First Marriage Then Love


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She is an old spinster of average status. He is young and powerful, achieving status as a high ranking official of River City within a span of just a few years. She had a deep love, but being unable to endure the harsh reality of life, she left. He had also loved once before, but he had been suffered betrayal from his girlfriend and friends, he delayed his marriage.

Having exchanged a few coincidental glances with him, she mistakenly assumed him to be her blind date, and without asking any other questions, she directly inquired him: “Do you want to come with me to get a card (marriage book)?”

He recognized this woman, and holding her with a feeling that was neither love nor hate, pleasure replacing surprise, he nodded: “I’m free in the afternoon!” He had not corrected her.

As per martial business, she offered him an agreement, calmly stating: She will agree to roll the bed sheet once a week! He quietly raised an eyebrow, mouth half-smiling, and flamboyantly signed his name. So because of this agreement…

“Wife, it’s late, let’s get some rest,” the man stated. The woman looked in to his eyes, nodded, and turned off the bedside lamp. In the darkness, a pair of large hands probed into her clothes, caressing her skin like satin. It was a beautiful night.

On the second night: “Wife, it’s late, let’s get some rest, ” the man stated. The woman looked in to his eyes, nodded, turned off the bedside lamp and lay down to sleep. His dark, large hand reached up to her again and slid into her clothes, probing her smooth skin until it was then suddenly caught.

“What are you doing? ” the woman asked coldly.

”There is a marital agreement to fulfill! ” the man said, take it for granted, and then pressed on top of the woman. It was a spectacular night.

The next morning, the woman who was brimming with an aching waist and grief, came out from the study room with eyes wide open, angrily said: “Su Yicheng, you crafty Official!”

The agreement read: marriage, rest once a week!

Love after marriage, warm and spoiled.

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icecream rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c69 part2
The characters are alright at the start. But after a while I find the female lead really really REALLY cringe worthy and I have too much angst. I tried, then tried again to read just to see if it turns around, but it doesn't for me. Yes it makes sense to be alert and warry of a stranger you just married. But honestly how long should this last when she was the one that went head first into the situation she is in anyway!!! Besides she knows he has a... more>> decent personality, she knows he is stable with money, she knows he will not betray her and cherish her. AND THIS was from the very start of the story that she knew, or at least should have, yet what she does feels kind of rude. She always acts so reluctant and opposed, but like I said before, she SIGNED up for this, and I feel so bad for the male lead that's putting all his effort into being with her. I don't mind if she isn't as doting and lovey dovery for the male lead, as he is to her, but she can at least try harder and not make the situation always so awkward and unnatural with the MC imo. And I can't see how the male lead is head over heels for such a character that has such a shabby and insecure personality. Although the story justifies why in the later chapters, I was already too cringed and annoyed at her to even care at that point. Overall this novel just makes me feel salty and sour, not sweet. It just rubs me the wrong way and I can't enjoy anything about this female lead <<less
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Dani_elle rated it
August 14, 2017
Status: --
Story's good but isn't it disgusting how she's and 'old spinster' while he's 'a young bachelor' when he's even older than her.
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Jkuanli rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
The highlight of the story is released! The hero to the rescue, the relationship between the male and female lead is out in the open. What’s next? I can’t wait for the next chapter!
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mjnovel rated it
July 21, 2017
Status: c70.1
I read allot of online novel. I do prefer it more than the drama. I have become obsess with this novel. I just found it and could not close my laptop. Started from beginning to the current ch70.1 in one and half days. This novel is easy to read. Structures in english are easy to follow and understand. More than anything this book is a very well written book in itself. It's very well develop.

For those who just hates the novel and character and how "the storyline is so over... more>> rated". All I got to say is, reading this novel has been like watching a drama. I highly recommend it for romance. Because the description of the kisses will melt your heart. <<less
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Fathom rated it
March 10, 2017
Status: c165
A 28 year old spinster and a 30 something guy decide to get married despite being strangers. Both have been hurt by love in the past. So they might as well just marry first logically.

