Sarah's 2¢: The Marriage Pact by K. Larson & Mara White

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.

This book!  I absolutely love reading from new-to-me authors.  The Marriage Pact is just that, a marriage pact between best friends.  But it's SO. MUCH. MORE. 

We're met with Ryan talking to a legion of college students in what we assume is present-day.  I'll leave out what he's talking about as that would be a spoiler.  Ryan is basically your dream hero.  He's a football player, sexy, smart and absolutely ADORES Jackie.  

Jackie has had a very tough start in life.  She lost her mom at a young age and never really grieved because she took that role and raised her little sisters as well as took care of her father and family farm.  College was an escape for her and because of that, she never could give Ryan what he wanted.  He wanted love, she wanted fun.

The Marriage Pact takes place over a decade and then some.  Love, loss and tragedy are all felt in this epic story.  It left me completely gutted but also hopeful and I really think it's a must-read.  Why didn't I give it 5 stars?  It's in 3rd person and my brain doesn't function properly while reading that POV.

*Disclaimer:  If you absolutely NEED an HEA, move on.  This story was epic and tragic and lovely, but it may also shatter your soul.

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