literature at the University of Georgia in Athens. M.J. loves expensive beer, cheap wine, and coffee at any price. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons.

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The Marriage Pact 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts This was one of those impulse free read purchases that I made a while back on Amazon, it turned out to be a really good decision as when I opened up the book it sucked me in immediately with Marci's story and kept me turning pages all day until done as had to know how her journey ended! Marci is working as a temp and within the firm she is working for is a married man whom she becomes involved with, they fall in love but he stays with his wife of over 20 years only seeing Marci on occasions when the wife is out with friends or out of town. It is an unsatisfactory life both professionally and personally and Marci feels even lower as her 30th birthday has come and gone without any of her life goals being realized. Out of the blue one day she receives an email from Jake Stillwell. Once upon a time they were "friends with benefits" and in a moment of drunken exuberance Marci and Jake penned a contract or "Marriage Pact" on a cocktail napkin which basically stated they would marry each other if they were both single once they hit 30. When she gets this reminder from Jake Marci is at first caught off guard, on further thought though she realizes that she has feelings for Jake that stem deeper than mere friendship and this causes her to reevaluate her relationship with her lover from work, Doug. One day Doug sends Marci a short email asking her to stay late after work at which point he tells her their relationship is over, this starts a chain of events that cause her to quit her job, call Jake asking him to help her move home and in the end also causes Marci to accept Jake's proposal to become engaged to be married to him. This story does not end with Marci moving back to her hometown in Georgia, it takes some very interesting turns into the relationships between Marci and her friends and family. Marci finally understands that all this time her search for independence has in fact really been a coping mechanism that allows her to walk away when things become too much for her to handle. This includes not pursuing her dreams of writing, not allowing herself to form a lasting relationship with anyone and most of all keeps her from facing up to the fact that her life will never be what she wants unless she takes a chance on failing. The Marriage Pact is one of those books you can dive into and lose yourself easily, it's characters are very easy to relate to and the relationships between them are believable as well. For anyone who loves a friends to lovers story this is one you will totally enjoy, once you get past some of the back and forth from present day to past events that can be a bit overwhelming every now and again. If like me you need to know what happens than by all means pick up this book and see how life turns out for Marci after all! {Read and shared my honest thoughts on the book.}
NC_ReaderAN More than 1 year ago
Over all I enjoyed this book. The Marriage Pact was a decent start to a good series...Although I did have some major issues with it; the first issue being that the relationship with Doug was not defined well enough for me. I understood on the surface, the reason why Marci would be so devastated that when it was over that she would move in the middle of the night is not clear. The same could be said about Marci’s relationship with Jake. I wish it had been introduced sooner with more details for a greater understanding on his importance in Marci’s life. I feel as if Pullen just tried to fit too much into this book. In doing that Pullen left out things that would have added to the enjoyment of the reading and left too many questions that the reader had to infer the answers to.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I'm really torn writing this review. I want to be fair to the author. The writing is very well done. There's great character development, nice pace to the story, and sadly I must admit the story itself is something that occurs all the time so it's definitely real. In addition to that, it definitely evoked a ton of emotions. So for all that, kudos to the author. Very well done. 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.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much.... liked the premise of old friends promising to marry if they are still single at 30 years old. Interesting story behind the characters getting to the point in their lives where they choice to go ahead with the pact. All the characters in this book were full of depth & really interesting. One of my favorite scenes was between the Dad & his daughters a good way into the book.... he gave such good advice. Would recommend this book to anyone. Given a free copy from in exchange for an honest review.
AdriLisa More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the UNIQUE storytelling of M.J. Pullen The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen is the kind of novel that I like to dive into because I like characters with various complexities such as Marci is being portrayed – nothing boring here. When reading the story, Doug is not free to love, let’s put it this way, and Marci on the other hand, needs to sort out a few things. The pact is sort of “fantasy” any young woman would probably fall for, well at least at the time of the understanding.  The challenge is there. Finally settling down with a cup of tea – I kept on reading and finding unique characters that made the story glue together in such a nice way.  I truly enjoyed it. It is youthful. I has a class of its own. Give me more of this “quest for love” in every which way. I do recommend it. Adriana LG
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
                       The Marriage Pact                            by - MJ Pullen ****I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog**** Marci just turned 30 and she gets a birthday email from college best friend Jake and he's attached a copy of their drunken marriage pact they made 10 years prior.  She is not living the life she dreamed she would be. She is working a temp job, living in a tiny apartment,  and having a secret affair with her married boss.  When Doug breaks off their 6 month affair to stay with his wife Marci is devastated and heartbroken!  She calls Jake and tells him she lost her job and wants to come home. Once back home she moves in with her other best friend and helps her family plan her sister's wedding. At her sister's wedding Marci agrees to the marriage pact with Jake. But Doug comes to town wanting Marci back. Will Marci take Marci back? Will Jake get past Marci and Doug's past and fight to keep Marci? Or will every thing fall apart? This is a nicely written story about the struggles of a young single woman who wants more from her life and she wants love and to be loved. I enjoyed the flash backs to their college days and getting to know Marci and Jake's past and friendship.  I really liked this story and give it a Nerd Alert B+ or 4 stars. Make sure to check out her other books and see what is in store for Marci's friends.  
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
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 talking and see them acting out their everyday lives.  It’s an amazing feeling. The characters in this novel are brilliant.  I became quite attached to them.  They were like old college friends, to the extent that I wanted to throw a pillow at them once or twice for being ridiculous.  But at the same time, they were being real people.  It was so nice to get to know characters who actually let you into their lives as a whole, rather than simply giving you sneak peeks into certain aspects.   As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these characters and cannot wait to continue on throughout life with them.  I also wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance with a dash of reality added in for good measure.  
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
The Marriage Pact is a story of falling in love with the idea of love, realizations, and finding that one person that fits you. Marci and Jake made a pact in college that said if there were not married by the time they were thirty, then they would marry each other. This story reminds me a lot of My Best Friends Wedding, except the roles are reversed. Marci is the one who is in a relationship and Jake is in love with Marci. Jake is just, WOW, a nice guy, handsome, and he is nothing but supportive of Marci. Marci is having an affair with a married man who says he loves her and his is going to leave his wife, when that does not happen Marci goes back to her home town to lick her wounds, but what she gets is Jake. Jake is such a great friend to Marci, but there are times you want to say, “Kiss already!” or “Tell him how you really feel!” The suspense is killing me! 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, and there are the times that you just want to sit there and cry. There were times that I kept picturing the scene in My Best Friends Wedding where they all break out into song at the rehearsal dinner. I could see that happening with this great cast of characters! This story is a must read that will have you eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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juliejed More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and easy read. Cute story waiting for the next one to be published hopefully it will be soon!
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