It's quite a cute story, but the repetitiveness of the plot is a bit boring. The heroine is constantly battling professional jealousies and petty revenge. Seriously, I don't know how a professional work place would survive in such an environment. In addition, every single couple seems to have a 3rd wheel who has an obsessive missed... more>> chance love bordering on psychotic stalkerdom. Both main characters have such 3rd wheel stalkers, even the stalkers have 3rd wheel stalkers. The BFF also has a 3rd wheel entanglement.

Overall, the first couple is quite cute, and is a slow romantic but realistic build up. As for the couple in the last 69 chapters, I just couldn't find much interest in them. A horrible father figure who had previously cheated on his best friends girl friend, and a girl who was basically a stay at home girlfriend that was supported by her fiance for 10 years only to be left at the altar pregnant. Not really appealing. I struggled to finish this side story. <<less
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devilsadvocate rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c58
This is one heck of a sweet story but well the english...... it is kinda struggling but the translator gets gradually better, well u can still make out the meaning. absolutely worth the read, it tugs at your heart!
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jufiasca rated it
November 14, 2017
Status: c91
Pretty interesting. It's full of heartbreaks, almost all characters have broken hearted herts that varies in situation. It makes me believe that love is not a fairytale, but caring and understanding your partner with loyalty and trust; and happiness is just a bonus and a proof of it as well as the other emotions attached to it. Hah, that was so profound of me! Anyways, it' good and I like the characters. It showed how a person changed over time, nothing lasts forever but something stays for a long time.

ps.... more>> Just to share, I want to sing Let it Go for them, haha! Let it go, let it go..! <<less
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March 11, 2018
Status: c99
She is an old spinster of average status. He is young and powerful, achieving status as a high ranking official of River City within a span of just a few years. ---Umm, first of all HE is older than her. This must be a Chinese novel thing that is always present, once you're past 25 and still unmarried no matter how successful and amazing a woman has become she's reduced to nothing. Ok, enough with that lil complaint.

I didn't like the An Ran - FL at first because it seemed... more>> like after a devastating heartbreak she just went with the flow. Pressured with her parents', friend, her past, society's demand she must be married ASAP, she just walked up to Yi Cheng (ML) and simply asks if he doesn't mind getting married, tomorrow the soonest. Also, she really irritated me during the times when he tries to initiate intimacy and she... anyways... she was the one who demanded marriage, duh. However, as the story went on, I liked that she is kind, simple, loyal, a very good friend and a filial daughter.

Yi Cheng-ML was a typical one, wealthy, powerful etc etc but also went to an even more devastating heartbreak.

I'm also glad that both families were agreeable to each other and there was no evil mother in-law drama. Thank God for that.

I like the story though so even if it has a few things I find typical I don't really mind so much. Also the translator/s who picked up the story after it was dropped are awesome, so there. <<less
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pokeito rated it
December 11, 2018
Status: c108
The summary in nu is kinda misleading actually.

I like the human essence in this novel.

The characters aren't OP and overly rich and powerful like in most Chinese novels. The FL is an OL and the ML has kinda a high position but they both are in a position where someone can actually overthrow them easily.

The main leads resolve misunderstandings rather quickly and they actually like... TALK to each other.

The personalities of the characters (excluding the crazy exes) are actually reasonable and human. They're not perfect but relatable at some poinylt.
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Phoenix2001 rated it
December 25, 2017
Status: --
Really love this novel it's a story of two people who both got betray by there loved ones,

I like how MC handle when her ex boyfriend come back and shamelessly try to win her back even if his married but MC handle it well she didn't panic in front him even if she's anxious in her heart, she's a brave strong independent woman, I like her personality she's not like some navie girl in other novels

And ML is not like some other arrogant jerk forcefull... more>> ML in other novels, his really understanding towards MC he wants to be happy in his married life with MC and don't his or her past life to effect there new marriage life his not secretive about his past life and willingly told her everything, his honest about everything his very nice to her parents his rich parents are also nice towards the MC, not like some other novels rich parents against the marriage or relationship of ML and MC because MC is poor or not of there status, in this novel ML rich parents are very loving towards the MC and bless both them off there new marriage

If you hate or tried of forcefull jerks ML or arrogant rich parents then you should read this novel it's very good you will surely love it and will not get bored of it <<less
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mya04 rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: Completed
A 28 year old Gu An Ran and 32 years old Su Yi Chen who met at a wrong blinde date decide to get married despite being strangers. Both have been hurt by love in the past. So they might as well just marry first logically. It's quite a cute story, Overall, the first couple is quite cute, and is a slow romantice but realistic build up.

