The Marriage Pact, by K. Larsen & Mara White


Our favorite break your hearts writing duo, K. Larsen and Mara White, are back with another romance inspired by a viral internet posting. The Marriage Pact is the follow up to our ugly cry favorite, Missed Connections.

The book releases today, and we are so excited about this one, guys!

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. Each book is a stand alone story.

Despite being complete sadists (whom we adore) Larsen and White excel at writing the nice guy, who is *actually* nice, and that’s what you get with Ryan. Ryan meets Jackie during her freshman year at college, she’s a bit of a wounded bird and he falls for her basically instantly. In fact he likes her so much that he doesn’t even want to make a move on her at first, in case it ruins things.

Jackie likes him too, but she’s set on not letting herself care too deeply about anyone, since her mother died of breast cancer when she was 14. So, while she eventually starts sleeping with Ryan- just sleeping together at first, and then later you know sleeping together- she refuses to call him her boyfriend. She refuses to be exclusive, insisting that they keep sleeping with other people, pushing all of Ryan’s nice-boy-son-of-a-preacher boundaries. And when tragedy strikes Jackie, again, the only thing he can think to do is to propose a marriage pact. You know, like in My Best Friend’s Wedding, if they aren’t with anyone else by the time they’re thirty they’ll give it another go. And Jackie, assuming Ryan will be long over her by then and desperate to escape, agrees.

Of course that’s not the end of the story. And of course I was reading with my heart in my throat waiting for these two to break it. But I won’t tell you what happens (and I suggest you don’t google the answer via the viral thread that inspired this either, ELEANOR), I’ll just encourage you to READTHISONE. And also to BUYKLEENEX.

TMP teaser

You can pick this one up at any of the below links:



1: Bikers

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At the request of at least four of you, we decided to record a podcast with the help of our friend Bob, who doesn’t read any romance, but who does have microphones. If you love our blog, we think (?) you’ll love listening to us talk about a different romantic trope each week.

For our first episode, Book Shame & Bikers, we reveal our real names (because it was too hard to remember to use our aliases) and discuss one of our favorite romantic tropes: Bikers.

Featuring books by: Joanna Wylde, Tillie Cole, Kristen Ashley, Cassie Alexander, Lili St.Germain, and Bella Jewel, we go deep into the MC world to discuss what’s so hot about bikers, and how we think being property is mostly a compliment.

Come sit with us!

Infini, by Krista & Becca Ritchie


Grade: B+

Doing it at: 46%

Catnip: Circus, Second Chance Love, Forbidden Love, Family, Strong Female Lead, Dual Narrative, Beta Hero, We’ve Got Issues, Russians, Center Stage

Shame Scale: Shameless, there are some dirty parts (praise Allah), but the cover is more YA than bodice ripper.

Fantasy Cast:  Yara Shahidi and Douglas Booth

What do we smell like: citrusy, but mostly like peppermint

Book Description:

Some love is infinite

“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.

Infini is the second book in Krista and Becca Ritchie’s circus series, and I have been eagerly waiting for it since I finished Amour, Amour. I adore the Ritchie twin’s books, which all happen in the same universe as their Calloway characters. It’s truly it’s own universe with product brands and tv shows and casinos– much like Tarantino and his Red Apple Cigarettes. The Circus books take place inside the fictional Masquerade Casino’s Cirque- De-Soleil-like Aerial Etherial circus troupes. And inside the Kotova family, a sprawling clan of Russian acrobats who have grown up in the circus and know no life outside of it, for the Kotova’s circus is family.

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