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review 2017-07-20 18:02
The Secret Marriage Pact (The Business of Marriage) - Georgie Lee

Jane Rathbone was jilted and now wants to find a future. Her brother is happily married and she wants at least a house of her own, but in this time she needs a husband. She sets her cap at Jasper Charton who is an old friend and her ex-fiance's brother.  He has returned from America and is looking forward to a future in England, he wants a wife, but his past has murky moments and he's afraid if he admits to it all she will reject him.

 

Dammit people, talk.

 

Interesting but relied too much on the hidden secret trope.

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review 2017-07-14 03:47
Talented writer
The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is, without a doubt, a talented writer with a gift for storytelling. That said, I did have some problems with this particular tale.

 

The Marriage Pact started out well enough, it was suspenseful and gripping. The problem was that I kept feeling like I had read something similar. Then, it hit me. The idea of the marriage pact was different, but the fundamentals, the lengths the people behind the pact would go to achieve their goals, were very reminiscent of a Stephen King short story from the late 70's, one that was also featured later in a movie anthology. 

I decided to let that go and just enjoy the story for what it was, but again, much like King's work from around that same period, the story veers off several times with extraneous details that, in my opinion, were nothing more than a distraction. 

As mentioned, the story is a Psychological Thriller and as I said earlier, it does require quite the suspension of belief. It is certainly creepy at times will have a reader's heart racing, but once the people behind the pact take action, there isn't much in the way of realism. 

Jake and Alice are both educated people in their 30's. He's a therapist and she's a lawyer. To say too much would give spoilers, but I found myself unable to envision any circumstance that would have these two educated adults succumbing to the dictates of pact rules and punishment - a fact that had me rolling my eyes through much of the story. 

That said, there was a interesting twist at the end that I certainly didn't see coming, one that is the reason for that third star in my rating. 

Of course, this is just one person's opinion, so if you enjoy Psychological Thrillers, by all means, check this one out. I will say that the author's writing style and talent are such that this one book will not deter me from reading future books by her. 

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review 2017-07-12 17:35
The Marriage Pact/Michelle Richmond
The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

In this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond crafts an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage?

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .
Never mention The Pact to anyone.
Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples.
And then one of them breaks the rules.
The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule.
For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

 

Five stars. I'm sold. This book got me through and through. Go read it. Now.

 

I got ten percent into this one and thought to myself, "Wow!" I was intrigued. I needed to keep reading. It was a good thing that I was on a plane and thus able to tune out the rest of the world because this book drew me in and kept me there the whole way.

 

But at the same time that I'm telling you to read this, please don't. It's chilling. It's frightful. It's dreadful. It made me physically uncomfortable. (It definitely did not help the plane seat.) I felt so uncomfortable reading this because I dreaded what was to come--it was scary, though in a psychological sense, and I found myself fearing. I definitely shuddered out loud because of this book. I definitely closed it and told myself I'd stop, just to pick it up a few minutes later.

 

The plot is fabulous. I was still thinking about this book a few days later, and have already detailed it enthusiastically to two non-readers. I'm disappointed that I have to wait until it's released to go and tell everyone to read it. The ending did get a little bit hard to believe, but never realistic because the entire book had set it up to be so. It wasn't until after finishing this that I actually realised that it was so.

 

The detailing of this was very real. As someone who grew up in San Francisco, I fully vouch for this book. The details it provided were all believable and it contributed to how real this book was--I could see it taking place in the streets I used to walk down, which was a lot of fun. Jake and Alice additionally were interesting and real characters. Jake's job working as a therapist really made his outlooks interesting and I enjoyed all his thoughts about what made a good marriage and in relation to both kids and adults.

 

It was so clear how much he loved and respected Alice, too. I think everyone in a successful relationship has wondered why their partner is with them or questioned if the other person actually loves them back. Though Jake's tone could be clinical, I really believed his passion for multi-faceted Alice.

 

This is a must-read.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-03 23:08
Good Read!
Fake Marriage with the CEO (A Billionair... Fake Marriage with the CEO (A Billionaire Romance) - Amanda Horton

Fake Marriage With The CEO by Amanda Horton is a fairly quick read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Horton has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are awesome and lovable.  Miranda and Wolfe's story is fast-paced and loaded with drama, suspense, humor and sizzle.   I enjoyed reading Fake Marriage With the CEO and would happily read more from Amanda Horton in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-07-02 12:00
Open Warfare: The Secret of a Successful Marriage by whiskygalore
Open Warfare: The Secret of a Successful Marriage - whiskygalore

An entertaining fanfic in which omega Jensen is the reluctant bridegroom to alpha Jared. Poor Jared tries to be patient with his annoying husband but eventually succumbs to retaliation. Meanwhile Jensen is keeping his job as a stripper a secret. Recommended.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/11272965
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