Some people may find MC is weak and sily but I'd rather say she is more realistic. She treat others with kindness and indifference... more>> if they don't hit her bottom line, it's not like she'll fight with everyone for those petite offences and certainly not with her average background. And it doesn't change when she married with ML because at the start their relationship isn't that close. As for the ML and his family they really are too sweet for my teeth.

The antagonists here mostly are the third wheel of their love:


The ML ex girlfriend who betrayed him with his best friend but later in the story we'll find that she cheated with many other man as well. The FL ex boyriend who left her to get married with a woman who's rich with great background so that he could atteigne fortune and success but after 6 years he came back from aboard while still maried and chase after le MC


The MC's best friend and her sad story made me cry my eyes out.

Actuelly the main story end at 165 chapters but there's 87 side chapters like another mini novel of FMTL about the MC bestfriend and that's the part I liked the most because there's more suffering so the situation is a little more complicated but at same time more beautiful (you can read the side story withouth reading the main novel)

you should read this novel it's very good and worth your time.

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January 15, 2018
Status: c19
So the only truth so far is that they both married for convenance. If you expect her to be bold than you are gravely mistaken and as an fyi she's beyond f**king weak willed. Its pathetic. Honestly, if you like stressful weak characters than read this.

edit 48

Once you get past 20 it actually start picking up, at 48 I'm starting to find myself enjoying/anticipationg when the feelings become mutual wholeheartedly
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dysry rated it
July 4, 2016
Status: c69 part1
"She is an old spinster of average status. He is young and powerful, " And she's actually a few years younger...

It starts out as a light and spontaneous story where two people acting on impulse end up picking better partners than the ones they've carefully chosen and gotten to know. Both are nice and talented, but unlucky in love, so they defy social norms on a whim, only to slowly fall for each other as they interact.

However, as the story drags out, it starts becoming more suffocating, with a... more>> lot of similar antagonists and developments for the main couple to overcome just coz, and emphasis on status and connections (male lead waving his status to 'rescue' the female lead from b***hiness). While the author's treatment of one of the female antagonists' felt over the top given the tone of the rest of the story. <<less
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zenriu rated it
November 19, 2018
Status: c118
One of the best modern drama I have read. I love how the author made a positive interaction towards marriage between the MC and ML. Why did I say so... because the author intended for the main characters not to have a misunderstanding despite the past lovers continuously making trouble to split them up. I'm happy reading it as the author pointing out that in a marriage open communication on both husband and wife is important in order to have a harmonious married life. This novel is not bad its... more>> actually good as in very good. MC is refine and graceful but if she needs to fight back she really hits literally. <<less
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wintia_blue08 rated it
July 27, 2018
Status: --
Hoo, there are a lot of troubles... Several spoilers ahead...

... more>>

I never thought I could see this many rivals everywhere. I knew the battlefield of love was bloody, but hooh, there's rivals everywhere you turn. Well, those "rivals" are mostly people who "regret". Of course, each rival just had to have yet other "extras" clinging unto them.

An Ran's ex-boyfriend still "loves" her after 6 years, after horrendously betraying her and cheating on her with another woman. On the other side, Yi Cheng's ex girlfriend who cheated on him with his best friend deeply regrets what she considers "one mistake ONLY"and wants to claim him from An Ran, as if the mistake was just an oversight and never existed. I despise people who use their suicide attempts and illnessesto illicit another person's concern/pity/love. Putting aside those serious issues and the cunningness, they're hurting the people they love. Of course, she's not the only one-her sister's there, too. Of course, An Ran's best friend also has trouble - she's less fortunate, however, in that her fiance-now-turned-ex is someone who can't make a proper decision and did not cherish her properly despite her loving him for 10 years. She was used as a substitute, he ruined the wedding, and caused her to have a miscarriage.


