The Marriage Pact
by Mara White and K. Larsen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Ryan Walters and Jackie Bowen became instantaneous friends during their wild and free years of college. He, the rugged, yet all American football player from a stable family fell hard for Jackie, the exuberant, spontaneous girl from a broken home who lived and loved life to the fullest. Too young to commit and wary of damaging the unique bond they shared, the friends to lovers make a pact promising to find one another again at the age of thirty and marry—if not already committed.
Years apart, after much growth and change, the two best friends seek one another out. In college, neither Jackie or Ryan could possibly know that every relationship to come would fall short of the one they’d shared together all those years ago.
When the two meet again, love and chemistry soar beyond their wildest dreams and they agree to make good on their promise. But a second chance at love can be fickle and fleeting.
The Marriage Pact is a story about letting go and loving with your whole heart no matter the circumstance—or how much it hurts.
The Marriage Pact, the second book in The Viral Series following Missed Connection, by romance authors K. Larsen and Mara White is based on a heartbreaking viral Reddit post.
Beautifully devastating. Captivatingly emotional. Heart wrenchingly powerful.
Missed Connection was the very first 5 star book I read in 2016 so when The Marriage Pact was announced, I was over the moon. I had an idea of what to expect based on M.C., but Ms. White and Ms. Larsen have the ability to absolutely break me and mend me at the same time. Thus The Marriage Pact played out before my eyes with my heart in my throat the entire way through. I literally started this book as soon as it hit my Kindle and didn't put it down until 2 hours later when I finished. I was entranced in Ryan and Jackie's story from beginning to end. And to know it all stemmed from a real life viral post only made it that much more ingenious.
Ryan and Jackie met in college and quickly became best friends. Over the years they were everything to each other except exclusive. While Ryan wanted to build more with Jackie, she had scars that didn't let her open herself up to that kind of relationship. But it was obvious there was something special between them so they created kind of an open relationship all the while Ryan waited in the wings for a signal that Jackie was ready for something deeper. But when tragedy struck Jackie once again, it seemed that Ryan was never going to get more from her. As years go by Ryan cannot get rid of his desire for Jackie even when they go years without seeing each other. He tries to move on like Jackie told him to but it just doesn't seem in the cards for him. Yet fate may finally have smiled down on these two soul mates and Ryan refuses to let go a second time. But life is complicated and so is love.
Talk about angst. And heartbreak. And anticipation. And devastation. And soul deep true love. I adored every single word in this book. Mara and K. wrote another story that I will not forget. I laughed and swooned and fell in love with these two characters. And I will be honest. I ugly cried in a truly ugly, messy way. Like deep down in my bones, I sobbed. This story was a beautiful and broken tale of just how messy love can be but also shows its raw beauty.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 5+ "True Love Affair" Stars ☆★★
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