I'm happy to see that Su Yi Cheng is a loving husband and, although awkward, An Ran is very earnest and caring as well.

The families of these two are also very good people.

As much as I know that these two people love each other, as their marriage was pretty much done fast, I hope they fall more and more in love (although in my opinion they couldn't be more in love than they already are despite everything... he said, "Let's fall in love"? As if they aren't yet... Seriously, they care about each other so much and trust in each other confidently, you'd think they were married for 1 year already... or more...) Ah, how does one remove those stubborn "stains"?! CAn't they see that these two people are happy with each other?!? Is this going to go on for 50 years or so? Are they going to keep wasting their lives, lying in wait, even if those two are married, even if those two soon have children... don't tell me even if those two become grandparents they're still going to stick around?!

Su Yi Cheng is a refreshing man, and is basically a fresh break from those tyrants and selfish, arrogant, and easily displeased male leads in Novels. Maybe because they aren't in ancient china? A husband, a wife. Both work, and the woman doesn't have to rely on a man's existence. In ancient china novels... rivals are everywhere and you can't say anything about it because they CAN marry your husband, either as another wife or a concubine, in addition, it goes by "acquiring favors from the man", life is easily disposable, and you "should be virtuous and not jealous and small minded when your man obtains another woman." I still read those because I root for the main character and/or I want to see how they'll manage their lives. <<less
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vuio rated it
December 5, 2017
Status: c93
Feeling like I'm riding a rollercoaster man. I don't usually read novels that makes me cries cause I don't like hearing me sniffing back my tears LOL

The ML is truly easy to like, the same with the FL. Though as much as I like the MCs route. What really got me is the FL's best friend. She suffer alot, alone. Even though she could vent to her best friend, she doesn't just so she won't be a burden. I like her so so so so much. Among all the chapters,... more>> I like everything where she's in. I even cried the most in her parts. *Glares aggressively* I hate that son of a b***h man. Ciao <<less
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alexfilia rated it
August 11, 2017
Status: c73
Two people deside to be in an arrenged marriage due to convinience. They start dveloping feelings gradually as they interact more with each other

Its a nice and slow slice of life
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elle24 rated it
June 28, 2019
Status: c100
OMG, this drama is really great! I suddenly had an interest because I saw a random comment that Well Intended Love! Is somewhat similar (not very very similar) but some concept are the same so I kinda start reading it. And I love it so much.! I love Su Yi Cheng!

The translation of @anpinguo is also better and I am having fun with her extra notes and comments! Great Work! &Lt;3 Love this so much! Hope they will make live action of this :D
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frezzia rated it
November 2, 2018
Status: c111
As a fan of romance novel this book fulfill all of my checklist to be a good romance book: Good heroine, cool hero, jerk ex boyfriend, annoying female rival, and so on.

The translator did a good job with their work and it is very easy to read it. Thank you.
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August 7, 2018
Status: c101
Some people may find MC is weak. I'd rather say she has real personality. Came from ordinary family with loving parents, of course she won't be like a smart vengeful girl. She'll treat others kind and indifference if they don't hit her bottom line. And it doesn't change when she married with ML.

While ML... I thought he will be like CEO Above Me Below's ML. In fact, the ML and his family really are too much for my teeth.

The antagonists here mostly are the third wheel of their love. Crazy... more>> people, especially ML's ex-girlfriend, I don't know if I should give them a praise or insult for their foolishness and craziness.


ML's ex-girlfriend even tried to commit suicide. And behold, she still didn't give up even though ML ALREADY rejected her many times! She never considered the betrayal she did with ML's best friend really hurt him.


I was laughing when ML said "let's fall in love". Excuse me... If you didn't say that, I really thought that both of you already in love from the very beginning.

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